2019 Women in Business Forum

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Name: 2019 Women in Business Forum
Date: August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Event Description:


Featuring keynote from
Kit Redmond
President & Executive Chair, RTR Media Inc.

"Evolving in Changing Markets"

Hilary Burroughs, Director of Marketing, Sanderson Farms
Linda Gavin, VP of Marketing & Business Development, South Central Regional Medical Center
Kathy Nguyen, Owner, Elegant Nails
Tammy Phillips, Chief Administrative Officer, Community Bank

Why you should attend:
The number of women who are working is on the rise in Mississippi, and we want to celebrate the impact that women make in the workplace. Join us for a program featuring female leaders who have left their mark on the business community in Jones County. The Forum will highlight issues facing modern working women, in addition to providing tips from your local peers on the challenges they have overcome along their journeys to success. Kit Redmond is the President and Executive Chair of RTR Media,  the production company behind Home Town, and she will deliver a powerful keynote on the "Feminine Strengths of Leadership" over lunch. 

Not just for women either! Men are encouraged to attend and network and learn. If you supervise women or have female colleagues or clients, you too will walk away with new insights on improving workplace relationships and additional best practices.

Networking! Arrive at 10:00 AM for coffee and conversations before the program begins. Additional breaks between sessions will allow time for you to mingle with your fellow Chamber members and the vendors so you can make connections that could help elevate your business.

Vendor Opportunities: Download the vendor application HERE

We are seeking to create a dynamic vendor area for our participants that will include a variety of organizations who offer services or products that are associated with professional women and their personal or professional growth and development. Vendor applications must be approved, and notifications will be sent within five days of submission.

There is a $50 vendor fee to participate in the WIB Forum and that includes 1-ticket to the Forum and luncheon, 1-6' unskirted table and 2-chairs. Please remit payment to Jones County Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 527, Laurel, MS 39441.

More About the Speakers:
Kit Redmond
President & Executive Chair, RTR Media Inc.

Hilary Burroughs
Director of Marketing, Sanderson Farms

Hilary Burroughs is Director of Marketing at Sanderson Farms, Inc., the 3rd largest poultry producer in the U.S.  She serves on the company’s Executive Committee, Corporate Responsibility Council, the Corporate Compensation Committee, the Health & Wellness Committee, and participates in the company’s Mentoring program.  She also manages the company’s corporate communications and public relations efforts as well as its participation as title sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship, a PGA TOUR event benefitting Batson Children’s Hospital.  Hilary has been employed with Sanderson Farms since 2000.
Hilary began her career at Sanderson Farms in the Export Sales Department.  She has since held several positions within the company, including Beginning Trainee, Corporate Poultry Buyer, National Sales Representative, Corporate Sales Manager and Manager of Marketing Services.  She was promoted to Director of Marketing in May of 2014.
In 2014, Hilary was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal. Actively involved in the industry and her community, Hilary is currently an active member of the Marketing Committee for the National Chicken Council where she has served as Committee Chairperson for three years.  In the Laurel community, she serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Laurel Housing Authority, is a board member for Laurel Main Street, a board member for United Way and serves on the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Council. Hilary also serves on the Board of Directors for Century Club Charities, the Jackson based host 501c3 organization of the Sanderson Farms Championship.  

Linda Gavin
VP of Marketing & Business Development, South Central Regional Medical Center

Linda Gavin is a native of Vicksburg, MS. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing with a minor in public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduation, she accepted a position with the Laurel Leader-Call Newspaper. She met her husband, Bruce, in the newspaper business and together they worked at the Jackson County Floridan in Marianna, Florida. When an opportunity to return to Mississippi near family became available, the Gavins did so, but Linda decided to venture outside of the newspaper business and became the Marketing Director of Sawmill Square Mall.
Linda was recruited to take over the position of Marketing Director of Springdale Mall in Mobile, Alabama, during a multi-million dollar expansion project in 1986. While there, she was contacted by the administration of Jones County Community Hospital (later,South Central Regional Medical Center) to advertise and market the facility. Linda accepted the position as Director and a short time later was named Assistant Vice President of Marketing with responsibilities including physician recruitment, advertising, marketing, community relations, community education, and strategic planning. Today, as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Linda has led the organization’s marketing and physician recruitment activities for more than 30 years.
She has served as a volunteer and led numerous community organizations over the years including the Economic Development Authority of Jones County, where she served as chairman of the board; and the Laurel Rotary Club, where she served as President. She has chaired the local board of the Salvation Army, the Association For Excellence in Education (AEE) and Leadership Jones County. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Hospital Association Society for Marketing and Public Relations, Trustmark Bank, and Laurel Main Street.
During her time as Vice President of Marketing, South Central’s marketing department has won more than 25 National Telly Awards honoring excellence in television across all screens. They have also won more than 50 awards through the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Marketing and Public Relation’s Society Maggie Awards.
In her lifetime, Linda has been recognized as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women; Senior Marketing Professional of the Year by the Mississippi Hospital Association Marketing and Public Relations Society; Woman of the Year by the Chronicle Newspaper; and Volunteer of the Year by the Economic Development Authority of Jones County. She was also presented the DIANA Award in 1989 by the local chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

Kathy Nguyen
Owner, Elegant Nails

Kathy Ngyuen is the owner of Elegant Nails, a business that was voted best salon in Jones County in 2016 and 2017. She is a first-generation immigrant who moved from Vietnam to New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1975. She graduated from Abramson High School in New Orleans and then attended University of Southwestern Louisiana before receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology from Holy Cross college. She began doing nails as a part-time job when she was 18-years-old, and by the age of 23 she owned her own salon by the. She has lived in Laurel since 1999 with her four children. 

Tammy Phillips
Chief Administrative Officer, Community Bank

Tammy Phillips serves as the Chief Administration Officer for Community Bank, where she has ben employed for 24 years. Tammy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and later graduated from the Mississippi School of Banking. She worked for four years in the banking industry before joining Community Bank.
During her tenure with Community Bank, Tammy has received the 2019 Award of Excellence and the 2013 Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Leadership. She has also been named on Mississippi Business Journal’s lists of Leaders in Finance (2014) and Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women (2007). Her local Chambers of Commerce have also recognized her with multiple awards, including the President’s Award at both the Ranking and Flowood Chambers, and she is a Past President/Director of the Rankin Chamber and a Board Member of the Flowood Chamber.
Tammy has been appointed to the Board of Bank Review by Governor Phil Bryant and the State of Mississippi Insurance Advisory Board by Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. She also serves on the board or in leadership roles with the Mississippi Banker’s Association, YMCA, Merit Health- Women’s Hospital, Professional Women’s Association and the Greater Jackson Area Partnership- Women in Networking.


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Event Sponsors:

Presented By

  • Community Bank

Chamber Premier Members

  • Dixie Electric Power Association
  • Mississippi Power Company
  • Sanderson Farms
The Gables
1919 Bush Dairy Rd.
Laurel, MS 39443
Date/Time Information:
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
10:00 AM: Registration & Networking
10:30 AM: Women in Business Forum
11:45 AM: Luncheon & Keynote
12:30 PM Adjourn

Contact Information:
Amanda Roll, Chamber of Commerce Director 601.335.4828 or
  • *All Chamber members receive ONE free registration.
  • Additional member company attendees may attend for $25 each.
  • Nonmembers are invited to attend for $35 per registrant.
  • Register online ABOVE or contact the Chamber office 601.335.4828 or 601.649.3031 for registration assistance.
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