Commissioner Whitaker headlines East Tennessee Regional Women’s Economic Summit in Maryville

Thursday, June 5

Tennessee Department of Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker will give the keynote address during the East Tennessee Regional Women’s Economic Summit, June 5, on the Maryville College campus. This event, sponsored by the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, is focused on helping women achieve economic autonomy.

“This year, organizers are hosting a cross section of speakers who can offer advice and expertise to women from diverse backgrounds,” says Wendy Pitts Reeves who chairs the regional summit. “Susan Whitaker headlines a fabulous group of presenters from our region who are sharing their insight for women professionals.”

The Economic Summit offers two tracks for the one-day event. Track one focuses on building women-owned businesses with seminars on starting, growing and financing a personal business. Track two focuses on helping women reach their professional potential in matters relating to money and building wealth, personal/family security and political participation.

“We want women to have options when they come to the Summit,” says Reeves. “The whole idea is to have realistic take-away information they can put into action. They don’t have to follow either track exclusively during the day. We want them to attend those seminars or panel discussions that offer the most pertinent information to their situations.”

Other speakers include: Jennifer Rawls, executive director, Tennessee Economic Council on Women, Sher Byrd, director of Domestic Violence 8th Judicial District, Cynthia Moxley, Moxley Carmichael, Anna Seale, consumer credit counseling, Christine Beatty, custom career builder, Deborah Porter, Century Success-Net Development, Brenda Pilson, VP of American Patriot Bank, Gaynell Lawson, CBBC Bank, Sharon Hannum, retired ALCOA, Inc./community volunteer.

The $25 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and the seminars. For more information or to register, visit www.maryvillecollege.edu/about/csc and follow the link under ‘Upcoming Events-News.’ Exhibitors can expose their business or service to summit attendees by hosting a booth for $50. The sponsorship includes two lunch tickets, a table and two chairs in the exhibit hall. For more information about hosting a booth or to register for the event, contact Wendy Reeves at 865-207-4305 orwendypittsreeves@yahoo.com.

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women, created by the legislature in 1998, assesses Tennessee women’s economic status. The council develops and advocates solutions to address women’s needs to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency. Members of the TECW represent each of nine Development Districts of Tennessee, the state’s university system, the Governor’s cabinet, women’s organizations, the Black Caucus and the Women’s Caucus, along with members from the Senate and House.

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