The 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference was presented by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce on May 3, 2018. Protus3 sponsored a table and Tarry Boyd and Chris Peterson attended with a group of amazing women leaders. The event broke all previous records with over 850 attendees this year.
The 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference highlights the critical importance that women play in the business community and the workplace. This year’s conference focused on championship, inclusion, and opportunity for all. Attendees were treated with a messages of inspiration, tenacity, and fearlessness. There is no question that the face of the business world has changed over the last thirty years and businesses are better for the diversity. There is no doubt that championing women and all forms of diversity is good for the business but the gaps still continue and we each have a role in moving the needle forward.
The morning began with a candid panel discussion that included:
- Farad Ali, President and CEO, The Institute
- Leah Brown, President and CEO, A10 Solutions
- Margaret Spellings, President, UNC system
- Amber Rupinta, ABC 11 News
During the luncheon, keynote speaker, Carey Lohrenz wowed the group as she shared her experience as a former lieutenant in the United States Navy and the first fully qualified female naval aviator to fly the F-14 Tomcat in the United States military. Her message was that of teams working to achieve peak performance, all while leading with courage and not shying away from challenges.
Breakout sessions continued the themes and included:
- How Women and Men Communicate Differently at Work
- Why Championing Women is Good for Business
- Workplace Advocacy
- Building Your Personal Brand
- Finding Your Strengths and the Strengths of Your Team
This is the fifth year for the conference and the number of people attending has increased each year. It shows that people are gaining valuable insight from this conference, insight that has a tangible benefit when implemented at work.
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