2005 Conference Speakers 
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Felicia Hall Allen
President and CEO, Felicia Hall & Associates

Theresa Alvillar-Speake
Director, Office of Minority Economic Impact & Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy

NeKeta Argrow
Business Development Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Maureen Beal
Chairman and CEO,
National Van Lines, Inc.

Tracey Bell
Impersonator & 2005 Star Award “Entertainer of the Year”

Lorin Beller
Founder, Big Fish Nation

Sara Blakely
Founder, Spanx

Genevieve Bos
Founding Publisher
PINK Magazine


Judy Bradt
Principal & CEO, Summit Insight, LLC


Reneé Brown
Chief of Basketball Operations & Player Relations, Women’s National Basketball
Association


Maria C. Coyne
Executive Vice President
National Sales Executive
SBA & Key4Women
KeyBank National Associatio
n

Linda Clemons
Linda Clemons
CEO, Sisterpreneur, Inc.


Jeff Crilley
Emmy Award Winning Reporter


Donna DeBerry
President,

DRP International


Lurita Doan

President & CEO,
New Technology

Management, Inc.


Mimi Donaldson

New York Times Best Selling Author &
President, Mimi Speaks!

Edie Fraser
President, BWNI

NELY GALÁN
CEO,  GALÁN Entertainment
Fox Network Creator & Executive Producer, THE SWAN

Jon Gordon
Author, Energy Coach
& Professional Trainer

Linda Armstrong Kelly
Author: No Mountain High Enough: Raising Lance, Raising Me

Jan B. King
Editorial Director,
eWomenPublishingNetwork

Joanna L. Krotz
President, Muse2Muse Productions, Inc.
Columnist, Microsoft Small Business Center

Jill Lublin
CEO, Promising Promotion
Founder, GoodNews Media, Inc.
Best Selling Author


Sue Malone
President, Strategies for Small Business


Sheri' McConnell
Founder & President, National Association of Women Writers


Allegra F. McCullough
Associate Deputy Administrator,
Small Business Administration


Kathryn H. Milthorpe
Executive Vice President,
Ladies Professional Golf Assn. (LPGA)

Maureen O’Toole–Purcell
Olympic Silver Medalist, 2000
Water Polo


Jet Parker
Founder, CEO IQ
Best Selling Author


Andrea Pennington, M.D., C.Ac.

Physician, Wellness Expert and Best-Selling Author


Astrid Pregel

President,

Society of International Business Fellows

 


DeLores Pressley

Creator, Born Successful


Telisa Roberson
Manager, Global Advertising & Media Services
Ford Motor Company


Rhona Silver
Owner, Huntington Town House

Linda Sivertsen
Inspirational Speaker, Ghostwriter, Environmentalist, and Award Winning Author


Kristen Sundin
Key4Women Relationship Manager, Key Bank


Julie Thomas
President and CEO, ValueVision Associates

Ruth Thoes Vivrett
Personal Advisor

Lee Ann Womack

Universal Studios’ National
Recording Artist

(Via Pre-recorded Video Tape)
 
   
 

Felicia Hall Allen
President and CEO
Felicia Hall & Associates

As President and CEO of Felicia Hall & Associates, Felicia is living her dream of helping others to see the possibilities that exist within and around them to maximize their potential. 

Through a basketball scholarship, Felicia earned a law degree.  Today, Felicia remains a member of the New Jersey State Bar.  Before launching her own company, Felicia combined her love for law and basketball as Vice President of Team Operations for the WNBA Charlotte Sting.  Her leadership style and business savvy helped guide the Charlotte Sting from the league’s second worst record to the second best team as WNBA Eastern Conference Champions in just two seasons.

With her previous corporate experience in leadership positions at the NIKE, 1996 Summer Olympic Games and the WNBA, Felicia now provides a unique depth to specialties of leadership, management, team building, organizational development, executive coaching, and networking.  Now one of the premier resources for business leadership, she shares her blue-chip advice and expertise on how to turn potential into performance. 

Felicia is currently serving as Executive Director of Leadership America North Carolina, a statewide women’s leadership organization that educates, connects and empowers women leaders to improve North Carolina communities. Recently, Felicia was selected by Charlotte’s Business Journal as of the “Top 40, Under 40”.  In addition, she was recognized by The Charlotte Post Publishing Company as a “Person of Prominence.”  
 

Theresa Alvillar-Speake
Director, Office of Minority Economic
Impact & Diversity,
U.S. Department of Energy
Theresa Alvillar-Speake was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed in August 2001 by the Senate as Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity at the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, Theresa is the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantage Business Utilization. She is the first Hispanic ever to head the office. In that position she provides guidance and direction to the Secretary of Energy on the impact of energy policies, procedures and programs on minorities, minority institutions and minority businesses and also on policy development and implementation in the area of Civil Rights. She is also responsible for providing agency support to minority educational institutions and for promoting diversity within the agency and its contractors.

Ms. Speake holds a bachelor of business administration from California State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University in Sacramento, California.
 

