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UWF announces 2024 Women in Leadership conference date, speakers and ticket information

The University of West Florida’s Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz Center for Leadership, housed in the College of Business, will host the 10th annual Women in Leadership Conference on March 14, 2024. The conference, presented by Kia Autosport, will be offered in person at the UWF Conference Center on the University’s Pensacola campus, as well as virtually.

“The goal of this conference is to educate, empower and inspire women to reach their fullest potential,” said Tim Kinsella, executive director of the AWKO Center for Leadership. “This year, on our 10th anniversary, we are excited to bring world-class speakers and panelists to discuss how understanding your purpose can help you find resiliency in a modern world. We are also excited to bring experts in personal well-being and mindfulness to help attendees understand how they can find balance in their busy lives. This will be a fun, energizing event that will help people better understand themselves and connect meaningfully with the people around them.”

This year’s conference, themed “Resiliency Through Purpose,” will provide opportunities to learn from and connect with prominent leaders who have achieved personal and professional success. The keynote speaker will be Simplified® founder Emily Ley ’05, ’07. Actor, writer and producer Erik Stolhanske will also speak at the event. In addition, many local businesswomen will share their stories of success as entrepreneurs with attendees. WEAR-TV morning news anchor Laura Hussey will emcee the conference. The conference will include a panel discussion geared toward corporate professionals and a panel discussion for small business professionals.

Young professionals will learn how to unlock their personal and professional leadership potential and create a blueprint for success in both business and the community. Seasoned professionals will learn to leverage their unique strengths and be agents of positive change in current and future leadership roles. 

In-person tickets are available for $150 and virtual tickets cost $75. The 2024 Women in Leadership Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with check-in from 8 to 9 a.m. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For more information about the Women in Leadership Conference, to purchase tickets or to view a complete list of speakers and sponsorship opportunities, visit