Con­fer­ence aims to in­spire women

Dayton Daily News - - BUSINESS -

Day­ton-area women will have an op­por­tu­nity this week to de­velop their lead­er­ship and busi­ness skills as they learn from women lead­ers in the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

The Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau serv­ing the Day­ton re­gion is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year of host­ing the Women in Busi­ness Net­work­ing an­nual Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence cel­e­brates its 10th year —a two­day event fo­cused on lead­er­ship and bol­ster­ing pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships be­tween women.

The con­fer­ence, hosted on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Day­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, will give at­ten­dees the op­por­tu­nity to learn about pow­er­ful busi­ness strate­gies and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment con­cepts. Some break­out ses­sions in­clude: Strate­gies to Ad­vance Pro­fes­sion­ally, Defin­ing Your Lead­er­ship Legacy, Man­age Your Money: Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Cap­i­tal, Con­nect­ing Through Con­tent, and oth­ers.

Melissa Cutcher, BBB’s vice pres­i­dent of lead­er­ship and de­vel­op­ment, said the con­fer­ence al­lows women to take a minute to pause dur­ing their busy sched­ule and fo­cus on them­selves. The con­fer­ence gives women time to reflect on their ca­reers, pro­fes­sional strengths and what they want in the fu­ture.

“We are ex­cited to present this out­stand­ing lineup of speak­ers for the 10th an­niver­sary of the WiBN Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence,” Cutcher said. “This year’s speak­ers will of­fer their in­sights and ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as ac­tion­able so­lu­tions on the key is­sues fac­ing women in the work­force to­day.”

The group of speak­ers in­cludes renowned key­note speaker and YouTube star Michelle Poler; Day­ton Mayor Nan Wha­ley; Pres­i­dent and CEO of Day­ton YWCA Shan­non Isom; CEO of Boost Tech­nolo­gies Anita Emoff; and oth­ers.

Isom will speak about lead­er­ship legacy, ask­ing at­ten­dees to think about what they want their legacy to be. How of­ten do you think about your legacy? What will you leave be­hind for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the peo­ple you serve? Pan­elists, in­clud­ing Isom, will talk about how their men­tors left their legacy and how women should lift up other women around them.

“I am com­mit­ted to lead­ing through ser­vant lead­er­ship, fo­cused on meet­ing peo­ple where they stand, lis­ten­ing for what is needed, and hon- or­ing with truth,” she said. “I help women by cre­at­ing spa­ces, pro­vid­ing plat­forms, and invit­ing women to the ta­ble, and with that in­vite, chal­leng­ing them to change the nar­ra­tive.”

She leads an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to em­pow­er­ing women and elim­i­nat­ing bar­ri­ers — like racial in­equities — that stand in the way of their suc­cess. She is par­tic­u­larly pas­sion­ate about en­sur­ing women from marginal­ized groups re­ceive sup­port they need to be­come lead­ers, she said.

“It is im­per­a­tive for lead­er­ship to reflect the im­pact we want to see; women of color, as all women, have con­trib­uted to the fab­ric of our past, our present, and our fu­ture, and we need to en­sure a full di­as­pora of voices and per­spec­tives is heard,” she said.

The full lineup of speak­ers and ticket in­for­ma­tion can be found at wibn con­fer­­ers.

The new fa­cil­ity will also fit with Cold­well’s lux­ury home sales pro­gram. Sweeney said more than half of the top 25 high­est priced home sales in the re­gion were com­ing from his of­fice.

“It has a nice look to match the lux­ury part of the brand,” he said.

Sweeney said Cold­well’s agent count is up to close to 380, com­pared to 2011 when the fran­chise had close to 260 agents.

Along with the fran­chise’s new Yan­kee Street of­fice, it has sales of­fices in Troy, Spring­boro, Spring­field, Van­dalia, Ket­ter­ing, Hu­ber Heights and Beaver­creek and a home of­fice also in Beaver­creek with its cor­po­rate func­tions and train­ing fa­cil­ity.

The agency also re­cently brought on an ex­pe­ri­enced com­mer­cial bro­ker, Ric Moody, to lead Cold­well’s com­mer­cial real es­tate side in the re­gion.

Cold­well’s agent growth is part of a broader trend of bro­ker­ages adding to their agent count as the hous­ing mar­ket re­cov­ers from the re­ces­sion. The Day­ton Area Board of Re­al­tors, which rep­re­sents Darke, Pre­ble, Mont­gomery, Greene and War­ren coun­ties, said its agent count is up to 2,885 at the end of June, up from 2,200 at the bot­tom of the mar­ket crash around 2012.

“The mar­ket is much bet­ter than 2010 and ‘11, which nat­u­rally draws in newer peo­ple but we also re­cruit ex­pe­ri­enced agents might want to join,” said Sweeney.


Man­ag­ing Part­ner Ron Sweeney stands out­side Cold­well Banker Her­itage’s new of­fice on Yan­kee Street.

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