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Date(s) - October 22, 2021
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stuart's Opera House


It’s time for the 5th Annual Athens Area Women’s Summit!

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the fifth annual Athens Area Women’s Summit on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Stuart’s Opera House! This all-day hybrid conference has been designed to inspire and empower attendees from all career fields and levels, whether you attend in-person or stream the conference live from the comfort of your couch. Inspirational speakers and community exemplars will take attendees through a journey of personal and professional development through both academic approaches and real-life experiences.

Check out some special moments from the 5th Annual Athens Area Women’s Summit:

Photos from the second half of the day:

Chamber President Dani Underhill and Director of Operations Dawn Worley-Sims share a moment in the middle of the event.

Lunch time gave attendees an opportunity to catch up.

Connecting over lunch.

Networking and lunching.

Forming connections during the lunch break.

Attendees sharing a laugh and forming connections at the Athens Area Women’s Summit.

Attendees sharing a laugh.

Attendees wait in line for the lunch buffet, sponsored by Hocking Valley Bank and provided by Hocking College Culinary.

Janice M. Wright presenting “The Power of ‘ISMS’”

Emily Latta speaking virtually during the Healthcare Roundtable session.

Summit planning committee member Tammy Bobo moderating the virtual Healthcare Roundtable session from the stage of Stuart’s Opera House.

An attendee takes notes during the “I Am Worth Defending!” session presented by Rebekah Mendez

Susan Barga, a member of the Women’s Summit planning committee, taking a break from setting up the lobby.

Attendees all went home with Athens Area Women’s Summit tumblers.

Attendees connect while waiting for the keynote presentation to begin.

Attendees networking during cocktail hour.

Keynote presenter Michelle Greenfield speaking during her “Grounded and Centered Leadership” session.

Michelle Greenfield presenting her keynote address “Grounded and Centered Leadership”

Michelle Greenfield speaks from the stage during her keynote address.

An attendee following Michelle Greenfield’s guided breathing exercise during the keynote address.

Listening to the keynote address by Michelle Greenfield.

Attendees raise their hands in the air at the end of Michelle Greenfield’s guided relaxation exercise.

Chamber President Dani Underhill closing out the Summit.

Photos from the first half of the day:

Stuart’s Opera House on the morning of the 5th Annual Athens Area Women’s Summit.

The Stuart's Opera House lobby waiting in the morning to greet attendees.

Networking during breakfast/registration.

The breakfast buffet spread, sponsored by Quidel and provided by Brenen’s Coffee Café.

Attendees listening to opening remarks by Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Dani Underhill.

Layla Sweet during her “Generating Energy” presentation.

Attendees participating during Layla Sweet’s “Generating Energy” session.

Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington presenting her session “From Negative Net Worth to My First 100k” on the stage at Stuart’s Opera House.

Attendees take notes during Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington’s session “From Negative Net Worth to My First 100k.”

Cheryl Prusinski referring to a slide during her presentation “The Deaf Community.”

The tables set up for lunch with notebooks from Lunch sponsor Hocking Valley Bank.

The OhioHealth Mobile Mammography Unit, an in-person perk, parked outside Stuart’s Opera House.

LeeAnn Helber referring to a slide during her presentation “A Unicorn’s Journey: Navigating Professional Choices in Search of the Perfect Job”.

An attendee listening to LeeAnn Helber present.

Cat Russell presenting “Recalculating: Course Correcting Allyship to Realign Intent and Impact” on the stage of Stuart’s Opera House.

Attendees taking notes during Cat Russell’s presentation “Recalculating: Course Correcting Allyship to Realign Intent and Impact.”

Attendees taking notes during Michelle Wilson’s presentation “Align Your Money With Your Values.”

Participants discussing topics during Michelle Wilson’s presentation “Align Your Money With Your Values.”

Health & Safety:

The Chamber is committed to the health of our community and to providing a safe in-person experience. We are working closely with the Athens City-County Health Department to ensure that we remain compliant with all best practices and guidelines to keep staff, volunteers, and attendees safe. This includes requiring everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask that completely covers your mouth and nose while inside Stuart’s Opera House, unless seated and eating or drinking.

Additionally, the Women’s Summit will require proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less prior to attending the event in-person at Stuart’s Opera House.

REad more about our Health and Safety Protocols

2021 Women’s Summit Program


Conference Agenda*

*Subject to Change

8:15am – 8:45 – Registration and Breakfast
8:45am – 9:00am – Welcome
9:15am – 10:15am – Session 1
10:15am – 10:30am – Break
10:30am – 11:30pm – Session 2
11:45pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Session 3
2:00pm – 2:30pm – Networking
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Keynote

Session Options

Session 1:
“From Negative Net Worth to My First 100k” presented by Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington
“Generating Energy” presented by Layla Sweet
“The Deaf Community” presented by Cheryl Prusinski

Session 2:
“A Unicorn’s Journey: Navigating Professional Choices in Search of the Perfect Job” presented by LeeAnn Helber
“Align Your Money With Your Values” presented by Michelle Wilson
“Recalculating: Course Correcting Allyship to Realign Intent and Impact” presented by Cat Russell

Session 3:
“The Power of ‘ISMS’” presented by Janice M. Wright
“I Am Worth Defending!” presented by Rebekah Mendez
Healthcare Panel

“Grounded and Centered Leadership” presented by Michelle Greenfield


Register for the Athens Area Women’s Summit

Event Parking Map

Parking will be available around the Nelsonville Square, as well as in the Fruth Pharmacy and Nelsonville Elks Lodge/Rocky Boots parking lots, which are both marked with a “P” on the map.

2021 Women's Summit Event Parking Map

Sponsorship levels

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!



OhioHealth Logo


Anthem Logo







Hocking Valley Bank Logo


Quidel Logo







Session Sponsors

Airclaws Logo Merchant's National Bank Logo Susan Barga Logo OU Women's Center Logo TS Tech


Empower Sponsors

MS Accounting OSU South Center MEP Logo Bickle Insurance Services Mark Porter Autogroup Mathews InsuranceAthens County Visitors Bureau Logo Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship Logo TechGROWTH Ohio Logo

Supporting, $250 (Unlimited)

  • Business logo included in an ad for all Supporters in the program
  • Includes 1 event ticket

Good Rentals
Park National Bank
Snider, Fuller, and Stroh

Contact Dani Underhill, dani@athenschamber.com, to secure a sponsorship today!

Planning Committee

Thank you for the time and effort of our planning who are committed to bringing a quality, accessible, and exciting conference every year.