Gannon University Holds 10th Annual Women in Leadership Development Conference

Posted: April 24, 2017

Gannon University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding the 10th annual Women in Leadership Development Conference (WILD) Thursday, April 27.

The full-day event will be held at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center, 7794 Peach St.

The conference is held in recognition of the growth of participation of women in business, but also to celebrate the trend of women helping women through knowledge, energy and passion.

The opening session is entitled "10 Years, 10 Leaders, 10 Views," and will feature speakers such as Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Jeff Parnell from Gannon University's Erie Technology Incubator, SBDC Director Maggie Horne and Kelly Hunt, Ph.D., from U.S. Small Business Administration.

Attendees will then attend a variety of breakout sessions that will cover various topics in leadership, financial management, social media and entrepreneurship.

This year's keynote speaker is Atiya Abdemalik, an author, nurse and leader.

Abdemalik has served in a variety of community, hospital and insurer settings, most recently as Director, Community Programs and Employee Volunteerism at Highmark Health, where she focused on building impactful community partnerships and volunteer opportunities for Highmark employees.

WILD also presents a Legacy Award each year to a woman leader who mentors other women, supports her community and excels in her career. This year's Legacy Award winner is Jodie Camillo, who holds a master's degree in public administration from Gannon.

Camillo, assistant registrar at Gannon, had served as the SBDC's educational program coordinator and is a co-founder of WILD.

This event is open to the public and the cost is $100. Registration for the event is open through April 25 at this link.