NeKeta Argrow
Business Development Manager
Microsoft Corporation



Born in Cushing, Oklahoma and raised in Boulder, Colorado, NeKeta attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree in Communications. She has worked in the technology field for the past eight years.

Prior to becoming a technology specialist, NeKeta spent several years as small business owner in print industry concentrating on advertising and graphic design. For more than a year, she had presented at Microsoft’s Big Day events for serving as a Software Licensing Specialist for the SoftChoice Corporation then moved on to be one of the lead presenters for the Microsoft Build Your Business Tour focusing on small minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, she is a Licensing and Desktop Specialist for Microsoft Corporation.

This experience and expertise has led to further career advancement within one of the most successful companies in the world. Currently, NeKeta is a Business Development Manager with the Microsoft Across America Team delivering Connections Seminars in the Northeast.
 


Maureen Beal
Chairman and CEO
National Van Lines, Inc.




Maureen was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Los Angeles when she was 13 years old. After completing school, she worked for National Van Lines for ten years and then went into the manufacturing field in Sales and Customer Service Management.

In 1981, she opened a sales office for National Van Lines in California and then returned to Chicago in 1982 to help her father in the business. She was appointed the Vice President of the International Division along with the position of Treasurer of the company. She remained in those positions until her father’s passing in 1993 when she became Chairman and CEO.

Maureen’s company has been recognized as the 23rd largest woman-owned business in the United States as announced by DiversityBusiness.com. Her company has also been recognized as the 8th largest woman-owned business in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Magazine.

Maureen is on the Board of Directors of the American Moving and Storage Association and is a Director of the Household Goods Carriers Bureau. She is also Immediate Past Chairman of the American Cancer Society Board of DuPage County, IL. She is Chairman of the Board for Aspire, which is an organization that works with mentally handicapped children and adults. She is also a Trustee for Benedictine University and an Associate at Northwestern University.

Maureen has three children and five grandchildren and lives with her husband and daughter in Wheaton, Illinois.
 

Tracy Bell

Impersonator & 2005
Star Award “Entertainer
of the Year”




Don’t miss the “Evening of Chocolate Decadence” Saturday night, July 16 from 9 pm to 12:30 am! In addition to mocha-tinis and scrumptious desserts, Tracey Bell will dazzle you with her performance of “Eight Divas in 45 Minutes”! Tracey’s talent is astonishing as you watch her transform from Tina Turner to Celine Dion and others!

Tracey has performed thousands of one-woman shows all across North America. She has become a woman of many faces and has guest-starred on the X-Files as Cher and is the star of the award winning film, Impersona. Additionally, she has serenaded Pierre Trudeau and Kurt Russell as Marilyn.

Recipient of the Canadian Events Industry’s 2005 “Entertainer of the Year,” Tracey Bell will leave you dazzled and bedazzled!

We will finish the night together with a luscious coffee bar and dancing to our favorite diva songs! All proceeds benefit the eWomenNetwork Foundation.
 

Lorin Beller
Founder, Big Fish Nation
Lorin Beller’s company provides a unique year-long development program that helps entrepreneurs define, capture and execute against their unique business and life vision. She has a commitment to bringing together the worlds of the mind, body and spirit. In addition to one-on-one coaching, she also helps groups of entrepreneurs from across the country make a “big splash” with their lives and their businesses.

Lorin holds a biology and psychology undergraduate degree, a masters in Health Administration and is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaches Federation. .

Previously, Lorin co-founded, developed and sold Global 2000, a technology company. Following its sale, she continued with the publicly-held acquiring company BiznessOnline as the VP of sales and marketing for 2-1/2 years.

Her book, entitled “From Entrepreneur to Big Fish” is due this Spring. She has been recognized by publications including Investor’s Business Daily and Female Entrepreneur Magazine who named her one of the Top 30 Female Executives in 2004.
 

Sara Blakely

Founder, Spanx


Sara Blakely wanted footless body-shaping pantyhose to wear with her cream-colored pants and open-toed shoes, but she couldn't find them anywhere. Frustrated consumer turned entrepreneur, Sara took $5,000 in savings and began her adventure in the $2 billion male-dominated hosiery industry.

Two years later, with the first pair of footless pantyhose in hand, Sara cold-called and sold over 50,000 pair in its first three months from the back of her apartment. Her footless pantyhose even found their way onto “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list in 2000. Blakely’s story and Spanx products have been featured on everything from CNN, Forbes to Glamour and USA Today. In 2002, Sara was named Ernst & Young’s Southeast Regional Entrepreneur of the Year.

Since then, Spanx has developed and launched a full line of new products, all designed to be innovative, comfortable, slimming, and stylish. Spanx products are sold at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and other upscale retailers and boutiques nationwide.

Sara also participated as a cast member on Fox’s reality show, “The Rebel Billionaire.” Sara competed with 16 other contestants for $1 million and Branson’s job running the Virgin empire. After fierce competition, Sara took second place and received $750,000 to launch a foundation to benefit women.

