WEDN 2016

Creative EDC sponsored the first Women’s Leadership Forum in February 2016. We invited economic developers to come together to LEARN and return to the office prepared to LEAD. The program included how to position for career moves, negotiation techniques, leadership development, public speaking, and lots of networking.

The conference gathered over 100 women from the field of economic development. We had a wonderful time learning from each other. Here are a few things participants had to say about their experience: To read the summary of the 2016 forum, click here.

“I want to thank Crystal for hosting such a wonderful conference and for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of it. To my fellow panelists – I so enjoyed meeting you and hearing about your experiences with your board(s). On my drive home I began to think about the topics and the speakers. It struck me that the room was filled with so many extraordinary women that made deliberate and purposeful contributions that opened doors for the generations that came after and are still yet to come! I truly felt I was a part of something so much bigger than a conference.” Karlisa Parker

“Thank you for organizing the Women in Economic Development Forum…It was wonderful! It was an excellent program and very thought-provoking. The networking was great, too! Looking forward to the next one, and hope to bring more colleagues with us.” Amy Thomson

“I wanted to thank you again for putting on such a fantastic program- it really was so informative and I’m looking forward to using the skills as I get started in this new position.” Sara Nichols

“Just wanted to follow up to let you know how valuable I felt the conference was. I really enjoyed the fact that it was mainly ED women in the day to day trenches. I hope that you will consider having it again next year.” Margie Bukowski

“Crystal, a big congratulations to you for such a great event! I thought it was great – size, facility, speakers, “forced” networking at breaks and lunch. Great job by you and your team.” Andrea Fleming

What WEDN 2016 Is Reading: Books Recommended by Presenters

Liv Povar, Vice President, Business Expansions, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

TUBES by Andrew Blum

Leigh Howe, Partner, Applied Marketing

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Small Data by Martin Lindstrom
It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig

Crystal Morphis, Founder and CEO, Creative Economic Development Consulting

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
When the Boomers Bail: A Community Economic Survival Guide by Mark Lautman
Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
Life Reimagined by Richard J. Leider and Alan M. Webber

2016 Presentations and Handouts

2016 Speakers and Panelists

Thank you to all of the speakers and panelists for your time and great presentations.

Negotiation Techniques
Moderator: April Lucas, Senior Counsel, Nexsen Pruet
Panelists: Debbie Harden, Partner, Womble Carlyle
Jennifer Froneberger, Asst. General Counsel, Turner Broadcasting
Jerilynn VanStory, Attorney, SC Department of Revenue

Professionalism in Recruiting
Leigh Howe, Partner, Applied Marketing

Public Speaking
Jenny Maxwell, Co-Director, The Buckley School of Public Speaking

How to be Cool…When Coolness Matters
Casey Steinbacher, Founder and CEO, Casey’s Company

Advancing Your Career
Joan Jorgenson, Managing Director and Principal, Jorgenson Consulting

Leading Your Leadership: The Basics of Board Management
Moderator: Dianne Reid, President, Chatham County EDC
Panelists: Joanna Helms, Economic Development Director, Town of Apex, NC
Liz Povar, Vice President, Business Expansions, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Karlisa Parker, Director, Chester County Economic Development

Creative Economic Development Consulting