Women’s Leadership Development Conference Set for Oct. 15-16

COLUMBUS - The Leadership Institute at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center for Leadership Development will stage its third annual Women’s Leadership Development Conference on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16.

Speakers and workshop leaders will address the theme “Authentic Leadership: Develop – Empower – Inspire,” as the conference is designed to empower and enhance leadership skills for the “21st Century woman,” while providing practical, hands-on training immediately applicable both professionally and personally.

photos of Gale Pollock, Carmen Agra Deedy, Samantha Johnson, Phil TomlinsonKeynote presenters are U.S. Army Surgeon General Gale S. Pollock, storyteller-author Carmen Agra Deedy, AirTran Senior Marketing Manager Samantha Johnson and TSYS Chairman of the Board & CEO Phil Tomlinson.

A Columbus native, Johnson has earned AirTran Airways’ Excellence” and “President’s” awards both in 2005. She also holds a pair of national Effie Awards for excellence in marketing, one for her work with AirTran and earlier with Hugh Advertising. Also prior to joining AirTran in 2001, she served five years as senior media planner for J. Walter Thompson, handling the Ford Dealer Association advertising planning.

Pollock became the Army Medical Commander and Acting Surgeon General in March 2007. She also is the Army Nurse Corps. chief and formerly the Martin Army Hospital commander at Fort Benning, among several previous positions. She also has earned the Distinguished Service Medal among several awards and decorations, including the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Deedy, who delivered CSU’s 2007 Hunter Lecture, is an award-winning storyteller and best-selling children’s author, noted for a razor-sharp wit and light, entertaining style. Born in Havana in 1960, Deedy and her family fled the Cuban Revolution to Decatur, Ga., in 1963. Her storytelling reflects her family’s subsequent acclimation to cultural differences while successfully rebuilding their lives. As a professional storyteller, Deedy has shared her stories with hundreds of thousands of children and adults nationwide at festivals, schools, conferences, theaters and museums and through National Public Radio’s “Weekend All Things Considered.” A recent book, “The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark” earned awards worldwide.

In his former role as president, Tomlinson directed the TSYS strategy of technological growth and advancement. But among clients, colleagues and team members, he is better known for his tireless efforts to exceed clients’ expectations. Outside the company, he is a chairing CSU’s 2007-2008 Annual Fund campaign and, among several other leadership roles, he is a member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, American Cancer Society Board, the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation Board, the CSU Foundation Board of Trustees, the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development Advisory Board, the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley Board and the Financial Services Roundtable.

The conference costs $349 per person. The Cunningham Center is located at 3100 Gentian Blvd., Columbus. To register, or for more information, go to http://ccld.colstate.edu or call 706-568-5101.