7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall
George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology

(After 9:00 a.m., register in the Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center)

7:30 – 8:15 a.m
Continental Breakfast
Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Chace Wellness Center

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote Speaker: Mary Kelly
Chace Wellness Center

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Chace Wellness Center

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Session A Workshops

Sessions are defined for professional audiences as indicated:
1 Beginning 2 Middle 3 Executive
Developing the Power of YOU!

YOU can control your own development and success, both personally and professionally. This interactive presentation will focus on the power of a positive attitude and the attributes that can help with self-development to increase engagement, confidence, and self-esteem. Gain an understanding of your impact as a peak performer in the workplace, identify barriers that inhibit personal power, and create your own vision for success.

Speakers: Carolynn Woodis, Training Specialist Team Leader, Amica Insurance; Gia Tallarico, Training Instructor, Amica Insurance

Everything You Want to Know About Investing But Are Afraid to Ask

Statistics show that 92 percent of women are eager to learn more about financial planning and investments. They want to get more involved in their finances, but one key factor is holding them back: confidence. Some women feel uninformed about the topic, fear they haven’t saved enough, or don’t know where to turn to for guidance. Learn the basics of financial planning and investing in an easy-to-understand format.

Speakers: Jane E. McAuliffe ’95, RIA, CDFA, Financial Analyst, Forbes Financial Planning; Ellen Schmidt Grady, Financial Consultant, Fidelity Investments

Cybersecurity: Best Practices and Career Opportunities for Women

Interested in the growing field of cybersecurity? Become educated and inspired by women who are leaders in this alarmingly underrepresented field: a global cybersecurity expert/academic; a banker who addresses her clients’ need to protect their assets through a strong cybersecurity program; a lawyer who counsels clients on cyber-issues and negotiates solutions when data breaches occur. Discuss cyber-best practices and legal requirements critical to protect corporate assets.

Speakers: Rachelle R. Green, Esq., Partner, Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.; Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow, Pell Center for International Relations & Public Policy, Salve Regina University; Amy Walsh, Senior Vice President/Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The View from the Top: How Successful Leaders Motivate, Empower, and Reward Their Employees

Successful leaders inspire people to pursue a shared vision. This session will explore how the best leaders articulate a compelling vision, establish clear goals, and build buy-in and commitment. Hear how successful leaders motivate people to work hard in pursuit of common goals and empower them to develop creative and innovative ways to accomplish the organization’s objectives. Learn how the best leaders evaluate and reward people in their organizations.

Moderator: Michael A. Roberto, DBA, the Trustee Professor of Management and Director of Bryant’s Center for Program Innovation

Speakers: Beth Bombara ’89, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Hartford; Margaret M. Van Bree, MHA, DrPH, FACHE, President, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Gerardine Ferlins, Founder, President and CEO of Cirtronics

The Ultimate Empowerment: Caring for Your Whole Self

When everyone is pulling at your strings, how do you keep from unraveling? Self-empowering techniques can help you “keep it all together” and navigate daily stressors and life challenges with greater ease and balance. Learn about using food as medicine, keeping the body in motion, quieting negative self-chatter, and setting personal goals to create a style of living for personal well-being. Participants will set a personal “SMART” goal to work toward.

Speakers: Doreen Wiggins, MD, MHL, FACOG, FACS, Breast Surgeon; Director, Cancer Survivorship Program, Women’s Medicine Collaborative, a Lifespan partner; Assistant Clinical Professor, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Amy Potter Pilotte, MSN, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Cancer Survivorship Program, Women’s Medicine Collaborative, a Lifespan partner

Create More Focus, Flow, and Fun!

When in flow, we are five times as productive and up to seven times as creative. In this interactive session, participants will learn the five phases of flow, and cultivate flow skillsets and a hacking mindset to be more focused, impactful, and present. You’ll be prepared to face adversity with clarity and conviction, while embracing creativity, sparking new ideas, and increasing happiness.

Speaker: Camille Preston, PhD, PCC, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AIM Leadership LLC and; Author

Stand In Your Power: Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries at home and work is not only empowering but also critical to your mental health, well-being, and peak performance. In this session, identify the boundaries in your life that could be clearer, and learn strategies to manage your energy and release blocking emotions such as fear, anger, and guilt. Create an action plan to immediately implement what you’ve learned.

Speakers: Deb Elbaum, MD, CPCC, ACC, Career and Life Coach, Deb Elbaum Coaching; Author; Amy Rebecca Gay, PhD, Mediator, Coach, and Consultant, The Mediation Group; Rachel Rice, MBA, EEM-CP, Executive Coach, Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology Practitioner, Five Rhythms Consulting

The Mindful Leader: Making A Real Difference At Work

To keep a company strong and productive, an effective leader must study the future and use “mindful” thinking to recognize present-day challenges and opportunities. This interactive session will explore ideas and strategies to help reduce stress, enhance creativity, and better work “in the now.” Learn how to enhance your self-awareness, engage authentically with others, and be more influential in your professional interactions.

Speaker: Anice O’Connor, PhD, Academic Director of Online Programs, College of Online Education, Johnson & Wales University

Breaking Down Virtual Walls: Leading and Managing Remote Team Members

Today’s workplace increasingly comprises geographically dispersed team members. Leaders are challenged to ensure active communication, high levels of employee engagement, and a sense of common purpose. In this session, you’ll identify specific challenges faced when leading a remote workforce and share best practices. Explore the leadership skills that are most effective, and create an action plan to implement empowering tools and techniques.

Speaker: Rita Williams-Bogar, MBA, CPCU, ChFC, President and Chief Executive Officer, Personal Development Solutions, LLC

Empower Young Women to Take Control of Their Health in Contemporary Culture

The media’s sexualized depiction of women can contribute to poor self-esteem, eating disorders, and risky relationship decisions. In this session, a panel of experts will explore the media’s influence, current health issues, and strategies for creating positive environments, healthy behaviors, and healthy relationships that will empower young women to make good choices.

Speakers: Susan Baron, MA, Lecturer, Communication Department, Bryant University; Patricia Flanagan, M.D, Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics W. Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Chief of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics, and director of the Teens with Tots Program Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Lora A. Palmer '16, Founder and Owner, In Safe Hands; Julie E. Volkman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Bryant University

Communication: Bridging the Gender Divide

This session highlights gender differences related to communication and its impact on recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement. The first step in making a change is to heighten everyone’s awareness. Gender equality is a worthy goal but is difficult to accomplish when unconscious bias continues to permeate the workplace. Only by acknowledging this problem and having deep conversations will changes occur.

Speaker: Peggy S. Bud, Founder, Speaking Skillfully

Building Your Value

Are you striving to transition into a stronger leadership position? Shifts in perspectives and thinking more strategically can help you move beyond the superficial “fake it ‘til you make it” advice and dig more deeply into understanding yourself and the foundation you need to build value. Learn how to frame your accomplishments in ways that showcase your worth and impact on your organization. Plan specific steps to think more strategically.

Speaker: Lana Caron, MBA, Founder and CEO, The Colliston Group; Adjunct Professor,Tufts University

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Session A Book Signing

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Power Plenary Session Speaker: Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC™, FDN
Chace Wellness Center

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Power Plenary Book Signing
Chace Wellness Center

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Luncheon and Bryant University New England Businesswoman of the Year Award
Chace Wellness Center

(Doors open at noon)

12:45 – 1:35 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Leymah Gbowee
Chace Wellness Center

1:35 – 2:00 p.m.
Break/Book Signing
Chace Wellness Center

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Session B Workshops

Sessions are defined for professional audiences as indicated:
1 Beginning 2 Middle 3 Executive
Standing Out as a Woman in the Workplace

In today’s fast-paced culture, having it all can seem impossible for women in the workplace. Whether your goal is to “lean in” or “lean out,” you have to decide what you truly want and how to get there, while staying true to your goals and aspirations. This diverse group of panelists, representing varied backgrounds, industries, and stages of life, will share unique perspectives and practical advice that will educate, inspire, and surprise you.

Speakers: Nicki Maher, Senior Vice President, CHARITY BY DESIGN at ALEX AND ANI; Kate Richard, Senior Vice President of Brand & Creative, ALEX AND ANI; Colleen Fugere, Senior Director, Affinity Brand Licensing & Sponsorships, ALEX AND ANI; Jocelyn Coleman, Vice President of Culture, ALEX AND ANI; Jessica Latimer, Director, Social Media, ALEX AND ANI

Charting a Course: A Financial Guide for Women

Your money shouldn’t be sitting around doing nothing, and, at this workshop, you won’t be either. Evaluate your financial health, and figure out where you want to be and how to get there. Set financial goals, discover how to make your money work for you, and learn how to put it all together to create a financial plan.

