"Your Connections program, in my opinion, is one of the most progressive programs facilitating women’s personal and professional growth and power. It has truly been an honor meeting the extraordinary women in Connections."
“An asset for me, both personally and professionally.”
“The speakers were interesting and inspiring; the text was a wake-up call; and my fellow classmates had so much to offer in discussion.”
“A wonderful and constructive experience!”
Originated in 1997, Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate is designed for women of all ages who have either already demonstrated leadership abilities or who have been identified as possessing potential for leadership. Furman University sponsors this premier leadership development program to bring women together to connect, take control of their careers, become stronger leaders and make significant contributions to their communities. Governed by an advisory board and selected from nominations, the class is limited in size, so the networking potential is powerful.
Connections alumni include women who represent many facets of leadership – from community volunteerism to professional roles in a variety of businesses and industry. They are a diverse group by age, race and interest, but all share a common theme, demonstrating the many ways in which women lead in their communities.
Connections 2014 meeting dates are:
Orientation: January 14th , 5:45-9:00pm
Seminar 1: February 11th, 12-2pm
Seminar 2: March 4th, 12-2pm
Seminar 3: March 18th, 12-2pm
Seminar 4: April 1st, 12-2pm
Graduation: April 22nd, 7-9pm
Sessions are led by women who have achieved prominence in business and in the community. They share their successes and struggles and provide strategies and encouragement on how other women can excel in their careers, get more involved in their communities, and be more effective leaders. Please check back here for updates on speakers. The tuition investment includes professional development seminars, a 360 assessment, one-on-one coaching, materials, and meals prepared by award winning Executive Chef Adam Fox of Bell Tower Catering.
Previous speakers include:
The Honorable Aphrodite Konduros, SC Court of Appeals
Dr. Colleen Keith, President, Spartanburg Methodist College
Ms. Luanne Runge, Chariperson, Greenville Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Deb Sofield, Executive Speech Coach and Author
Ms. Tan Kirby Davis, Founder, Kirby Resource Group
Ms. Allison Black Cornelius, Principal, Black Fish Consulting
Be sure to visit the Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate Facebook page by clicking here!