2018 Summit & Speakers


8th Annual

Women’s Leadership Summit

The Junior League of Greensboro

Join hundreds of local women for this day-long leadership and professional development conference. The Junior League of Greensboro is committed to developing the potential of women. We believe in improving the community through effective action and leadership. Our Women’s Leadership Summit is open to all women in Greensboro who want to connect, collaborate, and challenge themselves in 2018.

Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of the conference tracks below and attend three sessions led by experts in that field, or take one session in each track.

Conference Tracks

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Denise Ryan

“Networking Like You Mean It”

Denise Ryan helps light the fires of enthusiasm so people can do great things. She is an author, an MBA, and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), a designation of excellence held by less than 10% of professional speakers.   

Her programs have been heard by audiences across North America – her clients include Hilton Hotels, USAA, IBM, and the Department of Homeland Security.  

She recently made Meeting & Convention Magazine’s list of planners’ favorite speakers alongside Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Anderson Cooper.  

One of her favorite audience member reviews:

“I just wanted to let you know how fantastic you were at the Sales Conference in San Diego. I have been in Sales & Marketing for over 25 years and have heard and seen some great speakers and presenters. I have to say, you were one of the best motivational speakers I have ever personally heard. Your presentation on enthusiasm was excellent, it was motivating, uplifting and downright entertaining and let me not forget funny as all get out.”

“Thank you for relighting my flame………”

Gina Burnett, Membership Representative
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Love Crossling

Dr. Love Crossling has dedicated her entire professional journey to understanding the needs of people, both individually and collectively. Currently, Dr. Crossling serves in the role of executive with the City of Greensboro, as the Director of the Human Relations Department, which is the human rights arm of local government. She also continues her work as an educator teaching both Interpersonal and Organizational communication, and is affectionately referred to by her students as “Dr. Love.”

Dr. Crossling earned a Doctorate in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Communication Studies at UNC Greensboro. Ranging from individual thought, to relationship development, and the establishment of norms in the social masses, Dr. Crossling maintains a genuine interest in the way in which people establish identity and build community!

Dr. Crossling’s personal interests include Slam poetry, mixed media art, interior design, all things live music, service to her church community, and spending time with friends and family!

Breakout Speakers

Christie Soper

Christie Soper is the founder and CEO of Suncierge, a Greensboro-based travel services company that enthusiastically provides unforgettable comprehensive travel design and innovative concierge services. Suncierge helps travelers who aspire to get away, yet want to delegate the planning details to a full-service expert who anticipates all their needs before, during, and after the adventure.

Christie left Lincoln Financial after 20 years to follow her passion and turn her hobby of travel planning into a successful young business that is on a mission to help singles, couples, families, and friends escape, immerse, and rebond. Inspired by rarely having time to plan a proper vacation while juggling work, family, and community commitments in the past, Christie and her team now serve their clients by acting as traveler advocates who offer a worldwide network of travel partners and provide concierge services such as vacation rental vetting, pet sitting, house cleaning, and even grocery stocking the day clients return home from their journeys.

Today Suncierge’s value proposition is rooted in creating immersive, uncommon, and safety-minded experiences for lifelong memories. In June, Suncierge’s proprietary mobile app was announced as a finalist in an international travel industry competition for Innovation in Client Service Experience. Most impressively though, Suncierge has yet to meet a request they couldn’t assist with, including a marriage proposal in Marie Antoinette’s estate at Versailles with Belgian milk chocolate cake, roses, and champagne. (And the answer was yes!)

Before Suncierge, Christie co-founded Lincoln’s Women’s Leadership and Asian Business Resource Groups and is a Women’s Professional Forum member. She serves and has served on boards for the GreenHill Center for NC Art, Children’s Home Society and Greensboro Children’s Museum, as a speaker’s bureau member for the Women’s Resource Center, and as a Women’s Executive Connection panelist and planning committee member for the Chamber.

Christie is a certified Project Management Professional and holds an Elon MBA, a master’s certificate in IT project management from George Washington, and a diversity management certificate from Cornell. In September, she will complete the highly reputed Virtuoso Certified Travel Advisor (VCTA). When not planning unforgettable getaways for clients around the world, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dave, their four children and their one year-old grandson.

