2012 Conference

Friday, November 2, 2012
The Georgia Center
Athens, Georgia
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More than 225 alumnae and friends came to campus to hear insights from female executives and build their professional networks. Attendees, who ranged from students to CEOs, were treated to a keynote address from Gina Drosos, one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” and heard panel discussions on entrepreneurship, work-life balance and social media.

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2012 Speakers

Virginia "Gina" Coleman Drosos, BBA 1985

Gina Drosos
Gina Drosos (BBA '85)

Independent Director, Signet Jewelers Ltd. and Former Group President, Procter & Gamble

Ms. Gina Coleman Drosos serves on the Board of Directors of Signet Jewelers Ltd. ("Signet") (NYSE and LSE: SIG), the world's largest specialty retail jeweler. She is also on the on the Board of Directors of Cosmetic Executive Women, a leading industry board, and serves as Chair of the Foundation board where she helped develop a strategy to substantially increase CEW's Cancer and Careers program reach and funding. Gina is previous Group President, Global Beauty Care for Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG), a leading multinational manufacturer of consumer packaged goods. She recently announced her retirement from P&G effective September 1, 2012.

Gina held positions of increasing responsibility throughout her 25 year career at Procter & Gamble, becoming Group President of Global Female Beauty in 2010 before assuming her most recent Group President role in September 2011. As Group President for Global Beauty Care, a business unit with $6 billion in sales, Gina delivered consistently strong top and bottom line growth in the U.S. and globally. She led strategy, innovation, investment plans and P&L/operations for all geographic regions and over 20 brands, 22 manufacturing sites and 6000+ employees. She successfully globalized the business with expansions into international markets including over 100 brand/country combinations.

With a strong track record of developing businesses, brands and talent for long-term success, Gina:

  • Reinvented the Olay skin care brand, driving sales from $200MM to $2.5B, more than 10 fold, leading it to become the #1 facial moisturizer brand globally, #1 in anti-aging and undisputed market share leader in North America and China.
  • Delivered double-digit growth in Olay sales and profits on average each year for the past 15 years. Under her leadership, Olay has won more than 600 beauty awards and was just named the "World's Most Valuable Beauty Brand" by Brand Finance PLC, the world's leading independent brand valuation consultancy firm.
  • Transformed CoverGirl, delivering 7 consecutive years of market share growth, becoming the U.S. Cosmetics market leader through breakthrough innovations and brand building.
  • Developed Secret Clinical Strength, launching a new premium segment that transformed performance in the category and led Secret to 4 consecutive years of growth.
  • Reignited Old Spice, fueling a trajectory of growth with past 4 year sales, shares and brand image growing in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Restructured SK-II leading to doubling of sales. Reduced overheads by -25%, reinvested in superior innovation and relationship marketing (digital and counter devices), and led expansion into China, up over 300%.

Gina is recognized as one of the Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010, 2011). She is recipient of prestigious professional awards including YWCA Career Woman of Achievement and Cosmetic Executive Women Achiever Award. Gina is heralded for excellence in talent development, having received the P&G Diversity Award, and she was instrumental in P&G's receipt of the Cosmetic Executive Women Corporate Diversity Award in 2012.

She holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1987) and Bachelor of Business Administration from the Terry School, University of Georgia (Magna Cum Laude, 1985).

Gina lives with her husband and two teenagers in Cincinnati, OH. She is an active sports enthusiast: running, tennis, basketball and skiing. Together with her family, she works with several philanthropies including Back2Back, an organization committed to helping improve the lives of orphans in developing countries.

Watch Drosos’ presentation at Terry Third Thursday

Jill S. Tietjen, PE

Jill Tietjen
Jill Tietjen

President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.

Jill S. Tietjen, PE is the President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. She has worked in the electric utility industry for 36 years, where she currently provides planning consulting services and serves as an expert witness. She graduated from the University of Virginia (Tau Beta Pi, Virginia Alpha) with a BS in Applied Mathematics (minor in Electrical Engineering) and received her MBA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Ms. Tietjen is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.

Ms. Tietjen is a frequent keynote and motivational speaker. She believes that anyone can achieve personal success through passion, determination, and persistence. Her book Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America (HarperCollins, 2008) is a local bestseller and is featured on C-SPAN2/Book TV. Her previous books include Keys to Engineering Success (Prentice Hall, 2001), three volumes in the Setting the Record Straight series, and she was a contributing author to She Does Math! (Mathematical Association of America, 1995).

