Beyond 135: Women’s Leadership Colloquium

 Brenau University, Tradition & Tomorrow, 1878-2013

Friday, March 21, 2-5 p.m.
Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau
322 Academy Street, Gainesville, Ga.

Brenau University Women’s College has a rich, 135-year legacy of cultivating confident, capable female leaders. To celebrate this legacy and conclude observations of its 135th anniversary, Brenau is pleased to host Beyond 135: A Women’s Leadership Colloquium on March 21, 2014, from 2-5 p.m., with a reception following. The purpose of the colloquium is to bring together alumnae, students, faculty, and community leaders for conversations about the unique potential and challenges of women’s leadership. The gathering will offer inspiration and practical information for both seasoned and aspiring leaders and for those who wish to support women in leadership roles.

Kicking off the colloquium will be keynote speaker Maria Saporta, columnist with Atlanta Business Chronicle, founder of, and longtime Atlanta-Journal Constitution columnist. Ms. Saporta will share insights gleaned during her 30 years of reporting on leadership in the metro area.

Featured speakers include Women’s College alumnae Gail Smith, WC ’83, Lee Anne Romberg White, WC ’82, and Tracy Rhodes, WC ’02. Ms. Smith, Brenau trustee and director of environmental, sustainability and issues management communications at Georgia-Pacific, will discuss lessons learned about collaborative leadership during her career in the corporate world. Author and photographer White will lead an interactive workshop that emphasizes the relationship between creativity and leadership, and attorney Rhodes will examine the critical role communication skills play in her success as managing partner of her firm.

Read full bios of each speaker.

The colloquium is free and open to the public, although limited space is available. Please use the form below to reserve your place at this exciting event, which is made possible in part through the generosity of donors to the Grace/Gaskins Women’s Studies Endowment Fund.

Contact Ms. Whitney Neveils at or 770.534.6179 with questions.

General inquiries:, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions:, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100