Speakers: Judith (Jody) Cullinane, FINRA, Financial Consultant, Institutional Retirement, TIAA; Betsey O’Boyle, MBA, JD, Financial Consultant, TIAA

Lead with Your Life: The Owl Approach to Storytelling

Many leaders, women in particular, have been trained to keep their personal lives – their humanity – outside of the work setting. This entertaining session will help both aspiring and experienced leaders to open themselves up and use their own life stories to enhance employee engagement and help achieve organizational goals. Learn when personal storytelling is most effective and how to connect the message to your team.

Speaker: Sandra L. Coletta, FACHE, Former Executive President and COO of Care New England; Author

Culturally Conscious Leadership

Successful leaders today take an intentional approach to drawing connections between cultural dexterity and conscious leadership. Explore and learn the critical role diversity and inclusion plays in how you lead and build relationships and trust with peers, colleagues, and those you manage. Interact with and hear from campus and corporate leaders. (51)

Speakers: Mailee Kue, PhD, Executive Director, PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Bryant University; Allyson Schiller, PHR, SHRM-CP, Northeast Diversity Leader, PwC, Greater Boston area

Leveraging the Science & Social Secrets of Confidence

You’re educated and you work hard, but competence isn’t enough to lead and achieve – it’s confidence that ultimately controls success. Explore the neuroscience proof and proven tools used by high-performance athletes, military, and C-suite executives. Learn how to instantly assess and improve your own confidence – and that of other people – and get high-performance tools to immediately calibrate and increase confidence.

Speaker: Alyssa Dver, Chief Confidence Officer, American Confidence Institute; Author

Get Your Space & Time in ORDER™

Are you struggling with disorganization in your home, at work, or with your calendar? The ORDER™ system is designed to walk you through the process of clearing the clutter in your spaces and time in a simple, straightforward way. With a specific plan in hand, you’ll be empowered and know where to begin, how to move forward and overcome stumbling blocks, and how to finally get it done.

Speaker: Lisa S. Griffith, CPO®, Owner, The Organized Way

Handle Difficult Conversations with Confidence

Don’t let difficult conversations keep you awake at night. In this session, you will learn a scripting technique to clearly communicate an issue and its impact, propose a solution, and inspire positive outcomes for a joint resolution. Explore techniques to diffuse anger in others and create safety in these conversations. You’ll improve teamwork and productivity by dealing appropriately with important issues and conflicts.

Speaker: Joy Conley Kacik, Partner, Kacik Consulting Services, LLC

Brand YOU: Honing your Personal Leadership Brand

Is your image aligned with the style, tone, or approach you take as a leader? Whether you are a no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is captain or an impassioned, charismatic figurehead, this session will help you solidify your uniqueness as a leader. Drawing from exercises that polish and shape well-known brands, you’ll identify steps to define and refine your personal leadership brand and present yourself in an authentic way.

Speaker: Christine Tieri, President and Certified Brand Strategist, Idea Agency; Author

Working Remotely: Expand Your Relevance and Career Options

Today, 3.7 million employees work from home at least half the time. Women have an opportunity to create a very different type of career. Remote work presents the possibility of a wholesale restructuring of the traditional workday to fit the demands of career and family. Women’s innate ability to multitask and organize make them uniquely qualified to embrace this new professional model.

Speaker: Mari Anne Snow, CEO, SophiaThink Consulting and Sophaya

Be Inspired and Empowered: Explore Transition and the Entrepreneurial Journey

Meet four successful entrepreneurs who have found meaning and purpose in their work and their lives. Learn what it takes to start and/or drive your business to not only make a profit but also empower others as well.

Moderator: Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Program Director, Center for Women & Enterprise

Speakers: Alison Bologna, NBC 10 News Anchor and Founder of Shri Yoga and Shri Service Corps; Lisa Shorr, Owner, Shorr Success and Secure Future Tech Solutions; Dena Davis, Executive Director, ACTion Performance & Leadership Coaching; Founder/Artistic Director, Children’s Theater Education Program, RI Arts Alive; Sandra McNamara, Owner, CONTEXT&CONSULTING

Peaceful Productivity: How to Get More Done While Taking Less of a Toll

You’ve come a long way, baby, but you’ve also never felt busier. Peaceful Productivity teaches women to avoid burnout and boost moment-to-moment happiness, while still taking excellent care of the many important parts of their lives. Through a combination of practical instruction and inspiration, participants will gain a new understanding of how to integrate all the pieces of their lives in a way that is sustainable and gratifying.

Speaker: Kate Hanley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,; Author

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Session B Book Signing

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker: Geena Davis
Chace Wellness Center

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception/Book Signing
Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall
George E. Bello Center