Ms. Tietjen has received numerous awards and honors including the 2001 Woman in Technology Award from the Women's Foundation of Colorado, Subaru, and News4; Tau Beta Pi's Distinguished Alumna Award; Distinguished Engineering Alumna (University of Virginia and University of Colorado at Boulder); Distinguished Alumna (University of Virginia) and she was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts—Mile Hi Council. Ms. Tietjen serves on a number of non-profit boards and was the 1991-1992 National President of the Society of Women Engineers. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Transmission Corporation of Tucker, Georgia and serves as an outside director (and Vice Chair) for Merrick & Company of Aurora, Colorado. In 2010, she was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

"Entrepreneurship: Own Your Business, Own Your Life"
Lisa Blanco, Investable Solutions
Mylle Mangum, IBT Enterprises
Caroline Van Sickle, Pretty in My Pocket, LLC
Chris Hanks, Terry College Lecturer, Department of Management—Entrepreneurship

"Financial Planning: Managing the Purse Strings"
Holly Hanson, LPL Financial
Katie Waters, Stable Waters Financial
Sarah Saunders, Audit Senior Manager
Julie McGinty, Terry College Lecturer, J.M. Tull School of Accounting
Frances Woodall, Peachtree Financial

"Balancing Act: Making Work Work"
Holly Asti, Marsh
Stacy Chick, Archimedes Pharma US
Bridget Dunk, Dixon Hughes Goodman
Laura Gallagher, Ernst & Young
Cassie Mills, Bank of America

"Social Media: The Business of the Buzz"
Jen Chico, Deloitte
Mai-Lise Nguyen, Weber Shandwick
Jen Osbon, MegaPlayer
Judy Powell, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP
Diane Bloodworth, Competitive Sports Analysis

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities available by contacting Christy Overall by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone at 404-791-9932. For more information, please contact Terry College .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at 706-542-5434.

Conference Sponsorship (1 available) — $5,000

Top-of-the-line partnership package offering maximum exposure to attendees and press for the conference.

  • Conference Sponsor will be a co-sponsor with Terry College of Business on all PR, advertising and printed material. Conference Sponsor will be included on all conference materials as “Terry College of Business in partnership with Conference Sponsor presents…”
  • Conference Sponsor will have opportunity at conference to discuss their support of women employees or customers
  • Sponsor logo will be placed at top of advertisements and printed materials alongside the Terry College of Business logo — including postcard to all invitees
  • Verbal recognition during opening remarks
  • One table/booth at conference for promotional materials
  • Reserved seating at the conference
  • Logo shown on the screen for the entirety of the program — with the exception of the time that the speakers are presenting
  • Option to place company product or literature in gift bags
  • Access to registered attendee information following the conference — for use in email or regular mail contact
  • Five complimentary conference passes
2012 Lunch Sponsor
  • Deloitte
2012 Breakfast Sponsor
  • Marsh

Silver Sponsor — $1,000

  • Logo included on all printed materials and event program
  • Verbal recognition during conference
  • One table/booth at conference for promotional materials
  • Reserved seating during the conference
  • Option to place company product or literature in gift bags
  • Two complimentary conference passes
2012 Silver Sponsors
  • Covington Investments, LLC
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Georgia Power
  • Holly Meidl
  • Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Richard Courts
  • Terry College Full Time MBA Program

Patron Sponsor — $500

  • Covers the cost of admission to the conference for five UGA students
  • Option to place company product or literature in gift bags
  • Two complimentary conferences passes
2012 Patron Sponsors
  • Bennett Thrasher
  • Holly Meidl
  • The Propel Agency
  • UGA Alumni Association
2012 Student Sponsor
  • Ernst & Young

2012 Agenda

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Conference Agenda
Time Event
9:00 – 9:30 am Registration and Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Marsh
9:30 – 11:00 am Conference Opening and Keynote Speaker
Gina Coleman Drosos (BBA ’85) Independent Director, Signet Jewelers Ltd. and Former Group President, Procter & Gamble
Location: Mahler Auditorium
11:00am Break
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
*concurrent panels

Entrepreneurship: Own Your Business, Own Your Life
Location: Mahler Auditorium

Financial Planning: Managing the Purse Strings
Location: Room K-L (2nd floor)

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Speaker
“You Can Do It: The Keys are Passion, Determination and Persistence” presented by Jill Tietjen, Co-Author of the bestselling Harper Collins book, "Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America"
Sponsored by Deloitte
Location: Magnolia Ballroom

1:45 – 2:45 pm
*concurrent panels

Balancing Act: Making Work Work
Location: Mahler Auditorium

Social Media: The Business of the Buzz
Location: Masters Hall

2:45 pm Break
3:00 – 3:45 pm Afternoon Networking & Industry Discussion
Location: Hill Atrium
4:00 pm Conference Closing
Holly Meidl (BBA ’83) Conference Chair