2014 Women’s Leadership Colloquium

Brenau University Women’s College has a rich, 135-year legacy of cultivating confident, capable female leaders. To celebrate this legacy and conclude observation of its 135th anniversary, Brenau hosted Beyond 135: A Women’s Leadership Colloquium on March 21, 2014. The colloquium brought together alumnae, students, faculty and community leaders for conversations about the unique potential and challenges of women’s leadership and offered inspiration and practical information for seasoned and aspiring leaders and those who wanted to support women in leadership roles.

Keynote speaker Maria Saporta, columnist with Atlanta Business Chronicle, founder of SaportaReport.com and longtime Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, kicked off the colloquium with insights gleaned during her 30 years of reporting on leadership in the metro area.

Other featured speakers included Women’s College alumnae Gail Smith, WC ’83, Lee Anne Romberg White, WC ’82, and Tracy Rhodes, WC ’02. Ms. Smith, Brenau trustee and director of environmental, sustainability and issues management communications at Georgia-Pacific, discussed lessons learned about collaborative leadership during her career in the corporate world. Author and photographer White led an interactive workshop that emphasized the relationship between creativity and leadership, and attorney Rhodes examined the critical role communication skills play in her success as managing partner of her firm.

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