Athens Area Women’s Summit: Step In. Reach Out. Lift Up.

Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center.

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the inaugural Athens Area Women’s Summit on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center. This all-day conference has been designed to inspire and empower attendees from all career fields and levels. Inspirational speakers and community exemplars will take attendees through a journey of personal and professional development through both academic approaches and real-life experiences.

This first-ever Summit will focus on the theme Step In. Reach Out. Lift Up. and have approximately 120 attendees, 10 speakers, and 2 keynote addresses. The morning keynote address will feature Nicole J. Phillips, author of Kindness is Contagious. Ms. Phillips’ mission is to draw readers into a community of love and kindness. Her goal is for you to feel inspired to live a life filled with joy and believes that happens when we take a leap of faith, step out of our comfort zone, and connect with other people through acts of kindness. Ms. Phillips finds boundless joy in speaking to groups about kindness and we look forward to having her open the Women’s Summit with her message on living courageously kind!

Beatrice Selotlegeng will close out the conference at the Keynote, Coffee, and Cocktails address. Attendees will have the opportunity to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail before they settle in for a truly inspiring talk on Persistence: Achieving Your Own Version of Success. Ms. Selotlegeng was born and raised in Kenya and relocated to Botswana at age 25. Here, she began her career as a stewardess and worked her way up to acting CEO of Air Botswana. She also took on a side role mentoring an Ohio University student, which led to her current position as the Director of the Junior Executive Business Program at Ohio University’s College of Business. She will touch on her life experiences and lessons learned throughout the day to leave the group feeling ready to take on any challenge.

In addition to the keynote addresses, attendees will choose between two options at each of three breakout session, including this fantastic lineup for speakers and session titles:

  • Cheryl Herbert, Senior VP of Regional Operations, OhioHealth: Healthy Leader, Healthy Culture
  • Jennifer Murphy, Career Management & Student Success, Ohio University College of Business: Navigating Generational Differences
  • Geneva Murray, Director, Ohio University Women’s Center: Stay Out of Your Own Way: How Gender Stereotypes Threaten Your Own Success
  • George Paidas, Founder of Embros LLC & Leadership Medina County: The Leader Within You
  • Tammy Reynolds, Executive-in-Residence, Ohio University College of Business: Negotiations: Why We Shy Away
  • Athens Area Women’s Summit Entrepreneurial Panel (Kris Cornwell of Cornwell Jewelers, Jennifer L”Heureux of Nelsonville Emporium, Kerry Pigman of EdMap, and Natalie Tevis of Airclaws)

The conference costs $75 to attend and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and a canvas tote swag bag. Tickets went on-sale Monday, August 28. Women’s Summit t-shirts will be available for purchase during the registration process. Please visit for additional information.

There are also several exciting sponsorship opportunities available! Current sponsors include OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Hocking Valley Bank, Career Connections, Cornwell Jewelers, Airclaws, Ohio University College of Business, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Please contact Michelle Oestrike at for more information.

2017 Athens Area Women’s Summit Steering Committee includes these dedicated individuals:
Tammy Bobo – Hocking Valley Bank
Tanya Conrath – Ohio University Innovation Center
Kris Cornwell – Cornwell Jewelers
Kristi Kinnard – Career Connections
Candace Miller – OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital
Geneva Murray – Ohio University Women’s Center
Michelle Oestrike – Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Polly Sumney – Hocking Valley Bank