Women's Leadership Conference

Theme: “Women Embracing and Expanding Global Leadership”

Savannah State University, Student Union Ballroom

The Savannah State University Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) presents the fifth annual women’s conference focusing on women in global leadership. Women in various global leadership roles will focus on the skill sets needed to be successful in today’s global markets.

March 8, 2019
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am- 5:00 pm

The Women’s Leadership Conference includes sessions, a luncheon, a keynote speaker and community awards.

Confucius InstitutePresented in part by the Confucius Institute at Savannah State University

Program Overview

Continental Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Greetings

Keynote Speaker


Opening Panel Discussion: Fulbright-Hays Global Women Leaders

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. This panel of women scholars from the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) and Savannah State University (SSU), led by SSU’s President Cheryl Davenport Dozier, were among 12 scholars who received a $100,000 Fulbright-Hays continuation study award to spend four weeks in Ghana in June 2018. The goal of the study abroad project was to enhance the social science and foreign language curriculums at SSU and SCCPSS. This panel will share their experiences in Ghana, and what plans and outcomes they have achieved since completing the study abroad.

Community Awards


Session Panel I : Women Crossing Borders

The women professionals on this panel will discuss the successes and challenges associated with their choices to work across borders and international boundaries. They will reveal how they have, in some instances, crossed biological, geopolitical, political borders and emotional, gender, cultural and linguistic boundaries to accomplish their life’s work. Panelists are asked to speak about their adaptation strategies, transition plans, and any other coping mechanisms they used to help them “become comfortable in their skin” during their cross-border experiences. Issues around gender equality and women’s empowerment are universal and central in our times. Thus, this international panel of women representing different cultures in the HBCU context, will help to emphasize the links and connections that bind women together, rather than those which separate them. The topic is timely given the waves of migration all around the world in recent times, generating international border issues such as Brexit and the shifting of U.S. immigration policies.


Session Panel II : Becoming a Global Entrepreneur

Historically, companies ventured abroad only after establishing themselves at home. But today, many entrepreneurs are discovering that a new business opportunity spans more than one country or that they can use distance to create new products or services. Today, entrepreneurs don’t automatically buy raw materials from nearby suppliers or set up factories close to their headquarters. They hunt for the planet’s best manufacturing locations because political and economic barriers have fallen and vast quantities of information are at their fingertips. They also scout for talent across the globe, tap investors wherever they may be located, and learn to manage operations from a distance—the moment they go into business. This panel will explore what it means to be a “global entrepreneur,” how to get there, and some of the challenges and success stories of “Becoming a Global Entrepreneur.”

Closing Remarks


Cynthia L. Blanford

Keynote Speaker

Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Liberia to the State of Georgia

Dr. Lian An

Luncheon Speaker

Professor of Economics, Coggin College of Business