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International Women’s Day Lunch & Learn March 8, 2021

Mar 8th @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Women Building Up Women

Join us on March 8, 2021 from 12 to 1 p.m. CST for a “lunch and learn” panel discussion for International Women’s Day. Young female executives who are navigating their way through the work place, whether in large metropolitan areas or small, rural communities, benefit from having strong, female mentors to help guide them once they land a job. The topic of this “lunch and learn” will focus on the importance of women building up women. It will inspire young, working women to seek out a mentor within their field of expertise and encourage women with more experience to mentor younger executives.  The goal of this panel discussion is to be a resource for young executives and encourage them to be strong, forward thinking, and confident in sharing their opinions.

Program Schedule

  • 12 – 12:20 p.m. Hear from Suzanne Harper and Lynette Wagster on how they became a mentor/mentee duo.
  • 12:20 – 12:50 p.m. Nekasha Pratt shares her personal experiences in being mentored and serving as a mentor to younger executives. She will also highlight the importance of having a mentor if you are a young executive, as well as share encouraging words for more experienced women to consider being a mentor.
  • 12:50 – 1 p.m. Q & A Session

This virtual event is free to attend, but registration is required.

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Mentor Discussion

Suzanne Harper is a Martin native and graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is the marketing director at Twin Oaks Technology where she enjoys helping businesses develop their digital marketing strategies. Suzanne is co-owner of Project 731, a clothing company that promotes living in the 731-area code while supporting local philanthropic causes. She is currently president of the Martin Business Association and member of Martin Rotary Club and Weakley County Young Professionals. She also serves on the Martin Beer Board and the Tennessee Soybean Festival planning board.

Lynette Wagster is an Obion County native and has lived in Martin for 34 years where she is the general manager of the Weakley County Press. She has worked in the publishing and news industry for 36 years, specializing in marketing and local news. Lynette serves as chair of the Martin Historic Zoning Board, president of Martin Historic Business, and is an advisory board member of Martin Business Association. She was also on the steering committee board for the TN Downtowns designation in Martin and serves on the TN Soybean Festival planning board.

Keynote Speaker

Nekasha Pratt is a marketing leader who has helped lead campaigns that have won over 20 awards. She has 15+ years of experience and is currently senior marketing director for HarperCollins Publishers. Her past positions have included leadership roles at global organizations, marketing agencies and working with Fortune 500 companies. Nekasha has spearheaded national and international campaigns in a variety of industries, such as tourism and music. She is considered a thought-leader and regularly shares her experience in marketing, strategy, leadership, and mentoring at events and in podcasts and articles.


Leadership Thoughts

TEDx Talk


Katie Jarvis is the marketing and PR manager of Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. For five years, she was the social media manager before moving up to her current position. Katie received her degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is a member of the Union City Kiwanis Club, and is a board member for the Masquerade Theatre and Union City Main Street. She was recently named the 2020 Obion County “Young Professional of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce.