Woman Up 2019 - Presented by APA Solutions

Details and ticket information coming soon! Born from an obvious gap in the WNY events space, the Woman Up Conference has grown into an innovative summit providing a forum that gives women the opportunity to share, mentor and grow under one roof as a community. Reflecting on the journey to this point, our outlook for 2019 is one that brings us back to our core values and founding principles, encouraging present and future female leaders to join together and Woman Up! Our goal is to bring even more unique opportunities, based around providing the tools necessary to drive progress, to area women in the coming year.

With a theme focusing on self-awareness and the recognition of those who have overcome negative self-talk, attendees will hear from key innovators and impact performers on trends faced by women today regardless of generation. This conference is inclusive of all women, working and nonworking, that are interested in making a tangible impact and discovering new insights in areas of professional development, business relationships, and health and wellness. We’re extremely honored to share that we’ll be hosting an event in January 2019, not only highlighting the courageous women leaders of our area, but also laying the groundwork for many to follow in their footsteps. - The Woman Up Team

Proud Sponsors - Contact us if you would like to sponsor this 2019 initiative as well!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2018 conference! Take a look at the wonderful speakers from our June 12, 2018 event:

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Woman Up Keynote

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Where would you go if you wanted to change the world?

In Sheri’s case it was joining the dynamic ranks of Ernst and Young, a company dedicated to the people experience. She actively lives their creed “that big things start small” and we’re thrilled to have her sharing powerful knowledge within our small but mighty community of Woman Up attendees.

We couldn’t have identified a better person to kick off our full day of multi-generational knowledge in an engaging and impactful manner. Sheri will come armed with detailed accounts of our status in the workplace, data and the trends that shape us. It’s a lot easier for us to “Woman Up” when we can separate fact from fiction. The whole day will be postured around providing real life tools that can advance women at all levels of their professional journey.

Sheri, who earned her Executive MBA from the University at Buffalo in 2001, is a partner and one of the leaders in the Ernst & Young People Advisory Services Global Payroll Practice. She has over 17 years of experience and is considered one of the global pioneers in her field.

At Ernst & Young, Sullivan advises clients on building and implementing Global HR and Payroll Strategies, leverages technology to provide a better employee/manager experience, tighter controls, greater agility, clear visibility, sustainable back-ups all while reducing cost and integrating into the larger HR or Finance delivery strategy.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Sheri built and led the Global Payroll Transformation Business at The Hackett Group, was a Senior Executive with CloudPay, was the CEO of a mid-sized global HR and Payroll BPO company, Intercomp Global Services and a Director at Paychex.

She has traveled, lived and worked in over 57 countries, loves spending time with her husband, three children and 2 dogs, frequently entertains (when not traveling) and lives to dance.


Nancy M Yassa

Woman Up Panel Speaker

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Nancy is the director of Clinical Quality Management and leads the quality initiatives at Amerigroup Corporation in partnership with BlueCross and BlueShield of Western New York. Prior to joining Anthem/Amerigroup, Nancy led the Quality Improvement Department for BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and for BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Nancy has twenty years of experience in healthcare, quality improvement, compliance, regulatory affairs and accreditation. She earned her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

We are excited to have this dynamic leader from the medical space speaking during our panel discussion.


Jennifer Zeitler

Woman Up Panel Speaker

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Jennifer Zeitler is passionate about achieving Occupational Justice for marginalized groups, and believes that all people must have equal access to resources that support employment or meaningful activity.

Jennifer manages an employee assistance program (EAP) for over 90 companies in Western New York, providing occupational supports for about 19,000 employees. She graduated SUNY at Buffalo with a focus on Occupational Therapy, and has promoted meaningful activity practices within both non-profit and corporate environments. In 2004 at Horizon Health Services, Jennifer worked to implement the first Individualized Placement and Support (IPS) program in New York State, a national model that uses work as a prescription for mental health. In 2012, her work on veterans programming, which highlighted meaningful activity as a foundational treatment method, received a formal resolution by Erie County proclaiming it best practice. Jennifer is eager to bridge the gap between the many silos that exist around workforce development and supports in order to make Buffalo, NY a destination for healthy employment.

She is a woman who truly exemplifies the Woman Up initiative and will be leading her passion for occupational justice in our panel discussion.

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Rosanna Berardi

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Panel Topic: Entrepreneurs Breaking Barriers

Rosanna Berardi, Esq. has over 20 years of comprehensive immigration experience. Ms. Berardi has dedicated her entire career to U.S. immigration law and has assisted countless individuals and corporations transfer to the U.S. Her former experience as a legacy INS Inspector and Attorney, a SUNY Buffalo Immigration Lawyer and a Senior Associate at Buffalo's largest law firms allows her to view immigration law from a holistic perspective that most practitioners lack. Today, Ms. Berardi manages Berardi Immigration Law which is headquartered in Buffalo, with satelitte offices in London, Toronto and Los Angeles.