By the end of 2003, Spanx celebrated $31 million in retail sales.
 

Genevieve Bos
Founding Publisher
PINK Magazine
PINK Magazine profiles America's most successful women in business along with delivering readers tools, tactics and strategies to help women get ahead in their careers and lives.

Previously, Genevieve was the Publisher of a Georgia-based business magazine and created events with Fortune 500 CEO’s. She served as co-founder and Vice President of Strategic Alliances for ZapMedia, an entertainment services and technology company that worked on alliances with Microsoft, Intel, Universal Studios and more.

Genevieve is an advisory board member with the Georgia State University Center for Global Business Leadership and a board member on the Board of Directors Network, which promotes women to public company boards. She holds a B.A. from Georgia State University in Communications.
 

Judy Bradt
Principal & CEO,
Summit Insight, LLC
Judy Bradt is an expert in government procurement. She brings 20 years of international business development, negotiation and trade policy experience to her practice. Additionally, in 2003, Judy founded “Summit Insight” to build Canada’s success in US government markets. Her corporate clients seek business strategies for US public sector contracts.

Previously, Judy worked at the Embassy of Canada, Trade Commissioner Service in Washington, DC. In this role she helped over 10,000 Canadian firms win over $250 million in US government contracts. She also created the “Canadian Women’s International Business Initiative” resulting in $12 million in international sales and partnerships.

Among Judith’s many awards and distinctions, she has received the 2000 Ministerial Citation for Excellence in International Trade and the 2000 President’s Award by the Canadian-American Business Council.
 


Reneé Brown

Chief of Basketball

Operations & Player Relations,

Women’s National Basketball Association



Renee Brown, WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations, oversees all player-scouting and acquisition and the administration of all player-related and on-court operations policies including scheduling, officiating, game conduct and discipline. Brown joined the WNBA in September 1996 as Director of Player Personnel. She was named Senior Vice President in 2004.

During the 1995-96 season, Brown served as an assistant coach to Tara VanDerveer for the gold medal-winning USA Basketball Women’s National Team in Colorado Springs, where she helped with game preparation, player conditioning and scouting. Since 2000, she’s served on the Executive Committee for USA Basketball, as the Vice President for the Senior Women’s Programs. In 2004, she presided as the Chair for the Women’s Senior National Team Committee and will continue that role through 2008. Brown also will sit on the USA Basketball Board of Directors through 2008.

Brown, a 1978 graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, also was an assistant coach for the women’s basketball teams at the University of Kansas, Stanford University and San Jose State University. Her Stanford team won the NCAA tournament in 1990 and earned a trip to the Final Four in 1991.
 

Maria C. Coyne
Executive Vice President
National Sales Executive
SBA & Key4Women
KeyBank National Association
Maria C. Coyne is executive vice president and national sales manager of Community Banking for KeyBank National Association. She is responsible for the national sales efforts and administration of Key’s Small Business Administration (SBA) program and leads both Key4Women (women-owned business) and specialty segment initiatives.

Maria joined KeyBank in 2001 as a senior vice president in the strategic planning group. Previously, she was a small business strategist with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and spent more than 10 years with Bank One, serving in various management capacities before becoming director of marketing.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from the University of Notre Dame. Maria was awarded a certificate for completion of The Key Executive Experience at Weatherhead at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Maria is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Women’s Business Research in Washington, D.C. and is the chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
 

Linda Clemons
Linda Clemons
CEO, Sisterpreneur, Inc.
Linda is the CEO of Sisterpreneur,Inc., an international business empowerment organization and a popular radio and television personality. Her extensive sales and business knowledge have encouraged many individuals to achieve professional and personal success. From Canada to Spain, Hawaii to Florida, her message helps those move from ordinary results to extraordinary success.

Because of her mastery of motivation and her vast sales and business expertise, Linda has presented to a wide variety of clients, both in the private and public sectors. She has received countless recognitions and honors, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian honor in the state of Indiana. She is listed in the Who’s Who in Sales, Who’s who in Black America and the U.S. Congressional listing. In addition to her many talents, Linda is an accomplished playwright and author.
 

Jeff Crilley
Emmy Award Winning Reporter
Jeff Crilley is an Emmy Award winning TV reporter in Dallas. During his 20 years in television news he has made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and The CBS Early Show.  He has been recognized by his peers with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award and in 2004 was named by the Texas Associated Press, "The Best TV Reporter in the state."

Jeff is also the author of acclaimed book, FREE PUBLICITY:  A TV Reporter Shares the Secrets of Getting Covered on the News, a step-by-step guide for learning the inside secrets on everything from writing “killer” press releases and coming up with ideas guaranteed to get coverage to knowing what to say in the interview and keep reporters coming back for more!
 

Donna DeBerry

President, DRP International


Donna DeBerry is founder of DRP International, where she consults industry leaders on diversity and event management issues. She has been described as a trailblazer, pioneer and the “Diversity Go-To-Person” since her meteoric rise through the ranks of Wyndham International, where she formerly served as Executive Vice President of Wyndham International.

