March 2, 2024

Women’s Leadership Coffee Talk, Dec. 12

The Leadership Colloquium for Professional Women’s December Coffee Talk will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center’s Kalnen Inn Living Room at 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg. Street parking is available. Register for the event.

Join us at December’s Coffee Talk as we delve into Creating a Culture of Gratitude. Sometimes it feels like everything around you is a challenge. There is never enough time to get everything done. You were late on an important deadline. The negative self-talk begins and before you know it, you are finding it difficult to find goodness anywhere. If you have ever struggled with moments like these, it is important to know you are not alone. The good news is: a few intentional shifts can make a world of positive difference! During this interactive session we will share tips to shift our mindset to positive thinking and an outlook rooted in gratitude.

December’s Coffee Talk will be led by Susan Spears, IOM, President & CEO, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Susan’s background includes more than 15 years in retail management. She joined the Chamber staff in 2004 and was appointed President of the Chamber in 2010. Susan is Leadership Fredericksburg’s founding Executive Director (2008 – present).

Susan currently serves as Secretary on the Families of the Wounded Fund Board of Directors and is a member of the Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Board of Directors. She serves on the US Chamber Foundation Institute for Organization Management Northeast Board of Regents and the University of Mary Washington Leadership Colloquium Advisory Board. She is past president of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE). Susan served two terms on the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

She is a member of the Rappahannock-Fredericksburg Rotary Club and Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site). Susan is a former member of Fredericksburg’s Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Task Force, Riverfront Task Force, and Memorials Advisory Committee.

Susan is a certified executive, leadership and mentoring coach. She is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management. She is a PLP graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. Susan is a certified Planning Commissioner through the Citizens Planning Education Association of America. She holds a B.M. in music composition from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Susan and her husband Richard live in Fredericksburg with their two black Labradors, Theodore and Miss G.

For more information and to register, visit the Women’s Leadership Colloquium @ UMW Coffee Talk webpage.