Let Her Speak

Everyone has a story to tell and every story is worth telling.

Let Her Speak is a gathering to encourage women to share their life experiences. Every woman is invited to come to the table and make her voice heard. This half-day event will have a roundtable setting with opportunities to listen, learn, and grow from other women and to share your experiences, goals, and vision for the future of our community. The summit is meant to facilitate deeper conversations and identify actions we can take within the community to inspire change and build a stronger support system for women in business – whether they work for a company or are starting their own business.

Topics to be discussed include: Building Confidence, Finding a Mentor, and Creating Your Brand; Harassment, Abuse, Bullying, and the Power to Speak Up; Establishing a Support System for Female Professionals and Entrepreneurs; Work/Life Integration; Commitment to Our Communities, Fellow Women, and Ourselves; and Bridging The Cross-Generational Gap.

Morning coffee and pastries will be provided as well as lunch. Following the event, there will be a Maker Market at The Hive where attendees can show their support for local entrepreneurs and learn more about their business. Tickets are limited to allow each attendee the opportunity to share their story.

Wednesday, March 14

9AM – 3PM

$15 in advance / $20 at the door



Booth Andrews

Harassment, Abuse, Bullying, and the Power to Speak Up

Booth Andrews is driven to improve organizations by focusing on its people. She has 20 years of experience leading individuals, teams and organizations through strategic, operational, and cultural growth and transformation. Her multi-disciplinary, professional experience includes 10 years in commercial real estate, 6 years as the CEO of a regional non-profit, and more than 10 years of consulting in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Since 2015, Booth’s sole focus has been improving organizations as an independent consultant and corporate trainer. Booth’s consulting practice focuses on preparing leaders to maximize employee performance through team building, mental wellness, and coaching to increase resilience and engagement.

Booth’s long track record of community involvement includes: the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, City of Knoxville Industrial Development Board, Executive Women’s Association, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Women’s Council, University of Tennessee at Knoxville Chancellor’s Associates, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, United Way of Greater Knoxville, Nucleus Knoxville, the Alpha Delta Chapter of Sigma Kappa, and the University of Tennessee College of Law Alumni Advisory Council. Booth is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2006, was named to the Inaugural Class of ’40 Under 40′ by the Knoxville Business Journal in 2007, and was a 2012 Finalist for the YWCA’s Tribute to Women.

Booth has been licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee since 1997. She has three children: Karly (15), Kelsey (10), and Kristopher (7), and she loves fresh flowers, riding her road bike, swimming, naps, screened in porches, and lifting heavy things.

Nina Howell

Commitment to Our Communities, Fellow Women, and Ourselves

 Nina Howell is president of Ascertainment Marketing, Inc., a media buying agency in the Knoxville market. Nina began her career as a media planner for a large agency in Los Angeles in 1986. A move to Knoxville, TN, took her to WATE-TV, where she spent seven years heading up their television research department, creating media plans for advertising sales clients. In 1996, she started her agency and became active in the Knoxville community’s advertising and marketing arena.

Nina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and she underwent a lumpectomy and radiation. Two years later, after meeting more and more survivors and watching many in her circle of friends become diagnosed, she started a survivors group called “Happy Hour for a Cure.” While starting out small, the meetings became larger in scope, and it became clear that there was a need for survivors to find local breast cancer information in a concise, simple format. BreastConnect.org in Knoxville was formed as a way for women to have a website that can assist them with their journey and match them with similarly diagnosed women who can mentor and support them through the process. Nina is now president of Breast Connect, Inc., a 501c3, whose mission is to empower women diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own best advocates in their breast cancer journey by connecting them with relevant information, resources, and friendships.

Samantha Lane

Work/Life Integration

Samantha Lane is a communication professional, with past work in advertising, public relations, and higher education. In 2014, she experienced a life-changing surgery that shifted her perspective on life. After years of juggling full-time careers and passion-based side-hustles, Samantha started Origami Day to help others bring balance to their busy lives. Samantha holds a BS degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from King University. She has served on various boards and committees including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Executive Women International, Knoxville Chamber, and American Marketing Association Knoxville. When she is not engaging in the community, Samantha spends her time enjoying life with her loved ones.

