The monthly Women’s Power Networking Power Lunches offer you a chance to break away from work to meet old friends, make new ones, and leave feeling restored and ready to take your business to the next level. On a monthly basis, Power Lunches provide members, guests and visitors an opportunity to join together to listen to a dynamic local or national speaker while enjoying a fine meal in the ambiance of a local restaurant. Lunch is delicious and reasonably priced and we charge a small entrance fee. Power up with a Power Lunch!
Friday, August 15, 2014
"Grit and Grace: How to Bring Your Best Self Forward and Standing Tall No Matter What”
Life is full of challenges yet these challenges can be overcome. Come spend your afternoon lunch learning tips and strategies to focus present personal performance for business and personal results. Leave feeling renewed with fresh ideas about how to balance your work and personal life!
DJ Mitsch is a Triangle Business Journal 2014 Women In Business Awards winner, an award winning author, a thought leader in the coaching profession, certified Mentor Coach and a Master Certified Coach.
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EST)
Midtown Grille, 4421-115 Six Forks Road, North Hills Shopping and Business District, Raleigh, NC 27609
Register using the official Eventbrite link here
PAST LUNCH SPEAKERS...
"Social Media Strategy and Why You Need One"
If you are a small business owner, then you have had to answer one of these social media questions at least once, or perhaps you haven't answered these questions. This luncheon is the perfect platform for you to get them answered with real life examples and an interactive Q&A session!
Digital Marketing Guru
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (CST)
(Doors will open early at 11 AM)
Old Spaghetti Factory, 17384 Chesterfield Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
(In the Chesterfield Valley)
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Chesterfield, MO
Licensed Professional Counselor and Senior Certified Practitioner in Rapid Resolution Therapy
"The Power of Encouragement: How to Give It and How To Get It"
Encouragement is defined as the action of giving support, confidence, or hope. At times encouragement can be the wind beneath someone's wings during challenging times. Often the acceptance of encouragement is challenging, especially for women. In this interactive discussion we will review some of the best encouragement we have received, given, and how to open ourselves to be more receptive of the encouragement we are offered.
Whether you are an avid public speaker or a shy introvert, this program is sure to change the way you present yourself. Dawn is a fantastic speaker who will change the way you speak and promote yourself.
Dawn Ferguson is known as the "Health, Happiness and Wealth Hypnotist". She works with women (and very smart men) to help them transform their relationships with money, time, health and career so they can experience the success and feedom they've always desired. Her focus is helping you break through the bad beliefs and habits that are holding you back in life.
As a Certified Hypnotist as well as a National Instructor, Dawn likes to joke that people really don't care about the initials behind her name. What they do care about, is her ability to help them move rapidly from stuck and struggling into Success. Dawn's declaration for you; it's time to reach Greater Heights of Success with Less Effort!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Tish S. Kettler, MSPT, CEAS
"Ergonomics in Your Workplace"
Come learn more about ergonomics in your workplace to maximize your work day potential.
Tish Kettler received her master of science in physical therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and advanced training in ergonomics from The Back School of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA). She has also recently earned certification as a kinesiology taping specialist.
Throughout her career, Tish has been exceptionally dedicated to her work, providing her clients with high quality care and established clinical skill. As a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist, she offers consultation services and ergonomic solutions within office, industrial, healthcare and non-institutional settings. Her primary clinical interests as a physical therapist lie within the diagnosis and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain syndromes, orthopedic and sports injuries, work-related pain/injuries, etc. In addition, she works in conjunction with St. Louis eating disorder professionals, providing physical therapy intervention for individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.
Tish has served as a guest speaker and laboratory assistant for the Washington University School of Medicine Program in Physical Therapy and has presented at the annual symposium for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Featuring Speaker: PAM CORDOZO, Business Dev. Specialist
"Connecting the Dots"
Not only do you need to identify the dots, can you connect them strategically resulting in the outcomes you want to achieve? This 30 minute talk will help you to look at life through a strategic set of filters. Regardless of what you want to achieve...Connecting the Dots all starts with the strategy.
As a business development specialist, Pam Cardozo has an impressive 25-year performance track record in sales, marketing and business management. Drawing on her own experiences as a business owner, Pam is able to help customers and staff, transform obstacles into opportunities and turn chaos into clarity and results.
Considered by many as an innovator and sharp strategist, Pam won performance awards for her work with industry leaders like Ceridian, Amtrak, CP&L and Xerox. Her accomplishments were also evidenced in her ability to consistently build annual profits and out-perform her colleagues. Pam has the proven results that are able to contribute in big ways at the corporate level and the small business level. She longs for other opportunities that reach across industries and stretch teams to achieve beyond their expectations.
As the former principal at The Cardozo Group, former Revenue Generation Expert at Ultimate Connectors and current COO at Ocutech, Inc, Pam enjoys the excitement of helping small businesses emerge as dominant players, just as much as the momentum of leading an initiative for an enterprise account. Pam’s brand of business development is based on understanding the customer, knowing the market, building strong business relationships and creating value for customers. A formula she proudly shares with colleagues.
Pam’s business acumen has been shaped by leveraging her experience and know-how in various industries including printing, publishing, communications, financial services technical services, wholesale and channel management, retail, healthcare, beauty, and real estate.
Pamela Cardozo speaks on a variety of maximizing ROI and business building topics. She is available nationally for speaking opportunities.
March 14th, 2014 - Raleigh/Durham NC
Featuring Guest Speaker: Dhawn Hansen, of Organized For Productivity
“Time Management tips that will ensure you achieve those New Year’s Resolutions you may have given up on already!”
This year you were actually going to stick to your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight, eat healthy, work less, sleep more, make more money, start that company, and the list goes on but now that we are several weeks into the year are you still on track? Are you half-heartedly thinking about starting them or have you given up entirely? There is always next year!
Well time to brush the dust off that list and recommit to achieving your goals and living the life you dream of. Often I hear the complaint that not enough time is the number one reason for not accomplishing a goal.
Time Management is one of the most widely talked about topics. Countless seminars are attended, books read and articles written on the topic yet it still remains something we are all in search of.
How do we effectively manage our time?
Dhawn Hansen of Organized For Productivity will give us the top 10 things you can do now to take control of your time. How you spend your time is how you spend your life! Are you spending yours wisely? Stop wasting time and learn how to invest your time and design your life.”
About Dhawn Hansen
Dhawn Hansen is a widely sought after time management and business productivity expert oftenappearing on TV, radio and in print. Hansen’s tips and techniques have appeared on NBC and Fox TV and syndicated radio stations across the U.S.
