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A brief word from the Women in Leadership Conference Chair.


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Sherry Hartnett

Welcome to the first Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. It is an exciting time for Pensacola as we continue to develop women into leaders through empowerment, support and connections. We have packed the day with exciting speeches, thought-provoking panels, and the chance to meet remarkable women from all over the area.

I would like to give you an idea of what you can expect and what we hope to achieve. The UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program strives to create an agenda that meets not only students' professional development needs, but also the needs of the community. We designed this conference to provide you with the tools, strategies, best practices and motivation to contribute to and lead positive change within your organization, now and in the future.

This forum provides you with the incredible opportunity to not only hear and learn from nationally recognized experts, but also to expand your network. Our hope is that you will learn, laugh, relax and enjoy the camaraderie of your friends, colleagues and new acquaintances. We want you to leave the conference feeling inspired by the incredible women presenting and empowered to develop greater leadership skills that foster your personal and professional growth.

This event is the result of the collective effort of a fantastic team. While there are too many to list individually, I do want to thank each of our speakers, moderators and panelists. All of these women, leaders in their fields, have graciously agreed to share their wisdom and experience with us, and for this, we are grateful. These women, and so many more, have been the driving force behind this conference. I also want to recognize and thank Pensacola Young Professionals for facilitating the roundtable discussions, Wal-Mart for underwriting the luncheon, Student Government Association and Student Ambassadors for volunteering, and to Rachel Hedrick for her assistance in coordinating this event.

Before I close, I would like to thank each of you for attending the conference. Our role was to plan the program, but it is truly your conference and it is your participation that makes it worthwhile. You, as leaders, have the vision, the knowledge, the ability and the experience to help us pave our way into the future. Throughout this conference, I ask you to stay engaged and help us shape the future of Pensacola.

My personal respect and thanks goes out to all of you.

Sherry Hartnett
Women in Leadership Conference Chair

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