Women in Leadership Seminars

Seminar Series

Our signature Women in Leadership (WIL) seminar series is a monthly program that provides a small group forum for female leaders to interact with each other and with inspirational and successful leadership role models, thought leaders, and other experts. Read highlights from past seminars.

TLG’s monthly Women in Leadership seminar series occurs either the third or fourth Friday of each month at the Commerce Club at 191 Peachtree Street (49th floor). Breakfast and networking begin at 7:30am and the presentation begins at 8:00am. Directions.

For information on 2015 WIL Subscriptions call or email Susan Hitchcock (susanhitchcock@turknett.com). If you have never attended, please call and let us know if you would like to attend your first session as our guest. View the 2015 Women in Leadership Schedule.

Learn what WIL participants have to say about the seminar.

2015 Women in Leadership Series:

January 23: “Building an Infrastructure and Ecosystem for Women’s Advancement” featuring Debbie Storey, Chief Diversity Officer & SVP Talent Management – AT&T/Dallas, TX. She’s responsible for the company’s award-winning efforts for an inclusive workforce and for meeting the business needs of the 21st century. Previously, her roles include VP Centers Support, VP Consumer Sales, VP Merger Integration & VP Broadband Transformation (latter two in BellSouth). She’s also served as president of BellSouth Women’s Networking Alliance and more recently, Women of AT&T. Debbie started her career in 1982 with Stevens Graphics as a customer service clerk. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice and an EMBA from UGA. She is highly respected for her integrity and leadership.

February 27: “Doing It All: Insights from a Business Leader, Entrepreneur, Marketing Expert, Mentor & Volunteer” featuring Moira Vetter, Founder & CEO – Modo Modo Agency. Moira has 30 years of experience in her field, generating revenue for her many clients, and specializing in B2B branding, sales and marketing effectiveness and alignment between internal & external communications. Previously she was President/COO of Merge Agency and has held nearly every position on an agency organization chart. She’s well-known for her many leadership roles including president of the American Marketing Assoc., her volunteer roles with TAG, WIT and Young Executives, and her multiple judging roles across the country. She’s also the recipient of various awards from IABC, PRSA, BMA, AMA, DMA, the Webby’s and ShowSouth. Moira was also a 2014 nominee for Turknett’s Leadership Character Award.

March 27: “Building Competitive Advantage through Service Quality” featuring Dr. Ken Bernhardt, Marketing Consultant & Regents Professor Emeritus – GSU. Retiring in 2013 after a stellar academic and research career, Dr. Bernhardt continues to be one of the most highly respected consumer and strategic marketing “gurus” in the country. He’s worked with dozens of corporations and the FTC and has chaired the boards of the AMA, ACVB, Jr. Achievement, Leadership ATL, the Community Foundation, the Alliance Theater, & GSU Foundation, just to name a few. He’s also a sought-after speaker, has published 12 books and monographs and wrote a column in the ABC for 9 years. Dr. Bernhardt is the recipient of many awards, including B2B Magazine’s Impact Leader Award, an ABBY Award, AMA’s Lemburg Award and Lifetime Achievement Award – plus the 2014 Turknett Leadership Character Award in Education. He received an MBA from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

April 24: “Discovery: How Georgia Is Preparing Students to Succeed in a Global Economy” featuring Jack Harris, President – Jr. Achievement/GA. Jack joined JA in 2002 as Director – International Operations, then VP for JA Worldwide. His previous work experience was with Smith Barney and as a teacher at Wesleyan School in Norcross. He holds a degree in politics and a certificate in political economy from Princeton. Recognized by the ABC in 2009 with a “40 Under 40 Award,” he also serves on the Board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Emory’s Board of Visitors; is a member of the Atlanta Rotary and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Ultimately, Jack is working to avoid a disaster, i.e., in a decade only 8% of jobs will be filled by non-high school grads but 30% of Georgia’s students don’t graduate from high school. Jack is also a husband and father of four children, so he truly cares about the future of Georgia’s young people.

May 29: “What I’ve Learned about Leadership in the Railway Industry” featuring Deborah H. Butler, EVP of Planning & CIO – Norfolk Southern, Norfolk, VA. Considered a trailblazer in the railroad industry, Deb’s career began 34+ years ago in Atlanta and she moved to corporate headquarters in 2007. A graduate of Agnes Scott College with an English degree, she holds additional degrees in executive education from Duke and advanced management from Harvard. She’s the rising chair of the Transportation Research Board executive committee and past chair of the National Grain Car Council. She also chairs her company’s Fast Track Steering Committee, mentors next generation leaders, helped create “Women in Norfolk Southern,” and received the honor of “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the League of Railway Industry Women. A mother of two grown daughters, Deb is currently on the Agnes Scott Board of Trustees along with other external commitments.