Her ascent to become the highest ranking African American in the United States in the hotel and hospitality industry is now legend. DeBerry’s success has been featured in some of America’s top rated print, electronic and broadcast media, including such magazines as Fortune, Time, Essence, Black Enterprise, and Diversity Inc.

DeBerry has served on numerous Board of Directors including the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, National Hispanic Corporate Council, Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers.

As a diversity expert she has addressed thousands at major conferences and events including the Executive Women's Golf Association, the Wall Street Project, NAACP, International Hispanic Meeting Professional, a Diversity Inc. Webinar, Essence Women of Color, and other Diversity Best Practices with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Before joining Wyndham, she learned leadership skills and the spirit of winning from her work with the National Football League and the United States Olympic Committee. Donna DeBerry attended California State University – Hayward.

 

Lurita Doan

President & CEO,
New Technology Management, Inc.


Lurita Doan founded her small IT company by walking into a Kinko's store with $25 to print business cards and stationery. That was 13 years ago. Today, her company provides turnkey solutions including design, installation and maintenance of all secure surveillance technology currently being deployed at over 85% of all the Land Border Ports of Entry on the US-Canadian and US-Mexican borders. In 2004, Lurita's company, New Technology Management, Inc. (NTMI), will perform on government contracts valued at $214 million.

Lurita will discuss the core success strategies necessary to take your business from a box of business cards to a $350 million business that employs over 200 employees. You will learn from her own experience of demonstrating the determination, vision and leadership required to have built NTMI into a cutting-edge multi-million dollar technology company that serves some our most important security needs today.

Lurita has received significant recognition for her leadership and business acumen, including one of the SBA's Success Stories for its 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2003 recipient of the National Director's Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation from the Department of Commerce, the 2003 recipient of the Committee of 200 Luminary Award for Innovation in Technology, the 2003 recipient of the Office Depot Entrepreneurial Visionary, just to name a few. Lurita graduated with honors in English from Vassar College and received a Master's Degree in Renaissance Literature from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

 

Mimi Donaldson

New York Times Best Selling Author
President, Mimi Speaks!

This year’s Conference Emcee is Mimi Donaldson! Mimi is co-author of Negotiating for Dummies, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into six languages. For over 20 years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 100 to the just plain fortunate. She's won acclaim for her compelling workshops and entertaining Emcee style. When Mimi speaks, people listen … and laugh ... and learn . . . a lot! You are sure to delight in the negotiating, leadership and communication tips and strategies she will provide throughout the Conference.

Mimi has shared the stage with such notable celebrities as Colin Powell, Elizabeth Dole, Maya Angelou and Katie Couric. Additionally, she has been the subject of over 200 articles in newspapers and magazines, having been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Ladies Home Journal and Harvard Management Review.

Mimi holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from Columbia University and has held leadership positions with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International. Mimi has recently been a visiting professor at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.
 

Edie Fraser

President, BWNI



Edie is a multi-million dollar entrepreneur who today is a visionary business leader and strategist with stellar leadership in the area of best practices and benchmarking, workforce and market trends overall--- diversity, women and corporate communications. Edie and her team work with more than 160 Fortune 500 companies, 20 Government agencies, and hundreds of women, diversity and communications organizations. Edie advocates business growth, diversity with a bottom line approach, strong corporate governance, ethics, and globalization. Accountability is foremost, with an average of 20% growth increase annually.

She has championed “Best Practices” and developed the framework of benchmarking companies. Fraser counsels companies on how to achieve excellence in their markets and workforces and has brought together the “best” to counsel on ROI and stock price results. Edie is now working to elevate corporate leadership, including CEOs of major companies.

Business Women's Network (BWN), offers a clearinghouse and a giant network for business in the United States and in more than 100 countries. Edie has served as publisher of major recognized resources including The Directory of Women’s Associations; Women on Corporate Boards; Women and Technology, and Women and Access to Capital. Edie previously authored Risk to Riches: Women’s Entrepreneurship in America.

In 2003, Edie Fraser was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame.

 

NELY GALÁN
CEO,  GALÁN Entertainment
Fox Network Creator & Executive Producer,
THE SWAN
Nely Galán, creator, executive producer, and resident life coach of Fox’s new hit reality series, THE SWAN, is regarded as one of the entertainment industry’s most dynamic and successful creative executives. Inspired by her own real-life “Swan” story, Galán wanted to help women around the world realize their dreams. In its debut, over 9 million viewers were riveted each week to the dramatic transformation and awakening of 18 self-proclaimed “ugly ducklings” on THE SWAN. During its first season, THE SWAN ranked #1 in its competitive time period with over 10 million viewers.

Nely’s career has spanned the gamut from launching television channels in Latin America to serving as President of Telemundo, and from creating local Spanish-language programming to being the only executive producer in television creating and producing a slate of over 500 hours of reality and fiction programming for both Spanish and English language networks around the world. Her sphere of influence has canvassed media conglomerates such as Sony, Time Warner and News Corp.

