Jean Chatzky to kick off TTU Women’s Leadership Conference

By Michelle Price
Special to the UCBJ

COOKEVILLE – The Tennessee Tech University Women’s Conference hosted by the College of Business is going virtual for 2020. The new virtual format will spread the speakers over a three-month period allowing more opportunities to catch exciting speakers, like “Today Show” contributor Jean Chatsky, who kicks off the conference Sept. 10.

The 2020 conference is a series of six events on Thursdays from 11-11:50 a.m. during the months of September, October and November. 

NBC “Today Show” contributor, AARP Ambassador, and podcast host, Jean Chatzky will be talking about her book, “Women with Money” and will provide tips for achieving more financial security at every stage of life.

All conference attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Chatsky’s book along with the book, “Cowgirl Power, Kick Ass in Business and Life” by author and entrepreneur, Gay Gaddis. Ms. Gaddis will join us for the final virtual event on Nov. 19. 

The schedule of speakers includes:

September 10: Jean Chatzky — Today Show contributor, podcast host, and author
September 24: Justice Janice Holder — First woman to be appointed Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
October 8: Katelyn Steakley — Community influencer and founder of Cookeville Strong
October 22: Stephanie Dedmon — Chief Information Officer of the State of Tennessee
November 5: Leah Denley — Teacher, coach, volunteer, and consultant
November 19: Gay Gaddis — Entrepreneur, spokesperson, artist, and author

Registration for the 2020 Women’s Conference is available here. The fee for all six sessions is $100 and includes both books. Tech alumni receive $15 off registration with discount code: Alumni2020. Registration for individual sessions is $55 and includes a choice of book. 

Each paid registration assists Tech with providing this quality programing for its students.

“When registering for the conference you are not only making an investment in yourself, you are investing in the lives of two students who will receive the opportunity to attend the conference completely free of charge,” said TTU College of Business Director of Program Development and Engagement Cheryl Montgomery

Registration for students is free through Tech Times. Contact Montgomery with any questions at 931-267-1099.

Attendees will receive a link for each session 48 hours prior to the event with a link for any questions. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A after each session.

More information about each speaker is available at

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