Women in Economic and Community Development: Spring Seminar 2023

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Name: Women in Economic and Community Development: Spring Seminar 2023
Date: May 10, 2023
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Event Description:
Spring Seminar
Join us for MEDC’s Women in Economic and Community Development: Spring Seminar to be held at HORNE in Ridgeland, MS.
We create economic opportunities for our communities, but are they truly available to all citizens? We invite you to come learn more about the barriers and challenges of today that are limiting who can enter and excel in the workforce.  We will look at ways that we can improve employment opportunities, so talent of all backgrounds can reach their full potential.


The Women in Economic and Community Development committee invite all MEDC members, both male and female, to join us for our Spring Seminar that will be held May 10th in Ridgeland, MS.  This conversation impacts each and everyone of us and the communities we serve.  We not only ask you to come be a part of this discussion, but we encourage you to invite those in your community that would benefit from learning more about how leaders across the state are addressing these challenges. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines

  Early–Bird Rate
March 27 - April 11

Regular Rate
April 12 - May 10

Member Rate    $50    $75
Guest Rate    $65    $90

Investment Opportunities
*Deadline to be an investor is April 21

Sponsorship Level Investment Number of Registrants
Lunch $2,500 4
Elite $1,500 3
Signature $1,000 2
Champion $500 1

*Please email tallgood@medc.ms if you wish to be a sponsor for this event

Hotel Accommodations

AC Hotel by Marriott
Jackson Ridgeland



Give Away
If you would like to provide a gift from your organization, company, or community to include as a door prize during the event, please email tallgood@medc.ms by Wednesday, April 26th.

Time Agenda Item
9:45 – 10 a.m.   
10 – 11 a.m.     
Coffee and Conversations
with Nicole Boyd, Senator, District 9, State of Mississippi

Moderator: Mary Martha Henson
  Deputy Director
Jackson County Economic Development Foundation

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  
Understanding the Hurdles and Roadblocks of Today’s Workforce
Through the lens of human resource leaders, we will look at the reality of talent attraction and retention in today’s business climate and how these industries are scaling up.
Moderator: Chelsea Baulch
  Regional Consultant
Tennessee Valley Authority
Panelists: Fatina Brave
  Director Talent Acquisition
and Workforce Development
Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Joseph Hogue
Human Resources Site Leader
GE Aviation
Bethanie Humphries
Manager, Team Member Relations
Toyota Mississippi
Leisha Pickering
Founder and CEO
Musee Bath

12 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker 

This is working. This just isn’t working. 
Talent pipeline. Workforce development. Career pathways. Upskilling. The buzz words in workforce are never-ending. Addressing poverty, labor force participation rates, recidivism, daycare shortages can seem overwhelming, but there are solutions that can be implemented in any size community. Leveraging her nearly 20 years of experience in a myriad of sectors, Nancy will share ideas and best practices in workforce development that through collaboration can create meaningful success. With the ever-shifting trends in the global economy, Nancy will review what we are learning each day and what we can do differently to support our current and prospective employers. 
Speaker: Nancy Blum-Heintz
  Managing Director
VisionFirst Advisors

Thank You to Our Sponsors
Lunch Sponsor

Elite Sponsor

Signature Sponsors

Champion Sponsor
Event Sponsors:
  • Rankin First Economic Development Authority
  • Mississippi Development Authority
  • Cooperative Energy
  • Area Development Partnership
  • Harrison County Development Commission
  • Gulf Coast Business Council
Date/Time Information:

May 10, 2023
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