March 6, 2018

Redefining Your Power & Professional Purpose

Intended Audience: Women in a variety of professional roles at the University of Tennessee.

$125 includes registration, materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking.


Registration available in K@TE

Log into K@TE and search Professional Development Conference for Women in the upper-right search box.

Deadline to register or cancel registration: February 20, 2018.


Conference agenda (PDF)

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote
Lori Tucker, WATE 6 On Your Side

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Lori Tucker is anchor of the hour long 4 pm and 6 pm newscasts each weekday on WATE 6 On Your Side. She has been with WATE for nearly 25 years. Lori has been awarded for her work- most recently with “Best Television Anchor” by the Society of Professional Journalists; the Russell Cecil Award for her medical reporting, and the Edward R. Murrow Award, a team award for the evening newscast, as well as the Joy Dirksen Baker Award for her work in educating the public about cancer.

Lori is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville, class of 1998, and is a member of the Executive Women’s Association of Knoxville.

Lori and husband Steve, who can be seen on the sidelines of most SEC football and basketball games for ESPN, have 2 grown daughters , son-in-law, and granddaughter Riley who recently turned one year old.

Lori started her career as a reporter at KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas. WOAI in San Antonio, Texas was her next stop, where she became weeknight anchor, followed by a main anchor position at KHTV in Houston, Texas. Having worked in other TV markets, Lori can’t imagine working and living anywhere other than East Tennessee.

Midday Keynote
Patricia Bible, KaTom Restaurant Supply

patricia biblePatricia Bible has grown a company founded out of necessity in a home garage in Russellville into the 25th-largest firm in its industry. KaTom Restaurant Supply provides just about everything you’d need to start a foodservice business, except for the food. The Kodak-based company, now run with the assistance of Patricia’s two children, Charley and Paula, has been recognized seven years running as one of the nation’s fastest-growing. KaTom and Patricia have also made the list of the 50 fastest-growing woman-led businesses in America two years in a row, as recognized by American Express and the Women Presidents’ Organization. As she motivates 100 plus employees with her passion and vision, Patricia continues the drive to “Destination Excellence” that has been the hallmark of her leadership from day one. In life outside of KaTom, Patricia loves to stay active and enjoys spending time with friends and family including her grandson, Jack. She is also an active member of the Carson-Newman University Board of Trustees, Sevier County Economic Development Council Board of Directors, Society of International Business Fellows, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Development Advisory Board, United Way of Sevier County, United Way of Hamblen County, and Committee of 200, an international organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in business.

Closing Keynote
Tomi Rogers, UT Institute for Public Service

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Tomi Rogers serves as the Human Resources & Operations Manager for the UT Institute for Public Service (IPS). Before joining IPS, she served as an Extension Specialist in Extension within the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture. She joined UT in 2001 as an intern in human resources and has gradually been afforded opportunities to grow her career as a human resources professional. Tomi received her BS in Human Resource Development and her MS in Human Resource Management, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Learning and Leadership from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. In addition to her career with the University of Tennessee, she has worked for companies such as TEAMHealth,, and the University of South Carolina. One of her passions is helping other individuals grow through professional and personal development from topics such as leadership and supervisory skills, communication, customer service, mediation, mentoring, and strategic planning. She considers herself fortunate to have been afforded countless opportunities to share her passion of personal and professional development with others.


March 6, 2018
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. 


Last day to cancel without a charge: February 20, 2018*

*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]

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“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