2016 Georgia Women in Leadership Symposium


The Georgia Diversity Council hosted its 2016 Women in Leadership Symposium at Popeyes headquarters on March 24th. This annual event attracted attendees from across the state who gathered to hear from local executives about their insights regarding the event theme of “Securing Your Place at the Table.”

“The event provided a platform for dialogue on issues relating to women in the workplace” said Angeles Valenciano, CEO of the National Diversity Council. “We’re glad to offer aspiring female leaders in Geogia the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and advice from local executives that they can apply to their careers.”

The half-day event featured multiple business leaders from various organizations discussing topics such as “Developing Political Savvy,” “Stop Networking and Start Making Connections,” and “Becoming a Person of Influence.” The symposiums began with a welcome and formal introduction of the participating panelists. Each panelist was able to address a specific topic of discussion in addition to engaging with the other panelists regarding the panel topics. Question and answer sessions were also held during the event, promoting participation amongst attendees.

The Georgia Diversity Council would like to thank the event sponsors for their support of the Women in Leadership Symposium: Popeyes and Randstad. Special thanks to all the volunteers, speakers and attendees for helping to make this event a success.

Photos and program booklets from the symposiums can be found here here.


  • Julie Bowerman, Global VP, Marketing, Exommerce & Digital, Coca-Cola North America
  • Kelli Franklin Joyner, Sr. Director of Engineering, UPS
  • Rachel Gervin, Sr. Vice President & General Counsel, Sage North America
  • Sharon Jones, SVP, HR & Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Ketchum
  • Michelle Prince, Sr. Vice President, Talent Management, Randstad

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