Friday, September 29, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Kingsport Center for Higher Education
Kingsport, TN



Tammy Henkel, Director of Mission Advancement
YWCA Bristol

Emerge Women's Professional Development 9.29.17 

September 29, Kingsport Center for Higher Education

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM 


YW Emerge -- the dynamic and empowering professional development series for women will continue its 2017 series on September 29 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. 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

September 29


Bethany Flora 

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University

"Lean In. Step Back. Stand Firm."

What you'll learn:

  • Encourage women to take educated risks and enjoy the adventures in our professional lives
  • Know when to use the unique gifts of nurturance and intuitive sensing when things may need adjusting
  • Build courage, demonstrate competence, test commitment and reveal character

Bethany Flora is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University where she also serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Community College Leadership. Prior to her faculty appointment, she served as Assistant Provost at Virginia Tech, overseeing searches and periodic reviews for deans and academic vice presidents, crisis recovery and response efforts, faculty development and advancement, and other academic initiatives. Prior to 2007, Flora worked as the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention at Radford University and served as Radford University’s Site Director at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. She began her higher education career working for Northeast State Community College’s Workforce Investment Act Grant in Sullivan East High School. Before entering higher education administration, Flora worked in a Fortune 500 manufacturing company for four years as a production control specialist responsible for inventory control and production scheduling on all manufacturing lines. Flora holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, M.A. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and B.A. in Business Administration from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.


Jeanine Joy, Ph.D.

Author and International Speaker
Founder & CEO of Happiness 1st Institute

“Burnout:  Prevention and Recovery,

Resilience and Retention"

What you'll learn:

  • Strategies that develop and reinforce an internal locus of control
  •  Understand factors that have a major significant influence on the development of burnout and ways to avoid de-motivating your employees and to motivate yourself
  • Practical information that helps you understand more about how your brain processes information and how to make sure it is working for, not against, your highest good

Dr. Jeanine Joy, Ph.D. is an author, international speaker, Founder and CEO of Happiness 1st. Dr. Joy followed a non-traditional path to mastering the knowledge she shares by pursuing a passionate interest with determination for more than two decades. Happiness 1st Institute approaches employee engagement, change management, positivity training, resilience building, intrinsic motivation and stress reduction at the root cause level. Work begins by helping participants see that negativity—regardless of the reason—harms the person who is feeling negative emotion. Many factors contribute to burnout on both individual and organizational levels. As a leader, how do you know if your decisions will be inspiring or de-motivating? How important is autonomy in work? As an individual, which strategy should you use to prevent personal burnout? What is emotion regulation and how do you use it? Dr. Joy is the author of eight books, including several that focus on topics related to burnout including Burnout: Prevention and Recovery, Resilience and Retention, Harness the Power of Resilience, and Prevent Suicide: The Smart Way. Her evidence-based, experience-informed strategies integrate many scientific disciplines including emotion regulation, motivation, organizational behavior, positive psychology, organizational behavior, teams, resilience, self-determination, and self-control. She delights in and focuses on making complex subjects simple to understand. Her goal is for leaders to enjoy inspired employees by embracing employee engagement, culture transformation, burnout prevention and recovery, and wellness strategies based on the latest positive psychology, motivation and human thriving research.

Pantsuit Politics

Sarah Stewart Holland- Professional Blogger, Social Media Consultant and Commissioner for the City of Paducah, KY

Beth Silvers- Attorney, Human Resources executive and Yoga Instructor


“Finding Your Voice: Collective Collaboration”

What you'll learn:

  • Speaking with power and respect- using your voice to bring divergent viewpoints together
  • Building strength without stridence- creating a principled and flexible worldview
  • Sifting through media noise (internal and external) to make informed choices based on accurate and reliable information



Sarah Stewart Holland is a professional blogger and social media consultant.  She has always loved politics, although her political opinions have changed drastically over the years.  She worked in politics on Capitol Hill before moving back to her hometown of Paducah, KY, where she currently serves on the Paducah City Commission.  She is happily married and the mother of three sons. Sarah likes her bourbon on ice, her romantic dramas with a British accent and her iPhone fully charged.

Beth Silvers is a human resources executive and yoga teacher.   After practicing law for six years, Beth decided to move into the business world.  Her love for politics has been building for about a decade, and she's loving the community that's emerged around Pantsuit Politics.  She's married with two daughters and is addicted to cooking, M&Ms, watermelon, and bad reality shows.




"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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