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2012 Summit Recap
Hosted by Executive Alliance, the Women’s Legacy Summit was held Sunday, September 9, and Monday, September 10, 2012, at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, outside of Atlanta. The two-day Summit delivered on its promise to bring together some of the most successful senior level women in business from the southeast area.
Topics covered during the Summit included a focus on leadership for the future, creating innovative environments, the impact of social media and mobility, the look of the customer and the employee of the future, and how these executives plan to inspire the next generation of talent.
Feedback From Our Attendees
“This was the finest professional networking event I have experienced to date. Highest level attendees, extremely interesting women, in an atmosphere conducive to forming relationships without the need for biz cards or memorized networking patter.”
Sue Reager, CEO, International Services
“Thank you for having me at the recent Women’s Legacy Summit. I had a great time meeting and discussing with other women leaders the challenges and opportunities presented by times of change, and the excitement of working at the leading edge of technology. These two days were the perfect blend of large groups of leaders to connect with and meet, and intimate gatherings for deeper conversations and relationship building.”
Robin Bienfait, CIO, Research in Motion
“Attending the Women’s Legacy Summit was well worth the investment in time. Often, conferences over promise and under deliver. Not in this case! Everything from the networking events where I met some of the top female executives from around the Southeast to the power packed business agenda to the fabulous location, this is a conference event that I would attend again and again. I highly recommend!”
Barb Giamanco, President and Social Sales Strategist
Co-Author of The New Handshake: Sales Meets Social Media
Social Centered Selling
Women’s Legacy Summit – Sunday, September 9, 2012
The Summit kicked off on Sunday evening with a Welcome Reception for attendees. Guests arriving early for the weekend enjoyed activities including jet skiing, biking, and the hotel’s award winning spa.
Women’s Legacy Summit – Monday, September 10, 2012
Kay Flowers Johnson, a three time Emmy Award winning journalist and Summit Emcee, opened up the Women’s Legacy Summit on Monday morning. Her remarks highlighted the fact that many of the leaders in the room were those who are moving us forward and transforming the way we do business and lead our lives.
The Women’s Legacy Summit 2012 was hosted by IT and business executives from across Georgia. The hosts to-date included:
Chief Information Officer
Research in Motion
Tiffany Circle National Council Member and Former Chairman of the Board
The American Red Cross Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
The American Red Cross of Georgia
Chief Privacy Officer
The Coca-Cola Company
||Sheryl L. Fikse
SVP ITS & CIO
Social Centered Selling LLC
Collins Gordon Group
Chief Information Security Officer
VP & CIO
Southern Company Operations & Southern Nuclear
Chief Executive Officer
Vice President, Investment Executive
Fifth Third Bancorp.
Saturday September 8, 2012
|6:00pm – 7:30pm||Reception for Early Arriving Attendees (Complimentary)||Lakeside|
Sunday September 9, 2012
|1:00pm – 3:00pm||Biking Around Reynolds Plantation (Complimentary)||Guests to Meet in Hotel Lobby|
|6:00pm – 8:00pm||Welcome Reception||Salon II and III prefunction Lobby Level|
Monday, September 10, 2012
|7:00am – 8:15am||Breakfast and Networking||The Ritz Carlton Ballroom Salon II – Lobby Level|
|8:15am – 8:30am||
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mary Lou Heastings
|8:30am – 9:15am||
Opening Keynote – “Leadership in Times of Great Change”
When companies go through dramatic change, the leadership team must be able to keep employees and customers focused on the end result. Blackberry is a company in transition as they move to regain marketshare. In this opening keynote, Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer of RIM, will discuss the challenges she faces as a leader in helping to ensure the company’s long term success and how she is positioning her organization to continue to build a creative environment and drive innovation.
|9:15am – 10:00am||
“Insights & Interviews – Leadership for the Future”
Sheryl L. Fikse
In this interview session, Sheryl Fikse, Chief Information Officer of the Southwire Company and Marie Mouchet, Chief Information Officer of Southern Company Operations and Southern Nuclear will share their thoughts on what it will take to be a leader in the future, what will be driving change, and their views on the new traits and skills needed.
|10:00am – 10:30am||Break and Networking||Salon III prefunction|
|10:30am – 10:40am||
“The Tiffany Circle – Giving Back”
Suzanne Detlefs has served in senior executive positions at Choicepoint, Bellsouth, Telesis Group in San Francisco and PepsiCola GmbH in Frankfort, Germany and understands what it means to develop a vision that inspires and motivates people to a call to action.