Prior to forming Organized For Productivity consulting firm, Dhawn Hansen was the Vice President of Operations for a global manufacturing company, establishing organizational systems throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In her role as VP she experienced and witnessed the stress created from daunting To Do lists and mounting pressure to do more with less staff. In 2003 Hansen decided to leave the corporate world and start her own consulting firm to help business owners, executives and high level performers stop the exhausting, frustrating, wheel spinning struggle and channel their energies in a focused and productive manner.
Organized For Productivity was founded on the belief that improving the personal productivity ofbusiness owners, executives and high level performers can directly correspond to improved efficiency, productivity and profitability for the companies they own and work for and at the same time improve the lives of the individuals.
She has authored two books: Organize Your Office and Manage Your Time and Clutter: The Elephant in the Room. Hansen is passionate about giving back and has volunteered for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Food Bank, Ronald Mc Donald House, Blood Bank and others. Hansen serves on the Board of the National Association of Professional Organizers-North Carolina Chapter. Hansen relocated to the Raleigh area from San Diego, California.
Productivity Consultant - Speaker - Author
Vice President, NAPO-North Carolina
Past President, NAPO-San Diego
Organized For Productivity
619-757-8027 or 919-335-8312
Featuring Guest Speaker: Lynne Jackson, President, The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
Lynne M. Jackson, is a great-great granddaughter of Harriet and Dred Scott of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857. This United States Supreme Court decision was a major catalyst for the civil war which, under President Abraham Lincoln, ended slavery. The case helped change the landscape and future of this country from a salve holding republic to one that had more potential to be in keeping with the Declaration of Independence. She delights in sharing this story with young and old, including details of the Scott's personal and family history that have not previously been known.
Ms. Jackson is President and Founder of The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. The Foundation's goal is to promote the commemoration, education and reconciliation of our histories with an eye towards helping to heal the wounds of the past.
Come Celebrate Women's History Month with us and be inspired to be the change for our future generations!
February 27th, 2014 Chesterfield, MO
Come Join Us For An Interactive, Fun Luncheon with Amazing Women!
Laura will be reading several of her most popular chapters of her two books, have everyone try several recipes from her books, do an "only for fun" numerology exercise and talk about "How to Divorce a Girlfriend 101"
How many times have we heard this? Find your tribe, remove the relationships that weigh you down? Come meet Laura and share her hilarious take on taking charge of your life, in this one of a kind interactive luncheon.
About Laura Roodman-Edwards-Ray
Laura Roodman-Edwards Roodman-Edwards-Ray (she married and divorced the same man with the same problems twice until she found the love of her life) lives in a St. Louis suburb with her husband Tom and two daughters. She’s tirelessly trying to perfect being a mother, wife, law firm representative, cook, speaker, and author—failing miserably on all ends. She is the author of Brain Dead in the Burbs (2010), Still Brain Dead & Cooking (2013), Forever Brain Dead (2014) and Night of the Living Brain Dead (2015).
Guest Speaker: Dr. Francessa Ferrentelli
"Start the Year Off Right - Feeling Better About Yourself and Your Body"
In this series you will learn how to recognize and accept the best you, challenge your thinking, improve yourself care and tend to your spirituality. Make 2014 your best year with tips from Dr. Francessa!
Come Join Us For The First Luncheon of 2014 at A New Location & Launch Your Best Year Yet!
About Dr. Francessa Ferrentelli
Francesca Ferrentelli, Ph.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Coach, Mythologist, storyteller, and artist. She is also a trained and authorized SoulCollage ® facilitator, and a certified American Lung Association “Freedom from Smoking” facilitator.
Dr. Ferrentelli has private practice offices in the Tower Grove South neighborhood in St. Louis, and in Washington, MO. Her work with healthy body image started in 1991, when she began working as a part-time family therapist for the Rader Institute, which was a national provider of inpatient Eating Disorders Treatment. She was eventually promoted to director and worked there until 1998 when she began her doctoral studies. Ever since then, she has retained affiliations with various local hospitals: St. Alexius, Mercy, and SSM.
Her private practice began in 1993 and she specializes in eating disorders, healthy body image, bariatric surgical evaluation and support, adult children of alcoholics, alcohol recovery, self-esteem, and life transitions. She has presented numerous lectures locally and throughout the country, including the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons (2001) and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (2005). She began working with bariatric patients in 1998 and her dissertation centers around gastric bypass surgery and the myth of Dionysos (2003).
She received her Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology at Lindenwood University in 1993, and her Doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2003. She serves on the board as vice-president and marketing coordinator of the C. G. Jung Society of Saint Louis. She is currently working on a book about Aphrodite and healthy body image.
She is a first generation Italian-American and lives in New Haven, MO. She spends her spare time reading, cooking, doing art, and traveling with her husband, Mike. One of her biggest passions is helping people feel better about themselves and about their bodies
January 23rd. King of Prussia PA
Focus and Wellness for 2014!
Event Benefits: Pettaway Pursuit Foundation
"The WPN Power Lunch on January 23, 2014 was a great success! Presentations by Stephanie McCullough, Peg Care Ingalls, Emily Staudte and Julie DiRemigio focused on achieving physical, mental and financial balance in the New Year. The event also raised money for the Pettaway Pursuit Foundation, a local nonprofit organization comprised of Certified Doulas who are focused on improving pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences in our communities." ~ Aliki Astreou, King of Prussia Member
January 10, 2014 - Raleigh/Durham NC
"Analyzing the Market Environment"
Members, Guests, Spouses, Friends, and the General Public are invited
REGISTER IN ADVANCE and ATTEND THIS POWER LUNCH to be entered to WIN a BRAND AUDIT by Christina Motley a $1,500 value!
Your brand is your organization's DNA!
Obtain an accurate snapshot of where you currently are internally with your brand and key external perceptions.
Featuring Guest Speakers: Sherry Amen & Sarah Taylor
"A Mother & Daughter Perspective on Life And Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro"
Why did these two women decide to climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world via the most challenging route? What did they learn and what do they want every woman to know?
Come hear their story and see their climb in this incredible presentation by Sherry and Sarah.
Sherry is a Marketing Director for NSA, Juice Plus+ and the Tower Garden. She works with youth to grow into secure adults, is a classically trained organist and directs a handbell choir.
Sarah is a 35 year old engineer at Boeing. She is a mother of 2 children and author of a children’s book, “K is for Kilimanjaro", an easy to read alphabet book with stunning pictures from their adventure. Proceeds from her book go to helping an orphanage in Tanzania. The book is currently sold on Amazon.
Come Join Us For Networking & An Amazing Story!
