2013 WIL Conference - October 11, 2013

posted Nov 11, 2013, 12:00 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 12:29 PM ]

On Thursday, October 11th, over 150 professional women in Louisville, representing some of the most notable companies in the community, gathered for an afternoon of professional development, networking, and fun.  Sponsored by Women Influencing Louisville (WIL) and EY, the event consisted of a networking lunch, a powerful key note speaker, and an opportunity for attendees to pick three individual development sessions led by notable women within their respective organizations.

Just entering the event was a treat for many that had never heard of a little known gem called “The Woman’s Club of Louisville” located at 1320 South Fourth Street, just across the street from St. James Court.  The nostalgia of the building took participants back to when the club was established in 1890.   It was a wonderful reminder of all the important things women have done to raise the bar in Louisville, but also to understand how much more work there is to do.

After a welcoming lunch, attendees had the pleasure to hear from Pam Joseph, Vice Chairman at USBank.  Pam shared her personal journey and her role in developing women at USBank bringing both her work life and personal passion for community service together to form a network of women that will be the next generation of leaders at the bank.

Here are some of the comments left by attendees on Pam speech:

“Excellent Session Pam Joseph was down to earth and easy to identify with”; “I want to work for her!”; “Very inspirational!”; “Tell Pam she is admired.”

After Pam the opportunity to learn and develop just continued.  Participants were able to select three more session to attend including:

·         Maintaining Your Authenticity While Climbing the Corporate Ladder, Cathy Tang, Chief Legal Officer, YUM

·         New Leadership for the Multi-Generational Workforce,  Kim Felix, Sr. Director in the Information Services Transportation Technology Group, UPS

·         Executive Presence, Lillian Hunt, Global HR leader, GE Finance & Legal

·         Effective networking, Kelley Bright, Business Development Leader, EY

·         How your personal identity shapes your future, Carleen Haas, Chief Talent Officer,  Humana

·         10 Tips for Strategic Thinking, Jennifer Simmonds, Manager of Portfolio Strategy and Analysis,  Brown-Forman

·         Negotiating salaries, Amy Letke, CEO Integrity HR, Sponsored by Frost, Brown & Todd

The evening ended with hors d'oeuvres and beverages and a chance for the attendees to network with each other.  Of course, there were goody bags for everyone and door prizes worth staying until the end.  Thanks to each organization that encouraged their women to attend, sponsored amazing speakers, found volunteers, and donated goody bag items and door prizes. Special thanks to EY for leading the organization of this first major event for WIL and sponsoring lunch.

Women Influencing Louisville is a Louisville-based group of companies that focus on issues that are important to women that further support women’s diversity. This group also includes external engagements with companies that have common diversity interests that want to leverage the power of local alliances.  Current corporate members include:  Brown-Forman, EY, Frost Brown & Todd LLC, GE Home & Business Solutions, Humana, UPS, US Bank, and YUM! Brands.