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The Women in Leadership Signature Series is a monthly platform for women across industries to learn from other women of high achievement, and to use the wisdom and knowledge gained to support their personal and professional growth.

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Women empower other women. Women need a space where they can be vulnerable, authentic, and supported. Women in Leadership is that space. When you join Women in Leadership, you’re joining a community of like-minded women who inspire each other and help each other grow.

2024 Pricing & Packages

Individual Annual Membership… $550

Table of Eight Seats…………………. $3,500

For questions regarding 2024 memberships, please email Kathy Igou, Vice President of Operations, at kigou@turknett.com.

Women in Leadership Signature Series

In-Person Breakfast Events

  • Four events, one per quarter
  • Quality Venue: The Commerce Club, 49th Floor of the Peachtree Tower, Atlanta
  • Companies who purchase a table can swap attendees anytime
  • CDC indoor safety protocols followed
  • Full breakfast and free parking
  • Networking with other professionals and featured presenter(s)

Virtual Events

  • Eight online fireside chat events via Zoom during non-breakfast event months
  • Unlimited ability to share invitation links with colleagues
  • Ideal resource for team discussions and leadership development
  • Convenience of digital delivery
  • Recording & transcript of presentation provided following each virtual event

Our Next Event:

Karen Goff

With Dean Goff’s extensive experience in higher education and her dedication to fostering student development, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Her passion for empowering individuals to cultivate strong leadership skills is sure to inspire and motivate all attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an exceptional leader and gain valuable insights into building a mindset that drives success.

Meet This Year’s 2024 WIL Speakers

Jennifer Sciubba, Ph.D.

January

Jennifer Sciubba, Ph.D.

Speaker Details

January 19th Virtual Event: “Leading and Living in a World of Declining and Aging Population,” featuring Jennifer Sciubba, PhD, author of “8 Billion and Counting,” Global Fellow at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Center, TED Speaker

In an era where the global population is undergoing unprecedented shifts, Dr. Sciubba’s expertise in demography, global health, and international relations provides a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that arise from a declining and aging population. She will share her groundbreaking research which has shed light on the social, economic, and political implications of these demographic changes, urging us to rethink our approaches to leadership and lifestyle in this dynamic world.

Karen Goff

February

Karen Goff

Speaker Details

February 16 Virtual Event: “Building a Leadership Mindset,” featuring Karen Goff, VP & Dean of Students, Oberlin College & Conservatory

With Dean Goff’s extensive experience in higher education and her dedication to fostering student development, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Her passion for empowering individuals to cultivate strong leadership skills is sure to inspire and motivate all attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an exceptional leader and gain valuable insights into building a mindset that drives success.

Oneda Castillo

March

Oneda Castillo

Speaker Details

March 15 In-Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Women Building Tomorrow’s Leaders through Sports,” featuring Oneda Castillo, LPGA, Director of Golf for Women in Golf Foundation, & Inductee to African American Golfers Hall of Fame.

Please join us in welcoming Oneda Castillo, a distinguished LPGA golfer, who has made it her mission to pave the way for aspiring athletes. Oneda joins a diverse panel of trailblazers who will shed light on the challenges, triumphs, and opportunities for women in sports leadership.

Kimberly Beaudin

March

Kimberly Beaudin

Speaker Details

March 15 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Women Building Tomorrow’s Leaders through Sports,” featuring Kimberly Beaudin, CEO, College Football Hall of Fame.

We are honored to host Kimberly Beaudin, the CEO of the College Football Hall of Fame, whose leadership has contributed to the growth and success of the organization. Kimberly will join a diverse panel of trailblazers who will shed light on the challenges, triumphs, and opportunities for women in sports leadership.

Joeleen Akin

March

Joeleen Akin

Speaker Details

March 15 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Women Building Tomorrow’s Leaders through Sports,” featuring Joeleen Akin, Exec Assoc. Athletic Director, Title IX Coordinator, & SWA, Georgia Tech Athletic Association.

We are privileged to have Joeleen Akin, an exceptional Executive Associate Athletic Director and SWA from the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, whose expertise and dedication have made a significant impact on the world of collegiate athletics. Joeleen will join a diverse panel of trailblazers who will shed light on the challenges, triumphs, and opportunities for women in sports leadership.

Meredith Moore

April

Meredith Moore

Speaker Details

April 19 Virtual Event: “Women In Money,” featuring Meredith Moore, Founder & CEO, Artisan Financial Strategies and TEDx

Speaker Meredith brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Her thought-provoking TEDx talk sheds light on the challenges and opportunities that couples face when it comes to coming together on their finances. Meredith’s engaging style and comprehensive understanding of the subject make her an exceptional choice to address women and money. Join us for an enlightening and empowering session that will undoubtedly leave you inspired and equipped to navigate the world of personal finance with confidence.

