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Women's Leadership Conference

Friday • April 5, 2019

The CBU Women’s Leadership Conference presented by Christian Brothers University’s President's Commission on Women will be a forum to promote women’s professional and leadership development and advancement. Women working in academia and the public and private sectors will come together to educate and challenge each other through accomplished speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. The attendees will have an opportunity to network with professionals and leaders in various organizations in the Memphis area.

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Event Schedule

8:00 - 9:45 a.m. Conference Registration and Coffee
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
9:00 - 9:35 a.m. Self-BrandingPamela Cherry (Smith & Nephew)
Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
9:00 - 9:35 a.m. A Good Fit?Dr. Anne Kenworthy (CBU)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
9:40 - 9:45 a.m. Welcome RemarksDr. John Smarrelli Jr. (President, CBU)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Getting a Seat at the Table
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
Panel: Audrey Gregory (St. Francis), Mearl Purvis (FOX13 News), Gabrielle Dycus (FedEx), Carolyn Hardy (Chism Hardy Investments, LLC and Henderson Worldwide Investments, LLC), Jennifer Timm (International Paper)
Moderator: Joanna Crangle (MBJ)

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Luncheon Keynote – Michelle Epps (Senior Vice President IT & CIO FedEx Freight)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Book Signing/Vendor Break
12:15 - 12:55 p.m. KeynoteMary Kay Wegner (President, ServiceMaster Brands)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
12:55 - 1:10 p.m. Networking Break
Breakout Sessions  
1:10 - 1:55 p.m. The Power of AuthenticityKontji Anthony (WMC Action News 5)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
1:10 - 1:55 p.m. Are You Financially Secure? – Kerry Jackson (Fish and Associates)
Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
1:10 - 1:55 p.m. Collegiate to Career
presented by the Society of Women Engineers
Buckman Hall 102
Panel: Angie Mines (Smith & Nephew, Inc.), Lisa Dierl (Medtronic), Kim McGrath (Mitsubishi Electric Power Products), Loraine N. Tomeh (Semi-retired/Treasurer, SWE Memphis)
1:55 - 2:20 p.m. Coffee Break
2:20 - 3:00 p.m. Keynote: Leading With Emotional Intelligence
Emily Greer (Chief Administrative Officer, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
Breakout Sessions  
3:15 - 4:20 p.m. Developing Executive PresenceJill Greene and Maria Leggett (AutoZone)
Canale Arena, De La Salle Hall
3:15 - 4:20 p.m. Women in Non-profit
Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall
Panel: F
aith Pollan (Mid-South Peace and Justice Center), Kaci Murley (Leadership Memphis), Dr. Karen Golightly (Paint Memphis, Memphis Reads, CBU)
3:15 - 4:20 p.m. Entrepreneurship 101
Buckman Hall 358
Panel: Phillip Ashley (Phillip Ashley Chocolates), Chef Karen Carrier (food artist), Lynne Marie Becker, (Braniac Tutoring)
4:20 - 4:25 p.m. Closing

For conference sponsorship details, please contact Dr. Divya Choudhary at