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2009 Speakers

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham

Internationally renowned and celebrated, Marcus Buckingham is the go-to consultant in his field, a sought-after speaker and a New York Times bestselling author. Challenging accepted and entrenched social theory, Buckingham pioneered a revolutionary concept—that people will be dramatically more effective, successful and fulfilled when they play to their strongest skills rather than attempting to improve their weaknesses. [Read more]


Glenda Hatchett

hatchett1After graduating from Emory University School of Law and completing a coveted clerkship in the U.S. Federal Courts, Glenda Hatchett accepted a position at Delta Air Lines, as the company’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She served in dual roles as a senior attorney for Delta, litigating cases in federal courts throughout the country, and manager of public relations, supervising global crisis management and media relations for all of Europe, Asia and the United States. In fact, her outstanding contributions were recognized by Ebony Magazine, which named Hatchett one of the “100 Best and Brightest Women in Corporate America.” [Read more]


Tory Johnson

Tory JohnsonTory Johnson is an award-winning workplace advisor, national network television contributor, popular speaker and New York Times best selling author. She is the CEO of Women For Hire, now celebrating its 10th year producing high caliber recruiting events attended by more than 25,000 women annually. Johnson is also the workplace contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and the anchor of “Job Club” on ABC News Now, a 24-hour digital news channel. [Read more]


Suze Orman

Suze OrmanSuze Orman has been called “a force in the world of personal finance” and a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today. A two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times mega bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is undeniably America’s most recognized expert on personal finance. [Read more]

Panelists and Workshop Leaders (to date)


Cynthia Aigeltinger

speakers_aigeltingerCynthia Aigeltinger is vice president and managing human resources business partner at SAP America, Inc. She is a seasoned HR professional with more than 20 years of experience within the high-tech, services, healthcare and direct marketing industries in both start-up and mature business environments. Aigeltinger holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies with Concentrations in Psychology, Business & Human Resources from Neumann University.


Dr. Sramila Aithal

speakers_aithalA medical oncologist and hematologist-oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern), Dr. Sramila Aithal provides patient-centered cancer care as part of a multidisciplinary team. Aithal is board certified in internal medicine. She completed two years of post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology as a diplomat of the National Board and then completed a residency in internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center. She served as a chief resident, overseeing one of the largest internal medicine residency programs in New York. Aithal completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Maimonides Medical Center and earned the distinction of chief fellow. Since joining Eastern’s Department of Medical Oncology in 2008, she says she appreciates the approach to patient care at CTCA—to treat the whole person, not just the disease, as well as the Patient Empowerment MedicineSM philosophy.  Aithal is a member of professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.


Barrett S. Avigdor, J.D.

barrett_avigdorBarrett S. Avigdor, J.D., is the director of legal talent strategy at Accenture, a position she created in 2007. In this role she strives to maximize the productivity, creativity and engagement of the 400 legal professionals at Accenture around the world. Avigdor spent much of her legal career as a senior executive in the legal group at Accenture, though she’s also a certified career coach and an advocate for happiness. Avigdor writes and speaks to audiences around the globe on the subject of finding happiness by working to your strengths and aligning your time to your values. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book “What Happy Working Mothers Know,” a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil. http://barrettavigdor.com


Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Judith_BeckJudith S. Beck, Ph.D. is the director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban Philadelphia and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written nearly 100 articles and chapters and made hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to cognitive therapy. She has written extensively on a cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss, including “The Beck Diet Solution” and two other books for consumers. Beck is a founding fellow and past president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a non-profit organization that certifies mental health professionals in cognitive therapy, and has been a consultant for several NIMH research studies. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and currently divides her time between administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research and writing.  http://www.beckdietsolution.com


Cheryl A. Brida

Cheryl_BridaCheryl A. Brida, senior vice president of Wachovia Bank, started her career as a summer teller while attending Penn State University. She has worked in several lines of business related to banking. Her passion was fulfilled in Wachovia’s Business Banking segment. She has worked as an individual contributor acquiring, structuring and managing small business banking relationships and was a consistent top performer in the company. As the only “Producing Leader” in the company in 2005, she was ranked #9 in the corporation as a producer and ranked #6 as a leader. Brida has currently dedicated herself to developing and managing a high performing team in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She is often looked upon from a corporate perspective to engage and assist in pilot programs and initiatives regarding our division. She has cultivated and executed a proven sales process with her team and has structured, developed and managed enduring business relationships. Brida has been married for 24 years to the love of her life and has two children who have captivated her heart.