Now, as a Tiffany Circle National Council Member and the former Board Chair of the American Red Cross of Georgia, Suzanne has focused her energy on ensuring the American Red Cross has the ability to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to life’s emergencies. In this briefing, Suzanne will share insights into the postive impact the Tiffany Circle Members are having on the vision of the Red Cross and what it means to her personally to give back.
The Tiffany Circle is an American Red Cross society of women leaders and philanthropists who invest annually in their local American Red Cross chapters. These women follow in the footsteps of a long lineage of women leaders, beginning with founder Clara Barton, who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training, and countless other community services. The society is named in honor of the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall at the historic American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, DC. These windows, produced by Tiffany Studios, were commissioned by Red Cross President Mabel Boardman in 1917. As an act of reconciliation and hope, they were paid for with a $5,000 gift from the Women’s Relief corps of the North and $5,000 from the United Daughters of the Confederacy of the South.
|10:40am – 11:15am||
“A Global Brand – The Challenges to Sustaining Success”
As the first female Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Georgia, Terri Badour-Duckett has spent her career facilitating change. In this session, Terri will discuss what she is doing to drive change and innovation at one of the world’s most recognized brands, the leadership skills needed to inspire an organization built on the work of both employees and volunteers, and what she is doing differently to help ensure the organization’s success.
|11:15am – 12:00pm||
In this session, attendees have the opportunity to breakout into small groups to discuss the challenges and successes they have seen in transforming their organizations. Specific topics to be discussed are based on survey results from attendees.
Topic #1 – The Power to Transform: Moving from Idea to Action
Topic #2 – The Gender Gap
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch and Networking||Salon II|
|1:00pm – 1:15pm||Transition to Ballroom|
|1:15pm – 2:15pm||
“Text, Friend, and Follow Me”
As organizations continue to bring in a new generation of employees that text, friend, and follow, this session will provide insights into how companies are leveraging this new environment of communication. Led by youth and the smartphone revolution, a tsunami of changes in communication is imminent – changes that will alter the way we conduct business, sell our products, train employees, plus find and serve our customers. Several new forms of global communication will be demonstrated and discussed, providing tools to bring innovation into your company along with the latest technologies that will affect the way we speak, train, meet, hire, teach, market, sell, and serve. A not to be missed session!
|2:15pm – 2:45pm||
“Who Has the Right To Privacy?”
As data becomes the most valuable asset in many organizations, organizations are dealing with the immense challenge of protecting their brand and ensuring the privacy and security of the information on behalf of their customers, employees, and third parties. Layers of complexity are being added to this challenge as organizations try to capitalize on the wave of technical innovation occurring for a competitive advantage, including the use of social media such as facebook, smart phones, and other mobile devices that ultimately can carry the “secret sauce” of the company or personal data right out the door.
In this session, Katherine Fithen, Chief Privacy Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and Susan Koski, Chief Information Security Officer at Synovus will discuss the issues and challenges of the new “open” environment.
|2:45pm – 2:55pm||
Operating in twelve states, Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company with $111 billion in assets. Since its beginning in 1858, Fifth Third has been with its clients through major upheavals in the marketplace to stunning runs of success during the internet glory days. In this briefing, Nicky Rudd, Vice President, Investment Executive with Fifth Third will share insights into changes in the marketplace and how their clients are developing new models and mindsets to enable them to be savvy in the current environment in order to be successful in the future.
