ATLANTA  — Spelman College will explore the theme “New School Leaders in the Digital Era” at its 11th Annual Leadership and Women of Color Conference May 13-14, 2015, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

During the intergenerational conference, prominent female leaders across all facets of technology and digital industries will share their experiences and knowledge of success in leadership roles. Attendees and experts will delve into this year’s theme, which will examine how to develop and sustain effective leadership strategies via change, innovation and influence. Experts will also address the importance and effects of technology, why leaders must be digitally-fluent and how to excel in today’s high-speed, globally-connected environment.

The conference, first convened in 2004 by Jane Smith, Ed.D., C’68, executive director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman College, will  offer everyone from emerging leaders to veteran visionaries fresh leadership tactics, bold new-age strategies and life-changing skills to achieve in the digital age.

“The digital era has begun, and with that, technology is thoroughly integrated into our everyday lives,” said Dr. Smith. “As a result, discussing technology’s relevance is an important and necessary conversation for today’s leaders because of its impact in multiple areas of professional and personal development. During the conference, we’ll examine the effects of technology and digital culture as it relates to leadership on a global level; explore what diversity looks like in the digital space; and identify the skill sets and platforms New School Leaders use to cultivate and maintain success.”

Through timely workshops, impactful speaker/learning sessions, a media panel and numerous networking opportunities, attendees will leave feeling equipped to “change, innovate and influence.”

Scheduled events include the annual Game Changers: Digital Vanguard Luncheon and Legacy of Leadership Awards Dinner, which will herald women leaders who have excelled in their profession. Meanwhile, the interactive session titled, New School Leaders: What Does it Take to Thrive in the Digital Era?, will provide the foundation for the conference by defining and exploring the concept of New School Leaders and the best practices they use to balance and thrive in the digital era. A special Tribute to the Spelman College President will recognize Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., for the achievements and accomplishments earned during her 13-year tenure at the helm of the College. President Tatum will retire at the end of June 2015. These and other events during the conference will provide attendees with take-away information, real-world advice and leadership testimonies to succeed in their respective careers. For a detailed conference schedule, click here.

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