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
Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center
8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Chace Wellness Center
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote Speaker: Laura Ipsen
Chace Wellness Center
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Chace Wellness Center
1 Beginning 2 Middle 3 Executive
What do you want from your workplace? When you walk through the door, do you feel camaraderie, spirit, opportunity, acknowledgement, motivation? The culture of a company depends on its team contributions and leadership. By inspiring your employees and colleagues to reach their success, you can create an "ACE" (Appreciation, Contribution, and Engagement) Culture of Leadership that builds connections between the company and its most valuable assets – its employees.
FACILITATOR: Julie Volkman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Gail Lowney Alofsin, President and Founder of Authentic Measurable Performance (AMP!), is an internationally recognized author, speaker, career coach, mentor, and business executive. With a focus on professional and personal achievement, she presents at conferences and corporations on the topics of leadership and business. Alofsin also serves as Director of Corporate Partnerships for Newport Harbor Corporation. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island since 1999.
Successful organizations require leaders who can identify innovative visions while inspiring and motivating their teams to achieve challenging goals. This outstanding panel of leaders has successfully led organizations through significant changes in consumer, political, economic, educational, and technological landscapes. Hear them share their experiences and insights about how they choose and articulate a vision and lead the change necessary to accomplish strategic goals.
MODERATOR: Carol DeMoranville, PhD, is Associate Provost at Bryant University. She works closely with the chief academic officer to deliver innovative and high-quality academic programs. She was previously Professor and Chair of the Department of Marketing, taught Bryant graduate courses, and served as a consultant for a variety of clients. DeMoranville was honored for her work at the University with a 2011 MBA Outstanding Professor Award and a 2009 Outstanding Service Award. Before entering academics, she was a successful entrepreneur.
SPEAKERS: Angélica M. Infante-Green, MA, is the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Rhode Island Department of Education in 2019, she served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support. A first-generation American who learned English in school, Infante-Green began her career as a bilingual classroom teacher in the South Bronx. Since leaving the classroom, she has served in a variety of roles focused on improving instruction for all students.
Gary E. Furtado ’78, ’85 MBA, ’17H, is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Navigant Credit Union, among the largest credit unions in Rhode Island and one of the strongest in the country. Furtado joined Navigant 40 years ago and became President and CEO in 1978. He is dedicated to making a difference in the communities Navigant serves and has been recognized for his longtime community and civic activities. He currently holds leadership positions in Care New England, Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, and Little Sisters of the Poor, among others.
Kathy M. Mazzarella, MBA, is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Graybar, an employee-owned Fortune 500 distributor of electrical, communications, and data networking products. She joined the company in 1980 and worked her way up from an entry level position to become President and CEO in 2012. Mazzarella serves on the boards of Waste Management, Inc., Cigna Corporation, Core & Main LP, and several other community organizations. She formerly served as board Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Mazzarella has received many awards for her business achievements and community involvement.
Deborah Thomas, CPA, is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Hasbro, where she leads the organization’s global corporate financial operations and oversees information technology organization. Prior to her appointment as CFO in 2009, she held positions of increasing responsibility within Hasbro’s finance department, which she joined in 1998. Thomas serves on the boards of directors of SeaWorld Entertainment and several local, not-for-profit groups in Rhode Island. She was named the 2010 Citizen of the Year by the board of directors of the March of Dimes Rhode Island.
Fifty-three percent of LGBTQ employees hide their identity at work. They question the commitment of their workplace to them and simply desire an experience equitable to that of their heterosexual and cisgender peers. In this session, discuss the rich value that LGBTQ people bring to the workplace when provided with the opportunity. You will leave with tools to expand your workplace vision for LGBTQ colleagues and a greater understanding of the language that is so critical to workplace inclusion.
