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January 17, 2019

2019 Women’s Leadership Summit Moves to The Venue

Knoxville, TN — Ignite Succeed is excited to announce that the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit will be held at The Venue at Lenoir City.  The expanded meeting space at The Venue means even more women can be part of this premier women’s event. It will also allow more women-focused vendors to participate. The 2018 Summit had more vendor requests than the space allowed us to accommodate.

The theme for the Friday, June 14 event is The Power of Us.  A powerful line up of speakers has been slated and will be announced in coming days.  Our speakers will address how women can access the power of:

  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Generations
  • Inclusion

In addition to our four powerful main speakers, the Summit always includes a panel of local women leaders who share their personal leadership challenges and stories.  A highlight of the day will be the presentation of The Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award, which recognizes bold, persistent, and forward-thinking women leaders. Online nominations for this award open Friday, January 25 at ignitesucceed.com/lizzie.

For the first time this year, the Summit has partnered with Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, a local non-profit organization that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct service and advocacy. A portion of the Summit proceeds will go to support Girls Inc. programs.  In addition, Girls Inc. will have a presence at the Summit.

This full-day experience for women is the only one of its kind in our area. For 13 years, Summit has been the premier event for women leaders in the greater East Tennessee area.

Early bird registration is open through March 31st. Participants pay $127 during the early bird period. Registration jumps to $227 on April 1st. For more information about the Ignite Women’s Leadership Summit, please feel free to visit the website:  ignitesucceed.com/the-summit/.

January 2, 2019

January Women’s Leadership Salon salutes “The Women Who Speak Up”

Two recipients of the Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award share leadership stories and challenges

Knoxville, TN – A recent article in Diversity Woman noted that women tend to “minimize the importance of what they say when they do speak up — even female executives in meetings with their peers.” A Harvard Business Review found that “despite the incredible value that women have, [they] too often second guess that value and hold back from saying the very things that most need to be heard.” These studies and other research show that women need get stronger in their ability to speak up.

The January 10th Women’s Leadership Salon presents local women leaders Karen Carson and Phyllis Nichols who have learned to speak up for themselves and their constituencies. Both women are recipients of the Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award, which recognizes bold, persistent, and forward-thinking women leaders.

Karen Carson is a former Chair of the Knox County School Board. She served on the Board for 12 years, from 2004 to 2016 and was Chair for three terms. A registered nurse at East TN Children’s Hospital, Karen received The Lizzie in 2017.

Phyllis Nichols is President and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League and a Senior Fellow of the National Urban League. She is the Immediate past Chair and founding Trustee of the Great Schools Partnership. Phyllis was the 2016 recipient of The Lizzie.

The bimonthly Salon is an opportunity for East Tennessee women to network and develop leadership skills. The Salon meets on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30. Tickets are $30, which includes lunch.

Register by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 7, 2019 at ignitesucceed.com/event/the-women-who-have-served. Email info@IgniteSucceed.com for more information about Salons and other women’s leadership programs.

November 12, 2018

Girl’s Inc. named the charitable partner of the Ignite Succeed Women’s Leadership Summit

Knoxville, TN – Ignite Succeed is proud to announce that Girls Inc. of TN Valley will be the charitable partner for the 2019 Ignite Women’s Leadership Summit, which will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019. In addition to showcasing Girls Inc. at the Summit, a portion of the event proceeds will go to support Girls Inc. programs.Summit logo

During the summer, the volunteer Women’s Leadership Council who organize the event decided that adding a charitable partner would greatly expand the impact and reach of the event. Girls Inc. was chosen because of the compatibility of the two organization’s mission statements.

Every year, the Ignite Women’s Leadership Council designs an interactive Summit program to educate, empower, and motivate women leaders so that they realize their full potential. Since 1976, Girls Inc. has been working to teach girls how to be strong, smart, and bold. The organization has programs in Anderson, Knox, and Blount counties that provide programming to teach girls how to “advocate for themselves and their communities while building self-confidence, expanding their horizons, and preparing girls of today to become women of tomorrow!”

Girls Inc. will be featured in all marketing materials leading up to the Summit. At the event, attendees will be exposed not only to Girls Inc.’s mission, but also to the results the organization is able to achieve. (Learn more about Girls Inc. at girlsinctnv.org).

Early bird registration is open now for the June 2019 Summit at ignitesucceed.com/event/summit-2019. For the first time, the 2019 Summit will be held at The Venue in Lenoir City. The Summit is a full day of speakers, networking, and fun, running from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Ignite Women’s Leadership Summit is an annual event held on the second Friday in June. The event is chaired by Ignite Succeed partner Deb Schmitz and organized by a committee of local women leaders. For more information, visit ignitesucceed.com/the-summit.

October 29, 2018

November Women’s Leadership Salon salutes “The Women Who Have Served”

Local Air Force veteran and Army reservist share leadership experiences and challenges

Knoxville, TN – According to 2017 numbers, there are 1.3 million Americans serving in active-duty status, with another 800,000 reservists. There are more women in the military today than ever before. Women make up 16% of the enlisted personnel and 18% of the officer corps.Photos of Rita Thomas and Angela Sanders

With Veteran’s Day approaching, the November Ignite Women’s Leadership Salon will explore women and military service. The topic for the November 8 luncheon will be “The Women Who Have Served.” On the panel are Angela Sanders, a U.S. Army reservist, and Rita Thomas, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, who will share their experiences in the military, including challenges and leadership lessons.

