The Junior League of Greensboro’s 8th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit will feature keynote speaker Denise Ryan and will take place on Friday March 23, 2018 at the Greensboro Marriott Downtown.
The Women’s Leadership Summit will continue previous years’ themes of powerful female keynote and breakout session speakers sharing their incredible stories and messages.
Last year, New York Times Best Selling Author Glennon Doyle Melton spoke of overcoming heartache and hardships and always “doing the next right thing.”
At the Summit in 2016, Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, shared her incredible journey of perseverance and determination as she has set numerous hiking records all over the world.
In 2015, Bonnie St. John served as the keynote speaker for the Women’s Leadership Summit. Bonnie St. John shared the qualities, skills, and motivation behind great women leaders. Bonnie St. John is an author, Olympic athlete, and business owner who has been quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and honored at the White House by President George W. Bush for her various accomplishments. Although she had her right leg amputated at age five, St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986 and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking an M.Litt. in Economics. She also served as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council under the Clinton administration.
The Junior League of Greensboro hosted Jenna Bush Hager as it’s keynote speaker for the 2014 Women’s Summit. Hager served as the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world. She is the author of the New York Times best seller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope; a story based on the life of a 17 year old single mother living with HIV but determined to shield her child from abuse. She also co-wrote Read About It! Hager was previously a teacher in Baltimore, MD and there, found her passion for literacy, education, and improving inner-city schools. She currently serves as a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show where she shares positive, uplifting messages of regular people doing extraordinary things.