Women in Business Summit
Topic: Connecting, Collaborating & Investing into Your Community
Join us for our half-day Women in Business Summit that will feature a focus on connecting, collaborating, and investing in your community. Learn how to effectively connect with the community around you to expand your professional and personal brand while collaborating with like-minded business professionals to put your best self into your work. You will also be able to see great examples of how investing in your community can elevate individuals and the community around you. When you register for this event you will be asked which breakout session you would like to attend. From 8 - 9 a.m. our keynote speaker, Joelle Phillips, will be sharing with us and after that you will go to the breakout that you have registered for.
Nonprofit Fair Exhibitors:
Franklin Tomorrow, Healing Housing, Leadership Brentwood, The Refuge Center for Counseling, Center for Nonprofit Management, High Hopes, Girls to the Moon, MTSU, Williamson Medical Center Foundation, American Cancer Society, Franklin Housing Authority, First Steps, Inc. and The Word Wagon.
All attendees will be able to enjoy our keynote speaker then have the option to choose one of the three breakout sessions.
As president of AT&T Tennessee, Phillips works closely with community and business leaders, elected officials and others at AT&T to continue to bring advanced communications technologies, including mobile 4G LTE and other broadband services, to consumers and businesses. From 2011 - 2013, AT&T has invested nearly $1.3 billion in its Tennessee wired and wireless networks.
She is also responsible for managing AT&T's extensive philanthropic and community engagement efforts in Tennessee including the AT&T Aspire program focused on high school success and work force readiness and the AT&T It Can Wait campaign to end texting while driving. Phillips serves as a board member for several community organizations, including the Boards of United Way of Middle Tennessee, Leadership Nashville, and the Tennessee Business Roundtable. Phillips is also a member of the Steering Committee for Nashville's Agenda.
Phillips is a 12-year veteran of AT&T and its predecessor companies. Beginning her career in the legal department, she moved through positions of increasing responsibility at the state and regional level. She was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal's peer-selcted "Best of the Bar" awards as Corporate Counsel as well as a Telecommunications specialist. Prior to joining AT&T, Phillips practiced law with firms in Nashville and Atlanta and served as a judicial law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale.
Phillips is a summa cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Birmingham-Southern College in Theatre.
Phillips joined AT&T as a lawyer, but her interest in communications technology predates her work as a telecom lawyer. Phillips is a native of Auburn, Alabama, and her father, Dr. Sidney Neal James, taught electrical engineering at Auburn University for 35 years. In addition to his academic career, James worked with NASA and with South Central Bell on telemetry and other communications issues.
Joelle is married to fellow W&L Law alumni Brant Phillips. Brant is a partner with Nashville-based Bass, Berry and Sims Law Firm, where he is a member of the firm's Executive Committee and co-chairs the firm's Securities and Shareholder Litigation Practice Group.
Connecting and collaborating with other partners and how this can expand your brand (personally and professionally) and help you better connect in public relationships.
Director of Collective Impact
Center for Nonprofit Management
Erin Aber, Director of Collective Impact at the Center for Nonprofit Management, came to a career in the nonprofit sector from the music industry, where she originally intended to spend her entire career before reality set in. Seeking work with a purpose, Erin began her career in nonprofit in as a Development Assistant at Nashville’s Rochelle Center. She served on the opening staff of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in the Communications and Operations departments through the center’s opening in 2001. From the Frist Center, Erin joined the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Events and Programs Manager serving the Chamber’s incredible small business membership through special events and educational/networking opportunities designed to highlight the importance of small businesses as economic drivers in Middle Tennessee.
Erin joined Bank of America’s Nashville Corporate Social Responsibility team in 2005 where she helped nonprofits access philanthropic tools and resources while advancing the Bank’s brand in Middle Tennessee. In 2006, Erin accepted a transfer with Bank of America to her hometown of Saint Petersburg, Florida and became the Community Relations Manager for Tampa Bay, honing her focus on helping nonprofits access capital and build their capacity. In 2012, Erin joined the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and became a Senior Vice President, Philanthropy Program Manager. In this role, Erin managed Neighborhood Builders®, a national program designed to grow nonprofit capacity and foster sustainability through a combination of grant funding and leadership development for nonprofit executives. In addition to providing strategic direction and program management, Erin designed leadership content for the Neighborhood Builders Leadership Program®. The leadership program was designed to further equip talented leaders of high performing organizations tackle some of their most complex challenges. This work led to an emphasis in collective impact and social impact investing.
Investing in the next generation: When can you finally call yourself a grown up? Maybe you’re a grown-up when you begin thinking about yourself for a change. Or maybe it’s when you stop thinking so much about yourself and start thinking beyond yourself.
Girls to the Moon
Knight ensures Girls to the Moon's business goals are aligned with the company's social vision. She was named 2016 Alumna of the Year for the University of Tennessee's College of Communications and Innovator of the Year for the Gannett Company in 2015. She enjoys cycling and traveling with her 15-year-old daughter, Lily.
Girls to the Moon
Courtenay is a professional operations manager with a passion for technology, marketing, her community and connecting others. She ran an inspiring campaign for the Tennessee state legislature in 2016. Courtenay also really likes cheeseburgers and is inspired daily by her daughter Clair to change the world.