2019 WLC Conference Agenda

7:45AM 8:30 AM Registration and Exhibitor Networking Cultural Center Commons
8:30 AM 8:40 AM Welcome and Announcements Cultural Center Auditorium
8:40 AM 9:10 AM Opening Keynote Cultural Center Auditorium
9:15 AM 10:30 AM Breakout A 75 minutes (choose from 3 sessions)
7 Keys to Developing & Maintaining a Positive Attitude – Regina Robinson LC 200
Becoming a Champion for Excellence: Setting Goals for Life Balance – Dr. Bridget Dewees  LC 300
Is Your Plate Running Over with Burnout in Your Future?! – Dr. AudreyAnn Moses LC 275
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Break with exhibitors
10:45 AM 11:45 PM Breakout B1 60 minutes (choose from 3 sessions)
Woman to Woman: Mentoring for Success – Dr. Dianne Pitts  LC 200
Yoga in the Workplace: Sit, Stretch, and Synergy – Gina Dunn  LC 275
Loading Your Slingshot to Take on Goliath – Ann Skinner  LC 274
11:45 AM 12:30 PM Lunch A Lander Dining Hall
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Breakout B2 75 minutes (choose from 2 sessions)
Cut Through the Noise & Speak Your Truth – Erin Durham/Ellyn Reeder LC 276
DON’T BE A DRAMA QUEEN:  How to Avoid Drama in Your Finances – Melissa Bane/Laurie Smith LC 300
12:00 PM 12:45 PM Lunch B Lander Dining Hall
12:50 PM 1:50 PM Breakout C 60 (Choose from 4 sessions)
I Am Woman, Wonderfully Made – Latia Gary  LC 200
The Power of Networking: Increase Your Effectiveness and Confidence When Networking, Both Internally and Externally – Michelle Glover  LC 300
Staying Human in a Digital World- Dr. Cherie Rains LC 274
Home Ownership at Every Stage in Life – Jillian Coleman LC 276
1:50 PM 2:00 PM Break with exhibitors
2:00 PM 3:30 PM Breakout D 90 minutes (choose from 3 sessions)
Using Emotional Intelligence to Balance Work and Life – Mic Alexander  LC 200
Networks that Work: The Added Value of Strategic Connectivity – Dr. Linda Salane LC 300
Time is NOT the ENEMY – Meredith Brown  LC 275
3:35 PM 4:00 PM Closing Keynote Follow up Cultural Center Auditorium
4:00 PM 4:45 PM Networking Reception Cultural Center Commons

Using Emotional Intelligence to Balance Work and Life – Mic Alexander
Breakout Workshop D:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Success is great, but what if you’re unable to enjoy it? Join this interactive session to discover Emotional Intelligence (EI) and how it can be used in work/life balance to foster enjoyable success. With an emphasis on self-awareness; this training will allow participants to feel more in control as they move through the process of success.

Mic Alexander is a highly successful entrepreneur, business advisor, coach, and author. She is the Mecklenburg County Business Advisor for the Carolina Small Business Development Fund – A small business lender and the President of Image Wealth – a business training company. She is passionate about the mental health of entrepreneurs and other professionals as they move through the various stages of success. She has received numerous business awards and is certified by the International Society for Emotional Intelligence.

Networks that Work: The Added Value of Strategic Connectivity – Dr. Linda Salane

Breakout Workshop D:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Networks that work are more than just connections. Join Dr. Linda Salane and become a more effective networker by adding strategic connectivity to your repertoire. Learn how strategy, diversity, authenticity, and more can add value to the way you approach networking.

Dr. Linda Salane is the CEO of WNN (Why Not Now) Consulting and Executive Coaching. Not only does she run a successful business, Salane is a graduate professor in organizational leadership at Columbia College. She utilizes her skills in the businesses, government, and non-profit worlds to teach leadership and strategic planning. Her mission as a professor and business professional is to lead change, challenge everyone to make a difference, and see life as a gift and responsibility.

Time is NOT the ENEMY – Meredith Brown

Breakout Workshop D:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

What if you were told time management was a myth? Would you believe it? The truth is, rather than trying to manage time, we need to manage ourselves to stay focused and productive. We need focus training. This session will “focus” on a method that’ll teach you to recognize when distractions, task switching, and stressors are getting in the way of productivity.