FACILITATOR: Kelly P. Boutin, MEd, Director, PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women's Center, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Stephanie Huckel, MS, is Senior Global Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at IGT. In this role, she collaborates with international business units and process owners to develop and deploy the company’s first diversity and inclusion strategy. For nearly two decades, she has worked in, with, and for a variety of companies, organizations, and educational institutions to increase LGBTQ inclusion. She has served on the board of directors for Sojourner House since 2016.
When it comes to financial perception, looking ahead requires a certain level of belief and planning. We all have hopes and dreams, many of which are rooted in financial goals, but how can we anticipate what our lives will look like in 10, 20, or 50 years? The good news is that financial foresight is something each of us can learn, and the first step is financial planning. Learn how to plan ahead and make sound decisions today that can benefit your financial standing tomorrow.
FACILITATOR: Maura Dowling, CFP®, MA, Lecturer, Department of Finance, Bryant University
SPEAKERS: Janell Hayes Bruno is Vice President, Mortgage Loan Officer, for The Washington Trust Company, which she joined more than 16 years ago. At Washington Trust, she has received the President’s Club Award, which is given to individuals who produce more than $24 million each year. A board member of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, she has been the recipient of Rhode Island Monthly’s Five Star Service Award for the past six years.
Lauren K. Drury, JD, is Vice President and Chief Wealth Management Fiduciary Officer for Washington Trust Wealth Management, where she manages large and complex trust relationships and the settlement of complex estates. Prior to joining Washington Trust, she worked as an attorney specializing in estate planning and probate law at the law firm of Mignanelli & Associates, Ltd. She is an active presenter and panelist at professional organizations and trust and estate conferences across New England.
Holly Thompson Knott, CFP®, is a Vice President and Wealth Management Planning Officer for Washington Trust Wealth Management. With more than 15 years at the company, she serves the investment, trust, and estate planning needs of her clients and works with emerging investors, as well as high net worth clients throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut. She is a member of both the Estate and Tax Planning Council of Southeastern Connecticut and the Rhode Island Estate and Tax Planning Council.
Eighty percent of us will experience low back pain at least once. Jobs that require heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling can lead to injury, but an inactive desk job may also contribute to pain. Attendees will discuss the burden of back pain on health and employment, and learn three measures to prevent or relieve most pain episodes. This session will also make you more comfortable about beginning a regimen of gentle movement to maintain and build muscle strength that supports the lower back, improves mobility and flexibility, and promotes proper positioning and posture.
FACILITATOR: Christine J. Dodd, MSN, NP-C, Health Services, Bryant University
SPEAKERS: Camilla Moore, DC, ART, SFMA, is a chiropractor at the Lifespan Lifestyle Medicine Center. Dr. Moore is the creator of PreTrain, a fitness approach that combines evidence-based rehabilitation exercises, progressive movement training, and a high-intensity, short-duration fitness routine to help patients improve their strength, stability, and flexibility. She received a chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College and finished her clinical rotations with a selective internship at the Rhode Island Spine Center.
Cindy Fiske, MS, ACSM EP-C, NBC-HWC, is a certified exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and certified wellness coach at the Lifespan Lifestyle Medicine Center. She is board-certified as a national health and wellness coach by the International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaches (ICHWC). As a member of Wellcoaches and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), her expertise is in helping to educate and support individuals and groups to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior change. She holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Rhode Island.
Expanding our vision means sharing our vision, and we can’t do that if we lose our seats in the rooms where decisions are made. This interactive session will explore the well-documented tendency of women in the workforce to volunteer for, or be asked to take on, non-promotable tasks – activities that do not help their career trajectories. Explore triggers that may make women volunteer, while learning comfortable but assertive ways to say “no” that are unequivocal and non-threatening.
FACILITATOR: Ilisabeth Bornstein, JD, Pre-law Advisor; Lecturer, Department of History and Social Sciences, Bryant University
SPEAKERS: Amy Sondrup, MA, is President of Access TCA, Inc., which is among the largest independently owned, face-to-face marketing firms in North America. She is responsible for operations, strategy, and marketing and sits on the company’s board of directors. She also serves on the boards of Nuvista and the Experiential Designers & Producers Association. Before joining Access TCA, she taught U.S. history and western civilization at Westminster College.
