WithIt leadership development conference goes virtual

Melisa D. Galvin

HIGH POINT – The board of directors for WithIt, a women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industries, has decided to pivot to holding a virtual conference this summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The network has renamed the conference “Navigating Leadership in 2020″ to reflect how the entire world has changed in the last two months. The professional conference offers new perspectives and tools needed to navigate the business environment of today.

The group is canceling its in-person conference at the Westin in Old Town Alexandria, Va., but is planning to return there in the summer of 2021. Those who have already registered for this year’s conference will receive complete refunds.

“Like so many other organizations, we have realized the need to pivot and take advantage of the digital options available to us to bring this important content to our industry and to our members,” said Lorri Kelley, WithIt 202 president.

“This is an excellent platform for us to continue to drive our mission to provide leadership, mentoring and education regardless of the current circumstances. We all require connection and encouragement now more than ever, and I am so proud of this organization and our conference team to deliver on this important and immediate need,” she added.

Keynote speaker and author Denise Ryan will emcee the virtual event that will take place on June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, and will include inspiration, interaction, networking and a fun social hour on Zoom.

The 2020 online WithIt conference will feature the opportunity to continue learning with breakout-style sessions in the following weeks. These sessions will also offer the chance to interact and will build attendees’ professional network and support. And the organization also plans to offer a VIP experience – the choice to participate in two online group coaching sessions by speakers, Holland Haiis, a human connection expert and Ginna Christensen, president of GC Collaborative, a creative business development firm.

The full agenda of “Navigating Leadership in 2020” is available on the WithIt website. The cost for tickets for the WithIt 2020 Professional Conference for members ranges from $25 to $100 and guests can attend for $50, while tickets for students are $25.

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