At lunchtime, there was a very powerful presentation by Mayor Kim McMillan from Clarksville, TN. Kim was extremely inspirational. She was the first woman to serve as a Mayor of any TN city with a population over 100,000. Prior to becoming Mayor of Clarksville, Mayor McMillan served in the TN House of Representatives for 12 years and was elected twice to be House Majority Leader. Mayor McMillan really has been a trailblazer for women in politics and I hope she will make the decision to run for Governor again. She had some really funny stories to tell about being the only woman in the male-dominated world of TN politics.
The first group I attend was "What's Holding you Back?" which was moderated by a local attorney Jacqueline Strong Moss and had 3 presenters, including Stefanie Crowe from Capital Mark Bank, Dorothy Grisham, from Allstate Insurance, and Carla Donina from UBS Financial Services. All 3 women gave short talks on how they made it to the top and the obstacles they faced on the way--all very inspirational.
The second group I attended was after lunch and was presented by Kathy Blanton from the Regency Group. She encouraged all women in the room to figure out how to best market themselves and encouraged us all to shoot for our dreams.
The final group I attended was "Changing the Conversation" with Jennifer Rawls and TN Supreme Court Justice, Sharon Lee. This was one of the main themes of the summit--which was when women are at the table, it changes the conversation, and for the better. Overall, I walked away from the summit feeling very inspired to use my unique strengths as a female attorney to continue to work hard to help people in the Chattanooga community.