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Event Agenda

Morning Sessions

8:00 a.m. Event registration & continental breakfast begins

8:30 a.m. Welcome and event kick-off! 

8:40 a.m. Opening Workshop

"Determining Your Leadership Strengths with Gallup Strengths Finder" by Kristen Cooper, Associate Dean of Campus Life and Bobbi Jo "B.J." Keefer, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs of University of Lynchburg

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Sessions A

"DEI in the Workplace: Let's Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable" by Nakesha Moore, Officer of Equity, Academy Center of the Arts


"Elevating Your Leadership Through Nonprofit and Civic Engagement" by Megan Huffman, Executive Director of SHARE Greater Lynchburg


11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. .Sessions B

"Keep Calm: Managing Stress in the Workplace" by Dr. Christian Neal, Director of Psychiatry and Chelsea Ogden, Associate Director of Counseling of Johnson Health Center


"Becoming the Leaders of Tomorrow" by Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, President of University of Lynchburg

Afternoon Sessions

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Remarks from our Presenting Partner, University of Lynchburg, with lunch table discussions,

"What Do You Need from Your Employer?" 

1:15 p.m. Sessions C

"Building Relationships and Growing Your Network" by Jennifer Huffman, Vice President Workplace Solutions Relationship Manager of Atlantic Union Bank


"Authentic Leadership: Building a Team with Genuine Style" by Frank Rogers, County Administrator of Campbell County

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Panel: "Leadership Lessons from Entrepreneurs"

Panelists: Jawansa Hall, Owner & Creative Director of Blackwater Branding

Jessica Kercher, Owner of Simply Vanilla Cheesecake

Nicole Rule, Owner of Danicole Bespoke Headwear; and

Nathan Simpson, Owner of Colonial Systems.

Panel moderated by Stephanie Keener, Executive Director of Small Business Development Center - Lynchburg Region

3:15 p.m. Level Up Young Professionals Awards Presentation followed by networking

4:00 p.m. Event Closing