Designed to celebrate women who guide area businesses and organizations and those rising to the top in their organizations, the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley has organized the Women in Leadership Luncheon to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Blennerhassett Hotel.
Female executives juggle many roles so our theme for the luncheon is "Balancing Your Cup." The luncheon will feature WTAP weekend anchor Shannon Houser as emcee and two keynote speakers who are shining examples of balancing the priorities of a demanding job and a fun life outside of work.
Sandy Austin Feltner is the top female executive for PepsiCo in West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. She started with Pepsi in 1984 for one of the locally owned franchises in Kentucky. After stints as territory sales manager, marketing development representative and vice president/general manager, she was named market manager for this region in April 2008. She has led her team to a Top 3 finish in Pepsi North America for two consecutive years.
Lynne Schwabe is the director of development for the National Youth Science Foundation. Her career experience includes being a war reporter in Vietnam and a speech writer for Sen. Jay Rockefeller. Her name may familiar to many as she was also the owner of Schwabe-May clothing store in Charleston. More recently she writes a regular column in The State Journal about her humorous life experiences.
Our greatest example of Balancing Your Cup goes to Karen Henline, office manager at Murray Sheet Metal, for chairing this event.
Thank you to the following Chamber members who are supporting this event as sponsors:
Pink Sponsors, Murray Sheet Metal and Prudential Financial
Yellow Sponsor, Astorg & Koreski, Pickering Associates and WV Birth to Three
Orange Sponsors, Alice Harris, CPA, Ameriprise Financial, Coldwell Banker/Landmark Realtors, Junior League of Parkersburg, Mattress Warehouse and WesBanco
Blue Sponsors, J.F. Deem Oil & Gas, National College and WV Credit Union League
In-Kind Sponsors, Pepsi Cola and Mother Earth Foods
Register for the event today. Chamber members receive a certain number of complimentary tickets based on their specific membership tier; additional attendees are $50 a person. To register go to the Women in Leadership luncheon link at www.movchamber.org
Upcoming Events with on-line registration available at www.movchamber.org or at 304-422-3588:
September Lunch Mob: Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., DaVinci's, 215 Highland Ave., Williamstown;
September Business After Hours, Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m., Mattress Warehouse, 2824 Pike St., Parkersburg;
September Lunch & Learns, Sept. 21, 11:30 aa.m.-1 p.m., Just Beneath the Surface, WV Central Credit Union, 809 Division St., Parkersburg;
Women in Leadership Luncheon, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Blennerhassett Hotel
Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff, Oct. 6, noon-3 p.m., Point Park in Parkersburg. Last Call to enter your chili in the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff for the chance to win great prizes. Competition fee per team: $25 if you supply your own tent, $35 if you need a tent. Deadline to register is Sept. 10.
Visit this space every other Sunday for more Chamber news. We also invite you to call us at 304-422-3588, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Chamber office at 409 1/2 Market St., Parkersburg.
Jill Parsons is president/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley.