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UWF College of Business to host Women in Leadership: Designing Your Future

The University of West Florida College of Business Executive Mentor Program will host Women in Leadership: Designing Your Future on Friday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. in the UWF Conference Center on the main Pensacola campus. Registration will begin at 11 a.m.

The conference will feature thought-provoking session presentations and panel discussions from recognized thought-leaders. Attendees will gain knowledge about emotional intelligence and its link to leadership effectiveness; learn how communication skills can be a pathway to career success; gain an understanding of some of the issues that women face in various career paths; and understand how important it is to align personal values with leadership behaviors.


Featuring successful local women in leadership, conference speakers will include:

  • Kathy Anthony, VP, IMS ExpertServices and Chair, Vistage Florida
  • Dr. Judy Bense, President, University of West Florida
  • Pam Bilbrey, President, Bilbrey and Associates
  • Debbie Calder, Sr. VP, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Carol Carlan, President, Sacred Heart Foundation
  • Pam Childers, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, Escambia County
  • Evon Emerson, retired CEO, Pensacola Chamber
  • Susan O’Connor, Franchise Owner, McDonald’s
  • Debbie Ritchie, COO, Studer Group
  • Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost, University of West Florida
  • Julie Sheppard, General Counsel, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • Holly Smith, President, H2 Consulting
  • Bentina Terry, VP External Affairs & Corporate Services, Gulf Power

Attendees will have the opportunity to strengthen their network with successful women including UWF alumnae and community leaders, interact during a roundtable luncheon and hear candid advice about how to navigate the business world and succeed in their careers.

“We want attendees to leave the conference feeling inspired by the incredible women presenting and empowered to develop greater leadership skills that will foster their personal and professional growth,” said conference chair Sherry Hartnett.

The UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program, which launched its first class during the Fall 2012 semester, matches students from the University with influential community business leaders who share their personal and professional experience, knowledge and skills. The one-on-one mentor relationship allows for individual attention to the student mentees’ career aspirations, professional development and networking needs. The access to local business leaders provides students with an inside track for full-time, post-graduate employment.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

For additional information, or to register for the conference, visit http://uwf.edu/womeninleadership.