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Get a luncheon lesson from three successful women
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  • What: Brown Bag Lunch
  • When: Lunch at 11:45 a.m.; program starts at noon
  • Where: Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center, 1545 Community Way NE, Gainesville
  • Who: Carol Burrell, Martha Nesbitt and Elizabeth Umberson will speak about their professional experiences and share tips for success.
  • To register: 770-503-9060 or

Three of Hall County’s most successful women will share their expertise with other women in the community Thursday at the WomenSource Brown Bag Lunch.

The speakers, Carol Burrell, Martha Nesbitt and Elizabeth Umberson, will talk about their professional experiences and share tips for success at noon at the Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center. LeTrell Simpson, the group’s spokeswoman, said speakers were chosen because of their ability to inspire women.

"We feel that all three of these women are highly successful professionals and that they would have a good message because they have gone up the career ladder and are in a very good place in their profession and we saw them as excellent role models," Simpson said.

Each speaker works in a different field.

Carol Burrell is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Northeast Georgia Health System and has more than 25 years of experience in hospital and clinical operations.

Gainesville State College President Martha Nesbitt is a recipient of the Carolyn Desjardins President of the Year award from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

Elizabeth Umberson, president of the Commercial Vehicles Transmission Division for ZF Industries, is responsible for all North American driveline activities in commercial vehicles, along with the truck, bus and coach markets.

"We would hope that the people who attend (Thursday) would pick up on tips for how you advance your career, what are your do’s and don’ts? We’ve asked each of the three speakers to spend their time giving tips on what has worked for them and in some cases what didn’t work for them," Simpson said.

WomenSource is a non-profit organization that was created in 2008 through a partnership between the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, North Georgia Community Foundation and United Way of Hall County to help local women achieve personal and professional success through educational programs, counseling and support groups.

The group holds a brown bag lunch the first Thursday of every month with a different speaker. Simpson said she hopes the programs will appeal to a variety of women.

"We’re trying to target different audiences. We won’t always be targeting professional women or women in the work place but that is the case (Thursday). Our goal is to develop programming that will ultimately be beneficial to all sectors of our community," Simpson said. "We are trying to tailor topics based on the needs of women in the community."

Complimentary brown bag lunches will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon. The luncheon will be held at the Frances Meadows center. To register, contact WomenSource at 770-503-9060 or

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