Several top speakers on tap for women's conference at Expo Center sponsored by the Chamber.

Professional and personal development for women will be the focus of a special one-day leadership conference Nov. 14 sponsored by the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. “Women of Distinction” will be the theme of the event which will be held at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee.

This is the second year for the program which features general session speakers, as well as break-out sessions on professional development, personal development and general interest tracks.

Opening ceremonies for the conference will feature a presentation by Lori Fullbright, television news journalist who serves as the anchor on Tulsa’s News Channel 6, on “Personal Safety for Women.”

Fullbright graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri – Columbia Journalism School and worked at KTVO in Kirksville, Mo., and KSPR in Springfield, Mo., before coming to Tulsa.

She is a two-time Emmy winning journalist who has received numerous awards and honors including “Best Investigative Piece” awarded by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for investigative reporting.

Following Fullbright’s presentation, conference attendees will have a variety of programs from which to choose. Morning and afternoon concurrent sessions, featuring a wide range of topics, will be offered from 10 a.m. until 2:35 p.m.

Motivational speaker Mo Anderson, President and CEO of Keller Williams Realty, will be the keynote speaker at a noon luncheon. She will speak on “Stepping Up: Personally and Professionally.”

Anderson was named Keller Williams Realty’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 1995. Known at times as the “Velvet Hammer” for her uncompromising approach, Anderson’s business acumen and leadership have cultivated the real estate firm’s value system and inspired its tens of thousands of associates throughout North America. Keller Williams has become one of the most successful franchises in real estate history.

Originally an elementary school music teacher, Anderson’s first love was the piano. She taught music for 14 years before entering the real estate field. She established her first real estate office, a Century 21 franchise, in Edmond, Oklahoma in 1975. Soon after, it was the third top-producing office of our 7,600 Century 21 locations in North America. In 1986, Anderson sold the company to Merrill Lynch Realty, where she served as a district Vice President until December, 1989.

In her current role, she spends a significant amount of her time traveling and teaching at Keller Williams’ training events.

Break-out session topics and speakers for the Nov. 14 workshop on the personal track include: “Thrive Instead of Survive” with Dr. Chris Waddell; “Busy Kitchen-Meal Prep for the Busy Family” with Valarie Carter, Chef and Journalism; and “Live, Love, Laugh” with Sue Harris, President and CEO of Funny Farm Entertainment.

The Professional track sessions are: “Taking Your Business to new Heights” with Sue Nelson, Vice President of Marking for Vision Bank; “Build Your Biz Buzz – PR and Marketing” with Lauren Daughety, Vice President of Vann & Associates; and “Stepping UP and Out” with Linda Brown, vice President of St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

General “potpourri” sessions include: “Introduction to Self-Defense” with Tammy Pinkston, Founder and Lead Instructor for Oklahoma personal Defense Academy for Women; “Power of Color and Design” with Katie Erickson, Certified Color Consultant; and “Protecting Your Cyber Footprint,” with Ethan Rieves of the Shawnee Police Department.

A champagne and networking reception featuring work of local artists and drawings for door prizes will conclude the event.

Potawatomie Telephone Co. is the “Supreme Elegance Sponsor” for the event. “Phenomenal Sponsors” include MidFirst Bank, Seminole State College and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

Corporate sponsorships for the conference are available at various levels – all of which include tickets to the day-long program. Individual tickets for the conference will be available for $55. Tickets for those just wanting to attend the luncheon will be available for $30.

The event is being planned and coordinated by a committee of the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce chaired by Charlotte Barnett. Other committee members include: Marta Land, Mary Ann Karns, Beverly Ledbetter, Pat McCormick, Debbie Carlile, Lana Reynolds, Katie Erickson, Kaye Green, Linda Brown, Virginia Caskey and Nancy Keith.

To purchase sponsorships or tickets, or for more information about the “Women of Distinction” conference, contact the Shawnee Chamber office at 405-273-6092.