UT Conference for Women in Leadership
June 13, 2018
Embassy Suites Nashville SE – Murfreesboro
1200 Conference Center Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Registration for women in senior leadership roles is available in K@TE; log in with your UT netID and password and search “Conference for Women in Leadership” in the top-right search bar.
$199 registration fee includes sessions, breakfast, lunch, and snacks
Women in leadership positions and women identified by leadership as being emerging leaders. Conference enrollment is open to invited leaders and their nominees.
2018 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Tonja Johnson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the University of Tennessee System
Tonjanita (Tonja) L. Johnson was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for the University of Tennessee System on October 14, 2016. In this capacity, she has primary responsibility for assisting the president in maximizing the System’s operating performance and achieving its strategic goals and objectives.
Johnson’s responsibilities also include overseeing the System strategic plan, initiating and managing strategic alliances, participating in the development of operating and capital budgets and providing executive oversight for five system-level offices, including: academic affairs and student success, communications and marketing, facilities planning and capital projects, human resources, and institutional research.
Johnson has served as a cabinet-level administrator for more than 15 years, working directly with and reporting to the institution’s president and serving as a trusted advisor. Her professional experiences have been focused on high-level organizational and operational activities and broad-based strategic communications and marketing efforts.
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.
2018 Advisory Board
Dee Dee Anderson, UT Chattanooga
Amy Belew, UT Martin
Patricia Burks-Jelks, UT Space Institute
Tiffany Carpenter, UT System
Allisen Penn, UT Extension
Cynthia Polk-Johnson, UT Knoxville
Shenika Thomas, UT Health Science Center
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.
Theme: Leading with Influence: Shaping a Culture of Support and Inclusion
On June 8, 2017, Employee & Organizational Development hosted the third annual UT Conference for Women in Leadership. The conference was hosted in Murfreesboro, TN, and welcomed 145 leaders from all UT campuses and institutes, as well as leaders from Tennessee Board of Regents Institutions.
Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, delivered the morning keynote, Caution! Breaking Glass Ceilings Can Hurt Your Head! She shared her career history and stories related to being a woman in the military and the leadership lessons she learned along the way. Commissioner Grinder’s address received a standing ovation.
The conference theme of Leading with Influence: Shaping a Culture of Support and Inclusion was especially profound during the panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Noma Anderson, Special Advisor to the President on Diversity and Inclusion. Panelists included Dr. Nesli Alp of UT Chattanooga, Dr. Chandra Alston of UT Health Science Center, Petra McPhearson of UT Martin, and Dr. Michelle Rigler of UT Chattanooga. The panel answered questions related to diversity and inclusion, and the questions were contributed by registered attendees in advance of the conference. Following the panel, participants had the opportunity to continue the discussion by participating in smaller breakout groups focused on how leaders can “be the change” within their spheres of influence.
Dr. Syb Brown, Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Professor of Journalism at Belmont University, delivered the closing keynote on Leveraging Leadership the Virtual Way. She engaged and energized participants with humor, and she shared information and ideas about what will be next for leadership, higher education, and the world.
Linda Hendricks Harig, Vice President for Human Resources for UT System Administration, closed the conference with leadership anecdotes and several meaningful quotes from Pat Summit.
Many talented speakers delivered timely, engaging leadership topics. EOD is grateful for the participation of speakers and panelists from: UT Chattanooga, UT Foundation, UT Health Science Center, UT Institute of Agriculture, UT Knoxville, UT Martin, UT Space Institute, and UT System Administration.
2017 Advisory Board
Dr. Noma Anderson, UT System and UT Health Science Center
Dr. Mary Lucal, UT Knoxville
Andrea Lyons, UT Foundation and UT Chattanooga
Vikki Massey, UT Health Science Center
Lisa Stearns, UT Institute of Agriculture
Cindy West, UT Martin
Many thanks to our conference sponsors:
Testimonials from 2016
Dr. Ashley Blamey, Director, Center for Health Education & Wellness, UT Knoxville
Cindy West, Dean, College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences, UT Martin