Please click here for details on how to be considered as a presenter for the March 2019 conference.

Below are our esteemed March 2018 presenters.

Elisa GrandizioBreak on Through

Presentation: Embrace the Disruption: Why Change is Necessary
Elisa’s presentation is based on the article by the same name, published in the Huffington Post. Based on knowledge gained through her own life experiences, she  combines anecdotes with scientific research to explore our mental and physical reaction to change. Gain insight into the role resiliency plays in our ability to successfully navigate the way through the inevitable disruptive events each of us face throughout the unpredictable course of life.

Presenter profile:  An executive coach, speaker, and author, Elisa Grandizio  brings 25+years of personal and professional experience as a wife, mother, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. Currently her focus is  providing professional leadership services and helping others attain excellence in their lives. She is committed to help close the gender gaps that exist by assisting women to fine tune their leadership skills, find their balance, take charge of their careers, and design their own futures through positive perspective and meaningful change.


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Erin Mahoney, Girl Power Go

Presentation: Unlock Your POWERful Potential
This presentation is designed to help women unlock their most powerful potential. Erin will share tools and proven strategies that help women make small shifts that over time create big change. Women will learn how to choose action over fear, invest in themselves first, and recognize the importance of collaborating. Participants will leave on their way to unlocking their most powerful potential.  

Presenter profile: Erin has over 29 years of experience in the health and fitness industry since serving in the United States Air Force. She is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and empowerment expert. Erin studied meditation, relaxation, and stress reduction at the Center of Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She is a contributing writer for Aspire Magazine and is a business and personal development coach. She is passionate about helping others discover their own bright light. Erin inspires and motivates people to step outside of their comfort zone, do what feels exciting, dream big and live a life that has positive impact on the world.


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Presentation: Design Your Life through Goal Setting
In this interactive and motivating goal-setting workshop, Coach Jackie will help you turn the invisible into the visible. Through an empowering set of activities, participants will plan their futures, whether it is for the next 1, 3, 5, or 10 years. This workshop includes self-assessment tools and motivational techniques to kickstart dreams into action. Participants will leave with a road map designed to set the course and design for the next phase of their professional and personal worlds.

Presenter profile:  Coach 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.


Blaine SchnareBlaine Schnare, Harrington Healthcare System

Presentation: When Social Media Goes Bad
Social media is supposed to make life easier, right? It bridges the gap between the busy stay-at-home mom and the traveling corporate professional. But what do you do when the go-to answer for building your brand goes horribly wrong? In this workshop, you’ll hear firsthand what happened when an announcement turned my company into Public Enemy #1; plus steps you can take to maintain your company’s voice and regain the trust of your valued customers.

Presenter profileBlaine Schnare has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and public relations. She joined Harrington HealthCare System in 2009 and has managed the nonprofit organization’s social media platforms, corporate communications and brand. She lives in Charlton with her husband and 6-year-old son.


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Mediation Advantage Services

Presentation: Wise Women Plan Ahead:
Financial & Legal Decision-Making
This informative program will cover financial and legal considerations for all ages. Whether you’re graduating from college, starting a business, beginning a marriage, going through a divorce, or planning for aging, Polly can answer your questions and offer important information. Polly brings years of experience advising people through estate planning, guardianship, family wealth planning, and much more.

Presenter profileAttorney Polly A. Tatum is the founder and CEO of Mediation Advantage Services. She is a leader in the field of divorce mediation and conflict resolution in Central Massachusetts. She served as the 100th President of the Worcester County Bar Association, where she was only the third female and first African American to hold that position.  Polly has a long history with community involvement in Worcester County having served on various nonprofit boards. She is the current Vice Chairwoman of the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Girls Inc., and has served on the boards of the United Way of Central Massachusetts and The MLK jr. Business Empowerment Center.  Polly was a 2012 Outstanding Women in Business Award Recipient from the Worcester Business Journal and the 2005 Katherine Forbes Erskine Award Recipient for Business and Law.


If you are interested in being  considered for the 2019 Conference, please contact For reference, here is 2018 Call for Presenters.