Inaugural Woman Up Conference – Buffalo, NY

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum

APA Solutions held the 2016 Woman Up Conference taking place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum in Buffalo, New York.

The conference focused on educating and motivating working and nonworking women of all generations that are interested in universal insights that empower in the areas of professional development, business relationships, and health and wellness.

The inaugural conference featured a live interview with Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula. Joan Graci, Woman Up Conferences founder and a specialist in the field of NeuroLeadership, also led a brain-based keynote entitled "Getting Your Head in the Game for Advancement" with UB Associate Dean for Undergraduate & Experimental Learning, Mara Huber.

Speaker Vicki Salemi gave an insightful lunch interview which followed a tour of the museum. The afternoon was filled with informative breakout sessions held by Althea Luehrsen, Paula D'Amico, Mary Kate Loftus and Mary Ellen Oare. Their topics reflected wage inequality, meditation for stress relief and professional presence, respectively.

Two dozen thought leaders also facilitated roundtable discussions with the attendees on a wide variety of topics. The day concluded with a 5-woman panel discussing the Human Resources field, and how it applies to workers of multiple generations.


2016 Woman Up Conference Sponsors:

Women in Leadership Miniseries Event – Orchard Park, NY

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Era Stadium

Woman Up held the 2017 Woman in Leadership Conference on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at New Era Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

This half-day event acted as the first in a series of targeted conferences following the inaugural event. The focus was to provide a forum where working and nonworking women of all generations could discuss leadership and its many forms. Present, developing and aspiring women leaders came together under one roof to network and promote shared views of advancement in our region.

This miniseries event featured a live interview with Mary Wilson and Mary Owen, two incredible women with strong influence on area sports and initiatives. Erikson Neilans, Neuroscientist and strategic partner at APA Solutions, also conducted a fascinating brain-based talk regarding stereotype threat and how to overcome it. The conference was then closed out with a tour of the Buffalo Bills stadium, ending at one of the beautiful club houses for a networking happy hour.

The conference was well received and provided many with important insights into professional development, brain-based techniques for self-awareness, and unity with empowered area women.



Woman in Leadership Sponsors:

Woman Up – The Future of Work

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hotel Henry - Buffalo, NY

This full day event was held in the beautiful Hotel Henry, postured around providing real life tools that can advance women at all levels of their professional journey through networking, keynotes, panel discussions, roundtable and breakout sessions.

To our mentors on call such as Sheri Sullivan of EY who provided striking data on women in the workplace, or our amazing panel of influencers including Jennifer J. Parker, Kathy Egan, Nancy M. Yassa, Ashley Stachura and Jennifer Zeitler, we thank you. Let’s not forget our army of incredible roundtable and breakout speakers such as Sara L. Vescio, Jackie Klos, Erikson Neilans, PhD, Carlette Bradley and more who on a personal level mentored our attendees with remarkable topics. There is a clear need for this forum and we’re honored to be on the forefront of providing these types of community services.

Tuesday, June 12th will be remembered as a catalyst for progress in an area known for its strong women leaders, and we’re so glad we were able to share it with so many willing participants that gave the event its life. The Woman Up 2018 Conference was a true testament to area women and their ability to unite for the progress of present and future female leaders. If this year’s group speaks to the future of work, then we're in great hands.


Woman Up - The Future of Work Sponsors: