Meet Tamara Franklin: 2015 Keynote

FranklinWe are so excited and fortunate that Tamara Franklin has agreed to keynote our 2015 Summit. When our previously announce keynote, Susan Packard, learned she would have to travel to Europe, she moved quickly to find this exciting speaker for us. Ms. Franklin is executive vice president of digital at Scripps Networks Interactive where oversees the company’s digital business units. She coordinates the overall strategy and activity, focusing on an integrated company-wide approach to digital video production and distribution.

Franklin joined Scripps Networks in 2009 from Turner Broadcasting Systems, where she was vice president of business development. She is a graduate of NAMIC’s (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) Executive Leadership Development Program and the Women in Cable Telecommunications Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

Among her awards, Franklin has been named one of Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women” and Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America.” Franklin’s also been named to Cablefax’s”Most Influential Minorities in Cable” and “Most Powerful Women in Cable” lists.

She holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University

Fun at First Quarter Salon on Second Acts

IMG_5867There were lots of new faces at this quarter’s Women’s Leadership Salon, which focused on making big life changes in life’s second acts. We heard over and over again the importance of harnessing your courage when life subtly (or not so subtly) pushes you in a new direction. These women, Dianna Glandon, Raeus Jae Cannon, and Karen Jernigan, shared stories of their obstacles, their mistakes, and their triumphs. We also got to hear about the support systems that have helped them along the way.

It’s so exciting to be around such incredible women – those on the panel and the attendees. Please plan to join us next time! Information about next quarter’s salon is available on the salon page. Wanda Sobieski will be talking about the women’s suffrage movement and why it’s still important today. Registration will be available in April.

Also, check out what some of these women do. Look at Dianna’s balloon décor company here and Raeus’s networking community here.

February Women’s Leadership Salon: Second Act

Passionate leadership, this year’s theme for the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit, requires being able to boldly follow your passion wherever it may lead you. Sometimes that path may be a surprise!

The February Salon will feature a panel of three women who have left established careers to seek success in new directions. This panel will feature Raeus Jae Cannon, Dianna Glandon, and Karen Jernigan. Raeus left her career as a drug and alcohol counselor to explore running an alternative newspaper, a greeting card company, and eventually become CEO of her own networking company, REO. Dianna is a former teacher who has become a certified balloon artist and owns her own company, Above the Rest Balloon and Event Designs. Karen Jernigan was a nationally certified sign language interpreter until she went to law school at the University of Tennessee.  Now she represents clients on their claims for Social Security Disability benefits.

If, like these women, you’ve ever dreamed of charting a different course or want to hear about the courage it takes to set out on a new path, join us for this quarter’s salon.


Thursday, February 12, 5:45 p.m.


The Avenue, 141 N. Martinwood Rd., Knoxville 37923


$26, includes dinner

REGISTER NOW!  Space is limited.

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