PRESTONSBURG – Morehead State University’s College of Business and Public Affairs and East Kentucky Small Business Development Center hosted the 17th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium on Tuesday.
The event was held at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.
“We try to come every year. It is great information and company. We really enjoy ourselves,” said Shawna Kelly, of Johnson County.
This year’s keynote speakers were Dianne Leveridge, PhD, PMP and Sally Baskey, Certified Speaking Professional.
Leveridge is a semi-retired business consultant that has worked in manufacturing and product development. She has worked managing global projects and people in the U.S., Mexico and China. Leveridge earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering project management from the University of Maryland. In 2015 she was deemed one of the top women in business in Kentucky. Her speech was titled, “Circuitous Routes to Success”.
Baskey has over 25 years experience in management with a major oil company. She has experience in many aspects of business such as human resources, public relations, marketing and customer service. Her speech was titled “Laugh, Change, Conquer”.
Business ownership among women continues to increase each year, as does their participation in other financial endeavors, including management of business operations. Women are starting to be the driving force of their families and communities.
This year’s breakout sessions included Managing and Leading Your Team, presented by Rachelle Burchett and Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Program Benefits, presented by Maudie
“I have been working at the Carl Perkins Vocational Center in Thelma for 15 years. I am at a time in my life when I am starting to think about preparing for retirement and looking at other investing. In October of 2015 I opened Outback Guns and More in West Liberty. I think networking with other women business owners is good for current business owners as well as women still considering going into business for themselves,” said Debra Stacy, of West Liberty.
This year’s entertainment was provided by Johnson Central High School student and Big Sandy Idol winner Maranda Finney
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.