2014 Conference Highlights

In February 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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Career Playbook: Practical Tips for Women in Leadership

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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, Fanchise Owner, McDonalds

Closing Session

Presented by Pam Bilbrey, President - Bilbrey and Associates

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", James Hume
  • "Leading Change", John P. Kotter
  • "Hardwiring Excellence", Quint Studer
  • "The Secret Handshake", Kathleen Reardon
  • "How Will You Measure Your Life?", Clayton M. Christensen
  • "Purpose Driven Life", Rick Warren
  • "The Strengths Finder", Tom Rath
  • "The Road Less Traveled", M. Scott Perry
  • "Why", Simon Sinek
  • "Primal Leadership", Daniel Goleman
  • "Lean In", Sheryl Sandberg
  • "Leaders Eat Last", Simon Sinek
  • "The Customer Comes Second", Hal Rosenbluthe

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