Exciting Conference Line Up Announced for 2015 Summit

Tamara Franklin is set for the luncheon keynote, right?  We told you that last month.  She’s the EVP of Digital at Scripps.  But what else do we have in store for you? How about this slate of speakers, all of whom will talk about leadership and passion from a different perspective.

Returning by popular demand, Jennifer Rawls,public information officer of the City of Clarksville and former Executive Director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. She’ll kick us off in high style that morning as she talks about taking that next step.

The team of Wendy Pitts Reeves and Susanne Dalton Dupes, from Mountain Laurel Leadership, will teach you how to cope with conflict when things get tough.  You may recognize the names also from the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council.

Nozomi Morgan, Executive Leadership Coach and the Founder and President of Michiki Morgan Worldwide  in Atlanta. She’ll share some key strategies about positioning yourself for a promotion. (And yes, you do need to know this!)

Kathy Parks,Certified Financial Planner & Wealth Manager with Patriot Investment Management, talks from personal and professional perspectives about overcoming challenges.

Her Story panel of women leaders:

  • Shelly Taylor, JD, Professor of Law, Lincoln Memorial University Law School
  • Laura Cole, Director of Masters Investment Learning Center, University of Tennessee
  • Chrissy KeuperMorning Edition/Dialogue Host, WUOT 91.9 FM
  • Franciel Linares, PMP,  Director of IT Program Services, Information International Associates

And as always, a fantastic group of amazing exhibitors!

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.


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