Kris Fuller

Chef Kris Fuller dove head first into the culinary arena 15 years ago with an apprenticeship under Chef Chris Russell at B. Christopher’s Steakhouse. From that point forward, she began working in as many restaurants as possible, learning diverse cooking styles and techniques. She opened her first eatery, The Bistro at Adam’s Farm, with her mother in October of 2008 but desired to expand her diverse skill set. Thus, the Crafted concept materialized. Since opening Crafted – the Art of the Taco and Crafted – The Art of Street Food, Kris has received multiple awards and recognition acknowledging her innovative dishes and gastronomic mastery. Kris fights against culinary inertia, creating fare that challenges every palette and satisfies all appetites.

Dana Weston

Dana M. Weston serves as President of UNC Rockingham Health Care in Eden, North Carolina. Part of UNC Health Care, UNC Rockingham includes a 108-bed community hospital and a 121-bed skilled nursing facility and provides high quality inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and long-term care to the residents of Rockingham County, Southern Virginia, and the surrounding areas.As President, Weston is responsible for the strategic vision, daily operations, and overall system growth.

Before joining UNC Rockingham, Weston was the Director of Operations for Adept Health
where she facilitated the implementation of hospital partnership models. Serving as a
consultant to health system Boards and C-suites across the region, she brought expertise in
healthcare strategy, physician alignment, and overall industry knowledge. Prior to that, Ms.
Weston managed strategic planning for Novant Health’s Greater Charlotte Market acute care
facilities and clinical service lines.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Dana received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from UNC – Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She completed the Administrative Fellowship at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, where she also achieved Six Sigma Black Belt training through NC State University.

Dana M. Weston is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and has held leadership positions in both professional and community organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Eden YMCA and the United Way of Rockingham County and is the Chair of the Eden Strategic Plan Steering Committee. Her dedication to the community can be seen through her membership and volunteerism with the Eden Rotary, Eden Women’s Club (Vice President), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Ms. Weston has been selected to Charlotte Building Initiative’s Leaders Under 40 and was recently named one of the Triad Business Journals’ 40 Leaders Under 40.

Lauren Frontiera

Lauren Frontiera is one of the most wildly optimistic, highly energized people you’ll ever meet. Her energy single-handedly keeps her and an entire community of women going every week with zero caffeine (it’s true!). Lauren’s passion for bringing women together through real conversations started during her college days at UNCG. Today, she broadcasts those conversations three times a week to hundreds of women all around the world.

After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and going on to start her first business soon after, Lauren quickly learned the ins and outs of fledgling entrepreneurship while also realizing how freaking hard it really is. So, ever the dream-chaser, she set out on a mission to create a space where incredible women, at all stages of entrepreneurship, could come to pull back the curtains, wash off the “business owner” mask, and get real.

What started as a seed of an idea has grown into the powerful online platform and sisterhood, The Real Female Entrepreneur. With Lauren at the helm, she dives into the stories of both high-profile and newly emerging female entrepreneurs every week through real, honest, inspiring conversations on her podcast.

When she’s not sitting behind the microphone, Lauren loves exploring every coffee shop in Denver, CO (where she now lives), adventuring in the Rocky Mountains, and hanging out with her husband, Josh, and huge teddy bear of a dog, Boken.

Ashley Nassar

Ashley Nassar is the owner of Nassar Web Designs, a boutique web design studio that helps small business owners get their business going.

After a few years in the corporate world, she realized that it was not the life she wanted and set out to pursue her passions. Nassar Web Designs was born almost 2 years ago, and while it was the best decision ever, she quickly realized the toll it took on her personal health.

By actively deciding to prioritize her self-care, she was able to not only excel in her business, but in her personal relationships and life as well. Since then, it has become her mission to spread this message and help other women prioritize themselves as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Hawks


Crystal Hawks is an Executive and Strategic Communications Lead at Cisco in RTP. She advises executives on engaging and inspiring employees during times of transformation, differentiating Cisco solutions with customers, and enhancing executive brand presence. Her expertise ranges from developing keynote presentations, public speaking coaching, change management, and communications strategy and execution.

Prior to her current role, Crystal led internal transformational initiatives at Cisco, served as a communications and change management consultant for a top-tier, global HR consulting firm, and taught communications courses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Over the course of her career, she has developed and implemented over 50 communication strategies for more than 19 Fortune 100/500 companies and mid-market organizations across multiple industries. Her work has received high accolades from her clients and industry experts, including winning seven International Association of Business Communicator Gold Quill awards.

With a strong motivation to achieve, she has personally experienced the benefits and challenges that come with the pull to make an impact. Her journey from overachieving to intentional being reveals the untapped potential, joy, and fulfillment stirring beneath the surface of our busy schedules and to-do lists. She is on a mission to elevate the position of healthy striving in our overachieving culture. In addition to communicating meaning that moves people, Crystal is also passionate about yoga, meditation, traveling, and sustainable agriculture. She will complete yoga teacher training in 2018, and plans to lead mindfulness and yoga classes across the Triangle.

