Women in Business Conference


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 19, 2018
2018 – Same great event. Join us!

Read about our 2017 Women in Business Conference on our Blog!

GNPCC’s first-ever Women in Business Conference and Luncheon draws rave reviews. Radisson Hotel in Trevose site of inaugural event featuring panel discussions, presentations and topics to recognize significant contributions of women in all areas of business        Read More

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8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Conference
4:00 pm – 6:oo pm – Business After Hours


2017 Title Sponsor

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

$15 per person – Business After Hours Only

For Reservations are available at the door!         
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 entry level employee to women-owned businesses gain access to the tools to Propel their Success!

Hundreds of Women, Thousands of Ideas.

We thank our 2017 Sponsors:

Title Sponsor


Media Sponsor

Northeast Times/Broadstreet Media/Newspaper Media Group

Corporate Sponsor

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Executive Sponsors

Cardone Industries
CORA Services
Holy Family University
Inverse Paradox
Nazareth Hospital
Parx Casino
SugarHouse Casino
Village Restaurant and Catering

General Session Sponsors

Beneficial Bank
Penn State Abington

Business After Hours Sponsor

New York Life Insurance Company

2017 Conference Schedule

Registration, Breakfast, and Sponsor Review 8:30 – 9:00 am


Welcome 9:00 – 9:15 am

Keynote: Marilyn Russell, Co-Host The Breakfast Club, 98.1 WOGL


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

Panel – Career……….………………Walnut Ballroom
Finding Success in Male-Dominated Industries
Helen C. Thorpe, MD, of Mercy Primary Care
Cheryl Carlton, PhD, Director of Villanova Women’s Professional Network
Amy Buckman, Manager or Public Relations and Special Events for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com
Deputy Commissioner Robin Wimberly, Philadelphia Police Department
Moderator: Gabrielle Sellei, Esq., Founder of Sellei Law, LLC and a co-Founder of Women Owned Law [WOL]

Session – Career…………………….Spruce Room
Moving Toward Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Jade Gasper, Owner & Creative Consultant of MarkItAlternatives

Session – Communications…………Hemlock Room
Is It Time to Rebrand?
Linda McAleer, President of The Melior Group
Nancy McDonald, Principal of Leapfrog Advancement Group

Session – Personal Development….Pine Room
How to Best Sell Yourself
Presenter: Lisa Peskin, CEO and Founder of Business Development University

Session – Technology…………………Boardroom I
Social Media 101: You set up your social media accounts, now what?
Presenter: Heather Dotchel, Director of Marketing of Holy Family University

Session – Career…….……………….Boardroom II
Women in Politics: Discovering Career Possibilities
Presenter: Dana Brown, PhD, Executive Director of PA Center for Women and Politics

Break and Sponsor Review – 10:15 – 10: 45 am


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

Panel – Communications Panel…….Walnut Ballroom
Communication: What is Your Message?
Heather Herrington, Esq., Chief Advocate of Fun of The Fun Department
Mary Beth Kurilko, Director of Online Programs of Philadelphia University
Lisa Peskin, CEO and Founder of Business Development University
Lauren P. Friedrich, Manager of Advertising, Digital and Packaging at Wawa
Jenny Robinson, Broadcaster and Staff Writer at Commercial Real Estate Direct
Moderator: Rosemary LeCompte, Director of McElhatton LeCompte Public Affairs

Session – Career……………………Spruce Room
Finding Nutritional Balance: It Does Matter
Presenter: Felicia Porrazza, Owner and Registered Dietitian of PorrazzaNutrition

Session – Technology……….………Hemlock Room
Technology Trends to Advance Your Business/Personal Growth
Presenter: Matt Cherepanya, Director of Sales of Inverse Paradox

Session – Personal Development….Pine Room
Leadership for a Multigenerational Workforce
Presenter: Greg DeShields, Executive Director of PHLDiversty

Session – Personal Development.…Boardroom I
How to Improve your Relationship with Money
Presenter: Tony DeGerolamo, Principal of DeGerolamo Financial Strategies


Keynote Luncheon   12:00 – 1:30 pm          Keynote Luncheon Presenter Bios

Leveling the Playing Field: Strategies for Success

   Christin Cardone McClave, Chief People Officer of Cardone Industries
   Steven Singer, President of Steven Singer Jewelers
   Patrick Bresnan, VP Chief Customer Officer of SAP America
   Marilyn Russell, Co-Host of The Breakfast Club, 98.1 WOGL

    Monica McGrath, PhD, CEO of Resources for Leadership, Inc.


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

Panel – Technology Panel……….…..Walnut Ballroom
Technology: Is your information secure and compliant?
Hadley Perkins, Esq., Consultant, Internet Security
Matt Cherepanya, Director of Sales of Inverse Paradox
James Carty, Chief Security Officer 0f Philadelphia Division FBI
Moderator: Eloise Young, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Information Services for Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

Session – Career..……………………Spruce Room
Reinvigorate Your “Why”: How to Reboot Your Career & Connect to Your Purpose
Description: Join us for an interactive session to explore your “why” and how it is incorporated into your career goals. Whether you are looking to advance your career or make a change, this session is perfect for you!
Megan Rizzo, MS Ed, LPC, Career Counselor for Community College of Philadelphia
Monique Gilchrist, M Ed, Career Counselor for Community College of Philadelphia

Session – Communications…………Hemlock Room
How to Build a Highly Engaged Team
Presenter: Heather Herrington, Esq., Chief Advocate of Fun of The Fun Department

Session – Communications…….…….Pine Room
Communication for a Multigenerational Workforce: Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn
Presenter: Laura Sicola, PhD, Founder of Vocal Impact Productions

Session – Personal Development……Boardroom I
I Hit 50, Now What?
Presenter: Mary Fran Bontempo, Author, “Not Ready for Granny Panties”

Session – Personal Development…….Boardroom II
Making Moves as a Millennial Woman
Presenter: Beth (Minkus) Lawrence, Northeast Marketing Manager of SNAP Kitchen

Break and Sponsor Review   2:45 – 3:15 pm


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

Panel 4 – Personal Development……….Walnut Ballroom
Balance. What’s That?
Mary Nicoletti, Director of SJU Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager State Operations & Community Outreach of AARP of PA
Felicia Porrazza, Owner and Registered Dietitian of PorrazzaNutrition
Bettylynn Szal, Owner & Personal Trainer at It Figures Fitness for Women
Moderator: Amy Murray Hyde of Amy Murray Hyde, LLC

Session – Career………………………Spruce Room
Women as Millennial Business Leaders
Presenter: Angelina Perryman, Vice President of Perryman Building and Construction

Session – Communications….………Hemlock Room
Verbal vs. Non-verbal Communication
Presenter: Ellen Murray Brennan, Penn State Abington
Sponsor: Penn State Abington

Session – Technology……………..…..Pine Room
Cyber Security: Are You At Risk?
Presenter: James Carty, Chief Security Officer for  Philadelphia Division FBI


Business After Hours 4:30 – 7:00 pm


Notes from our Kick Off Luncheon on September 29, 2016

My Top Take-Aways from 40 Years in Business
by keynote: Linda Rosanio, COO Vsblty

10 Things Every Business Leader Should Know

The following are excerpts from a speech by Linda Rosanio, Chief Operating Officer of Vsblty and former CEO of The Star Group, at the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Luncheon on September 29 at the Pen Ryn Estate. The luncheon was the kickoff for the Chamber’s Women in Business Conference to be held April 27, 2017.

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