Luncheon for professional women slated to return

VIENNA – Female professionals will take center stage at the “Women In Leadership Luncheon” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Pointe Conference Center.

The luncheon was started last year as a day where female business leaders and executives from the Mid-Ohio Valley could gather, network and interact for the day. It was designed to celebrate women who guide area businesses and organizations and those rising to the top in their organizations.

Organizers said they have more than 170 people booked to attend with the hope of getting more than 200 total, as they have been continually replying to phone calls and emails concerning the event, luncheon chairwoman Karen Henline said.

“We have already passed the number we had last year,” she said.

It was the success of last year’s event and the good word-of-mouth that have prompted a lot of interest in this year’s event with professionals stepping up to help plan and organize this event, Henline said.

This year’s program will include a panel of area businesswomen who will discuss the challenges and excitement they’ve encountered during their careers. The panel, being moderated by Debbie Rake with Jan Dils, Attorney at Law, includes Angi Smith of United Bank, Ginny Conley of Conley Law Office, Marie Foster Gnage of West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Arlene Borkowski, who just retired from GE.

The keynote speaker will be Laura Prisc, founder of Leadership and Life Potential, who will speak on Marshall Goldsmith’s “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.”

There are behaviors who have served people well at certain points in their careers, but those things won’t necessarily help them get to the next level, Prisc said.

She will be talking about her own experiences as well as having those in attendance working on a personal assessment that can illustrate behaviors and skills they need to work on as well as the things they are doing right and need to continue.

“I am excited about being able to reach out to help these women grow in their careers,” Prisc said.

The event will end with Miss Manners – Pam Harvit – who will entertain the group with some amusing stories from her “Mind Your Manners” program.

Henline said they wanted to look at the behaviors and attitudes of women in business today and how the things that got them to where they are, may not be the same things that will help get them further. Things like building up others who helped in their successes rather than taking all the credit for themselves, being appreciative and maintaining good attitudes.

“The thing women can change is the behavior,” she said.

A lot of people want to change the world, but many times it starts with one’s self, Henline said adding it has to be genuine to really resonate with others.

“Sometimes all it takes is one change and others will want to do something,” she said. “People will see the passion of what they do and that it makes them happy.”

The cost of the event is $50 a person.

For more information on the luncheon, call the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley at 304-422-3588.