Kathy Waller

May

Kathy Waller

Speaker Details

May 17 Virtual Event: “Leadership Lessons from the Intersection of Corporate and Community,” featuring Kathy Waller, Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress, Member, Corporate Boards of Delta Air Lines, Beyond Meat, Cadence Bank and CGI as well as Member, Board of Trustees of Spellman College and Woodruff Arts Center, and former CFO, Coca Cola

With her extensive experience in both the corporate and community spheres, Kathy Waller is uniquely positioned to share invaluable insights on the topic. As an influential leader at one of the world’s best-known brands and an advocate for Atlanta’s community and economic opportunity for all, Kathy’s expertise and experience are bound to provide critical insights into navigating both while serving as a Business leader, corporate and non-profit board member, and as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress.

Karen Hilton

June

Karen Hilton

Speaker Details

June 21 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Staying Positive in an Increasingly Negative World,” featuring Karen Hilton, SHRM-SCP, CPC, PCC and Founder & CEO, T.A.P. Executive Coaching

Staying positive in a negative world can be challenging, but it’s certainly possible with the right mindset and strategies. With a wealth of experience in empowering individuals to achieve their full potential, Karen offers valuable insights on maintaining positivity in challenging environments. Don’t miss this enriching discussion with remarkable professionals who are models of resilience and optimism in today’s world.

Julie Untener

June

Julie Untener

Speaker Details

June 21 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Staying Positive in an Increasingly Negative World,” featuring Julie Untener, VP & Chief of Staff to COO, NCR Voyix

Staying positive in a negative world can be challenging, but it’s certainly possible with the right mindset and strategies. We are honored to have Julie whose impressive career as a corporate leader has equipped her with extensive knowledge on navigating negativity in the professional world. Julie’s unique perspective and practical strategies will provide actionable steps for keeping positive amidst adversity. Don’t miss this enriching discussion with remarkable professionals who are models of resilience and optimism in today’s world.

Edna Morris

July

Edna Morris

Speaker Details

July 19 Virtual Event: “From CHRO to CEO: Journey to the Top of the Tough as Nails Restaurant Industry,” featuring Edna Morris, Chairman of the Board, Tractor Supply Company, Sr. Advisor, Solomon Partners, Founding Chair, Women’s Food Service Forum, and Co-owner/CEO of Range Restaurant Group

Edna Morris is an influential and inclusive leader in the restaurant industry and beyond. With a remarkable career that includes prominent roles such as President of Red Lobster, President of the James Beard Foundation, President of Quincy’s Family Steakhouse, and Founding Chair of the Women’s Food Service Forum, she has been recognized as an industry trailblazer. Earlier in her career she went from the top job in HR to the top job in a restaurant concept, for a multi-billion-dollar multi concept company, Flagstar, and she remains one of the few people in the industry who arose to a top industry job from HR. Listen in as we explore how she did it and how her Southern U.S. small town upbringing kept her grounded along her journey.

Camye Mackey

August

Camye Mackey

Speaker Details

August 16 Virtual Event: “Service Profit Chain – Advocating from the Top,” featuring Camye Mackey, EVP & Chief People, Diversity, & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

Recognized for her expertise in linking employee engagement, diversity, and inclusion with the guest experience and ultimately with profitability, you’ll want to learn from her insights on building a culture that enables employee empowerment and award-winning service in the world of sports.

Dr. Sharon Bergquist

September

Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist

Speaker Details

September 20 In Person Event at the Commerce Club: “Women Living Well,” featuring Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, Board Certified Physician, Research Scientist, Lifestyle Medicine Pioneer

Dr. Bergquist has nearly three decades of experience in clinical care, scientific research and workplace wellness and has much to share about the impact of lifestyle as medicine. She is considered a leader in the preventative care movement, healthy aging, and lifestyle medicine. This podcaster (Whole Health Cure), author (Plantology, A Cookbook Based on the Science of Plant-Based Eating), and educator (see her website drsharonbergquist.com), generously lays out scientifically-based strategies to live well.

Sandy Gordon

October

Sandy Gordon

Speaker Details

October 18 Virtual Event: “Delivering People Strategies to the Front Door of Employee Experience,” featuring Sandy Gordon, VP of People Strategies and Technology, Amazon Transportation & Logistics

No stranger to the transportation industry, having previously managed all domestic airport operations for Delta Air Lines this not to miss conversation with a people strategist in a human capital-intensive industry is sure to provide insights to developing and executing successful strategies to attract, engage, and retain talent. Ever important especially during ups and downs of the economy, technology disruptions, and industry crises.