Featured Guest Speaker: Lethia Owens
"Dare to Be Irresistible: Strategies to Help You Build A Magnetic Personal Brand"
Come join us for the last Power Luncheon for 2013! The power of your brand can be measured by its level of influence and profitability. Having a gorgeous brand image doesn't mean much if it isn't bringing in the money you need to thrive in your business.
Guest Speaker: Geneva L. Yourse, Business Attorney
Topic: "Simple Solutions to Avoid Liability"
Geneva is an attorney with the Raleigh office of Cauley Pridgen. A member of LexisNexis’s Firm Manager advisory board and serves as the legal advisor to the non-profit organization, Lead-Her, which helps empower and train women leaders. She is admitted to practice in the US District Court in the Eastern District of NC. A member of law fraternity Delta Theta Phi and was the 2006 Book Award recipient in Constitutional Law while in law school..
Mrs. Yourse assists businesses with formation, contract drafting/negotiation, employment issues and litigation.
Lunch is delicious and reasonably priced and we charge a small entrance fee.
Members, Guests, Spouses, Friends and the General Public are invited.
Featuring Guest Speaker:
Marion Youngblood, Life Coach, Speaker, Blogger
"Find Inner Peace, Make More Money, Have Loads Of Fun Again, Stop Procrastinating and Sleep Through The Night Like A Baby! Oh, and do all of those things with ease and with a smile!"
Thoughts and how-to tactics to employ in your day to day life so that you actually live the life you’ve always wanted to live. There will be stories about Afghanistan, the angry general contractor who built our house, a strange encounter with Martha Beck, and, of course, menopause.
About Marion Youngblood
Marion has been an entrepreneur since 1987 and an over-achiever since birth. She’s quick to say that the best thing she ever did was make a conscious decision to stop her insane pursuit of perfection at the age of 50’ish. She is a self proclaimed, recovering “approval addict” and now works as a Life Coach, Speaker and Blogger to help people connect with themselves and live in alignment with their values so that they walk in the world in step with the rhythm of their own voices. Marion was trained by some of the strongest and finest Master Life Coaches in the industry and was certified through Harvard trained, monthly Oprah “O” Magazine contributor, and NY Times Best Selling author Martha Beck’s Life Coach Training Program. Marion has an outstanding reputation as a Life Coach. And she also walks her talk! She cares deeply about people and her life’s work is to help people know themselves, honor themselves and make their difference! She has both an undergraduate and master’s degree from North Carolina State University, is a native of North Carolina, the baby of her family, and she’s pretty sure she was her mom’s favorite! Marion now lives in Hillsborough, NC.
Featuring Suzanne Gellman
"Identity Theft - What You Need to Know"
There is no full-proof way to prevent identity theft. The best way to protect yourself is to understand how it happens and make it difficult for identity thieves to get your personally information. Learn more about how ID Thieves get your information, how they use your personal, financial and insurance information, and preventive measures you can take to protect yourself. Also learn about the resources available and steps to take if ID Theft does happen to you.
Suzanne Gellman is a Financial Education Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Program. Suzanne develops curriculum, presents seminars, and does consulting, throughout the St. Louis area, on various financial planning topics, financial management practices, and related legal issues. Suzanne also coordinates local programs such as the Women's Financial Education Series ; Get Checking, a local program that helps people re-establish checking accounts; and the $tart $mart program that helps women learn to negotiate their wages and benefits. Suzanne has her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Consumer Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has her Law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. She is a member of the Missouri Bar.
Guest Speaker Heather Hollick, Leadership and Team Coach, Organizational Consultant and Speaker
Careers, business, and the workforce of the 21st century are changing. Now—more than ever—if you’re looking for an opportunity, you’re looking for a person. In addition to being top-notch in your field, you also have to have a top-notch network. Unfortunately, creating, building, and maintaining a powerful network of professional relationships is often overlooked or underplayed. Many people struggle to do it well, if it all. The good news is that networking doesn’t have to be hard, and the key skills to be successful at it are easy to master.
It’s time for new mindset on networking. There is much more to networking than noisy “networking events” and the gratuitous exchange of business cards. In this presentation we redefine networking in a way that makes it easy, natural, and deeply effective. We learn how to simplify our approach to networking while building powerful personal and professional connections that can last a lifetime. Along the way we’ll polish our elevator pitch with answers to the questions “What do you do?” and “What are you working on?” You will acquire simple and useful tools and techniques that will empower you to create and maintain a great network.
About Heather Hollick
Heather Hollick is an executive coach, organizational consultant, and speaker who empowers ambitious people with innovate ideas and practical actions for jump-starting careers and transforming organizations.
She has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University, and an undergraduate degree in math, physics, and secondary education. Heather is an expert on team dynamics as well as a seasoned leader, teacher, coach, and change agent with a global range of leadership experiences in IT, HR, consulting, and volunteer organizations. Her experience spans such companies as Cisco Systems, United Healthcare, Research in Motion, and the pensions department of the British Government.
Heather takes a unique and innovative approach to networking. She earned her networking stripes through total immersion. She has moved more than 25 times in the last 30 years. In the last 8 years alone she has lived and worked in six cities, in three countries, on two continents. In each new place she hit the ground running by starting with little more than the strength of her network and a few local alumni and LinkedIn connections.
You can learn more about her at her website at http://www.heatherhollick.com/about/
"The 4 ESSENTIALS OF CRM* NEEDED TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS! – CRM That Sells Or Repels"
(*CRM = Customer Relationship Management)
This is your lucky day! You’re invited to the June Women’s Power Networking (WPN) Power Lunch where you’ll get the expert business building advice you need. Experts say, “When it comes to sales, it’s all about relationships.” Now you too can get the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) secrets you need to grow your business.
This June WPN is bringing together a panel of 4 Top CRM Experts to answer your business building questions.
Guest Panelists to Include:
Taren Mordas, Website Expert, will share How To Create Websites That Captivate & Convert.
Sonja Haggert, Professional Writer, will discuss How To Create and Use Whitepapers, Blogs, etc. To Attract Clients.
Gail Davis, Sr. Manager & Certified Trainer, will shine a light on How ‘Send Out Cards’ Makes CRM Easy & Economical
Carole Pepe, Chief Marketing Strategist, will reveal which Client Attraction Give Away Gifts Kill Sales and Which Get Clients Chasing You.
Panelists are ready to answer your questions. Members are invited to submit advance questions on the following topics:
Submit your questions on above topics to Teresa Kearney at Teresa@expressdatasys.com
May 30th Chesterfield, MO
Featuring Guest Speaker, Brenda Fraser, Radio Host, Visionary Strategist, Professional Speaker, National Marketing Expert.