Kate Ziegler

Building Confidence, Finding a Mentor, and Creating Your Brand

Kate Ziegler is a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic swim team and 15-time medalist in international competition. At the age of 17, she broke onto the scene at the 2005 World Championships, winning gold medals in the 800 meter and 1500 meter freestyle events. At the 2007 World Championships she repeated her victories and shattered Janet Evan’s 20-year old 1500 meter world record by 10 seconds. After retiring at the 2016 Olympic Trials, she went on to receive her MBA from the University of Tennessee. Kate has worked extensively with the United Service Organizations (USO), Wounded Warrior Project, and the Department of State as an international sports ambassador. She is an accomplished speaker, performance coach, and entrepreneur.

Jennifer Gamble

Bridging The Cross-Generational Gap

A self-described travel enthusiast and global explorer, Jennifer Gamble is an entrepreneur and independent coach committed to helping high achieving leaders increase their emotional intelligence and cultural competence through transformational coaching and leadership programs. After spending more than 15 years supporting millennial leaders in transition, she knows what truly drives success for individuals and organizations in bridging the cross generational gap.

Jennifer began her career at the University of Tennessee helping launch the first Center for Leadership Development in 2001. She went on to lead legacy leadership programs at UNC Charlotte and returned to UT in 2004 where she served as the director of student orientation and leadership development. Jennifer left Knoxville in 2006 to focus on global leadership development working for Semester at Sea while traveling around the world. She landed in Southern California in 2007 and, since that time, has continued to expand her cultural competency and coaching practice.

Living on the west coast the past decade, Jennifer created an award winning global leadership program to Costa Rica developing leaders with increased emotional intelligence, curiosity, and empathy for the University of California, Irvine. She was also a faculty fellow for the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and is known for her work in global leadership development, emotional intelligence, and reflective storytelling. Jennifer now combines experiential education, coaching, and a focus on emotional intelligence to drive personal transformation and business results.

Jennifer recently reached her goal of traveling to 40 countries before the age of 40 by living, working, or volunteering in over 47 countries and circumnavigating the world by ship twice. She balances being a solo female traveler with her love for leading group experiences evoking transformation in leaders.

Jennifer holds a masters degree in education and a bachelors of science in business, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Though she is originally from Knoxville and now based here, the world is her home.

Kathryn Schrader

Establishing a Support System for Female Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Kathryn Schrader is the founder of Eaton Tax & Business Services. The firm provides payroll, bookkeeping, tax planning & preparation, and other business consulting services to entrepreneurs & small business owners. As a Certified QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor & a Certified Management Accountant, Kathryn provides individual & group training on many diverse topics.

Ms. Schrader received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Tennessee. She later returned to earn her MBA in Entrepreneurship and became a Certified Management Accountant, further underscoring her abilities to serve the needs of business owners. She has extensive experience working in diverse business sectors such as manufacturing, marketing services, consulting and technology start-ups. Her clients include sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, corporations & individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Kathryn credits her family tree filled with dozens of small business owners with her passion for the entrepreneurial path. She began working with her father’s accountant at a young age in several of the family businesses. She was soon hooked and loved the challenges of small business.

To expand her knowledge base, Kathryn worked in private, public and corporate accounting. She previously owned Management Consulting Services, working closely with small business, start-ups and non-profits. She also held senior management positions at several well-known companies, including a Knoxville Inc. 500 winner, an international power quality firm, a world-wide ski boat manufacturer and a large east Tennessee agricultural producer.

In addition to designing and implementing effective internal control systems, Kathryn has helped companies develop essential business and accounting practices such as multi-year budgeting, variance analysis, and succession/staff development plans. She is known for her ability to translate complex accounting jargon into a language that business owners and non-accountants can understand. Kathryn’s direct and seasoned advice has earned her a high level of respect among her clients and peers.

More recently, Kathryn created & hosted Outside the Box radio program 2015-2016, a talk show focused on the experiences of small business owners in east Tennessee. She is quite pleased there are now several programs and hosts in the area that focus on small business and its challenges.

Kathryn was an adjunct instructor for Tennessee Wesleyan College for 18 years. Kathryn is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, CPA+ Network, Business Network International, and Networking Today International. An active community leader, Kathryn is serving her 2nd term as president of the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance in Knoxville, first serving as its’ president 2010 – 2012 helping to reactivate the previously dormant chapter. Kathryn has chaired that chapter’s Seminar committee since 2013. She has served on the board of the Entrepreneurs of Knoxville, BNI, and many other civic boards. She is also a volunteer teacher for KARM. In addition, Kathryn is a frequent public speaker and seminar leader.