President Jo Allen Speaks at Women’s Leadership Conference

Meredith President Jo Allen, ’80, was one of the panelists who spoke during the opening session of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference. The sold-out event, which was held on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Marriott Raleigh City Center, drew 500 attendees.

Allen was joined on the “Lessons Learned: Hall of Famers Tell Their Stories” panel by Catharine Biggs Arrowood, partner at Parker Poe, Jill Wells Heath, president and CEO at Mulkey Engineers and Consultants, and Gayle Lanier, senior vice president of customer services for Duke Energy. Laura Hulsey, commercial market leader for PNC’s Eastern Carolina region, moderated the panel.

Allen recommended that women who aspire to leadership roles “consciously appreciate learning” along the way.

She also said being exposed to a breadth of subjects is one of the keys to a successful career. “All of those general education courses you took in college are going to help you in untold ways throughout your life,” Allen said.

Allen encouraged women to take care of themselves in order to keep their emotions in check in the workplace.

“When you are tired, you cannot be at your emotional best. Find some way to take care of yourself,” she said.

Allen said the “effect we have on young women” at Meredith is the most inspiring part of her job.

“It’s a feeling that, at the end of the day, the work I’ve done and my colleagues have done has helped make it better for the next generation of women,” Allen said.

Meredith was well represented throughout the Women’s Leadership Conference. Kacie Fletcher Fore, ’14, MBA, and Meredith Manz, ’07, MBA, led a break out session on mentoring. Sheila Ahler, member of Meredith’s School of Business advisory board, was co-facilitator for the “Conditioning Women for Leadership” session.

The Meredith MBA Program was a Gold sponsor of the conference.

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