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EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop

March 15, 2019 | 9 am

YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will be kicking off their 2019 EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop on March 15 in celebration of Women's History Month. Incepted in 2015, the female focused, expert led workshop series is geared to empower women at all levels of their career. The spring session will be held at Northeast State Community College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The full-day workshop for professional women will feature four accomplished presenters with a diverse set of expertise in Women’s Suffrage, Law Enforcement, Leadership Development and Organizational Change. With decades of experience and wisdom to share, each session promises take-aways that directly address the challenges and potentials of professional women.

Nicole Collins serves as the Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police for East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety. The department is allocated 21 sworn officer positions, 2 security guards, 6 full-time and 1 part-time dispatcher, and an Emergency Management coordinator. She has over 12 years of law enforcement experience that includes supervision of the Professional Standards Unit (Accreditation, Background Investigations, Clergy, Early Intervention System, Records, Communications, and Special Investigations) for Vanderbilt University Public Safety. She maintains certifications to instruct self-defense programs through Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) systems. She graduated from Savannah State University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Naval Science. She served as a Cryptologic Technician Technical in the US Navy and as a Public Relations Officer in the Marine Corps Reserve. The Master Chief of the Navy selected a handful of women from various occupations to be assigned to Naval Carriers to test the perimeters needed for successful integration. Nicole Collins was selected and deployed on the U.S.S. Eisenhower out of Norfolk, Virginia.

Jenny K. Brown is Owner of KINETIC PERFORMANCE COACHING, Business & Life Coach. Jenny has over 25 years of experience in leadership and management roles, which has included supporting both Corporate Executives as well as Small Business Owners. With experience in entertainment/theatre, fitness, retail, and restaurant industries and working with corporate giants likeChick-fil-A, Walt Disney World, Bath & Body Works, and Dollywood, Jenny has a diverse background from which she pulls valuable lessons on how to succeed in both business and personal life. Jenny now coaches individuals and teams on how to be more productive and lead more balanced lives through conversations around discovering purpose, leveraging strengths, and utilizing SMART action plans. For more information visit her website at coachjennykay.com.

Becky Caldwell is the first-ever Executive Director of the Virginia Highlands Festival. She has produced international arts programs and festivals in Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit. A graduate of Northwestern University, Becky has spent most of her career in Chicago with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and the Chicago Improv Festival. She launched Spontaneous Combustion, an improv comedy festival, with a producing partner at the Basement Theatre (Atlanta), and together they have produced 10 improv comedy festivals. Becky is an expert in festival producing, event programming, and board development. She came to the Virginia Highlands Festival as the Festival Producer in 2012, and in her first year she took the Festival finances from deficit to surplus, almost doubled the amount of corporate donations, exponentially increased the marketing and publicity reach, and led the effort to develop a 3-year strategic plan. She advises other nonprofit organizations as a “Virtual Executive Director,” helping them with fundraising strategies, board relations, and strategic planning. Her podcast, “Virtual Executive Director,” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and SoundCloud.

Paula F. Casey is a dynamic speaker on voting rights, particularly the 72-year struggle for women to be included in the U.S. Constitution. She published a book,The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage. She produced a12min. 40 sec. DVD on woman suffrage that covers the struggle for American women to win the right to vote. Paula has spoken extensively around the country at universities, colleges, and junior colleges. Paula is the Co-Founder of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail, she served as president of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc., and was primarily responsible for the fund-raising for the monument that was unveiled in Nashville’s Centennial Park. She is working to get monuments to the suffragists across the state of Tennessee before 2020. She served as fiscal agent for Jackson’s statue of Sue Shelton White, the only Tennessee woman jailed fighting for suffrage in front of Jackson’s City Hall. A monument is planned in Memphis to be unveiled in May 2019. For more information visit her website at www.paulacasey.com.

Guest Performer: Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama) is a singer, songwriter, actor, educator, and creator of the Earth Mama music projects. In August, 1995, the United States celebrated the 75th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote. Joyce wrote and performed the theme song,Standing on the Shoulders.This song has introduced Joyce to the gracious wisdom and power of women's groups around the world.

Key take-aways include:

  • Lessons we can learn from early suffragists to be resourceful, build alliances and persevere as leaders
  • Learn to trust your instincts, be resilient, embrace your flaws and follow your passion with fearless execution
  • How to create an environment and culture that promotes continuous development in yourself and others
  • Understanding the framework and necessary resources in accountability for creating big changes in an organization

The full-day workshop will include a light breakfast and lunch. Attendees of EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop will also be awarded .5 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit www.ywcatnva.org/emerge or contact the YWCA at 423-968-9444.