Amy Mouradian ’15, is Manager of Client Development, Access TCA, Inc. She entered the events industry as a Student Project Manager for The Women’s Summit at Bryant University. Her experience with trade shows led to a position at Access TCA as an Event Services Manager. One year later, she was promoted to Proposal and Presentation Planner. She now orchestrates the organization’s entire proposal process for the new business development team.
Lisa Dandeneau, ’90, CPA, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Navigant Credit Union. An accomplished financial professional with more than 22 years of diverse leadership experience, she has played an integral role in Navigant Credit Union’s growth from a one-branch organization based in Central Falls into its current position as one of the largest credit unions in Rhode Island and among the nation’s strongest. A Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rhode Island's Lamda II Class, Dandeneau is active in her local community. She serves as chair for the Advisory Council of the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Foundation Committee of the Rotary Club of Smithfield.
Expand your brand in the digital world – in just 15 minutes a day! Two Bryant professors with impressive brands of their own will share a step-by-step guide to developing, implementing, and managing an efficient and successful brand online using tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Hootsuite. Learn specific details on how to find your brand’s core proposition and communicate its value to target customers. This session will include a 15-minute Q&A.
SPEAKERS: Sharmin Attaran, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Bryant University. She designs and teaches hands-on courses in digital marketing and uses innovative teaching techniques to provide students with the skills to be leaders in this dynamic field. She also runs a successful consulting business aimed at developing and implementing digital marketing strategic plans for non-profit organizations and small and medium-size enterprises to highlight powerful philosophies and missions.
Sharmin Attaran bio
Stephanie Boyer, PhD, an Associate Professor of Marketing at Bryant University, is the Co-Founder of RNMKRS, a virtual sales competition. She is Executive Director of the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition, linking organizations with top talent, and has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal. Boyer, who is the recipient of the prestigious American Marketing Association Sales Educator of the Year Award, brings unique and valuable experience to the classroom and to organizations that want to build their client base.
Stefanie Boyer bio
The business world is shifting, necessitating the emergence of a different type of leader. The new-age leader embraces fresh leadership principles that result in more circular, supportive, and successful workplaces. In this session, explore the changing definition of leadership, as well as the core tenets of new-age leaders and how to connect with them. Learn specific methodologies, perspectives, and frameworks that will help you to build an action plan and accelerate your own leadership journey.
FACILITATOR: Raquel Cordeiro ’13, ’17 MBA, Senior Sales Operations Manager, Vistaprint
SPEAKER: Carrie Majewski is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Women in Leadership Nexus®, a professional leadership association empowering women to reach an amplified level of leadership. She is also the Vice President of Marketing for Trilix, an application development and systems integration company. In 2019, she was named “Woman to Watch” in the Professional Services Category by Providence Business News, and was named winner of the "RI Inno 50 On Fire" list. She is a member of the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England.
Women with great vision are great storytellers. They know that before people can trust you or your vision, they need to know why you believe what you believe. Learn how to uncover the story of yourself, tell it in a memorable way, and use it to advance your vision – big or small – while generating greater humanity and empathy in the workplace.
FACILITATOR: Diane Wilbur ’88, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Soft Skills Training Group
SPEAKER: Lois Kelly is President of Foghound and Co-Founder of Rebels At Work. She has been a lifelong observer of emerging business, cultural and economic trends, and a trailblazer in helping corporations understand these trends. Kelly teaches people to see possibilities, advocate for change, adapt to it, and thrive. She co-founded a pioneering digital marketing agency in the 1990s and is the author of four books including the bestseller Rebels At Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within (co-authored).
Position yourself in a new role with a process that sets you up for quick success – whether you are an individual contributor, first-time supervisor, or a chief executive officer. Learn to quickly identify where to put your energy, gain the support and confidence of peers and direct reports, and impress those above you by demonstrating your ability to quickly produce. (This session can also be easily used if you plan on staying in your current role.) A complimentary coaching session is included.