Alive to Thrive: How to Build Abundance Fast
BRENDA A. FRASER
Brenda is a Radio Host, a Visionary Strategist, a professional speaker and a national marketing expert.
As President of her own business called Gala Force LLC, Brenda launches new businesses and nonprofit organizations, and promotes authors and entrepreneurs. She is passionate about Social Justice causes and making a real difference in the world.
Brenda has more than 28 years experience in fund raising, event management, marketing and public relations. She has tremendous energy and gives a dynamic “jumpstart” to organizations, and well, to just about everything she does.
Brenda was published in “The Seven Points of Impact”, an anthology about personal development and transformation. She is the host of a weekly radio show with a national audience, called “Alive to Thrive” that airs via the internet and has interviewed nationally-known authors such as The Artist’s Way author Julia Cameron to New York Times best-selling authors such as John David Mann, and spiritually-minded authors such as Karen Casey and Lorna Kelly.
She was the host of a TV program called “Point of View” that streamed on the Lindenwood University (LUTV channel) to 55,000 viewers across the greater St. Louis region.
Because of her many personal and professional achievements, Brenda received the 2010 Streetscape Magazine’s “Beyond the Best Award” as one of the Top 50 businesses in St. Charles County, Missouri and was named “Woman of the Year” by the Colorado Business Council.
Come Join Us For Networking & A Great Speaker!
"Ultimate Leadership... and Love: Your Mindset for Success"
Featuring Guest Speaker: Stephanie McDilda, Seminar Leader, Coach and Author
Whether you are a solopreneur or you have a team the size of a small army, everyone leads! In this presentation, Stephanie will share with you her insights on translating love into a powerful leadership strategy. Poor leadership can impact every relationship in your life from your employees and clients to your spouse and kids.
This program will talk about a unique mindset that will not only help you improve relationships with just about anyone you encounter while running your business, it will help you find more happiness and less stress in the process. It might even help at home!
In this program, we will…
Discuss the cost of poor leadership and be able to articulate the value of a love based leadership style.
Develop a definition of “love” appropriate for the workplace.
Challenge your perceptions about common myths surrounding leadership and love.
Discuss key strategies for translating love into a powerful leadership strategy.
Identify at least two actions which you can personally implement.
Join us and become an example of how leading with love is the most powerful leadership strategy in the Universe.
Stephanie McDilda is an experienced HRD (Human Resource Development) professional with over 30 years of experience in leadership development and coaching. She has three degrees, all from N.C. State University – a B.A. in Business Management and Economics, an M.Ed. in Adult Education, and an M.Ed. in Counseling. She is also an ICF Certified Professional Coach. Stephanie has practical experience, not only in training and coaching leaders, but also in leading several teams over her career. An author, speaker, coach, and seminar leader, Stephanie owns Flashpoint International where she works with leaders at all levels of an organization to help them translate love into a powerful leadership strategy.
Featuring Guest Speaker Clare Luffman, Accountability Coach
10 Essential Success Practices for a Thriving Business
In almost every case, the results we’re experiencing in our businesses can be tracked back to our everyday habits. Unproductive habits can lead to stress, an inefficient use of our time, and a low bank account balance. Yet, successful habits can lead to more money, while working less hours, and an overall sense of peace.
We all have unproductive habits, so you’re not alone! The good news is that you can replace your unproductive habits with new success habits -- just by putting one foot in front of the other. Just by gaining new success habits; one new habit at a time.
Featuring Guest Speaker: Karen Fox
"The How's and Why's of Social Media"
1. How to use social media to rank higher in the search engines.
2. Why you should use social media for a part of your overall Marketing Plan.
3. How to use keywords in your titles for a better ranking.
4. Why you should make sure you have a social media strategy and not wing it.
KAREN THE CONNECTOR
What do you get when you combine 27 years in direct sales, a craving to help people succeed, an outgoing, sparkling personality and an ongoing interest in computers and the internet?
You get Karen Fox, better known as Karen the Connector. She works with businesses and individuals to create their social networking and social marketing strategies.
Her strength is rescuing people from the fear, frustration and that overwhelmed feeling they often get when implementing or pursuing their online presence.
Through coaching, virtual social media consultation, presentations, or ongoing monthly marketing, you’ll emerge with an understanding of your ideal social media platform.
Karen is the recipient of the SPIRIT Award from the Fenton Chamber of Commerce and is active as their ambassador. She has been blessed with a wonderful husband of 32 years and, as a cool internet mother, knows facebook better than her own teenage daughter!
If you’re feeling Frustrated with Facebook, Lost on LinkedIn, a Twit on Twitter or Perplexed by Pinterest...Karen is THE person to know for all your social media endeavors.
Location: Oceano Bistro - 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Featuring Guest Speaker: Nasha Snipes, Speaker, Holistic Coach
"The Imitation Of Life"
The Imitation of Life: Have you heard that art imitates life? Or is it life imitates art?
Discover tools useful for business and personal lives to allow you to live life without imitation.
Nasha will share insider actor techniques that help create flawless performances to your audience. She will also share recovery techniques when the performance isn't flawless.
Nasha Snipes is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and health counselor who has dedicated her life to excellence in service. Ms. Snipes has served as keynote speaker at several functions. She was a panelist at the 2007 Women’sEmpowerment Luncheonsponsored by the 100 Black Women of Stone Mountain-Lithonia; facilitator for the 2008 Atlanta American Red CrossLearn About Stress Lunch & Learn Series; keynote speaker at the 2009 My Magazine for GirlsEmpowerment Luncheon; and gave the motivational charge at the 2010 Transforming Women Entrepreneurs Conference.
Ms. Snipes is also an entrepreneur. She is a certified massage therapist and during the time she resided in Atlanta, she was co-owner of Float, a high end spa that was voted “Best” in eleven categories in Atlanta Magazine and featured in Daily Candy e-zine andElle magazine.
Ms. Snipes strives to positively impact the community. Currently, she is the founder of Project N A S H A (Naturally Achieving Successful Health Always) in Greenville, North Carolina, a health and wellness organization focusing on nutrition and lifestyle.
Ms. Snipes is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management from Clark Atlanta University and her holistic health coaching certification from Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Featuring Guest Speaker: Shannon Myers, founder of Walton Seach
"Social Media Outlets to Build Your Business"
Shannon is the founder of Walton Search, a firm that specializes in online media and research with a majority of accounts in the start-up and small business space. As an active blogger, content writer, speaker and search engine optimizer, Shannon understands the social media landscape to optimize business' online presence both technically and visually. As a frequent speaker at women’s networking groups, Shannon offers businesses the tools and guidance to manage changing technology and the social media landscape.
