Business & Economy

UWF announces 2020 Women in Leadership conference date and keynote speaker

The University of West Florida College of Business Executive Mentor Program will host the 2020 Women in Leadership Conference on Friday, Feb., 28, 2020. Registration will open on Jan. 6, 2020. The event, which is free and open to the public, has grown in popularity since it was started in 2014.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with check-in from 8 to 9 a.m. in the UWF Conference Center and Auditorium, Building 22, on the UWF Pensacola campus. It will offer opportunities to hear from and connect with prominent women leaders who have achieved both personal and professional success.

“Our motivation for this highly regarded Women in Leadership Conference is to educate the next generation of business leaders who will shape the destiny of Northwest Florida and the state,” said Dr. Sherry Hartnett, founder and chair of the conference. “This go-to event for hundreds of women, both very seasoned and just beginning their careers, sells out quickly every year, so register early!”

This year’s keynote speaker will be Deshauna Barber, a former Miss USA, U.S. Army Captain and STEM graduate. Her speech, titled “I Don’t Like Being Told ‘It’s a Man’s World,’” aims to empower women and draws on Barber’s experiences in two male dominated organizations, the technology industry and the U.S. Army. Barber encourages women to break through their glass ceilings and chase their dreams.

For more information about the Women in Leadership conference, visit