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2014 Conference Highlights

On February 7, 2014, the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program convened its first Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. About 400 students, faculty and community leaders attended. Following are highlights of the conference.


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Opening Session

Presented by Dr. Judy Bense, President, University of West Florida



Panel Discussion "Communication Skill: A Pathway to Career Success"

Moderator: Julie Sheppard, General Counsel, Institute for Human & Machine Cognition

  • Pam Childers, Clerk of the Court & Comptroller, Escambia County
  • Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost, University of West Florida
  • Holly Smith, President, H2 Consulting
  • Debbie Ritchie, Chief Operating Officer, Studer Group 
  • Bentina Terry, VP External Affairs & Corporate Services, Gulf Power


Panel Discussion "Emotional Intelligence: A Core Competency for Great Leadership"

Moderator: Evon Emerson, retired CEO, Greater Pensacola Chamber

  • Kathy Anthony, Vice President, IMS ExpertServices and Chair, Vistage Florida
  • Debbie Calder, Sr. Vice President, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Carol Carlan, President, Sacred Heart Foundation
  • Susan O'Connor, Franchise Owner, McDonalds


Closing Session

Presented by Pam Bilbrey, President, Bilbrey and Associates


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Photo Gallery

A collection of photos of speakers, panel discussions and attendees at the 2014 Women in Leadership Conference.


Recommended Reading Book List

  • "Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers", by James Hume
  • "Leading Change", by John P. Kotter
  • "Hardwiring Excellence", by Quint Studer
  • "The Secret Handshake", by Kathleen Reardon
  • "How Will You Measure Your Life?", by Clayton M. Christensen
  • "Purpose Driven Life", by Rick Warren
  • "The Strengths Finder", by Tom Rath
  • "The Road Less Traveled", by M. Scott Perry
  • "Why", by Simon Sinek
  • "Primal Leadership", by Daniel Goleman
  • "Lean In", by Sheryl Sandberg
  • "Leaders Eat Last", by Simon Sinek
  • "The Customer Comes Second", by Hal Rosenbluthe

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