FACILITATOR: Inge-Lise Ameer, EdD, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Joy Conley Kacik, a Partner in Kacik Consulting Services, LLC, has an extensive background in negotiations, leadership/organizational development, strategic planning, and coaching. Kacik was a professional negotiator and organizational consultant for the Pennsylvania State Education Association for 28 years. Today, as a consultant, speaker, and Certified Professional Coach, she focuses on building strong teams and leadership. Her career and executive coaching help individuals to realize their career goals and executive clients to lead with strong people skills, a strategic vision, and results-focused decisions.
The world is changing. Amid growth, progress, disruption, chaos, and opportunity, individuals and corporations are waking up to the responsibility we all have to help build the future we desire. Explore the changing dynamic between profit and purpose, today and tomorrow, intuition and analytics, action and communication, and head and heart. Learn how to successfully navigate change using strategies that will help you not just do well or good enough – but do better.
FACILITATOR: Meagan Joseph, MLIS, Public Services Librarian, Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Lisa Gralnek, MBA, is Principal and Founder of LVG & Co., a holistic, brand-first business strategy consulting service for values-led organizations. A seasoned business leader with senior management experience at adidas, Chobani, BCG, Walmart, diverse Small and Medium-Size Enterprises (SMEs), and top creative agencies, she is recognized as a motivating leader and presenter. Gralnek has spoken on expert panels on topics such as brand authenticity, calculated risk-taking, culture and change, and the importance of making a positive contribution to the world around us – in addition to making money.
With the frenetic pace of life and evolving technology, face-to-face human interaction is becoming a lost art. A simple formula can enable you to easily create meaningful connections and build relationships that can provide lasting benefits in your professional and personal life. Learn how to engage in interactive conversation in real-life situations such as when you meet a person for the first time or converse with someone who dominates the conversation. You can be a gentle nudge to create more balanced relationships.
FACILITATOR: Karen Maguire, Director of Editorial Services, Department of University Relations, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Jayne Mattson, MS, is a career engagement expert and President of CareerEngage, an organization that works with early to mid-career professionals in all aspects of career management. An accomplished facilitator, trainer, and coach, Mattson inspires individuals to explore areas that block them from achieving their highest potential and developing the sustainable confidence-building skills to excel in their careers.
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Session A Book Signing
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Power Plenary Session Speaker: Laysha Ward
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: Mae Jemison
Chace Wellness Center
1:35 – 2:00 p.m.
Chace Wellness Center
1 Beginning 2 Middle 3 Executive
If we don’t start making laser-sharp changes today to expand our vision, it will take 208 years to reach real gender equality in the United States, a statistic shared by the World Economic Forum. Visionary leaders know that getting women into leadership and decision-making positions is good for business and the community. Through interactive dialogue, hear individual perspectives from senior leaders who will share their personal experiences, challenges, unique solutions, and hidden gems. You’ll be inspired to empower women, young girls, and male allies in your life.
FACILITATOR: Tracy Quarella, Business Development Manager, Executive Development Center, Bryant University
MODERATOR: Luanne Campana is Vice President, Chapter Leader Customer Solutions, at Fidelity Investments, where she focuses on the leadership and development of a team of business professionals supporting Fidelity’s retirement business. Now in her 20th year with the company, Campana has been a passionate leader as part of the Global Women’s Leadership Group, the largest of Fidelity’s Employee Resource Groups. As Co-lead of Signature Events, Campana directs events meant to inspire the company’s women associates, and male allies, and she is an active career coach and mentor at Fidelity. She is a recent board member and treasurer of the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket.
SPEAKERS: Jackie Glenn is the Chief Executive Officer of Glenn Diversity Inclusion and HR Solutions. As the former Global Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Dell/EMC Corporation, she uses her own life’s journey and corporate expertise to help create corporate cultures that reflect the diverse world they are aiming to serve.
