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Working women invited to event

Working women invited to event

Posted: Monday, January 18, 2010 10:36 am

The Messenger 01.18.10
“Every Day is Game Day for Working Women” is the theme for the 12th annual Conference for Working Women, scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Boling University Center Duncan Ballroom.
UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and Charley Deal, WestStar executive director, will welcome participants following breakfast and registration, scheduled for 8:30-9 a.m.
Sponsored by the WestStar Leadership Program, the conference is designed to appeal to all working women in West Tennessee.
Mary Kate Ridgeway, UT Extension director for UT Extension Services, WestStar class of 2001, will lead the conference.
The opening speaker will be Carla Peaks, the director of education for West Tennessee Healthcare in Jackson. Her speech, “Being in the Huddle: Office Teamwork,” is set for 9:15-10 a.m. From 10-11 a.m., there will be a panel discussion titled “Changing Your Game Strategy.”
The panel moderator, Judy Renshaw, is Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce senior vice president and a graduate of the 1992 WestStar class. Panel members include the Rev. Robin Kimbrough, member of the Legal Counsel for Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; Mary Beard, co-founder of Wilson Living Magazine and business consultant; Tracy Simmons, director of Carl Perkins Exchange Center of Gibson County; and Lori Hendon, director of Carl Perkins Exchange Center of Weakley County.
Michelle Weatherford, president of LEARN Consulting in Atoka, will be the speaker before lunch. Her speech, “Touchdown: Scoring for Yourself-Happiness and Being Less Stressed,” is slated for 11:15 a.m.- noon.
Lunch will be served from noon-1 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the conference.
The speakers and their topics after lunch include from 1-1:45 p.m., “Keeping Your Playing Field Green?,” by Carol Reese, ornamental horticulture specialist for UT Extension Service. From 1:45-2:15 p.m., Leah Gray, director of human resources from Jackson State Community College and graduate of WestStar 2009, will present her speech titled, “Locker Room Blues: Declutter and Organize Your Life.”
Registration deadline is Feb. 5.
The fee is $35 per person or $60 for two and includes continental breakfast and lunch.
For information, contact Virginia Grimes, WestStar coordinator, at (731) 881-7298.

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