WIBC Session III Presenter Bios
SESSION III 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Panel – Technology…..Walnut Ballroom
Technology: Is Your Information Secure and Compliant?
Eloise Young, Philadelphia Gas Works
Eloise Young was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Information Services in April 2016 after serving as the Chief Information Officer of the Philadelphia Gas Works for nine years. In her current role Young is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of a robust, repeatable and participatory corporate strategic planning process. Prior to her appointment as CIO, she served in a number of positions in PGW’s Information Services Department including Director of Technical Strategy and Support, Manager of Systems Services, System Administrator, DBA, and developer.
Young received a 2015 Executive Management Award from Philadelphia SmartCEO and was named one of the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. In 2011 she was received a Champions of Impact award from the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and was named one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Pennsylvania” by the National Diversity Council. A native Philadelphian, she loves her city and enjoys doing volunteer work for area community groups.
Hadley Perkins, Esq.
James Carty, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Philadelphia Division
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, 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 gave in 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.
Session – Career…..Spruce Room
Reinvigorate Your “Why:” How to Reboot Your Career & Connect to Your Purpose
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 a 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 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 a M. Ed. in Counseling in Higher Education from Widener University. She has also completed post-graduate work in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College.
Session – Communications…..Hemlock Room
How to Build a Highly Engaged Team
Heather Herrington, Esq., Chief Advocate of Fun
Heather A. Herrington, Esq. is a lawyer by training, but after years of counseling executives, leaders and HR professionals through difficult situations, she realized that she could use her expertise more broadly to help positively impact corporate cultures. Heather still provides legal advice regarding HR and employment law issues to individuals and companies as Of Counsel to Donnelly Ritigstein. She now also works as the Chief Advocate of Fun with The Fun Dept. to teach organizations how to have more fun at work in order to increase employee engagement and attract top talent. Heather is also a coach for “non-selling” professionals with Business Development University, focusing on how to develop business more efficiently and effectively. Heather serves as the Vice President, Legal for the Philadelphia Society of Human Resources Management.
Session – Communications…..Pine Room
Communication for a Multigenerational Workforce: Listen and Learn to Understand
Dr. Laura Sicola, 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, trainings 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 PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania where she was faculty from 2001-2013.
Session – Personal Development…..Boardroom I
I Hit 50, Now What?
Mary Fran Bontempo, author, speaker, 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…..Boardroom II
Making Moves as a Millennial Woman
Beth (Minkus) Lawrence, SNAP Kitchen
Beth is Snap Kitchen’s Northeast Marketing Manager, based in the Philadelphia market. She’s a gluten-free, vegan, allergic-to-everything foodie who loves to find dishes and recipes that combine culinary innovation with back-to-basics, clean ingredients. She believes everyone should start their day with a combination of running, coffee and dark chocolate and is passionate about event planning, live music of all kinds, and all things Philly.