Women’s Leadership Conference

Fourth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference


Women’s Leadership ConferenceProtus3 was proud to be a sponsor of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference. As a member of the Steering Committee each of those years, Christine Peterson, President of Protus3, has had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing program and see it grow from 350 attendees in 2014 to over 750 attendees yesterday. What a testament to the quality and breadth of female leadership and talent in our region!

For those of you who missed it, we expect that the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce will continue to build on this program. The timing of the event could not have been better with the announcement of Adrienne Cole as the new GRCC President and CEO and the first women to hold that position. Adrienne began her job this past Monday, but with here normal aplomb and enthusiasm she actively participated in the event and even joined the Panel Discussion when Mayor Nancy McFarlane, City of Raleigh was called away. Also on the panel were Sara Glines, president and publisher, The News & Observer Publishing Co., Barri Rafferty, president, Ketchum Worldwide, and Amber Rupinta, reporter/anchor, ABC-11 Eyewitness News (WTVD). Thank you to all of these ladies for their candor and sharing their wisdom and career insights with the audience.

A special thank you to Keynote Speaker Reshma Saujani for sharing her history and how she became the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. Her passion for the work that they are doing and the positive impact it is having on the lives of girls, women, and communities was both inspiring and humbling. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. With tech jobs being one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States, promoting coding to 51% of the population in not only good for their target audience it is also good for our country and our economy.

Hope to see you next year!