Salons

The Women’s Leadership Salon has a new time and a new meeting place.

Join us for lunch at the Rothchild Catering & Conference Center as we launch our new interview series;

The Women Who…

Meet and learn from some of East Tennessee’s most powerful women leaders. Network with like-minded women who are interested in growing their leadership skills and potential. The Women’s Leadership Salon is held on the second Thursday of July, September, November, January, and March.

July 12

The Women Who...Make Change

Kimberly Peterson & Caroline Mann

Knoxville Women’s March organizers share challenges & lessons learned.

Caroline Mann

Caroline is a Knoxville native who has returned to Tennessee to work, study, and raise her three children and their various pets. She was inspired to join the Women’s March movement in January 2017 and has helped to organize both the inaugural March in Knoxville in 2017 and its successor in 2018. She has since joined with colleagues and fellow-March organizers to form the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee, and with other organizations to form the East Tennessee Community Labs.

Caroline recently earned her MS in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee, where she also works in the Office of Institutional Research. She also has an MBA from the College of William and Mary, and a BA in German from Wake Forest University. She is happy to talk data to you, or to wax poetic in German over a good German beverage.

Kimberly Peterson

Kimberly Peterson currently serves as the Spokesperson for the Women’s March Coalition of East Tennessee.  Her previous career experience as a Development Director with non-profit organizations such as United Way and American Cancer Society gave her a strong foundation for organizing special events.  As a longtime activist, she also serves as a Community Outreach Lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Kimberly is a “military brat” who grew up living throughout the United States and abroad but whose heart has always remained in East Tennessee. She is currently pursuing her MA degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from James Madison University.  She is the mother of four children who enjoys working on social justice issues, as well as traveling, camping, and indulging her love of documentary films.

Thank You  Vandy Kemp – On INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

The 2016 campaign season galvanized American women in a way that had not been seen in over 20 years. That, plus the more recent “me too” phenomenon, have clearly placed women at the vortex of a significant moment in time. But what does it all mean now? Where are we headed? And is there one, compelling vision for the future of American women? This presentation takes a breathless, yet entertaining trip through American history, finding themes and patterns that have shaped the evolution of the 21st century American woman across the intersections of race, ethnicity, faith, economic status, education, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

A native of Virginia, Kemp is a 37-year veteran of secondary and higher education in Virginia and Tennessee with experience ranging from high school counseling and administration to college teaching, academic support services, senior administration, and diversity programming.

She broke gender barriers as the first female high school administrator in two Tennessee school districts, overseeing two 1600-student comprehensive high schools. For 12 years, she served as Vice President and Dean of Students as well as Chief Diversity Officer at Maryville College where she retired last year. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University in sociology and music education and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in educational psychology and counseling with educational administration and supervision. She is also an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Institute on Educational Management.

Many Thanks to Zoes Kitchen for sponsoring our November Salon.

And Tropical Smoothie Cafe (9161 Kingston Pike – near Main Event).

Thank You Laura Barron – Leading In A Multi-Generational World?©

The American workforce is currently experiencing conflict between four or five very different generations, wasting talent and energy. For managers, employees, customers and suppliers to interact effectively and produce the various results they each want, they each must understand where the other generations are coming from. What is driving each generation and what are their needs and desires?

We will explore each generation’s strengths, values and beliefs and what was happening when they grew up.  This program focuses on identifying opportunities for each generation to succeed and value each other. Come discover ways to tap the potential of every generation and to bridge the gaps.


Laura Barron energizes, informs and mobilizes people to create long-term positive solutions. She works with organizations to increase their effectiveness in three specialty areas: communication, performance management and leadership.  Her 25 plus years of management experience includes customer service, training and development and project management which translates to real world solutions for her clients.

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