Susan Williams-BelmontWomen in Business has another stellar guest speaker lined up for the next luncheon, presented by Vanderbilt Health, on June 28 at the FiftyForward Martin Center, 960 Heritage Way in Brentwood. Dr. Susan Williams, professor emerita of management for the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University, will speak on “The Negotiations for Women in Business” to a room of women professionals.


Dr. Williams is an active public speaker and consultant on topics related to management, negotiation, business narrative, continuous improvement and strategic thinking. Her clients include Hospital Corporation of America, Disney, HealthTrust Purchasing Group, Caterpillar, The United Methodist Church, LP Products, Cracker Barrel, Vanderbilt University, First Tennessee Bank, Tractor Supply and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Williams has been a regular contributor to The Source magazine, authoring a column titled “Management Matters.”


Dr. Williams came to Belmont in 1989 and has served the university in several capacities, most recently as vice president for administration and planning before returning to the classroom full-time.


After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, Williams taught in the University of Georgia system and at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She was a business owner and entrepreneur in Nashville for several years before she came to Belmont.


She completed a three-year appointment as a judge for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a Secretary of Commerce appointment. Active in national organizations, Williams is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Eta Sigma professional honor societies. She served on the ETSU Foundation Board of Directors, the International Storytelling Center Board of Governors, and volunteers her time for a variety of non-profit organizations. She is a Tennessee Rule 31 listed mediator. Williams has served the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence in various capacities since its inception in 1993, including service on the panel of judges.


Dr. Williams was the 2009 recipient of the Ned R. McWherter State Leadership Award presented by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. In her teaching tenure at Belmont University, Williams was named Most Inspirational Professor by 15 Massey Graduate School of Business graduating classes.


Networking at the luncheon gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Register online on the event page by June 24 to receive a pre-meeting list of attendees.