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The Modern Day Woman's Conference

Young Women Philanthropists

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM (CST)

The Modern Day Woman's Conference

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 Modern Day Woman’s Conference hosted by Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and Young Women Philanthropists


 February 8-9, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Alandra Washington, Ph.D., Deputy Director of W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Young Women Philanthropists, an auxiliary of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, is hosting The Modern Day Woman’s Conference in Memphis,TN. This event is designed to empower, engage and educate women age 25-45 by assisting them in their civic, community, business, and personal journeys.


The event, scheduled for Feb. 8-9, will consist of a Lock and Key Mixer from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 8th at Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main Street, Suite 2380 and a conference from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following Saturday, February 9th at Garrett Auditorium (adjacent to the main Baptist Hospital) at 6027 Walnut Grove Road. The mixer will connect women with potential professional female mentors to guide their paths and act as a sounding board for their ideas.



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 February 8-9, 2013



Locally, a number of young adult women have shared the difficulty they find in penetrating this local community and in identifying seasoned, female mentors. Hopefully relationships and networks will be established to aid in the advancement of women all over this community and region. LinkedIn’s October 2011 study found (in a survey of nearly 1,000 female professionals in the U.S.) that 82 percent of women agree that having a mentor is important. Considering the competitive employment landscape, and the universal belief that mentorship is a critical component to career success, 19 percent (that’s nearly one out of every five women) have NEVER had a mentor. Whether you are one of those people who have yet to take advantage of this career-advancing relationship or if you want to add another to your repertoire (yes, you can have more than one) here’s the conference for you. 



The Modern Day Woman’s Conference, in its inaugural year, celebrates the advancement and self-empowerment of young women, and hopes to encourage them to utilize their incredible education, resources and strengths to have an even greater effect on the world.  The conference will gather women from various professional sectors to hear presentations and panels on topics ranging from women’s health and wellness, to career development and leadership. This conference will encourage young adult women to take a moment to connect with other women and build on these new found relationships. Women can accomplish so much when they put aside their fast-paced roles in business or motherhood (or both) and make a decision to share, to listen, to learn and to celebrate what they all have to offer each other and the world.


Conference Day One

The kick-off event will be an interactive Lock and Key Networking Mixer (held at the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main Street, Suite 2380) where young and seasoned professional women will be encouraged to attend and network with one another. The young adult women will receive a key on a bracelet and the seasoned women will receive a locket bracelet. Attendees will complete a short online questionnaire to provide details on their professional background and areas of interest. At the mixer all the women will mix and mingle by completing a “networking scavenger hunt” of questions. Towards the middle of the event, the women will be divided in the room depending on the color of their bracelet, which will represent their professional industry of choice. Once in their respective color sections, each woman will have to identify the person who matches or unlocks their locket. These two individuals will serve as mentee and mentor and the hope is that after the event, they will foster a mentor relationship.

Conference Day Two

The second day of the conference held at the Garrett Auditorium, (adjacent to the main Baptist hospital), 6027 Walnut Grove Road, will be one filled with leadership development and empowerment. After the attendees spent the prior evening developing potential mentorship relationships at the mixer, they can now build on their current knowledge. The session will open with a power breakfast and branch off into concurrent workshops to hear speakers of various industries. All attendees will reconvene for a luncheon, and closeout with one last interactive session. The Modern Day Woman’s Conference serves to bring women together through networking, mentorship, leadership development and empowerment.



2013 Conference Session Descriptions


Defining Success for the Modern Day Woman

Success means different things to different people but today’s modern day woman seems to share a common theme around their success definition.  This interactive session helps you to explore what success means to you personally; to the modern day woman and to the many roles and responsibilities we embrace.  The session further guides participants on how to create a “success plan” and maintaining success throughout your life and its various cycles.

