What the executives are saying about their experience: Informative and Engaging

Dr. Lee’s goals for this third annual executive education conference were three-fold: 1). To increase senior executive men’s awareness of the crucial role they can play in advancing professional women’s careers and leadership opportunities. 2). To provide executive men with the opportunity to share their successful business strategies with high-potential women who want to climb the corporate ladder. 3). The conference was also designed to increase executive women’s insight as to how high-level executive men think and operate in business and professional environments. Just think of the concept as becoming more “Male Gender Competent.”

Dr. Lee’s approach to empowering executive women by engaging senior executive men has been met with praise from those who have attended and utilized the information shared in their work environments. The 2015 conference focused on Innovative Thinking, The Politics of Business, Finding the Blue Ocean in a Sea of Sharks, and Strategies to Increase Business Opportunities.

Women At The Helm: There’s A Leader In You
Executive Education Conference – March 17, 2015

  • Dr. Darlene Lee, Conference Host
  • Meredith Bronk, President of Open Systems Technologies (OST), Executive Presenter
  • Dan Behm, CEO of Open Systems Technologies (OST), Executive Presenter
  • Bonnie Nawara, CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, Executive Presenter
  • Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, Gonzalez-Cortes and Associates, Executive Presenter
  • Conference attendees networking
  • Bing Goei, CEO of Eastern Floral

Women! Let’s Hear It From The Men” annual events are part of an innovative initiative developed by Dr. Darlene Lee to bridge professional and pay equity gender gaps. She asserts male and female executives must collaborate and work in concert to break down some of the barriers that impede women’s access to top leadership roles. Her objective through this initiative is to empower men to empower women.

Don't miss this one-day power packed mentoring session with accomplished male executives. This conference is for executives, team-leader, professionals and the business-minded. Topics selected based on scholarly research. Learn how to: Self Promote, Negotiate, Network and Communicate Effectively in business matters.The inaugural event, “Women! Let’s Hear It From The Men: Key Strategies From The Businessmen’s Playbook” (Wednesday, October 9, 2013), was evidence based and focused on self-promotion, negotiation, networking and communicating effectively.


Women! Let's Hear It From The Men II Leadership Strategies From The Businessmen's PlaybookDarlene Lee, PhD., Presents..Women! Let’s Hear It From The Men II: Leadership Strategies From The Businessmen’s Playbook” executive education conference, Tuesday, Sept. 4th, 2014, was held at the beautiful Goei Center. The conference delivered on its promise to provide professional women with tools and strategies to implement immediately into their work lives.This year there was an increase in male attendance. Men are finding this conference just as rewarding professionally as the female attendees. Participants shared a wealth of knowledge to add one’s professional repertoire. See some of the highlights below:


Mayor Heartwel ButtonMayor George Heartwell’s heartfelt message encouraged and motivated the women and men of the city to pursue political leadership opportunities to effect change in the community.



Mark Peters 2Mark Peters, CEO of Butterball Farms, Inc/DressMeDaddy.com, opened his playbook and gave attendees the inside scoop on how to accelerate leadership growth through serving on nonprofit boards. We’ve received numerous testimonials as to how Mark’s advice has put several attendees on the road to leadership.


Skot WelchSkot Wlelch, Principal & Founder of Global Bridgebuilders opened his playbook and shared with women, “As you begin to chart your territory you really don’t need anybody’s permission to be successful. You might have to pioneer some things, which means you might have to knock down some trees before the road is built. Get out there and do it and don’t make apologies.”



Bing Goei 2Bing Goei, Director of Michigan’s Office For New Americans and CEO of Eastern Floral, shared his philosophy on making leadership happen. “Be knowledgeable, be the expert, be decisive without being demeaning. Know your competitors. Learn from them without being in competition with them. Don’t just hope and wish to be a leader. Plan for it. You’re not entitled to be a leader.”


Women At The Helm flyer 8.5x55Women at the Helm: How They Do It” professional development conference, Friday, April 25, 2014, featured six dynamic CEO’s. The keynote address came from serial entrepreneur Beverly Wall, CEO of Languages International, Inc. She shared “Lessons from a CEO”.  Nine Influencers, who have made their own mark in the business world, participated in the “speed mentoring” session.

Picture ipad2 158Becoming an Influencer (May 7, 2013). Dr. Lee shared  principles of effective leadership with the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids East, Watermark Country Club, Cascade, MI
Facilitator: Women’s Workshop “Getting your Breakthrough”
Friday March 22, 2013
Mt. Zion Church of God In Christ
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Women’s Day Keynote Speaker
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Mt. Zion, Church of God In Christ
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
AAUW Detroit/13th  Biennial Women’s Summit
The Power of a Woman’s Voice
Panelist: “Women and Leadership Styles
Saturday, June 22, 2012
Southfield, MI
Bridgeway Community Church
The Power of Purity
Keynote Speaker: Single’s Mixer
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Columbia, MD 21045
Degage Ministries (Women)
“Forecast you can conquer the Storm”
November 24, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI