It’s Not Too Late – 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium

By: Wanda Campbell
Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Dynetics Solutions Complex in Huntsville. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Honoring Women Who Serve.”

Your $85 registration fee will include your admission to the event and access to an amazing panel of speakers, as well as networking breaks, lunch, and interactive discussions. This event is an opportunity for purposeful communication and strategic leadership development. You can register online at or call the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Carolyn McKinstry (author and survivor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963). McKinstry is an “Ambassador of Reconciliation” and her passion is community service. She served as Second Vice President and Program Committee Chair for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for six years. She has served as the only female Chair of the Board of Trustees for Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, past President of the Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County, and past Vice President and Director of Programs for The Academy of Fine Arts, Inc., Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama and other organizations too numerous to name.

In addition to Dr. McKinstry, this year’s panel also includes Cathy Dickens, Lisa Wiliams, Jackie Warner, Rebekah Davis, and LTC Jenna T. Guerrero.

Ms. Cathy Dickens is Senior VP of Business Management at COLSA Corporation. She serves as the Board Chair for the Athens State University Board of Trustees and is also an advisor to the National Contract Management Association local chapter and a member of the AUSA Civilian Advisory Committee. She is a member of AUSA, NCMA and the Army Aviation Association of America.

Lisa Williams has been named to Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs of America. Williams is active on many boards and councils, including the boards of the Tennessee Valley Corridor representing the 5th Congressional District, The Committee 100, Still Serving Veterans, the Huntsville Arts Council and is a board member of SCORE-Counselors to America’s Small Businesses. Ms. Williams was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission. She is very active in mentoring and counsels many small businesses in the state of Alabama.

Jackie Warner is co-owner of “The Bridge” Community Outreach Center. Her areas of expertise are career coaching, performance consultation, curriculum design of workforce and organizational development courses, project management, and community outreach development.

Preserving and sharing the stories that knit together a community is the passion that motivates Rebekah Davis to serve and to lead. Since 2010, Davis, an Athens, Alabama native, has been preserving and providing access to the historic record of her hometown and county as the Archivist at the Limestone County Archives, and serving with community projects that forward that mission.
Lieutenant Colonel Jenna T. Guerrero is currently serving as a member of the active duty military and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, and one Army Achievement Medal.

We would love for you and the members of your team to join us on Wednesday, April 11, at the Dynetics Solutions Complex on Explorer Boulevard in Huntsville. Should you be interested in sponsoring a session or purchasing a table for your employees, please contact Kim Bell, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning, at 256-233-8261. As a reminder, you may also register at We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a wonderful networking opportunity!
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262