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.

Deb SchmitzDeb Schmitz – Chair

CEO – Mountain Laurel Leadership


Susanne Dalton DupesSusanne Dalton Dupes – Co-Chair

President – Mountain Laurel Leadership


AndersonJeannie Anderson – VIP Reception Committee

Founder, President, Executive Director – Life Signs


Rynn Dupes


JayD-250Janet Edkins – ETWL Website

CEO, Jay Designs Inc


Christi Fightmaster – Publicity Committee

Director of Marketing – Pugh CPAs

Carol A. Freeman

Executive Admin Assistant – Kimberly-Clark Corporation

LisaGambleLisa Gamble – Program Chair

SVP, Delivery Services – Lee Hecht Harrison


Margot Guy – Program Committee

Vice President, Audit and Consulting Services – Scipps Network


Katie Harless – Social Media for Summit

Production Control Advanced Specialist – DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee

StephanieHeltoncropStephanie Helton

Government Legal Supervisor
Vanderbilt Mortgage (Clayton/Berkshire Hathaway Group)

Debi Houck

Stay at Home Loudon, Blount & Monroe
Co-Owner & Marketing Director


Karen-Web-015-2Karen Jernigan


Carolyn A. Jones – Sponsorship Development

The Energy Architect


williamsHannah Jones


Alicia Lambert

Leadership Coach and Consultant

Tammy Marshall

Founder & Director – Emotional Healing Institute & The Unemotional Eater

Lisa Scott – ETWL Book Club

Accent Optimization Specialist – Accentuate

wendy1Wendy Pitts Reeves

President & Founder – C2C Consulting