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Scottie Nell Hughes to headline Working Women's Conference


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The WestStar Leadership Program’s annual Working Women’s Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Feb. 10, at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Scottie Nell Hughes, journalist and political commentator, will serve as keynote speaker in support of the 2017 theme: “Lights, Camera, Action!”

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the second-floor lobby of UT Martin’s Boling University Center, followed by an official welcome from Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, and Charley Deal, WestStar executive director, at 9 a.m. in the Duncan Ballroom.

Hughes will speak at 9:15 a.m. and address the idea of “taking center stage in your life.” Dawn Garofalo, owner of Bravo Hair Gallery and Color Bar in Jackson, will follow with an address at 10. Dr. Lolly Eldridge, obstetrician and gynecologist with the Jackson Clinic, will then take the stage at 11 to discuss physical health behind the scenes.

Kimberly Rush, aesthetician with Nordstar Medical Skincare and Laser Center in Jackson, will speak on being “in the spotlight” at 11:30, with lunch following at noon. Heidi Shafer, a Shelby County commissioner and chief marketing officer with the Flinn Clinic in Memphis, will then address the idea that it takes a team to be successful, and Gerry Scholes, owner of Maggie’s Boutique in Paris, will host a workplace fashion show after the meal.

UT Martin faculty members Dr. Teresa Collard, associate professor of communications, and Dr. Lisa LeBleu, professor of family and consumer sciences, will end the conference with a presentation titled “Actions Speak Louder than Words.”

The registration fee is $40 per person and includes both continental breakfast and lunch. Payment should be received by the WestStar Leadership Program no later than Feb. 6 to reserve a seat. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and early registration is encouraged.

Interested parties should mail payment to WestStar, UT Martin, 321 Administration Building, Martin, TN, 38238, along with the name, business name, address and email of each attendee. A Google form can be completed online, or information can be emailed to or faxed to 731-881-7019. All checks should be made out to the WestStar Leadership Program.

For more information or assistance, contact the WestStar Leadership Program at 731-881-3298.


PHOTO ID: Scottie Nell Hughes, journalist and political commentator, will serve as keynote speaker during the 2017 Working Women’s Conference hosted Feb. 10 by the WestStar Leadership Program. Hughes is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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