Joan Cronan, women’s athletic director emeritus for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and author of “Sport is Life with the Volume Turned Up: Lessons Learned That Apply to Business and Life,” presented the keynote address at the 2019 Working Women’s Conference, hosted by the WestStar Leadership Program.

WestStar to host Working Women’s Conference on Feb. 7

The University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program will host the 22nd-annual Working Women’s Conference from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Feb. 7, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom on the UT Martin main campus. The deadline to register is Feb. 3, and the $50 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Aloha! Creating Paradise” and features sessions such as “Decorating your hut” and “Under your beach umbrella or in your office chair.” Keli McAlister, public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in West Tennessee, will give the keynote address titled, “Lei your burden down: Paradise is what you make it!”

Additional conference speakers include Chrystal Dickson, clinical nutrition manager at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital; Paige Fisher Espey, owner of Little Yellow Door in Huntingdon; Sarah Stone Smith, founder, and Courtney Goolsby, co-founder of Say it Southern podcast; Dr. Angie MacKewn, owner of TR yoga in Martin; Kerri Arnold, Miss Tennessee Volunteer 2019; Karyn Adams, principal and creative director of HA Thirty One; Jason Wilkerson and Amber Lawrence, TBI special agents for the Memphis Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Dr. Teresa Collard, UT Martin professor of communications and Dr. Lisa LeBleu, UT Martin professor of family and consumer sciences.

To register for the conference, visit Select the “conferences” tab under “conference & events” and go to “click here to register.”

For more information about the conference or the WestStar Leadership Program, contact Virginia Grimes, program coordinator, at 731-881-7298.


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