WithIt connect to WithIt LinkedIn Facebook twitter Mighty Network instagram contact WithIt
WithIt careers news knowledge center donations login join WithIt
WithIt learn about WithIt WithIt Events Members Students Annual WithIt Conference join WithIt

Annual Professional Conference

upcoming events join WithIt now



WithIt's conference offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to connect
with industry peers, grow both personally and professionally and develop leadership skills.

Leadership & MotivationSpeed Networking • Hear from women leading in home furnishings

Be Inspired and Refreshed!



Marilyn Sherman is dedicated to training people to let go of obstacles and live and work with courage, commitment, and confidence.

Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace. Her live presentations

and her accompanying motivational books have been described as ‘life-changing’.


Tamra Chandler and Laura Grealish are internationally recognized thought leaders, authors, and speakers. They have each spent their careers focused on developing new and effective ways for people and their organizations to perform at their peak.  They are especially passionate about working with clients to create high-performing and human-centered environments in which people are engaged and thriving.

Every attendee will receive a copy of their book, Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It.



Dr. Shirley Davis is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She is the President of SDS Global Enterprises, which is a full-service consulting firm that specializes in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performing and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive.





Members - $125

Corporate Members - $99

Guests - $225

Students - $25






    Thursday, May 6th
4:00 pm EST   Opening Reception
4:30 pm EST   Speed Networking
    Book Club featuring chapter 1&2 of FEEDBACK (and other dirty words)
           (You don't need to have read the chapters to join.)
    Friday, May 7th
9:00 am EST   Log on for Speed Networking & Expo
9:30 am EST   New Attendee/New Member Meetup
10:00 am EST  


10:15 am EST  

"Front Row Leadership: How Top Performers Never Settle for Balcony Seats"

Marilyn Sherman, Front Row Leadership


It’s hard to lead front-row teams when you’re stuck in the balcony. It’s frustrating to lead a team when you’ve lost your leadership mojo! Everyone needs some motivation and inspiration to breakthrough to the next level. Marilyn Sherman will help you to discover the secrets that high performers use to be in the front-row. You’ll be able to accomplish more results, achieve bigger goals, and overcome fears and insecurities that don’t serve you or your team.


11:00 am EST  

"Feedback: Why We Fear It and How to Fix It"

M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Grealish, co-authors of "Feedback (and other dirty words)"

    Feedback has lost its way. In a world where the mere mention of the word can elevate blood pressure, and yet our success is increasingly dependent on doing it well, we believe it is time we fix feedback and redeem it for good! This interactive session will equip you to let go of the fear and embrace feedback, as well as leave you with tips and tricks to put into action so that your organization and people can thrive in today’s ever-changing world of work.


11:50 am EST  

Roundtables - 1st session on industry-specific topics

List of Topics and Leaders


12:30 pm EST   Lunch Break
1:15 pm EST   Welcome Back
1:25 pm EST  

"How You Leverage Your Leadership" - Panel

Moderator: Tammy Nagem, COO, High Point Market Authority

    Teresa Huffman, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Culp, Inc.
    Meganne Wecker, President, Skyline Furniture
    Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing, The Sherwin Williams Company
    Tracy Zimmer, Director of Retail & Visual Merchandising, La-Z-Boy
2:15 pm EST   Roundtables - 2nd session on industry-specific topics
3:00 pm EST   Wellness and WithIt
3:45 pm EST  

"Making Your Seat at the Table Count"

Dr. Shirley Davis, SDS Global Enterprises

Division and polarization are growing in our society. Now more than ever women and allies need to come together and support one another to be able to amplify our voices this includes creating a seat for everyone at the proverbial table. And if you already have a seat, how do you make it count? Not only for sustaining your seat but for driving results to the organization's bottom line and for opening up seats for others that may be overlooked.

During this session, you will learn strategies and other bold moves that highly successful leaders have used to get invited to the table and their tips for how to influence, initiate, and impact culture change not only inside the workplace but in society as well.


4:30 pm EST   Close
5:00 pm EST   Closing Cocktail Party: Calling all Queens of Leveraging Leadership!
    What are you the queen of? Grab your crown and meet us for a post conference celebration! There will be music, dancing, and of course cocktails! The cocktail party will be held on zoom and feature tunes by DJ Trim Queen – a.k.a. Jana Platina-Phipps.




2 0 2 1  C O N F E R E N C E   S P O N S O R S














members students learn about WithIt events contact WithIt
member benefits student benefits WithIt mission
member faqs scholarship recipients Board of Directors
member regions request scholarship Board of Governors LinkedIn Facebook Twitter contact WithIt
career development Ambassadors Club
recognitions awards
scholarship foundation
WithIt Sponsors Web Development By Goosedown Web Development