Feb. 21, 2007
Women’s Spring Leadership Conference set for March
By Jill D. O’Bryant
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The 2007 Mississippi Women’s
Spring Leadership Conference will be held at
Mississippi University for Women’s Plymouth Bluff
Center March 1-2.
The two-day conference, which is sponsored by Women
in Higher Education – Mississippi Network (WHEMN)
and MUW’s Southern Women’s Institute (SWI) and the
Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship (WCE), includes
speakers such as Jill Rigby, president of The
Business of Manners; Nancy Hunter Denney, a
nationally-recognized speaker who is dedicated to
helping others reach their potential; and Dr. Betty
Siegel, the first women to head an institution in
the University System of Georgia.
“This is MUW's second year to host this conference,
and with the co-sponsorship of the Women's Center
for Entrepreneurship, it will be even bigger and
better than last year's,” said Dr. Bridget Pieschel,
director of the Southern Women’s Institute. “We're
very pleased to have this continued partnership with
the Women in Higher Education in Mississippi Network
because they share our mission of developing
leadership skills in every aspect of women's lives.”
Other speakers for the conference are Dr. Claudia
Limbert, president of MUW; Dr. Suzanne Bean,
director of MUW’s Roger F. Wicker Center for
Creative Learning; Dr. Joyce Yates, associate
professor, Emma Ody Pohl Endowed chairholder and
coordinator of the graduate program in health
education at MUW; Dr. Tonjanita Johnson, executive
assistant to the president at Mississippi Valley
State University; and Debbie Montgomery, director of
public relations at MVSU.
The heads of the three sponsor organizations--Dr.
Debbie Norris (WHEMN), Lucy Betcher (WCE) and
Pieschel (SWI) – also will speak.
Participants will hear about topics such as
communication, manners, balancing being a woman in a
leadership role, getting your message across, total
health and planning for the future.
General and breakout sessions will be held both
days. There will be a dinner on March 1, and the
conference will conclude with lunch on March 2.
For more information or to register for the
conference, which is $50 per person, please go to
The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship is funded by
a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration
(SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an
endorsement of any products, opinions or services.
All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public
on a nondiscriminatory basis.