Galán’s career in television began when she caught the attention of Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio. They recruited her to manage the Spanish-language television station WNJU-TV – Telemundo’s flagship station – in Linden, N.J. At age 22, Galán became the youngest television station manager in the United States.
 

Jon Gordon

Author, Energy Coach
& Professional Trainer



Jon Gordon, known as “America's #1 Energy Coach,” is a pioneer in the field of Energy Coaching—an integrative approach that blends positive psychology, emotional intelligence, nutrition, exercise and bio-energy fields to enhance health, happiness, professional success, and athletic performance. From corporate executives, athletes, and artists to Moms and Dads who need to recharge their batteries, Jon's innovative strategies have produced life changing and career enhancing results. He is the best-selling author of Energy Addict: 101 Mental, Physical and Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life (Perigee, 2004) and co-founder of the “Positive Energy Program", a non-profit initiative to help develop healthy positive kids.

Jon and his energy tips have been featured nationally on NBC's Today Show, in publications such as WebMD, Self Magazine, Energy Times, Woman's Day, and Red Book. His website, www.energyaddict.com has served as an online resource for people around the world looking to increase their energy. His energy tips have been seen and heard on hundreds of radio and television stations throughout the country.

As a professional energy and performance coach, Jon has infused energy into organizations such as The PGA Tour, The Jacksonville Jaguars, Wachovia Bank, Chubb Insurance, Cingular Wireless, GE, State Farm Insurance, The United Way, and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in teaching from Emory University.

 


Linda Armstrong Kelly

Author, No Mountain High Enough:

Raising Lance, Raising Me


Linda Armstrong Kelly's life story is captivating. Her son, six-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong, credits her as the unsung hero who assisted him in reaching his spectacular cycling victories - and in his triumph over cancer. Linda is Lance's role model.

In her book, No Mountain High Enough (Doubleday, 2005), Linda explains her early life as a teenage mother, living in poverty, trying her best to do the right thing while raising an unstoppable 10-lb baby boy. Her early life experiences helped form the values and positive attitudes that both she and Lance carried forward into adulthood. Her life is a lesson in self-determination and the far-reaching impact of a parent's positive involvement with a child. Her personal philosophy helped her meet life's obstacles and overcome them.

After spending 15 years with Ericsson Microelectronics (TM) as a global account manager, Linda is now dedicating her time to sharing these powerful life lessons. In 1999, she was the recipient of Ericsson's Mother of the Year award and was recognized as one of "America's Most Fascinating Women" by Ladies Home Journal magazine. Her recent television appearances include "The Dr. Phil Show", CNN, and ESPN. She's been featured in national magazines such as People, The New Yorker, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal, US and Texas Monthly.

 

Jan B. King
Editorial Director,
eWomenPublishingNetwork
Jan B. King is the Editorial Director of eWomenPublishingNetwork. She is devoted to transforming women who are experts with important contributions in their fields into successful published authors. She began her career with Merritt Publishing, a then 30-year-old publishing company, in 1983. When the company's founder retired in 1990, she became President and CEO. Ms. King transformed this small niche publisher into an employee-owned business as well as a recognized brand for financial information to professionals and consumers.

She doubled revenues during the first half of her eight-year tenure, finally leading the company through an employee-buyout and its eventual sale to a leading computer based training company in 1998. In 1997, Merritt Publishing was named the 44th largest woman owned/run business in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Her book Business Plans to Game Plans is praised by academics and business people alike and is in its 3rd edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2004).
 

Joanna L. Krotz
President
Muse2Muse Productions, Inc.



A multimedia journalist, Joanna L. Krotz is founder of Muse2Muse Productions, a New York custom publisher of print and digital communications.

As a founding editor at Metropolitan Home, Krotz helped launch a journalistic transformation in home furnishings coverage. At Time Inc.’s Money, Joanna directed coverage for the magazine’s signature features, oversaw annual franchises such as “Americans and Their Money,” the nation’s longest-running personal finances poll and pioneered women’s financial news and advice. While at Your Company, now Fortune Small Business, Joanna oversaw coverage for more than a million entrepreneurs nationwide. Her byline has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Town & Country and The New York Times, among other publications.

Joanna Krotz is the weekly “Marketing Intelligence” columnist for the Microsoft Small Business Center and founding columnist for Microsoft’s “Women in Business” channel. She is the author of Renovation Style and co-author of the just-published Microsoft Small Business Kit.
 

Jill Lublin
CEO, Promising Promotion
Founder, GoodNews Media, Inc.
Best Selling Author
l Lublin is the author of the national best selling books, Guerrilla Publicity and Networking Magic. In addition, Jill is the founder of GoodNews Media, Inc. and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Do the Dream and TV pilot, GoodNews TV.

Jill speaks nationally about practical publicity techniques that anyone can use. Her clients get the word out about their products, services, causes and events. They have an understanding about how to create more visibility and credibility resulting in increased market share.

As the CEO of the strategic consulting firm, Promising Promotion, Jill has created successful techniques that implement bottom line results. Twenty years experience working with ABC, NBC, and CBS has given her great insight into what works for the media. Her clients are varied and include banks, software companies, non-profit organizations, authors and entrepreneurs. Jill's clients have been featured in major US newspapers, national magazines, television shows such as The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, CNN, and other nationally syndicated shows.
 

Sue Malone
President, Strategies
for Small Business
Sue is the number one provider of the SBA Community Express Loan Program through Innovative Bank. Sue’s involvement began with the program’s inception in 2002. Since then, Sue has helped fund over 9,000 SBA Community Express loans. Fueled by her passion to help small business owners pursue their dreams, she travels the nation meeting, promoting and funding them.

For over ten years, Sue served as the CFO and Vice President of a commercial and industrial real estate firm in Northern California. During her tenure, she took the company from a local area firm to a regional firm with a nationwide network. In addition, Sue was the first woman-parking operator in the U.S. with seven parking facilities in San Francisco.

Sue was also responsible for the World Figure Skating Championships’ branding and merchandising which brought in sales of over $369,000 in three days, and she has helped raised over $13 million for The American Cancer Society.

Sue Malone holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College.
 

Sheri' McConnell
Founder & President,
National Association
of Women Writers
Sheri’ helps women writers and entrepreneurs discover, create, and profit from their intellectual knowledge. She is also an InfoMarketing consultant who specializes in helping women market their businesses both online and offline. As an entrepreneur, publisher, author, writer, teach and coach, Sheri’ uses her personal experience to guide you through seven critical tips for writing and publishing success. She has four published books titled, The Woman's Book of Powerful Quotations, Over 100 FAQs Women asked about Writing, Women on Writing—From Inspiration to Publication and Feminine Writes—Women, Wisdom, & Writing. Sheri' has a Bachelors of Social Work and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Management.
 

Allegra F. McCullough

Associate Deputy Administrator,
Small Business Administration



Allegra F. McCullough is the Associate Deputy Administrator for government contracting and business development. In this role, Allegra serves as chief adviser to the Administrator on the implementation of policies and procedures for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. She plays a vital role in administering the SBA's government contracting programs, and helping small businesses receive their fair share of federal contracting opportunities.

Under her leadership, the SBA approved 7,332 loans for $787 million under the 7(a) program and 282 loans for $136 million under the 504 program for fiscal year 2003, a 31% increase in the region's lending volume over FY 2002.

In addition to dramatically increasing access to capital for small businesses in Region III, McCullough made a personal commitment to increasing contracting opportunities for small businesses. She created a regional procurement task force and met personally with high-level procurement officials throughout the region immediately after her appointment. She also directed district managers and their staff to conduct a series of matchmaking workshops where small businesses meet one-on-one with federal agencies.

Before joining the SBA, McCullough was the director of the Department of Minority Business Enterprise for Virginia. She was appointed as director in August 2000, two years after becoming the first minority in Virginia's history to be appointed assistant secretary of the Commonwealth. McCullough holds a master's degree in Human Resource Management from Marymount University and a B.A. in Education from the University of Virginia.
 

Kathryn H. Milthorpe
Executive Vice President
Ladies Professional Golf Assn. (LPGA)



Kathy Milthorpe is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).  She is responsible for overseeing and managing the financial and administrative affairs of the LPGA’s national headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.  In addition, Kathy oversees the LPGA’s new media initiatives including LPGA.com, the LPGA’s official website; coordinates the LPGA's involvement with LPGA International, the LPGA’s home golf course community; and is responsible for leading all new technology initiatives for the Association.

Milthorpe is very active in the local community, serving on a number of civic, philanthropic and business development boards.

Kathy graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.  She is married to Michael Milthorpe, Executive Director for the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Vice President Golf Events, Clear Channel Entertainment.  They have two daughters, Hannah and Chloe.
 

Maureen O’Toole–Purcell
Olympic Silver Medalist, 2000
Water Polo
Maureen O’Toole is regarded as the greatest female water polo player of all time. She is the only athlete in her sport to have participated in the first FINA Women’s World Cup, the first FINA Women’s World Championship and the first Women’s Olympic Water Polo tournament. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the US Women’s National Team 15 times, U.S. Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year five times and World Water Polo Female Athlete of the Year six times. She’s been named to the All American team for US Water Polo a record 28 times. In 2000, Maureen re-joined the US team out of retirement to qualify as one of the six teams to participate in Sydney. At 39, she led the US in game-winning goals and helped propel the US team into the gold medal game.

Today Mo is the founder of The Pursuit of Excellence Sports Academy, a non-profit foundation that teaches self-esteem and leadership training in a sports environment for girls 8-18 years of age. Sports Illustrated recently picked Maureen as the most underrated female athlete.
 

