BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women's Council, part of CU's Leeds School of Business, today announced two top local women leaders as its keynote speakers for its annual Women Inspiring Leadership Development (WILD) Summit. Colleen Abdoulah, Chairwoman and CEO of Wide Open West (WOW!), has been selected as the morning's motivational speaker and Khalida Brohi, founder and executive director of the Sughar Empowerment Society, as the event's closing inspirational presenter. The two women both bring very powerful stories of their own personal and professional growth and a rich learning experience to the WILD Summit II.
Abdoulah started with WOW! Internet-Cable-Phone in August of 2002 as President and COO. In May of 2003, she was named President and CEO, and, in 2012, she became CEO and Chairwoman. Under her leadership WOW! Internet-Cable-Phone has grown to be one of the 10 largest cable operators in the industry with operations in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Kansas, and South Dakota. The company has grown from 600 employees to more than 3,300 in the past 11 years under her leadership.
Khalida Brohi is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and Executive Director of the Sughar Empowerment Society, a non-profit social enterprise in Pakistan dedicated to providing tribal and rural women opportunities to grow their skills as well as learn leadership capabilities in an environment of growth and development. At the age of 24, Brohi is a dedicated entrepreneur and winner of the Young Champion Award by University of Singapore, an Unreasonable Institute Fellow and the winner of the fellowship award by YouthActionNet®.
"We are thrilled and honored to have women of this caliber speak at this year's WILD Summit," said Cindy Carrillo, event chair for the WILD Summit II. "Both Colleen and Khalida are amazing women leaders. They both have effected such positive change by embracing the values that are the core of an individual's personal and professional development. We are excited to have them share their stories with attendees at this year's WILD Summit. It promises to be an unforgettable experience."
The annual WILD one-day leadership Summit provides a forum for women of all ages and professions to learn, engage and share their wisdom with a dynamic network of students, professionals and educators. Information packed sessions will be offered to encourage meeting other WILD participants, aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs. Participants will discover new ideas, including the market trends driving opportunities for women to lead and affect lasting change. The WILD Summit II will inspire attendees to achieve their professional goals – whether to seek out knowledge and insight or share their story with tomorrow's leaders. It will focus on key trends within some of today's fastest growing and dynamic industries among other timely and provocative topics.
The WILD Summit II will take place on April 4, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO. Registration and further details will be available in January. For more information on the Women's Council and the WILD Summit, please visit (http://leedswomenscouncil.org/wild-ii.html ).
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About the WILD Summit:
The mission of The WILD Summit is to provide a professional forum for women who want to learn and share; inspire and be inspired. Its objective is increase the visibility and accessibility of successful WILD women in the community to students and each other. It offers a venue for the presentation and sharing of relevant topics that are provocative and engaging to WILD women across university majors, industries and functional roles. It engages a broad audience of WILD women who fit in every place along the continuum of age and experience – bringing together those who are seeking knowledge and those with a desire to share and give back. For more information on the WILD Summit, please visit (http://cudemingcenterwomenscouncil.org/wild-2013.html).
About the Women's Council:
The Women's Council is a membership group of professional women who serve the efforts of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado (CU).
The purpose of the Women's Council is to support the mission of CU's Deming Center for Entrepreneurship by providing access and connection for students to successful women business leaders who will provide their support and expertise and nourish both students and other women in our community to live up to their potential as entrepreneurs and leaders in business.
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