Karen Dougherty Buchholz

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Karen Dougherty Buchholz, vice president of administration for Comcast Corporation, is responsible for leading a variety of corporate responsibilities, including facilities, real estate, corporate services, security, aviation, travel and diversity.  She currently serves as the executive in charge of Comcast’s new Corporate Headquarters, the Comcast Center. From 2000 to 2003, Buchholz served as Comcast’s first vice president of Corporate Communications and from 1997 to 2000, Buchholz was appointed by Mayor Edward G. Rendell as President of Philadelphia 2000 and served as the official Host Committee for the convention. Buchholz was the club’s membership director and sole corporate representative in Philadelphia. She serves on many civic and charitable boards. Buchholz has received several awards, including: 2009 Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business Award, 2008 American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Woman of Heart Award, amongst many others.


Sara Canuso

speakers_sharoncanusoAs an image and body language specialist, Sara Canuso, president of A Suitable Solution, empowers individuals to use non-verbal communication, image, and body language as tools to communicate effectively with others and to understand not only what others say, but to discover the unspoken messages and feelings behind their words and actions.  Her insightful keynote presentations, business seminars and one-on-one coaching on the impact of image deliver new ideas and practical tools in the areas of creating powerful first impressions, developing a positive self image, dressing for success, and inspiring confidence.  Canuso is the creator of Campus to Corporate, a program held in area colleges to help students prepare to enter the workplace. She is a certified seminar leader and known for her informative and popular column in Philadelphia Maven and her Winning Look articles in the Legal Intelligencer and the Burlington County Straight Word. http://asuitablesolution.com


Jessica Faye Carter

picture 22Jessica Faye Carter is an award-winning author and thought leader on cultural and gender diversity, human capital, leadership development and social media. She is the CEO of Nette Media, a social media company for women. Carter is the author of “Double Outsiders: How Women of Color Can Succeed in Corporate America” (JISTWorks, 2007), an innovative look at the experiences of professional women of color in the workplace.  She has been cited in national media and is a frequent speaker for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and other organizations. For over a combined eleven years she has been a corporate lawyer and financial services professional, most recently as senior vice president and associate general counsel for Citigroup Global Markets Inc. She holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Duke University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in economics from Spelman College. http://jessicafayecarter.com


Ralph Cioffi

speakers_ralphcioffiAfter growing up in New York City, Ralph P. Cioffi joined the family real estate business working as a landlord, developer and broker for 20 years. When his father was diagnosed with cancer, Cioffi experienced a new awareness and appreciation of proactive wellness. This life-changing event inspired him to sell his real estate business and open Dreamfields, a health and wellness center in Voorhees, NJ that focused on the mind, body and spirit. Five years later, he sold the business and became an HR consultant. In this new position, he was able to connect with people on a deeper level as he focused on personal and professional life coaching. Cioffi’s career and life experiences make him the perfect fit to lead vir tú as general manager. His contagious passion for wellness inspires those around him to become the primary caretaker of their own wellbeing.


Lynn Doyle

Lynn_Doyle1Lynn Doyle is a nine-time Emmy award-winning television journalist with 30 years of experience in the news industry. She is the host and executive producer of the highly regarded “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle” program and has welcomed some of the nation’s top newsmakers on her show over the last 15 years. “It’s Your Call” is now seen on the Comcast Network and http://www.lynndoyle.net. In addition, Doyle is the president of LDTV, LLC, a television production company and is a frequent guest speaker, most frequently on breaking news events and women’s issues.  http://www.lynndoyle.net


Therese Flaherty, Ph.D.

speakers_flahertyTherese Flaherty, Ph.D., is the director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center.  She extended the M.B.A. program Global Consulting Practicum from Israel to include Chile, Mexico, and India.  Flaherty has taught strategic marketing and operations management in the Wharton School’s M.B.A. program since 1993 after a career of research and teaching at the Harvard Business School and Stanford University.  Flaherty has her Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University.


Linda Galante

speakers_lindagalanteLinda Galante is a partner in the business department of the law firm of Stradley Ronon in Philadelphia. Her practice areas include corporate, banking and real estate law. In her real estate practice, she focuses on the investment, development, commercial, residential and low-income housing areas. She also represents community banks, handling all aspects of bank regulatory and finance work. Galante advises nonprofit institutions as well as closely held companies in various industries. In addition to her client practice, she has served on the firm’s board of directors, partner compensation committee and a number of other firm committees. She serves as co-managing director of Golden Seeds, an angel investor group investing in companies with a c-suite level woman founder. Galante is a member of the board of directors of several companies including Fiber-Line, Inc., Wissahickon Spring Water, Inc., Drueding Center/Project Rainbow, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.


Colleen M. (Candy) Gallaher

speakers_colleengallaherCandy Gallaher is the director of regulatory affairs at Highmark Inc. (with subsidiary insurance companies, and operating its core business in health insurance as Highmark Blue Shield, or Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield). She leads the regulatory affairs function for Highmark. In that capacity, Gallaher is the primary spokesperson and liaison for the company on regulatory issues, and leads the company’s review of policy and issues. Her unit works with the government affairs VP to respond to proposed regulation and legislation, and also works with internal compliance staff to assure new regulations’ impact and implementation are managed. She is Highmark’s primary liaison with regulatory agencies. She currently serves as a nationally appointed industry representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioner’s (NAIC) Medicare Supplement Statutory Working Group. She’s on the board of Leadership Harrisburg, is a member of the Capital Region United Way’s Women’s Leadership Network, and leads a United Way Fund Distribution Panel.


Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin

speakers_goldbikinLynne Z. Gold-Bikin is a partner in Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP’s family law practice group, which she chairs. Prior to joining Weber Gallagher, Gold-Bikin was a partner and chair of the family law practice group at WolfBlock LLP. For the last six years, Gold-Bikin has been an active board member of the National Adoption Center and the Philadelphia Education Fund. She lectures frequently for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Villanova University Law School, Rutgers University Law School and various bar associations throughout the country.  Gold-Bikin was named one of the 50 best business women in Pennsylvania, named by Worth Magazine as one of the top 10 divorce lawyers in the country and one of the top 100 lawyers in 2007, and named by the March of Dimes in the top business women in Montgomery County.  Gold-Bikin is credited with developing The PARTNERS Program, an educational program of the ABA family law section used to teach relationship skills to teens.


Cynthia Gouw

speakers_cynthiagouwCynthia Gouw is host and executive producer of www.SnapGlow.TV on Philly.com. Previously, she anchored and/or reported the news at the ABC, CBS, FOX and public television stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas and Sacramento. Gouw received a national reporting award and several regional ones including 3 Emmy Awards and 4 Society of Professional Journalism Awards. The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters named one of her shows “Best TV Talk Show Series in the State.” She co-starred as Caithlin Dar for the movie “Star Trek Five-The Final Frontier.” She has her B.A from UCLA and her J.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Law. She’s emceed hundreds of events including raising awareness around children’s issues, HIV/AIDS, spousal abuse and racial and gender equality. She lives in Lower Montgomery County with her husband and two stepchildren.


Cathy L. Greenberg

cathy_greenberg_color_photoCathy L. Greenberg can help you maximize your potential using her unique “Happiness=Profit” formula. An executive herself, she’s co-authored a series on the science of happiness and is both an engaging speaker and internationally acclaimed executive coach. Her books are mainstays for executives who seek to harness the power of happiness in the workplace. “Global Leadership: Next Generation,” with Marshall Goldsmith, ranked #1 in leadership on Amazon.com and HBR. Greenberg is cited as an authority on leadership behavior by all major business and financial news organizations, as well as by popular media outlets such as Glamour, Oprah Magazine and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Named a “Top 100 Leadership Coach” by Executive Excellence Magazine (2008), she is a business talk show host on “Voice America” and founder of h2c, LLC Happy Companies Healthy People, a beacon for successful leaders. Her new book, “What Happy Working Mothers Know,” launches in 2009.  http://cathygreenbergphd.com


Jen Groover

jen_grooverJen Groover can only be called a serial entrepreneur, having built her own companies while also assisting in the launch of many others. Her name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurism and evolution. Groover has gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights and has become a featured business expert for many media outlets such as CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donnie Deutsch” and ABC’s “Money Matters.” Her most recognizable brand to date is the creation of the Butler Bag, which became a multi-million dollar company in under two years and has been featured in major media sources as The Oprah Magazine, Success, Entrepreneur and Redbook.  Her newest role is creator and host of Launchers Café – a cutting-edge entrepreneurial, multi-media and interactive brand. Groover is the national spokesperson and sits on the Board of Directors for Girls Take Charge, a leadership organization for girls 9-18 years old. 2009 will bring the launch of her anticipated book “What if…and Why not…” as well as her own television program. http://jengroover.com


Irene Horstmann Hannan

speakers_hannanIrene Horstmann Hannan is senior vice president of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, and is responsible for managing the bank’s commercial business with both nonprofit organizations and health care businesses for the Mid-Atlantic region. Hannan previously served as the director of women’s business services for Wachovia, and began her experience with financial institutions with First Union’s predecessor institution, CoreStates Financial Corp., following a varied professional career in public and private industries.  She is very active in her community, serving on a number of boards and holding leadership roles on many of them. She is the past president of the Forum of Executive Women and is serving a second term as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.  She is a board member of the Urban League of Philadelphia, a trustee of Trinity College and has served as board chair at the Crossroads School where she was the first trustee awarded emeritus status.


Jan Heller

speakers_hellerJan Heller is executive vice president, suburban Philadelphia/Northeast PA division, wholesale banking for Wachovia.  In this role she is responsible for all wholesale banking activities and operations in the counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Wayne, and Wyoming in Northeast Pennsylvania and Montgomery and Bucks in Suburban Philadelphia.  Heller started her career with Wachovia in 1978, and previously held the positions of president, Northeast/Central Pennsylvania and president, Central Pennsylvania. She earned a BS in business administration from Bloomsburg University, and a MBA from James Madison University. Heller is active in her community, serving on multiple boards including the Northeast Tier of the Ben Franklin Technology Center, Lehigh Valley Partnership, Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Inc., St. Luke’s Hospital, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and WLVT-PBS.  In 1997 she was named one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business, and since then has received many honors, including the 2000 Berks County Athena Award and the Caron Foundation’s Award for Excellence.


Neen James, CSP

speakers_neenjamesNeen James, CSP, productivity expert, author, speaker, and consultant, has captivated and truly inspired audiences all over the world. James specializes in helping people within organizations to achieve amazing results by improving productivity in every aspect of their operations. She counted some of Australia’s leading corporations among her clients before she left Sydney, Australia, in 2005 to relocate her business to the U.S. James is MBA educated, is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), and has 16 years management experience in both corporate and small business environments. She is the co-founder of the highly successful Australian Connect networking group, executive managing director of the Philadelphia chapter of eWomen Network, an active member of the National Speakers Association and the author of several books including “Strategic Networking,” “Network or Perish,” “Secrets of Super-Productivity,” and “Balance: real-life strategies for work/life balance,” “How to Run a Home Based Business,” as well as many articles, e-zines and audio programs. http://neenjames.com


Courtney Macavinta

cmacavinta_color1Courtney Macavinta is founder and CEO of Respect Rx, which coaches teens, adults, advocates and organizations on boosting self-respect and respect for all through programs including the Respect Rally. She is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and coach who has reached more than a million girls and women through her work, including her blog RespectRx.com and bestselling book, “Respect: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed.” As an expert on teens and women, Macavinta has been featured by CNN, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue and numerous other media. She is on the board of the national organization Girls For A Change and has partnered with organizations such as the Girls Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA and the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. www.respectrx.com


Monica Malpass

speakers_malpassMonica Malpass, co-anchor of “Action News at 5 p.m.,” joined WPVI-TV/Channel 6 in January of 1988. She is also anchor of the award-winning political discussion program “Inside Story,” is author of 6ABC’s political podcasts, political blogs, web book reviews, and moderates political debates for WPVI-TV. Malpass received a M.A. in political science from Villanova University in 1999. She received a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983, was a rotary scholar to the University of Puerto Rico in 1984, and has an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Neumann College.  Malpass graduated from the Brookings Institution’s inside Washington program. She’s won many awards, including her induction into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, in 2003.  Malpass is a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Free Library.


Doreen Masalta

Doreen Masalta is the director of project, contract and vegetation management at PECO. She has more than 15 years experience in the utility industry. She began her career in private tree contracting, and moved into the utility line clearance industry in 1994 with Asplundh Tree Expert Company. Her field experience built a solid foundation to transition into the vegetation management department at PECO in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998, as a project lead, and program manager in 2000. Since 2002, she has had responsibility for the vegetation management programs at both PECO and ComEd, PECO’s sister company in Chicago, Illinois. In 2007, Maslata was named director of PECO’s project, contract and vegetation management department. She has a bachelor’s degree from Immaculate University and is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Utility Arborists Association and National Arbor Day Foundation.


Pamela Mitchell

Pamela_MitchellFormer entertainment exec turned coach Pamela Mitchell is the founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute, a dynamic organization devoted to individual and business transformation. As America’s Reinvention Coach®, she is a noted career reinvention expert and in-demand speaker who has appeared on the “Today” show and been profiled and quoted in top media publications including The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, More, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping and Black Enterprise. Her book, “The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention,” will be published by Dutton in December 2009.  http://reinvention-institute.com/


Susan P. Mucciarone

Susan_MucciaroneSusan P. Mucciarone has spent the better part of her career on the front-lines of the financial services and investment management businesses. She has worked with both individual and institutional clients and with public and private investments.  Mucciarone currently manages the East Coast family wealth business for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company. This unit ranks among the top multi-client family offices in the country and is dedicated to managing wealth, and the impact of wealth, for some of the nation’s wealthiest individuals and families. She has earned a reputation for building and managing successful, high-growth businesses and for cultivating high-performance teams. Mucciarone holds a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.


Sharon Pierce

speakers_pierceSharon Pierce is the regional sales manager overseeing the Mid-Atlantic region for Continental Airlines. She has 23 years of airlines sales and sales leadership experience working with teams throughout the northeastern United States. Pierce currently serves as chairman and acting past president of the Philadelphia Business Travel Association and has been featured in BTN Magazine for outstanding service and commitment to the PHL business community. She received certification from the Philadelphia Arts Alliance business on board program and utilizes that certification to work closely with local nonprofit organizations to promote Continental Airlines and support her community.  She serves on the board of the Camden Eye Center as well as the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.  Pierce attended Temple University and is currently working on her global leadership certification from Wharton School of Business. She loves to travel and has visited 25 countries spanning four continents.


Evelyn Resh

evelyn reshEvelyn Resh, CNM, MPH is the director of sexual health services at Canyon Ranch. She is also in practice as a certified nurse-midwife and sexuality counselor and has worked in the field of women’s health for over 20 years. Resh holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and nursing and a Master of Public Health degree. She practices integrative midwifery and gynecology with women of all ages and lecturers throughout the nation on topics of women’s health and sexual satisfaction. She takes a fresh approach to sexuality and the spiritual aspects of sexual fulfillment at any age. Her first publication, “The Secret Lives of Teen Girls: What Your Mother Wouldn’t Talk About but Your Daughter Needs to Know” will be released by Hay House Publishing in September and is intended for women of all ages and parents of teen girls.


Rosie Saez

Rosie_SaezRosie Saez serves as the senior vice president and newly named human resources manager for Wachovia’s Pennsylvania and Delaware region. She recently served as the director of Leadership Practices and in that role partnered with the CEO and the director of Human Resources to develop enterprise wide talent management, performance management, diversity, leadership, organizational development, change management and executive development practices for Wachovia. Saez has served as a consultant to the operating committee, senior leaders and diversity program managers to support and facilitate the diversity strategic plan in each of the business units. In addition, she facilitated CEO diversity review sessions and ensured successful implementation of diversity scorecards and action plans for the corporation. Saez has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Women in Business of Pennsylvania, honored as the Business Executive of the Year by the Perth Amboy Chamber of Commerce and the Financial Leader of the year by the Urban Financial Services Coalition.


Amanda Steinberg

speakers_steinbergAmanda Steinberg is founder of DailyWorth.com, a free, daily personal finance email for women. DailyWorth has been featured in Forbes, SELF and the New York Examiner. As the CEO of multiple mid-sized Web agencies over the last decade, Steinberg’s observed how women, more than men, struggle in areas of earning, saving and net worth. DailyWorth.com was created to give women the tools to help them earn what they’re worth and generate their own wealth through savings. She has degrees in urban planning and architecture from Columbia University. http://dailyworth.com


Cindy Solomon

Cindy SolomonCindy Solomon is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, executive coach and consultant in the fields of customer service, customer loyalty, employee retention and leadership development. Her best selling program, “Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge” has been heard by thousands of leaders around the world. She has worked with a clients around the world such as Eli Lilly, Google, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deer Valley Resort, The Mayo Clinic, State Farm Insurance and the Apollo Group to create the organizations and leaders they need for success. Solomon is a co-founder of the Women’s Success Forum, serving over 9,000 leaders around the country with this nationally recognized and highly effective corporate leadership conference. She has been featured in articles in PINK Magazine, the NSAA Journal and Customer Service Cultures and in the books “The Transparency Edge” by Barbara and Elizabeth Pagano of Executive Pathways and “The Naked Truth: A Manifesto for Working Women” by internationally renowned author Margaret Heffernen. http://www.cindysolomon.com