Meredith Brown lives in SC with her husband and three girls. She is a stress reduction coach whose unique life experiences, passion for people, and emotional strength sets her apart. With motivating facts, humor, real stories and open discussions, Meredith motivates people to challenge their minds and behavior, so they can make the necessary changes to reduce stress and enjoy higher productivity and life satisfaction. Meredith is no stranger to stressful life events and wants you to learn to stop letting stress steal your joy, peace, and energy. “The OMMM, isn’t enough.” Check out her website or catch her for a chat to see how Rethink Reframe Relax can help you or your organization. www.rethinkrefamerelax.com

Woman to Woman: Mentoring for Success – Dr. Dianne Pitts

Breakout Workshop B1:  10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
What can you do to optimize success? Mentoring. Leave this session with a better grasp on mentoring and with an understanding of the benefits of woman to woman mentoring in the workplace. By helping to define the roles in mentoring, leadership transformation can take place. Whether you’re looking for a mentor or in a place to mentor others, this session will lay out the first steps to starting successful mentoring relationships.

Dianne J. Pitts has an earned doctorate in education and is National Board Certified. She has taught in public and private schools, first grade through graduate school. She has also been a contributing and published author. She is heavily involved in humanitarian work, especially through Lions Clubs International, and serves as a co-director of the Sunday Soup Kitchen at Immanuel Lutheran in Greenwood. Dianne is married to Dr. Joe Pitts, has two sons, and six grandchildren.

Yoga in the Workplace: Sit, Stretch, and Synergy – Gina Dunn

Breakout Workshop B1:  10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Do you feel like you don’t have time to work out? Find balance in your life without leaving your office! No mat required. In this interactive session, learn to modify yoga poses for daily use in and around your desk. To reduce stress and increase focus, you will also learn breathing techniques that can be applied anywhere.

Gina Dunn is the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computing at Lander University. In 2009, she began her yoga journey through her own personal struggles with health issues. In 2016 she completed her training as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance and 500 RYT in 2018. She has made it her mission to share the benefits of yoga with others.

Loading Your Slingshot to Take on Goliath – Ann Skinner

Breakout Workshop B1:  10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Underdogs often have an unseen, unknown advantage. In this interactive session, you will learn to turn your weakness into strength and develop strategies to increase your competitive advantage.

Ann Skinner leads workforce development programs in a seven-county area for the Upper Savannah Council of Governments. SC Works has provided recruitment services for Colgate Palmolive and Samsung. Ann is a graduate of Lander University and Clemson University.

Cut Through the Noise & Speak Your Truth – Erin Durham | Co-Presenter: Ellyn Reeder

Breakout Workshop B2:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“If you’re selling to everyone, you’re selling to no one.” Learn to identify your ideal customer and how to communicate with them in this dynamic session. Find out how to turn one-and-done buyers into lifelong advocates for your brand. You’ll walk away from this session with the tools to craft effective messages to targeted buyers in an overcrowded marketing landscape. Learn to create an effective buyer persona and messaging for every stage of your buyer’s journey, and ultimately stand out from your competitors.

Erin is the Vice President and Executive Strategist for Waypost Marketing, a digital marketing agency based in Greenville SC. Always with an eye on the big picture, Erin works closely with her clients to examine their business goals and craft marketing strategies that bring those visions to life.

After working in the corporate world for 9 years, Ellyn dove head first into the world of freelance design and never looked back. A third-generation entrepreneur, she specializes in helping small businesses find their voice and communicate with their audience in a clear and visually exciting manner.

DON’T BE A DRAMA QUEEN: How to Avoid Drama in Your Finances – Melissa Bane | Co-Presenter: Laurie Smith

Breakout Workshop B2:  10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Want to learn about financial pitfalls specific to women? Want to know how to avoid them? What if you’re already in a financial crisis, what steps can you take to get out? Answer these questions with Melissa and Laurie as they bring to life a woman’s financial world using drama. Become better at navigating financial waters as you learn practical steps and common mistakes in this interactive session.

Melissa received her B.S. from Lander University. She earned her CPA designation in 1985, her CFP® designation in 2009, and her PFS® designation in 2012. Melissa’s top priority is to serve her clients proactively by building relationships. Melissa serves on the Grants Committee of Greenville Women Giving and is the president of the Arts Center Board in Greenwood, SC. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of CPAs.

Laurie received her B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University and was later recognized as an outstanding alumnus. She earned her CPA designation in 1981 and has over thirty-five years of public accounting experience. Laurie’s goal is to add value to her client relationships through her technical knowledge. Laurie serves on the Wesley Commons Board of Trustees. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of CPAs.

I Am Woman, Wonderfully Made – Latia Gary

Breakout Workshop C:  12:50 – 1:50 p.m.
Working in a male dominated industry doesn’t mean you have to lose your femininity. Learn the keys to being accepted and respected for who you are within the engineering, construction, and manufacturing fields. Women have unique personalities, strengths, and even weaknesses. Understanding there is no one else like you will empower to be bold, be brilliant, and be beautiful.

