CSU Women’s Leadership Conference to Feature Meghan McCain

Meghan McCainCOLUMBUS, Ga. -- Political columnist and award-winning blogger Meghan McCain headlines a slate of nationally accomplished speakers for Columbus State University’s seventh annual Women’s Leadership Conference.

Presented by CSU’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development, the March 15-16 event will run 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 3100 Gentian Blvd.

Presentations will cover such topics as employee engagement, influencing and inspiring, 21st Century leadership, generations in the workplace, working in harmony, leading across international boundaries, how to play the game of life and delivering happiness.

McCain, right, the daughter of 2008 Republican presidential nominee and Arizona senator John McCain, will give a Tuesday luncheon (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) talk titled “Red is the New Black: Putting Women’s Issues into Political Perspective.”

  A Columbia University graduate who completed internships with Saturday Night Live and Newsweek magazine, McCain, 26, created McCainBlogette.com to report from behind the scenes of her father’s presidential campaign. The blog garnered a pair of distinguished awards in politics: The Golden Dot Award for Best Blog, and two Pollie Awards from the Association of Political and Public Affairs Professionals.

She has authored the New York Times best-selling children’s book My Dad, John McCain (2008) and Dirty Sexy Politics (2010). Copies of both will be available for purchase, and McCain will autograph the books following her presentation.

The overall conference theme, Take the Lead: innovate. orchestrate. perform. will be punctuated by nine additional presentations, including “Working in Harmony,” a special interactive session 3:30-4:20 p.m. Tuesday, led by Paul Hostetter, CSU’s Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair for Orchestral Activities at CSU’s Schwob School of Music.

Rounding out the speaker list is:

  • Monica Hill, vice president of human resources, NBC Universal Media Studios
  • Libby Wagner, president, Libby Wagner & Associates
  • Faith Johnson, HR consultant (FFJ Consulting) and former HR director for Coca-Cola Africa
  • Dale Smith Thomas, founder/CEO, Winners by Choice, Inc.
  • Eva Cooper, assistant director, Cunningham Center for Leadership Development
  • Marc Olivié, president and CEO, W.C. Bradley Co.
  • Jenn Lim, chief happiness officer (~CEO), Delivering Happiness
  • Sharon Lovoy, SPHR, president and Owner, Lovoy's Team Works, Inc.

Olivié will speak about the roles of women in leadership positions as part of an 8:30-9 a.m. Wednesday breakfast sponsored by W.C. Bradley.

The conference “promises to be as exciting” as in as past years, said Kim Rozycki, director of events and marketing for the Cunningham Center. “Added attractions and bonuses include a Continental breakfast, lunch and a ‘Margaritaville’ reception on Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday.”

Registration, at $349 per person, is open online at http://womensleadershipconference.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling Shana Young at 706-568-5101.

For more information, contact Rozycki at 706-569-3055, e-mail rozycki_kim@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://cunningham.ColumbusState.edu/womensconference/.