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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
9:00 - 9:35 a.m. Self-BrandingPamela Cherry (Smith & Nephew)
9:00 - 9:35 a.m. A Good Fit?Anne Kenworthy (CBU)
9:40 - 9:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks – Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (President, CBU)
9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Getting a Seat at the Table
Panel: Audrey Gregory (St. Francis), Mearl Purvis (FOX13 News), Garielle 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)
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Book Signing/Vendor Break
12:15 - 12:55 p.m. KeynoteMary Kay Wegner (President, ServiceMaster Brands)
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)
1:10 - 1:55 p.m. Are You Financially Secure? – Kerry Jackson (Fish and Associates)
1:10 - 1:55 p.m. Collegiate Session presented by the Society of Women Engineers
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)
2:55 - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
Breakout Sessions  
3:15 - 4:20 p.m. Executive PresenceJill Greene and Maria Leggett (AutoZone)
3:15 - 4:20 p.m. Women in Non-profit Speakers TBA
3:15 - 4:20 p.m. Entrepreneurship 101 – 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