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.

The 5th Annual Conference was a Spectacular Event!

We humbly thank the outstanding expert presenters, generous sponsors, and all the enthusiastic and energetic attendees. Together we embrace the power of success!


Save the Date…

Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Holy Family University

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114

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$95 per person – Conference Package
Includes: Breakfast, Open Keynote Speaker, Three Morning Sessions, Lunch, Keynote Expert Panel.

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 CEOs to entry-level employees to women-owned businesses to gain access to the tools to Propel their Success!

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2022 WIBC Presenter/Speaker Bios – Read More 

Check out the 2021 Women in Business Online Conference Videos on the GNPCC YouTube Channel!

Join Us for the Day

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking 7:30 am – 8:00 am

Welcome Presentation and Speaker….. 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Flush the Fear

Beth Allen delivers a humorous and motivational message while armed with a plunger and toilet paper. She shares her journey through family dysfunction and emotional trauma on her way to self-reliance and fearless living. As a DIY expert, entrepreneur, and mom, Beth opens up about the roles women play and how to not lose ourselves on the way. Diving into her toolbox, she empowers others to work through fear, anxiety, and negativity so they can build the life they want and deserve. She reminds us that Doing It Yourself Doesn’t Mean Doing It Alone.
Presenter: Beth Allen, Author/Speaker/Founder, HIP Chicks
Sponsored by: CORA Services

Session I….. 9:10 am – 10:00 am

The Great Exodus vs. The Great Awakening: How Hiring Has Changed – Room 111
This session will focus on steps that H.R. professionals and business owners can implement to recruit, interview, onboard, and retain their workforce. I will share best practices to improve employee retention while ensuring that productive employees remain engaged while simultaneously reducing the increasing costs associated with employee turnover.
Presenter: Myra Brown, CEO, NWON Opportunities
Sponsored by: Holy Family University

Finance for Women: How is it Different? – Room 112
Join Bill to learn how women are different in financial planning. For you, building financial confidence is about building knowledge and balancing life’s priorities.
Presenter: Bill Davis, Bucks County Community College
Sponsored by: Tompkins Community Bank

How to Network When You’re Too Busy To Network – Room 211
Networking is a skill worth building as it is an essential element of career success. But what happens when you can’t find the time to network? How has the pandemic changed our approach to networking? Join this session to learn strategies on how you can integrate networking seamlessly into your day-to-day life so that you can enjoy the benefits of growing your network.
Presenter: Christine Cicio, Director of Continuing Education, Penn State Abington
Sponsored by: CIG Asia, LTD

Imposter Syndrome: Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Success – Room 212
During this workshop, participants will take a look at their inner critics, those internal voices that say things like “you can’t do this,” “you’re not smart enough,” “you don’t know what you’re doing,” “you’re going to fail.” Next, we will look at those false stories we tell ourselves, what others might say to us, and recenter our viewpoint to the truths about how wonderful each of us truly is by simply existing. Finally, participants will leave with several strategies to immediately confront imposter syndrome head-on and move forward with greater confidence and ease.
Presenter: Heather Arlene Woolley, Soul Counselor and Owner, Guided to Heal
Sponsored by: Nazareth Hospital

Session II….. 10:10 am – 11:00 am

Self-Care: Taking Yoga Off the Mat and Into Your Daily Life – Cafe
The Yamas and Niyamas are yogic principles that serve as a road map toward a yoga practice on and off the mat. Principles include self-compassion, self-study, kindness towards others, and more. Come together for an overview of the philosophy of the Yamas + Niyamas as we explore how we can practice them in our everyday life.
Presenter: Melissa Gyuraki, Wellness Team Leader, Northeast Family YMCA
Sponsored by: Northeast Family YMCA

Lessons In Leadership: How Behavior Spreads – Room 111
Our personal lives transfer into our business/work world and vice versa. Hear about my journey and how I learned to navigate through even the stormiest waters to emerge with advancement and more success. Learn the basic plan to achieve anything you set yourself out to do in your personal or business world. Identify and take responsibility for your life and career challenges to become the drive for positive change in others. We will have a live hands-on workshop to implement this skill immediately where you need it most.
Presenter: Jacqueline Talpa, Century 21 Advantage Gold
Sponsored by: Cardone Industries

