Keynote Address in 2015:  Tamara Franklin

FranklinAs executive vice president of digital at Scripps Networks Interactive, Tamara Franklin oversees the company’s digital business units to coordinate overall strategy and activity, focusing on an integrated company-wide approach to digital video production and distribution.

Franklin previously served as Scripps Networks’ senior vice president of affiliate operations and new media distribution, where she oversaw the Comcast relationship and was instrumental in the development and rollout of TV Everywhere applications for the company’s lifestyle media brands. She joined Scripps Networks in 2009 from Turner Broadcasting Systems, where she was vice president of business development. Franklin also served in roles at Motorola and Bain & Company.

Franklin is a graduate of NAMIC’s Executive Leadership Development Program and the WICT Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. She’s been named one of Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women,” Cynopsis Media’s “Most Intriguing People,” Black Enterprise magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America,” 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, and has been honored as a NAMIC Luminary.

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

Morning Plenary:  Jennifer Rawls

11. Speaker Photo - RawlsPrior to joining Mayor Kim McMillan’s staff in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she serves as the Director of Communications and the Public Information Officer, Jennifer Rawls spent more than six years as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Her passion is empowering women through political involvement and economic development.

Jennifer also spent more than 15 years as a lawyer and worked in both the private and public sectors. For ten years, she had the honor of representing the citizens of Tennessee in consumer protection and bankruptcy law as Senior Counsel to the Tennessee Attorney General.

Her first book, The Vote, is a fictional retelling of the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women in the United States the right to vote. Combining political intrigue and business strategy, civil rights, gender roles and humor, The Vote captures the morals and times of 1920 against a political backdrop that is relevant today.

Jennifer is enjoying dividing her time between living in Nashville and working in Clarksville. She is also the proud parent of her eleven-year old son, Jackson. For more information about Jennifer, including her books, join her at

Wendy Pitts Reeves & Susanne Dupes

Wendy Pitts Reeves is a licensed clinical social worker who hosts the popular Secret Adventures for wendy1Courageous Women while coaching women towards greater confidence. She founded Cove Mountain Counseling, an association of independent practitioners in Maryville, and has served as graduate-level field instructor for the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work, and as Adjunct Professor for Maryville College. Ms. Reeves has served on several boards, including the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, Women’s Equity Foundation, AAUW- Maryville Branch, Blount Co. Children’s Home, the Adult Education Foundation of Blount Co., the Blount Co. Chamber of Commerce and others. She served on the Blount Co. Commission from 2006-2010, and was named “Public Official of the Year” by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She’s a graduate of Leadership Blount, Class of 2006, and is a proud mom to Caleb and Maiah.

Susanne Dalton Dupes

Susanne Dupes is a certified professional behavior analyst and award-winning communications strategist who has spent more than 25 years working in the communications industry.  Her firm, the Dalton Dupes Agency, works with organizations and teams using the DISC behavioral assessment, to enhance team workplace performance.  Dupes is an experienced leader in her own right and is active in the arena of women’s leadership development.  Susanne has extensive experience in corporate and government communications and is one of only a few Tennesseans to be accredited by both the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators.  She serves on the board of Tennessee’s Women’s Economic Council Foundation. Her has earned a Superior Award from the National Association of County Information Officers and multiple “Excellence” Awards from the Volunteer Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She holds an MS in information science from the University of Tennessee.  She is a graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge; FBI Citizens Academy; and the Knox County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy.  She is a proud wife to Bill and mom to Rynn.

Nozomi Morgan

NozomiMorgan_2015Nozomi Morgan is an Executive Coach and the Founder and President of Michiki Morgan Worldwide LLC, where she guides experienced high-achieving professionals to elevate their careers and lives by encouraging them to live their own unique Leadership Lifestyle.

She leverages her global background and 15 years of corporate marketing experience, working for top companies such as Delta Air Lines, Johnson & Johnson, BBDO, and other industry-leading clients in the automotive, consumer package goods, finance, fashion, entertainment, IT, and lifestyle sectors as well as her MBA from Yale to guide you to leadership that matters. Read her weekly blog at:

Kathy Parks

Kathy Parks Prof PhotoAs a third generation member of her family’s business, Kathy learned early in life the value of hard work and good business skills.  After earning her business degree from The Ohio State University and her CFP® designation in Houston, Texas, Kathy settled in Knoxville in 1995 to build her financial planning practice.

After a life-threatening accident, Kathy’s vision of serving others through her work evolved with a more passionate and personal sense of purpose.  Kathy utilizes her advisory expertise to help families and individuals navigate life’s common issues, as well as helping them overcome unique and unexpected challenges.

Her Point of View — Leadership Panel

Laura Seery Cole is the Director of the Masters Investment Learning Center at the University of Tennessee, where she also teaches courses at the Department of Finance. She is a member of the East Tennessee Women’s Fund and speaks pro bono to women’s investment groups across the nation.
Chrissy Keuper has enjoyed a wide variety of careers: from dance teacher, to woodworker, to barista and pastry chef, and figure model for art classes. Currently, she is the voice of NPR’s
Morning Edition on WUOT Radio, 91.9 FM.
Franciel Linares is the group leader for information technology services for Information International Associates in Oak Ridge. In 2008, she was selected as one of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty.” A native of Venezuela, she considers herself a “refurbished” Knoxvillian.
Shelly Taylor, Panel Moderator, currently teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and Criminal Procedure, as well as Education Law, Civil Rights, and International Human Rights at Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law. She was also one of only two American professors invited to speak to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing on the issue of sex trafficking.