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2016 Conference Highlights

On March 4, 2016, the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program convened its third Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. About 400 students, faculty and community leaders attended. Following are highlights of the conference.

Recommended Reading Book List

  • "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success" by Sylvia Ann Hewlett
  • "The Customer Comes Second" by Diane McFerrin Peters and Hal Rosenbluth
  • "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand
  • "The Business Model Innovation Factory" by Saul Kaplan
  • “Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters” by John Maxwell
  • “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” by Seth Godin
  • “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek
  • "The Art of Leadership" by George Manning and Kent Curtis
  • "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain

Opening Session: "Mentorship Experiences that Make the Difference!"

Presented by Carol Carlan, President, Sacred Heart Foundation

Panel Discussion "Leading Through Innovation"

Moderator: Jennifer Grove, Community Development Manager, Gulf Power Company 

  • Debbie Calder, Executive VP, Greater Pensacola Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Dr. Sharon Heise, Associate Director, Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition
  • Dr. Mary Mehta, Chief Medical Officer & Pediatric Cardiologist, Nemours Children's Clinic
  • Dr. Pamela Northrup, CEO, Innovation Institute, and Senior Associate Provost, University of West Florida

Panel Discussion "Juggling Whilst Climbing a Mountain"

Moderator: Rachael Gillette, Director of Professional Development, Studer Community Institute 

  • Christina Doss, Managing Director, Saltmarsh Financial Advisors
  • Lisa Reese, President & Publisher, Pensacola News Journal
  • Amie Remington, General Counsel, Landrum Human Resource Companies, Inc.
  • Kimberly Wyatt, News Director, WEAR-TV/WFGX-TV

Closing Session: "Power and Pearls: A Conversation on Women and Career Advancement"

Presented by Dr. Katrice Albert, Vice President, Office for Equity and Diversity, University of Minnesota