Women in Business to feature top female executives

Who are you, and what do you stand for in your professional life, in your personal life? How do you differentiate yourself and stand out in a crowd?  Once you have a defined image of yourself, how do you consistently market that image across numerous platforms and leverage it to meet your goals? 

Female executives from Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Bridgestone Americas Corporation, and Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, will address these thought provoking questions at the Aiken Chamber’s upcoming Women in Business Spring Luncheon. “Personal Branding – What’s in it for You?” will be presented Wednesday, April 2, at Newberry Hall.  The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with networking, followed by lunch and the program.

The luncheon will feature Sharon Hagan, Aiken Regional Medical Centers; Lynn Ryle and Patti Brown James, Bridgestone Americas Corporation; and Alice Doswell, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC.

The four women will serve on a panel, share their experiences, and offer sound advice on how to establish a personal brand.  From owning one’s online reputation and being a leader others want to follow, to networking across generations, managing conflict, and engaging others, the panel discussion will cover a gamut of ingredients that make up a personal brand.

Fran Jones, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Aiken Off Road Radial Plant, and vice chair of Business and Community Development for the Aiken Chamber, will serve as the luncheon emcee and panel facilitator. 

“Your brand is your calling card to business. I am looking forward to learning more from our panel on how to enhance my business reputation in our community,” said Jones.

Sponsors of the 2014 Women in Business program are:

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The cost of the Women in Business Spring Luncheon is $35 per person. To register, please visit www.aikenchamber.net.

Meet the Panel 

Alice Doswell

Alice Doswell is Senior Vice President, Environmental, Safety, Security, and Health (ESS&H) for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
She has more than 30 years of experience and numerous professional certifications in her field.

As the Senior VP of ESS&H, she has site-wide responsibility for occupational safety and health, medical services, fire response, including hazardous materials, safeguards, security, emergency services, environmental management, area completion projects and radiological protection.  She also ensures the ESS&H program is compliant with Department of Energy contract requirements. 

Prior to joining SRNS, Doswell served as Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Ql Manager for Parsons at the Salt Waste Processing Facility Project at SRS.

She holds a Master of Science in Plant Sciences from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mary Baldwin College. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Aiken Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is a certified Project Management Professional and is involved in the Savannah River Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

Sharon Hagan

Sharon Hagan is a member of senior management at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and serves as the Administrative Director of Business Development and Physician Services.  She has worked at ARMC for more than23 years serving in a number of roles ranging from the Coordinator of Medical Staff Services to Director of Physician Services. 

In her current role, she has administrative oversight of the medical staff office, the marketing and community outreach department, physician relationship management, business and industry department, the diabetes and nutrition teaching center, the bariatric center, physician recruitment, and business development.

She holds a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and an Associate of Arts degree from the Maryland Medical College/Hagerstown Business College.

She is a past board and campaign chair of United Way of Aiken County and has served on the organization’s executive committee and board.  In addition, she is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS).

Patti Brown James

Patti Brown James (retired) is the former Vice President, Shared Services Division, for Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee.

She has more than 25 years of experience in industrial human resources, nearly 20 of them in the tire industry. She began her Bridgestone career in 1996 as a manager of Organizational Development and progressed up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming vice president Human Resources & Administration, and ultimately vice president, Shared Services Division, the position from which she retired on December 31, 2013.

James was a member of the Bridgestone Global Development Class and was recognized as a 2011 Woman of Influence, Corporate Executive, by the Nashville Business Journal.
She holds an MBA, Human Resources, and a BS/BA, Marketing and Human Resource Management, from the Ohio State University.  She serves or has served with the following:  WOMEN Unlimited Presidents Advisory Committee and Mentor, Society for Human Resources Management, World at Work, Leadership Middle Tennessee Board, The YWCA of Nashville Board; Tennessee Hospital Association Board; and Women of Influence program mentor.

Lynn Ryle

Lynn Ryle is the vice president of Human Resources Business Partners of the Americas Division of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. 

She is responsible for supporting the business through active collaboration and participation in the design and execution of strategic plans that balance the needs of Bridgestone Americas, its teammates, and other stakeholders.

She began her Bridgestone career as a financial manager of Accounts Receivable and Credit House Accounts. She continued to accept roles with increasing levels of responsibility including manager of IT Customer Facing Solutions, manager of Strategic Business Planning, director of Compensation Systems, and vice president of Human Resources for the Diversified Products division.

She holds an MBA from Belmont University – Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Management and Human Resources from Trevecca University in Nashville, Tennessee. She serves as a board member for the YMCA of Greater Nashville Camp Widigiwagen and supports numerous charitable organizations throughout the Nashville Area.

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