This year’s Leadership Symposium was a success and went off without a hitch! Liz Steele outdid herself. After a delicious breakfast, things got started with Tara Piurko, the incoming CREW Network president, who provided a background on CREW Foundation and touted the importance of utilizing CREW to build your network.
AmyK was the keynote speaker and she was AMAZING! She did a great job of keeping the crowd’s interest with personal stories of her past and proved that it really doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. She shared ways of making the most of your network so that women in C-suites and decision making positions don’t feel isolated. She also provided tools to assist with team building and maximizing productivity within your company and even in your personal life.
After AmyK gave her great empowering speech, participants had the opportunity to break out into smaller groups that focused on managing and organizing our lives for both professional and personal success. The sessions were as follows: “Organizing Basics- A Holistic Approach” – presented by Kristen Ziegler, Owner, Minima; “Cultivating Resiliency in Life and Relationships”- presented by Wanda Ortwine, Chief Family Officer, The Luck Companies; and “ Leading From Where You Are” – presented by Kathy Greenier and Lesley Bruno, Consultants, Floricane LLC. This was also an excellent opportunity for participants to have more time to interact and bond in more intimate settings.
Lastly, there was a panel comprised of prominent local women in leadership positions: Greta Harris with the Better Housing Coalition, Toni R. Aradell with Bon Secours Virginia and Dr. Cynthia Newbille, Councilwoman with the City of Richmond. Participants learned about each panel speaker and heard tales of successes and failures from these amazing women. The panel was moderated by Tara Piruko and a great time was had by all.