Women's mentoring and networking conference set for Jan. 18, 19 at TTU

Tennessee Tech University is the place for women to be on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19.

That’s because the university is hosting its second women’s mentoring and networking conference, popularly called WoMeNet.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Leigh Ann Roberts, an attorney-mediator and nonprofit consultant at Nashville’s Forward Focus, PLLC. Forward Focus is an innovative law firm that specializes in mediation, legal services and conflict-related consulting and training for individuals, businesses, nonprofit agencies, religious organizations and community groups.

Raised in Jackson, Miss., Roberts attended both undergraduate and law school at the University of Mississippi. She received her mediation training in 1998 and is licensed to practice law in both Mississippi and Tennessee.

She is an active member of numerous organizations, including the Association for Conflict Resolution, National Association for Community Mediation, the Tennessee Association for Professional Mediators, and the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center.

Roberts is also a member of the Nashville chapter of the Commercial Real Estate for Women, the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Bar Association, the Forum Committee on Construction Industry Dispute Avoidance and Resolution of ACR, and she is a panel mediator and expert witness for Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC.

Topics of some of the other sessions to be offered at the conference will include but are not limited to:

• “The Myth of ‘I’m Every Woman’: The Real Deal on Balancing Work and Family”

• “Addressing Domestic Violence in the College Setting”

• “Only Abnormal Women Want No Babies: Leta Stetter Hollingworth and Maternal Instinct”

• “Gender and the Social Construction of Reality”

• “One Year Later: A Roundtable Discussion on Developing Nontraditional Student Mentoring Networks for Women”

• and “Is College Easier for Women Now? Or ‘How Far Have You Come, Baby?’”

“The goal of WoMeNet is to build a coalition of faculty, students and staff throughout Tennessee who are involved in women’s history, women’s studies, women’s centers, the Commission on the Status of Women, female-led student groups and anyone interested in women’s issues,” said Paula Hinton, a history professor at TTU and one of the event’s organizers.

“We want to provide an arena for sharing information and strategies, as well as for networking and mentoring,” she said.
Detailed program listings and times of specific sessions, workshops and panel discussions will be available next week on the WoMeNet web site at www.ttuwomenet.com.

Conference registration will be available at the door. The cost for both days — which includes all sessions, Friday’s dinner and keynote address and Saturday’s lunch and networking reception — is $60. One-day registration is also available for $30.
For more information, call Hinton at 931/372-3339 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .