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2020 Women in Leadership Conference Highlights

On February 28, 2020 the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program convened its seventh annual Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future conference. Mote than 1,000 students, faculty and community leaders enjoyed the conference. About 430 attended in person along with more than 600 who joined via the live stream. Following are highlights of the conference.

Women in Leadership Conference 2020
I Don't Like Being Told "It's a Man's World"
Deshauna Barber

Why is the opening session speech not fully published? Each speaker can release or retain publication rights (audio, video, and text). Some speakers do not always grant permission. We respect those requests. Capt. Barber was gracious and participated in a video interview that we have posted for viewers. She also permitted us to post photos of her, which you will find in our photo gallery.

Understanding Executive Presence and Your Personal Brand

Pam Hatt, Vice President, Marketing, Pen Air Federal Credit Union - Moderator

Betsy Bowers, VP, Finance and Administration, University of West Florida

Sheila Carpenter, Chief Information Officer, Zix|AppRiver

Janice Gilley, Escambia County Administrator

Julie Griffin, Senior Vice President, Contact Center Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union

Would not-for-Profit work be right for you?

Ildi Hosman, President, Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida - Moderator

Laura Gillam, President and CEO, United Way of West Florida

Tia Robbins, Co-Founder (with NFL husband Fred Robbins), Mr. Robbins Neighborhood

Laurie Rogers, Executive Director, Pace Center for Girls Escambia- Santa Rosa

Paula Shell, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida

Closing Session
Grit and Grace

Dr. Judy Bense, Florida Women's Hall of Fame Inductee, President Emeritus UWF

Recommended Reading

"The Servant Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale and Improve Bottom-Line Performance", James Autry
"Managing from the Heart", Hyler Bracey, Jack Rosenblum, Aubrey Sanford, and Roy Trueblood
"Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential", Dan Palotta
"Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.", Brene Brown
"FYI: For Your Improvement – Competencies Development Guide", Heather Barnfield and Michael M. Lombardo
"Fired –Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion Into Action (AFP Fund Development Series)", Gail A. Perry

Recommended Podcasts

"The way we think about charity is dead wrong", Dan Pallotta, TED Talk