WithIt annual conference set for June 10-12 in Greenville, South Carolina

Marketing and leadership expert Portia Mount to present keynote address

HIGH POINT — Marketing and leadership expert Portia Mount will present the keynote address at WithIt’s annual professional conference set for June 12-14 at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina.

This year’s event is titled “Transformative Thinking for Dynamic Leadership.”

Portia Mount

Mount, an acclaimed marketer, TEDx speaker and co-author of “Kick Some Glass: 10 Ways Women Succeed at Work on Their Own Terms,” will offer interactive discussions and practical exercises that will explore core values, uncover unique strengths and define professional aspirations. Her authentic storytelling style and industry knowledge will inspire and empower attendees to overcome self-doubt and navigate career challenges with confidence.

“This year’s event promises to be an exceptional opportunity for industry professionals to gain valuable insights, refine their skills, and develop meaningful connections within our industry,” said Amy Van Dorp, executive director of WithIt. “Our program offers a unique platform for professionals to learn from top experts, develop critical skills and expand their networks. Portia’s keynote, ‘From Purpose to Impact,’ will offer attendees strategies to align personal values with professional aspirations, fostering growth and empowerment within our industry. The conference is a pivotal opportunity for women to thrive, connect and lead in our ever-changing world of home furnishings.”

The two-day program offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to learn from experts, develop skills and network with industry peers.

Kicking off the event, there will be three preconference workshops: “Transforming Your Business with EOS—Entrepreneurial Operating System,” featuring Brandon Blell, professional EOS implementer; “Getting to the C-Suite — Strategic Decision Making,” featuring Shelia Butler from Jola Interactive; and “Meeting of the Minds,” an Emergenetics Workshop, with Shannon Williams from the Home Furnishings Association.

Day 1 of the conference includes a welcome breakfast followed by Mount’s 75-minute presentation called, “From Purpose to Impact,” where attendees will walk away with actionable strategies to align personal values with professional goals. Mount’s workshop promises to be a transformative experience for participants who will draw upon her extensive expertise as a C-suite executive and executive coach to guide attendees through a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. From identifying core values to unleashing their “superpowers,” participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools to navigate their career paths with clarity and confidence.

After lunch and an opportunity for professional photographs, there will be three workshops: “Exploring Dynamic Mentorship,” led by Butler; “Sustainability & Transformative Thinking,” led by Jenny Tinsley of Culp Inc.; and “Tools to Transform the Workplace” with Bree Cassidy, Howard Elliott. A networking reception and dinner will follow.

Day 2 features Micah Ray from D4 Concepts with a talk titled “The Communication Code: Unlock Every Relationship One Conversation at a Time.” Micah started his career managing the family business before going to Liberty Hardware where he held positions as director of IT, director of supply chain, senior director of product development and innovation champion. Since starting D4 Concepts, Micah has helped clients improve their communication and leadership skills at every level of their organization.

Sponsors for this year’s WithIt conference include Tempur + Sealy, Manwah, La-Z-Boy, J.B. Hunt Final Mile, Synchrony, THS Creative, Universal Home, Jola, Kuka Home, Dallas Market Center and Havertys. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Cathy Smith, WithIt’s development director, at devdirector@withit.org.

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