June 5, 2019

Embassy Suites Nashville SE – Murfreesboro
1200 Conference Center Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129


$199 registration fee includes sessions, materials, lunch, and refreshments.

The conference fee will be charged to your department through IRIS internal transfer approximately two weeks after the conference takes place. Employee & Organizational Development will initiate the charge; there is nothing your department needs to do!

Intended Audience

Women in leadership positions and women identified by leadership as being emerging leaders. Conference enrollment is open to invited leaders and their nominees. Make a nomination!


Leading with Authenticity: Lead By Being You

2019 Keynote Speakers  

Agenia Clark

President/CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

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Agenia Clark was named President and CEO of the Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee in 2004. The iconic and local non-profit serves more than 20,000 Girl Scouts and volunteers in 39 counties in Middle Tennessee.  Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee prepares girls for their future by educating them in the areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), Outdoor Adventures, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. Agenia earned her MBA and BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Agenia is also the co-founder of Avenue Bank, former member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, and has consistently been recognized as one of Nashville’s “100 Most Powerful People” by the Nashville Business Journal. She is an accomplished C-level executive, board director, business strategist, and public relations professional with a diverse set of skills cultivated through a portfolio career approach. Her friends recognize her as one of Nashville’s most encouraging leaders who champions others.


Dr. Victoria Niederhauser

Dean of the College of Nursing, UT Knoxville

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Victoria (Vicki) Niederhauser was appointed Dean of the College of Nursing for the University of the Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2011. In this capacity, she provides the overall leadership of the entire college.  In this role she serves as the college representative for administration, faculty, staff, and students. As the state’s flagship university, the nursing program plays a big role in the health care industry in Tennessee. Dr. Niederhauser provides leadership for the college to be a service to the state and nation.  She has held various leadership roles as a director, graduate chair and department chair in higher education. She published the book “Core Review for Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners” in 2007 and has authored over 35 articles and book chapters on child health and educational issues. Dr. Niederhauser earned a DrPH from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a MSN from Boston College, a BSN from University of Massachusetts Boston, and a RN Diploma from Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing. She also is a nursing faculty member, a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner, and in 2006 received the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award of Excellence.

Conference Sessions

An agenda will be posted by mid-May.  (Session Topics and conference information)

The day will start at 7:30 a.m. The welcome and opening keynote at 8:30. The closing and afternoon keynote will end at 4:00.

  • Track One: Next Level Leadership

    • Panel Discussion: Preparing for the Next Level of Leadership
    • Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Confident: Strategies to Manifest the Leader in YOU!
  • Track Two: Self-Awareness
    • Pouring from an Empty Cup: A Woman’s Guide to Self-Care and Awareness
    • Becoming A Self-Aware Leader: Tools to Fill Your Toolbox
  • Track Three: Breaking Barriers
    • Breaking Barriers to Achieve Successful Professional Relationships
    • Breaking Barriers without Being Broken
  • Track Four: Tools for Leadership Success
    • From Fear to Eternity: Taking the Drama out of Feedback
    • It’s More than Carrots and Sticks: Helping Leaders Harness Motivation

Hotel Information

A room block is reserved at a special reduced rate at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro. Single rate: $126 / Double rate: $136

The largest room block is reserved the night before, June 4, with some limited rooms available on June 5.

The deadline to make your hotel reservation is May 14. All hotel reservations and cancellations must be made directly between the employee and the hotel.


Group code: WIL

Phone reservations: (615) 890-4464 or (800) 362-2779

2019 Advisory Board

Patricia Burks-Jelks, UT Space Institute

Dr. Linda Martin, UT System Administration

Stephanie Rowland, UT Chattanooga

Shenika Thomas, UT Health Science Center

Cancellation Deadline: May 22, 2019

10 business-day cancellation policy

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.

About the UT Conference for Women in Leadership

In partnership with a system-wide senior leadership advisory committee, Employee & Organizational Development presents the UT Conference for Women in Leadership to address professional development needs of UT’s female leaders in more advanced leadership roles, as well as those who may be emerging as leaders. The conference provides sessions on topics relevant to women in leadership positions and invites speakers who have a wealth of experience in the topics presented.

Previous Conferences

2018 Conference

The 2018 conference was held June 13, 2018, in Murfreesboro, TN, at the Embassy Suites Nashville SE.

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2018 Advisory Board

Amy Below, UT Martin
Patricia Burks-Jelks, UT Space Institute
Tiffany Carpenter, UT System
Allisen Penn, UT Extension
Shenika Thomas, UT Health Science Center

2018 Sponsors

Many thanks to our conference sponsors:

Sponsors: UT Libraries, John Fawaz

2017 Conference

The 2017 conference was held at the Embassy Suites Nashville SE on June 8.