Women's Leadership Colloquium Logo

Date and Time:

Friday, March 20, 2020
1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)


Hosch Theatre, John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts
429 Academy Street, Gainesville, Georgia

Event Canceled/Postponed

Out of an abundance of caution, Brenau University is following CDC guidelines surrounding events and public gatherings. Effective immediately, faculty, staff and student-only events through the remainder of the semester are canceled. All Gainesville community events scheduled to be held on Brenau Gainesville campuses through April 3 are canceled. Future Gainesville community events will be evaluated on a weekly basis beginning Monday, April 6. Learn more on our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates page.


Join us for an afternoon of information and inspiration at the seventh annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium, hosted by The Women’s College of Brenau University. Join students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university for conversations about the unique potential and challenges of women’s leadership. Successful, passionate women will share their stories, offer advice and suggest innovative vision for others who lead or aspire to lead. Be a part of this personally uplifting and professionally motivating event brought to you by The Women’s College of Brenau University.

This event is made possible in part by support from Collaborating Sponsor UPS, Onward Reserve, Grace-Gaskins Women’s Studies Endowment Fund and the Brenau Alumni Association Lecture Series. For more on how you can support the Women’s Leadership Initiative, contact Matt Thomas, 770-718-5309, mthomas@brenau.edu.

2020 Speakers

Dr. Anne Skleder – Keynote Speaker

Incoming president Anne A. SklederAssuming her role as president of Brenau University on July 1, 2019, Anne Skleder is the first woman elected to this position in Brenau’s nearly 142-year history. Prior to Brenau, Skleder served as senior vice president, provost and professor of psychology at Wilkes University since 2014. At Wilkes University, she was responsible for leading academic programs and initiatives across six schools and colleges — involving all areas of enrollment, technology, academic support, and study abroad — as well as university-wide strategic plans, including a comprehensive Latin American and Caribbean venture. Skleder has held multiple administrative posts in the academic, enrollment and planning areas. She’s presented nationally and internationally and published on a wide variety of topics. Working with the Council of International Educational Exchange and the U.S. State Department, Skleder helped create opportunities for student and faculty exchanges. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in social/organizational psychology from Temple University. She also completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management program.

Antonina Lerch – Alumni Association Endowed Speaker

Antonina (Grib) Lerch, WC '03Born and raised in Belarus, Antonina (Grib) Lerch, WC ’03, joined the state-sponsored tennis program at an early age, participating in many tournaments both in Europe and the former USSR. She competed both as an individual and as a Belarus National Junior Tennis Team member. Lerch subsequently came to the U.S. on a tennis scholarship from Brenau University, where she won multiple NAIA national and Super Bowl titles. Antonina graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Brenau and summa cum laude with a Master of Fine Arts in costume design from the University of Georgia. Her professional career in costuming began with an internship at NBC Universal, where she worked on the television show Passions. After joining the Motion Picture Costumers Union, Local 705, she worked as a costumer at many major Hollywood studios. Her professional credits include Star Trek (2009), Mad Men (AMC), Dollhouse (FOX), True Blood (HBO), Dexter (Showtime) and Torchwood (BBC and Starz). In 2015, Antonina retired from the film industry and moved to Lake Tahoe, where she and her husband, Michael, were blessed with their two beautiful daughters, Anna and Ellie. For the last five years, Antonina has been active on the Brenau University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Jessica Herrera – Featured Alumna Speaker

Dr. Jessica HerreraDr. Jessica Herrera, WC ’05, is the physician lead in the primary care clinic at the Los Angeles County women’s jail, which requires navigating the medically and socially complex correctional health population and working across disciplines and jail custody staff. Originally from Texas, Dr. Herrara grew up in Northeast Georgia and obtained her Bachelor of Science in biology from Brenau University and a Master of Public Health in global health at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. She attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle and completed her internal medicine residency in Oakland, California. Herrera also worked at a large women’s health clinic in Atlanta, where she led a project to help advocate for Latina women’s reproductive justice. Her public health research experiences have allowed her to work with the United States Senate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She also served communities in Mexico, Nicaragua, Nepal and Uganda. She is the proud daughter of a single immigrant mother who influenced her continued dedication to fight injustices faced by underserved communities. Among her greatest prides are being mother to her daughter, Alma Sophia, and wife to Army veteran Jose Ramos.

Past Colloquium Speakers

Watch videos of the past colloquium speakers and of performers
on our YouTube channel and our Vimeo page.


COLLOQUIUM – $300,000

  • Example: The Suzy Jane Smith Women’s Leadership Colloquium
  • 1 available


  • Example: The XYZ Company Keynote Address
  • 1 available
  • Customized to fit your needs, includes representation on planning committee

LECTURE – $50,000

  • 5 available
  • Customized to fit your needs, includes representation on planning committee


LEAD – $25,000

  • Lunch for 4 with speakers
  • 20 reserved seats at the event within the VIP section
  • Premier listing of name and logo in all event promotions
  • Verbal and visual acknowledgment on stage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement on the back of event program
  • Opportunity to place two informational pieces in the attendee packet
  • Opportunity to showcase a 30-second video spot during the event

PARTNER – $10,000

  • Lunch for 2 with speakers
  • 12 reserved seats at the event within the VIP section
  • Prominent listing of name and logo in all event promotions
  • Verbal and visual acknowledgment on stage at the event
  • Half-page advertisement in event program
  • Opportunity to place one informational piece in the attendee packet


  • 8 reserved seats at the event
  • Listing in all event promotions
  • Visual acknowledgment on stage
  • Quarter-page advertisement in the event program
  • Opportunity to place one informational piece on registration table


  • Opening reception (available for sponsorship)
  • Closing reception (Rhodes Law Firm)
  • 4 reserved seats at the event
  • Listing in the event program
  • Signage on reception table

PATRON – $1,000

  • 2 reserved seats at the event
  • Listing in the event program

“Join our group of smart, successful women for an afternoon of information and inspiration.”

– Dr. Debra Dobkins,
Dean of the Women’s College

Dr. Debra Dobkins headshot

Questions? Contact Lacey Carpenter, Women’s College dean’s
assistant, at lcarpenter1@brenau.edu or +1-770-534-6179.

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