2017 Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Judy Girard, Food Network & HGTV

“Are you Building a Resume or a Legacy?”

Judy Girard is a long-time television executive, having worked extensively overseeing programming, production, and operations at both TV stations and Cable networks.

Upon her retirement in 2008, the National Academy of Arts & Sciences bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Emmy to Ms. Girard.

Her career began in 1968 as a management trainee for Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Broadcasting. She served as a production assistant to Dick Clark before becoming a producer-director of Newscasts and Specials.

In 1979 she joined Hearst Broadcasting as Director of Programming at WBAL-TV Baltimore and then on to their flagship station WTAE-TV Pittsburgh.

In 1987, NBC placed her at WTVJ in Miami. In 1988 she went to NY to oversee programming and operations at the flagship station, WNBC-TV. A few years later she was named VP of Program Development for the NBC owned and operated stations where she helped develop such shows as Maury Povich and Jerry Springer.

In 1993, Ms. Girard became Senior Vice President of programming and production at Lifetime Cable Network. The network moved into the top 10.

Wanting a break from business, in 1997 Ms. Girard took a year to travel with the Dalai Lama, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, get married, and just do life.

With batteries recharged, she jumped at the chance to turn around the fledgling Food Network for the EW Scripps Company. Food Network became the fastest growing cable network in 2002 and today still consistently places in the top 10.

In 2005, Ms. Girard assumed the Presidency of Scripps’ flagship network, HGTV, now the number 3 cable network in the country.

Ms.Girard is the co-founder of the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW),the first single gender, non profit charter school in North Carolina. The school educates young women from largely economically challenged families and rigorously prepares them for college, leadership, and success.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Dawn Chandler, Associate Professor of Management, McColl School of Business

“Navigating Mentoring: Formal Programs & Networks”

Dr. Dawn Chandler is a recognized authority on organizational development, organizational behavior, mentoring and coaching. Her knowledge of and experience with talent management and strategic human resource management enables her clients to make effective human resources decisions and create innovative programs.

Dr. Chandler has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, doctoral and master’s studies and corporate experience in the recruiting (finance and accounting) and finance industries.

Dr. Chandler is savvy with translating research into practical solutions for real-time business issues and challenges. She consults with corporations, bringing value through the identification of key business drivers and practical business solutions.

Dr. Chandler is very accustomed to working with the national media. She has appeared on CNN’s HLN multiple times and written or been interviewed for articles featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes.com and the Los Angeles Times.

Richard Walsh

Mentoring High Potential leaders”

Richard Walsh brings over 20 years of industry experience providing advanced expertise in leadership, transformation, mentoring and coaching. Rich served as an executive at AT&T, IBM, GE and Bull of France, as well as an associate dean of a business school in executive education. Rich currently serves as senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership(CCL), where he works with global clients in designing and delivering such topics as change, executive presence, communications, global leadership, spanning boundaries, talent management, strategic thinking and innovation as well as mentoring talent.

Strategic Role
Rich currently serves as senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).  He is a dynamic trainer, and facilitates a variety of customized and open-enrollment leadership and executive development programs. Over his tenure at CCL, Rich has performed a variety of roles including lead faculty, executive coach, program manager, portfolio manager and coaching practice leader.  He regularly applies his experience in a wide range of industries and works with a portfolio of clients including large, mid-size and high-growth organizations.

Thought Leadership

Rich quickly builds credibility by applying his industry knowledge, deep technical expertise and cutting-edge learning techniques.  He is known for his strong client-focus, insights, advice and strategic orientation in transforming both leaders and organizations. He often provides executive coaching and counsel for board effectiveness.  He works with global clients in designing and delivering the most current and practical solutions on such topics as change, executive presence, communications, global leadership, spanning boundaries, talent management, strategic thinking, innovation, mentoring and leading as an executive, as well as how organizations leverage the “e-factor” as a competitive advantage.

Education, Certifications & Boards

Rich earned his BS in Business from Northeastern University, MS with distinction in Business & Social Ethics from Harvard, and MBA in International Marketing from University of Dayton, USA & University of Augsburg, Germany. He holds a number of professional certifications, including an extensive portfolio of leadership programs and executive assessments, executive compensation & benefits, and international coaching.  Rich serves on both corporate and not for profit boards.

Rich has authored a wide range of publications in leadership, mentoring, action learning, board effectiveness, strategic change and corporate social responsibility. Currently, he is conducting cutting-edge research in leading as an executive, or the “e-factor” and most recently published white papers on Leading with Impact as well as Mentoring High Potential Leaders.

Professional & Personal Affiliations
Rich serves as an advisory board member and often speaks at national conferences for ASTD, SHRM, Human Capital Institute, ODN as well as corporate events.  Born and raised in Boston, he and his family currently live on the shores of North Carolina, USA from where he often travels across the globe.

2017 Workshops

The pre-conference workshops will take place from  8:30 AM to 11:30 AM on April 26th. (Sign in at 8:00)

Session title Applying Self-Mentoring with Coaching and Mentoring: Tools for ALL leaders in ANY setting.

Dr. Marsha L. Carr, a National Milken Educator, Teacher of the Year, and Fulbright Specialist, is on the faculty as associate professor in educational leadership at UNCW after previously serving a decade as a school superintendent.  She is an international consultant to business and education on self-mentoring and author of Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader (English and Spanish versions), Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader Manual, and a self-mentoring app developed through APPLE.


Session title Addressing the Challenges Faced by Advanced Career Professionals: A Conceptual Mentoring Framework

Randy Kohlenberg is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he has taught trombone performance studies and courses in music education since 1985. Currently he is Assistant Director of the School of Music and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Kohlenberg’s recent work has focused on mentoring advanced career adults who may be dealing with issues that have prevented them from being effective, respected as colleagues, and able to enjoy satisfying and healthy pre-retirement years.



Session title Leadership in Action: Creating Mindful Mentoring Programs

Carol Pelletier Radford is the founder and CEO of MentoringinAction.com. Carol began her career as a public school teacher where she served in leadership roles and received numerous awards. She received her EdD from Harvard University where she focused her studies on mentoring and teacher leadership. Her journey continued in higher education where she served as an administrator, a mentor trainer, and a licensing officer. She recently published the 2nd editions of her two books; Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing and Reflecting with Novice Teachers and the companion book for novice teachers, The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher. She works with a team of dedicated teacher leaders who empower mentors and novice teachers in realizing their full potential as teachers and emerging leaders. MentoringinAction.com offers resources in the spirit of “paying it forward” to support the success of students.


Session title Building a Culture of Mentorship

Allison McWilliams is the director of Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development within the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. In June 2010, Allison returned to her alma mater to develop and lead the University’s Mentoring Resource Center, which provides training, support, guidance, and resources for formal and informal mentoring relationships across the University. Prior to joining the University in June 2010, Allison was a public service faculty member at the University of Georgia.