So little time and so many workshops!

Check out our lineup to see what piques your interest!

AGENDA

STANDARD SESSIONS

Downtown Yoga

Amy started practicing yoga when she was 20, at the time it was

something different but little did she know it was exactly what her body needed. As she progressed in life and began experimenting with different sports such as kick boxing, surfing, running, cycling and Krav Maga, the one constant was her yoga practice. It not only supported her other athletic endeavors but also enhanced them.

Amy enjoyed being a student of yoga for quite some time and it wasn't

until 2014 that she decided she was ready to become a teacher. She was ready to share her love and all the benefits she experienced from yoga with others. She had high hopes that she could motivate and guide her students. Being an example to them both on and off the mat to welcome and accept themselves and their practice each and every day.

AMY HUTCHESON

“I ate something green today,” is not the pique health statement of the year. True health is based on more than just what goes into your body. It’s about nutrition plus incorporating healthy routines and stress management. Help your mind, body and spirit work together for a healthier, happier you!

Is this one thing you’re really good at, but you don’t know what to do with it? With some guidance, you can turn your talent into additional income, possibly even a full-time business. Find out how more women than ever are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and how you too can create a side hustle from what you’re already good at!

Director of Fund Development, Memphis Urban League

Rhonnie Brewer is a community-minded professional with a passion for building strong relationships within the Memphis metropolitan area. As Director of Fund Development at the Memphis Urban League she focuses on driving the funding goals of the league in order to support its initiative of empowering the community. She is also the Chief Visionary Officer of Socially Twisted, a boutique firm focused on social change and community relations and founder of Memphis Startup, a startup support organizations providing resources and support to the small business ecosystem in Memphis.

She has experience in event planning, leadership, and community relations through her commitments in various organizations such as Memphis Urban League Young Professionals, COPPER (Coalition for Organizing and Protecting People’s Equal Rights), Memphis Entrepreneur Academy, and Community Shares.

Rhonnie is a community activist who has coined hashtag #Socialite4SocialChange because of her passion for social justice, education, community engagement, and civic engagement.

 

Are you making more money than you ever have in your life but still in the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle? Are you trying to understand why you’re paying your credit cards on time but your score just isn’t going up? Maybe you’re just trying to figure out how to make more money without taking on another full-time job. Managing your finances can be overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. Learn budgeting skills, how to save money, and figure out the kind of lifestyle that you want to lead AND can afford.

Senior Market Analyst, Fixed Income Strategies

Geetika joined Duncan-Williams, Inc. as a Senior Strategist working with the trading and sales staff to provide guidance on customer’s investment portfolios. Her primary focus is mortgage portfolio analysis and she serves as the primary mortgage backed specialist for customers looking to find the best type of investments  to improve their portfolio. With over twelve years’ experience, she also specializes in depository interest rate risk management, bond swap analysis, leverage strategies and macrobalance sheet risk reduction analysis.

Geetika earned her Bachelors and MBA in International Business with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Memphis.

Co-Director, KQ Atlanta (beginning in September 2017)

Joyce McKinney is a communicator by choice and trade. Her career spans more than 15 years with professional experience leading communications and developing strategic relationships for companies and organizations in both the private and public sectors. Her expertise includes marketing, internal and external communications, public relations, community and employee engagement, and diversity.  

 

Prior to joining KQ Communications, Joyce led communication efforts for several local and national entities including Hilton Hotels Corporation, MGM Mirage Mississippi’s Gold Strike Casino Resort, and Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. At KQ, she manages client projects with a focus on strategic marketing and was recently promoted to Co-Director of KQ Atlanta.

She is the founder of Hugs4Evvie, an annual hug campaign in honor of her late mother that has become an international event with participants as far away as Australia. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.A. in Communications. 

Maybe you know exactly what you want to do and maybe you’re still trying to figure it out. Wherever you are, progressing to the next step can be hard. Find out ways to move forward in your career.

Do you wake up in the morning with dream-notes like, “Save the world -- Plant 100 trees TOMORROW,” or, “Find out how to get on a board of directors”? As much as we want to change things in our community, we have to take it one day at a time. Learn the ins and outs of making the most out of investing your time into the community and making the maximum impact wherever you go.

Director, Volunteer Memphis

Andrea Hill received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Master’s in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University. She is certified in Volunteer Administration through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.

 

She is the 2017 Junior League of Memphis- Provisional of the Year, Vice President of the Memphis chapter of Directors Of Volunteers In Agencies (DOVIA), Community Foundation of Greater Memphis- GIVE 365 member, Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement member, Leadership Memphis Alumni and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

In her current position as Director of Volunteer Memphis, she prepares and mobilizes leaders to work together for the good of the whole community with an emphasis on volunteerism, volunteer leadership and an understanding of the differences/similarities between volunteer leadership and community leadership.

Founder & CEO, MentorMe

Brit Fitzpatrick is the Founder & CEO of MentorMe. MentorMe is building technology that makes mentorship easier, more productive, and more impactful. As an American Express Top 50<40 in social enterprise, Brit has a demonstrated track record of identifying innovative ways to intersect emerging technology with scalable social impact.