March 8, 2013 - Raleigh/Durham
WPN Power Lunch
“What You Want and Need to Know About Publishing and Marketing
Your Memoir, Blog, Fiction or Non Fiction Book!!”
Our panelists will give you advice and answer questions on publishing, eBooks, the importance of editing your manuscript, marketing your book, and how a book will boost your business.
Featuring Expert Panelists:
As a publicist and owner of Batson Group Marketing and PR for 25+ years, Eileen Batson works with individuals, business owners, authors and artists to help them be well-known, well-thought of and well-remembered with, press releases, newsletters, and promotional materials. She consults and speaks on the various aspects of public relations and marketing. Martin Brossman and Anora McGaha selected her chapter on public relations for inclusion in their book Social Media for Business. Born in Baltimore and raised in Miami, she and her husband, nonfiction publisher, award-winning author, and singer-songwriter Jon Batson, escaped from Los Angeles to Raleigh in 2005. Join Eileen on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter/@ebatson. Contact her at Eileen@BGMPR.com www.BGMPR.com
Diana Needham is recently published and the president of Needham Business Consulting, a consulting firm dedicated to helping clients grows their businesses, explore and manage marketing opportunities, and increase profits. She earned her Business Administration degree from Franklin University and received project management certification from the University of Colorado. She served for over 25 years at one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, where she was a key strategic leader charged with achieving the company vision and overcoming challenges during market shifts. She speaks frequently on smart business strategies at seminars and conferences and is a certified business and marketing coach. Contact Diana at 919-240-5130, Connect on LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/diananeedham
Alice Osborne, Write from the Inside Out
Born in Washington, D.C., the winter after Watergate to a Masterpiece Theater-obsessed mother and Archie Bunker-obsessed father, Alice’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, as well as an editor, coach and marketing consultant for writers. After the Steaming Stops is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are Right Lane Ends and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the short fiction anthology, Tattoos (Main Street Rag, 2012). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has taught classes and writing workshops to hundreds of aspiring authors of nearly all ages (from 9 to 90), both in person and online. Her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children and now two parakeets: Woodbird and Perry. Birdstein wants you to know he exchanged this world for a better one. Visit Alice's website at www.aliceosborn.com.
WPN Power Lunch
Guest Speaker: Sarah Levitt, Life and Business Coach
"Sustaining the Steward: Creating Optimum Leadership Performance!"
Sarah Levitt is a coach and speaker who helps people cultivate possibility and create the lives they want. Her coaching services focus on well-being and work-life balance, entrepreneurship and business, and joy-filled living. She offers speaking engagements, professional training and development, workshops, and private group coaching.
A successful entrepreneur of 15 years, Sarah grew her greenhouse operation from start-up to capture 40+% of the market share for North Carolina. When divorce presented itself and dissolved all of the external markers in her life -- career, marriage, and home—Sarah had to re-imagine and re-create everything from scratch.
Specialties: Specialites include: well-being and work-life balance training and development, entrepreneurship and business coaching, and joy-filled living.
Additionally, she is a Coach at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School in the Launching The Venture program.
Guest Speaker: Stephanie Hester, Author, Keynote Speaker, Life and Career Coach
" The Power of Play: Taking Your Career and Personal Life to New Heights"
We take life too seriously. We stress over To Do lists, deadlines, "musts" and "shoulds." Yes, we need to be responsible adults and meet our obligations, but in the name of responsibility, we often miss out on the best part of life - living it!
God tells us to be like the little children. Something children are great at doing is laughing and playing. They interact with others and they have fun. Somewhere in life we as adults have lost touch with this part of ourselves and in doing so we end up resenting our jobs, our families, and our lives.
But, our lives are meant to be rewarding and some of the greatest rewards come through play. In fact, our bodies and minds are designed for play and it is through playing that we begin to discover our passions, build meaningful relationships, and become empowered to succeed in the workplace. Even God plays. Does that surprise you?
In this session you will answer:
Members, Guests, Spouses, Friends and the General Public are invited to join us.
ABOUT STEPHANIE HESTER
Stephanie Hester, the Choose a Better Life™ Chick, has a passion for people and helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. As an accomplished speaker, trainer and consultant, Stephanie has more than 17 years of experience in developing winning corporate teams from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including IBM and iContact. She has also been a keynote speaker at regional and HR conferences including that of North Carolina State University.
Stephanie has been featured in national publications including the Wall Street Journal and ABC news online and is also the author of the motivational book Choose a Better Life: Common Sense for Uncommon Living. She also authors a weekly blog and has produced a video series on practical tips for improving both your personal and professional life.
For years her mantra has been “you can’t always control what happens to you, but you can always control how you respond to what happens to you.” She says that it is in these choices we have great power, joy, and freedom to Choose a Better Life™.
To find out more about Stephanie visit her website at www.ChooseaBetterLife.com.
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Guest Speaker: Laura Boedges, Certified Retirement Planning Speaker
" Tax Planning for Small Businesses"
Members, Guests, Spouses, Friends and the General Public are invited to join us. Laura Boedges is a Financial Services and Investment Adviser Representative with MetLife Securities, Inc. She assists people to reach financial security for both today and the future. She brings a fresh perspective along with a myriad of resources in order to help provide clear financial service strategies. She specializes in full service financial services such as providing insurance, securities and investments for business owners. Laura is Series 7 & 66
Licensed, Life and Health Insurance Licensed and a RetireWise Program Trainer. She enjoys speaking to and helping women plan their financial journey.
Come Join Us for Networking & A Great Speaker!
Date: January 31, 2013
Location: Oceano Bistro, 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West, Chesterfield, MO
Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Cost: Registration $15.00 including tax and gratuity for a delicious lunch.
Guest Speaker: Connie Castleberry, Life Coach
Discover the 5 Step Path to Take Your Power Back and Live Life on Purpose Again!
We all know that life is full of interruptions & surprises…….some we love and some we wish had never happened. These could be an unexpected change in your job, relationship or health that can easily leave even the most successful professional feeling a little lost, off track, and off center.
Often times, the strategies you've used in the past are not working any more. You're becoming concerned....and the longer it goes on the more concerned you get.
The good news is that there is a better way. Discover the 5-step path that will show you the simple steps to get you back on track, stepping back into your power, and living your life on purpose again.
