2018 Conference TBA

Registration will become available in early 2018.


The 2017 conference was held March 16, 2017. 

Take Command, Be Empowered, and Own Your Future

2017 Keynote Speakers

Melanie Wilson, Dean and Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor, UT College of Law

Melanie Wilson began her tenure as dean of the College of Law in 2015. She earned a JD (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif) from the University of Georgia School of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in business, also from the University of Georgia. She previously served as professor of law, associate dean for academic affairs, and director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Kansas School of Law. Learn more 

Beth Alford-Sullivan, Director of Tennessee Track and Field/Cross Country

Beth Alford-Sullivan is in her third season as the director of track and field and cross country at the University of Tennessee. Overall, Tennessee has claimed three NCAA Champions, 10 SEC Champions, 27 SEC Medals and 54 All-American honors during Alford-Sullivan’s first two seasons on Rocky Top. Learn more



March 16, 2017
UT Conference Center Building, Downtown



Cost includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch and parking.

*Subject to 10-business-day cancellation policy.

We process the conference fee via IRIS internal transfer to your department. Charges will process within two weeks after the event takes place. 

Intended Audience

Women in a variety of professional roles at UT.


Last day to cancel without a charge: Thursday, March 2, 2017*

*All Employee & Organizational Development seminars and conferences have a 10 business-day cancellation policy. If a registered participant cancels within 10 business days of the date of the conference or seminar, the department will be charged the full amount. If the department will not pay, the individual will be invoiced for the amount.  Departments are welcome to send a substitute if the registered attendee must cancel within this 10 business-day period.[/alert]

Previous Conferences


Thank you to the participants, panelists, and speakers who helped make the 2016 PDCW a success!

Keynote Speakers

  • Margo Miller, Executive Director, Appalachian Community Fund
  • Robin Wilhoit, Anchor and Reporter, WBIR-TV


“I absolutely loved the conference! …I felt so refreshed and energized by all that we talked about. I was so impressed by the quality and depth of experience…thank you for providing the opportunity!”
Karen Dunlap, Distribution Coordinator, Communications and Marketing, UTK
“…I thought it was absolutely great! It was nice to attend an event with women from UT…I enjoyed each program I attended, the speakers were informative…and I know I speak for everyone when I say it was a great, enjoyable day!”
Jennifer Horner, Office of the Dean, Haslam College of Business, UTK 
“Every presenter…[was] marvelous. The panel discussion was excellent and I gained so much knowledge from the entire event.”
Michelle Norris, Financial Specialist, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UTK