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UTM to host women’s conference

UTM to host women’s conference

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 6:38 pm

Participants attending the 14th annual Working Women’s Conference on Feb. 10 will learn how to be a working woman while creating a legacy.
The conference is being sponsored by the WestStar leadership program and Tom E. Hendrix Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the UTM Boling University Center ‘s Duncan Ballroom.
UTM Chancellor Tom Rakes and Charley Deal, WestStar executive director, will welcome participants following a continental breakfast and registration, which are scheduled for 8:30-9 a.m.
Mary Kate Ridgeway, of Henry County UT Extension Services, will lead the conference.
The opening speakers will be Dr. Lisa LeBleu, chair, graduate program coordinator and professor of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at UTM and Dr. Teresa Collard, director of the UTM Women’s Center and assistant professor of communications.
Their presentation, “Life is a Picnic: Fill your Basket with Happiness,” is set for 9:15 a.m.
Dr. LeBleu serves as the family and consumer sciences teacher educator and also teaches basic courses in child and family studies.
Dr. Collard teaches courses in public speaking and interpersonal communications.
Both have served as consultants for the Cobb County Education Consortium in Atlanta, Ga. and both are recipients of the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Awards.
At 10 a.m., Lori Nunnery, executive director of the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, will present “Gettin’ There From Here.”
At 10:45 a.m. Jacqueline Taylor, assistant dean of students and director of the Vocational Center for Life Calling and Career, Student Services at Union University, will deliver her presentation, “Who’s at your Picnic.”
Ms. Taylor has experience teaching adult continuing education in technology.
Lee Johnston, executive director of the Covington-Tipton County Chamber of Commerce, will present “It’s Raining, Now What?” at 12:45 p.m.
He has 24 years of banking experience, has chaired several festivals in Tipton County and has been involved with the Lauderdale and Haywood County Feeder Calf Association.
Richard Schoeberl, assistant athletics director at UT Martin and former FBI Counterterrorism employee, will deliver the final address of the day at 1:30 p.m. with his presentation, “Watch Out For The Big Bad Wolf!”
Schoeberl served a majority of his FBI career in the Counterterrorism Division, providing oversight to the FBI’s international counterterrorism effort. He was responsible for collateral duties in the FBI as an FBI Certified Instructor and a member of the FBI SWAT program.
The deadline to register for the conference is Feb. 1. Forms may be mailed to WestStar, UT Martin, 321 Administration Building, faxed to 731-881-7019 or emailed to
Those registering by email should include their name, business, complete address and phone number.
Online registration is preferred at The fee is $35 per person.
Checks should be made payable to WestStar.
For more information about the conference, contact WestStar coordinator Virginia Grimes at (731) 881-7298.


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