Women in Business Conference


Thank YOU to all the sponsors, presenters, volunteers, and of course attendees for making the 3rd annual Women in Business Conference a complete success!

Save the Date – Thursday, April 16, 2020!


The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce recognizes the contributions of women in all areas of employment/business; this program will bring women together to connect, learn, and grow.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Same great event. Join us!

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8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Conference
4:00 pm – 5:3o pm – Business After Hours

Radisson Hotel Philadelphia/Northeast
2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, PA 19053

$150 per person – Conference Package
Includes: Open Keynote Breakfast, Morning Sessions, Luncheon Keynote Session, Afternoon Sessions, and Business After Hours
**No Refunds

$15 per person – Business After Hours Only

Sponsorship Available. Contact the Chamber Office 215.332.3400 or email events@nephilachamber.com  

Women face unique challenges in the business community. The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce with the “Women in Business” initiative will enable and empower women from CEO to an entry-level employee to women-owned businesses gain access to the tools to Propel their Success!

Hundreds of Women, Thousands of Ideas.

2019 Women in Business Conference Schedule

Registration 8:00 am      

Welcome          Presenter Bio

8:45 – 9:15 am……………………….Walnut Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Kathy Killian, VP Administration, Philadelphia Phillies
Also welcoming Future Leaders. Young ladies from high schools will join the conference for breakfast.


Session I       9:30 – 10:15 am     Presenter Bios

Panel – Technology ……Birch Room
Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Planning
Presenters: James Carty, Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI
Richard Turzanski, Protective Security Advisor, Protective Security Coordination Div. (PSCD) and Nat’l Protection and Programs, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

General Session – Personal Development …..Hemlock Room
Weathering The Debt Storm: Empowering Your Financial Independence
How important are credit and debt management?  During this presentation, we’ll discuss the fact that “debt” is not a four-letter word!  Proper debt management and credit availability can launch you into long term financial stability.
Presenter: Ann Marie Carollo, VP, Retail Market Manager, TD Bank

General Session – Communications …..Spruce Room
Building an Effective Team: Tools, Tips, and the “Secret Sauce”
Team Building is the Most Important Investment You’ll Make (and it could cost nothing but time!)
Any good leader knows that productivity and employee engagement increase when team members understand and respect each other.  In this highly interactive and content-rich program, you’ll walk away with several tools you can immediately use upon your return to work to spark team discussion and build an appreciation of individual differences.  You might even have some fun and a few laughs along the way.
Presenter: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger, Chief Laughologist, High Five Performance, Inc.

General Session – Career Development …..Pine Room
Lemons into Lemonade: Achieving Success through Failures
Is fear of failure holding you back? Failure is something that we all experience, yet everyone defines it differently. In this session, we’ll share powerful life lessons that will inspire you to use failure as a tool to unleash your personal best – whoever you are and however you define it.
Presenter: Eloise Young, Sr. VP of Strategic Planning and Information Service, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

General Session – Career Development …..Oak Room
Finding Your Perfect Candidate in the world today… without Stalking
Business owners, hiring managers, department heads, and people in the job hunt will learn what makes a great candidate by using modeling and social media. Learn pro tips of the trade to find solid candidates through various channels and methods. This will be a fun and interactive workshop, with the ability to share tricks and tips from your peers.
Presenter: Suzanne Curran, CEP, SC Staffing & Consulting


Session II       10:45 – 11:30 am     Presenter Bios

Panel – Communications …..Birch Ballroom
What Does #MeToo Mean for the Workplace?
Moderator: Daniel McElhatton, Esq., McElhatton & Foley, P.C.
Panel: Mary M. Clan, MBA, Vice President, Human Resources, Colliers International
Elizabeth Mell, Esq.,  Owner, Mell Consulting Law Firm Strategy

General Session – Personal Development …..Hemlock Room
Learning Limits: Avoiding Burnout
Do you say yes to everything and everyone? Learn the power
of setting limits and learning how to effectively set boundaries.
Presenter: Marla S. Hamilton, VP, Director of Client Engagement, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

General Session – Career Development…..Spruce Room
Small Team Management: Doing A Lot With A Little
Limited resources, limited time and lofty goals, sound familiar? According to research, small teams are actually the best teams – come learn why! Join us as we tackle common obstacles to job productivity and discuss how to make your small team function effectively and efficiently. Through the exploration of project management and time management tools, this session is designed to help managers and individuals successfully plan the work and work the plan.
Helene Baczkowski, Director of Development,  CORA Services
Terry Travis, Vice President of Advancement, Widener University

General Session – Technology …..Pine Room
How to Distribute and Automate Your Expertise Online
In this dynamic session, you will learn how to transform your gifts, talents, intellectual property, and more into digital assets, which can be marketed to the masses with a systemized approach to bring you reoccurring revenue without a high demand on your time. Learn some of the latest digital marketing techniques and strategies to gain attention in the marketplace by leveraging the power of distribution and automation.
Presenter: David Simon, Principal, Kingdom Social Media

General Session – Career Development …..Oak Room
Good Idea vs. Business Idea – Is Your Idea a Sustainable Business?
Are you chasing capital or is capital chasing you? Learn more about how you can turn your ideas into thriving businesses.
Presenter: Curtis Gregory, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Instruction, Strategic Management Temple University, Fox School of Business

General Session – Technology …..Sycamore Room
Workplace Violence & Strategies for Safety
A brief overview of recommended responses to an active shooter event, recognizing potential warning signs of a person on the “pathway to violence” and characteristics of an armed gunman.
Presenter: Brian P. Haughton, MS, EMT-B, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Eastern Pennsylvania MAGLOCLEN


Luncheon Keynote Panel      Presenter Bios
12:00 – 1:30 pm…….Walnut Ballroom

Diversity and Inclusion: How Different Perspectives Create Better Outcomes

Iola Harper, Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)

Imani Breaker, Vice President of Customer Care, Comcast Cable Communications Freedom Region

Amanda Chevalier, Principal, Corporate Facilities of New Jersey: The Knoll Source

Marta Coles, Research and Training Coordinator, The Urban League of Philadelphia Entrepreneurship Center

Betty Andl-Petkov, President/CEO, PATH (People Acting to Help) Inc.

