Featured Speakers

Information on the keynote speakers for the Women's Leadership Forum: Pathways to Professional Innovation.

Event Host

Annette Crist

Annette is a graduate of Messiah College and Smeal’s Executive MBA program.  She has spent her career working in the software industry on products for wholesale distribution and the K-12 market.  Annette has lead teams of software developers, help desk agents, and field support technicians.  She currently is the Executive Director at Access411 overseeing their largest account and providing direction on software development functionality.  She holds a PMP certification from Project Management Institution and is currently working on a Specialists Certification from Johns Hopkins in the area of Data Science.  

Annette is actively involved in her church and local community serving as a director of the Westover Civic Association as well as treasurer of Kensington Condominium Association. 

Morning Keynote

Sandy Barbour, Penn State University Director of Athletics

Sandy Barbour began her leadership of the Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics program in August of 2014. President Eric J. Barron named Barbour the Nittany Lions' ninth Director of Athletics  after serving 10 years as Director of Athletics at the University of California.

Barbour brings to Penn State more than 30 years of varied experiences as a collegiate administrator and coach, with a demonstrated record of championships, academic success, innovation, facility modernization and revenue growth.

Barbour directs Penn State's 31-sport, broad-based program that supports approximately 850 student-athletes and an Intercollegiate Athletics staff of more than 300.

Panel Moderator

Jill Chernekoff

Jill Chernekoff, PCC, NCC, is a sought-after executive coach, business owner, and former Emmy award winning television anchor. Jill helps leaders successfully transition into executive roles, accelerate performance, and drive transformative change, through self-awareness, powerful communication, and conscious leadership .

Jill understands the challenges of leading in a rapidly-changing, competitive marketplace, and partners with executives and business leaders in one-on-one or team coaching and consulting  services to help them master the executive presence, presentation, and leadership skills required to thrive in today’s business environment. She brings a B.S in Communication Edu., professional coaching certifications,  two decades of experience in major market television, and more than  a decade of partnering with senior executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs, from global organizations to start ups.  Jill draws upon proven methodologies, experience, and wisdom to empower her clients to engage a broad array of audiences and stakeholders,  inspire performance and collaboration, and quickly earn credibility in their roles.  

Plenary Session Speaker

Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen, PCC, is an Executive Coach and author of Your Work, Your Life…Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance. Julie is also Founder and CEO of Work. Life. Leader – a leadership and professional development program for emerging and developing leaders. She helps her clients clarify and achieve their professional and personal goals, including greater career effectiveness, improved leadership capabilities, enhanced work-life balance and meaningful personal satisfaction.

Julie provides training programs and executive coaching to a wide array of individual and organizational clients in the US, Europe and Asia.  She writes monthly columns on work-life balance, career and leadership issues for The Huffington Post, Working Mother and The Philadelphia Business Journal. Learn more about Cohen at www.WorkLifeLeader.com. Follow her at www.facebook.com/7Keys or @jccoach on Twitter.