2017 Conference Highlights

On March 3, 2017, the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program convened its forth 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: "Propelling Women’s Careers: A Developmental Network Approach"

Presented by Dr. Wendy Murphy, Associate Professor of Management, Babson College



Panel Discussion "Random Thoughts from Insanely Successful Women"

Moderator: Sue Straughn, News Anchor/Senior Editor, WEAR-TV

  • Dr. Kim LeDuff, Dean & Associate Vice Provost, University College, University of West Florida
  • Mary Hoxeng, Owner & General Manager, Cat Country 98.7 FM/NewsRadio 92.3 FM/NewsRadio1620 AM
  • Christy Manderson, Vice President of Sales, Highpointe Hotel Corporation
  • Amy Miller, Port Director, Port of Pensacola


Panel Discussion "Investing In Your Future & Owning Your Destiny"

Moderator: Christina Doss, Managing Director, Saltmarsh Financial Advisors

  • Allison Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Lakeview Center Inc. and Senior Vice President, Baptist Health Care
  • Xia Liu, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gulf Power Company
  • Cecilia Nanni, Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Regions Private Wealth Management
  • Kristine Rushing, Chief Operating Officer, Risk Consultant, Beck Partners


Closing Session: "You, Them, Us…Leadership in Practice"

Presented by Bentina Terry, Vice President, Customer Service and Sales, Gulf Power Company


Photo Gallery

A collection of photos of speakers, panel discussions, and attendees at the 2017 Women in Leadership Conference.


Recommended Reading Book List

  • "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" by Brene Brown
  • "The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" by Jon Gordon
  • "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie
  • "Lean In...Women, Work and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg
  • "The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law" by Norm Goldstein
  • "Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life" by Dr. Spencer Johnson
  • "The Investment Answer" by Daniel C. Goldie & Gordon S. Murray
  • "Failing Forward" by John Maxwell
  • "John Maxwell's 5 Levels of Leadership" by John Maxwell
  • "The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy" by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
  • "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell

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