WLS Speakers

Ce Anderson

Ce Anderson, M.S., L.P.C., is a sought-after expert on wellness, domestic violence, sexual assault recovery and setting healthy boundaries who has been seen and heard on the likes of NPR and NBC. A licensed therapist, advocate, and author, Ce provides expertise to healthcare professionals, private organizations, institutions of higher learning and faith-based groups and businesses that are looking to make it easier for their employees to bring their whole selves to work. 

Her book, Love T.A.P.S.: Red Flags of An Abuser and How to Get Out, is available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com 

Katie Britt 

Katie Boyd Britt was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama. She attended The University of Alabama and earned a B.A. in Political Science and Blount Liberal Arts. Upon graduation she moved to Washington, DC, to work for United States Senator Richard Shelby. She began as his Deputy Press Secretary and ultimately became his Press Secretary, serving as the head of his press department. At 23 years of age, Katie was the youngest in her role on the Senate side of Capitol Hill. After working on the Hill, she served as Special Assistant to the President for University of Alabama President, Robert E. Witt. 

Katie went on to earn her law degree at The University of Alabama School of Law. Following graduation, Katie practiced law at Butler Snow LLP in both Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. In November 2015, she took a leave of absence from the practice of law to serve as Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director for Senator Shelby’s most recent reelection campaign. 

In August of 2016, Katie became Chief of Staff to Senator Shelby. In this position, she served as the senator’s top advisor on all legal, policy, communications, strategy, leadership, and campaign matters including all fundraising, leadership PAC and campaign operations. Katie worked to develop bipartisan relationships with lawmakers, top committee and leadership staff, and stakeholders to successfully negotiate complex issues and legislation. She directed long-term legislative strategy, plans, and tactics – including all Alabama appropriations issues. 

In January of 2019, Katie was selected as President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama, where she is working to build coalitions and promote unity among the Alabama business community. She is also working to build bridges with elected officials and policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels to support pro- business, pro-economic growth policies that support all sectors of Alabama’s economy: industrial, commercial, small business, tech and health care entrepreneurs. 

Katie resides in Montgomery, AL, with her husband, Wesley, her daughter, Bennett, and her son Ridgeway. She serves as President of the Community Affairs Board of Advisors at the University of Alabama and is the former President of the Student Affairs Leadership Council and a former member of the Blackburn Advisory Board. 

Dr. LaToya Clark 

“Dr. LaToya Clark is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. An Alabama native, she graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a degree in chemistry and received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama. Her residency was completed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Clark offers a full range of obstetric and gynecological services at The Jackson Clinic and is a member of the American Medical Association. When she’s not busy seeing patients, Dr. Clark enjoys traveling, boating and sports of all kinds.” 

Alex Colvin 

Alex Colvin has a B.A. degree from Samford University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Auburn University. She is the Public Programs Curator at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Her work has earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Auburn University; the Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians; and the Hitchcock Graduate Award for Excellence. 

Tarah Keech 

Tarah Keech has been a consultant in Fortune 500 organizations since 2011 and is the Founder of Burnout Survival, specializing in team workshops that help business owners and leaders prevent and protect against the very real and costly risks of burnout. 

Burnout Survival team workshops create a psychologically safe environment and provide you with simplified, evidence-based solutions to recognize, prevent, heal, and recover from the dirty little secret of burnout while maintaining your high-demand work and home life. 

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of South Alabama and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver. 

Lilly Ledbetter 

Lilly Ledbetter served as a manager at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant in Gadsden, Alabama, for more than nineteen years, where she received the top performance award. After learning that over the course of her career she had been paid significantly less than her male colleagues, Ms. Ledbetter filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2007, Ms. Ledbetter’s legal battle came to an end with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear, which overturned her original jury award on the ground that Ms. Ledbetter was required to have filed her complaint within 180 days of Goodyear’s discriminatory pay decision. Her story led to the introduction of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007, which passed the House and Senate in January 2009. The Act was the first bill signed by President Obama. Ms. Ledbetter testified before Congress in support of the legislation. And although she could not benefit financially from the legislation, she continues to be an advocate for pay equity. 

Prior to her tenure at Goodyear, Ms. Ledbetter worked as a district manager for H&R Block Co. and as an assistant financial aid director at Jacksonville State University. She was the first female president of the Anniston Area Management Association, and she is a past director of district two of the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs. She is active in her church and her community, and is a national winner of ballroom dancing contests. A life-long resident of Alabama, she and her late husband of fifty-three years have two children and four grandchildren. 

Dr. Nicole Thompson

For more than 20 years, Dr. Thompson has served in key roles within her community and abroad, providing her with a diverse background and portfolio. Dr. Thompson earned her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and has served in several senior administrative roles, including the role of Chief Diversity Officer. 