|2:55pm – 3:15pm||
Vicki Gordon, founder of Collins Gordon Group, is an acclaimed public speaker and communications expert with extensive experience in all aspects of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. Previously, Vicki was Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s largest hotel companies. From her career experience, Vicki understands what it takes to build a personal legacy. In this session, Vicki will discuss the role of philanthropy from both a corporate and personal standpoint, and how to move from strategy to action which in turn transforms success to signficance.
|3:15pm – 3:30pm||Closing Remarks|
|3:30pm – 6:30pm||Free Time for Guests|
|6:30pm – 9:00pm||Evening Reception and Dinner||Oconee Clubhouse -Linger Longer Ballroom|
One Lake Oconee Trail,
Greensboro, Georgia 30642 USA
Phone: +1 (706) 467-0600
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee
Located only an hour away from downtown Atlanta, the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, sits on thirty-five beautiful acres adjoining Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. Named as a 2012 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2011 Forbes Four-Star resort, the Ritz-Carlton Lodge has an indoor pool and an outdoor pool overlooking the lake, beach front on the lake, a world-class spa, five golf courses, tennis center, and hiking trails.
The Ritz-Carlton redefines the luxury hotel experience, combining intimacy, comfort and exclusivity with the personalized service and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of the property. With views of the resort and lake, all guestrooms feature: Featherbeds, feather duvets and goose down pillows, Egyptian cotton linens and Italian wool throw blankets, plush terry bathrobes, fully stocked refreshment cabinet, AM/FM clock radio with iPod docking station, evening turndown service and 24-hour In-Room Dining. Additionally, all accommodations include complimentary morning newspaper and complimentary access to Resort Fitness Center.
Executive Alliance has negotiated a special discount for attendees of the Women’s Legacy Summit 2012 to be held at the Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee, in Greensboro, Georgia from Sunday, September 9th through Monday, September 10th. The rate is $189.00 per night (plus taxes). Based on availability, these rates will also be honored for attendees three (3) days before and three (3) days after the dates of the Summit. Please be sure to read the hotel cancellation policy below.
To reserve your hotel room there are two options:
- Contact the hotel reservations department directly by calling 1-800-241-3333. Advise them you are with the “Women’s Legacy Summit 2012” group.
- OR, you can book on the Ritz Carlton website by following the directions below (please note for this special rate – the cancellation policy for the Summit rooms will not be on the hotel website but the applicable policy is outlined below):
- Go to www.ritzcarlton.com
- Select the location (Reynolds Plantation).
- Select your dates (Click Enter) Do NOT add the special code to the first page corporate rate box.
- Once on the page with rates – Click on the + sign “Special rates” and Enter “RXTRXTA” into the Group Code box.
- Click submit and you will see our group’s name, Women Legacy, and the room type and special rate of $189.
The deadline for booking at this rate is Wednesday, September 5, 2012, however the room block is limited and is expected to sell out before that time. If you run into any issues booking your hotel reservations and the hotel is not able to resolve, please contact Executive Alliance at by emailing your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines and Cancellation policies below for guaranteed hotel reservations for the Summit:
- All reservations must be guaranteed with a one night deposit or major credit card. Hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods.
- Reservations may be cancelled up to two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of guest check in date with no penalty.
- Hotel will charge a one night non-refundable deposit (room and tax but no resort fee) if the reservation is cancelled between 8-13 days in advance of the guest check-in date. (Substitutions from your company permitted)
- 7 days in advance of guest check in date, ALL guests will be charged the full amount of their reservation (all nights room and tax) and the full amount is non-refundable This is due to the deep discount rate offered. (Substitutions from your company permitted)
Valet parking only is available. Parking for the day only is $10.00 per day. Overnight parking is $15.00. Additional tax applies to each.
Other Hotel Information
The award winning Ritz-Carlton Spa features a 27,600-square oasis that offers a menu infused with southern inspiration and delightful water-themed therapies. The Spa on Lake Oconee is a haven of renewal and rejuvenation. Body treatments, facials and soothing massages, all incorporating the finest products, are delivered in a warm sanctuary enhanced by gracious personal attention. Complementing the spa services is a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped for a complete training circuit.
