ELFA Announces Agenda for 2024 Women’s Leadership Forum

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association released the agenda for the 2024 ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum, which will take place Feb. 8-9, 2024, in Nashville, TN. The event, which is hosted by the ELFA’s Women’s Council, will focus on inspiring and empowering attendees to reach new heights in their personal and professional development. The agenda will include panel discussions, interactive workshops and thought-provoking keynote speakers, all organized around the theme of “breaking barriers and shaping the future.”

“We have an exciting agenda packed with inspiring speakers, valuable career guidance and exclusive networking opportunities with equipment finance industry peers who are passionate about growing their careers,” Catherine Roddick, lead relationship manager at Farm Credit Leasing and chair of the ELFA’s Women’s Council, said. “This is the premier event to hone your leadership skills and expand your professional network. Whether you’re new to equipment finance or a seasoned leader, we encourage you to join us in Nashville on Feb. 8–9.”

Highlights of the 2024 Women’s Leadership Forum will include:

  • Keynote on “Winning as Women: Empowering Female Leadership, Owning Female Power and Finding Joyful Success,” with Marie Garvey, leader of The Good Girls Rebellion, The Garvey Group and Crazy Busy Women in Balance
  • “Burn Bright, Not Out! Combatting Professional Exhaustion” with Erika Gilchrist, award-winning speaker and author
  • “How to go from Pleaser to Powerful” with Garvey
  • “Creating a Work-Life Balance: What Are We Chasing When We Say We Want Better Work-Life Balance?” with Katelyn Denning, life coach for working moms at Mother Nurture
  • “Prioritizing Well-Being for Performance and Profitable Growth” with Melissa Hanson, global learning team lead of Caterpillar Financial Services
  • “Team Cohesiveness” featuring laughter-filled exercises, bonding games and a sprinkle of magic, with Gilchrist
  • Multiple networking opportunities, including an optional pre-forum fun walk, networking breakfast, networking lunch, cocktail reception, dine-around and more

In addition to Roddick, the members of the ELFA’s 2023 Women’s Council who are involved in planning and hosting the Women’s Leadership Forum include:

  • Michelle Speranza, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, LEAF Commercial Capital
  • Tara Aasand, vice president of sales and relationship management, LTi Technology Solutions
  • Lauren Baingo, program manager, DLL
  • Deborah Baker, head of worldwide leasing and financing, HP
  • Jerrie Carter, retail credit manager, Volvo Financial Services
  • Jacquie Cripe, CLFP, group lead, Mitsubishi HC Capital America
  • Alexandra Dressman, CLFP, counsel and senior/assistant vice president, Huntington Equipment Finance
  • Leigh Ann Fagan, senior vice president and controller, McKinley Scientific
  • Margaret Gutierrez, senior vice president and corporate credit officer, Key Equipment Finance
  • Kirsten Hawkins, director of marketing, SCJ Commercial Financial Services
  • Maggie Holly, CLFP, senior vice president and credit and operations manager, Hanmi Bank
  • Aimee Jackson, account management supervisor, Great American Insurance Group
  • Alisa Micarelli, senior vice president of operations, PNC Equipment Finance
  • Kelsey Musich, customer care manager, Amur Equipment Finance
  • Jerilyn Nicholsen, managing director of business development, Pathward
  • Carla Potter, lawyer, Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Shirley Pridgen, collections and customer service manager, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance
  • Kim Riggs-Mounger, CLFP, vice president of business development, Orion First Financial
  • Shae Watson, area manager, Caterpillar Financial Services
  • Donna Yanuzzi, senior vice president and director of equipment finance, 1st Equipment Finance

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