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Welcome to the Sixth Annual Women in Leadership Conference

A brief word from the Women in Leadership Conference Chair.

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Dr. Sherry Hartnett
Dr. Sherry Hartnett

Welcome to the sixth annual Women in Leadership - Designing Your Future Conference. 

The Women in Leadership Conference at the University of West Florida grew out of a desire to help develop women into leaders and to see more women represented in leadership roles in business and the community.  The conference showcases remarkable women through inspiring speeches and panels dedicated to both personal inspiration and practical application.

I want to give you an idea of what you can expect at the conference this year and what we hope to achieve. First, Emily Ley will discuss the epidemic of burnout and how women can best eliminate distractions, prioritize commitments, and fully immerse themselves in their callings at home and the workplace. For many women, the tug-of-war between career and family is real and difficult — often riddled with burnout and stress. Emily will share her own imperfect story of building an internationally bestselling brand and navigating life in her most important role, as a mom to three.

Next, a panel of accomplished women entrepreneurs shares their stories of how they found their passions and turned them into lucrative careers. Many women today have amazing ideas and concepts but struggle with the confidence needed to bring them to life. These panelists will reveal how building a successful business in today’s world is challenging, but most of all, is possible. 

Then, a panel comprised of experienced female executives from some of the largest companies in Pensacola will share advice on how to navigate through waves of change. They'll pull from their own experiences to highlight the importance of making yourself an invaluable asset to rise to the top – not sink – during turbulent times in the ever-evolving corporate world.

Finally, we’ll hear from Julie Kratz who will share with attendees how to build a winning career game plan. As she will tell you, women with a plan win and are 80% more likely to succeed if they know what they want and articulate it clearly.  She will discuss how to build your plan, charter your career visions, your purpose statements, tangible goals, and aspirational competencies.  We anticipate that participants will walk away with critical action steps for designing your future, and a plan to get there.

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 Ana Carrasquillo, Helen Funk, and Selena Williams 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. 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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