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Published on November 24th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Leadership Summit for Women

Columbia, SC.–AARP South Carolina and IMARA Woman Magazine are partnering to present the 7th Annual Circle of Influence Leadership Summit, Dec. 4-5, 2014 at the Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia. The Leadership Summit is a forum designed to offer leadership tools to assist women in leadership positions. Women and men leaders from all walks of life attend the Leadership Summit each year. From entrepreneurs, administrators and elected officials to faith and community leaders, and heads of households, all are represented at the Leadership Summit.

This year’s featured speakers on Dec. 4th include John Caine II, of Atlanta, Georgia, who is the Southeast region vice president at AARP, and will do the Opening Session. The Trailblazer Leadership Award Luncheon keynote address will be given by Michele McNeill-Emery, of Baltimore, Maryland, who is the national president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.   Doris Lockhart, a former member of the Florence District One School Board, is the 2014 recipient of Trailblazer Leadership Award. State Sen. Katrina Shealy of Lexington, SC  and Police Chief Saundra Rhodes of Horry County will speak during the afternoon session on the topic: “Leadership’s Influence on Public Policy: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way!”

In addition to the General Sessions, workshops on “Leading and Managing Difficult People” and “Leveraging Your Resources to Effect Change” will be offered by Betty Parker, CEO of Sharper Solutions. Social media guru and CEO of Digitize Marketing, Kiosha Gregg will present the session on “Maximizing Communication with Social Media” and Katherine  Swartz-Hilton and Kenetta Pierce from Columbia College’s Leadership Institute will present the session entitled: “Managing the 25th Hour of the Day: Time is More than Money!”

A Strategy session and the closing session “Hattitude” Brunch will wrap-up the Leadership Summit on Friday morning, Dec. 5th.  For more information and to register, visit


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