Beyond 135: Women’s Leadership Colloquium, March 21

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In observance of the 135th anniversary of the Women’s College, Brenau University hosts Beyond 135: A Women’s Leadership Colloquium on March 21 from 2-5 p.m., at the Northeast Georgia History Center. The purpose of the colloquium is to bring together alumnae, students, faculty, staff and community leaders for conversations about the unique potential and challenges of women’s leadership. The gathering will offer inspiration and practical information for seasoned and aspiring leaders and those who wish to support women in leadership roles.

Kicking off the colloquium is keynote speaker Maria Saporta, featured journalist with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, founder of and longtime Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist. Saporta will share insights gleaned during her 30 years of reporting on leadership in the metro area.

Featured speakers include Women’s College alumnae Gail Smith, Lee Anne White, and Tracy Rhodes Withers. Ms. Smith, Brenau Trustee and Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at Georgia-Pacific, will discuss lessons learned about collaborative leadership during her career in the corporate world. Author and photographer White will lead an interactive workshop that emphasizes the relationship between creativity and leadership, and attorney Rhodes Withers will examine the critical role communication skills play in her success as managing partner of her firm.

Student leaders Ashley Lee, Jessica Anderson and Lea Mason engage a panel discussion and Dean Valerie Walston-Simmons wraps up the conversation.

A reception will follow, sponsored by Evans & Rhodes, LLC. The event, free and open to the public, is made possible in part through the generosity of donors to the Grace/Gaskins Women’s Studies Endowment fund. Seating is limited. Make reservations online at 

Contact Whitney Neveils at ude.uanerb@ttecsuafw or 770-534-6179 with questions.