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The October 28, 2021 REACH Women's Conference has been postponed to
April 26, 2022 

Winston-Salem, NC
Due to health and safety concerns related to Covid-19

Plans remain in place for the

REACH Virtual Event for Women
October 27, 5:30 - 7:00 pm


This exciting program will feature three powerhouse women who promise to awe and inspire with their stories and messages.


Jacqueline Novogratz - Founder and CEO, Acumen and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Sweater and Manifesto for a Moral Revolution


Sukhinder Singh Cassidy - Technology Executive and Entrepreneur and author of Choose Possibility: Take Risks and Thrive (Even When You Fail), released August 2021


Christine Katziff - Chief Audit Executive, Bank of America and strong supporter of developing women leaders

Virtual Event Tickets Available September 7, 2021
Adults: $10
Students: Free 

If your organization is interested in being a conference sponsor, please contact us.
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The REACH Conference inspires professional women to REACH UP in their careers, REACH OVER to each other, and REACH BACK to champion the next generation of women in the workplace. 

In 2012, Salem Academy and College launched the North Carolina Triad's first Women's Conference. At the College's request, the REACH Women's Network has re-imagined and renamed this ground-breaking event, with the goal of recognizing, encouraging, advancing, and connecting professional women in our community.

REACH's second conference will take place on April 26, 2022 in Winston-Salem, NC. 

A small group of diverse professional women began meeting together in Winston-Salem in August of 2017. What started as a safe place to seek counsel and encouragement evolved into a team of collaborators committed to improving the lives of women in the workplace. In 2018, the group became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called the REACH Women's Network.



The REACH Women's Network seeks to advance economic development and promote gender equality by elevating the collective voice and influence of professional women.


In pursuit of this mission, the REACH Women's Network aims to strengthen the vitality, creativity, productivity and sustainability of our workplaces, our economy and our community.

April 26, 2022 Conference Agenda and Details
Coming Spring 2022


2020 Conference Agenda

8:15 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:15










Registration & Breakfast


Morning Keynote

Breakout A

Breakout B

Lunch and Conversation

Lunch Keynote


Afternoon Keynote



2020 Conference Keynote Speakers

Portia R. Mount

Portia is a co-author of Kick Some Glass and current vice-president and global leader of strategic marketing at Ingersoll Rand. She is a sought-after executive coach and speaks and writes frequently on women's leadership issues. She's been featured in TEDx, the New York Times, Human Capital Institute, the Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Portia R. Mount
Co-author of Kick Some Glass
Jennifer W. Martineau

With over 25 years of experience in the leadership development field, Jennifer has served leaders, organizations, and communities globally. She has deep expertise in leadership research and how to apply it in practical, powerful ways for leaders and organizations. Jennifer serves as the Center for Creative Leadership’s senior vice president for Research, Evaluation, and Societal Advancement.

Jennifer W. Martineau
Co-author of Kick Some Glass
Julie A. Freischlag, M.D.

Freischlag is the CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health. She helps to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards; has published materials on burnout and work-life balance; and is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including leadership, work-life balance, and women succeeding in health professions.

Julie A. Freischlag, M.D.
CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Health
Susan Jaffe

Declared by The New York Times as “America’s Quintessential American Ballerina” Susan Jaffe was a principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre for 22 years. She appeared prominently in the international dance scene and has been featured in multiple documentaries. Susan is currently the Dean of Dance at the UNCSA. She has taught corporate lectures and workshops across the country.

Susan Jaffe
Dean of Dance at UNCSA

2020 Breakout Sessions


Gender in the Workplace: A Human Resources Panel
Networking Without Bias
Leveraging Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for Leadership Effectiveness
A Wholistic View of Self-Care (panel)


Leading in Male-Dominated Industries (panel)
Women Entrepreneurs: Lessons of Experience on Growth, Investment, and the Hustle (panel)
Values-Based Investing

2020 Sponsors

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In-kind Sponsors
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Biotech P8 North Parking Lot

Free parking in Biotech P8 North Parking Lot on the corner of N. Research Parkway & Seventh Street. This is about 6 blocks away, so wear comfortable shoes. 

Innovation Quarter Visitor Parking Deck (the “Link Deck”)

530 N. Patterson Ave., near Sixth St. & Patterson Ave.

Parking Deck adjacent to the Link Apartments, directly across from Biotech Place. Parking rates are determined by the parking deck (usually $1/hour).


Fourth & Church Steet Parking Deck

455 N. Church St.

Parking Deck near Fourth St. & Church St., enter on Fourth St near Chestnut St. This is about 4 blocks away. Parking rates are determined by the parking deck (usually $1/hour).

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The REACH Women's Conference is presented by the REACH Women's Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.