Four East Tennesseans in 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame Class

Photo:Mcclung Historical Collection, Knox Public Library

Photo:Mcclung Historical Collection, Knox Public Library

The namesake of our Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award  is one of the first two posthumous inductions into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. Lizzie was nominated for induction by the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council based on her deep commitment to suffrage as well as devotion to the Knoxville community. Read Lizzie’s bio here.

The second posthumous induction is Dr. Elizabeth Rona, Anderson County. Before immigrating to the U.S., Dr. Rona was the first woman to teach chemistry in any university in Hungary. Here in the U.S., she worked on the front lines of discoveries of isotopes and fission and contributed to the Manhattan Project. Later, she taught theory and methods of nuclear physics at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (now known as the Oak Ridge Associated Universities).

Joy Bishop, Maryville, was the first career woman in the U.S. Air Force to be appointed to the Senior Executive Service position, one of the highest ranking civilian positions at the Pentagon. Joy is a well-known community leader and extraordinary community volunteer.

Carol Gardner Transou, Johnson City, teaches U.S. history, is an AP Exam consultant, and chairs the history department at Science Hill High School. She has authored a number of curricula regarding wartime and women’s history. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.

Register to attend the induction ceremony.

Have you registered for the August Salon?

What is the number one thing people are afraid of? If you’re thinking it’s snakes, spiders, heights, or even Fear-of-Public-Speaking-Infographicdeath, you’re wrong. It’s public speaking. In fact, 75% of women experience anxiety around public speaking. Are you one of those women? Or would you like to improve your public speaking skills?

After the Summit in June, we hope that all of you know the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council doesn’t want you to let ANYTHING stop you from pursing your passions. We hope you’ll join us next Thursday if you’d like to turn this fear into a strength – or even if you just want to be around some of the best and brightest women in east Tennessee. We’d love to see you – don’t forget to register!

Did You Miss the Summit?

summitWe hope you were able to join us at the 2015 East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit! If you weren’t, check out this clip from WATE.. Check out the coverage here.

If you were there with us, you got to experience the incredible speakers, networking, and even dancing firsthand. Check out photos of the Summit on our Facebook page and see if you can find the video of everyone doing the electric slide!

We’ve already begun thing about the 2016 Summit and hope you’ll be able to join us. Tell us below what you’d like to see next year.


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