What would the world look like if we ELEVATED more women into decision-making spaces? The Chattanooga Women’s Symposium will open conversations about the factors influencing the narrative about women and their significance in the workplace and society. Further, we want to highlight the COLLECTIVE POWER of women.

The Chattanooga Women’s Symposium, hosted by Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute, is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to activate and retain the social and economic engine that is high-quality female talent. The Symposium focuses on the interplay between social, economic, and policy issues that present opportunities to ELEVATE female leaders. Women and men alike will benefit from keynote presentations, panels and breakout sessions geared toward advancing women in our region. There will also be a continuing education opportunity for those needing 1.5 hours/credits for HRCI, SHRM, NASBA, PMI, and AIA. 

Jennifer is a Partner at McKinsey and leads McKinsey’s Sales and Channel Management Practice in North America. She has 20 years consulting experience specializing in B2B GTM and serves a range of B2B companies, including OEMs, financial / professional services, software and distribution-driven businesses. She is a frequent speaker at sales conferences and author of publications related to B2B sales in the digital era; she also frequently speaks on topics related to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

Jennifer is based in McKinsey’s Boston location. Prior to McKinsey, Jennifer held various sales and marketing roles while completing her higher education. She also taught sales at the university level. Jennifer was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, holds a MSc. with distinction in international political economy from the London School of Economics and has her BA from the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer lives in Chattanooga and is passionate about speaking on a topic “near and dear to her heart.”

“Activating Diverse Talent” Panel

Our lunch keynote, Jennifer Stanley, is a partner at McKinsey & Company. Immediately following, we will have a panel of local civic, government, and education leaders exploring the topic of “Activating Diverse Talent”.
We are thrilled to announce that our moderator for the panel is Joan Cronan, the Women’s Athletic Director Emeritus at the University of Knoxville.
Panel will include:
Commissioner Chip Baker – Hamilton County Commissioner
Councilwoman Carol Berz – City of Chattanooga
Christy Gillenwater – President & CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Quincy Jenkins, Ed.D – Executive Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Chattanooga State
Candy Johnson – President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

Joan Cronan is Women’s Athletic Director Emeritus for one of the most visible and respected programs in the country. She strives not only to keep UT at the top in the nation, but also to improve women’s athletics on a local, regional and national level. Cronan, a graduate of LSU, earned her B.S. in 1966 and her M.S. in 1968, both in physical education. She served a two-year stint at Tennessee from 1968 to 1970.

Cronan returned to the University of Tennessee in 1983. Under her direction, the women’s teams (in 23 years) had a cumulative record of 6,293-2,825-52 and a .689 winning percentage. Her teams have won seven NCAA titles, 37 Top-five NCAA finishes, 66 Top-10 NCAA finishes, 25 SEC Regular-Season Crowns and 18 SEC Tournament Championships. In 2006-2007, the Lady Vols ranked in the top 10 of Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Standings. The Lady Vols captured three of the last four SEC Women’s All- Sports Crowns and all 11 teams in the UT women’s Athletics Department advanced to their respective NCAA Championships – the third time the Lady Vols have accomplished this feat in as many years.

Breakout Sessions

coming soon

Morning Session

Making the Ask: How to Negotiate Your Salary?

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Morning Session

Mentorship to Sponsorship: How to champion this change and why is it important?

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Morning Session

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: How to have uncomfortable conversations and get things done?

CEU Credit Session

Have you heard (or thought) these statements?“Motivation?!?“They’re professionals, they don’t need motivation.” How about this…“My people aren’t producing… they need motivation.”
Motivation is the most over-rated and over-used concept in management. Jennifer Goodrich will debunk the myth that worker productivity is always a function of their motivation or engagement levels. She will expand the focus to four factors which cause productivity loss; Capacity, Attitude, Skills, and Habits (i.e., The C.A.S.H.®model). Jennifer will explain the model as well as how to distinguish between someone who is trying their best but lacks ability and someone with abundant ability who is not applying their talents.
This seminar is approved for continuing education units (professional development hours) for HRCI, SHRM, NASBA and more.

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Chattanooga, TN 37405



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