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Kim Players is an inspirational speaker who educates and empowers women to discover their greatness and create the success they desire. As a keynote speaker, personal coach, and founder of Show up Speak up & Succeed, Kim has created unique workshop and financial independence.To learn more about Kim Players, please visit her website: http://www.kimplayers.com/
What is the Speaking Engagement About?
Discover how to start strong and finish fabulous with simple steps! Upto 90% of our normal behavior is based on habits. Your habits will determine your qualify of life. Your daily method of operation to achieve the success you desire and maintain it w/o struggle is a sum of your habits.
Guest Speaker: Jessica Sabatini, Founder and President of FindingMyRealLove.com
"Women as Effective Leaders in Their Personal and Professional Lives"
Women are really stepping out as leaders and taking on responsibility for focus and motivation in business and at home. Come learn what feminine qualities add to being a fantastic leader as well as the common pitfalls women face when stepping into leadership positions and how to overcome them. This program will be useful if you a business owner, mom, or community leader.
Jessica is a Certified Coach, Professional Speaker and Girl Power Activist. Whether you are a professional woman looking for Mr. Right, or a working mom looking for ways to tame “the overwhelm”, Jessica helps you break through to the next level; empowering you to be a leader in your work as well as your life. Find out more about Jessica and her coaching programs by visiting www.FindingMyRealLove.com and grab your free copy of “9 No Fail Tips for Finding My Real Love.”
Mary is the Co-Owner of the Benelux Café in the City Market in downtown Raleigh and has recently overseen the opening of a second location at the Alexander YMCA on Hillsborough Street. A Registered Nurse she specialized in Emergency Room and Coronary Intensive Care and Phase I Clinical Research, both in Europe and USA. With a strong knowledge of business systems, Mary has been responsible for multi-fund budgets ranging from $10 million to over $100 million. Members, Guests, Spouses, Friends and the General Public are invited.
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Guest Speaker: Beth Briggs, Executive Director of N.C.
Council for Women
"2012 Status of Women in NC: Challenges and Opportunities Facing NC's Women"
Beth Briggs serves as Executive Director of the North Carolina Council for Women. A statewide advocacy agency that advises the Governor, the NC General Assembly and policy makers on issues impacting women in the state.
The Council has a staff of 16 and administers grants in excess of $12,000,000 annually to a variety of programs that seek to improve the lives of women and their families. The grants support programs that address domestic violence, sexual assault and provide self sufficiency for displaced homemakers. Briggs’ goal for the year is to raise awareness of the current status of women in the state and of the importance of helping women become physically safe and financially secure. This fall the Council will release the 2012 NC Status of Women Report the first since 1996.
From 1995-2012, Briggs was founder and principal of Creative Philanthropy, a philanthropic consulting firm that advised donors and foundations throughout North Carolina. She served as a catalyst for North Carolina’s women's philanthropy by helping establish eight women's funds and women's giving circles that have granted millions of dollars to nonprofits serving women and children. She has worked to help educate hundreds of women about the impact of collective giving on communities.
Power Lunch featuring Guest Speaker: Laurie Levin, Certified Health Coach
"Your Greatest Asset...Your Health!"
LAURIE LEVIN helps people create optimal health and wellness. She has been studying and supporting people all over the country for over a decade. What began as a mission to improve her own health and her family’s, became a career change after 25 years in corporate America. She now helps people make healthy choices so they can create optimal health and reverse the damage caused by everyday stresses, unhealthy diets and lifestyles.
Laurie specializes in weight loss, nutrition and stress reduction and is a speaker on each of these topics. She is a Certified Health Coach and Regional Director with Take Shape For Life. She is also a Licensed HeartMath(R) Stress Reduction Provider and has trained people all over the U.S. in stress reduction. Laurie has an MBA and ended her corporate career as Vice President for a global marketing research company, working with some of our largest US companies.
Her favorite role in life is being a mom to her daughter Alenna who is now a freshman in college and hopefully remembering all that Laurie has taught her about a healthy diet and lifestyle. Lauire also loves movies, traveling, gardeing, reading and is currently writing a book about gender equity. She is the Missouri Area Director for Women's Power Networking and St. Louis Room To Read Co-Chair, an organization committed to literacy and gender equality world-wide.
"Say it With Backbone, Not Bite - Effective Communication Skills that Relieve Stress and Get Results"
Deidre Hughey is focused on helping women to overcome obstacles and powerfully reset their lives onto a path of personal greatness and fulfillment through her program: Reset Your Life Mastery.
When adversity reared its head over and over again, Deidre Hughey decided that she needed to stop feeling sorry for herself and start laughing at destiny. Having experienced child abuse, rape, a mental institution, and drug abuse before the age of 21, Deidre will be the first to tell you that 15 years of marriage and raising two teenagers is a piece of cake (well, as long as you like cake).
From storytelling to an infectious zeal for life, Deidre’s ability to find humor and calm in the midst of adversity endears her audiences and allows them to look at their own lives from a different perspective and with a smile on their face! Members, Guests, Spouses, Friends and the General Public are invited.
"It's Good to Be Gutsy"
For some it’s easy. To speak out. Take risks. Lead change. Others need a nudge. To exude confidence. Be playful. Tell the truth. Start your journey to GUTSY. Untie the knots (cannot, am not, should not) that stood in your way of personal and professional power. Now is the time. Profit from deep collaboration and creative relationships.
Speaker: Nancy Bolts, Marketing Specialist, Author
"Get On-Track with High Speed Rail" 21st Century Transportation for America.
Across the globe, people are travelling by high-speed trains at 186 miles per hour and higher. They are escaping the woes of long automobile commutes, gridlocked traffic, and the indignities of post-9/11 air travel. They are experiencing the convenience, comfort, amenities, and service not available to automobile and air travelers. This is a great opportunity to learn about high-speed rail and why it is capturing the public's interest.
About Nancy Bolts
Nancy Bolts is a marketing specialist and the creative driving force behind BOLTS Creative Communications. She has over 30 years of award-winning marketing and advertising experience at Ogilvy & Mather and DDB Needham, the two largest ad agencies in New York. Nancy manages projects for local and larger clients including the U.N. She is a co-author of Manager’s Guide to Marketing, Advertising and Publicity recently published by McGraw-Hill and the soon-to-be-released Fast Trains - America's High Speed Future by Emy Louie with Nancy Bolts
"Deborah's 10 best Weight Loss Tips for 2012 & The Crazy, Contradictive Truths about Weight Loss: What Applies to You."
OK…I know you have heard every trick in the book for weight loss. You may have tried most of them. Am I right? Well…I’ll bet I’ve got some on this list that you haven’t hear of. As you may know I’m into the natural approach so, I’m going to share with you my favorite tips that will give you a renewed sense of power over your weight and life.
