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 2019 conference!

Session 1

Option 1: Gracious Speech

Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Got words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day—-not to mention the ones she types online. Karen Ehman-—a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble—-shares from experience the how’s (and how-not-to’s) of dealing with the tongue, equipping you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you’d better just keep your lips zipped!
In this session you will learn:
• A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media
• The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend
• How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person
• How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off
• What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt

Option 2: Taking Care of Yourself

Janelle Merritt, American 1 Credit Union

Taking care of yourself – what a crazy thought?! But, I’m a woman, I’m a Mom, I’m a leader, I’m a manager, I’m an executive, I’m a _____, you fill in the blanks. Our society touts busyness as a badge of honor sometimes.
In the midst of this pride of busyness, we also have a society focused very much on ourselves, perhaps, one would argue to an extreme. Humans can be quite selfish. So, here we are – in a world where we don’t want to be too busy and we don’t want to be too selfish, yet we have aspirations and dreams and we must take care of ourselves. We are not a limitless supply of energy. We cannot just keep going and going assuming nothing will go wrong.
So, what do we do? How can we craft an action plan for ourselves where we can be successful in this society we live, take care of ourselves and serve others all at the same time? Is that possible? I think so! Come attend Women in Leadership day at SAU and be a part of the conversation at my workshop! Let’s come up with a plan that works for you in your life right now!

Session 2

Option 1: Leading with Grace and Strength

Carol Green, Spring Arbor University

How to survive—and thrive–when you are faced with big decisions and unexpected challenges.

Option 2: Confidence in Conflict

Alicia Soles, Jackson County Youth Probation Office

Women in leadership face many challenges today. Conflict is one of those unavoidable challenges, and how you respond to that conflict, may determine a desirable result. Through good communication, influence, and conflict resolution skills, it is possible to engage in a conflict conversation with the hopes of leading to a successful outcome. This workshop will look at the experience of one woman’s career in the court system as a probation officer and how her confidence in dealing with conflict effectively, with grace and eloquence, has brought about positive change in at-risk youth and their families.

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!

Session 3

Option 1: How did I get here? From surviving to thriving in business

Melinda Vokal, Michigan Brass

Life is a journey full of experiences. I have been blessed in so many ways that have enabled me to not only overcome the shame of my past but to actually thrive! Like many young women I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life beyond high school and made some poor choices. However, I have owned three successful businesses and am currently the President/CEO of two companies – one in Michigan and one in Southern China. Let’s explore how I got here and how you can too.

Option 2: E is for Eloquence

Roma Rogers, Spring Arbor University

As women in leadership we must not only Embrace Eloquence, it is Essential to Exercise Eloquence. Eloquence can often be Emotionally Exhausting; however in order to not react artificially, Eloquence is Effectively necessary for women in leadership.

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!