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 2014 WIL subscriptions call or email Liz Roling (email@example.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 2014 Women in Leadership Schedule.
2013 Women in Leadership Series:
December 13: “Leading the Way in Information Security, Policy, and Compliance” featuring Annie Anton, PhD, Professor & Chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Prior to GT, she was Director of the CSC Policy and Compliance Initiative and a member of the North Carolina State University’s Cyber Defense Lab. She also chaired the North Carolina State Public Policy Task Force. As a researcher, academic and leader, Dr. Anton is highly respected among students, faculty, and policymakers. Her professional activities include associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, co-founder of SREIS, and RELAW, and currently a member of the International Board of Referees for Computers & Security. Her personal life’s journey is equally compelling: her parents’ escape from Cuba, her own dyslexia, and her service on behalf of Trekking for Kids, supporting orphanages around the world. Don’t miss this inspiring role model.
January 18: “The New Marketplace: How Women, Youth & Multiculturism are Shaping Our Future” featuring Farnaz Wallace, thought leader, author, and strategic consultant; former EVP & CMO with Church’s Chicken where she served as chief brand protector and performance accelerator. Previously she held marketing positions at KFC and account management positions at several advertising agencies. Born in Iran, and immigrating to the U.S. at age 15, Farnaz has many life lessons to share, e.g., facing and overcoming issues of ethnicity, gender, class, caste, religion, politics etc.—all of which have shaped her vision. A sought-after national speaker, she holds a BS degree from the University of Southwest Louisiana and an executive management certificate from Stanford. She also volunteers with refugee women and children. Her new book addresses societal transformations and will be available for signing after the seminar. Read January Highlights.
February 22: “Creating a Better Life: What You Need to Know about Wealth & Happiness” featuring David Geller, CEO & Co-Founder of GV Financial Advisors and a 2009 winner of Turknett’s Leadership Character Award. David received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Emory and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. Changing careers from law to financial management, David knew he wanted to help clients achieve monetary success while finding greater satisfaction and meaning in their lives. He’s an engaging and interactive speaker and workshop leader who generously shares his transformational ideas with various groups. In 2012 David’s book, Wealth and Happiness, was released. In it he debunks many misconceptions about money and happiness. Expect to leave this seminar with a new perspective and with actions you can immediately implement to create a better life. Read February Highlights.
March 22: “From CNN to Public Broadcasting: Lessons Learned about Leadership, Innovation, & Power” featuring Teya Ryan, CEO/Executive Director of GPB. As a highly successful 30-year broadcast media veteran, Teya has won seven Emmys, four Cable Ace Awards and was named one of the ten most powerful women in the media in 2002. Her media experience includes management, production, and content creation, and she’s known for her passion for storytelling, her curiosity for the world around her, and her innovative ideas—having generated a series of television “firsts.” She also built the first set for CNN NewsGroup at both the NYSE and the NASDAQ. Beyond the professional area, Teya serves on the board of Oxfam America; is VP and founding member of the Society for Environmental Journalists, and is a Trustee for the Woodruff Arts Center. She’s also active with Women in Film, The Women’s Leadership Forum, and the Rotary Club of Atlanta. Read March Highlights.
April 26: “Achieving Better Balance in Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here to Close the Gender Gap?” featuring Susan Bell, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, and Kathy Waller, VP & Controller for The Coca-Cola Company. Susan, a 2013 nominee for Turknett’s Leadership Character Award in the CEO/ Large Co. category, is also a trailblazer as the first woman to lead one of the Big Four accounting firms in Atlanta, and has provided active leadership to E&Y’s gender equity and inclusiveness initiatives. Susan was also elected to the firm’s Americas Advisory Council & Social Responsibility Advisory Council, in addition to serving on the United Way Board and chairing the Finance Committee. Kathy was personally selected by CEO, Muhtar Kent, to chair the company’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) as part of their Global Women’s Initiative. and their 20/20 Vision. The progress brought about by the WLC and this initiative are so impressive that the company recently received a Catalyst Award for the advancement of women. Read More: April WIL Highlights.