Jet Parker
Founder, CEO IQ
Best Selling Author
After years of refining her own business owner skill sets and researching business owner needs, Jet Parker founded CEO IQ, a single resource for entrepreneurs to develop their greatest field advantage by accessing valuable business field intelligence (IQ) delivered in seven powerful and different ways. Her proven sources, systems, strategies and solution-team specialists enable entrepreneurs to make the tactical behavioral changes that lead to strategic goal attainment.

After three years of personally interviewing CEOs across the nation, collecting responses from CEO surveys and reviewing CEO case studies and reports, Jet identified the characteristics of business owners that managed to survive the worst to become the best. This information is captured in her book, ABCs for CEOs: 26 Vital Skills for Business Chiefs.

A seasoned, savvy and successful marketing and communications expert, Jet Parker has developed the smart and strategic techniques to promote people, processes, publications and products to produce measurable results.
 

Andrea Pennington,
M.D., C.Ac.

Physician, Wellness Expert
and Best-Selling Author
Dr. Andrea Pennington, a physician, acupuncturist and counselor, is the Founder and President of the Pennington Institute for Health and Wellness where she provides comprehensive holistic health services with expert advice on nutrition and Age Management Medicine. Her unique integrative treatment style blends conventional medicine with acupuncture, fitness and nutritional consultation, inspirational counseling and motivational support.

Dr. Andrea's book, THE PENNINGTON PLAN, 5 Simple Steps to Vibrant Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Spiritual Growth, is receiving rave reviews nationwide. Written with her mother, Dr. Abigail Pennington, the book presents a 5-step motivational plan for achieving optimal health and vitality of mind, body and spirit. Nationally recognized as a wellness expert, Dr. Andrea was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, as well as Essence, Self, Health, Real Simple and Lifetime magazines.
 


Astrid Pregel

President,

Society of International

Business Fellows

On August 1, 2005, Astrid Pregel will become the first woman President of the Society of International Business Fellows, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The Society of International Business Fellows is made up of 450 CEOs and high level leaders focused on furthering global understanding through unique international educational, networking and philanthropic opportunities.

Astrid retired from Canada’s foreign service in 2003, capping her 25-year career as Canada’s first female Consul General in Atlanta. She describes her role as chief cheerleader, image maker and problem solver for her country. She led a team of 40 Canadians and Americans in Atlanta and Miami achieving the highest levels of economic, political, security and academic cooperation.

Astrid has worked around the globe. She was the first woman appointed to the position of Minister Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC where she oversaw the entire scope of Canada’s commercial interests with the USA.

In her spare time Astrid is pursuing her doctorate degree in Leadership with a particular focus on women’s leadership at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.
 

DeLores Pressley

Creator, Born Successful


DeLores Pressley will be the Emcee of the opening night’s “Giving Back to the Future” Foundation ceremony. Her life’s work is to help others discover and use their potential, create life strategies and recognize that they were Born Successful. DeLores is the Creator of Born Successful, a professional and personal development company that works with people who want to turn their potential into performance and increase profits.

Since 1986, she has delivered a potent message and speaks from experience. She grew up in poverty and learned how to turn challenges into stepping stones. She longed to be a professional model, but due to her dress size, doors were literally slammed in her face. She has always believed that anything is within the realm of possibilities. So despite her challenges she pursued her dream of becoming a model. And the rest is history!

Pressley’s story has been featured in Glamour, Essence, First for Women, Big Beautiful Woman, Ebony, and Marie Claire. She has received national media attention including the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Entertainment Tonight.

She is the host of the “DeLores Pressley Show” on WINW Radio 1520 am in Canton, OH where she carries her message of mastering motivation, inspiration and success. She is also the author of Clean Out the Closets of Your Life and co-author of Advanced Revelations to Plus Modeling.
 

Telisa Roberson
Manager, Global Advertising
& Media Services
Ford Motor Company

Telisa Roberson is responsible for managing media and advertising contracts for the company’s entire family of brands.  She also leads the company’s brand entertainment and corporate marketing activities.  In this role, she manages product placement, corporate messaging, brand imaging and relationship building with the entertainment industry.

Prior to her current assignment, Roberson was Atlanta Regional Operations manager for Lincoln Mercury.  In this position, she had responsibility for regional marketing and advertising programs for the Lincoln and Mercury brands.

Telisa joined Ford in 1989 at Ford Customer Service Division's Minneapolis office.   She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from the University of Illinois and a master’s in management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Business.
 

Rhona Silver

Owner, Huntington Town House



As the owner of Rhona Silver's Huntington Town House in Huntington Station, NY, she presides over a 148,000-square-foot catering hall that is double the size of most coliseums. She feeds 5,000 to 10,000 people weekly and employs up to 1,000 people - certified master chefs, wait staff, captains, and a host of other seasoned professionals.

Her clients include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, Billy Joel, and Donald Trump. She serves brides and grooms of all kinds, from the son of billionaire Ron Perelman (the flower budget alone was $1 million) to the young woman next door.