Check out 2 of my favorite book on Weight Loss: Living Right 4 Your Blood Type and You…on a Diet (new edition)
About Deborah Richter
Deborah Richter, the founder of Ultima Mind & Health has been working in the health field for over a decade as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Professional Health Coach. She loves educating and showing people how they can live a life of Ultimate Health. Her training varies from Advanced Anatomy/Physiology, Personal Fitness Training and Biomechanics, Yoga, Trigger Point Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Bio-Kinesiology. Ultima Mind & Health addresses the varied needs of our complex bodies.
Speaker: Mary Michele Little, Founder and CEO, One Chic Mama, Inc.
"Be Your Brand: Seven Steps to Boost Your Style, Build Your Credibility and Stand Out like a Rock Star in Your Industry"
Mary Michele Little, Founder and CEO of One Chic Mama, Inc. has had a passion for style for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Southern Pines, NC, Michele began creating a couture wardrobe for her Barbies and knew from age six that her future would include a career in fashion. With more than 20 years' experience helping women look their best, Michele loves helping women transform their looks, as well as their lives. She has more than 20 years experience in the fashion industry, dressing women and helping them find a look that's right for them.
Michele is passionate about empowering women with a clear understanding of what works on them and why. She helps her clients to create a strategy for getting dressed and encourages them to get rid of anything that doesn't leave them feeling amazing! Michele says the best compliment a client could hear is "You look beautiful" and she understands how powerful feeling beautiful can really be. She believes all women are beautiful and it is her mission in life to help women see it for themselves.
Michele is a national speaker, author and freelance writer, as well as a regular contributor to Triangle Style, The Cary Citizen, Boom Magazine, and TheBizzyBuzz.Com. She is also a member of BORN Toastmasters, Toastmasters International and volunteers for Dress for Success and Interact.
Speaker: Jeff Thell, COO of Green Roots Business Solutions
"Embracing the Power of Organic Growth"
We welcome an incredible speaker, Jeff Thell, COO of Green Roots Business Solutions, who brings 2 decades of experience transforming supply chains through the application of world class continuous improvement and operations leadership principles. Working in industries ranging from custom machine fabrication to advertising, Jeff has helped family-owned businesses and multi-national corporations significantly improve their quality, cash flow, and bottom line. Jeff has taught supply chain at Drexel and Villanova Universities. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration as well as several certifications in the areas of continuous improvement, supply chain and operations management.
Speaker: Nancy T. Nguyen, MBA, Ms. Corporate America 2011
"The Path to Networking Success"
Nancy T. Nguyen, MBA is a first generation American entrepreneur and the author of The Networking Diary. After earning a B.A. in Spanish at NC State University, Nancy established her career at the Chicago White Sox and City of Chicago while serving as an Ambassador for DePaul’s Graduate School of Business. She’s studied business and networked in Japan and Peru. Nancy founded Sweet T Salon in Raleigh, NC and has worked as a licensed cosmetologist for over 10 years to pay her way through college. She is a lifelong advocate of Locks-of-Love, the SPCA, ArtReach 4 Kids, and Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Business Fraternity. Crowned as Ms. Corporate America in 2011, she works to inspire entrepreneurs throughout the world.
Speakers: Sherry Amen, NSA, Juice Plus+, Tower Garden and Sarah Taylor, Boeing
"A Mother Daughter Perspective on Life and Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro"
Why did these two women decide to climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world via the most challenging route? What did they learn and what do they want every woman to know?
Come hear their story and see their climb in this incredible presentation by Sherry and Sarah.
Sherry is a Marketing Director for NSA, Juice Plus+ and the Tower Garden. She works with youth to grow into secure adults, is a classically trained organist and directs a handbell choir.
Sarah is a 34 year old engineer at Boeing. She is a mother of 2 children and author of a children’s book, “K is for Kilimanjaro", an easy to read alphabet book with stunning pictures from their adventure. Proceeds from her book go to helping an orphanage in Tanzania. The book is currently sold on Amazon.
Speaker: Toni Law, Sales Coach & Associate with TTC/Sandler Training ®
"How to Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet!"
Toni Law is a Sales Coach & Associate with The Training Center for Sales & Business Development/Sandler Training ® (TTC/Sandler Training ®). She is considered to be the leading expert in sales and sales training for the small business owner and entrepreneur. In 2007 she was introduced to Sandler Training ® and completed several management and sales training courses. Toni recognizes the ‘pain’ her prospects and clients feel and redirects their efforts to increase referrals, sales, and revenue. Most importantly, she teaches them how to build and maintain better business relationships. Toni received her BA degree at West Chester University and enjoys spending time with her family.
TTC/Sandler Training® is the leading expert in sales and business development consulting. An integrated, full-service, state-of-the-art business consulting company providing specialized sales, sales management, and customer service training to hundreds of customers both in the Delaware Valley and throughout North America. To contact The Training Center for Sales & Business Development, Call: 610.940.0600 today to learn more about Sandler Training.
Also monetary contributions for door prizes will be accepted and we will be publishing recognition to everyone on our Power Lunch Programs!
Location: The Copperfield Inn at Lakeside, 594 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468
Speaker Nancy Welsh, CEO of Builders of Hope
"Finding Your Inner Passion and Learning to Make a Difference in the World Right Where You Are - Right Now"
Finding your passion does not preclude you from professional advancement and should actually empower you to shatter that glass ceiling and become the best you can be as you grasp hold of the opportunities before you and climb rung by rung to reach your ultimate goals.
Nancy Welsh is an Affordable Housing Expert, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Builders of Hope, a non-profit organization based here in North Carolina. The former advertising executive for Coca-Cola and Leo Burnett walked away from her corporate life to pursue the opportunity she recognized to recycle tear-down homes into safe, healthy affordable housing, saving millions of pounds of construction debris from already overburdened landfills in the process. She has shared her insights with national and regional outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, PBS, "CBS Evening News" and The News & Observer.
Nancy Welsh has been recognized as an innovator in affordable housing and green building. Together, Nancy Welsh and Builders of Hope are rebuilding our country using existing housing inventory to create beautiful communities of rehabbed, green affordable housing from what would otherwise be tear downs.
March 8, 2012 Philadelphia, PA
Speaker: Ebbe Skovdal, President and Senior Consultant of iDEMENSIONS
"To Be A Star - Follow the Star! Learn 5 Steps to Stardom!
Ebbe Skovdal, iDIMENSIONS president and senior consultant, brings more than 25 years of experience as a leader, manager, change agent, trouble-shooter, and problem solver. His broad experience and rich insights support his flexible and highly personalized approach to understanding and improving the specific needs of an organization and its cultural environment.