She is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record for launching successful startups both domestic and international. She is the founder of She Wins Global, a nonprofit organization that works to advance women and girls in marginalized and vulnerable communities across the globe. Additionally, Dr. Thompson is the founder and co-owner of AdaChic Designs, a socially conscious handbag company that supports entrepreneurs in West Africa. 

In her role as CEO & consultant of Gaitway Solutions LLC, Dr. Thompson works with organizations seeking to advance their institution utilizing a fresh perspective. She a visionary leader, with a “do it scared,” take the risk mentality. 

She is the mom of the 3 young adults and married to Attorney Robert Thompson. 

Ronda Walker

A devoted wife, proud mother, civil servant and cancer survivor, Ronda Walker is described by most as a bold and courageous conqueror with an uncanny ability to relate to individuals from all ages and backgrounds. The Montgomery, AL native graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1990, then earned an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Troy University and then a Master’s in History from the University of Hawaii. Passionate about public service and policy, Ronda worked for several years in Washington, D.C. on the legislative staff of a U.S. Senator and a Congressman. In 2014, Ronda joined the Montgomery County Commission, and in 2016 she was re-elected unopposed for a second term and voted by her colleagues as Vice Chairman. 

Ronda is a member of the Troy University Office of Continuing Education and Outreach where she serves as a certified organizational trainer. In this capacity, Ronda travels throughout the state of Alabama training groups in critical areas such as communication, leadership, and handling volatile situations. 

Ronda’s life changed forever in December 2014 when she was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. A testament to her mental and physical toughness, Ronda never missed a County Commission meeting throughout her chemotherapy and radiation treatments and continued to make a powerful impact in her district. In complete remission today, she credits her experience with cancer for giving her an exciting, new vision for how God plans to use her life through her writing and speaking engagements. 

Named River Region Living Citizen of the Year 2016, Ronda is a member of several community organizations. She also serves on the board of the Baptist East Medical Center and the East YMCA. Ronda was nominated for YMCA Man of the Year and was a member of Leadership Montgomery Class XXXIII. Ronda was also selected to participate in the prestigious Leadership Alabama program, Class XXIX. She and her husband Jason, an Auburn graduate and President of Pate Landscape Company, attend First Baptist Church and have four children: Margaret, Eli, Grant, and Hugh. 

Melissa Johnson Warnke

Melissa Johnson Warnke is the Director of Communications for the Alabama State Bar. Before joining the Bar, Melissa served as Communications Manager for the Alabama Retail Association, and she was a reporter and anchor with WSFA 12 News from 2008-2015. 

In addition to her commitment to the Junior League of Montgomery, Melissa is the President of the Public Relations Council of Alabama in Montgomery and is a committee chair for the Alabama Council of Association Executives. She is also a graduate of the Alabama Leadership Initiative Class II and Leadership Montgomery’s Torchbearer Class V. 

Melissa graduated from Auburn University with a mass communications degree. She and her husband, Adam, live in Montgomery and have two daughters ages 2 and 4. In her spare time, she is an avid tennis player and freelance writer. 

Tonya Scott Williams 

Tonya Scott-Williams is an author, entrepreneur and voiceover professional. She is creator, host and producer of the popular podcast “Eat The Taco. Drink the Wine!” found on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Good Podcast, and more. She is also host of BizTalk MGM on WVAS FM 90.7 F<. a Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce production. Ms. Scott-Williams owns Rise Media Group, LLC and provides off-camera voice services for multimedia projects. She has directed and produced a documentary, was recently cast for a role in a short film, and hosted a special edition of the nationally acclaimed, syndicated podcast “The Moth.” In 2018 she published her first children’s book, Marvelous Marva Had a Dream, which follows a remarkable little girl who discovers how the ordinary becomes extraordinary when one dares to soar and be free. 

Magi Thomley Williams, ACB, ALB 

Magi has enjoyed a multi-faceted career with over 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing and sales leadership. She has created and managed promotional campaigns for real estate development, publishing and hospitality companies. She is a graduate of the University of West Florida. 

As corporate Public Relations Director for Wind Creek Hospitality, Magi’s work includes influencing outcomes and addressing concerns of stakeholders with political, business and personal interests. She represents a multi-national group of entities owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, including casinos, hotels, resorts and race tracks. 

Magi has been appointed to the Alabama Governor’s Advisory Board on Tourism and was the 2019 Alabama Travel Council Award of Excellence recipient. She is an active member of Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area, and currently serves as Secretary for Institute for Women in Politics of Northwest Florida. 

Magi’s favorite things include Pensacola Beach and Netflix binges with her husband, Jackson.