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 2014 WIL subscriptions call or email Liz Roling (lroling@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 2014 Women in Leadership Schedule.

Learn what WIL participants have to say about the seminar.

2014 Women in Leadership Series:

January 24: “Principles of a Positive Culture: Care, Act, Lead and Learn” featuring Jim Geiger, Founder/Chairman/ CEO of Cbeyond and a 2013 Leadership Character Award winner. Cbeyond provides innovative IT and communication tools to over 58,000 small businesses across the country. Jim’s background includes senior leadership roles with Intermedia Communications, Digex, FiberNet, and Frontier Communications. He began his career in accounting and studied pre-law at Clarkson University. He is highly respected for his service outside the business world, e.g., Board of Directors of Marist School, Cox School of Business – SMU; and ReachLocal. In 2013, he joined the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center.

February 28: “What Leaders Say about Visibility, Promotions, & Presence: An Insider’s View” featuring Sally Williamson, President of SW&a. Previously, she was president of Simply Speaking and VP of Sales for Speakeasy. As a business owner, consultant, speaker, and author, Sally is recognized as a leading resource for improving the impact of spoken communication and executive presence. Her expertise extends to sales skills and account planning, media, and personal style and image. Her industry experience is extremely broad including accounting, construction, consumer products, financial services, pharmaceuticals, public relations, real estate, telecommunications, and transportation and utilities. Sally is a proud graduate of UGA and her latest book is “Leading Executive Conversations.”

March 28: “Learning on the Fly: Key Insights in Change Management, Strategic Planning & Leadership” featuring Paulette Corbin, Executive-in-Residence, North Highland, and former SVP at Delta Airlines. Paulette currently works with a global consultancy whose clients include some of the most recognizable names in the world. Prior to North Highland, she held high level positions with Delta from Delta Express to Airport Customer Service West. Paulette was a key leader in Delta’s $1.8 Billion cost reduction efforts in less than 18 months and she led a $1.2 Billion operations unit with over 14,000 globally distributed employees. She’s known for her accomplishments in a fast-paced, ever-changing, global business environment and for her focus on customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

April 25: “Integrity, Respect, & Responsibility – Building a Culture to Exceed Customer & Employee Expectations” featuring Marci McCarthy, President/CEO, T.E.N. (Tech Exec Networks, Inc.) and a 2013 Leadership Character Award winner. T.E.N. is a national technology and security executive networking and marketing organization. Nominated for numerous industry awards, T.E.N. is highly respected among companies like The Walt Disney Co., GE, Coca-Cola, etc. In 2012 Marci was personally presented with a citation by a Georgia congressman for “exceptional and distinguished service in providing guidance and leadership in protecting the nation’s public and private sectors in cyberspace,” and March 13 was designated Marci McCarthy Day! She is also a long-time supporter of WIT, Techbridge, SciTrek, and TAG.

May 30: “Why It Matters to Know, to Lead with, and to Live Your Personal Brand” featuring Carol Godfrey, VP of Marketing and Product Development, Southwire – Energy Division. Southwire is a privately held company, and one of the largest manufacturers of wire and cable in the world. Carol helps maintain the company’s presence in the power and renewable energy industry. An Auburn engineering graduate, she has many years of marketing, sales, and manufacturing leadership roles with other companies like Hubbell Inc., Alcan, Ralston Purina, and Tampa Electric. Within her current company she’s respected for her common sense leadership approach, her authenticity, and for co-leading Southwire’s Engineering Academy, a cooperative internship program with Carrollton High School.

June 27: “Your Personal & Professional Development Through the Lens of Three Experts” featuring Kym Harris, Ed.D., Patricia Budd, M.A., and Patty Kubus, PhD. (A special 3 hour seminar) Dr. Harris’, President/CEO of Your Sweetspot Coaching and Consulting, focus is “Comprehensive Competence.” She’s a seasoned and respected expert in HR and Talent Development and has held top corporate roles. Dr. Kubus, whose focus is “Leadership and Followship,” founded Leadership Potential International, has a BS in Nursing, an MBA, and Doctorate in Human Development and Education. She has consulted, managed sales teams, and taught college courses. Patricia Budd’s focus is “Wellness and Well Being.” Her background includes a masters in counseling from Boston University, a VP-HR position with United Way, and certifications in nutrition and coaching.

July 25: “Leadership Across Boundaries: Insights from the Military, Corporate & Higher Education” featuring Jim McGarrah, Chief of Staff, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and 2013 Leadership Character Award winner. He’s an ambassador/spokesperson for GTRI, handling state, federal, and campus relations, guiding strategy, and supporting the staff and GT in general. A true leader for all seasons: 37 years in the Navy retiring as a Rear Admiral; 24 years in telecom including BellSouth and Cingular Wireless; serving with distinction in both the reserves and the corporate world. Other roles include special assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; Georgia State Chair/Chair of the Training Subcommittee for the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve; member of AFCEA; BENS, state and national Prof. Engineering Associates; church leader, husband, father, grandfather, etc. Jim graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and holds master’s degrees in HR management. and mechanical engineering.

August 22: “Starting at the Bottom, Making It to The Top: Insights on What it Takes” featuring Angela Dotson, Partner, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP and a 2013 Leadership Character nominee. HA&W is the largest tax, accounting, and business advisory firm headquartered in Georgia. Angela is the youngest female to be named partner at the firm and first African American to make partner there. Called a “trailblazer” by some, she’s best known for her character, courageous spirit, trustworthy nature, and her unique ability to view issues and conflicts from various perspectives. Angela helped forge her own career success with a focus on women-owned businesses and has achieved a high level of satisfaction and respect with her clients as well as her colleagues. Outside the firm, she serves on the Board for Turning Point, a healthcare facility for women with breast cancer, and the C5 Youth Foundation of Georgia, helping at-risk youth.

September 26: “Learning from My Daughter, the Gen Xer – Learning from My Mother, the Baby-Boomer” featuring Veronica Biggins, Managing Director of Diversified Search / Board Practice Leader, and Kenzie Biggins, Founder/President of Uniquely Defined, a social media consulting firm. Veronica’s distinguished career includes the White House staff under President Clinton and Vice Chair / U.S. Delegation to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, etc. Other roles include Woodruff Arts Center Trustee; Member Emeritus, CDC Foundation; and many outstanding leadership awards. Kenzie holds a BS in Fashion Merchandising from FSU and an M.A. from SCAD. Before founding her company in 2011, she held leadership roles with Target and BOA. Her recognition as a leader and change agent has grown rapidly through involvement with the AMA, the National Black MBA Association, and various volunteer and mentoring roles. She’s also a 2013 Leadership Character “Inspiritor” nominee.

October 24: “Leadership with a Purpose: Making a Difference in our City and our Region.”  featuring  Renay Blumenthal, President of the Grady Health Foundation.  Prior to assuming this role in 2013, Renay was SVP of Public Policy for the Metro ATL Chamber.  In a career spanning nearly 30 years, she’s earned a reputation as one of ATL’s most respected leaders across the civic, business, foundation, & political sectors – not an easy feat!  Renay has held numerous leadership roles in city & state government as well as 15 years private sector experience in strategy, finance, policy development, staff management, and external affairs.  A summa cum laude graduate of Ga Tech, she also holds an MBA from GSU; was a member of both Leadership GA (2000)  & Leadership Atlanta (2006); & a  YWCA Woman of Achievement (2009), among other honors.  In addition, Renay serves on various non-profit boards.

November 21: “Social Entrepreneurship: Challenges & Triumphs” featuring Sue Lawrence, Executive Director, Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF), and 2013 Leadership Character “Inspiritor” Nominee. The JRF is a Georgia-based, national charity honoring the name and legacy of an American woman, an impassioned proponent of women’s rights and first woman elected to Congress in 1916. Starting as an all-volunteer organization, JRF hired its first professional staff in 2001. Sue became Executive Director in 2004. She’s helped raise over $2M for scholarships – helping over 750 women pursue their life dreams of college education. Sue’s background and leadership include Girl Scouts, Clarke County Public Schools, Project Safe, Rotary Program Chair, Chair of the Women in Business Council, graduate of LEAD Athens, and winner of the prestigious Athena Award in 2007, and most recently, Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.

December 19: “Career 2.0:” featuring Becky Blalock, Managing Partner at Advisory Capital, a strategic consulting firm providing insight and expertise across the energy, IT, and medical industries. Previously, Becky was a highly respected SVP/CIO for Southern Co. where she helped garner numerous accolades for the company as an IT innovator. Recognized as a thought leader in the IT and utility industries, she’s received multiple awards and honors, e.g., CIO of the Year, Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, Shining Star, Power Woman of the Year, Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Legacy Award from Women in Technology. Her many external and community contributions include service to the Girls Scouts, United Way, Emory Healthcare, YWCA, and The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. In her own “Career 2.0” she has become a highly successful author and speaker. Becky holds an MBA from Mercer and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard.