Women in Leadership Panel

March 23, 2018 | Leadership

PRESENTATION: Transformational Leadership….and the Skills it Takes to be Successful 

Join this interactive session to learn about the unique journeys of several distinguished and successful women who are making their mark in the corporate industry. Discussions will revolve around the importance a professional network, moving out of your comfort zone, work-life flex and finding ways to show your abilities in non-traditional ways.


Valerie Browning, Center Director, Kiddie Academy of Mason

Valerie Browning

Valerie Browning is the Academy Director at Kiddie Academy in Mason, OH. She has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years with the goal in mind to provide an educational, fun and safe environment for children.

Trish Fielden, CSM, MBA, Senior Vice President - Head of Transformation and Ops Excellence, Fifth Third Bank

Trish Fielden

Trish Fielden led her organization to meet and exceed its goals by driving transformational change. She identifies opportunities for improvement, design high-impact strategies, and implement solutions that optimize operations and boost financial performance.

As a Senior Executive Leader and Certified Scrum Master, she fosters relationships with stakeholders and clients, and orchestrate teams who develop innovative approaches based on expertise.

Her passion is for eliminating business complexity by leveraging high-performance teams who deliver customer-centric improvements that exceed organizational expectations.

Sydni Neptune, PMP, PMO Director, Western & Southern Financial Group

Sydni Neptune

Sydni Neptune is a project management professional who works with firms to develop portfolio and program / project strategies to implement work to deliver company goals and objectives. She believes in on purpose methodologies relevant to individual companies and executed with excellence and passion is vital to success for both the organization and the individuals performing the work.

Sydni brings high energy and over 20 years’ experience working with diverse clients in Insurance, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Service-based industries. Sydni has developed portfolio, program/project management (PPM) methodologies, PM training: development and delivery, led organizational change transformation programs, and provided motivation and team building leadership in technical and transformational programs and projects.

Sydni is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Master (CSM).

Karen Tate, PMP, MBA, PMI Fellow, President, The Griffin Tate Group, Inc.

Karen Tate

President and founder of The Griffin Tate Group, Inc. (TGTG), Karen Tate is an internationally recognized expert in the field of project management and is the co-author of many books, including the Project Management Memory Jogger ™, The Advanced Project Management Memory Jogger ™, The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course on Project Management Getting Started in Project Management, A Step By Step Approach to Risk Assessment, and Triz: An Approach to Systematic Innovation.

Karen has been designated as a Fellow of the Project Management Institute for her sustained service and significant contributions to PMI and the project management community over the past 20 years. This is PMI’s highest and most prestigious award that is presented to an individual, awarded to an elite group of fewer than 100 project professionals out of a community of over 500,000.

She served six years on the prestigious Project Management Institute’s (PMI) International Board of Directors, and has served in many volunteer positions over the years serving PMI.

Prior to founding The Griffin Tate Group, Inc. in 1994, Karen managed programs and projects of all types and sizes, in a variety of industries. She has trained and worked with organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Her corporate experience includes construction, engineering, consulting, facilitation, and project management.

Karen earned her Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) from PMI, an MBA from Xavier University, a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She also attended Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. Additionally, Karen is an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University, a Senior Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers, and a member of American Mensa.

Facilitators: Andrew Tarvin, Summit18 Keynote, Humor That Works | Beth Hecquet, CMP, CMM, The E.W. Scripps Company