Jania Massey

Jania Massey is Founder and Executive Director of Philanthropy Circle 365, a professional nonprofit consulting firm, where the focus is on helping people and organizations to implement strategic partnership, community awareness and sustainable development.

The company’s client list includes nonprofit and for-profit organizations who specialize in financial education, community engagement, US and international development. With her unique skill set, her organization has created tools and metrics to build a reliable community with impactful results.

Her professional career spans over 11 years in healthcare services with Fortune 500 companies where she gained knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, & private insurance while focusing on creating and implementing strategic planning in training new associates and customer experience.

A graduate of Winston Salem State University, Jania has a Biology degree and MHA from University of Phoenix. Jania is a member of Junior League Charlotte & avid volunteer in the community. She was one of the 2015 40 under 40 honorees at WSSU. In 2016, she was named one of the Seven to Watch in 2017 by the Charlotte Observer. She also acts as the Co-Founder of Women Entrepreneurs 2.0 and Stiletto Boss University, nonprofit organization that teaches women and youth how to start & sustain their own business within their community.

Jordan Lacenski

Jordan Lacenski is the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of BrandBoss Creative. BrandBoss Creative is a boutique creative agency offering personalized branding, consulting, and innovative solutions.

Jordan’s appreciation for marketing and storytelling started when she acted as Brand Manager for Beam Global in North Carolina, as well as during her time as the Craft Brand Specialist at Caffey Distributing Co., launching craft beer brands in the Triad of North Carolina. She created a connection with brands already present such as New Belgium Brewing Co., SweetWater Brewing Co., and Great Lakes Brewing Co.

From there, she found a home at the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, most recently rated the #3 charity wine auction in the Nation according to Wine Spectator. She acted as the Director of Marketing and absorbed all there was to learn about fundraising and creating a brand with creative outlets and very little marketing budget.

In addition to BrandBoss Creative, Jordan is also the Co-Founder and Owner of SheWolf Collaborative. SheWolf is a true collaborative bringing the best of the industry together for special projects. Each is successful on her own, but has agreed to join forces for special projects with truly creative people. Entry into the pack is limited; this pack only hunts with the best.

When not glued to her mobile device, you might find Jordan on the water, enjoying a hand-stirred Old Fashioned, walking one of her rescue pups, or shopping her heart out.

You can hunt her down here: @shewolfco @brandbosscreative and @jordan.alexandria.

 

Margaret Dudley

Margaret A. Dudley is a native North Carolinian and has lived in Greensboro for the last forty years. A graduate from Mather School in Beaufort, South Carolina, Dudley attended Howard University in Washington, DC for both undergraduate and Law School.  Dudley has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 1976 and taught at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice for twenty-one years.  She has also taught Business Law in the School of Business, Department of Business Administration at NC A&T State University

She has worked for the Guilford County Attorney’s Office for seven years as Deputy County Attorney.  Initially hired as an Assistant County Attorney, she was later promoted to Deputy County Attorney.  In her capacity as the Deputy County Attorney, she worked closely with the County Attorney in advising the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager, and the heads of various departments.  During her tenure with the county, she had the responsibility of representing the Department of Social Services, the Personnel Department, the Guilford County Planning Board, the Register of Deeds’ Office, the Guilford County Child Support Enforcement Office, the Board of Adjustment, and the Guilford County Mental Health Department.   She also served as Counsel to the Guilford County Board of Adjustment as well as the Mental Health and Social Services Board.  She has been a trial attorney for thirty years and has practiced law at all levels of the North Carolina Court System and is the owner of the law firm – Law Office of Margaret Dudley.

She is a member of the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers and the Greensboro Bar.  She has served on numerous boards in her community, including, but not limited to the United Way, Legal Aid, Guilford County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Board, the Guilford County Board of Adjustment, YWCA, and Hayes Taylor YWCA.

Service to her church has included being a licensed Missionary in the Church of God in Christ, the National Legal Committee of the Church of God in Christ, a member of the Christian Women’s Council, staff member of the O.T. Jones Institute, co-chair of the Saturday Heritage Academy, and President of the Business and Professional Women’s Federation of Wells Memorial Church of God in Christ.  She is a graduate of the Greater North Carolina Jurisdictional Institute and a member of the Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.