Call for Presenters 2018 Now Open

Proposals are due October 20, 2017. Please click here for the 2018 Call for Presenters.

Sincere thanks to our fabulous 2017 Presenters:

Karen Spiewak

Attitude to Gain Altitude:  Strategies to Launch the Life You want to Lead
Karen Spiewak, Spiewak Consultants

2017 conference program description: This engaging and insightful session is designed to inspire and motivate you so you can soar to new heights in your personal and professional life. Learn strategies to help you break through perceived roadblocks and unleash your hidden strengths thereby gaining more confidence moving forward with your life on your terms. Time is precious. This facilitator promises not to waste yours. When you walk out of the door, you will be equipped with practical skills you can put into immediate action so you can get results.

Presenter Profile:  From a childhood in public housing to leaving school at age sixteen to help support her mother, Karen has worked hard to overcome adversity. Today she holds a master’s degree, a black belt, is the President of Woman In Business, the Director of Development for Harrington HealthCare System and owns a consulting business. She is a community activist and has served in numerous leadership positions, including Chairman of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School Committee. In 2005 she developed her first in a series of personal safety and personal growth workshops, ‘Prepared not Scared’ for Life, designed specifically to empower women.

Susan Wilbur-1Boosting Productivity with “Brain Gym®”
Susan Wilbur, Brain Gym®

2017 conference program description: In this interactive workshop, Susan Wilbur will show how Brain Gym® can increase your work productivity.  Brain Gym® is a system of quick and enjoyable physical activities that enhance brain function. These simple physical movements can bring about rapid and automatic improvement in such skills as memory, math, reading concentration, and communication. There are also noticeable gains in creativity, energy level, and athletic performance.

Presenter Profile: Susan Wilbur taught physical education and health in Providence, RI at the middle school level from 1972 through 2001. After experiencing a dyslexic correction in reading in 1984 when her mother started learning about Brain Gym from Paul Dennison, Ph.D. its creator, she started using Brain Gym in her classes. Upon retiring, she became a Brain Gym Practitioner in Massachusetts.

Jess BaconCapitalizing on the Science of Facebook
Jess Bacon, 5 Minute Librarian
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2017 conference program description:  With more than one billion active users, Facebook is a place for any business that wants to engage with their customers. However, what most people don’t realize is that there is a science behind how Facebook works. Jess will explain Facebook’s algorithm and discuss the ways it could help you connect and build a relationship with your customers. For those time-challenged or overwhelmed, she will also share tricks to help manage your page efficiently.

Presenter Profile:  Jessica Bacon is the founder and chief editor of blog, the 5 Minute Librarian. During her five years working in public libraries, she found a passion for social media. Jess frequently blogs about tips and tricks for libraries, which can easily be used for small businesses and nonprofits. She created the Facebook group, The Shareable Clique, where 1400+ librarians share and analyze their viral content. She is also an administrator for the Libraries & Social Media Facebook group, where they discuss the latest social media developments and how they affect libraries.

Kim Kenney-RockwalCreating Your Leadership Advantage using Emotional Intelligence
Kim Kenney-Rockwal, KKR Coaching

2017 conference program description:  Emotional intelligence is essential to a high performing leader. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, self-awareness is a fundamental competency for leaders. Organizations benefit from leaders who have emotional intelligence; however, there is a growing deficit within this developmental area. The fantastic news: it’s something that can be learned. You just need to know where to start.

As a result of this presentation, participants will:
• Gain exposure to the 5 facets of emotional intelligence
• Self – assess strengths and development opportunities
• Apply personal experiences into an EI framework
• Identify personal accountability tactics to integrate into leadership style

Presenter Profile:  Kim Kenney-Rockwal, Program Director at Elms College provides strategic direction into programming, learning outcomes and student success within the MBA tracks of accounting, management and healthcare leadership. Outside of this role, she is an executive coach and human capital consultant. Kim has helped executives, managers, individual contributors and leadership teams across many industries optimize their potential and recognize their unique strengths. Kim has previously held executive human resource and coaching roles within healthcare, electronics manufacturing and pharmacy retail industries. She earned both her Bachelor and Master’s in Business Administration from Western New England University. Kim is certified as a senior professional in human resources, a Myers-Briggs type indicator master practitioner, and an executive coach.

Laura DePergolaWomen, Money and Power
Laura Depergola, LPL Financial

2017 conference program description: The session goes over why a financial strategy is needed, helps women understand what type of investor they are, and focuses on the female revolution in the economy and society. Beneficial to women of all ages, learn about basic but empowering personal finance and start thinking about budgets, retirement savings, and impact on the future and the economy.

Presenter Profile: Laura DePergola is a financial advisor with LPL Financial. She is one of the youngest advisors in her division, and one of few female advisors. In a male dominated industry with a “salesman” stigma, her goal every day is to combine ethics and finance. This means not focusing on sales, or commission, but taking a compassionate and understanding pursuit of doing the right thing for every single client, even when it means she has to pay out of pocket or make no salary. Because of this approach, she is the recent winner of the Women’s Choice Award from USA today along with only 6 other advisors in the state of CT.

March 23, 2017