The Lake Norman Chamber recognized a growing demand from our members for programming designed to foster success among female business professionals in the Lake Norman region. Out of this need grew the Women of Influence program, designed to offer local women an opportunity to develop relationships and discuss issues specific to women in business.
Lake Norman Women's Conference
The first Lake Norman Women's Conference Feb. 7, 2013 drew 110 women for a full afternoon of activities that included a panel discussion, a fashion show, team building and a wine reception. The conference focused on being an influential woman — a leader, business associate, friend or mentor — among multiple spheres of influence. The event was organized by the Diversity Council, under the administration of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Since then, the events in 2014 and 2015 continued to grow!
"The Lake Norman market is a growing and diverse region as demographics demonstrate an emerging Latino and Asian American population," said Lake Norman Chamber CEO Bill Russell. "We have also seen a significant increase in female-owned businesses as well as corporation chief executive officers. As a Chamber of Commerce, it is critical that we recognize these trends and work to egage people from various races, cultures, and gender into the fabric of our community and commerce," Russell said. Members of the Diversity Council played key roles in the event, including Cornelius resident Julia Holyfield, chair of the event. The next Women's Conference will likely take place in the first quarter of 2016.