• Women's Leading Business Conference

  • 9th Annual Denton County Women Leading Business Conference and Expo

    "DREAM ON"

    The Women Leading Business Conference & Expo meets the unique professional and personal educational needs of women in business and women-owned businesses. This day long conference features speakers with inspiring messages of perseverance, leadership, and success. Please review the 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities for more details. Contact Haley Carroll with questions or to secure your 2017 sponsorship.

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    Registration Open | 7:30am - 8:00am

    Morning Keynote | 8:15am - 9:00am

    Dr. Gladney 

    Dr. Gladney (Dr. G), Emotional Wellness and Mind Doctor, Speaker, Trainer, Author and CEO of her own company, Emotional Wellness, have presented speeches and training sessions internationally.   She has worked with many Fortune 500 companies and clients such as; IBM, Pitney Bowes, AT&T, Aetna, Brinker International, Pepsico, Freddie Mac, U S Department of Defense, Pentagon, and TI just to name a few.  She is a media personality and has been featured in Ebony, Dallas Morning News, Redbook.com, Rollingout.com as well as other national magazines, radio and TV programs, including Tom Joyner Moring Show, Michael Baisden Radio Show, “Washington Watch” with Roland Martin and Baisden after Dark national television talk shows.  She is the author of 5 books, co-author of 4, creator of the Psychology for Success audio series, and GPS Gladney Prosperity System. She is the doctor that can help you achieve the life you want and deserve. Her expert advice and inspiration has reached over 35 million. Her latest book that is available in bookstores everywhere is entitled; If You are in the Driver’s Seat, Why are You Lost?  The Roadmap to an Amazing Life!  

    Expo | 9:10am - 9:55am

    Breakout Sessions | 10:00am - 11:40am

    Nikki Nanos

    Nikki Nanos has worked in the theatre and film industry for over 30 years as an actress, teacher, field producer and director. She knows what speaks to audiences, how to grab their attention and spark their emotions. As an actress and director, Nikki brings that communication knowledge of film and stage to associations and corporations in her keynotes. Just as Nikki pulled the very best from her actors on stage and in film, she knows what it takes to develop rapport with celebrities like Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald or yes even a member of the Royal family. Nikki understands the components it takes to make you a Rock Star communicator.

    Cheryl P. Williamson

    A trailblazer and multiple award winning author and entrepreneur, Cheryl Polote Williamson is simply a servant. She is uses every platform she is given to help others. Cheryl is a nationally sought after transformational speaker, author, and certified life coach. She provides services that help teach entrepreneurs how to build business and personal relationships with an emphasis on honesty, integrity, and trust. Her commitment to seeing others succeed is her greatest accomplishment. Cheryl has been nationally recognized for her client relationships, entrepreneurial skills, and strategic partnerships; and, she has been selected as one of Dallas Top 25 women and received the honor as one of the Female Success Factor award recipients for 2016.  Her works include Soul Reborn: A Book of Words, Motivations, and Inspirations, Words from the Spirit for the Spirit, Safe House and Affirmed: a daily affirmations and take action guide. Cheryl is the visionary author of 4 anthologies, that will all debut in 2017, Soul Talk, Soul Bearer, Soul Source, and The Success Factor.

    Lisa Shell Allan

    Lisa Shell Allan is an entrepreneur, educator, Certified Etiquette Consultant, Certified Professional Life Coach and community leader. For 20 years she has led diverse enterprises ranging from property renovations management and city government positions to etiquette consulting, event coordinating and life coaching. Currently, she has dedicated her business acumen to expand her business and mission to teach and coach people to be at ease with etiquette, style and professionalism through Allandelle Finishing School and LSA Life Coaching. Allan founded and has owned three companies: About Cakes & Catering, Allandelle Finishing School (AFS) and LSA Life Coaching. Under her leadership, Allandelle Girl Camp, a non-profit arm of AFS has grown from an idea to a thriving sought-after camp experience for young girls. Concurrently with launching her ventures, Allan served as CFO of Allan Property Renovations. During her tenure, she increased the company’s revenue by 300% in 2 years, through organized purchasing, budget development and maintaining customer service with vendors and clients. Allan graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a B.S. in Family & Consumer Science-Education is a Certified Etiquette Consultant and Certified Professional Life Coach.

    Lunch | 11:45am - 12:40am

    Afternoon Keynote | 12:45pm - 1:45pm

    Kate Delaney

    Emmy Award winning journalist Kate Delaney in interviewing over 12,000 people is known for her keen listening skills and ability to draw people out from all walks of life. Delaney credits this ability to listening for what's not being said and the joy of helping people discover the power knowing your Wow. Delaney has traveled all over the world broadcasting her nationally syndicated show, America Tonight from the slums of Guayaquil, Ecuador to the rainforest in Grenada, even the back of a Whale boat in Maui. She swears the whales were listening by the way. Kate's covered 15 Super Bowls, 10 U.S. Opens, 15 Final Fours and many more events too numerous to mention. She’s also eaten 1,500 lousy hot dogs broadcasting from some of the most unimaginable places and a ton of Major League Ballparks. As the Chief Operating Officer for the Golden Broadcasters Network Kate negotiated deals with advertisers, clients, stations and talent for millions of dollars from 2005 to 2013. Before that she worked with the Texas Rangers on closing a five year $25,000,000 dollar deal for the Radio rights for CBS as the Executive Sports Director. Kate has spread the motivational power of creating and cultivating a culture of influential listeners with leaders from AT&T, Exxon, Cisco, Boys & Girls clubs and many other top law firms and corporations She is a sought after keynote speaker and executive coach. In addition to America Tonight Kate has a weekend show on the NBC Radio Sports Network. It’s unique in that it's the only hosted by a woman. Kate Delaney's, Invade the Man Cave, Sports Secrets Guys Wished you knew is an Amazon best seller. Her next book, Creating and Cultivating a Culture of Influential Listeners is due out in March of 2017.

    Mixer | 1:50pm - 2:45pm


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