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 18, 2019
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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      


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
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
Effective Team Building Strategies

General Session – Career Development …..Pine Room
Lemons into Lemonade: Achieving Success through Failures
Presenter: Eloise Young, Sr. VP of Strategic Planning and Information Service, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

General Session – Career Development …..Oak Room
Beyond the Resume – How Has Hiring Changed


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 Clan, Colliers International
Elizabeth Mell, Esq.,  Mell Consulting Law Firm Strategy

General Session – Personal Development …..Hemlock Room
Learning Limits: Avoiding Burnout
Presenter: Marla S. Hamilton, VP, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

General Session – Career Development…..Spruce Room
Small Team Management: Doing A Lot With A Little

General Session – Technology …..Pine Room
How to Distribute and Automate Your Expertise Online
Presenter: David Simon, Principal, Kingdom Social Media

General Session – Career Development …..Oak Room
Good Idea vs. Business Idea – Is Your Idea a Sustainable Business?
Presenter: Curtis Gregory, Ph.D., Fox Management Consulting at Temple University

General Session – Personal Development …..Sycamore 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

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

Diversity and Inclusion: How Different Perspectives Create Better Outcomes

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

Panel – Personal Development …..Walnut Ballroom
Imposter Syndrome: Don’t Let Fear Keep You From Success
Moderator: TBD
Panelists: Ann Marie Carollo, VP, Retail Market Manager, TD Bank
Nicole Pumphrey, Deputy Director, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

General Session – Technology …..Hemlock Room
Is E-Commerce Right for Your Business?
Presenter: Neil Harner, President/CEO, Inverse Paradox

General Session – Technology …..Spruce Room
Technology to Streamline Your Business: Deploying Enterprise Cloud Solutions
Presenters: Stacy Torres and JeDe Beitler, University of Pennsylvania

General Session – Communications …..Pine Room
Steps to Becoming an Effective Written Communicator
Presenter: Hadley Perkins, Esq., Perkins Writing Consultants

General Session – Communications …..Oak Room
Are You an Authentic and Transparent Leader?
Presenter: Laura Cicola, Ph.D., 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 Univsersity

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

Panel – Career Development……………….Birch Ballroom
The Mutual Power of Mentoring

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

General Session – Communications …..Pine Room
Millennials: How to Hire and Retain Young Professionals 

General Session – Technology …..Oak Room
Steps to Secure Your Perimeter

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

Corporate Sponsors:
Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast
The Inquirer TD Bank
Executive Sponsors:
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Inverse Paradox
Parx Casino St Basil  Academy
Wawa YMCA Northeast
Panel Sponsor:
Beneficial Bank
Media Sponsor:
Northeast Times