Latia is currently the CEO of LG Solutions, LLC. She has nearly 20 years of experience in engineering, construction, and manufacturing. Her degrees from Kettering University include a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. In 2012, she moved to South Carolina for the opportunity to work in construction and energy. During this time, her desire for entrepreneurship flourished and she launched LG Solutions, LLC, a Compliance and Quality Assurance Consulting Firm.

The Power of Networking: Increase Your Effectiveness and Confidence When Networking, Both Internally and Externally – Michelle Glover

Breakout Workshop C:  12:50 – 1:50 p.m.
Do you struggle seeing the ROI from your networking efforts? Most people don’t because they don’t understand how to leverage the power of networking to receive their desired result. It starts with a strategy. Leave this session with defined goals and effective steps to increase your networking effectiveness.

Michelle Glover spent 12 years working for a Fortune 100 global company in human resources. While she was identified as high potential leader, she also felt called to something bigger. In 2015, Michelle took a leap of faith and created Journey Unlimited. Michelle has witnessed the power of surrendering to her purpose in her career. Now, she helps clients identify their purpose and align it to their career to live a life of prosperity.

Staying Human in a Digital World – Dr. Cherie Rains

Breakout Workshop C:  12:50 – 1:50 p.m.
With today’s focus on digital marketing and social media, many of us are concerned more about how our digital persona is perceived rather than our “human” persona. The importance of keeping your sense of self and staying human is more critical now than ever. Come out of this interactive session knowing with your true persona and equipped to keep the “Human” in human interaction.

Before joining Lander University, Dr. Rains spent several years working in business and non-profit organizations. After receiving her Ph.D. from Purdue University, she spent several years teaching and consulting throughout Europe. Her focus has been on bringing the Voice of the Customer into organizations through actionable consumer behavior insights, both quantitatively and qualitatively. She also advises organizations on ensuring their focus remains on the human element of their customers, not just their digital personas.

Home Ownership at Every Stage of Life – Jillian Coleman

Breakout Workshop C:  12:50 – 1:50 p.m.
Home ownership is an inevitable part of life, so why not be prepared? Through this interactive session you will be able to understand the home buying and selling process, understand the differences in buying and selling a home and debunk any misconceptions around the process.

Jillian is a Greenwood native who is married with a one year old son. She started her real estate career four years ago with Kellar Williams in Simpsonville. Jillian transitioned to Prudential Cambridge Realty, now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Cambridge Realty. Helping as always been in her nature and is the trait that drives her careers.

7 Keys to Developing & Maintaining a Positive Attitude – Regina Robinson

Breakout Workshop A:  9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Did you know there are 7 keys to attaining a positive mental attitude? Join this interactive session where you will learn the step by step process that Regina “Sunshine” Robinson developed and personally uses to maintain a positive mental attitude.

Regina Sunshine is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Talk Show Host, and Empowerment Coach. She is CEO of Regina Sunshine Global Network, parent company to everything Regina Sunshine including EWATE, a Women’s Empowerment Organization whose purpose is to empower women to be all they were created to be to fulfill God’s perfect plan for their lives. Regina’s personal motto is “It’s Not Over Til I Win” and she wins when she sees others “WINNING”. ReginaSunshine.com

Becoming a Champion for Excellence: Setting Goals for Life Balance – Dr. Bridget Dewees

Breakout Workshop A:  9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
We all want a well-lived, balanced life with excellence, but how do we get there? The first step is being intentional. In this interactive session you will engage in personal assessment and reflection activities to develop a personal plan for becoming a champion of excellence. Join Bridget Dewees as she shares real life strategies that have made her a successful champion of excellence in both her personal and professional life.

Bridget Dewees has more than 30 years of professional experience in Business, Finance, Organizational Development, and Higher Education Administration. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Claflin University. Bridget is a published author, a SC Champion for Excellence award recipient, Chair of the SC Quality Forum, and recently served as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Bridget has a PhD in Management, from Walden University. She completed her ungraduated work at the University of South Carolina.


Breakout Workshop A:  9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Are you feeling physically, emotionally, or mentally drained? As women, we often juggle our professional careers and personal lives to the point of burnout. In this session, learn the challenges women face in this juggling act and come out with strategies to promote a balance between your wellbeing and your success.

Dr. AudreyAnn Moses is a Certified Christian & Professional Life Coach, Mental Wellness Counselor, Consultant, Professor of Psychology, Marriage Counselor, Speaker/Workshop Facilitator and an Author. Her specialty is Personal and Spiritual Growth, Human Behavior, Mentoring and Transition. She works on community-based programs focusing on personal and professional behavior, as well as leadership and facilitator skills. She is an experienced program facilitator, keynote and topic specific speaker/trainer and author.