Women's Leadership Conference

Coinciding with Women's History Month, this conference is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore their passions for leadership.
Women's Leadership Conference Panel Speakers

2021 Conference

Leading Change: Passion to Action.

March 12th, 2021   |   Virtual 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this conference is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore their passions for leadership. What draws them in? What drives them to make a difference? And then, how can they leverage that passion and turn it into action? The conference incorporates students, staff, alumni, faculty, and community members as speakers and presenters in order to give our participants access to a wide variety of experience and knowledge. The content engages our participants in critical thought around their role as a leader to create meaningful change.

A collaboration among the Women's CenterLeadership ProgramsAlumni Association, and J. Whitney Bunting College of Business.

Submit A Proposal

Closes February 12, 2021

Submissions will be accepted for interactive sessions, workshops, panels, roundtables, and Ted-talk-style mini-sessions through Friday, February 12, 2020. This year, as our conference will be virtual, we are seeking proposals that will excel at engaging participants through digital and virtual presentation pedagogies including: 

  • 45-minute interactive sessions and workshops
  • 45-minute panel or roundtable
  • 15-minute Ted-Talk style mini sessions

Register for Conference

Closes March 10, 2021

The conference is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore their passions for leadership.

The conference incorporates students, staff, alumni, faculty, and community members as speakers and presenters in order to give our participants access to a wide variety of experience and knowledge. This will be a way to build a diverse network of women who are creating positive change in their communities. 

  • By March 5th Early Bird: $5.00
  • By March 10th Regular: $10.00

2021 Conference Details


One week after the Women’s Leadership Conference in 2020, the state of Georgia moved into a shut-down as it responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we plan for our 2021 Women’s Leadership Conference, we are struck by how much the world has changed in the last year. The ways we work, learn, socialize, mobilize, and lead have changed radically. Some of these changes may become etched into the fabric of our society, others may fade as vaccines for Covid-19 are beginning to roll out across the world. 

While the world has been impacted by Covid-19 and mourns the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, here in the US, we have witnessed continued police brutality directed toward Black and Brown people and the subsequent protests affirming that Black Lives Matter. People of all ages have stepped forward to engage in calls for substantive action and reform to ensure that people of all races have an opportunity to live free from state-sanctioned violence. 

The year 2020 also brought a historic presidential election. There were increases in political activism and record voter turnout in November, despite the pandemic.  The US is tremendously divided politically and the chasm between sides seems to grow by the day. 

One thing that has remained constant and has been a through-line of the year has been the ways in which our best leaders have turned Passion into Action. Passion for people, for equality, for opportunity, for work, for reform, and for change has spurred innovation and connection.  It is our desire that this conference offers our participants an opportunity to explore their own passions and turn them into meaningful action for the betterment of our society. 

*While focusing on the individuals who identify as women, attendance at the Women*s Leadership Conference will be open to all students, professionals, and community members, including individuals of all gender identities.

Virtual Platform

This year’s conference will look different. It will be 100% virtual but all presenters will host their workshops and presentations live online! We will be utilizing and testing new technologies. We are excited about the prospects of being able to hold a more inclusive conference as presenters and attendees will not be limited to the Milledgeville area. 

After registering, participants will receive their payment confirmation. The week of the conference, on March 8th, you will receive an email invitation to create an account to access the conference web portal. Once you've created your account you can personalize and plan your conference schedule, access conference materials, set notifications and reminders for workshop start times, and network with other participants. 

Women's Leadership Conference Helen Kim Ho

Helen Kim Ho

Following Your Passion

Helen Kim Ho is an attorney and activist.  Helen is the Founding Partner of HKH Law LLC in Duluth, Georgia, where she handles business and employment litigation matters with a specialty in civil rights.   Helen is passionate about helping women- and minority-owned businesses thrive, and fighting for the rights of employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace. 

