Register early for Women's Connection's leadership conference

Posted Online: July 11, 2014, 6:41 pm
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The Women's Connection will host its 2014 women's leadership conference, "Daring to Live and Lead with Purpose," from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Davenport RiverCenter.

More than 500 women are expected to attend the conference, which will provide education, networking, business skills and empowerment for greater personal and professional leadership.

There will be a commissioned poem and keynote presentation by Azure Antoinette, poet and spoken word artist. Luncheon keynote speaker, sports agent Molly Fletcher, will discuss "Unleash Your Potential."

During breakout sessions:
- Dr. Mary Donohue, educator and author of The Donohue Mentoring System, will discuss "Stop. Listen. Lead."

- Dr. Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, will discuss "Negotiate Like a Woman: Get What You Want (and Deserve)"

- Linda Newborn, retired Deere & Co. vice president, will discuss "Developing the Courage to Lead"

- Christopher Ulrich, body language expert and personal coach, will discuss "Use the New Body Language to Turn Cubic Zirconia Relationships into Diamond Relationships"

New this year is a CEO/executive forum featuring Dr. Fisher Gardial, Deere senior vice president and general counsel Mary Jones, UnityPoint Health president and CEO Bill Leaver, and Alcoa director of manufacturing Rob Woodall, discussing "Working Together Toward Equality."

The conference will end with cocktails and networking from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Women's Connection offers scholarships for those who can't afford the fee. Please email Nancy Renkes at or call 563-449-8738.

Through Aug. 15, the cost is $125 for Women's Connection members, $135 for nonmembers, and $1,000 for a corporate table of eight. After Aug. 15, the cost is $150 for all registrants, and $1,200 for corporate table of eight. To register, go to or call 309-631-0167 to register.


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1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.

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