3 speakers on the bill for the Women’s Leadership Conference | Company


Women in Business, the women’s initiative of Williamson, Inc., will hold its annual Women’s Leadership Conference on August 16 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Generations in the Workplace”. It’s about uniting women in the workplace with a focus on generational challenges, including differences in communication styles, general work practices, collaboration, mentorship and employer expectations. . These differences show how difficult it can be to create an environment in which all generations can work together in harmony.

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a complimentary breakfast served at 9:00 a.m. The event will end at 11:00 a.m.

The cost to attend is $75 for Williamson, Inc. members, $100 for guests, and $1,500 to hold a table.

“The Women’s Leadership Conference is designed for women leaders at all stages of life, from young professionals to seasoned executives,” said Abby Bass, vice president of events and communications at Williamson, Inc. “All participants will walk away with a strategy they can implement in their career immediately.

Three talented speakers will present on various topics.

Melanie Adams, Executive Director of the Belmont University Center for Executive Education, will speak first on the topic “The Five Generation Workforce”.

In her role, Adams leads the center’s team of facilitators, curriculum designers, and program staff in developing programs and developing leaders within the center’s programs. She has experience developing and teaching fully customized leadership development programs for Fortune 100 and 500 organizations and specializes in cultivating a connection between the topics she teaches and strategic direction. of these organizations.

One of Adams’ main goals for participants in the center’s sessions is to easily understand and apply new concepts, fully adhering to the center’s motto: “learn it today, apply it tomorrow”. .

Adams is also the center’s primary consultant, working directly with clients to design custom leadership development programs for local and national organizations. She also maintained an active teaching role in leadership courses.

Perri duGard, President and CEO of DuGard Communications, will speak on “The Power of Female Mentorship”.

duGard is an experienced marketing, communications and public relations professional who brings proven leadership, creating measurable results and building awareness to achieve goals through communications strategies. She develops strategies and programs for clients of varying sizes and enjoys dreaming big and then executing successfully.

Kim James, Executive Director of the Young Leaders Council, will speak on the theme “Generational Harmony: Leveraging Differences”.

She has over 15 years of experience in community relations, program management, donor engagement and communications. James graduated from Fisk University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in financial economics before earning a master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee State University in 2003. She is the 2018 recipient of the Women in Leadership of Central Illinois’ Woman Leader of the Year Award and 2018 graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School in Peoria, Illinois.

The Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is located at 700 Cool Springs Blvd. in Franklin.

To register or learn more about the conference, visit www.members.williamsonchamber.com.


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