"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!”
Statements from previous participants demonstrate the value of this unique leadership development program for upstate women.

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Originated in 1997, Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate is designed for women of all ages who have demonstrated leadership abilities.  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. 

2014 Connections Speakers- "Leader. She's Who I Am"  
Orientation: January 14th, 5:45-9:00pm
"The Voice of a Leader": Beverly Odum, Big "O" Dodge

Seminar 1: February 11th, 12:00-2:00pm
"A Leader's Sense of Self": Angela Webb, Certus Bank

Seminar 2: March 4th, 12:00-2:00pm
"The Mind of a Leader": Nika White, Greenville Chamber of Commerce

Seminar 3: March 18th, 12:00-2:00pm
"The Soul of a Leader": Marsha Wallace, Dining for Women

Seminar 4: April 1st, 12:00-2:00pm
"A Leader Embodied": Jo Hackl, Wyche

Graduation: April 22nd, 7:00-9:00pm
Key Note Speaker: The Honorable Aphrodite Konduros, SC Court of Appeals
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.
Scholarship Application 2014

For more information call Alison Search, at 864-294-2154.


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