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Welcome to the Fourth Annual Women in Leadership Conference

A brief word from the Women in Leadership Conference Chair.

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Dr. Sherry Hartnett

Welcome to the fifth annual Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. 
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We designed this annual conference to provide relevant knowledge to help develop women into leaders through empowerment, support, and connections. We have packed the day with inspiring speeches, thought-provoking panels, and a chance to meet remarkable women from all over the area. 

I would like to give you an idea of what you can expect at the conference and what we hope to achieve. First, I’m thrilled with the caliber of successful, motivational business leaders who have agreed to speak at our conference in 2018. We’ll hear from Susan Story, President and CEO of American Water Works, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility which provides service to more than 15 million people in 47 states. We’re delighted to have her back in Pensacola, where she served as President and CEO of Gulf Power Company.

Next, panelists will provide actionable insights on designing your future career. Successful women in leadership will share their stories of rising through the professional ranks. They will share insights on the challenges and successes of the climb to the top and offer advice stemming from their years of experiences in the classrooms, in the courtroom, in the boardroom, and on the battlefield. We also have a panel of emerging leaders who will talk about how to be successful early in your careers by embracing change. Whether you are just starting out in your career or are already committed to your profession, changes are inevitable. Embracing those changes, both planned and unexpected, can help you build the career and life you want and find your personal path to success.

To close out our day, we’ll hear from Karen Moore, author, speaker, and CEO and founder of Moore Communications Group. As business leaders, how much time do we waste chasing the competition? The focus, instead, Karen will tell us, should be inward. How can we be more innovative? How can we identify champions for our brand and products? How do we create a culture of teamwork, creativity, and empowerment? Karen discusses ways to leave the competition behind and stand out.

All of our conference speakers, leaders in their fields, have graciously agreed to share their wisdom and experience with us, and for this, we are thankful. I’d like to recognize Katina Hoffman and Carlos Bown for their enthusiastic assistance in coordinating this event. Thank you also to all the UWF student volunteers from the Student Ambassadors, ROTC and the College of Business student organizations who participated. 

We look forward to everyone joining us to enhance their leadership journey. This conference offers you an incredible opportunity to not only hear and learn from nationally recognized experts but also to expand your personal 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.

Thank you for attending our conference. Stay engaged and help us shape the future of Pensacola.  

Warm regards,

Dr. Sherry Hartnett
Women in Leadership Conference Chair
Director, Executive Mentor Program
Clinical Professor, College of Business

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"I love that there is an event that supports the development of female leadership in Pensacola by spotlighting these women in the community."

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