SAVE the Date - March 27, 2025

2025 Annual Women's Leadership Conference:


The Leading Ladies of The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce host an annual women's leadership conference held in March. This transformative, day-long event showcases dynamic female leaders who inspire and empower women to "Actualize their Vision," fostering a culture of leadership and success. The Leading Ladies Program is dedicated to providing a platform for women to focus on achievements in various sectors of business and industry. Through engaging team-building exercises and networking opportunities, the conference aims to cultivate a supportive community. The event highlights six influential women speakers, each offering a unique perspective on the significance of empowering women in today's dynamic world. It is an invaluable opportunity for attendees to gain insights, motivation, and practical strategies to navigate and excel in their professional journeys.


Elevate Your Leadership Journey at Our Women's Leadership Conference!

Join us for a full day of inspiring women, exceptional networking
opportunities and lasting connections this March 27th, 2025.

Are you ready to Actualize Your Vision?

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melissa Furman “Navigate, Accelerate, Elevate”

The primary objective of this session is to ignite motivation and inspiration within you, encouraging a proactive approach towards action. This session is designed to delve into the art of effective communication across generations, seamlessly integrating key insights from the various topics covered throughout the day. By fostering a dynamic atmosphere that not only addresses intergenerational communication but also weaves in the day's diverse subjects, our aim is to empower you with the tools and mindset needed to initiate positive change.



Break-out with Amy Christieson "Setting and Prioritizing your Personal and Professional Goals"

Embark on a transformative journey to streamline and optimize your life alongside the experienced guidance of Amy Christieson, a seasoned entrepreneur and the Chief Growth Officer of Amy Christieson & Co., LLC. With a remarkable career spanning more than 25 years in the B2B consulting arena, Amy brings a wealth of expertise and an insightful understanding of the challenges confronted by business owners and leaders. Together, let's infuse a healthy dose of 'get your life in order' wisdom, as Amy empowers you to navigate the intricacies of personal and professional growth with finesse and strategic acumen.


Breakout with Jameka Haynes: "Power of a Courageous Conversation"

We will walk through being BOLD and learn to move past fear and embrace the power of being unapologetic. Speaking your truth can be done with love, respect, compassion, kindness, and empathy. It's time to take radical responsibility and embrace our power. Let's use our chatty, sassy, talkative, skills for good!


Break-out with Melinda McVadden "Find Your Mojo... Discover Your Magic"

Melinda understands the magical power of a well-crafted message. From her days in television news where she was an award-winning reporter writing stories ranging from lost dogs to Presidential campaigns, to her transition to a successful non-profit fundraiser, creating the connections that made people sit, up take notice and act became her specialty. Her years interviewing people, and sharing their stories with others, gave her clear insights into what it takes to build trust quickly and connect with people who want what you have to offer.

Break-out with Katrina Foster "Elevate Your Brand: A Guide to Organically Grow Your Business"

Simply put, she is a serial entrepreneur, a Chief Difference Maker, an award-winning marketer and lover of all things The Sir, business, and smart people. Launching a marketing and communications company at the ripe age of 23, Katrina has spent the last fifteen years making mistakes, getting it right, and standing tall in between.

Break-out with Lisa Meier "How to Grow within a Corporate Structure & Advance Your Career"

How do you get promoted in a corporate environment when the biggest hurddle seems to be your gender? Women are often faced with gender-specific challenges that can impact their career and professional success and this session will provide practical strategies for navigating the challenges and maximizing success. This session will leave you with a perspective that may change the way you view your own career opportunities.

2024 Full Day Program - Agenda

8:30: Registration
9am - 10am: Welcome
     Intro for Melissa Furman, Keynote Speaker
     Intro for Melinda Opening Session: Melinda / Archetypes
10 - 10:15: Break
10:15 - 11:00: Breakout sessions I (all 5 speakers)
11:15 - 12:00: Breakout session II (all 5 speakers)
12:15 - 1:00: Lunch at the Civic Center
1:15 - 1:30: Energizer Networking
1:30 - 2:15: Breakout session III (all 5 speakers)
2:30 - 3:15: Keynote / Melissa Furman
3:30 - 4:30: Panel with all speakers
4:30-5:30: Networking & a drink!

You will have an opportunity to sit in on 3 different break-out sessions.

2025 is the year you ACTUALIZE YOUR VISION!


2024 ROAR Women's Conference