Helen began her 21-year career as an attorney for international law firms in Manhattan and Houston, but after several years of practice, heeded an inner calling and made the leap into the nonprofit sector.  Her next 12 years in the public interest space culminated in her founding Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta (formerly AALAC), the first civil rights group dedicated to Asian immigrants and refugees in the Southeast.  Helen founded her nonprofit after successfully organizing dozens of immigrant- and refugee-led groups to take collective action against a proposed English-only driver license bill that violated the 14th Amendment, leading to the bill’s defeat during the 2010 legislative session and in three subsequent sessions.   Helen also developed a nationally recognized voter engagement program that helped to register 10,000 new immigrant voters, a regional candidate training program that helped several candidates win office, and then took the nonprofit national after successfully negotiating her group’s inclusion into a collaborative with four of the oldest Asian civil rights groups in the country. Helen stepped down from her founding executive director role at the end of 2015 to take a year-long sabbatical before founding her law practice.  

A sought-out speaker and contributor on issues of racism, southern politics, and diversity in the workplace, Helen’s work has been covered by the AJC, New York Times, the New Republic, Democracy Now, NPR, Huffington Post, and more.   Helen remains active in her community through grassroots activism and advisory board service for groups including the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Magazine.  She lives in Gwinnett County with her daughter and bulldog and hikes the trails and mountains of Georgia whenever she gets the chance.


Welcome and Keynote address: 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Following Your Passion: Helen Kim Ho

Concurrent Session One: 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

  • The Gender Revolution: Still Uneven and Stalled?
  • Freedom University: Liberatory Education and Direct Action to Dismantle Modern-Day Segregation of Undocumented Students in Georgia

Micro Session: 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

  • Passion Finding Creation
  • Leading From Within: How Healthy Habits Can Fuel Your Purpose

Concurrent Session Two: 3:10 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

  • Passion into Philanthropy
  • Education to Action: Turing Your Passion into Action Through Education

Panel and Closing: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Panel: Women Managing Careers in a Global Pandemic
  • Closing with Pam Booker and Jennifer Pollard

Past Women's Leadership Conferences

2020 Conference

Leading Change: A World of Opportunity

Friday, March 6, 2020 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

As our students prepare for continued service, engagement with, and commitment to their communities outside of Georgia College, it is imperative that we challenge their ways of thinking to be based more in global perspectives. This conference is designed to give students the opportunity to explore diverse outlets for sustained leadership efforts, learn new skills to lead and collaborate within diverse communities, and understand the unique privilege that impacts their global footprint.

View Conference Program



Lessons on Gender and Power in Leadership: A Global Perspective

Juanita Johnson-Bailey holds the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Georgia and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the American Association of University Women. In 2018 she was bestowed the title of University Professor, which is awarded to faculty at the University of Georgia who have had a significant impact in addition to fulfilling their normal academic responsibilities.  In 2018, she also received the Career Achievement Award from American Association of Adult and Continuing Education.

She has worked at UGA for twenty-four years and currently holds an administrative appointment as the Director of the Institute for Women’s Studies at UGA.  She is the author of Sistahs in College: Making a Way Out of No Way, which received the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature in Continuing Higher Education and the Sadie T. Mossell Alexander Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Black Women’s Studies. Dr. Johnson-Bailey is a member of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, a Houle Scholar, and a Lilly Teaching Fellow. She has lectured nationally and internationally and her most recent book is a co-edited text, the Handbook on Race and Racism in Adult and Higher Education: A Dialogue (Sheared, Johnson-Bailey, Colin, Peterson, & Brookfield).

Johnson-Bailey specializes in researching race and gender in educational and workplace settings. She has made significant contributions to the literature in adult education and women’s studies, with over 100 publications, which includes articles in: Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Higher Education, The Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education, SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, Handbook of Mentoring and Coaching for Education, and the Handbook of Transformative Learning Theory.

2019 Conference

Leading Change

Friday, March 1, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The theme for the inaugural conference is Leading Change. In the midst of increased political and social division, we seek to equip collegiate women with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively lead change at personal, relational, and societal levels.  This conference is designed to give students the opportunity to explore their own leadership style, discover ways to be a leader across various contexts, and learn new skills to lead within their communities.

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Chimi Boyd-Keyes, M.A.

Chimi Boyd-Keyes is a successful entrepreneur and much sought-after consultant, speaker, trainer, and grant writer. She is passionate about creating programs and initiatives that develop leaders and promote an equitable, inclusive environment. As a seasoned Higher Education professional for 18 years, Chimi has worked extensively on women’s and gender issues and topics relating to other marginalized populations. She has directed two university Women’s Centers, one at a historically black university (HBCU) and one at a predominantly white university (PWI).