May 24: “The Future of Higher Education: What’s at Stake & The Impact on Business” featuring Cathy Cox, 21st President of Young Harris College and former Georgia Secretary of State (SOS) and a gubernatorial candidate. Her educational background and honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Mercer; Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law; BA degree in Journalism – Summa Cum Laude, UGA and an AA degree in Agriculture from ABAC. While in politics, she also served as Assistant SOS, and in the Georgia House of Representatives. Cathy has served in numerous leadership roles and board positions including the Board of Directors, United Community Bank; Wesleyan College, Trustee Emeritus; Director – Georgia Cities Foundation; and the Advisory Board – State YMCA of Georgia. Most importantly, Cathy is known as a kind, generous and approachable leader with unmatched integrity and vitality. As a leader and speaker, her wit and wisdom are second to none! Read More: May WIL Highlights
June 28: “Public Health in the 21st Century: From Obesity, to Infant Mortality, to Bioterrorism” featuring S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P. – District Health Director, DeKalb Co. Board of Health. A board-certified pediatrician, she has also served as the State Health Officer responsible for the development of policy and legislation pertaining to public health and enforcing related laws and regulation. Dr. Ford oversees clinical and population-based services in a county where over 130 languages are spoken, and speaks Spanish, French, and Italian herself. Her focus areas include bioterrorism, infant mortality, health disparities, asthma, obesity, and nutrition. Dr. Ford has received many awards and honors including a 2012 Humanitarian Award, a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, and a National Medical Fellowship. She received her Medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine and her MBA from Howard’s Graduate School of Business. June 2013 Highlights.
July 19: “Bringing Flexibility and Alternative Working Arrangements to Corporate America” featuring Allison O’Kelly, Founder/CEO of Mom Corps. Since starting her business in 2005 and growing it to 17 franchise locations across the country, this award-winning entrepreneur has become the “go-to expert” in workplace flexibility for women. She’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, on The Today Show, Entrepreneur and Working Mother magazine. An MBA from Harvard and a licensed CPA, Allison started her career in public accounting with KPMG. She moved on to Toys “R” Us where she launched the original Babiesrus.com website and ran a major store. As a working mother of three little boys, it was her own life experience—and that of other women—that motivated her to become an entrepreneur and ultimately to create one of the country’s fastest growing private companies. July 2013 Highlights.
August 23: “Technology with a Soul: Leading for Profit and a Purpose” featuring Karstin Bodell, VP General Business Marketing, IBM. She has held positions of increasing responsibility across the USA and Europe where she was Director of Solutions & Integrators and Director of Marketing for Small & Medium Business. Karstin began her career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen in Chicago and holds a BA in Management Science and Public Policy from Duke University. She is a member of the GSU Atlanta Marketing Roundtable, is on the Executive Advisory Board for AMA, and is on the Board of Jr. Achievement of Georgia, in addition to serving as a long-time mentor with Pathbuilders, Inc. Karstin is also proud to share some of the work IBM is doing around the world, helping women and their families in developing countries to have access to the latest technology in order to change their lives for the better. August 2013 Highlights.
September 27: “Your Change Management Plan: How Leaders Can Reduce Stress, Increase Positivism, and Accomplish More” featuring Tricia Molloy, motivational speaker, mentor and author of Working with Wisdom. A sought-after speaker who has presented to businesses and women’s organizations across the country, Tricia is highly regarded for her ability to inspire and empower others to take action and make positive change. She started her own public relations firm, Molloy Communications, in 1988 to support the success of other passionate business owners. Throughout her life and career, Tricia has always used universal principles and has counseled clients and colleagues to do the same. As a rather prolific writer, she also wrote an eBook, entitled “Design Your Ideal Life. ” Expect to leave this seminar energized and ready to take charge. September 2013 Highlights.
October 25: “Google: An Insider’s Perspective – How the Culture Really Works” featuring Kathy Daly-Jennings. Kathy is responsible for a team that delivers best in class advertising sales and support to top retailers across the Southeastern region. With 20+ years of interactive marketing and brand building experience for other companies like The Coca-Cola Company and The Weather Channel, she has also consulted on marketing initiatives for IBM, BellSouth, and NIKE. Kathy earned a degree in psychology from UGA and her master’s of business administration from Emory. Based in Atlanta with her family and active in AMA and other professional organizations, Kathy currently has an inside track on one of the world’s most iconic brands and cultures. Come get the real scoop! October 2013 Highlights.
November 15: “Lessons in Leadership, Career Transition, and Global Business” featuring Marianne McPeak Johnson, EVP Global Head of Product and Innovation, Elavon, Inc., a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp. Prior to Elavon, Marianne’s career included significant roles at Equifax , ARS, and Medaphis where she quickly moved up and across the corporate ladder. A 2008 WIT/“Woman of the Year” in the Enterprise Organization Category, and a Turknett Leadership Character Award nominee, Marianne continues to be recognized for her outstanding leadership and talent. In addition, she is passionate about making a difference locally and globally. Along with others in U.S. Bancorp’s women’s network, Marianne is excited about the work they’re participating in in Africa, helping women and girls. She’s also one of only three WIL speakers in the past 10 years to return for a second engagement! November 2013 Highlights.