Jack Roche is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hanover Insurance Group Inc., a leading publicly-traded property and casualty insurer recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the best employers in America. Roche recently signed the CEO Action Diversity and Inclusion Pledge, joining a coalition of CEOs who promise to advance diversity and inclusion, trust, and respect in the workplace.
Victoria Waterman ’85, Chief Executive Officer of Girls Inc. of Worcester, is uniquely positioned to empower today’s girls to be tomorrow’s leaders. Utilizing the expertise she gained from presiding over Leading Women Massachusetts, Waterman puts her inspiration into practice by preparing young women to successfully reach and climb the ladder of success with confidence.
Envisioning your retirement dreams can often make it easier to save for and achieve your goals. Rather than focusing on dollar amounts, it can help to visualize activities such as traveling and volunteering. Discover how making small adjustments over time can lead to bigger savings down the road. Attendees will receive a workbook for cash flow and asset management and discuss retirement savings that include employer plans and the tax impact of different investment options.
FACILITATOR: Janet J. Prichard, PhD, Professor, Department of Information Systems and Analytics, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Betsey O’Boyle, MBA, JD, is a Senior Financial Consultant within the Institutional Retirement Division of TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization. She is part of the client relationship team responsible for supporting and improving the customer experience with tools and capabilities across market segments. O’Boyle holds Series 7 and 65 licenses, while maintaining Life, Health and Variable Annuity licenses for all of New England. She began her financial services career in 1999 and joined TIAA in 2012.
How does diversity and inclusion positively affect an organization's culture and success? In this session, you will learn how diversity initiatives in various industries impact a company's growth and its people. A multi-generational panel will share current initiatives and strategies from their unique perspectives, illustrating why best practices must continue and evolve. Expand your own vision on diversity and inclusion using the insight gained from these experienced and knowledgeable professionals.
MODERATOR/FACILITATOR: Mailee Kue, PhD, Vice President for Student Engagement at Bryant University, brings vision and a team-oriented philosophy to diversity, inclusion, and engagement endeavors on campus. Kue leads the University’s efforts to help students get involved, and educates the campus community on the importance and advantages of a culture that values and supports each of its members. Before joining Bryant, Kue held leadership positions in a variety of diversity, inclusion, and equity-related councils, committees, and initiatives at the University of Rhode Island, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
SPEAKERS: Bryony Bouyer, ’90 MBA, is Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion and Multi-Cultural Strategy, Hasbro, Inc. She leads the company’s strategic objective to foster inclusivity across the business through a more diverse, representative workforce. Bouyer began her Hasbro career in 2000, serving in a variety of roles as part of the Global Consumer Products Team. Responsible for developing and driving the global consumer products strategy for all of Hasbro’s brands, she successfully expanded the company’s iconic brands. Bouyer played an integral role in strategically advancing the company’s successful licensing division before assuming her current position.
Raquél Lynn Pérez, RN, BSN, is a Registered Nurse at Women at Infant’s Hospital and a Marketing Coordinator for half full, llc. As a member of the Latinx community, she believes society is more than ready for the media to eliminate misrepresentation and expand its vision. In 2018, she was named a Forbes Fellow and was a speaker at TedxURI. She is a member of the Rhode Island Women’s Policy Institute and is a Leadership Rhode Island graduate.
Rita Williams-Bogar, MBA, CPCU, ChFC, founder of Personal Development Solutions LLC & PDS Institute LLC, is an award-winning expert facilitator in the areas of leadership development, team building, emotional intelligence, and diversity. She is a contributing author to the book, Big Bold Business Advice. Williams-Bogar was named the 2011 Region II Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Association. She is a member of the CPCU Society’s Leadership Council, serves on the Bryant University Board of Trustees, and is president of the Bryant Alumni Association.
