Professional Development for Women YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will be kicking off their 2018 EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop on March 9. Incepted in 2015, the female focused, expert led workshop series is geared to empower women at all levels of their career. The spring session will be held at the Eastman Lodge in Kingsport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The half-day workshop for professional women will feature four accomplished presenters with a diverse set of expertise in global public affairs, lobbying, higher education, leadership, and professional counseling. With decades of experience and wisdom to share, each session promises take-aways that directly address the challenges and potentials of professional women. Key take-aways include: • An understanding of strategic focus and advantageous momentum while identifying “unconscious bias” for maximum impact and productivity. • How to embrace your authentic self for greater confidence, empowerment, and engagement. • How to cultivate self-acceptance to overcome unhealthy emotional patterns and be proactive towards wellness and balance. Assistant Vice President of HomeTrust Bank, Peggy Littleton, shares, “At HomeTrust, 85% of our branch managers across 40+ retail banking locations are women. Professional development, especially for women, is so important to help us take the next step in our career. I love being able to introduce Emerge to team members who are in different phases of their career. They always come back energized and armed with information that they can directly apply to their role.” The half-day workshop will include a light breakfast and lunch. Attendees of EMERGE Women’s Professional Development Workshop will also be awarded .4 Continuing Education Unit credit by Northeast State Community College. For pricing and registration, visit www.ywcatnva.org/emerge.htm or contact the YWCA at 423-968-9444. YWCA NETN and SWVA is grateful to its corporate sponsors for supporting the professional advancement of women through Emerge and thanks Strongwell, The United Company Foundation, Wells Fargo, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Eastman Credit Union and Bristol Herald Courier.