Women in Leadership Conference celebrates 10 strong years

Saturday, April 8, marked the 10th anniversary of the annual Women in Leadership Conference, created in 2008 by Beverly (Roushey ’83) Nemecek, retired professor of marketing at SAU. The event was designed to help women fulfill their potential as leaders and empower them to accomplish their goals. The conference is completely planned and executed by female business students. Linda Schaub ’00, lead advisor for the event, says, “By allowing young women to use their excellent planning and organizational skills to execute such a successful event, they realize the potential they have as effective leaders.” This year’s event, themed “Journey by Design,” featured Tracy McCullough, president, CEO and founder of Cardinal Group Industries, who boasts over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. In 2015, McCullough was recognized as Manufacturer of the Year by the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association. Additional presenters included Mary Albert Darling ’78, associate professor of communication; Betty Overton-Adkins, provost emeritus; and Terri (Abbott ’86) Pardee, professor of psychology. Discussions of self-awareness, mindfulness, spiritual formation, self-care and relationship with God filled the day. Angel Kono ’09, faculty advisor for the event, remarks, “I hope to maintain this high quality of speakers in the future, and to expand the number of women we reach. One goal is for the women in our community and beyond to consider this an annual and highly anticipated event.” The 2018 conference will be held April 14.

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