Women's Leadership Colloquium Logo

Date and Time:

Friday, March 15, 2019
1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)


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


The Women’s College of Brenau University cordially invites the community to campus for an afternoon of information and inspiration at the fifth annual Women’s Leadership Colloquium. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university will gather for conversations about the unique potential and challenges of women’s leadership. Successful women who are passionate about what they do will share their stories, offer advice and suggest fresh vision for others who lead – or aspire to lead.

This event is made possible in part by the generosity of donors to the Alumni Association Lecture Series, the Rhodes Law Firm, and UPS.

2019 Speakers

Kim Powell © Marina McClure www.marinamcclurephotography.comKim Powell – Keynote Speaker

Kim is a researcher, writer and consultant at ghSMART, a leadership advisory firm, where she serves leading corporate senior executives, non-profit leaders and private equity firms in the areas of management assessment, leadership coaching and organizational change. She is the co-author of the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, “The CEO Next Door.” Her book has been listed on several ‘must-read’ lists of 2018, such as Inc’s 6 Great Business Books to Read in 2018 and Bloomberg’s 10 Books This Year That are Worth Your Time. Her work was featured in 2017 on the cover of Harvard Business Review in the article, What Sets Successful CEOs Apart. She has also been featured in outlets like MarketWatch, Chief Executive, Nasdaq Live, entrepreneur.com and others. Kim co-leads The CEO Genome Project® which is an extensive research and client practice supporting CEOs and executives on the path to CEO. She is a sought-after coach and is passionate about supporting leaders in accelerating their effectiveness in new roles. In a prior life, Kim helped establish and run the Boston Consulting Group’s Change Management practice which grew four-fold over her tenure. Kim lives in Atlanta with her husband and two exuberant children.

Qing Cao headshotQing Cao – Alumni Association Endowed Speaker

A 2011 graduate of the Brenau Women’s College, Qing Cao is currently working in Global Product Innovations at UPS, a fortune 44 company, headquartered in Atlanta, GA. She leads the customer-facing emerging technology product development at UPS, working with teams across multiple states of the US and several countries in Asia.

Qing was born and raised in China. Her first home away from China was Brenau University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. After a few years working in apparel product development and sourcing, she went to Georgia Institute of Technology for her M.B.A., where she deepened her knowledge of process improvement, boosted her entrepreneurial spirit, and gained the confidence to tackle the complex problems in the corporate world.

Michele OzumbaMichele Ozumba

As President of the Women’s College Coalition, Michele brings a field-tested, global perspective to public policy analysis and thought leadership shaped by a distinguished career in nonprofit and academic leadership, strategic initiatives, and women-led philanthropy. Her previous experience includes serving President and CEO of Women’s Funding Network, and a decade as CEO of Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential (GCAPP), one of the largest statewide nonprofits in the country working to improve adolescent reproductive health.

Earlier in her career, Michele was a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Nigeria. Michele also served as co-investigator in the first national study on child abuse in Nigeria, which led to the creation of regional reporting centers funded by the Ford Foundation.

She currently is a member of the board of directors of the Jeannette Rankin Scholarship Foundation, The Conversation US, a global online publication for academic researcher, and a member of the International Women’s Forum. Previous board service includes Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Healthy Teen Network, and the National Advisory Council on Sexual Health, chaired by Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General.

Named to Fasts Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Michele has been featured in the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and USA Today, Michele graduated from Douglass College with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Douglass College, and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.

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
General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6299 or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6100 or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100