2018 WIBC Session III Presenter Bios

Session III     2:00 – 2:45 pm

Panel – Technology …..Walnut Ballroom
How Can Technology Work for You?


Margaret McCoey, Assistant Professor at La Salle University
Margaret McCoey is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at La Salle University. She is also the University’s Director of Graduate Programs in Analytics, Cybersecurity, Computer Information Science and Information Technology Leadership. In addition to her work in Higher Education, Margaret has extensive professional experience across a range of technology disciplines including operating systems development, data management, testing, and quality assurance, and she has worked in a variety of industries including software development, business consulting, and defense contracting, where she developed specialized systems for navigation, communication, and ordnance. Margaret holds a B.A. Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from La Salle University, and a M.S. in Computer Science from Villanova University.



James Carty

James Carty, Chief Security Officer at Philadelphia Division, Federal Bureau of Investigations
Mr. James Carty is currently the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, where he is responsible for the security program covering all functional areas of security; physical, personnel, and information.  Jim also has the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification.  He is a veteran of 36 years in the law enforcement community and has additionally been an Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) for 18 years at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) where he has taught classes in computer networking, digital forensics, and computer and network security.  Jim has both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters of Science (MS) degree in Information Systems Management from Holy Family University.

Matt Cherepanya

Matt Cherepanya, Director of Sales at Inverse Paradox
After graduating from St. Joseph’s University, Matt spent several years in the pharmaceutical industry with Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca. After leaving the corporate world, he found his passion in working with small and medium-sized businesses on their digital efforts. For the past 7 years, he has helped with wife’s company, Inverse Paradox, grow to 20 people and a client list of over 500 clients. Matt continues to grow his knowledge and experience in all facets of the fast-paced industry including e-commerce, search engine optimization, pay per click marketing, social media marketing, and public relations.

Shannon Creamer-Franke

Shannon Creamer-Franke, Owner of Odd Graphic Company
“Queen Bee” or “Mother Hen” – it all depends on the day. Shannon Creamer-Franke is the Founder and Agency Creative Director of Odd Graphic Company, a full-service creative design company located just outside of Philadelphia in historic Fort Washington, PA. She draws inspiration from a group of talented, like-minded individuals that are affectionately known as the Odd Fellows of Odd Graphic.

For 26 years Shannon and her Odd Fellows have been immersed in the time-honored traditions of corporate brand development; helping historically successful firms skew, refine, and/or grow their narrative.

Today, Shannon leads the charge, offering an inclusive, connective approach to identity building, appropriately termed Bridge-Branding. This program is designed to strategically bridge a firm’s print collateral, website, and social media outlay in order to create a relevant, value-added brand image. The result: A brand identity that acts as a catalyst to improve market-share and foster an attractive company culture.

Aliya Hammond, is a Social Media Strategist, Trainer, Blogger, and Speaker
Aliya Hammond specializes in social media management, marketing, and social media training for small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, busy executives, and non-profit organizations. She is also the founder of Aliya Hammond Consulting, working alongside a fantastic team of professional Social Media Marketers, Graphic Designers, and Writers.

Session – Personal Development …..Hemlock Room
The Power of Reinvention

Mary Fran Bontempo

Mary Fran Bontempo, Public Speaker, Author, and Humorist
MARY FRAN BONTEMPO is an author, speaker, and humorist who teaches women to control their most powerful influence: Self-Talk. Author of The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, and Not Ready for Granny Panties—The 11 Commandments for Avoiding Granny Panties, Bontempo proves small changes in self-talk yield big life changes, allowing women to be positive, productive and vital in a rapidly changing world. A Huffington Post contributor, and regular columnist for Women’s Voices Magazine and Best Kept Self, Bontempo inspires and motivates audiences to tame the negative self-talk beast while reminding them to grab their share of joy along the way. After thirty years’ experience as owner of a full service recruiting firm, and finding herself in the middle of a perfect life storm—turning 50, a crashing economy, and most devastating, a son with serious addiction issues—Bontempo created the blog, “Not Ready for Granny Panties” to remind women of the need for joy. Bontempo also found that her humorous take on life resonates with women of all ages. A frequent radio guest and speaker, audiences delight in her empowering and entertaining message. Find her at maryfranbontempo.com.

Session – Personal Development …..Spruce Room
How to Maximize Your Networking ROI

Lisa Peskin

Lisa Peskin, CEO of Business Development University
Lisa Peskin has more than 25 years of experience in sales performance and management. Throughout her career, she has developed an award-winning reputation as a motivational and results-oriented sales professional. After a successful career as Vice President of Sales for Automatic Data Processing (ADP), running a 40 man sales force, Lisa launched her own sales training, consulting and coaching business in 2003.  Since then, Lisa has helped thousands of sales professionals and sales managers increase their sales through training, just in time support and programs designed to maximize opportunities and drive ROI.

