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5th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference Set For Nov. 12

The Mays Business School event will focus on strength and resilience in the COVID-19 era.
By Ann Kellett, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications October 4, 2021

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This year’s conference will be held both in-person and virtually.

Mays Business School


The 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, sponsored by Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, is set for Nov. 12 with participation both in person and online.

The conference theme is “Reinvent Your Narrative: Leading with Strength and Resilience,” and is open to anyone, said Cynthia Billington, director of the experience team at Mays, who helps coordinate the event.

“This conference brings together women of all stages of life and career to inspire each other and provide tools to overcome obstacles and achieve unimaginable goals,” Billington said. “But we also encourage men to attend.”

This year’s speakers will offer strategies and real-world examples for leading in the era of COVID-19, Billington said. She and Nancy Hutchins, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Mays, will give a presentation titled “Avoid the Red Zone: Reinvent Your Narrative.”

This theme helps Mays fulfill its mission of advancing the world’s prosperity, said Shannon Deer, associate dean of undergraduate programs at Mays and co-presenter on “Engaging Women & Elevating Communities.”

“Women make up a growing percentage of the workforce across the world, and Mays is committed to ensuring that women have a seat at the table as leaders,” she said. “The conference is an opportunity to come together every year to celebrate and spread that commitment.”

This is especially important in times of disruption, said Sarah Jaks, associate director of the Mays Full-time MBA Program, who will give a presentation on “Leading with Strengths.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for all of us to reevaluate our strengths,” she said. “We want participants to learn how to tap into their unique strengths and leverage them to overcome challenges and rewrite their own story.”

Other scheduled speakers are Dawn Constantin, vice president of regulatory affairs with BP; Cheryl Miller, owner of Quantum Circles Consulting & Training; and Tara Storch, public speaker and author.

Billington said more than 600 attended last year’s event, which was online only.

Conference details and registration information can be found at the Women’s Leadership Conference website.

Media contact: Blake Parrish, Mays Business School,

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