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Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's

Women's Leadership Conference

On March 7, 2024, we are excited to host our annual Women’s Leadership Conference: Creating a League of Your Own at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center.

This year's theme emphasizes designing personal and professional teams for growth.

Be sure to share the event with your coworkers, family, and friends and purchase your tickets early. We anticipate that the conference will sell out quickly.

Attendees may choose to be a sponsor of the Women's Leadership Conference during registration. Simply select your level of sponsorship (all levels included a ticket or more) and provide the Chamber with your logo. We will also be accepting silent auction items from our local businesses.

If you'd like to be a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, please contact Marissa Smith, Vice President of Membership Engagement at

What to expect?

8:15-8:50 AM - Check-In & Networking

9:00 AM - Welcome, Opening Remarks, Keynote

11:00 AM - Breakout Session #1

12:00 PM - Lunch & Awards

1:15 PM - Breakout Session #2

2:15 PM - Breakout Session #3

3:15 PM - Closing Remarks

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Networking Hour

Women's Leadership Conference

Keynote Speaker


Jennifer Huffman is a highly accomplished Virginia Businesswoman, currently serving as the Vice President and Solutions Banking Relationship Manager at Atlantic Union Bank. Known for her influential personal brand as a "Power Broker," Jennifer has garnered widespread recognition throughout the nation for her extensive connections, leadership, and impact.

Master of Ceremonies

WLC - (12)

 Home is where the heart is, and for Rachel Lucas her heart is right here in Southwest Virginia. No stranger to the Appalachian Mountains, Rachel grew up on a farm in Giles County and is thrilled to provide news coverage for the place she calls home. Rachel  serves as WSLS 10’s evening anchor, and in addition to anchoring, Rachel also focuses on daily health reports to help better serve her community.

Breakout Session

WLC - (6)

Sharon Scott is a business owner and leader in our local community, but she also has ties to leadership roles in state and national associations. This work has helped mold her into the impact player she is today. Scott does not wait for something to happen; she makes it happen. She can also be called a turnaround leader with roles she has assumed locally and regionally in her career.

Breakout Session

WLC - (4)

Kristin Gallagher is the CEO and co-founder of MK Leadership, a leadership consulting agency who believes in values-based servant leadership. She is a family focused Thought Leader, Mental Wellness Advocate, and Real Estate Investing Innovator. Kristin has over 20 years of experience as a leader in various organizations including Federal Law Enforcement and the Department of Defense.

Breakout Session

WLC - (7)

Melissa Yanhko is the Owner of Ink Works Studio, a custom residential Architecture Firm located in Fairlawn, Virginia, which was founded in 1998. Melissa enjoys working with homeowners & business owners to design spaces that are unique to each occupant. She and her team focus on key issues of design including practical construction techniques, and building science to create sustainable and economical homes, apartments, and tenant spaces.

Breakout Session

WLC - (8)

Christina Edney is a career communicator with a passion for people and story. Her professional journey spans a variety of communicative fields including television news, professional athletics and local government. As a southwest Virginia native, Christina is a self-proclaimed “story nerd” who enjoys listening to the journey of others - yes, even that 30 minute conversation with the sweet old lady behind her in the grocery store checkout line.

Breakout Session

WLC - (3)

Megan Roschelli is an Associate Broker and Branch Manager with Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS®. Her 13 years in real estate began in Texas and led her home to the New River Valley (NRV) in 2014. After returning to the NRV, she earned her broker’s license in 2017 and has served as a director on the boards of the New River Valley Association of REALTORS® and the Montgomery County Christmas Store.

Breakout Session

WLC - (5)

Kristina Rose, a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), discovered her passion for photography over a decade ago. Transitioning from the world of Student Affairs on college campuses to embrace the flexibility of being an entrepreneur, Kristina is not only adept at capturing stunning images but also excels in understanding photography's role in marketing.

MCCC Foundation

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The Chamber formed a 501(3)(c) Charitable Foundation in 2012 whose mission is to provide support for the charitable, educational, and scientific undertakings of the Chamber. Our Foundation enables the Chamber and its members to create opportunities for tax-deductible contributions to those areas previously addressed.

For funding, scholarship, and ongoing development, fundraisers are conducted throughout the year, including but not limited to our Women's Leadership Conference Silent Auction and our annual Bocce Ball Tournament.

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Women's Leadership Conference

Women's Leadership Conference

We are excited to host our annual Women’s Leadership Conference: Creating a League of Your Own at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center.

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