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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Hyatt Regency Austin | 208 Barton Springs Rd | Austin, TX 78704

Cocktail Reception: 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Co-Chairs: Cheryl George and Joan Hilgers


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ella Bell Smith

Dr. Ella Bell Smith is a Professor of Business Administration at Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth University.  Ella L.J. Bell Smith is the founder and president of Ascent: Leading Women to the Top, a nonprofit  organization committed to professional development and career advancement.

Working in the field of organizational behavior and organizational change, she is one of the leading experts in the management of race, gender, and class in the workplace. She is a consultant to Fortune 100 and 500 companies and public institutions on the advancement of all women in the workplace, as well as issues related to authentic leadership for both men and women. Her clients include PepsiCo, American Express, Intel, Goldman Sachs, Booz Allen Hamilton, and U.S. Department of Labor.

She publishes in such professional journals as Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal  of Management Inquiry, Journal of Career Development, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. Smith has written articles for Essence magazine and also the monthly “Working It” column. Frequently quoted by journalists, she has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Black Enterprise, Newsweek, Working Mother, and Fast Company.

In 2005, she received both the Compass Award from the Women's Leadership Exchange and the Legacy of Leadership Award from the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She was the recipient of the McGregor Award for Best Paper, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, in 2001.

Dr. Ella Bell Smith has served as an advisory board member of the National Women’s Leadership Summit, The White House Project, and as the advisory board chair of Best Companies for Women of Color, Working Mother Media.

She received her BA from Mills College of Education, her MA from Columbia University, and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University.

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