Miriam Soto

speakers_sotoMiriam Soto, director of training for The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund who also serves as a business lender and counselor, joined Community First Fund in 2004.  As director of training, Soto spearheads the organization’s efforts to provide programs to low to moderate-income individuals and other populations that do not have access to technical assistance and loan capital through traditional means.  Soto has an extensive background in lending having worked with regional banks as a community reinvestment act officer and local mortgage companies. Soto is an experienced public speaker, fluent in both English and Spanish, and hosts a weekly radio show on personal and business finance on the local Latino radio station.  Soto attended Mt. Union College in Mt. Union, Ohio, and is a graduate of Leadership Lancaster. She was named the 2009 Eastern Pennsylvania minority small business champion of the year by the Small Business Administration.


Geri Swift

speakers_swiftGeri Swift is the founding president of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.  Swift was the founding president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She also served as NAWBO’s national vice president and as a director of the National Foundation of Women Business Owners. She has received honors from business and professional organizations, including the Women’s Business Advocate Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  Currently, Swift serves on the national board of directors of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the Association of Women Business Centers. She also serves on the Wells Fargo Women’s Strategic Advisory Board. Locally, Swift is a member of the Governor Rendell’s Minority and Women’s Business Opportunity Advisory Council and the Women’s Business Development Center’s board of directors.


Eve Tahmincioglu

speakers_tahminciogluEve Tahmincioglu has been writing about business for nearly two decades and her stories have appeared in a host of publications including the New York Times, Time, Salon.com, and BusinessWeek. She is also a columnist for MSNBC.com where she writes the weekly “Your Career” column and she’s the Starting Up columnist for MSN’s BusinessOnMain website. From labor strife in the auto industry to buying funerals online, you never know what topic she’ll tackle next. Her specialties include workplace issues, the small business and entrepreneurial world, and leadership, including interviews with some of the biggest names in corporate America. She is the author of “From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top.” www.careerdiva.net


Manisha Thakor

Manisha_Thakor_ColorManisha Thakor, Harvard MBA and co-author of “On My Own Two Feet” and the upcoming “Get Financially Naked,” is on a mission to teach women how to live their lives from a position of financial strength. Thakor’s financial literacy advocacy work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, Glamour and Women’s Day. Her TV appearances include “Your Bottom Line,” “Power Lunch,” “Fox Business Network,” “NBC Nightly News” and “America This Morning.” Thakor is a personal finance blogger on The Huffington Post, monthly columnist for Military.com and contributor to the national syndicated NPR show, “51% – The Women’s Perspective.” Thakor received her BA from Wellesley College in 1992, her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. http://ManishaThakor.com.


Claire L. Tse

speakers_tse2_copyClaire L. Tse, principal, Tse Solutions, LLC is renowned for her innovative course designs and facilitation through leadership, inclusion, and polarity mapping to generate “above the line” mindset shifts. Her thirty years of experience have helped her clients develop practical business approaches that achieve their goals. As Mobil Oil Corporation¹s first Asian woman marketing representative, she learned firsthand how balance and fairness amongst staff worked best for mission accomplishment. Tse holds a BA, Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MGA from University of Maryland University College. She was on the adjunct leadership development teaching staff at the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development and a Mortgage Bankers Association of America Faculty Fellow. She co-authored “The SOLVE Communication MethodTM: Working out of the Bamboo Box with Asian Pacific Americans and African, European, Hispanic, and Native Americans” [2009.] Her expertise includes bridging generational, inter-racial, and gender differences. http://tse-solutions.com


Beth Wareham

Beth_WarehamBeth Wareham is the author of “THE POWER OF NO: How to Keep Blowhards and Bloviators at Bay,” a skill she learned late in life but now treasures. She is a vice president and director of lifestyle publishing for Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she reads all the time and wonders how she found the job for which she was perfectly suited. She lives in New York City with her husband, a former classical music critic for the New York Times.


Morgan Wiley

morganwileyMorgan Wiley is the International Program Director for Respect Rx. Wiley is passionate about creating social change through building respect, education and microfinance. At Respect Rx she focuses on expanding the Respect Rally program internationally and to colleges, schools and youth organizations nationwide. She is on the National Board of Girls For A Change. Wiley has also worked with the microfinance organization Kiva, in San Francisco, traveling to India to work with a new microloan venture, and serving as the events chair for the Silicon valley Microfinance Network. Morgan holds a B.A. in Management Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.  http://www.respectrx.com

 
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