Session and Track Descriptions

TRACK ONE
Politics: The Power Players

  1. A Conversation with New Jersey's Women Legislators (2 concurrent sessions)
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    Participate in a wide ranging conversation with some of New Jersey's most powerful women. This is your chance to hear what they are working on in Trenton, share your concerns and ask them about the issues you care about most.
    ROOM: 414
    Moderator:

    – Ben Dworkin, Director, Rider Institute for NJ Politics & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rider University
    Speakers:
    – Senator Jennifer Beck, District 11
    – Senator Sandra Cunningham, District 31
    – Speaker Sheila Oliver, District 34
    – Senator Barbara Buono, District 18
    – Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, District 36
    – Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, District 37
    – Assemblywoman Cleopatra G. Tucker, District 28
    – Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, District 24
    – Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz, District 21

    ROOM: 417
    Moderator:

    – Debbie Walsh, Director, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
    Speakers:
    – Senator Diane B. Allen, District 7
    – Senator Loretta Weinberg, District 37
    – Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, District 29
    – Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, District 11
    – Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove, District 9
    – Assemblywoman Angelica M. Jimenez, District 32
    – Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, District 29
    – Assemblywoman Connie Terranova Wagner, District 38

  2. Getting Started in New Jersey Politics
    Time: 11:15 a.m.
    ROOM: 405/406

    Have you ever thought about running for office – School Board, Council, State Legislature, Congress? Ever wonder how to get appointed to a state or local board? Get advice on how to position yourself for a public leadership position from women who've done it.
    Moderator:
    – Joyce Wilson Harley, Executive Director of Administrative Services, Essex County College
    Speakers:
    – Kathleen Donovan, County Executive, Bergen County Office of the County Executive
    – Regina M. Egea, Director of the Authorities Unit, Governor's Office
    – Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Chair, Mercer County Democratic Committee & Director, Mercer County
    Office of Economic Development & Sustainability

  3. Political Careers that Make A Difference
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    ROOM: 408
    Aside from running for office, there are many ways to have a career that allows you to have an impact on the most important policy issues of the day. Hear from women who work in government, hold appointed offices or have careers in public affairs for corporations and non-profit organizations. Find out how they got there, what they do and how you can join them.

    Moderator:
    – Gail Gordon, Chairperson, NJ Governor's Conference for Women
    Speakers:
    – Dr. Allison Blake, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families
    – Sonia Delgado, Lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group (PPAG)
    – Melanie Willoughby, Senior Vice President, New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
    – Tracye McDaniel, President & Chief Executive Officer, Choose NJ
    – Deborah Gramiccioni, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy & Cabinet Liaison, Office of Governor Chris Christie




TRACK TWO
Women in Business: Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

  1. Getting Off the Ground
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    ROOM: 410
    Have you ever thought about starting a business? Do you have a great concept for the next big thing? This panel of experts will share insights into what it takes to be successful in the world of entrepreneurship and where you can go for free and low cost help. If you always wanted to turn your passion into profits but didn't know where to begin, this panel is for you.
    Moderator:
    – Linda Bowden, Jersey Regional President, PNC
    Speakers:
    – Mary Adelman, Owner and Founder, Green Star Services, LLC
    – Jessica Binkiewicz, Client Services Coordinator, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL)
    – Lori Matheus, Managing Director, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)
    – Mark Leichtling, Training and Technical Assistance Officer, UCEDC

  2. Marketing for Results
    Time: 11:15 a.m.
    ROOM: 408
    Build it and they will come? Don't count on it. In order to be successful, your target market first has to know that you exist. Learn simple marketing strategies that won't break the bank but will make a big impact. Panelists will help you better understand how to think about strategy vs. tactics, brand value, return on investment.
    Moderator:
    – Melanie Willoughby, Senior Vice President, New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
    Speakers:

    – Rebecca Brooks, President and Founder, The Brooks Group
    – Christene Carr, Marketing and Account Manager, Websignia
    – Deborah L. Smith, President, Foxtrot Media, LLC.

  3. Breaking into the Corporate and Government Procurement Arena
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    ROOM: 416
    If you have built a solid customer base that is producing a solid cash flow, it might be time to consider how to expand your market to include sales to corporate and government entities. Our panel of experts will discuss what it takes to successfully navigate the procurement maze to grow your business.
    Moderator:
    – Lori Grifa, Chair, Regulatory Affairs Group, Wolff & Samson PC
    Speakers:
    – Michelle Bodden-Wiggins, Regional Director of Certification, Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO)
    – Stephanie D. Burroughs, Director, Procurement Programs, NJ Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC)
    – Nina Moseley, Department of Treasury, State of New Jersey
    – Lillian Valenti, Director of Procurement, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey




TRACK THREE
Women, Power and Money

  1. Polishing Your Crystal Ball: An Insider's Guide to Where the Jobs Are
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    ROOM: 416
    Do you feel like you have hit a brick wall with your career or are you simply looking to make a move? The experts on this panel will provide insights on where the job market is going and what you need to do to prepare yourself to keep pace with changing workforce trends.
    Moderator:
    – Beverly H. Fedorko, Director of External Affairs, New York Shipping Association
    Speakers:
    – Rita Christensen, Founder & CEO, iColor Studio, LLC
    – Joan Herrmann, Executive Producer of Weekly Radio Show, Change Your Attitude… Change Your Life
    – Colleen McCullough, Senior Business Development Director, DIVERSANT LLC

