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12th Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference
The Power of Collective Action: Shifting the Leadership Culture

Friday, November 2, 2018
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

The Power of Collective Action: Shifting the Leadership Culture

Most leadership journeys begin with an emphasis on self—self-discovery, self-development, self-mastering, and self-actualization. When we shift our focus to link with others, our scope of influence expands outward. In that effort, we reorient ourselves towards a dynamic network of leaders emboldened by a shared purpose. The 12th Annual HIGHER Ground Women’s Leadership Conference examines the experiences of all women on the personal and professional spectrum by providing a space where we can translate the contributions of self to wider society. This year’s theme, The Power of Collective Action: Shifting the Leadership Culture, provides a game plan for capitalizing on our unique strengths for communal action. Changing the leadership culture requires challenging traditional interpretations of leadership. Together, we aim to move from a singular focus of individual development to a more global strategy that builds equity, access, and advancement for all—whether in the workplace, our homes, or our communities. With an intentionality to leverage the power of our connectedness, we move toward the benefits of a collective being.

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2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago


As a leading scholar, researcher, speaker, and international cross-cultural training consultant, Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago brings over 25 years of experience in program development and innovation, social entrepreneur, research, fundraising, strategic planning, school development and leadership training. She writes and speaks widely on the areas of community development, public policy,  school leadership and education, migration, diversity management and, organizational leadership.

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About the Conference

The Annual HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Conference provides high-quality education and networking opportunities. Each year, more than 300 participants come together to share ideas, illuminate innovative leadership practices and explore factors that influence their effectiveness at work, at home, and in their communities. This conference provides participants with a tremendous opportunity to grow, develop, and learn with practical solutions for success in their personal and professional lives. Our one day, multi-track format offers a self-directed facilitated learning environment with education sessions and interactive forums. Key features include: plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops, and regional and national speakers highlighting timely issues of importance to women. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for full participation in this event.



2015 Conference Group Photo with speakers, sponsors, and Suzanne Malveuax Speakers and sponsors pose for a photo with Suzanne Malveaux