Submitted by The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute
The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University has announced the Speaker Line-up for their 15th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference, set to be held virtually on Friday, November 5, 2021. The Conference, Pivoting Forward: The LeaderSHIFT, will explore the opportunities that have emerged over the past year from unprecedented environmental uncertainty, encouraging women leaders to reflect on how to capitalize on the “leadershifts” that have transpired to pivot forward.
The 15th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference provides exceptional educational and networking opportunities for influential women across the country. Each year, more than 300 women participate to illuminate innovative leadership practices and explore factors that influence their effectiveness at work, at home, and in their communities. The one-day, virtual conference features virtual plenary sessions with national and regional speakers highlighting timely issues of importance to women.
Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., director of The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, notes, “We are excited to present this conference which continues our tradition of providing insightful, inspirational, and informational programming to address issues important to women. I’m thrilled about our speaker lineup; we have an excellent mix of accomplished leaders from various industries and organizations who will provide practical, experiential, and research-informed advice and motivation for our attendees.”
Featured speakers include:
Kiko Davis Snoddy – Renowned Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Author, and President of the Don Davis Legacy Foundation, Managing Director of Groovesville Productions & Publishing, LLC and “The Only Black Woman in the U.S. Who Owns Her Own Bank”, according to blackbusiness.com.
Dr. Susanna Wu-Pong Calvert – Founder and Convener for Mission and Vision for the Foundation for Family and Community Healing, and coach, consultant, and speaker
Charis Jones – Chief Executive Officer and Chief Designer of Sassy Jones, a fashion and lifestyle brand
In addition, plenary sessions will discuss key considerations for organizations where women lead in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; preparing for the next generation of impactful women’s leadership; and the essential needs of women in the workforce.
Douglas-Glenn added: “This conference provides the opportunity to learn the factors
that drive success from successful women leaders.”
Additional details, and registration information, can be found on The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute website: www.gehli.vcu.edu For further information: Valena Dixon, Director of Special Projects at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-827-1169.