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2015 Conference Highlights

On February 13, 2015, the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program convened its second Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. Over 400 students, faculty and community leaders attended. Following are highlights of the conference.

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Opening Session

Presented by Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of West Florida



Panel Discussion "Building and Protecting your Personal Brand"

Moderator: Denise McLeod, Vice President and COO, Landrum Human Resources

  • Jennifer Grove, Community Development Manager, Gulf Power Company
  • Andrea Krieger, President and CEO, United Way of Escambia County
  • Kia Painter-Holland, Vice President of Human Resources, Cox Communications
  • Michelle Scaglione, PHR, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources, Navy Federal Credit Union


Panel Discussion "Willing to Lead"

Moderator: Pam Bilbrey, President, Bilbrey and Associates

  • Brian Baumgardner, President and CEO, West Florida Healthcare
  • Susan Davis, President and CEO, Sacred Heart Health System
  • Allison Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Lakeview Center Inc.
  • Captain Maureen O'Hara Padden, Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola


Closing Session: "Make It Worth It: Find & Do What You Love"

Presented by Debbie Ritchie, Chief Operating Officer, Studer Group


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Photo Gallery

A collection of photos of speakers, panel discussions and attendees at the 2015 Women in Leadership Conference.


Recommended Reading Book List

  • “The Fred Factor” by Mark Sanborn
  • “The Servant” by James C. Hunter
  • “5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?” by Dan Zadra
  • “The Power of a Praying Woman” by Stormie Omartian
  • “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young
  • “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High” by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler and Laura Roppe
  • “One Minute Manager” by Kenneth Blanchard
  • “Writing that Works” by Walter E. Oliu and Charles T. Brusaw
  • “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell
  • “Be Yourself-Everyone Else is Already Taken-Author” by Mike Robbins
  • “Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain
  • “Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader” by Linda A Hill and Kent Lineback
  • “American Icon” by Bryce Hoffman
  • “True North” by Bill George
  • "Appreciative Inquiry" Books
  • “The 5 Levels of Leadership:  Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential” by John Maxwell
  • “Hardball for Women:  Winning at the Game of Business” by Pat Heim
  • "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
  • "A Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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