The Golf Experience – Tucked away in the natural beauty of towering oaks, fragrant magnolias, flowering dogwoods native to Greene County, Ga. and the waters of Lake Oconee, the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation offers 99 holes of golf designed by the game’s best known architects, Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp. With five signature world-class courses, and Top 100 Instructor Charlie King available for lessons at the Reynolds Golf Academy, The Lodge respectfully boasts an incomparable caliber of golf.
Spend the day at the Peter Burwash International Tennis Center, with two stadium-size and six championship-size, lighted and tournament-ready courts. Four of the courts are Har-Tru Hydro Courts and four are traditional hard courts. The tennis center also offers private lessons as well as clinics and will pair you with other players if you want to get a game going.
Canoes, kayaks and bicycles are also available at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge for our guests to enjoy a complete outdoor experience.
Gaby’s by The Lake, is the perfect place to unwind. Located poolside and offering some of the most inspiring views of Lake Oconee, Gaby’s provides a relaxed dining experience with stunning views.
From Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
- Take I-285 E toward Macon for 14.3 miles
- Merge onto I-20 E/GA-402 E via Exit 46 B toward Augusta for 62.5 miles
- Take the GA-44 exit, Exit 130, toward Greensboro/Eatonton
- At top of ramp, take a right onto GA-44/Lake Oconee Parkway for 7.1 miles
- Turn left onto Linger Longer Road and go approximately 1 mile
- Turn left onto Lake Oconee Trail and go approximately 2 miles
- End at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
- Take I-20 east towards Augusta to exit 130 (It’s approx 63 miles on I-20 from I-285 to exit 130)
- Go right onto GA-44/Lake Oconee Pkwy toward Eatonton
- Drive approx 7 miles and take a left onto Linger Longer Road
- Drive approx 1 1/2 miles and take a left onto Lake Oconee Trail
- Drive approx 2 miles to arrive at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge
Please note: Due to the rural nature of the hotel’s location, if you are using a GPS or other navigational system, please use this address for The Ritz-Carlton Lodge: 3000 Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro, GA 30642
With 75+ senior level executive women attending the Women’s Legacy Summit by invitation only, a limited group of sponsors have the opportunity to engage with many of the top business leaders in Georgia from Fortune 1000 companies, Government, and Education. Our programs for early arriving attendees, networking opportunities built into the Summit Agenda, session speaking opportunities, and brand visibility offer our sponsors a powerful platform to build relationships in an exclusive environment.
In addition to sponsorships for the Women’s Legacy Summit, opportunities are available for sponsoring Golf, Tennis, and other programs to promote your presence.
Interested in learning more about the range of sponsorship opportunities available? Please email email@example.com or call 678-445-1919.
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $117 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,322 full-service Banking Centers, including 105 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,410 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 39% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2012, had $296 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.
iDashboards is the leader in enterprise dashboard software. This web-based dashboard application, with its award winning engineering and patented technology, has compelling advantages over other options on the market.
iDashboards helps companies leverage their information assets through visually rich, responsive, and personalized business intelligence dashboards to analyze, track, and drilldown through a wealth of information. Real-time Business Activity Monitoring of key performance indicators through email and dashboard alerts keeps users in touch with their data.
Agile is an innovative IT staffing and consulting firm that speeds time to talent by matching great people to great opportunities, enabling our clients to drive business results and create competitive advantage. Agile has grown over 400% in the past four years, and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine on the Inc. 5000 list three years running.
Founded by Tricia Dempsey in 2003, Agile is a values-driven organization committed to community involvement and charitable causes. Through Agile on the Green, the firm’s annual golf tournament, Agile has raised more than $175,000 for Komen for the Cure – Greater Atlanta Affiliate. Agile is a certified woman-owned business (WBENC). For more information, visit www.GoToAgile.com or call 866.513.4703.
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999.
The BlackBerry product line includes the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, the award-winning BlackBerry smartphone, software for businesses and accessories. BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. www.rim.com
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Women's Legacy Summit
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- Explore the Latest Challenges and Successes
- Build Meaningful Relationships
- Leave With New Ideas
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