Women’s Leadership Council Announces the 2012 Inaugural Upstate Regional Women’s Leadership Conference

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Inaugural Upstate Regional Women’s Leadership Conference Presented March 30th Keynote speakers include Paula Harper Bethea, Executive Director of the S.C. Education Lottery

Professional women have a new opportunity to increase leadership skills and build strategic networks with other successful women with the announcement of the 2012 Inaugural Upstate Regional Women’s Leadership Conference scheduled for Friday, March 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Little River Multicultural Complex in Hodges, SC. Old Main Caterers is the presenting sponsor. Online registration is now open at http://www.wlconferencesc.com.

The full-day conference includes three keynote presentations, 12 concurrent workshop sessions, and lunch featuring keynote speaker Paula Harper Bethea, Executive Director of the S.C. Education Lottery, Keynote and workshop topics will include:

  •     SC Women: Why Not? Why Now?
  •     Communication and Performance Management
  •     Respecting and Understanding Diversity
  •     How to Work with Practically Anyone
  •     Women’s Brains: Power at Work

This inaugural professional development conference is a regional collaborative effort inspired by the leadership in the Greenwood SC Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). The regional planning committee selected the theme: “Create. Innovate. Collaborate” directed to a target audience in the Upstate and Lakelands areas. Additionally, the day’s agenda includes networking opportunities showcasing a select group of business exhibitors.

Committee co-chairwoman, Mamie Nicholson of the Self Family Foundation remarked, “It is wonderful to see this conference come together for women in the upstate region. Our goal is to empower, inspire and motivate women of all ages through quality sessions and workshops led by a range of highly accomplished and internationally recognized speakers.”

Angelle LaBorde, President and CEO of the Greenwood Chamber said, “More than ever before, women are serving in leadership roles and we proudly support that momentum by offering a new vehicle which will provide these leaders an opportunity to increase their learning, grow their network and gain refreshing insights that keep them connected, educated and motivated.” She continued, “This event is unique in that it is structured to offer actionable information that can be applied for career and personal development whether you are a college freshman or planning to retire in a few short years.”

Local industries are encouraged to utilize this conference as a way to develop female professional talent. According to conference co-chairwoman, Phyllis Nolan of Innovative Business Partners, “we would also like for college-age women who are preparing for their careers to attend. In an ever-increasing competitive landscape, women who are coached to succeed and mentored by proven leaders can gain a competitive advantage”.

The WLC is offering early-bird registration through March 10. Tickets are $45 per person through Friday, March 9 and $55 per person after March 9. University and high school students may register for $25. Complete registration information and a detailed schedule of events are available online at http://www.wlconferencesc.com. Several sponsorship and exhibit opportunities remain. For additional information about sponsorship or registration, please visit the website or contact the 2012 Conference Coordinator at 864-223-8431 ext. 226 or e-mail: wlconference@nctv.com

About the Women’s Leadership Council:
The vision for supporting this conference grew out of the success of the Greenwood Women’s Leadership Council founded in 2007 as an initiative of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. From a small beginning, a growing number of participants have embraced the award winning group and its stated mission “to provide opportunities for all women to grow personally and professionally, and to build influence in the community. For more information, contact the Chamber at (864) 223-8431.


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