Women’s Leadership Forum Speakers

Breakfast Keynote

DARE to Dream Big

Becky Blalock, Author of DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence Courage and Career for Women in Charge

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session Track Audience Format
Volunteer Fundraising: How to Raise Money for an Organization You Love as a Community Member

  • Rachel Wasserman, Executive Director, Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta
  • Reina Short, Team Lead, Delta Community Credit Union
  • Moderator – Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates
Connect All Moderator-Led Panel
Coaching: Break the Silo in 30 Minutes

  • Natasha Harrison, Founder & CEO, Break the Silo | Live on Purpose + Passion
Inspire Young Professionals Fireside Chat
Initiatives to Empower: Fostering the Growth and Development of Women in the Workplace

  • Adrienne M. Alexander, Internal Audit, Ethics & Sustainability Principal Staff Office & Program Manager – Women’s Impact Network (WIN) National Forum, Lockheed Martin
  • Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO, Invest Atlanta & WEI Advisory Board
  • Samamtha Holowka, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
  • Jennifer Bonnet, StartupChicks, ATDC
  • Moderator – Neha Negandhi, Radio Talk Show Host, AM1690 Voice of the Arts
Lead Executive-Level Q&A Panel
Building your personal Board of Directors: How to find the people who can help you be the best you in all facets of your life through mentorship and empowering others

  • Lauren Jeong, Program Associate, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta & Board Chair, Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta)
  • Kate Stanton, Membership Program Coordinator, Michael C. Carlos Museum & Finance & Fundraising Chair, Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta)
  • Nicole Morado, Consultant, Georgia Center for Nonprofits & 2016 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Award Recipient
  • Natalia Barreto, Associate Director, Development, The Carter Center & 2016 Nonprofit Leader “30 Under 30” Award Recipient
  • Lara Wagner, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Hands on Atlanta
  • Yonina Gray, Director of Business Development, Reinvestment Fund and Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP)
  • Sarah Bartlett, Director of Development, Georgia Organics
Connect Young Professionals Table chats
Building your Brand: Develop a personal mission statement and discuss how to find your passion

  • TBD
Inspire Mid-level Professionals Workshop
Leveraging your Strengths: Includes a personality assessment and breaking out the group into similar personalities to discover how to use your strengths and weaknesses to lead

  • Nancy Thigpen
Lead All Workshop
Balanced Leadership: Balancing personal needs and professional goals to ride the waves of life and prevent burnout

  • Cynthia Good, Founder & Owner, Little PINK Book
  • Mavian Arocha-Rowe, Founding Editor, Chispa Magazine
  • Erin Wolf, Executive Director, Women’s Leadership Center, Kennesaw State University
  • Nancy Chorpennig, Founder & Managing Director, C-Suite Advisors, LLC
  • Moderator – Ciji Tatum, Public Relations Manager, Cox Communications
Lead Mid-level Professionals Discussion Panel
Diversity & Inclusion: Asking, “Am I leading in a way that is inclusive?”

  • Audra Dial, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Dr. Annette Butler, Director, AA/EEO Training and Compliance, Georgia State University
  • Dedra Ward, Director, Human Resources, Cox Automotive Technology
Lead Executive-Level Fireside Chat


Luncheon Panel

“Leadership Perspective: Why Women Civic Leaders must be the Critical Part of Philanthropy?”

  • Dr. Rhonda Scott, COO, Grady Health System
  • Terri Badour, CEO, American Red Cross of Georgia and Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
  • Amy Dosik, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
  • Moderator – Alicia Philipp, President, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta