Women’s Leadership Symposium Spring 2023

The Leading Ladies of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce Announce, ROAR, an empowering women’s conference, slated for March 31, 2023 at Statesville Country Club.

  • 8:30 Registration
  • 8:45  Introduction
  • 9:00 Cheryl Banks-Barber, Resound, The Shout and the Echo.
  • 10:00 Amber Valentine, Outshine. Be it, show it, own it! How to embrace your messy authentic self.
  • 11:00 Tracy Alston Actualize. See it. Feel. Achieve it. Actualize your Power!
  • Noon - Lunch
  • 1:00 Jane Jenkins Herlong, Revolutionize. Spilling the Sweet Tea Secrets on how to revolutionize your life
  • 2:00 Closing remarks
  • 2:30 Networking & refreshments

One Powerfully Motivating & Inspiring Day with a Dynamic Community of Women

  • 4 Dynamic Speakers
  • Luncheon
  • Swag Bags
  • Door Prizes
  • Networking opportunities
  • 1 Complimentary glass of wine - during the after presentation networking

About the Speakers

Jane Jenkins Herlong, Keynote Speaker

The courageous woman is like a giant. She revolutionizes her life in a fearless fashion; she roars like thunder and makes the earth shake. Every day she is determined to continue her journey to discover the best version of herself—to climb the highest mountains and fight falling into the valleys.

With wit and wisdom, Jane shares her personal journey of self-actualization that will encourage you to travel through life with strength, passion, perseverance… plus a healthy dose of humor!

Her journey begins on her father’s farm, where she worked in the tomato fields, and includes stops on a Miss America runway, and performing at Radio City Music Hall. 

Cheryl Banks-Barber

Cheryl will speak about being a Truth Teller and Truth Seeker. When you Shout, the true Voice comes back around. A True Voice is real and doesn’t change: the Voice of integrity, honesty, courage, faith, love etc.

She will share her Truth based on her life experiences as a cancer survivor, a woman of color, a caregiver for her aging parents, and a woman of faith. She’s grown into her Truth. We all have our own journey and should speak our Truth to the world.

She is a retired federal law enforcement officer with extensive experience in both the federal and state courts. She served as a Court Services Specialist and Special Offender Specialist with the U.S. Pretrial Division (Western District of North Carolina) in Charlotte. She devoted 25 years of service to the

federal judiciary until her retirement in 2016. 

Amber Valentine

Allow Amber to take you through the lessons she learned in business and life as she explains her 300-pound transformation, really magnifying the importance of authenticity in leadership so that the people who you attract are easy to lead. When you shine as the real you it gives everyone around you permission to do the same and you become contagious. Get ready to sparkle as you outshine the competition.

Amber is the CEO of Hotmess 2 Hotness LLC and W.I.N. Worth It Nutrition Program. She helps women transform internally, and externally, through her mindful weight loss program, bringing in her message that anyone can make a decision today to make tomorrow better than yesterday….especially in the right pair of heels.

Tracy Alston

Tracy will lead an interactive experience on learning how to quiet a busy mind, visualize your success and get the best out of your brain’s potential! See it. Feel it. Achieve it.

She s a mental fitness consultant, a licensed clinical mental health counselor, board certified in Biofeedback and neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and a podcaster of the Mental Fitness Matters show.

Tracy is an entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of two companies, New Mentality, located in Mooresville, and Mental Edge Fitness Solutions, located in Cornelius.

Her passion is creating innovative strategies and solutions for improving the mental health and mental fitness of her clients, companies and the world. Tracy draws on her extensive training as well as her own athletic experience to help her clients.

A graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, Alston earned top academic honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. She attended Wake Forest on a full athletic scholarship, playing four years in the Atlantic Coast Conference as a shooting guard and small forward on the Wake Forest women’s basketball team. She also holds a dual master’s degree in community agency counseling with school licensure from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach.


The Leading Ladies of The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce they are hosting a female leadership symposium in Statesville, ROAR. On Friday, March 31st at the Statesville Country Club, the day-long event features dynamic female leaders that will encourage women to Resound, Outshine, Actualize, and Revolutionize their lives.

“We are pleased to be able to bring this female leadership conference to Statesville,” said Dana White, ROAR Chairperson and Leading Ladies committee member. “It’s been a goal of ours for a few years now and we are finally in a place to bring this kind of supportive and empowering program to the women in our region.”

The symposium, sponsored by Leading Ladies of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, focuses on empowering women in business and other entities through team building exercises and networking, and features four dynamic women speakers, each with her own take on what the empowerment of women means in today's world.

The keynote speaker, to be announced later this week, is southern humorist, Jane Jenkins Herlong, she will have attendees laughing, crying and feeling ready to take on whatever comes their way.

Read more about our speakers on Iredell Free News:


Purchase now:

Member $85: 

Non-Member $110: 

Reserve a table of 8:

For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact Joni Stone at [email protected] or call 704-873-2892.

Thank you to our sponsors

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Dominion Energy
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Statesville Country Club

635 Deauville Rd, Statesville, NC 28625
Mar 31, 2023
8:30 AM EDT to 4:00 PM EDT