Summary of Workshops

For each of the three sessions, you’ll be able to attend one of the workshops. Below is a list of our speakers for the 2021 conference!

Session 1

Option 1: Your Leadership Legacy – Take a Chance!

Throughout my career and life, I’ve met so many women who were told or who told themselves, that they weren’t good enough or they couldn’t do it, whatever “it” was.  I’m here to tell you, you can!  If you are willing to take a chance and trust yourself and others, to get you there!

Cindy Harrison, Henry Ford System

Option 2: I’m Brave, I’m Happy, and I’m Not Sorry About It!

If I’ve learned anything during my 30 years of management experience, it’s to be unafraid, unapologetic, and optimistic in the face of adversity and hardship. In this interactive session, we’ll explore the many roles that women play, and how to empower ourselves to face our fears, look for the silver lining in life, and to stop apologizing for things we shouldn’t.

Tonia White, American 1 Credit Union

A lifelong resident of Jackson and graduate of Jackson High School, Tonia White understands her community and the people in it, which is perfect for her role as Chief Employee Experience Officer at American 1 Credit Union. She may be the middle child in her family, but she’s really the boss, which explains her more than 30 years of management experience. Tonia loves astrology and uses meditation to help keep her balanced, which is a key skill for someone who also serves on the Downtown Development Board and enjoys volunteering at the Salvation Army and Martin Luther King Center. Most importantly, Tonia enjoys spending time with her husband of 24 years, Deshon, and their son Christopher, sipping tea, watching a good murder mystery, or cheering on the Wolverines. Go Blue!

 

Session 2

Option 1: Learning to Lead Through Active Listening

We live in a noisy world where we are ‘hearing’ all the time, but few of us take time to really ‘listen’ to those around us. We lead better when we listen better! Join me in exploring the concept of active listening as it applies to learning from those we lead and those who lead us.

Angel Kono, Discipleship Pastor at Jackson Free Methodist Church

As women, we wear multiple hats and I am no exception. In my 20’s and 30’s, my main roles were wife to Brian and mom to four great kids. As I shifted into career mode in my 40’s, I spent a decade doing professional counseling and being an adjunct professor at SAU. Currently, I am shifting again into a pastoral role, but my favorite hat to wear remains the one that connects me to family–wife/mom/mom-in-law, and the best one of all, Gram!

Option 2: 10 Rules of the Road

Principles of investing that can help you achieve your goals and avoid common investing mistakes. Learning to lead from a financial perspective. Don’t leave your legacy-live your legacy-if you live a legacy, you leave a legacy.

Mollie Bolton, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

I began my career in October 2000 when I accepted a marketing director position at an Independent Financial firm where thankfully I was encouraged to obtain my securities licenses. In October 2002 I began working for Edward Jones. I realized very quickly how strongly I cared about our clients & how much I enjoy working for this firm and in this industry.  I am a lifelong Jackson resident & live a full life here; I am involved in my church, active in community volunteerism, have led an adult co-ed volleyball league for the past 15 years & am a musician. I am the vice chair of Chamber Board of Directors, serve on the Chamber Executive & Ambassador Committee as well as a board member for the Jackson Area Estate Planning

Option 2: Coffee & Networking

Enjoy an hour of coffee and great conversation by selecting the coffee hour for one of your sections. You will be able to enjoy specialty coffee made by our baristas, visit the vendor tables outside the cafe, and chat with some of the workshop speakers or other attendees. It’s a great opportunity for networking!

 

Session 3

Option 1: The Importance of Leadership in a Family Legacy

Following in the footsteps of family members who have created a lasting heritage, Tricia offers some of the experience and wisdom she has accumulated with the intention of sharing how to apply faith and family values when focusing on the continuation of a family legacy.

Tricia McGuire: Special Projects Director at Lenawee Christian School and Vice President of the Merillat Family Foundation

Tricia (Merillat) McGuire, the youngest of three sisters, is an educator by trade, having spent ten years in the public school system as a teacher and developer of curriculum and assessment materials.  Tricia no longer teaches in a classroom, choosing instead to play an active role in her children’s lives by teaching them the Christian values in which she was raised. She volunteers as the Special Projects Director at Lenawee Christian School in Adrian, Michigan. Tricia also holds a board seat at Lenawee Christian Ministries and is Vice President of the Merillat Family Foundation. Tricia graduated from Anderson University with degrees in Education and Early Childhood Development. She also attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned her Masters degree in Education.

Option 2: Setting an Intention to be Intentional

In order to follow in the footsteps of women community leaders, learn ways to be intentional in seeking mentors, in seeking networking opportunities , and in aligning what you do with where you want to go.

Monica Moser: President & CEO at Jackson Community Foundation

Option 3: Coffee & Networking

Enjoy an hour of coffee and great conversation by selecting the coffee hour for one of your sections. You will be able to enjoy specialty coffee made by our baristas, visit the vendor tables outside the cafe, and chat with some of the workshop speakers or other attendees. It’s a great opportunity for networking!