Brit started her first entrepreneurial venture at seven years old during a summer spent at her Granny's house. Her big idea? Selling ice cream to neighborhood kids who'd missed the ice-cream truck. 

Brit is a proud honors graduate of Howard University and holds a Master's in digital media marketing from the University of Memphis, where she earned a competitive full scholarship and graduated at the top of her class.

A Louisville, KY native, Brit cites her “hometown hero” Muhammad Ali as one her greatest influences.

Even though you’re educated, powerful, and strong, some times you don’t have it all figured out. Maybe you’re missing the connections, experience or know-how to get to the next level. That’s what mentors are for! (I know you just sang that in a Dionne Warwick-ish tune.) Finding a mentor is more than emailing everyone in the latest Forty Under Forty list just hoping someone will respond. It takes networking, commitment and intention. Learn from women who have been there before how to team up with a mentor to help you be the best you.

The words HTML and CSS are not your enemies; they’re your friends! Learn the difference between the two and finally launch that website, blog or online portfolio you’ve had on your to-do list forever. Or, just come and learn some basics to add to the skills section of your resume. Make the binary your best friend!

Academic Instructor & Co-Founder, Code Crew

Audrey P. Jones, a Memphis native, is a social entrepreneur with a passion for breathing life into big ideas. For over 15 years Audrey has built a name for herself in technology with a wide variety of industries and has become known for her keen ability to forge ideas and lead ventures that succeed and better the lives of those they serve.  She currently works for Memphis based AutoZone, Inc. as a ETL Developer and through her most passionate venture where she serves as an Academic Instructor and co-founder of CodeCrew, a 501(c)3 exposing underrepresented children in Memphis to computer science skills. She started her entrepreneurship journey founding and serving as the president and CEO of Business Intelligently, Inc. where she developed her first mobile application during the inaugural Upstart Accelerator program.  With this venture she was able to secure funding in a startup world where only 17% of founders are women and 5% of them ever receive funding. She is a proud A16 New Memphis Institute and is also a Leadership Memphis Fellow. She has been recognized globally by the BBC during their “100 Women” series documenting her in a series “Young, geeky and black in Memphis”. Nationally she is regarded as one of the “185 Black Women in Tech to Follow” as a Tech inclusion advocate and evangelist.  

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

JORDAN BROOKS

Jordan Brooks is the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the United State of Women, a non-profit dedicated to being the megaphone for gender equality, and organizing women around the country. Prior to that role, Jordan spent nearly 8 years in the Obama White House in various capacities from the Office of the Vice President to the Office of the First Lady and the Office of Public Engagement, with her final position being the Deputy Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. In this position she oversaw the Obama Administration's policy and outreach work on a large variety of issues as they related to the lives of women and girls across the country and around the world.

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer

 United State of Women

Founder, Copeland Coaching

Angela Copeland has coached job seekers for over 10 years, and is the founder of her coaching practice, Copeland Coaching. She is the host of the Copeland Coaching Podcast, author of syndicated newspaper column Career Corner, and author of career book Breaking The Rules & Getting The Job.

Angela is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and is a frequent guest speaker for community organizations. She recently shared her own career journey in a TEDx Talk titled, “How I broke the rules & found my perfect job.” Angela has also been quoted as an industry expert in a number of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Glassdoor.com, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster.com, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post.

Angela earned a MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. In 2011, Angela was selected by the Memphis Business Journal for Top 40 Under 40. She grew up tall outside of Oklahoma City, where she is a sixth-generation Oklahoman. Angela has three brothers, enjoys traveling, and has a passion for helping YOU find the right job!

It’s the one thing we all hate, but that always needs to get done when we least expect it. Knowing how to market yourself and your skills in the job market is tough. Learn about different job application systems from a real career coach that can tell you why your resume gets lost in the system before a person ever sees it! In this workshop, you’ll discover ways to customize your personal brand for the different jobs you apply for AND leave with a solid job search strategy.

Are you struggling with whether you need a 401(K) or a Roth IRA? Do you sometimes open the Stocks app on your phone and feel like you’ve been thrown into an alternate universe. Want to dabble in real estate investment as an additional stream of income but not sure where to start. Learn how to take that Friday night burrito money and invest it into something that will benefit your financial future in the long run.

Fish and Associates

Kerry joined Fish and Associates in 2010 shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in Cinema Studies. She quickly fell in love with the firm’s take on holistic financial planning and wealth management and made the decision to follow in her mother Kathy’s footsteps in 2012. Since then she has become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant and received her Series 7 (General Securities), Series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law) and TN insurance licenses. She is now a Lead Advisor and the Director of Client Services. Kerry handles the ongoing financial planning and investment needs for her firm's Gen X and Millennial clients, conducts annual review meetings and works with Kathy in the planning implementation needs of the firm’s overall client base. 

 

In her free time, she enjoys staying active with her dogs Emmy and Elliott, volunteering with local animal rescue groups, serving as Treasurer of the Board for Friends for Life, cooking for her friends, and traveling.

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