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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 fourth annual Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. 

We designed this conference to provide relevant knowledge to help develop women into leaders through empowerment, support, and connections. We have a full day of inspiring speeches, thought-provoking panels, and a chance to meet remarkable women from all over the area. 

Knowledge is power. For women in business, in particular, you need to know yourself—your strengths and weaknesses—as well as your impact on others. Moreover, just as important, you need to understand your organization fully and what's required for success. As a lifelong learner myself, I have realized over the years how important it is to invest continually in your personal and professional development.

I would like to give you an idea of what you can expect at the conference and what we hope to achieve. Our agenda this year covers topics from creating strategic developmental relationships and networks to investing in your future and owning your destiny. This forum will provide you with strategies, tips, best practices and motivation to help you thrive in your personal life and career.

As you listen and learn from the conference sessions, think about how mentoring can make a difference in your life. A mentor or coach who can offer wisdom and encouragement is invaluable to someone throughout their career journey. I believe that mentorship fosters leadership; it is an exchange of experiences, knowledge, and power. It enables a mentee to form clear goals and set out to achieve them with the backing of an ally. The wisdom, reassurance, and tough love you receive from mentors can be priceless. As an executive mentor, I’ve learned that mentoring is an incredibly rewarding experience not only for the mentee but the mentor too.

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, Mikayla Catani, and Carlos Bown for their enthusiastic assistance in coordinating this event. Thank you also to all the volunteers from Pensacola Young Professionals and the University of West Florida Student Ambassadors, Women in Business Organization, and ROTC. 

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 the 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 Assistant Professor, College of Business


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

Conference attendee