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 23rd-annual Working Women’s Conference Feb. 12

The University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program will host the 23rd annual Working Women’s Conference virtually from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST, Friday, Feb. 12. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 8, and the cost to attend is $10 per person.

The 2021 Working Women’s Conference will be themed “Take Heart – We’re All Connected” and focus on how to maintain a sense of community amid the pandemic and political turmoil. The conference will feature sessions such as “Women’s Rights – Connected by Commonality,” “Connected in Spite of Chaos” and “Loving and Supporting Each Other.”

Dr. Lisa Piercey, Tennessee Department of Health commissioner, will give the keynote address titled, “Connected at the Core.” Additional conference speakers include Jacque Hillman, senior partner of HillHelen Group Publishers; Carly Unger Herrin, of Paducah Dermatology Martin Clinic; Jodi Burgess, of Levy Dermatology; Cindy Hawkins, of Cindy’s Skin Clinic; Wanda Castellaw, military wife of United States Marine Corps retired Lt. Gen. John “Glad” Castellaw; Civil Miller Watkins, class of 2019 WestStar alumnus; Stephanie Spencer, enneagram coach of Beyond Your Number; Dr. Teresa Collard, UT Martin professor of communications and Dr. Lisa LeBleu, UT Martin professor of family and consumer sciences.

To register for the 2021 Working Women’s Conference, visit and select the “Conferences & Events” tab. Click the “Take Heart – We’re All Connected” conference registration to secure a virtual seat at the event. Once registered, a Zoom link will be sent to the provided email.

For more information about the conference or the WestStar Leadership Program, contact Jordan Gardner, conference coordinator, at 731-881-7298.


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