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About Jill Watkins: Panel Speaker at June 10 Elevations Luncheon

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Like father, like daughter! Jill Watkins, principal of Watkins Design Works, explains her passion for interior design was evident early in life through exposure to her father’s architecture firm! Jill says, “My dad is a retired architect, and when I was in high school, I worked summers at the firm he worked with. When I started my company, my first major project was as a consultant with that same firm!” Keep your eyes out for more on Jill Watkins!

Jill Watkins’ love for interior design is evident in her work. Jill is the owner of Watkins Design Works, a commercial interior design and green building consulting firm located in the Charleston Area Alliance’s business incubator. Jill has 22 years of commercial design experience, including 18 specifically related to green building, and worked with architects and engineers for the majority of her career before starting her own firm in 2014. Jill is NCIDQ Certified, a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, a professional member of ASID, and recently graduated from Leadership Kanawha Valley. She is participating in the Alliance’s GROW entrepreneurship program and is Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council West Virginia Chapter.

Don’t miss your chance to hear more about Jill Watkins and her company,Watkins Design Works, at the Elevation Luncheon on June 10! Register now!

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Bernie Deem to moderate June 10 Elevations Luncheon

We are excited to announce that the moderator for the Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It! will be Bernie Deem!

Bernie Deem brings a new perspective to HR with her fresh insights and unique ideas for solving old problems. These abilities, combined with her extensive expertise and knowledge, led Bernie to be twice honored by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is one of only two individuals to have received the Charleston SHRM HR Award of Excellence and recently was named the HR Professional of the Year, an award bestowed by the WV State Council of SHRM.

Bernie is a frequently requested speaker and is best known for her engaging style and high energy. Some of her topics have been: “The Seven Secret Reasons Employees Sue,” “Personnel and Employees from Hell,” “HR Secrets I Only Tell My Friends,” and “Building High Impact Relationships.” Her presentation on “We Don’t Hate You, We Just Want You to Leave” is the result of research she conducted on how to minimize the odds of a lawsuit based on using a technique she developed called “The Graceful Exit.” Bernie is also a published author, having written articles such as “Frequent Mistakes Made by Small Business Owners,” “Five Simple Rules for Dealing With a Marginal Performer,” and “Motivating Without Money.”

Do not miss the chance to hear Bernie speak, go register now!

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About Morgan Richards: Panel Speaker at June 10 Elevations Luncheon

Morgan Richards HeadshotNot many people can say they are working in the professional field they dreamed of as a child. Morgan Richards happens to be one of the very few who can! Morgan says, “I have always known that I wanted to be in the fashion industry. When I was in elementary school we had to write down in a journal what we wanted to be when we grew up, I wrote that I wanted to be a fashion designer, but not design shoes and bags especially for men! My parents found this and blew it up on a poster board for me when I graduated SCAD last year. It was pretty funny, because now I am an accessory designer making shoes and handbags and my focus is menswear.”

Morgan Richards has made a name for herself in her industry. Morgan’s company, Morgan Rhea, was launched in 2014 after Morgan graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design. She wanted to get in touch with her Appalachian roots so she opened her studio in her home state of West Virginia.

Morgan Rhea’s current collection “Silently Speaking Gratitude” is dedicated to those who have inspired and impacted her life through their personal journeys. By giving gratitude to those who have struggled and triumphed, this handmade collection was born. She depicts personal journeys by inscribing individual stories onto her one of a kind tailored accessories that can be passed down for generations.

Everything is hand assembled to create timeless pieces with personalized designs and superb craftsmanship. Designed for the individual who wants to express their personal journey through an accessory that is a conversation in itself. Each accessory is hand made from a buffalo hide and is hand stitched to create a timeless piece.

In this short time, Morgan has had many accomplishments. She was named the winner of the 2014 Independent Handbag Designer Award for “Best Student Made Handbag” where she was featured in the September Issue of InStyle Magazine. She has had the pleasure to meet with top celebrities in her industry such as Zac Posen and Alexander Wang. She has had the pleasure of designing for singers John Legend and Brett Dennen. Morgan is looking forward to growing her business in the state of West Virginia and beyond.

Don’t miss your chance to hear more about Morgan Richard’s and her company Morgan Rhea at the Elevation Luncheon on June 10. Register now!

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Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It!

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Wednesday, June 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Marriott Town Center

The Charleston Area Alliance presents the Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It!, an in-depth look at entrepreneurship – exploring risks, challenges and rewards along the way.

The event opens at 11:30 a.m. with informal networking, followed by a seated luncheon and a panel discussion with women entrepreneurs at noon.

The panelists include:

  • Claudette Hudson, owner of Tgraphics, a professional screen printing, embroidery and advertising company;
  • Morgan Richards, owner/design of Morgan Rhea, a handmade leather goods and handbags company;
  • Debra Rohrer, president of Geo-Rhea, a geospatial aerial data acquisition company;
  • Jill Watkins, principal at Watkins Design Works, a commercial interior design and green building firm; and
  • Sherri Wong, chef and owner of the Bridge Road Bistro, a multi-faceted food service and fine dining operation.