Kristiane Johnson, ’06 MBA, is the General Auditor of Global Risk Management for Bank of America's Corporate Audit Division for Compliance and Operational Risk, Anti-Money Laundering, Market Risk, and Counterparty. Her nearly 20-year career at the organization includes management roles within Corporate Audit and other lending areas. Johnson is active in several diversity and inclusion employee networks including Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development (LEAD) for Women and the Black Professionals Resource Group. She is a Finance Committee member for East Greenwich Schools.
Seeking clarity? Are you ready to increase your confidence and future successes? Build a foundation that can help you thrive using five fundamental principles. Learn how self-care, mindfulness, and gratitude practices can help support clear vision and why protecting boundaries can help you flourish and become a more effective decision maker. Communication strategies that can provide increased satisfaction in relationships both at work and at home will be discussed.
SPEAKER: Megan Gunnell, LMSW, Founder and Director of the Thriving Well Institute, is a psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and international retreat leader with more than 20 years of experience. An expert in women’s health, self-care, and mindfulness, her work helps clients restore, transform, and reach their highest potential. A Licensed Master Social Worker, she has presented and facilitated at workshops and retreats globally, most notably in Finland, Costa Rica, and throughout the United States.
Are you constantly working on fixing your perceived shortcomings? Your energy would be better spent on strengthening your strengths! In this lively session, create the vision for your ideal future by uncovering your natural superpowers and aligning your image, message, and approach. Identify how capitalizing on your unique strengths and attributes will help you learn to lead, influence, and always bring the best version of yourself.
SPEAKER: Christine Tieri is President of Chris Tieri Corporation. She is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and the only Certified Brand Strategist (CBS) in New England. Tieri works with organizations, brands, and individuals to creatively solve business challenges and facilitate transformations. She helps her client discover unique distinctions to help position their brands in the marketplace. Tieri also helps women to hone their own leadership brands. She previously owned Idea Agency, a brand and marketing firm that she launched 25 years ago.
As children, we learn defense mechanisms to survive, but we may not even be aware of these limiting thoughts when we carry them into adulthood. Change your perspective about what you are capable of – surpass your own limitations and make a bigger impact. By the end of this session, you will be able to identify a core belief that may be blocking your progress and learn how to change it, create a vision for a new future, and design a plan of action.
SPEAKER: Maureen Ross Gemme, MS Ed, is Chief Executive Officer at Emerge Leadership Academy, LLC, and a dynamic speaker, leadership trainer, and mentor. She is passionate about helping clients overcome their fears and develop the confidence to lead others. In 2013, Gemme began her entrepreneurial journey to train and develop professionals who want to make an impact. Before launching her successful business, she enjoyed a 27-year career at a Fortune 200 company.
Who are YOU – and what value do you bring to the table? This impactful and interactive session will explore what personal branding is and why it matters for women in today’s fiercely competitive job market and business environment. Learn about the four pillars of a personal brand, and gain insight on how to create a compelling personal brand. Take your career to the next level by standing out and demonstrating the unique value you offer to others.
SPEAKER: Hume Johnson, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer of Hume Johnson Consulting, LLC and Associate Professor of Public Relations at Roger Williams University. An expert in branding and communications strategy, she helps leaders and executives differentiate themselves through strategic positioning, brand leadership, and effective communication. A former television journalist and political speechwriter with the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), she is the author of Brand YOU: Reinvent Yourself, Redefine Your Future.
Entrepreneurs are sparked by a vision that motivates them to persevere despite obstacles and challenges. If you are thinking of starting your own business, you’ve got questions. Where do you begin? How do you keep focused and balanced when confronted with everyday realities? Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur from four successful women who have created careers from their passions.
FACILITATOR: Patricia Gomez, MA, Senior Lecturer of Modern Language, Department of Modern Language, Bryant University
MODERATOR: Veronica Martinez is Director of The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), Rhode Island, an organization that partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide services to a growing number of women entrepreneurs in the state. Prior to her appointment to CWE in January 2020, Martinez was the Director of HomeOwnership at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley and worked in the housing counseling industry for more than a decade. She is a certified financial counselor.
