Executing Empowerment: Tools to Establish Your Presence

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Executing Empowerment: Tools to Establish Your Presence

When: Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Where: CMT – 330 Commerce Street Nashville, TN 37201

WICT Southeast and Nashville WIFT (Women in Film & Television) are partnering to make empowerment and moxie actionable. We’re bringing you a panel discussion to empower attendees and offer tools to develop their presence in and out of the workplace. Garner valuable advice from Patricia Leonard, author of Wearing High Heels in a Flip Flop World, and learn from the stories of other panelists who will impart their wisdom and encouragement for you to blaze your own trail and make sure your voice is heard.

Attendees will enjoy networking, small bites, engaging discussion and door prizes.

Event is free to WICT and WIFT members; non members pay $10 admission. Paid parking is available nearby. Networking begins at 4:30pm, the panel discussion begins at 5pm. Please click the REGISTER NOW button below to sign up.

Featured Speakers:

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Patricia Leonard

Patricia is an entrepreneur incorporating her corporate background in human resource management, career and business consulting, leadership development and women’s advocacy. She has worked with companies in the service, music, banking, manufacturing, publishing, warehousing, healthcare, academic, retail and financial industries; and taught classes as an adjunct professor. She has a degree in Human Resource Management; is MBTI qualified, certified as a Career Coach and is a Consulting Hypnotist. Her board roles include International Coaching Federation Tennessee (ICF-TN), Women in Film & Television Nashville (WIFT-TN) and YWCA Nashville -Dress for Success. Patricia has authored the books ‘Becoming Woman’, ‘TheNOW, HOW & WOW of Success’, ‘Wearing High Heels in a flip flopWorld’, ‘Happenings’ and “The Listening and The Knowing” planned or a 2020 release. She designed a daily calendar of inspirational messages titled ‘Runway to Success’ and wrote and recorded a spoken word album titled, ‘I AM…’





Heather DeVaney Graffagnino

Heather DeVaney Graffagnino Vice President of Production Management at CMT. In this role, she oversees all in-house production management teams and works closely with executive producers and brand partners for shows and event productions. Shows she has worked with include the CMT Music Awards, CMT Crossroads, MTV Video Awards, CMT Hometown Heroes and CMT Artists of the Year. Graffagnino also supervises day-to-day operations of CMT’s Studio 330.She previously served as senior director of program management.









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Lynda Evjen

Lynda Evjen most recently performed in CMT’s Still the King.Broadway credits:Curtains,The Pajama Game. National Tour credits:Christmas Carol (with John Carradine). Off-Broadway credits:A Tale of Two Cities (Cherry Lane Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (New York’s Shakespeare in the Park). Many Shakespeare Plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival 1990.In Tennessee, Local Professional Theatre: God’s Favorite, Fiddler on the Roof, Steel Magnolias and My Fair Lady.Other credits: Trivago Film Festival 1998, Hollywood Bowl. Film credits:Rio Lobo with John Wayne and Two Mules for Sister Sarah. Television credits:Dragnets (recurring roles), andLA LAW (recurring). Her most recent role was with Still the King with Billy Ray Cyrus.Lynda Evjen holds a B.F.A. in acting from Midwestern University, an MFA and PhD from University of Texas. She has taught acting, drama and English at UCSB, Notre Dame University, and University of Texas. Evjen, created ACTOR COM for Nashville Actors and Is the current President of Women in Film and Television Nashville where she created the Annual SWIFT SUMMIT (Southern Women in Film and Television Summit and Awards Banquet)


March 2015 HeadshotJeanine Stroud, who also goes by “J9”, serves as the Sr. Director of Learning and Development in the Big South Region for Comcast University. In her role she is responsible for partnering with senior leaders in offering high impact learning solutions. She ensures that all initiatives are designed to improve business performance, strengthen organizational capability and leverage best practices across the division to drive overall effectiveness. J9 joined Comcast in February of 2009. She started out in Orlando and helped open the National Sales Call Center. She now resides in Nashville, TN where she is in the process of implementing a multi-phased leadership development strategy. She serves on Comcast University’s Connected Classroom steering committee, as her team is leading the way in connecting classrooms across the US. She has been selected to be a Champion for improving the customer service within Comcast. She is certified in multiple Diversity and Inclusion programs, and is a member of Comcast’s Women’s Network employee resource group.