Friday March 10, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Eastman Lodge
Kingsport, TN
driving directions will accompany registration confirmation



Tammy Henkel, Director of Mission Advancement
YWCA Bristol

Emerge March 10, 2017 Live Event 

March 10, Eastman Lodge
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM 


YW Emerge -- the dynamic and empowering professional development series for women will launch its third year on March 10 at the Eastman Lodge. Dynamic local and regional speakers will offer professional development training specifically for women, along with opportunities to grow your professional network.  For questions contact Tammy Henkel at t_henkel@ywcabristol.org.

Register Now! space is limited

March 10


Leslie Nichols

Award-Winning Visual Artist and Art Instructor
Western Kentucky University 

"Recognizing Your Potential"

What you'll learn:

  • Nurturing Your Talent
  • Finding Inspiration to Move to the Next Stage
  • Paying It Forward and Giving Back

Leslie Nichols is an award-winning artist who uses found and original text to create imagery. She is well known for her works created on manual typewriters, which are featured in Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology by Barrie Tullett published by Laurence King in 2014 and The Art of Typewriting by Ruth Sackner and Marvin Sackner published by Thames and Hudson in 2015. Nichols has displayed works in over one hundred exhibitions at venues including the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, and the Evansville Museum. Her work is in the following selected public collections: the Sackner Archive of Visual Poetry, H&R Block’s world headquarters, and Liquitex.

Leslie earned a BFA in painting from Fontbonne University and an MA from Western Kentucky University focusing in gender and women's studies. She maintains her studio in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Jenny Brown

Business and Life Coach
Kinetic Performance Coaching 

“Change the Perception, Change the Reality"

What you'll learn:

  • Create an Environment that is Conducive to Effective Communication
  • Learn the Three Stages of Communication and How to Navigate them Successfully
  • Change the course of Communication with the Right Attitude and Perspective
Jenny K. Brown has over 20 years of experience in leadership and management roles, which has included supporting both Corporate Executives as well as Small Business Owners. With experience in entertainment/theatre, fitness, retail, and restaurant industries and working with corporate giants like Chick-fil-A, Walt Disney World, Bath & Body Works, and Dollywood, Jenny has a diverse background from which she pulls valuable lessons on how to succeed in both business and personal life. Jenny now coaches individuals and teams on how to be more productive and lead more balanced lives through conversations around discovering purpose, leveraging strengths, and utilizing SMART action plans. Jenny has been studying the Color Code for several years, and is now certified as an Independent Trainer. The Color Code is integrated into the core of her coaching strategies, helping clients to discover their natural strengths (and limitations) in order to break down barriers in communication, overcome obstacles, and begin a journey to their path to success.

Bahby Banks, Ph.D.

Speaker and Consultant
Pillar Consulting Group 

“Networking Boss:  Tips for Building and Sustaining Fruitful Business Relationships”

What you'll learn:

  • Understanding the Fundamental Characteristics of Networks.
  • Identify Common Barriers and Facilitators to Intraorganizational Networking
  • Explore Key Strategies to Establish, Sustain, and Nurture Networks

Dr. Bahby Banks is a widely sought after motivational speaker and program evaluation consultant residing in Durham, North Carolina.  Her professional experiences have afforded her the opportunity to work on a variety of federal, state and local initiatives, as well as efforts with non-profit organizations in Europe, South America and Africa.  Her contributions include research conducted at the World Health Organization, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Promundo and prestigious universities in the United States. As owner of Pillar Consulting, LLC, Dr. Banks continues to work with non-profit organizations to guide inquiry, build capacity and assess effectiveness of their programs.


Dr. Banks received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Behavior and Health Education from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She was an Emerging Leader in Public Health Fellow, a Cyril O. Houle Emerging Engaged Scholar and has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications focusing on factors influencing rural, racial and ethnic participation in clinical trials.   



"Emerge delivered inspiration from phenomenal women, and provided 'action items' to put into place immediately"

"Emerge is such an amazing opportunity to network with other female professionals"

"All women can leave with knowledge to help in their daily lives, regardless of their specific profession" 

Register Now! space is limited


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Katy Stigers

YWCA Corporate Sponsors