  2. Expect to Win: Proven Strategies for Success Featuring Carla Harris
    Time: 11:15 a.m.
    ROOM: 409
    Carla Harris, a Wall Street veteran and New York Times best-selling author, has successfully navigated this male dominated arena to rise to the top without losing herself and her passions in the process. Carla will share some of her pearls of wisdom for success. Whether you are an entry-level manager or one step away from the C-suite, you will leave this featured session with practical tips for taking your career to the next level.
    Moderator:
    – Elizabeth Litten, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
    Speaker:

    – Carla Harris, Managing Director and Head of the Emerging Manager Platform at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Author of Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace

  3. Financing Your Way through the Sandwich Years
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    ROOM: 407
    Are you watching your nest egg dwindle trying to support college tuitions and care for elderly parents at the same time? Or do you see this situation in your future? Get advice from our financial experts on how to come out of this financially demanding period with resources left to finance your own golden years.
    Moderator:
    – Christine M. De Stefano, Vice President-Compensation and Benefits, PSEG Services Corporation
    Speakers:
    – Geraldine Méhu-Moore, Executive Director, Wealth Management Solutions, UBS Financial Services
    – Valerie Jones Simson, Principal, Badger Financial Group
    – Barbara Steinberg, Founder and CEO, BLS Eldercare Financial Solutions




TRACK FOUR:
Health: From the Inside

  1. News Flash! Heart Disease is the Nation's No. 1 Killer of Women
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    ROOM: 405/406
    Every year thousands of women go undiagnosed and many die. Learn what you need to know to prevent heart disease and what you need to know or ask in order to ensure prompt treatment and full recovery.
    Moderator:
    – Michellene Davis, Esq., Sr. Vice President, Policy Development & Governmental Affairs, Barnabas Health
    Speakers:

    – Dr. Patricia G. Davidson, DCN, RD, CDE, Director – Nutrition Care Center, The Cardiovascular Care Group
    – Linda D. Gillam, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair Cardiovascular Medicine, Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Atlantic Health System
    – Kathleen M. Heintz, D.O., Clinical Cardiologist, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, Cooper University
    Hospital

  2. Too Sweet? Weight Management and Pre-Diabetes
    Time: 11:15 a.m.
    ROOM: 410
    It's not just about what you eat, but how you eat it. Learn about the important relationship between nutrition, weight management and pre-diabetes.
    Moderator:
    – Sylvia Speller, RN, BA, CYT, Clinical Liaison, BAYADA Home Health Care
    Speakers:

    – Jacqueline Hollywood, MD, FACC, The Advanced Cardiology Institute, Hackensack University Medical Center Cardiovascular Partners
    – Kathy M. Tigue, MPA, RD, CDE, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

  3. The Juggling Game: Conquering the Challenges of Working Women & Working Mothers
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    ROOM: 405/406
    There really are not enough hours in a day. Learn some strategic planning skills to help reduce your stress and stay healthy.

    Moderator:
    – Linda Doherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Food Council
    Speakers:
    – Angela Brathovde, MSN, RN, BC, HNB-BC Assistant Clinical Director, Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services, Monmouth Medical Center
    – Dr. Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM, Nutritionist & Exercise Physiologist
    – Cheryl Wilson, Lead Trainer, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)




TRACK FIVE:
Personal Development: Developing Your Best You

  1. How Great Women Lead Featuring Bonnie St. John
    Time: 10:00 a.m.
    ROOM: 409
    Experience the journey of Bonnie and her teen daughter, Darcy, as they travel the world on an extraordinary adventure into the lives, and life lessons, of some of today's most fascinating women leaders including: Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, the President of Liberia, movie stars, fashion designers, CEOs, and many more. Participants will hear how these 'Great Women':
    • Develop an authentic leadership style
    • Learn to lead vs. manage
    • Negotiate work-life balance choices
    • Find courage within themselves
    • Laugh at life's ups and downs

    Moderator:
    – Teri Duda, Senior VP, Government Affairs, Berkeley College
    Speaker:

    – Bonnie St. John, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Executive Coach, TV Personality and Former Olympic Skier

  2. Creating Your Personal Elevator Pitch: Your Ride to Networking Success
    Time: 11:15 a.m.
    ROOM: 416
    In our hectic lives we may have only 30 to 60 seconds to make a lasting impression on a potential client, referral source or prospective employer, so why not make it count and deliver your pitch with power, precision and passion the way only a woman can. Our expert panel of networking and communications coaches will give you the skills you need to succeed in business by developing your own "elevator pitch," refining your networking techniques to make every second count and leaving your newly found contacts wanting to hear more from that amazing woman they just met, you!
    Moderator:
    – Jeannine LaRue, Senior Vice President, Kaufman Zita Group
    Speakers:
    – Susan P. Ascher, President and CEO, The Ascher Group
    – Elise R. Holtzman, JD, ACC, The Advocate Success Group, LLC
    – Marion Reinson, President, To the Point Communications, LLC

  3. Who Am I At 9 to 5 When the 9 to 5 is Gone?
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    ROOM: 410
    We've been told for ages that when life deals you lemons make lemonade. However, so often when our 9 to 5 occupation is suddenly stripped from us by illness, downsizing, relocation, retirement, or change of heart we are left wondering, who am I and where is that lemonade people are always talking about? Join this wonderful panel of accomplished women and be inspired by their stories of triumph through philanthropy, entrepreneurial endeavors and personal reinvention.
    Moderator:
    – Jill Johnson, CEO, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
    Speakers:

    – Robin Fogel, President, Robin Fogel & Associates
    – Nancy Healey, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and South Jersey Affiliate
    – Dr. Dina Lichtman, Founder, DLS Coaching LLC
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