SPEAKERS: Lisa Shorr owns two successful businesses: Shorr Success and Secure Future Tech Solutions. Certified in Advanced Image Consulting and Corporate Consultancy, Shorr has spent more than 25 years in the sales, marketing, and personal branding arena. Using her proprietary “Shorr-to-Shine System,” she had coached hundreds of businesses worldwide to build a stronger brand. She has also delivered professional development and corporate branding workshops and seminars across the country. Her articles on style, career development, and technology have been widely published. Shorr has styled many professionals on photoshoots, television, and in private settings. She is an executive board member of The Tech Collective and a member of The Association of Image Consultants International.
Sandra Giraldo, founder of Enjoyful Foods, was diagnosed at the age of 20 with IBS and hypoglycemia. After being overmedicated for many years, she took control of her healing journey by going back to basics and using food as a source of powerful medicine. Based on what she learned from her mother and grandmother in Columbia, where pure and unprocessed chocolate is a staple, Giraldo now creates healthy, balanced, powerful, and complete cacao foods in a gluten, dairy, and peanut-free facility in Rhode Island.
Additional panelists TBD
Is your vision greater than the hours you have to achieve it? Then it’s time to examine your approach to productivity and how to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. Learn six productivity-boosting tools for getting there – from big-picture concepts to practical, walk-out-and-use-it-today tips to get started. Discover not only how to get things done but also how to get the important things done to turn your vision into reality.
FACILITATOR: Amy Grant, Director, Executive Development Center, Bryant University
SPEAKER: Lisa S. Griffith, CPO®, is the Owner of Griffith Productivity Solutions and a Certified Professional Organizer, author, and speaker. Her career has spanned more than 30 years as a teacher, director, and administrator of performing arts in schools, churches, and community organizations. Today, she utilizes her extensive skills to inspire, coach, and educate professionals who seek to boost their productivity and create organization in their space and time.
Life and professional achievements rarely follow the path of a straight line. More often than not, success is the result of a combination of detours, hurdles, and people we encounter along the way. Learn how this accomplished professional turned her detours into massive opportunities. You will be inspired to take chances in life, appreciate that the path you start on is not always where you were meant to end up, and say yes when someone asks you to have a cup of coffee!
SPEAKER: Kim Miles, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Miles in Heels Productions, is a successful businesswoman with a vibrant financial advisory practice. She also has more than 20 years of sales experience, a background in performing, and a serious shoe habit. A sought-after event strategist and creative collaborator, she partners with her clients to help them deliver critical messaging to their key audiences in fresh, unexpected, and entertaining ways.
You have a vision or goal for your career, but it feels daunting or impossible to achieve. Tame your fear and live your vision! By identifying and qualifying what cliffs and mountains you could encounter, you can evaluate and make a choice that works for you. Learn how to develop clarity and an action plan to start a business, ask for a raise, or get a promotion. Walk away with practical advice and exercises that will help you build a personal path to success.
SPEAKERS: Wendy Pease, MBA, is Owner and President of Rapport Translations, a company that connects people across languages and cultures through translation and interpretation in more than 200 languages. She previously held senior corporate management positions in international marketing and business development. Pease, who is a speaker at numerous conferences, has lived in Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. She is passionate about languages, cultures, and communications.
Jamie Lannon Diglio ’00 is President of SomethingNew, LLC, one of the fastest-growing talent strategy firms in the country. A speaker, coach, and author, she is a four-time recipient of the American Business Award for Innovation. Diglio previously held sales leader positions at Microsoft and Gartner, where she built a multimillion dollar business selling to competitive Wall Street firms. Today, she shines a spotlight on how to win the war for talent by intentionally investing in people as the key to long-term growth.
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Session B Book Signing
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker: Susan David
Chace Wellness Center
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Book Signing and Networking Reception
Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall
George E. Bello Center