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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.


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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.

Should the need arise, the conference is prepared to transition to a fully virtual event.

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


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Sponsorship levels

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!



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Hocking Valley Bank Logo


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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.