Beth Tiewater, Director of Programming and Thought Leader, Baker Industries


Session III       2:00 – 2:45 pm     Presenter Bios

Panel – Personal Development …..Birch Room
Impostor Syndrome: Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Success
Most individuals experience self-doubt and feelings of being an imposter sometime in their lives. Learn more about what imposter syndrome is, how it affects you, and what you can do to begin overcoming those feelings of inadequacies.
Moderator: Karen Galardi, Ed.D.,  Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, Holy Family University
Panelists: Barbara Stanford-Allen, Consultant Operations, Philadelphia Works
Ann Marie Carollo, VP, Retail Market Manager, TD Bank
Pam Henshall, President, GNPCC
Nicole “Nikki” Pumphrey, Deputy Director, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

General Session – Technology …..Hemlock Room
Is E-Commerce Right for Your Business?
If you’re thinking about selling online to boost your business, this session is right for you. Get a basic understanding of how and why to sell products on marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Etsy. Learn about what you need to build your own store including payments, shipping to marketing.
Presenter: Neil Harner, President/CEO, Inverse Paradox

General Session – Technology …..Spruce Room
Technology to Streamline Your Business: Deploying Enterprise Cloud Collaboration Solutions
Let’s explore Next Generation Communication and Collaboration Technologies. Learn some of the ways that these technologies can transform your organization by breaking down silos and driving innovation. We will discuss what to consider when preparing your organization for this transformation.
Presenters: Stacey Torres, Senior IT Project Leader, University of Pennsylvania
JoDe Beitler,
Senior IT Manager, University of Pennsylvania

General Session – Communications …..Oak Room
Speaking to Influence: Mastering Your Leadership Voice
When you speak, whether in a meeting, on stage, on camera, or on the phone, do you project confident, authentic leadership, or do you sabotage your own goals without even realizing it? Discover how small changes in how you speak can make a huge difference in your image, reputation, and ability to influence others and get the results you want.
Presenter: Laura Sicola, Ph.D., Founder, Vocal Impact Productions

General Session – Personal Development …..Sycamore Room
Women In Philanthropy – When, Where, and Why
Until recently women have not been widely recognized for their philanthropy.  But as the relationship between women and philanthropy expands and evolves, we are evaluating how we give our time, energy and support.
Presenter: Laura Otten, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University’s School of Business


Session IV       3:15 – 4:00 pm      Presenter Bios

Panel – Career Development……………….Birch Ballroom
The Mutual Power of Mentoring
Kathryn Cantera, Ph.D. will explore and identify opportunities to achieve development and person growth both as a mentee and a mentor. This session aims to inspire women of all ages and at various stages in their career development. By sharing experience and wisdom, we will provide tips to facilitate the growth of women professionals to create a culture that views mentorship as an effective means of communication.
Presenters: Victoria Lupica, VP of Marketing and Communications, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Kathryn Cantera, Ph.D., Director of Integrative Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

General Session – Communications …..Hemlock Room
Building Professional Relationships
Whether you’re in a sales or business development role or just trying to grow your network for future opportunities, it’s very important to build professional relationships. In this workshop, BDU’s CEO Lisa Peskin will provide tools to help you maximize the time you spend growing your professional network.
Presenter: Lisa Peskin, CEO, Business Development University

General Session – Career Development …..Spruce Room
Certification Process: Women-Owned Business
Women-owned certification connects you with a network of other women-owned businesses and our Corporate Members to help grow your business and support diversity. Learn about the application process and find out if certification is a good fit for your business.
Presenter: Sherry Nacci, Certification Manager, Women’s Business Enterprise Center

General Session – Communications …..Pine Room
Millennials: How to Hire and Retain Young Professionals
Lots of time, energy, and money go into the recruitment process with hopes of finding the right person for the job and having them stay for the long run. Add millennials to your target audience and the task gets more difficult- or does it? We’ll discuss the best ways to hire and retain these sought after young professionals.
Presenter: Racquel Kelly, .B.B.A., M.B.A, Director of Staffing, Wellness, and Special Projects, Philadelphia Gas Works

General Session – Personal Development …..Oak Room
The 15 Minute Master
This empowering program teaches audiences how to focus intentionally on a single task or issue for 15 minutes, creating a specific, simple action plan to tackle problems, conflicts, and responsibilities, leading to increased productivity, success and happiness, while accomplishing more and finding balance in every day.
Presenter: Mary Fran Bontempo, Author, Speaker, and Humorist


Our Conference would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors:

Luncheon Sponsor:

Breakfast Sponsor:
Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania


Corporate Sponsors: Philadelphia Federal Credit Union    
Independence Blue Cross   Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast
The Inquirer TD Bank


Media Sponsor:
Northeast Times


Business After Hours Sponsor:
Key Bank


Executive Sponsors
CORA Services, Inc.    Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Holy Family University    Inverse Paradox
Parx Casino    PIDC
Northeast Family YMCA    St Basil  Academy
Wawa    Wise Owl Multimedia


Panel/Session Sponsors:
Beneficial Bank/WSFS      SureShade


General Session Sponsors:
Bath Saver    FastSigns Northeast Philadelphia
Homespire Windows    Kitchen Saver
Stein Your Florist, Co.    The Print Shop and More, LLC