Ignite Women’s Leadership Summit


When: Friday, June 8, 2018
Where : Hilton Knoxville Airport, Alcoa, TN

Early Bird Pricing  |  $127 until MARCH 1, 2018

Save your seat NOW for an amazing day with like minded women!


Read the January Summit Press Release.



The Ignite Women’s Leadership Summit (formerly the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit) is an annual event. Hosted locally by the Ignite Women’s Leadership Council, a group of women volunteers who share a common interest in increasing the number and skills of women leaders.

Join us annually on the second Friday in June for powerful speakers, great networking, and to find out who is the latest recipient of The Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award (The Lizzie).

Register today to get the Early Bird Special pricing of $127 for the FULL day.   Price increases after March 1st!


Amy Sherrill

This is so much better than any women’s event I have ever attended. Every minute was up to a high level and encouraged and empowered me.

Renay Butler

I believe this is a good way for women to be re-energized, learn from others experience and share learning with younger women.

Brenda Murphy

Lots of practical, usable information.  Loved spending the day with powerful, creative women.

Stacy Miller

Great for all women in the workforce, love this event, always leave with something to make me better.

Gena Wilson

Its great to get away from the every day workday and get to “pour into myself” as a woman.

I could feel the passion, the power and the integrity. Thank you so much for bringing such amazing people together.

Leslie England

I really enjoyed it tremendously and learned so much about the women in the room. Wow…we are a force, and source for all things. I want to commend you on a fantastic job. This was one of the best events I have ever attended in Knoxville.

Suzy Booker

It helped provide inspiration and encouragement and a great way to recharge my battery.

Holly LeGrand

Empowering, confirming advice that can be realistically implemented.

Meet our amazing Sponsors:

2017 Speakers

Joan Cronan

“The Ignite Women’s Leadership Summit was exceptional. The women in the room had a high level of energy as they came together to build their networks, cultivate ideas, and promote each other. It was a great pleasure to be the Summit’s opening speaker and experience the power when women come together for self-improvement. Susanne and Deb lead an amazing team that ensures this event will be engaging, inspirational, and educational.  Organizations and events like this have never been more important to women. I look forward to seeing what the Summit offers in 2018 and beyond.” ~Joan Cronan, June 2017

Linda Pucci

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a personal/business coach, trainer, author, and former psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience helping clients make changes and find solutions to ensure success. She is an expert at teaching people to overcome mindset issues, including negative emotions and limiting beliefs. Linda is a certified trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming and utilizes a variety of approaches to help people change. She created the Life Moments Makeover Method™ to allow people to overcome limitations quickly and easily. Her recent book, More Joy, Less Struggle: Simple Weekly Steps to Create the Life You Crave.

Keynote Address: Valerie Alexander

Valerie Alexander is a nationally recognized speaker, author and corporate trainer on the topics of personal happiness, happiness in the workplace and the advancement of women. She is a former securities lawyer, investment banker, screenwriter and director, and is the founder and CEO of Goalkeeper Media, maker of the Happy Couples Bot. Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”). She is an alumna of Trinity University and U.C. Berkeley and was Trinity’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. Valerie and her husband, writer-producer Rick Alexander, live in Los Angeles with their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.

Misty Mayes

Misty Mayes, PMP, is the president and founder of Management Solutions, LLC (MSLLC), an award-winning, comprehensive project management services company based in Knoxville, TN. Mayes has extensive executive leadership experience and has managed programs/projects to provide project management and controls services to a variety of clients. Mayes and MSLLC have won numerous awards, including being named the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) National Subcontractor of the Year and recipient of the U.S. SBA Administrator’s Award of Excellence in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012, 2004 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year by Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and an Oak Ridge National Laboratory Protégé.

Mrs. Mayes is an engineering graduate from the University of Tennessee. Her husband’s name is Sam and they have three sons. They reside in West Knoxville.

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