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2018 Conference Highlights

On March 9, 2018, the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program convened its fifth 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: How Women Leaders Build Successful Companies and Communities

Presented by Susan Story, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Water Works Company, Inc.

Panel Discussion: Evolving Role of Leading Women

Moderator: Amie Remington, General Counsel, Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc.

  • Alexis Bolin, Broker Associate, KW Keller Williams Realty Gulf Coast
  • Kara Cardona, Vice President, Greater Pensacola Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, Director, Center for Cybersecurity, University of West Florida
  • Rev. Susan Sowers, Rector, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and Retired Colonel, US Army

Panel Discussion: Emerging Leaders: How to be Successful by Embracing Change

Moderator: Mollye Barrows, Media & Marketing Specialist, Levin, Papantonio  

  • Ashley Hodge Harris, Director of Strategic Outreach & Engagement, Baptist Health Care
  • Jennifer Allen McFarren, Community Development Representative, Gulf Power Company
  • Chuntell Patterson, Listing Specialist, Property Management Division, Realty Masters of FL
  • Alison Westmoreland, Director, Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Information Center

Closing Session: Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

Presented by Karen Moore, Author, speaker, and CEO and founder of Moore Communications Group

WILC18 Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

A collection of photos of speakers, panel discussions, and attendees at the 2018 Women in Leadership Conference.

Recommended Reading Book List

  • "Traveling Mercies" by Anne Lamott
  • "Just Mercy" by Bryon Stephen
  • "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg
  • "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch
  • "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
  • "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" by Simon Sinek
  • "Switch - How to Change Things When Change Is Hard" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • View a longer list of recommended books

Other resources

  • TED Talk - "Teach girls bravery, not perfection" by Reshma Saujani
  • TED Talks by Angela Lee Duckworth
  • Harvard Business Review