‘Motivating Women’ to focus on building female leadership

“Motivating Women: Building a Life of Leadership,” a professional development seminar and luncheon presented by WomenSource, is scheduled for Friday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chattahoochee Country Club.

“Motivating Women” will feature three accomplished female leaders who will share career successes and learning experiences:

  • Tracy L. Garner, Vice President, Internet and Entertainment Field Services,
    AT&T Technology Operations
  • Brenda Hill-Gilmore, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Gainesville High School
  • Erika Laughlin, Owner, Erika Reade Ltd.

“‘Motivating Women’ will encourage women to be leaders in their own lives and empower them to create lifelong habits for building success,” said Elizabeth Burnette, WomenSource executive director. “We couldn’t be more excited about our panelists and the opportunity for women in our community to hear their stories and ask questions.”

“Motivating Women: Building a Life of Leadership” is sponsored by Brenau University.

Individual tickets are $50 and reserved tables of eight are $500. Preregistration is required.

For additional information including table and ticket availability, please contact WomenSource at (770) 503-9060 or click here.

About the panelists

Tracy L. Garner began her career in 1983 in Jacksonville, Fla., working as an Outside Plant Engineer in the Southeast Jacksonville District. Over the last 33 years, Tracy has held positions of increasing responsibility in Outside Plant Engineering, Infrastructure Planning, Consumer Services, Strategic Relationship Development, Strategic Marketing, and Network Operations. Tracy currently serves as Vice President – Internet and Entertainment Field Services for the SE Mountain Shores region. Tracy is a member of the Women of AT&T, HACEMOS, OxyGEN, Community Network, 50 and Forward, the AT&T Veterans, the AT&T Telecom Pioneers, the Atlanta Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association, and is a graduate of Georgia 100 and the Turknett Leadership Group Executive Development Program. Additionally, she serves as Executive Advisor to the Atlanta Chapter and the National Chapter of the Women of AT&T. She currently serves as Capital Campaign Chair and President Elect – Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc.

Brenda Hill-Gilmore was the leading scorer in Hall County high school basketball history, that is until her daughter, Tasha Humphrey, led the Lady Red Elephants to three state titles in the early 2000s. Hill-Gilmore scored 1,961 points for East Hall before graduating in 1982. Hill-Gilmore scored 1,961 points for East Hall before graduating in 1982. She played college ball at Auburn University and North Georgia College & State University before playing for five years professionally overseas. After her stint as a GHS assistant,Hill-Gilmore coached under Andy Landers for the highly successful Georgia Lady Dogs basketball team, led for four years by Humphrey. Her previous head coaching experience includes leading the Winder-Barrow girls’ basketball team to a 45-51 record over four seasons in Class AAAA. One of the stars of those teams was her daughter, Mimi Hill, who is now playing at Western Kentucky.

Erika Laughlin has been the sole owner of Erika Reade Ltd. for almost 30 years. The shop has always been in the same location, and she has expanded and remodeled several times thru the years. Erika Reade Ltd. has long been a “go-to” shop for designers in Atlanta and the Southeast and is a destination for many out-of-town customers and friends.

About WomenSource

WomenSource was formed in response to a community needs assessment. United Way of Hall County, the North Georgia Community Foundation and the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County joined together to launch WomenSource in 2007. Since then the nonprofit has reached thousands of women and girls in our community through educational programming and events. WomenSource serves women of all ages, backgrounds, races and socioeconomic levels in the Gainesville-Hall County community. Programs aim to educate and inspire women so they can make more informed financial, legal and wellness choices and so they can grow personally and professionally.


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