Reservations for this special event are $40 Alliance members/$50 future members until June 6 at 11:30 a.m. Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.

The Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance with sponsorship support from DOW Chemical Company.

Click here to register now!

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Early bird rates end this Monday for 2014 Elevations Academy

ElevationsElevations Academy 2014: Do the Right Thing – Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
Monday, Oct. 27
8 a.m.- Registration
8:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Program
Embassy Suites

Early bird rates end this Monday for the fifth annual Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy. The event will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at the Embassy Suites.

The academy is a half-day workshop featuring inspiring speakers and informative sessions to help professional women realize their potential and take their career to the next level.

The focus of this year’s academy is ethics and corporate responsibility.

The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Karen Bryant of DOW. Bryant is a supply chain director for the company. She is based in Saginaw, Mich.

Other confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Jane Cline, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
  • Sally Cline, WV Division of Financial Institutions
  • Valerie Ellis, Gibbons and Kawash
  • Betty Ireland, WV Ethics Commission
  • Kimberley Knuckles, CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Dr. Cynthia Persily, Highland Hospital
  • Terri McCormick, Brickstreet Insurance
  • Joanna Tabit, Steptoe & Johnson

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees.

The Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy also features an expo where local businesses, products and services are featured.

Early bird registration is $85 for Alliance members and $95 for future members.

The cost for each goes up after this Monday, Oct. 20 to $95 for Alliance members and $105 for future members.

Click HERE to register.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Erica Boles for more details.

Historically, some or all of the Elevations Academy has been approved for continuing education credit. This year’s agenda will be submitted for approval by the WV State Bar and WV Board of Accountancy.

Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company.

The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”

Through luncheons and other events, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that help them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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Save the date for the fifth annual Elevations Academy

ElevationsElevations Academy 2014:
Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

Monday, Oct. 27
8 a.m.- Registration
8:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Program
Embassy Suites

Save the date for the fifth annual Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Embassy Suites.

The academy is a half-day workshop featuring inspiring speakers and informative sessions to help professional women realize their potential and take their career to the next level.

The focus of this year’s academy is ethics and corporate responsibility.

The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Karen Bryant of DOW. Bryant is a supply chain director for the company. She is based in Saginaw, Mich.

Other confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Jane Cline, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
  • Sally Cline, WV Division of Financial Institutions
  • Betty Ireland, WV Ethics Commission
  • Kimberley Knuckles, CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Terri McCormick, Brickstreet Insurance
  • Cindy McGee,  A&F Financial Advisors

The Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy also features an expo where local businesses, products and services are featured.

Early bird registration is $85 for Alliance members and $95 for future members.

The cost for each goes up after Oct. 20 to $95 for Alliance members and $105 for future members.

Click HERE to register.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Erica Boles for more details.

Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company.

The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”

Through luncheons and other events, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that help them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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Time is running out to register for ‘Women with Energy’

Elevations“Women with Energy” Forum
Thursday, June 19
Charleston Marriott Town Center
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The fourth annual “Women with Energy” forum, presented by the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Network, will be held Thursday, June 19, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

The popular event includes a luncheon and program offering insight and analysis on current opportunities and challenges from women business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals from the natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Sharon Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson, moderator
  • LuAnn Datesh, VP, CONSOL Energy, Cannonsburg, Pa.
  • MaryAnn Fox, VP, Rex Energy, State College, Pa.
  • Gina Velo, Technical Project Manager, OPower
  • JoEllen Diehl Yeary, VP and General Counsel, Northeast Natural Energy

This event is presented by Steptoe & Johnson. Sponsorships, which include admission to a VIP pre-event, Meet & Greet with speakers and state leaders along with other benefits, start at $750.  For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Individual registration is $55 for Alliance members/$65 future members.

Click HERE to register.

Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company. The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”  Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.   

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Speakers announced for fourth ‘Women with Energy’

Elevations“Women with Energy” Forum
Thursday, June 19
Charleston Marriott Town Center
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The fourth annual “Women with Energy” forum, presented by the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Network, will be held Thursday, June 19, at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

The popular event includes a luncheon and program offering insight and analysis on current opportunities and challenges from women business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals from the natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Sharon Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson, moderator
  • LuAnn Datesh, VP, CONSOL Energy, Cannonsburg, Pa.
  • MaryAnn Fox, VP, Rex Energy, State College, Pa.
  • Gina Velo, Technical Project Manager, OPower
  • JoEllen Diehl Yeary, VP and General Counsel, Northeast Natural Energy

This event is presented by Steptoe & Johnson. Sponsorships, which include admission to a VIP pre-event, Meet & Greet with speakers and state leaders along with other benefits, start at $750.  For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Individual registration is $45 for Alliance members/$55 future members through Saturday, May 31. Click HERE to register. Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company. The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”

Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.   

