Fifth Annual Women’s Leadership Conference of SO (Southern Oregon) to Feature National Keynote Speaker Mona Patel

MEDFORD, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#LEAD–A dynamic and engaging entrepreneur with 17 years of experience
assisting the world’s top brands in re-imaging their creative ideation
process to optimize customer experience, Mona
is this year’s keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Women’s
Leadership Conference of SO (Southern Oregon). Mona is the Founder and
CEO of Motivate Design, a user experience (UX), research design, and
staffing agency that specializes in helping major corporations establish
a company vision, ensuring that resources are effectively allocated to
execute it. Mona is also the best-selling author of Reframe: Shift
the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think
. Speakers for the event also
include local experts, such as Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble, Gwenne Wilcox,
Brenda Johnson, and Dr. Tim Becker, among many others. Closing remarks
will include comments from Kris Allison, Central Point Chief of Police.

Breakout sessions are developed around this year’s theme—Lead With
Purpose: Realize Your Passion and Potential
—and are headed by
regional leaders whose goals are to foster leadership in business,
government, and non-profit organizations that more fully reflect our
region. Young professionals, mid-life women balancing family with work,
and top-rung professionals can all benefit.

“I never dreamed I was President of the Board material! The connections
and inspiration I’ve gained through the WLC have given me the confidence
to step up in service in a big way. How’s that for passion and purpose?”
said Stacey Derrig, President and 2017 Conference Chair. “I’m grateful
for the challenge and excited to see how this year’s conference impacts
attendees moving forward.”

Registration for the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference of SO opens
today, Wednesday, March 8, on International Women’s Day. The conference
will be held on Friday, May 12, from 7:45 AM–5 PM at the Ashland Hills
Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR 97520.

To register for the 2017 Women’s Leadership Conference of SO, go to,
or call 541 552 8150 during office hours. Registration includes morning
coffee, lunch, and a closing reception.

About the Women’s Leadership Conference of SO

Since the Women’s Leadership Conference of SO was first held in February
of 2013, more than 1200 people have attended. The conference was created
from a desire among regional women in leadership roles to encourage
other women to step into leadership positions at work and in the
community. The conference brings together women in all stages of their

The Women’s Leadership Conference of SO is presented by Southern Oregon
University with the sponsorship of more than 20 regional businesses and
organizations, including platinum sponsor Lithia Motors and gold
sponsors Pacific Retirement Services (PRS) and Harry & David.

Attendees can view event announcements, photos and more on Instagram and
Twitter at @WLCofSO.


Harry & David
Rhonda Klug, 541-840-3848
WLC VP Conference