Speaker: Aprille Trupiano, Leadership Expert, Radio & TV Show Host, Speaker, Author
"3 Massive Mistakes that Keep Business Owners from Being Highly Successful and How You Can Avoid Them!"
April Trupiano is described by clients as being bold, straightforward, high energy, vivacious and dedicated. She is a published author working on her second book, “Click! Leadership Secrets to Thrive in Your Business and Love Your Life”. Aprille hosts “Click! Power Hour with Aprille Trupiano” on iWatchRadio.com, has been a co-host on “How to Promote Your Business” on KFNS, the Fox Sports Network and is also the host of a local TV show on business and lifestyle called the “Streetscape Show”.
Aprille has been trained by world class leaders and has lived in the US and Italy, where she has delivered training for private clients, small organizations, mid to large sized companies and governmental agencies. Her proven system, “The Power of Click”, catapults clients to the extraordinary in their business and the miraculous in their life, where all their purest desires, their most intense passions are reborn. Aprille can be reached at Aprille@GetClickNow.com.
Visit her website, www.GetClickNow.com, for a complimentary eCourse delivered to your inbox TODAY!
After hearing Aprille explain these 3 Massive Mistakes, you’ll be able to:
· Stop yourself from getting in the way of your own success
· Accelerate your course to success into overdrive
· Walk away with ACTION STEPS you can immediately use to uplevel your success
Speaker: Diana Needham, President Needham Business Consulting
“Capturing a New Vision: 3 Secrets for Making 2012 Your Best Year Ever!”
Did you find yourself excited to say "goodbye" to 2011... because the things you wanted for your business and life last year just didn't happen? Are you wondering what 2012 will hold for you? Come join us to learn the 3 secrets for making 2012 your best year ever. You'll leave inspired, excited, and on a mission to make 2012 an amazing year.
Diana Needham is the president of Needham Business Consulting, a consulting firm dedicated to helping clients grows their businesses, explore and manage marketing opportunities, and increase profits. She earned her Business Administration degree from Franklin University and received project management certification from the University of Colorado. She served for over 25 years at one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, where she was a key strategic leader charged with achieving the company vision and overcoming challenges during market shifts. She speaks frequently about smart business strategies at seminars and conferences and is a certified business and marketing coach. Diana is energized by helping her clients learn how to defy the current market conditions through innovative strategies. Her mission is to educate and empower clients to leverage business opportunities, overcome obstacles, and achieve healthy organizational growth and profits.
Speaker: Kate Neale, Consultant for Dispute Resolution
"Conflict: The House Guest That Won't Leave"
Kate is currently a Consultant for Dispute Resolution at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division. She developed and coordinates the state-wide special education mediation program. She also developed the facilitated IEP meeting program. Prior to coming to NC, Kate served as a special education due process hearing officer, complaint investigator, and mediator for eleven years, and taught a special education law class at the graduate level. Additionally, she conducted negotiation and peer mediation trainings with students and consulted with school personnel to institute anti-bullying programs. Kate currently conducts ADA mediations for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Guest Speaker: Tessa Greenspan, Business Owner, Speaker, Mentor
"Creating Your Own Dream Business and Success"
As the former Owner of "Sappington Farmers Market" in St. Louis, Missouri, Tessa Greenspan is one of St. Louis’ most influential women in business. She is now a speaker, focusing on inspirational and business topics. Tessa promotes her message that a positive mental attitude, a willing, tenacious spirit and a healthy body are the keys to success. Her company is currently in sixty countries with plans to open in thirty-five more.
Tessa is best known for her Leadership in business and in life. She has also produced a movie based on these ideals called “Breakthrough The Movie” You can find out more about it at www.BreakThroughTheMovie.com.
Tessa has been recognized on both the local and national level for her generosity and community spirit, including National Woman Grocer of the Year, the Diversity Award from Washington, DC, YWCA’s Top Woman in Business, one of St. Louis Business Journal’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in St. Louis, NAWBO’s Distinguished Woman Business Owner of the Year and many more.
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Ouzts, State Director for Environment NC
"Fracking in NC: Worth the Risk"
What is Fracking? Relatively new drilling technology, high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now makes it possible to reach natural gas reserves. Commonly referred to as "horizontal hydrofracking" or just "fracking," deep-shale natural gas drilling uses high-pressure injection of water, sand, and chemicals to release the trapped gas.
Ms. Ouzts coordinates policy development, research, grassroots outreach, and legislative strategy for Environment North Carolina. She is the co-author of numerous reports on global warming and preservation, and has testified before the state legislature on a wide range of issues, from water quality to renewable energy.
A graduate of the NC School of Science and Math, Ms. Ouzts began her work with the state PIRGs in New Jersey, where she completed service for NJ Community Water Watch, a project of NJPIRG Law and Policy Center. In 1998, she returned to North Carolina to work with NCPIRG. She became the director of NCPIRG in 2001, then launched Environment North Carolina in 2006.
Guest Speaker: Lauren Paparone, Certified Project Manager, Business Coach
“The Power of Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone”
In our current economy we no longer can be complacent in our job security and our current roles. In order to shine and reach our full potential we must unleash the power within us for change and stepping outside of our comfort zone. Don’t let entitlement and fear rob you of what you were meant to become.
Lauren Paparone is a certified Project Manager, Business Coach, and owner of Personal Empowerment, Inc. Lauren transitioned from a successful corporate career to micro-business ownership and uses her expertise to help others make this transition. Lauren works with clients empowering them to balance their lives, reduce stress, and manage their life rather than their time so they ultimately will be more successful in both their career and life! She encourages those living with stress to pay as much attention to their own needs as they do to the needs of others. She says “Coaching is about holding a person accountable while revealing their abilities and strengths. Balance is achieved as we strengthen and enhance the mind, body and spirit – so we can rekindle the happier, joyful and more fulfilled life we all deserve!”
Guest Speaker: Elaine Marshall, Secretary of State
"Law Enforcement in High Heels"
In 1996, Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall became the first woman ever elected to a statewide, executive branch office in North Carolina. Secretary Marshall was a member of the NC State Senate before rising to statewide office. She holds a B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Maryland and a law degree (JD) from Campbell University. She has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Campbell University, Lees McRae College and Meredith College.
She serves as co-Chair of the NC-Moldova Partnership for Peace and recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Republic of Moldova State University of Medicine. Since becoming Secretary of State, she has received numerous state and national awards for leadership in technology, government innovation, and women's leadership.