Angela Sanders, a healthcare services manager with Brookdale Healthcare Services, serves in the U.S. Army Reserves with the 2-398th Cavalry Regiment in Madisonville, Kentucky. As a reservist, she serves as a Company Commander and Officer-In-Charge of the Battalion S1 staff section.

Rita Thomas, an engagement liaison with Functional Pathways and a freelance photographer, is an Air Force veteran. She served nine years as a cryptologic linguist and Czechoslovak language specialist, earning Commander and Inspector General awards during her tenure.

The bimonthly Salon is an opportunity for East Tennessee women to network and develop leadership skills. The Salon meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30. Tickets are $30, which includes lunch.

Register by Monday, November 5, 2018 at ignitesucceed.com/event/the-women-who-have-served. Email info@IgniteSucceed.com for more information about Salons and other women’s leadership programs.

July 19, 2018

Women’s Leadership Boot Camp accepting applications for September session

Knoxville, TN – All too often, women fail to move into leadership positions because they lack self-awareness. They can’t readily identify their individual strengths.  They allow negative self-talk to block their forward momentum. They shy away from conflict and difficult conversations. The Rising Stars Women’s Leadership Boot Camp addresses these challenges so that women can reach their full potential.

During the 32-hours of training, Boot Camp participants learn to lead teams more effectively, grow and develop their employees, and communicate more effectively across the organization. The Camp is broken into four consecutive Fridays, beginning September 7, 2018. The four days of training include:

  • Day 1, Effective Communication: Understand your personal communication style and the driving forces that motivate you. Recognize the styles and motivators of team members and how to adapt to be more effective. These modules include the DISC and Driving Forces assessments.
  • Day 2, Emotional Intelligence: Learn to build self-awareness, self-control, and empathy and to understand how to manage workplace conflicts. These modules include both emotional intelligence and conflict styles assessments.
  • Day 3, Personal Power: Explore key traits and styles of effective leadership and strengthen your understanding of and ability to delegate for growth.
  • Day 4, Employee Management: Learn to build personal and mutual accountability to strengthen your team and to apply a four-step process to engage employees in your team and your organization.

Boot camp participants earn continuing education units through Pellissippi State Community College.

Apply Now

East Tennessee women are encouraged to apply to join the ranks of the 19 program graduates.  Boot camp alumni cross all levels of management, including vice presidents, supervisors, administrative coordinators, non-profit leaders, and entrepreneurs and range in age from their early 20s to their late 50s. The experience and age diversity results in highly valuable peer-to-peer coaching during the sessions.

Applications are being accepted through August 17, 2018 for the 32-hour interactive program that begins September 7, 2018. The full program fee is $1,997, which includes extensive assessment, training materials, breakfast, and lunch. Classes are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the four Fridays in September (7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th). Susanne Dalton Dupes and Deb Schmitz are the boot camp instructors.

To apply for the workshop: Ignitesucceed.com/women-leaders/bootcamp/

Questions: Info@IgniteSucceed.com.

July 2, 2018

Women’s Leadership Salon launches lunchtime series: “The Women Who …”

July Salon focuses on leading change with two organizers of Knoxville Women’s March Coalition

Knoxville, TN – To enable more women to join in the conversation, the Ignite Women’s Leadership Salon is moving to lunch time. In addition to the new time, the Salon is launching a new series of programs called “The Women Who… .” The Women’s Leadership Salon is a bimonthly opportunity for East Tennessee women who are interested in developing leadership skills for life and work.

Our first lunch time Salon focuses on leading change.  A 2015 Forbes article by Mark Murphy noted that 45% of frontline employees prefer the status quo. In other words, they don’t like change. But change is inevitable and effective leaders must be able to lead through it. That’s why our July 12th Women’s Leadership Salon will feature two Knoxville change leaders. Caroline Mann and Kimberly Peterson are two of the organizers of the Knoxville Women’s March Coalition, an organization directly focused on creating change. During the interview-style program, the two will be asked to share what was involved in organizing events like the 2017 and 2018 marches that had thousands of participants, what they have learned, and what they plan to do moving forward.

Caroline Mann has been involved since the beginning, helping to organize both the inaugural March in 2017 and its successor in 2018. She joined with colleagues and fellow-March organizers to form the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee. Mann is a Knoxville native who recently earned her MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. The mother of three works in UT’s Office of Institutional Research.

Kimberly Peterson is the spokesperson for the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee. She is a masters-level student in UT’s Cultural Anthropology program and has experience working as a non-profit development director with the United Way, the American Cancer Society, and other organizations. The mother of four grew up in a military household, living throughout the United States and abroad.

The Salon meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Check-in and networking start at 11:30 and the program will begin at noon.  Registration is $30 and includes lunch. To register, go to ignitesucceed.com/women-leaders/salons. Email info@ignitesucceed.com for more information about Salons and other women’s leadership programs.

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