We are “women leaders building women leaders.”  The East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council organizes the Summit.  The Council is a team of volunteers who share a common interest in improving the lives of women in East Tennessee.  The women come from diverse backgrounds and industries, including counseling, chemistry, finance, fundraising, personnel staffing, manufacturing, consumer science,  politics, and public relations.  These diverse backgrounds and experiences blend together to create a common understanding of what still needs to be done to help East Tennessee women Live. Learn. Lead. Our Mission: To promote and provide leadership training and skill development to build women leaders across East Tennessee. Our Vision: That women in East Tennessee will realize and own their true potential, strength, and power.

Wendy Pitts Reeves, Chair

wendy1Wendy Pitts Reeves is President & Founder of C2C Consulting, PLLC. In addition to speaking and consulting, she coaches, guides and mentors heart-centered entrepreneurs, working most often with small women-owned companies. Through an experienced combination of strategic thinking, remarkable intuitive skills, and focused accountability, she’s known for her unique ability to help business owners break through personal barriers that block true business success. An East Tennessee native, Reeves founded, and continues to chair, the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. She served on the Tennessee Economic Council on Women for eight years, and was a finalist for the 2013 YWCA Tribute to Women in Knoxville, Tennessee. A former elected official, Wendy also served on the Blount County Commission, where she was named the state “Public Official of the Year” by NASW-TN.

Jeannie Anderson

AndersonJeannie Anderson is the Founder and Executive Director of LifeSigns.us, Inc. a non-profit organization for women who are committed to discovering and designing a better quality of life for themselves, their family and the community around them. LifeSigns provides coaching/mentoring, education of life, career and financial skills, and continued support and encouragement as each woman takes the necessary steps to begin a new way of life.

Jeannie also provides coaching to individuals who want to live their life by design not by default! She speaks, coaches and conducts workshops and retreats throughout the United States. She has authored numerous self-growth articles and co-authored the CORE Coaches Guide for NaviCORE International Inc. and is the co-creator of an entrepreneurial training program including a specialized program for veterans.

Jeannie is a graduate of Coach U and a Master Certified CORE Coach and Licensed Facilitator, Presenter and Trainer through NaviCORE International Inc. You may reach her at: jeannie@lifesigns.us or call 423-520-6316. To learn more about LifeSigns please visit: http://www.lifesigns.us

Rynn Dupes

rd0019-MRynn currently works as the Advancement Assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs in the University of Tennessee College of Law. In December 2014, Rynn earned her Master’s degree in Communication and Information with a concentration in public relations from the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information. She is a member of the Knox County Foster Care Review Board and President of the League of Women Voters of Knoxville and Knox County.

Susanne Dalton Dupes

Susanne Dalton DupesSusanne Dalton Dupes, ABC, APR, is President of the Dalton Dupes Agency and Mountain Laurel Leadership. She is an experienced and certified analyst in behaviors, motivators, and emotional intelligence. Building on more than 25 years in communications and leadership, Dupes helps organizations and teams understand individual differences and how to use those to help teams work together more effectively. She has earned multiple awards in communications and PR and is one of only a few Tennesseans to be accredited by both the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America. Dupes has devoted extensive time to women’s leadership development and serves on the board of Tennessee Economic Council on Women Foundation and the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.

Stephanie Helton

HeltonStephanie has worked for Clayton Homes for 3 years. She began in an entry level position and quickly worked her way into a leadership path within the company. Currently she is a Team Leader and Account Manager where she hires, trains, mentors and leads a team of 8 people.

Karen Jernigan

Karen-Web-015-2Ms. Jernigan is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience representing clients on their claims for Social Security Disability benefits. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sign Language/Interpreting from Maryville College and worked in the area for a few years. After seeing how most attorneys treated her hearing-impaired clients, she decided to obtain a law degree which she was bestowed by the University of Tennessee School of Law. She is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. She is a coordinator for the Women’s Leadership Salon. She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of Bryan.

Hannah Jones

williamsMs. Jones is a Fashion Director for Park Lane Jewelry.  Before joining the Park Lane team, Hannah worked in the orthotics and prosthetics industry as a certified Mastectomy Fitter. During that time, she was instrumental in organizing the local Tennessee Toe-Off Trot  Additionally, she has worked in health care insurance coding and billing.  Hannah is a native of East Tennessee, and when not working or coordinating events, she is very busy wrangling twin two-year-old daughters and eight-year old son.  She and her husband and children live in North Knoxville.

Bonnie Hinds

Bonnie HindsMs. Hinds is an Environmental Health and Housing Specialist in the Family and Consumer Sciences unit of University of Tennessee Extension. As such, she is a frequent presenter at seminars and conferences across the state. She is a former program director with the eastern region of the Tennessee Department of Health and a certified, experienced secondary school teacher. Her community service includes serving as 2012-2014 Chair of the Knox Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Committee. She is one of the founders of the Foothills Community Players, a former puppeteer with Blount County Kids on the Block, and a long-time advocate for parenting, having held leadership roles in several organizations. She is an alumnus of both the Blount and Knox County Sheriffs’ Citizens’ Academies. Bonnie and her husband, Jody, are the proud parents of three sons and daughters-in-law.

Deb Schmitz

Ms. Schmitz is owner of Women’s Money Makeover, which she started in 2010. deb s She is an author, personal finance coach and financial advocate focusing on helping individuals get “real” about money.  She retired from Procter & Gamble in 2002 after 25 years in Research & Development.   Her disappointment in how she was treated in the retirement process is the catalyst that drove Deb into the financial services industry.  For the next 6 years she pursued the traditional route of becoming a financial advisor, but realized this was not what most people needed, especially women.  Always an out of the box thinker and problem solver, she has used her life skills, personal experience and education to structure Women’s Money Makeover, a unique business that helps make understanding money fun, not boring or intimidating. She now works at making women feel safe, secure and smart about your money.

Tracy Taylor

unnamedThe face behind TNT Marketing is Tracy Taylor. Tracy has been involved in Marketing and Customer Service since 2002. She has a passion for social media, in fact some of her clients often tell her she needs Social Media AA… it is a compliment because clients say they will not have a marketing plan Tracy is not a part of. Every day is a joy to TNT Marketing, We love our clients and appreciate them choosing us for their social media management.
Tracy and her husband Rob reside in Seymour, Tennessee. They have 3 children, Taylor, Jakob, and Kyndal. They have 2 Great Danes- Harley and Marshall.

Dena Wise

Dr. Dena WiseDr. Wise is Professor and Consumer Economics Specialist with The University of Tennessee Extension. She coordinates programs that reach thousands of Tennesseans each year with information about money management, savings education and consumer issues.  Her programs, curricula and leadership have been recognized with numerous state, regional and national awards.  Effective January 2014, she chairs the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, on the Steering Committee for the Tennessee Women’s Economic Summit and on the Advisory Board of the University Of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.  Dr. Wise has degrees from Auburn University, the University of Georgia,  and Texas A&M University and is an alumna of the prestigious HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.  She and her husband, Ken have three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.