Lisa launched Business Development University in 2010 with the goal of helping sales and sales management professionals maximize their performance and potential. Lisa and her team are passionate about making an impact on individuals, teams, and companies by helping them fill their sales pipelines with more qualified prospects on a consistent basis, close more business and ultimately exceed sales goals and expectations. In addition, the BDU team helps individuals that are managing and running sales teams to be as effective as possible in developing and motivating their sales associates to ultimately maximize their performance.

Lisa received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Marketing from Temple University. Lisa resides in Upper Dublin, PA and is married with two children.

Session – Career  …..Pine Room
Reinvigorate Your “Why”: How to Reboot Your Career and Connect to Your Purpose

Megan Rizzo

Megan Rizzo & Monique Gilchrist, Community College of Philadelphia

Megan Rizzo: I’ve wanted to help people for as long as I can remember so following the path of a Psychology major at the University of Scranton then pursuing an MS Ed in Mental Health Counseling at Queens College and finally obtaining a Pennsylvania License as a Professional Counselor just felt right. Over the past decade, I’ve worked in a variety of settings helping others pursue their personal, educational, and career goals. Initially in an outpatient program for adults with persistent mental health concerns and now while working in the Community College of Philadelphia’s Counseling Center. Whether it’s working with individuals who are returning to college for a career change, helping recent high school graduates solidify their career goals or conducting workshops on topics like building a positive mindset and time management, my driving force is to bring meaning and purpose to my life and others so that our lives are enriched and fulfilled. It’s said that the average person spends 90,000 hours at work throughout their lifetime so don’t you want to spend your time wisely?


Monique Gilchrist


Monique Gilchrist: Monique has worked in the Philadelphia region in the field of education and career development for the past seventeen years. Currently, Monique is a Counselor/Assistant Professor at Community College of Philadelphia. In this position, she provides academic, career, and personal counseling and also teaches College Success Seminar and First Year Experience courses. Prior to joining Community College of Philadelphia, Monique assisted clients with achieving their post-secondary education and career goals while working at non-profit organizations throughout the City. In addition, Monique is an active board member for the Marion Luckers Kidney Foundation. She is skilled at presenting workshops on career development, goal setting, and stress management.  Monique believes her career is more of a calling. She seeks to assist others in reaching their goals and maximizing their potential in life. She believes that all people are capable of making a positive change in their lives.  Monique earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from Temple University and an M. Ed. in Counseling in Higher Education from Widener University. She has also completed post-graduate work in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College.


Laura .Sicola, PhD

Session – Communications …..Boardroom I
Vocal Empowerment for Women in Leadership

Laura Sicola, Ph.D., Founder of Vocal Impact Productions
Dr. Laura Sicola is a leadership communication expert and the founder of Vocal Impact Productions in Philadelphia, PA. Her mission is to help people master the 3Cs of “Vocal Executive Presence”: Command the room, Connect with the audience, and Close the deal. She has spent nearly 20 years in language, culture, and education, and has done coaching, training, and keynote addresses across five continents. She is a coach for the TED Fellows program and works with clients such as Comcast, Independence, Chubb, Wikimedia, the US Department of Commerce, IBM, and Women Against Abuse. She earned her Ph.D. in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania where she was faculty from 2001-2013.

Session – Communications …..Boardroom II
Do it Yourself Market Research

Linda McAleer

Linda McAleer, President of The Melior Group
Linda McAleer is a preeminent expert in defining problems, asking the right questions of the right people, and connecting outcomes to actionable plans. Her emphasis is on strategic management decision-making, problem definition, study design, and marketing planning.

Linda founded The Melior Group in 1982 to bring the disciplines of marketing research to service industries. Today, Melior is one of the region’s leading research-based consulting firms, serving organizations in the healthcare, higher education, financial services, non-profit and travel/leisure sectors.

Linda is a frequent speaker on client expectations, leadership, and customer service issues as keys to effective service planning and she contributes content to Marketing News, Bank Marketing, and University Business.

Currently, Linda serves in leadership roles on the boards of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (both nationally and regionally), and JEVS Human Services, and is on the board of The Career Wardrobe. She is the honorary chair of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis (WAMS) in Philadelphia, one of the premier philanthropic events in our region.

She is a recipient of numerous awards, including: 2015 SmartCEO Brava Award, 2013 Top 100 MBE®, WOMEN’S WAY Leadership Award, Woman of Spirit Award by National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, Woman of Distinction Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Temple University’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame, inaugural inductee

Linda holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Temple University.