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  • First female naval pilot to speak at women's leadership conference

    Carey Lohrenz, First female naval pilot to speak at women's leadership conference

    BIRMINGHAM, AL (December 19, 2017) - Momentum, Alabama's premier women's leadership organization, announces its two internationally celebrated keynote speakers for its leadership conference, to be held February 27th and 28th at the BJCC. Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, will be the lunch keynote. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. The breakfast keynote will be Bonnie St. John, the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

    "We are beyond excited to bring Carey Lohrenz and Bonnie St. John to Birmingham," says April Benetollo, Momentum CEO. "Both women have tremendous energy and have accomplished so much; they are sure to have wide appeal to the women and men at the conference." The conference theme, Better Together, Uniting Leaders, will emphasize the importance of diverse groups finding common resilience, courage, and vision to overcome challenges and seize new opportunities.

    Momentum has received generous funding from two Benefactor sponsors to secure the keynote speakers: UAB Medicine and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. The keynote speakers will be presented by conference co-chairs, Dr. Cheri Canon from UAB Medicine and Laura Oberst from Wells Fargo.

    Dr. Canon is Professor and Chair of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Canon received the American Board of Radiology's (ABR) Lifetime Service Award in 2013, and was appointed to the ABR Board of Trustees in 2016.

    Dr. Canon is a graduate of Momentum's 2006-07 class, is President Elect of the Momentum Alumnae Program Board of Directors, and a Scholarship member of Momentum's Honor Roll of Women's Leadership. "My Momentum experience was transformative," says Canon. "The program instilled in me the value of mentorship and a desire to advance women leaders; this conference provides the perfect platform for that."Laura Oberst is an Executive Vice President and head of Wells Fargo Bank's Business Banking Group. Based in Minneapolis, she oversees more than 4,700 team members at 450 locations in 41 U.S. states. Laura serves on the board of directors for HealthPartners, Inc., the Greater MSP Economic Development Partnership, and the North Dakota Trade Office. A long-standing supporter of developing women's careers, she has been actively involved in Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable and Deloitte's 100 Wise Women initiative. In 2015, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal awarded Laura its Women in Business award.

    "We are honored to have these highly accomplished women to serve as our 2018 conference co-chairs," says Benetollo. "Our co-chairs play a vital role in the success of the conference, from keynote selection and conference planning, to addressing our 800 conference attendees during the event. Cheri Canon and Laura Oberst will certainly deliver with a balance of graciousness and gravitas."

    To register for the 2018 Momentum Leadership Conference, please visit https://momentumleaders.org/conference/overview. There are discounts for early registration, group rates for tables of eight, and corporate sponsorships available. Seating is limited and is expected to sell out.

    About Carey Lohrenz

    In addition to her ground-breaking military achievements, Carey Lohrenz is the author of Fearless Leadership: High Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation, coupled with her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career, allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform to top Fortune 100 business teams.

    About Bonnie St. John

    Success as a Paralympic athlete was only the beginning for Bonnie St. John. She is a bestselling author of seven books, a highly sought after keynote speaker and leadership consultant for the Fortune 500, a television and radio personality, and an experienced conference facilitator. St. John was appointed by President Clinton as a Director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council, and represented the United States as a member of President Obama's official delegation to the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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