Gail Evans, Visiting Professor, School of Management
Georgia Institute of Technology
Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman
Evans’ career is vast, beginning in government and culminating as the executive vice president of CNN. Evans began working with CNN at its inception in 1980 and was promoted to executive vice president for CNN in 1996. In September 2000, Evans was named to executive vice president of domestic networks for the CNN Newsgroup. She was responsible for program and talent development of all domestic networks; overseeing national and international talk shows; and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year. She served as a member of the CNN Executive Committee and was chairperson of the CNN programming task force. In addition, Evans developed some of CNN’s most popular programs. She retired from CNN in the summer of 2001.
She is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Georgia State University School of Law and the Kennesaw State University Foundation. Evans is currently a visiting professor at the School of Management at Georgia Tech teaching a course on gender, race, and ethnicity in organizational behavior.
Major General Kathleen D. Close, Commander, Ogden Air Logistics Center,
Hill Air Force Base
A Past and Current View of Women Serving in the Military and their Role
Hill Air Force Base provides worldwide logistics management, engineering, supply, contracting, and depot maintenance for a wide variety of aircraft and munitions related platforms. General Close is responsible for four wings at the base: the 75th Air Base Wing, 84th Combat Sustainment Wing, 309th Maintenance Wing and the 508th Aerospace Sustainment Wing. General Close was commissioned in December 1978 through the Air Force ROTC program at Colorado State University. She has directed three aircraft maintenance units; served as squadron maintenance supervisor in two units; and held a variety of staff positions at the Major Command, Air Staff, and Secretariat levels. These include assistant executive officer to the Air Force Chief of Staff; Director of C-5 Maintenance at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center; Headquarters Air Force Material Command Inspector General at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and Director of Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
Olene Smith Walker, Ph.D., Former Governor, State of Utah
ife is Full of Seasons, Reasons, and Resolution: Making the Most of Each
With an unflinching commitment to hard work and good government, Olene S. Walker was sworn in as Utah’s 15th and first woman governor on November 5, 2003. Past accomplishments and a strong commitment to the future are hallmarks of Governor Walker’s distinguished service with the state. With a strong academic background, Governor Walker led Utah toward improvements in literacy and education. During her service, she pledged to keep education the highest funding priority and to provide a nurturing environment for Utah’s students. Walker continues to promote literacy for people of all ages.
Walker was born in Ogden, Utah. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and the University of Utah, respectively. She is married to Myron Walker and is the mother of seven children and 25 grandchildren.
Amber Rosenberg, PCC, Founder, Pacific Life Coach
Chart Your Path to Work/Family Balance
Amber is a certified coach who helps high-achieving women in business—including working mothers—manage stress and guilt and re-define success on their own terms. Through personal and corporate coaching programs, she empowers women to achieve success that is balanced and helps employers create a more supportive work environment for these valued employees.
V. Cheryl Womack, Chief Executive Officer, The Star Group & VCW Holding Company, LLC
Women in the Global Marketplace
Cheryl is one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders, and is a highly respected role model. As the chairperson of a non-profit organization, Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the WorldTM, Cheryl is working to raise the visibility of powerful entrepreneurial women to provide a valuable legacy for future generations of women.
Cheryl will discuss what women entrepreneurs around the world seem to have in common and relate why she believes they are thriving in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa in surprisingly growing numbers. Find out why Cheryl feels there is an abundance of opportunity for women out there and how you too can play in the global marketplace.
Jean M. Lown, PhD, Professor, Family, Consumer, & Human Development Department, Utah State University
Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future
Dr. Jean Lown is a professor in the Family, Consumer, & Human Development Department at Utah State University. She teaches undergraduate courses in the family finance program and graduate courses in family economics. Her research focuses on bankruptcy in Utah, women and financial planning attitudes and practices, and retirement planning.
Dr. Lown’s session will leave attendees with a foundation to assess their financial fitness, an understanding of the power of compounding and how to boost financial performance, an estimate of their retirement needs, a recognition of the benefits of participating in an employer’s retirement plan, investment strategies for the self-employed, and a plan to cope with financial crises.
Sarah Kerr Gardner, Co-Founder, Costa Vida & Zenprint.com
Out on a Limb, The Roots of Starting and Growing a Successful Company
A quote on the wall in Sarah’s office reads, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb; that’s where all the good fruit is” – an appropriate quote for any entrepreneur. Her presentation will cover key elements of starting and growing a successful business, including: financial discipline, evaluating risk, knowing your business, hiring the right people, and a few other things she's learned while being "out on the limb."
Sarah and her husband JD are the founders of Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill and ZenPrint.com, a high-tech printing company. The Gardners have also made small investments of time and money in several other Utah start-ups.