We are pleased to announce our lineup of dynamic presenters who will lead breakout sessions at the 2019 Conference:


katebeedersKate Beeders

Presentation: Change Your Brain and Change Your Life… in 60 Seconds or Less
In this experiential training, you’ll learn how to use powerful principles of neuroscience to help you reduce stress, increase creativity, communicate better, and listen more deeply. Did you know that thinking about a pleasant memory evokes a unique smile that makes others trust you? It can even eliminate conflicts before they begin. Successful leaders and corporate executives around the world are already using these mindfulness-based techniques. Kate can teach you how to use them to enhance decision-making and goal achievement.

Presenter profile: Kate Beeders, Breakthrough Success Expert, has helped thousands of people go from stuck to successful and is an international sought-after speaker. Previously, Kate was a successful business development professional and started her career as a flight attendant, the ultimate education in customer experience. Kate was honored in Hollywood by the National Association for Best-Selling Authors for “The Winning Way”.  Her latest book “Go or Don’t Go: The Complete Guide to Accelerate Your Success and Tap into Your Brilliance” is receiving 5-star reviews!


Darlene's 2017 image (1) (1) (1)Darlene Corbett

Presentation: Get Unstuck – Vanquish the Impostor Syndrome and Soar
The Impostor Syndrome is now recognized as a common theme among many professionals, especially women. This prevalent issue is often the reason people feel inadequate and, consequently, “stuck.”  How does one overcome this unhealthy view of oneself to vanquish the “Imposter Syndrome” once and for all? This question will be addressed in the seminar. Visualization and writing exercises will be incorporated.

Presenter profile: Darlene Corbett is a Professional Speaker, Author and Licensed Therapist/Coach. Her expertise is helping people get “Unstuck.”  Darlene has been in the people business for over thirty years. She has been quoted in Knox News,, Bustle, and Best Life. In addition, she has written many blog posts which can be found on, LinkedIn, Sixty and Me, Goodreads and Thrive Global. Her book, Stop Depriving The World of You, was published by Sound Wisdom this past November.


MSCPA_AnnaHoward - this oneAnna E. Howard, CPA

Presentation: Women in Management — Glass Ceiling or Maze?
“Glass ceiling” is a popular metaphor used for the hard-to-see informal barrier that prevents women from getting promoted or achieving opportunities in leadership positions. This interactive presentation explores a maze of multiple obstacles faced by women in U.S. organizations. It focuses at the societal level on the representation of women in leadership and at the organizational level on gender-influenced behavior. We will discuss possible solutions and ways to beat the maze.

Presenter profile:  Anna Howard, CPA, CMA, MBA is the director of the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) Program at Nichols College. She teaches in the MSA, MBA, and undergraduate programs. Prior to coming to Nichols College, Anna had a 20-year career in “corporate America,” first in public accounting and then in corporate finance. Anna is passionate about the issues of social justice and equal rights and is one of the organizers of Women’s March in Portsmouth, NH.


Michelle MillerMichelle Miller

Presentation: Collaboration, Not Perfection!
Women are taught that to be successful, you must be perfectly independent, perfectly organized, perfectly on top of things, and… well, just plain perfect.    As a result, we burn countless hours striving for an impossible standard, to the detriment of our personal and professional lives, not to mention our mental health.  In this workshop, we will discuss the power of collaboration as a tool to meet goals, while maintaining your sanity.  Participants will learn to shift their focus from their weaknesses to their strengths, viewing those areas where they are less strong as opportunities for collaboration.

Presenter profile: Michelle holds an M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. She ran a coffee shop for five years, in which she helped to shed light on working conditions in South America and provided vocational training to people with disabilities. Michelle has managed economic development and rehabilitation programs in Massachusetts as well as in Colombia, Peru, and Nicaragua. These programs assisted victims of conflict in rebuilding their lives, providing such services as prosthetic donation and fitting, psychosocial rehabilitation, and microfinance. Michelle has a passion for entrepreneurship and building bridges to success.


Coach Jackie PicJackie Ross

Presentation: Networking for People Who Hate Networking
Do you dread networking events?  Would you rather stay at home and binge-watch TV??  This dynamic, engaging and value-added workshop will bolster your attitude and perspective about networking by adjusting your “networking mindset”.  In addition, it will provide you with practical tips and strategies to maximize your networking tool belt and increase your professional visibility, both in-person and online.

Presenter profileCoach Jackie has worked in the mental health field for the past 25 years, with children and their families dealing with serious and complex emotional and behavioral challenges. Jackie began her career in the human service field, providing direct care and counseling to clients and eventually managed several treatment facilities and programs. Since then, she has 17+ years of experience as a human resource manager focusing on curriculum development, a wide range of training topics, staff development, team-building, strategic planning, and leadership coaching and mentoring focused on professional growth and development. An experienced facilitator and public speaker, Coach Jackie has a private coaching business working with professionals to develop their leadership skills and/or work through career transition. 


If you are interested in being  considered for the 2020 Conference, please contact