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Women to “Step Up to Step Out” at annual leadership conference

More than 600 women will participate in the 2017 Women in Leadership conference co-sponsored by Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo to learn strategies for professional advancement.

The sold-out conference titled Step Up to Step Out: Strategies for Distinguishing Yourself to Advancement will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.

BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and UT President Sharon L. Gaber will participate in the conference that features talks from several business leaders, including:

  • Abha Bhandair, director of equity administration and benefits accounting for Brown & Brown Insurance;
  • Kelly Hyne, senior vice president of strategic partnerships for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA);
  • Whitney Johnson, author of “Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work”;
  • Debby Peters, founder and instructor for Connext Nation, a word of mouth marketing training program;
  • Aly Sterling, founder and president of Aly Sterling Philanthropy, a national consulting firm based in the Midwest; and
  • Maryrose T. Sylvester, president and CEO of Current, powered by GE, which blends advanced energy technologies such as LED and solar with networked sensors and software.

The annual conference is organized by the BGSU College of Business and UT College of Business and Innovation.

The UT and BGSU presidents and conference speakers will be available for interviews at a reception the evening before at a Meet the Speakers event 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Niagara Room at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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