Female Senior Executives: The journey to the top – how was it?
This year we decided to deviate from our usual format once per quarter (in the third month of the quarter) in order to explore topics of special interest to business women more in depth. We will have a panel of 3-4 experts in their field discuss the latest trends and respond to your questions. In order to give our experts (and you) the time to explore the topic, we are expanding the time of our normal luncheon. Here is the timing for our next luncheon event:
10:30 - 11:00 am Networking
11:00 am - Noon Panel
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch & door prizes
We are excited to have an accomplished panel of female senior executives in various industries and non-profits discussing their rise to the top in their professions. See below for more information on our panelists. We hope you can join us for our next panel & luncheon!
DR. KATHLEEN “KITTY” SAYLOR - CEO, REHAU NA
Dr. Saylor was born and raised in Choteau, Montana. In 1982, she graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Speech Communication. In 1983, she graduated from West Virginia University with a Master's degree in Speech Communication and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Communication and Organizational Development from the University of Maryland. In 1988 she moved to Santiago, Chile where she started her own company, an institute for language and communication education / training which catered to the Chilean business community. In 1992, she returned to the DC area and worked as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department at George Mason University. In 1994, she joined REHAU, Inc. in its North American Headquarters in Leesburg as Training & Development Specialist. In 1999, she was promoted to Department Manager, HR; in 2000 she was promoted to Director, HR NA; in 2001 she was promoted to Vice President, HR and member of the Management Board NA. In February 2006, she was promoted to CEO, REHAU NA. In this position, she maintains oversight responsibility for REHAU’s NA operations which include more than 1,500 employees in 15 sales offices, 7 manufacturing facilities, and 3 distribution centers located throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America, as well as REHAU’s NA Corporate Headquarters located in Leesburg.
Cathleen "Cate" Magennis Wyatt, Founder and President, The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
Cate Magennis Wyatt is the founder and president of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, a four state non-profit corporation dedicated to sharing the heritage in the 180-mile corridor from Gettysburg, PA to Monticello, VA. Previously Cate served in the public sector as the Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia within Governor Wilder’s Cabinet and in the private sector as President of Remington International, Vice President of Xerox Development and Vice President of Weston Capital Corporation. She has specialized in developing strategic plans for troubled investments followed by directing the successful implementation of those strategies. In this capacity she led the creation of businesses in London, Moscow and Kazakhstan.
She serves or has served on many Boards, including: George Mason University, Board of Visitors; the University of Richmond Board of Trustees, the George C. Marshall International Center, The Center for Innovative Technology, the Waterford Foundation, Oatlands Plantation, The Women’s Center, Wolf Trap National Performing Arts Center, The British American Project, the Colonial Board George Washington University and Waterford Elementary School PTO.
Cate, her husband and two children reside in Waterford, Virginia.
Hulya Aksu, Founder and President, Modern Mom Media Corporation
Hulya Aksu has been a resident of Loudoun County since 2004. In March of 2007, she was a stay home mom with a 4 months old baby girl and a 6 year old son in the first grade. Her extended family lived 20 miles away in Centreville, most of her female neighbors either worked full time or had children in college. She felt isolated, lonely and desperately bored. With her husband’s encouragement, she started to apply for jobs related to her college degree and 10 years of professional experience in Journalism and Television. She was turned down by more than ten companies for jobs varying from entry positions to mid level management.
She tried to make friends with others moms by attending “mommy and me” work out classes, or day camps with her new baby. She noticed that most women who participated in these activities just sat separately in isolation, participated in small cliques of familiar friends or talked on their cell phones with loved ones and in the end hurried out to their cars. She felt like the new kid in high school.
Hulya realized that what was missing was a sense of community, permanency, and most importantly connection among the residents of Loudoun County. She could either sit back and complain about the situation or take the bull by its horns and submit it to her will. She chose the latter.
She is now an Award Winning publisher of I Am Modern Magazine for Moms with over 90K mom readers in Northern Virginia and carries the title as the Only Reader Generated Magazine in the world that is in print, online and in person. She has 2 children and lives in Ashburn with her husband and children.
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