June 26: “Why I’m Passionate about Pro Bono & Community Service Work & Why Businesses Should Be, Too” featuring Elizabeth Finn Johnson, Sr. Counsel, Employee Relations – The Coca-Cola Company. Joining her current company in 1990, Elizabeth has had a significant impact in the legal arena, serving as counsel in the company’s Global Workplace Rights function. She graduated from Harvard cum laude and the University of Virginia Law School. She’s widely known for her devotion to non-profit work and served as President of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers’ Foundation; Past-Chair of the Study Hall; board member of the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence; and Vice Chair of the Board of Street Law, Inc. She’s also been recognized with various awards, e.g., awards presented by the League of Women Voters, and most recently, the Anti-Defamation League. A proud wife and mother as well, Elizabeth’s husband is Stuart Johnson, a 2013 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner and their daughter, Emily, serves in the Peace Corps in Africa. (We hope Emily can also be with us in June!)

July 24: “What It Means to be a Force for Greater Good” featuring Letty Ashworth, Director – Global Diversity, Delta Air Lines. A winner of a 2014 Turknett Leadership Character Award, Letty is a highly respected leader in her company for her contributions to their vibrant and inclusive culture. She leads initiatives that support veterans, employees with disabilities and diversity of all kinds. Serving the community with equal passion and commitment, she’s been on various boards including the YWCA of Greater Atlanta & co-chairs the program, “It’s Time to Talk” about institutional racism. A recipient of the American Legion’s Award for her untiring efforts to make the global workplace richly diverse, Letty’s been described as a master listener, a promise keeper, and a person of great dignity. In conjunction with the Carter Center, she has also worked with Habitat for Humanity all around the world.

August 27: “Best Practices in Executive Leadership Programs for Women” featuring Erika H. James, Dean of the Goizueta Business School & Professor of Organization & Management – Emory University. Before joining Emory in July 2014, Dean James was Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business in Virginia where she introduced the Women’s Leadership Program. She also served as a member of the executive council of the Faculty Senate. A published researcher and scholar, award-winning educator, and a sought after speaker and consultant, Dean James has expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership among other business topics. Along her career path, she also was a visiting professor at Harvard. Born in Bermuda, Dean James grew up in Texas and attended Pomona College and pursued an M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational psychology at the University of Michigan.

September 25: “What I’ve Learned about Leadership from Business and Community Service” featuring Patricia (Pat) Falotico, CEO – Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. Before being selected to lead Greenleaf, Pat completed an outstanding 31 year career with IBM where she was the Senior Executive for Georgia. Her business expertise includes sales, marketing, business development and operations with both a national and global scope. She’s equally known for her advocacy for others having served on the boards of the United Way of Greater Atlanta, the Metro Chamber, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, Girls, Inc., and the Ron Clark Academy. Pat continues to be an active member of the Metro Atlanta Regional Education Partnership and the United Way’s Women of Tocqueville. She accepted the Greenleaf position by saying, “This role allows me to work at the intersection of my experience and my passion for developing leaders while continuing to serve society.”

October 23: “How Business Schools Have Changed to Meet the Needs of a Global Economy” featuring Dr. Faye McIntyre, Dean – Richards College of Business, University of West Georgia. Dr. McIntyre is described as a champion and a SHEro to students and faculty and a primary reason they choose to be at UWG. She’s also a beacon of light and joy and always seeks the higher ground. Under her leadership, the Richards College of Business has been completely rebuilt and restructured and now sees 85% of their students land jobs after graduation. Known to be a fearless and passionate leader, the Atlanta Business Chronicle has chosen her as a top “Who’s Who in Education in Georgia” – among many forms of recognition. She’s also the Lead Dean at Georgia WebMBA, responsible for coordinating efforts of six USG universities, managing a $2.1M budget and overseeing everything to assure the quality of learning. Among Dr. McIntyre’s recent presentations are “Women in Business & Education”;” Lean Way In”; and “Top Ten Mistakes in the Workplace.” In every situation, she calls for a more equitable future and an exploration of the talents of all.

November 20: “Leading with Honor: A Personal & Professional Journey” featuring Lee Ellis, President & Founder – Leadership Freedom LLC, Col. USAF (Ret)and former Vietnam POW. Lee is a highly respected thought leader, consultant, researcher, speaker, educator, author and a prolific blogger. Nationally recognized and honored, he’s been featured across all media outlets including CNN, Forbes.com, ABC World News, C-Span, Fox, etc. He has experience and expertise in almost all areas of human capital. Among his many awards and recognition are two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, and four Air Force Commendation Medals and four Meritorious Service Medals. Known for his integrity and humility, Lee’s a true example of servant leadership; member of CEO Netweavers; and is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His latest award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton will be available for purchase. It provides a unique perspective of patriotism and sacrifice for one’s country and invaluable lessons in courage and accountability.

December 18: “Corporate Social Responsibility – Strategies and Opportunities for Leaders and Organizations” featuring Katherine Blue, Managing Director – Climate Change and Sustainability – KPMG LLC. Before joining her current firm in 2011,Dawn was the principle consultant for 12 years with Trinity Consultants for their Climate Change Services. She was and is the “go to expert” on regulatory interpretation, scenario planning, mitigation strategy development, completion of corporate GHG inventories, etc. Dawn holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MS in ME from the U. of South Carolina. She also has served as a consulting engineer to the U.S. Dept. of Energy and is a member of the National Association of Environmental Managers and the Air & Waste Management Assoc. She’s also a recognized leader in the ATL community and among the partners at KMPG.