Athens, Ga. — Gina Drosos, board member at Signet Jewelers and former head of Procter & Gamble Beauty, will deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Professional Women’s Conference on Nov. 2 at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center.

Sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, the event is open to students and professionals, and includes topics geared to differing levels of experience. Registration costs $50 (or is free for students).

A Terry alumna and regular member of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Drosos earned the nickname “Steel Magnolia” at Procter & Gamble, where she oversaw more than 20 global beauty and personal-care brands. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from Terry.

The conference also offers programs on financial planning, entrepreneurship, work-life balance and social media. The lunch speaker will be Jill Tietjen, co-author of the best-selling book Her Story: A Timeline of Women who Changed America.

“This is a great opportunity for professional women and students to hear directly from female executives—no matter where they are in their careers,” said Natalie Glenn, director of alumni relations at Terry. “The conference is in its third year and while we are always sure to include plenty of time for networking, our speakers and panel topics change to provide new and different content. Our conference attendees range from undergraduate and MBA students, young and seasoned professionals, university faculty and staff, and alumni and friends of the university.”

For more information about the conference, including an agenda and information about the speakers, visit /alumni/wc/.