Internet Crimes: What is the Latest Threat We Face in 2022 – Room 112
In 2021, IC3 continued to receive a record number of complaints from the American public: 847,376 reported complaints, which was a 7% increase from 2020, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion. Among the 2021 complaints received, ransomware, business e-mail compromise (BEC) schemes, and the criminal use of cryptocurrency is among the top incidents reported. In 2021, BEC schemes resulted in 19,954 complaints with an adjusted loss of nearly $2.4 billion. We will discuss the current state of Internet Crime utilizing IC3’s latest report. IC3 is the reporting site the FBI runs for crimes occurring on the Internet
Presenter: James Carty, Chief Security Officer, FBI Philadelphia Division
Sponsored by: Jefferson Health Northeast

Gender and Cultural Issues in the Workplace – Room 211
Despite legislative safeguards, the 21st Century business organization continues to exhibit challenges and roadblocks to female equality in the workplace. This session will explore the obstacles faced by women in the workforce related to gender and cultural issues with suggestions of some practical solutions to help overcome these barriers to achievement.
Presenter: Luanne Amato, MBA, Ed.D, Professor School of Business, Holy Family University
Sponsored by: Law Offices of Daniel P. McElhatton, P.C.

Social Media Trends 2022 and Beyond – Room 212
The latest trends on social media and what’s coming in 2023.
Presenter: Shannon Jester Carr, Senior Digital Marketing Strategist, Vault Communications
Sponsored by: Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Session III….. 11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Growth in Uncertain Times. What’s the Best Plan? – Room 111
How do you plan for growth when the future is uncertain? What if the only “known” thing is change, uncertainty, and constraints on resources? Learn how different types of planning (scenario planning and strategic planning) can help you identify competitive advantage. We’ll also discuss the connections between mission, vision, written plans, innovation, and crisis management. Join us to explore how you can grow in uncertain times.
Presenter: Franne McNeal, MBA, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program
Sponsored by: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

What To Expect From the Emerging Gen Z Workforce – Room 112
The Z Force: What the Gen Z nation values in today’s workforce. The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness concerning what Gen Zers require from employers to be successful in today’s diverse workforce.
Presenter: Dr. Deirdre Jones-Lowman, Communications Professor, Community College of Philadelphia
Sponsored by: Philadelphia International Airport – PHL/NEP

Collaboration for Success: Women Helping Women – Room 211
Making a concentrated effort to elevate the voices of women in the workplace creates more opportunities while fostering a positive and productive work environment. During this session, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer will share valuable tips and techniques on how collaboration amongst women aids in furthering their careers and those of ambitious women around them.
Presenter: Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, CEO & Executive Producer, THIS IS IT NETWORK
Sponsored by: CBIZ, Inc.

Corporate Culture: How to Build, Engage and Create a Sense of Belonging in the Workplace – Room 212
Learn how to design an Engagement Strategy that improves morale, increases retention, and promotes workplace wellness. This session will include an engagement activity with prizes and will provide you with practical ideas to implement in your company.
Presenters: Michelle Saldutti, Diversity Coordinator, Jill Whalen, HR Engagement Manager, and Patty Rooney, HR Director of Development at PARX Casino and Entertainment
Sponsored by: PARX Casino and Entertainment

Feature Panel Discussion….. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Today’s “Super Stars” Are Their Actions a Roadmap For All Generations?

This keynote panel will dive into the different avenues our experts have taken to get to the advanced stage of their careers and how their past experiences can be a guide to others. Whether it was an unconventional career change, a nontraditional role for women, working across a multitude of industries, or utilizing their skills to serve the community, these women are today’s “Superstars.” Their words of wisdom and guidance are sure to be helpful to everyone!

Monica McGrath, Ph.D., Resources for Leadership, Inc

Api Appulingam, Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development, Philadelphia International Airport | Northeast Philadelphia Airport
Romona Riscoe Benson,
Director Corporate & Community Impact, PECO
Fran Burns,
Chief Operating Officer, Connelly Foundation
Carrie Nork Minelli
, Director of Advertising and Public Relations, Parx Casino and Entertainment


We thank our 2022 Women in Business Conference Sponsors!


Presenting Sponsor






Host Sponsor

Welcoming Sponsor

Corporate Sponsor

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Jefferson Health Northeast
Nazareth Hospital
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union
Philadelphia International Airport

Executive Sponsor

Cardone Industries
Fast Signs Northeast Philadelphia
Law Offices of Daniel P. McElhatton, P.C.

Session Sponsor

Northeast Family YMCA
Tompkins Community Bank

Sponsorships are still available!