Helen Ramirez

November

Helen Ramirez

Speaker Details

November 15 Virtual: “Leading from the U.S. Border,” featuring Helen Ramirez, City Manager, Brownsville, TX.

Our featured guest is the first woman and first Hispanic to be appointed to the City Manager role for Brownsville, TX, and one of only two Hispanic city managers among the top 20 largest cities in the U.S. Brownsville is home to the Space X launch site at Boca Chica and was in the news throughout 2023 as migrant surges were reported in multiple U.S. border communities as Title 22 was ended. Listen in as Helen shares her unique experiences and insights as the chief executive of a city government, and her inspirational advice to all women regarding the vision they have for themselves.

Michael Quiello

December

Michael Quiello

Speaker Details

December 13 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Leading Multiple Generations at Once,” featuring Michael Quiello, VP, Safety, Security, & Operational Excellence, Avelo Airlines

For the first time in history, there are five generations in the workplace. Traditionalists—born 1925 to 1945, Baby Boomers—born 1946 to 1964, Generation X—born 1965 to 1980, Millennials—born 1981 to 2000, and Generation Z—born 2001 to 2020. How do generational differences affect how we manage and lead? Learn from Michael and two other informed and invigorating generation representatives.

Elizabeth McLeod Lotardo

December

Elizabeth Mcleod Lotardo

Speaker Details

December 13 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Leading Multiple Generations at Once,” featuring Elizabeth McLeod Lotardo, Consultant, LinkedIn and HBR Contributor, & Author of Forbes Article, “Why Millennials Keep Dumping You, An Open Letter to Management”

For the first time in history, there are five generations in the workplace. Traditionalists—born 1925 to 1945, Baby Boomers—born 1946 to 1964, Generation X—born 1965 to 1980, Millennials—born 1981 to 2000, and Generation Z—born 2001 to 2020. How do generational differences affect how we manage and lead? Learn from Elizabeth and two other informed and invigorating generation representatives.

Amira Daugherty

December

Amira Daugherty

Speaker Details

December 13 In Person Panel Discussion at the Commerce Club: “Leading Multiple Generations at Once,” featuring Amira Daugherty, Singer, Writer, Spoken Word Poet, Speaker

For the first time in history, there are five generations in the workplace. Traditionalists—born 1925 to 1945, Baby Boomers—born 1946 to 1964, Generation X—born 1965 to 1980, Millennials—born 1981 to 2000, and Generation Z—born 2001 to 2020. How do generational differences affect how we manage and lead? Learn from Amira and two other informed and invigorating generation representatives.

Why Attend WIL?

  • Gain inspiration and information around key topics related to their development.
  • Build networking opportunities useful to the organization served.
  • Learn tips, tools, and techniques from leadership experts
  • Create a network of fellow female leaders and professionals.
  • Have access to event recordings for continued growth and development.

Testimonials

I have encouraged women at all levels of our organization to attend so they can interact with other women who are overcoming similar work-life challenges and thriving.  As a direct result of my participation in WIL, we have hired two women to join our Financial Operations team in the last 18 months, and my professional network now includes at least four times more women leaders than when I attended my first meeting

–Trey Thomas, FVP, Director of IT Program Management Office, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta

I’ve really enjoyed the Women in Leadership series. I’ve met so many amazing people. I have attended so many in-person sessions and virtual sessions and just learned so much from everyone. It has been a great contributor to the forward movement of my personal career as well. I’ve met a lot of great folks in partnership with Turknett Leadership Group at our Women in Leadership series. And it has actually gotten me to where I am today.

–Hope Harris, SPHR, SHRM-CP, Vice President of Human Resources, Real Floors Inc.

WIL is truly the highlight of my month and I always look forward to it.  The speakers are amazing, bring diverse backgrounds and each is inspiring in their own way.  I have had 3 memberships to WIL each year for the last 10 or more years and I rotate the seats.  Susan Hitchcock and TLG have certainly made a difference in the lives of so many women (and a few good men) in the Atlanta community.

–Tracy L. Garner, Retired Vice President AT&T, Nonprofit Board Member

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For over two decades, Women in Leadership has inspired, informed, and invigorated courageous women who lead the way in the workplace, and we don’t want you to miss out! Join a legacy and become part of a space to develop, network, and grow your career along side other fearless women!

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