Women in Leadership Conference returns to UWF on March 3, 2017

The University of West Florida College of Business Executive Mentor Program will host its annual Women in Leadership conference on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the UWF Conference Center and Auditorium, Building 22, on the Pensacola Campus. Registration will be open starting on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

Entering its fourth year, the conference is themed, “Designing Your Future,” and features presentations and panel discussions from recognized thought-leaders. The free event is open to the public and welcomes men, women, students and professionals. Registered attendees will receive complimentary lunch in the auditorium.

“Attendees will enjoy the enthusiasm, honesty and powerful, inspiring stories of our highly successful speakers,” said Dr. Sherry Hartnett, Women in Leadership Conference chair and director of the UWF College of Business Executive Mentor Program. “We hope participants will leave the conference with motivation and ideas for designing their future careers and lives.”

Dr. Martha Saunders, who will become UWF’s sixth president on Jan. 1, 2017, will deliver the welcome address. Saunders has previously participated as a keynote speaker and panelist for the annual conference.

“I’m delighted to participate in this event,” said Saunders. “It has become an important tradition for our community. I learn something new every year.”

Other speakers for the 2017 conference have not been announced yet, but Hartnett said attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with prominent women leaders who have achieved both personal and professional success. The final list of speakers will be available when registration opens on Jan. 9.

“I hope that everyone schedules this conference on his or her calendar now,” she said. “Plan to register online as soon as the conference registration opens in January, because this conference has quickly sold out every year.”

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