In 1996, Rhona wasn't always so confident. Her marriage ended abruptly, and as a divorced, single mom, she thought her life was over. Yet, she regained her inner strength, and realized her life was just beginning.

Not "just the caterer," Rhona will go to the florist for a client, help pick out a wedding gown and even advise on lighting. Her employees mirror this infectious attitude of hospitality. "We're a team, and it takes a team to make a perfect day."

Domestic violence and helping women victims also holds a special place in her heart, since she lived it personally, and "flourished beyond it and despite of it," she adds.

Rhona holds a teaching degree from Lehman College and a law degree from Hofstra University.

 

Linda Sivertsen
Inspirational Speaker,
Ghostwriter, Environmentalist,
and Award Winning Author
Linda Sivertsen is an inspirational speaker, ghostwriter, environmentalist, and the award-winning author of Lives Charmed: Intimate Conversations with Extraordinary People. Linda has been featured on CNN, Leeza, Extra, the E- Channel, and in The New York Post among many others.

Linda has built a career out of interviewing celebrities and sharing with her readers and audiences the tools and disciplines they use to succeed. Linda has a passion for helping others live their dream of becoming an author. To that end, she regularly consults and speaks about the publishing industry, most specifically in the areas of working with a book proposal coach to identifying and working with an editor.
 

Kristen Sundin
Key4Women Relationship
Manager, Key Bank
Kristen Sundin was appointed KeyBank’s women-owned business liaison in January 2005. With KeyCorp since 2001, she has been a Small Business Relationship Manager since 2004. Prior to her transition, she served as a Business Banking Relationship Manager and a Middle Market Corporate Credit officer in Key’s Idaho district.

Key’s newly branded Key4Women initiative aims to serve economically powerful women business owners. By offering networking and educational opportunities that are tailored to this demographic, Key strives to provide these business owners with all available resources and act as an advocate for achieving future growth.

Active in her community, Ms. Sundin is a member of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is on the Metro-Denver board of ReBuilding Together.

Ms. Sundin earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and is currently working toward her M.B.A.
 

Julie Thomas
President and CEO
ValueVision Associates


Julie Thomas is President and CEO of ValueVision Associates, a organization which specializes in transitioning sales organizations from pushing products to selling the full impact of their solutions. She has over 19 years of executive sales, sales management, and customer service experience. She has extensive experience applying, coaching, and reinforcing the ValueSelling Framework and its application. At ValueVision Associates, she is responsible for business development and new customer acquisition. She has personally consulted and trained in a wide variety of industries and corporations, including Medical Present Value, Marquis Jet Partners, Exclusive Resorts, and the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Previous to ValueVision Associates, Julie worked Gartner, Inc. for 16 years, holding positions such as Regional Sales Vice President, Vice President of Sales Training, National Account Manager, Area Sales Manager, and Director of Client Services. As a sales manager and Regional Vice President of Sales, Julie has extensive experience in both building sales teams and turning around under performing sales teams. At Gartner, Julie was recognized as a top performer in both sales and sales management.

Julie is a noted public speaker, author, and consultant. Julie is a member of The Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA) and eWomenNetwork.com. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
 

Ruth Thoes Vivrett
Personal Advisor

Ruth re-invented herself as a Personal Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors in 2001 to offer comprehensive financial planning services for individuals, families, and women-owned small businesses. She provides personalized advisory and implementation support toward such financial goals as retirement, protection, estate, and wealth accumulation planning and is certified for Gold Financial Services.

A long time Dallas financial services executive, Ruth has served as Senior and Division Vice President for major banking institutions and technology processing firms. She was also a pioneer in developing Electronic Funds Transfer, specifically the MPACT automated teller network and debit cards. In addition, she was a Managing Consultant with a Big 5 firm advising clients worldwide on how to improve their relationships with their customers. She holds an MBA from the University of Dallas in Irving.
 

Lee Ann Womack

Universal Studios’ National
Recording Artist

(Via Pre-recorded Video Tape)


Somewhere between the blush of a new love and the bruises of a broken heart lies real life and real country music. Lee Ann Womack is a lifelong student of this reality, majoring in Jones and Wynette and graduating with honors, with the tender, yet tough spirit of teachers including Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.

The woman whose 2000 single, “I Hope You Dance” made her worldly known, Lee Ann’s latest CD, There's More Where That Came From, is a follow-up to her 2004 Greatest Hits collection. It is directed towards everyone who's ever loved, lost, and learned hard-earned lessons and lived to tell about it, including herself. "These are songs that aren't afraid to tell the truth," says Womack. "It is definitely honest music as far as the lyrics go. They're a slice of life - the good, bad and the ugly. You can't be married twice, have two kids and go through all I've gone through in the last few years without learning a few things, you know?"

Lee Ann was touched to learn that the eWomenNetwork Conference closes every year with a photographic retrospective of the entire four days to the song, “I Hope You Dance.” Lee Ann went into the studio to video record her thoughts and wisdom about being a women entrepreneur and the power of “coming to the dance” to celebrate being bold, brave and brilliant.
   

 

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