2019 WIBC Session IV Presenter Bios
Panel – Career Development …..Birch Ballroom
The Mutual Power of Mentoring
Victoria Lupica, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Vicki has over 20 years of strategic communications and public relations experience in both the public and private sector, including the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, American Airlines, the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport.
Kathryn Cantera, PT, DPT, CLT, Chief, Division of Oncology Rehabilitation Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
A physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist, Dr. Kathryn Cantera is the Chief of the Division of Oncology Rehabilitation Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) and Director of Integrative Services and Oncology Rehabilitation at CTCA® in Philadelphia.
Dr. Cantera earned a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. She then attended Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in Phoenix, where she became a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT).
Prior to joining CTCA in July 2011, Dr. Cantera worked as a physical therapist at hospitals and medical centers in Philadelphia and New Jersey. She later served for several years as the Program Coordinator of Lymphedema Services at a network of hospitals in Southern New Jersey. She was also a physical therapist and lymphedema therapist at an outpatient rehabilitation center in Southern New Jersey.
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Health, Policy, & Administration Section and the Oncology Section. She is also active in the Young Professionals Network of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. She has presented in many public settings, including the Southeast District of the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association’s combined sections meeting highlighting the value proposition of the Integrative Medicine Team for patients living with cancer. Other presentations included the 8th Annual FORCE Convention and Susan G. Komen’s Latinas United for the Cure Event, serving with panels of experts on the impact of the integrative team for patients pre- and post-operatively, as well as throughout survivorship.
Session – Communications …..Hemlock Room
Building Professional Relationships
Lisa Peskin, CEO, Business Development University
Lisa Peskin, CEO, Business Development University, 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.
Session – Career Development …..Spruce Room
Certification Process: Women-Owned Business
Sherry Nacci, Certification Manager, Women’s Business Enterprise Center
Sherry Nacci is currently the Certification Manager for WBEC East, one of WBENC’s regional partner organizations, covering PA, DE and Southern NJ. She is enjoying what she calls her “encore” stint with WBEC-East – she worked on the council team from 2005 to 2010 and left to apply her skills in the corporate world. Sherry came back to the council in 2017. The connections she made on her corporate “hiatus” are serving us well – to say that everyone in the supplier diversity field in our region knows her is not an exaggeration.
Sherry has spent the last 15 years working with women-owned firms and Fortune 500 companies, specifically across the Delaware Valley. She is passionate about assisting women business owners in accessing procurement opportunities through certification and supporting corporations in growing their diverse vendor pipeline. Sherry is inspired by the opportunities she has to help women succeed by overseeing the certification process and the appreciation she receives makes her work worthwhile.
Prior to her current position, Sherry was the Supplier Diversity Manager for Skanska USA. While working for Skanska USA, she assisted in developing one of the world’s leading project development and construction management companies’ supplier diversity programs while also participating in their National Diversity Council.
Sherry served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women in Construction as well as the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council.
Session – Career Development…..Pine Room
Millennials: How to Hire and Retain Young Professionals
Racquel Kelly, B.B.A, M.B.A, Director of Staffing, Wellness & Special Projects, Philadelphia Gas Works
Racquel Kelly has more than fifteen years’ experience in the human resources and organizational development fields. She is currently the Director of Staffing, Wellness, & Special Projects at Philadelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. PGW manages and maintains a system of over 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes that deliver an annual 78 billion cubic feet of safe, reliable natural gas to over 500,000 customers each year. In her current role, she is responsible for the day-to- day operations of full life cycle recruiting for all union and non -union staffing needs. This includes requirements gathering, sourcing, screening, pre-employment testing, interviewing, medical screening and drug testing, offer negotiation, and onboarding. Racquel also manages the company’s tuition assistance, performance management, and leadership development programs. Racquel earned her undergraduate degree from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and her MBA from St. Joseph’s University’s Haub School of Business. She is a graduate of Leadership Philadelphia’s CORE class of 2018 and serves as a board member for Summer Camps at College Settlement.
Session – Personal Development …..Oak Room
The 15 Minute Master
Mary Fran Bontempo, Author, Speaker, 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.