The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce' annual conference focused on fostering executive leadership among area women is scheduled for May 18.

The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce' annual conference focused on fostering executive leadership among area women is scheduled for May 18.

The "A Day of Athena Leadership Development Women's Executive Workshop" will be held at Ohio University's Pickerington Center, 12933 Stonecreek Drive.

The keynote address will be delivered by Jodi Wilson, president and chief operating officer of Diley Ridge Medical Center. Wilson is the winner of chamber's 2011 Athena Award, given to honor her work as a business leader who has sought to inspire women to seek their professional potential and create gender balance in the workplace.

Wilson will discuss "barriers and bridges" in the professional world.

State Rep. Ann Gonzalez (R-Westerville) will speak about pathways to goals, and Sue Doody, president and owner of Lindey's Restaurant, will address "leaving your comfort zone."

Cheryl Krueger, founder and former president and chief executive officer of Cheryl and Co., now CEO of Krueger & Co. Consulting, will discuss the challenges and rewards of change and risk-taking in business.

"Our keynote speaker, Jody Wilson, chose the topic, (and) her bullet points from the topic, 'Barriers & Bridges,' will be elaborated on by the three additional keynote speakers from their experience and lives," Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce President Helen Mayle said.

Breakout sessions following the presentations will be led by Dr. Leigh Atkinson from Ohio University Pickerington Center; Dr. Candice Thomas Maddox from Ohio University Pickerington Center and the chamber's 2012 Athena Award recipient; Lynn Miller. human resources director at the city of Pickerington; Mandi Custer from Oho University Lancaster; Laura Stewart from Mount Carmel Medical Center; Wilson and Mayle.

"These breakout sessions will be interactive, with the attendees discussing, recording and reporting back to entire group their topic," Mayle said. "Our speakers are experienced professionals with stories that will inspire and help direct our attendees to their professional goal."

The cost to attend the workshop is $65 per person, and Mayle said there are "limited scholarships" available for those interested in attending.

In addition to the presentations and breakout sessions, lunch will be provided by Mount Carmel Hospital and there will be a variety of informational materials available, Mayle said.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. May 16.

Registrations can be completed online, at www.pickeringtonchamber.com, or by calling the chamber at (614) 837-1958.