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Toyota president to headline Elevations luncheon on March 21

ElevationsWebElevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Friday, March 21
11:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Edgewood Country Club

Millie Marshall, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. will discuss what drives the manufacturing and auto industry and opportunities for women at the next Elevations luncheon on Friday, March 21 at Edgewood Country Club.

The event opens at 11:45 a.m. with informal networking followed by seated luncheon and address by Marshall at noon.

Reservations for this special event are $30 Alliance members/$40 future members through this Friday, March 14.

Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.

Register here

Reserved sponsor tables of eight are available for $500. Please contact JoEllen Zacks for more information.

Marshall joined Toyota in 1991 at the company’s vehicle and engine assembly plant in Georgetown, Ky. In 2003, she was promoted to general manager of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc., in Huntsville. She oversaw human resources, corporate affairs and accounting and finance.

She was appointed senior vice president of manufacturing at Toyota’s West Virginia plant in 2012. Prior to that role, she served as vice president of human resources from 2009-12 at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. located in Erlanger, Ky.

Marshall was named president in December 2013.

The Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW.

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Elevations Academy submitted for CLE and CE credit

ElevationsBuiltCityWe Built this City:
Imagine. Create. Lead.”
Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy

Wednesday, October 30
11:15 a.m.-5 p.m.
Embassy Suites

This Wednesday’s Elevations Academy is the talk of the town.

Recently, the event was featured on the front page of the business section in the Sunday Gazette-Mail. You can check out the article HERE.

There is still time to register to be a part of West Virginia’s premier professional development and networking event for women. The program has been submitted for approval for CLE and CE credit. It also includes a donation drop off for Dress for Success.

About the Program

Without her influence the state of West Virginia might not have happened. This woman, an African American slave “married” to her white owner, fought legal courageous battles to gain custody of their child after the Civil War. This group of volunteer women founded Kanawha County’s first low-income housing project.

Who are they and what lessons can they teach today’s businesswomen and community leaders is the focus of the fourth annual Elevations Academy, West Virginia’s premier professional development and networking event for women.

The half-day program will be presented by the Charleston Area Alliance Elevations Professional Women’s Network on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Embassy Suites, from 11:15 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is expected to draw 300 young professional and executive women.

For details, click HERE.

Using the state’s 150th sesquicentennial celebration and “Imagine Charleston,” (the city of Charleston comprehensive and downtown revitalization plan), as launching pads for discussion, “We Built this City” will empower attendees to take risks, take action and take the lead to move their businesses and their community forward.

The event will be submitted for continuing education credit for CPAs, lawyers and insurance professionals.

“Our region faces unprecedented opportunity. However, we cannot fully realize these possibilities without the engagement and leadership of women at all levels and in all spheres — business, politics and in civic and community groups,” said JoEllen Zacks, senior vice president of the Charleston Area Alliance.

“Our goal is to empower attendees to take risks to fulfill their own potential and help build a stronger future for our region.”

The conference schedule:

11:15 a.m. Registration/Expo Open: Area businesses and organizations will showcase their services and products

11:45 a.m. Welcome:  Sally Smith, Bowles Rice; chair, Alliance Economic Development Committee

Luncheon served 12:15 p.m.

Opening address: Teresa Keating, Business Manufacturing Technology Director, Dow Building & Construction, Baton Rouge, La.

WHERE WE’VE BEEN

1:00 p.m.  Trailblazers and Troublemakers: Lessons Learned from WV Women Who Changed History

Moderator: Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council

Panelists:

  • Prof. Connie Rice, WVU Department of History
  • Virginia Rugeley, Junior League of Charleston
  • Debby Weinstein, YWCA of Charleston

WHERE WE’RE GOING

2:30-3:15 p.m. Imagining our Future: Presentation and interactive leadership exercise facilitated by Susie Salisbury, VP of Community Development, Charleston Alliance/Charleston City Council

HOW TO GET THERE

3:15-4:30 p.m.  Creating the Future: Taking Risks, Taking Action, Taking the Lead

Moderator: Alisa Bailey, Charleston Convention & Visitor Bureau

Panelists:

  • Anne Barth, TechConnect
  • Georgette George, Monarch Properties
  • Catherine Nutter, House of Luxe
  • Danielle Snidow, Uncork & Create

LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN

4:30 p.m. A Seat at the Table: Closing Remarks by Ellen Cappellanti, Deputy Managing Partner, Jackson Kelly

4:45 p.m. Use Your Voice: Can You Hear Me Now? Crystal Good, Mixxed Media

UNCORK THE FUTURE

6:00 p.m. “Starry, Starry Charleston” premier.

Explore your creative side and enjoy wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at a special interactive activity at Uncork & Create, which will feature the debut of a new art project, “Starry, Starry Charleston.”

Separate registration and payment required. 

Academy registration, which includes a luncheon and breaks is $90 for Alliance members $100 for future members.

For more information, click HERE.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information. The Alliance is unable to issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.      

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