2018 Wnet Leadership Summit - Agenda

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Meet Our Speakers!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

3:30 PM       

Registration Opens   

4:30 PM              

Welcome Remarks and Awards Ceremony 

Theresa Gongora, President of Wnet
Lisl Dutterer, Executive Director of Wnet

5:15 PM

Networking Reception and Silent Auction Opens

6:30 PM

Opening Night Reception and Silent Auction Close

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM                                                                                                                                                                   

Registration Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Theresa Gongora, President of Wnet

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Woman in Leadership

Pamela Joseph

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Women on Boards Panel

Have you ever wondered how women are appointed to the boards of companies? What difference does it make when women are in the boardroom? We will clear up the mystery and discuss opportunities with a group of women who have board experience and a senior recruiter who places board seats.

Panelists Include: Pattye Moore, Martina King, & Matrice Ellis-Kirk

10:45 AM -11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Women in Technology Panel

The ratio of women versus men in tech is 20 to 80, and has changed little over the years. Why do so few women pursue these careers? What are the advantages to playing in a male-dominated field and what does it take to succeed? We will hear honest feedback from our panelists who pursued careers and thrived in tech, rising to the levels of CEO and beyond.   

Panelists Include: Claire Lewis Arnold, De Angela Duff, & Carol O'Kelley                                                 

11:45 AM -1:00 PM


12:15 PM

Lunch Keynote

Serena Smith

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

First of Many Panel

For the first time in Wnet history, our panel of executive men will join us and discuss their views on leadership, mentoring and building skills for the future.

Panelists Include: Todd Linden, Tom Wimsett, James Russell, & Robert Carr

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM


C-Suite Panel

Not all executive level jobs are the same. What prepared these speakers for the positions they hold and how do they interact with other key stakeholders? Did they see themselves in this role when they started their careers? Hear stories of the challenges they faced and how they found opportunities for jobs over the years.

Panelists Include: Stephanie Ferris, Daniela Mielke, & Cindy Armine-Klein

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Investors and Entrepreneurs Panel

Crazy Risk takers or astute business women?  The world of entrepreneurship is critical to the success of business leaders.  Hear from some women who have founded and grown strong companies, as well as the Angel Investors who make it possible.  Consider career paths that incorporate entrepreneurship into creating your own opportunities!

Panelists Include: Kathryn Petralia, Kim Seals, & Keri Gohman

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Straight Talk

Some of our panelists will be back to join us in a free ranging discussion on work-life balance, disruptors and opportunities for women in an open forum. Questions welcome and topics will come from the audience.           

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Networking