3 Speakers on Tap for the Women’s Leadership Conference | business

Women in Business, Williamson, Inc.’s women’s initiative, will hold its annual Women’s Leadership Conference on August 16th at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Generations in the Workplace”. It’s about uniting women in the workplace, with a focus on generational challenges, including differences in communication styles, general work practices, collaboration, mentoring and employer expectations. These differences highlight how difficult it can be to create an environment in which all generations can work together in harmony.

Conference starts at 8:30 am, complimentary breakfast is served at 9:00 am. The event ends at 11:00 am

The cost to attend is $75 for Williamson, Inc. members, $100 for guests, and $1,500 for hosting a table.

“The Women’s Leadership Conference is for women leaders at all stages of life, from young professionals to veteran leaders,” said Abby Bass, vice president of events and communications for Williamson, Inc. “All attendees will leave with a strategy that they can implement in their careers immediately.”

Three talented speakers will speak on various topics.

Melanie Adams, Executive Director at the Belmont University Center for Executive Education, will begin by speaking on The Five Generations Workforce.

In her role, Adams leads the center’s team of facilitators, curriculum designers and program staff in developing programs and mentoring leaders within the center’s programs. She has experience designing and teaching fully customized leadership development programs for Fortune 100 and 500 companies and specializes in bridging the topics she teaches with the strategic focus of those organizations.

One of Adams’ primary goals for participants in the Center’s sessions is to make new concepts easy to understand and apply, while fully embracing the Center’s motto of “Learn Today, Apply Tomorrow.”

Adams also serves as the center’s principal consultant, working directly with clients to design tailored leadership development programs for local and national organizations. She has also maintained an active teaching role in leadership courses.

Perri duGard, President and CEO of DuGard Communications, will speak on The Power of Female Mentorship.

duGard is an experienced Marketing, Communications and Public Relations professional who brings proven leadership skills, delivering measurable results and building awareness to achieve goals through communications strategies. She creates strategies and programs for clients of all sizes and enjoys dreaming big and then making them succeed.

Kim James, Executive Director of the Young Leaders Council, will speak on Generational Harmony: Leveraging Differences.

She has over 15 years of experience in community relations, program management, donor engagement and communications. James is a graduate of Fisk University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance before earning a master’s degree in business administration from the Tennessee State University in 2003 Year Award and 2018 graduating from the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School in Peoria, Illinois .

The Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is located at 700 Cool Springs Blvd. at Franklin.

To register or learn more about the conference, visit www.members.williamsonchamber.com.

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