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Front Page - Friday, November 14, 2014

Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute announces Susan Packard as keynote speaker for leadership dinner

HGTV COO Susan Packard will be the keynote speaker for Impact, CWLI’s 10th annual Leadership Dinner, next March. - (Photo provided)

The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) will welcome one of CableWorld’s “most influential women in cable,” Susan Packard, as the keynote speaker for Impact, CWLI’s 10th annual Leadership Dinner. This event will take place Tuesday, March 3, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Packard began her cable career in 1980 at HBO, then moved to NBC, and was part of the start-up team for CNBC. In 1994, she joined HGTV, where she became chief operating officer in 1995. Under Packard’s helm, HGTV became one of the fastest growing cable networks in television history. Today, HGTV is available in more than 99 million U.S. homes and distributed in 175 countries and territories. She helped build Scripps Networks to a market value of over $10 billion.

Packard received the Woman of the Year award by Women in Cable & Telecommunications, and was profiled in “Modern Visionaries,” a book chronicling the contributions of women to the cable and telecommunications industry. “Contemporary Economics,” a high school textbook, profiled her as an entrepreneur in the field of media specialization. CableWorld magazine honored her among “The Most Influential Women in Cable” numerous times. In 2008, she was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

Most recently, Packard has been working on a book based on experiences from her 30-year career. In February 2015, she will release “New Rules of the Game,” in which she advocates for a revolutionary new perspective for businesswomen she calls “gamesmanship” – a strategic way of thinking that cultivates creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness.

“We invited Ms. Packard to keynote our Impact dinner because she is devoted to preparing women leaders,” said Ronelle Sellers, Impact chair. “Not only has she been hailed as an authentic and totally engaging presenter, but she provides audiences with actionable steps to implement within leadership teams.”

Tickets for CWLI’s Impact Leadership Dinner are $65 each. Table Host sponsorships, which include a table for eight, priority seating, and a listing in the program, are $1,200. For more details, or to learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, visit www.cwli.org, or call (423) 394-8173.

Source: Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute