CSU Leadership Conference Targets Professional Women

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Area professional women will get insight from nationally recognized experts in the second Womens Leadership Development Conference, to be hosted Oct. 16-17 by Columbus State Universitys Cunningham Center for Leadership Development.

Themed Women in Leadership Winning With Passion, Power and Possibilities, the event targets women who aspire to develop skill sets that will help them achieve personal career goals as well as effectiveness in the corporate world.

Ed Helton, director of the Leadership Institute at the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, said the annual conference has been established to help strengthen leadership in the local business community.

The conference is in response to a need or niche our local business community believes is not being addressed, he said. Because of our capabilities as a university, the Cunningham Center was able to join in this effort to help women in the corporate workforce learn enhanced leadership skills which will, in turn, develop more ways for them to achieve success.

Keynote speakers are Gail Evans, best-selling author of Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman; Dan Amos, chairman and CEO of Aflac; and Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch, founders of Leadstar, a Virginia-based consulting firm dedicated to leadership development among women.

The conference also will feature presentations and discussions led by area female professionals who have a track record of achievement and excellence in the corporate world. General session presenters are Linda Hadley, dean of CSUs D. Abbott Turner College of Business and Lee Lee James, vice chair and chief people officer at Synovus. Additional workshops, focusing on individual leadership skills, are:

Fake it Til You Make It: The Power of Confidence and Self-Esteem, presented by Susan Andrews, superintendent of Harris County Schools.
From Stuck to Stellar: Taking, Giving and Profiting From Criticism, presented by Robin Pennock, deputy superintendent of the Muscogee County School District.
From Surviving to Thriving: Leveraging Passion in Your Career, presented by Becky Rumer, senior vice president at Synovus.

These workshops and general discussions will benefit both emerging and senior female leaders throughout the area, Helton said. We encourage everyone to attend.

Those interested in participating may register online at http://www.ccld.colstate.edu. The cost is $349 per person, which covers all workshop, meal and material fees. For more information, contact the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development at 706-568-5101.