Leigh Miller for GlobalAtlanta
A German entrepreneur who owns one of the largest staffing companies in Western Europe is one of the various international and local businesswomen scheduled to speak at the Crossing Bridges Conference to be held Sept. 8-10 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter hotel.

Ingrid Hofmann, managing partner of I. K. Hofmann GmbH and executive committee member of the Federal Association of Temporary Work and Personnel Services e.V. in Bavaria, Germany, is to share the story of how her company of 8,000 staff was recently named one of “Bavaria’s Best 50” firms.

Ms. Hofmann is one of some 30 international and local businesswomen who will present during the conference their keys to making connections, communicating and succeeding in the global business environment.

The Crossing Bridges conference, which is being held for the first time in Atlanta, has been organized by Atlanta Women in Business and the German women’s business association Frauen als Unternehmerinnen.

“Even though there are many other international conferences and other women’s conferences, Atlanta has not had an international businesswomen’s conference, so this is an historic event,” said Lya Sorano, one of the organizers of the event.

The conference, which was conceived by Susanne Bohn, an organizational development consultant based in Nuremberg, Germany, was first held in Nuremberg in April 2005 for German and Atlantan businesswomen.

This year, Ms. Sorano said she expects attendees from across Europe and the United States, including men.

Keynote speakers are to include Marilyn D. Johnson, vice president of market development for IBM Corp.; Connie Glaser, author of “Different Walks/Different Talks: Bridging the Gender Communications Gap;” Sue Morgan, vice president of franchise food and beverage for InterContinental Hotels Group and Madeline E. Hamill, managing director of Venadar LLC.

A panel on succeeding the global marketplace is to include Moanica Caston at Georgia Power Co.; Patti Ross at IBM; Deleise Lindsey, at DBM; Ms. Hofmann; Ms. Bohn, principal at Solvere Nodum; Heidi Hein, vice president at Summit National Bank; Marie McIntyre, proprietor of Your Office Coach Inc.; Donna Satchell, president of STARR Consulting & Training LLC; Teri Simmons, partner at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP; Jodie Williams, owner and founder of Training Edge Group LLC;

Swaan Barrett, principal of Swaan Barrett Consulting Co.; Nadia Bilchik, principal of Greater Impact Communication Inc.; Bobbie Christmas, owner of Zebra Communications Inc.; Vicki Flier, president of Highroad Presentations Inc.; Margaret Jankowsky, owner of Words and Worlds Language and Culture Training Inc.; Patricia Rife, professor at the Graduate School of Technology & Management at the University of Maryland’s Global Online Master’s Degree Program;

Debbie Davidoff, president and CEO of the Davidoff Group Inc.; Katherine Dunn, founder and president of the Atlanta School of Protocol and Etiquette; Nancy Lewis, president of Progressive Techniques Inc.; Emily Sanders, president and chief investment officer of Sanders International Inc.; Patricia Stallworth, president of Minding Your Money Institute Inc.; Gail Tassell, principal and founder of Acuity Inc. and Ava Wilensky and Sheila Margolis, founding partners of CORE InSites Inc.

Visit www.crossingbridges.us for a complete agenda and to register. Registration is $350 for the three-day event. Call (770) 455-8088 or write to info@crossingbridges.us for details.