Speaker: Cheryle Robinson Jackson


The New Majority CEO:Women Entrepreneurs

Did you know that for the first time ever in U.S. history, the number of unmarried adult women outnumbered adult married women as of October, 2010?  This coupled with the facts – more women are attending college, graduating more from college than men, and earning more capital – have empowered women who are single, divorced or widowed to start more businesses than men in their respective categories of marital status.  Why & how did this trend start?  What is its impact on our economy? What message does this trend send to corporate America?  What message does this send to women and girls?  This session answers these questions and offers the resources available if you are looking to become the next CEO.

Jeni Stephens
Michelle Robinson McKissack
Elizabeth Lemmonds


Chic Geeks: Using Social Media to Create Solid Partnerships

Should I have a Facebook profile or LinkedIn?  What is Pinterest or Instagram?  What should I be tweeting and who is following me?  I subscribe to all of the latest social media networks but how do I leverage them to advance my career and image?  Social Media is rapidly evolving our means of networking and it is important to know where our connections are best received.  This session reveals best practices, usage and strategies to creating solid partnerships and advancement opportunities.  The session will also discuss cyber-footprints and its karmic nature.

Bernia Wheaton
Victoria Hirschberg
Nicole Jackson

Relax, Relate & Release: Stress Management for Women

Multiple-role conflicts, the inability to say no, perfectionism, the need to prove yourself and the drive to do it all are very unique sources of stress for women.  Sometimes you can’t avoid high pressure situations but you can reduce the chance of overstress if you know the methods that keep tension and anxiety in check.   This session teaches you how to handle these and other pressures, manage self-induced stress triggers, and overcome the physical symptoms of stress.

Sarla Nichols
Tracy Knight
Jacqueline Oselen


Get Fit₂: Next Level Financial Fitness

You have your home, manage your finances, correctly balance your accounts and save 25% of your income, but now what?  Am I saving enough for retirement?  How does my 401-K really work?  Understanding your finances and the methods that can aid in your realization of wealth and security without working all of your life is critical for a woman’s financial success.  The methods and vehicles that can make your money worker smarter to prevent you from working harder are outlined in this session.

Pamela Pitts
Gina Myers
Ellen Cooper Klyce


Brand U: Developing YOUR Brand

You are the new modern woman and you wear many hats but what do these various roles REALLY say about you?  How do you ensure the message that your various roles convey?  All of us are unique and a brand of our own.  Learn the secrets to banding yourself professionally and personally and the tricks of the trade to designing and implementing the YOU that you desire the world to know.

Aerial Ellis
Erika Cain
Carolyn Hardy 


Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Why do certain people always seem to succeed while others struggle to succeed and maintain success?  Many people focus self-improvement energy on acquiring additional education, knowledge or experience.  Often women tend to compare themselves to others and pursue “fixing” their “weaknesses” while not really knowing who they are and what strengths they possess.  With 90% of the top performers scoring high in EQ, and EQ is twice as important as IQ in achievement of positive progression, we cannot afford to not understand our EQ and how it interacts with those of others.

Joann Massey
Christin Webb
Dorchelle T. Spence


Engaging Across Generations

It takes a village to raise a child and that is no less true as women advance in years.  There is much that women can glean from one another regardless of the age they are currently in.  This session facilitates discussion, interaction, and fun in an effort to build connections that transcend age and time. 

Keynote Speaker: Alandra Washington, Ph.D.


Interactive Closing Session
Now that we have all been empowered, engaged and educated, we will close the conference with a little more fun!

Have questions about The Modern Day Woman's Conference? Contact Young Women Philanthropists

When & Where

Garrett Auditorium (on the Baptist Memorial Hospital campus)
6027 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38120

Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM (CST)

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Young Women Philanthropists

Young Women Philanthropists is an auxiliary of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grant-making organization. Fostered by an initial gift from local philanthropist Mertie Buckman, WFGM was established in 1995 to encourage philanthropy and foster leadership among women and to support programs that enable women and children to reach their full potential.

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