Ms. Berardi founded Berardi Immigration Law in 2005 and is currently responsible for managing the firm's daily operations, including an international team of 11 employees. Ms. Berardi is the Chair of the AILA/CBP Liaison Committe which meets with Customs and Border Protection on a quarterly basis to discuss cross-border issues. She is frequently called upon by the media as an immigration expert.

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Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Panel Topic: Entrepreneurs Breaking Barriers

As the owner and founder of two businesses, Danielle DelMonte is recognized as a trusted and effective communicator and relationship builder throughout Western New York. To date, she has developed marketing campaigns and garnered local and national publicity for clients in a variety of industry sectors, including legal, government, non-profit, technology, healthcare, beauty and wellness, among many others.

For several years, Danielle worked at public relations and brand development agencies throughout the Buffalo Niagara region where she managed a variety of client accounts and executed communications programs for many local businesses and organizations. In 2016, Danielle established Danielle Marie Communications with a mission to deliver strategic, personalized communications services aligned with her clients’ foundational business goals and objectives. Danielle’s dynamic consulting and training style is also rooted in her background as the owner and founder of PrepStart Consulting LLC which provides college admissions counseling and career development services to educational institutions and organizations of all kinds. Danielle is able to apply her unique skillset in this area to enhance her clients’ employee relations, corporate culture and organizational development efforts.

A graduate of the highly respected Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Danielle received her M.S. in public relations in 2013. She earned her B.A. in communication studies from Canisius College.

An active member in the local community, Danielle has served on the board of directors for Buffalo Arts Studio and is a member of PRSA’s Buffalo Niagara Chapter and the Association of Talent Development (ATD)’s Buffalo Niagara Chapter. Danielle frequently speaks about communications practices, branding, higher education and career advancement at various organizations and colleges, including the Salvation Army of Buffalo’s Employment Services Program, Buffalo State College and Canisius College.




Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Panel Topic: Entrepreneurs Breaking Barriers

Christine E.B. Howard is the president, owner, and founder of E.B. Howard Consulting, an NYS and SBA certified WBE, which provides project & program non-dilutive funding development and evaluation services. E.B. Howard Consulting clients have a common goal to develop, fund, and implement innovative solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. These social entrepreneurs, her clients, include various educational agencies, non-profits, and for-profits entities from around the globe.

Christine is the incoming president (June 2018) of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) - Buffalo Niagara. She is also an active member of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women's steering committee, "WNY Women Action Coalition" which connects women with the resources they need to reach their full potential and recommends measures to coordinate, consolidate or expand the resources and services available to women in Erie County. Finally, she is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and the Western NY Venture Association (WNYVA).

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Erikson Neilans, Ph.D.

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Topic: Emotional Intelligence for Impact

Neuroscience Specialist, APA Solutions

As APA Solutions in-house expert, Erikson presents on evidence-based techniques that are shown to provide insight into how people think and behave. His focus is on providing unbiased results and empirical evidence on how to improve employee retention and enhance career satisfaction. He also collaborates with members at APA solutions on developing assessment tools and provides analysis of data sets in order to facilitate their mission statement.

During his session, he will not only assess your emotional intelligence based on your customized assessment we provide, but you will also be given effective solutions on how to use your emotions to facilitate your performance at work.


Allison DeHonney

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: General Wellbeing - "Food as Medicine"

Allison DeHonney has 20 years of professional service in key areas of Executive leadership, Project Management and Business Development.

She has spearheaded four business endeavors; the latest of which is Urban Fruits & Veggies LLC. & Buffalo Go Green Inc. which is a non-profit organization. Urban Fruits & Veggies (UFV) has been in operation for four years and is involved in several projects throughout the city of Buffalo. UFV has an urban farm, mobile produce market that services food desert areas and underserved communities brining access to healthy fruits & vegetables and nutrition education, we sell at local farmers markets weekly from June to October, a corporate wellness division where we imbed our services into local companies and universities corporate wellness programs, programing for elementary and high school students where we teach nutrition education and farming. Contracts with the City of Buffalo Parks & Recreations Department

Prior to running these two entities Allison:

• Worked as an Account Executive for three companies growing books of businesses, developing and maintaining client relations. • Opened and ran an Allstate Insurance Agency & a Collections & Finance Agency • Currently runs a Not-for-Profit agency and a for profit company Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Management both from Medaille College. Currently a graduate candidate: Certified Plant Based Chef & Culinary Rx. from Rouxbe Cooking School October 2018.


Katie Gardiner

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Managing the People Side of Change

Katie has 9+ years of progressive Human Resources experience in various industries including: Food Products, Manufacturing, Retail, Wine & Spirits and Construction industries. Katie took on the role of Executive Team Leader of Human Resources for 4 years at multiple Target Stores locations for 300+ employees which was a full life cycle HR generalist role.

Change management is always difficult to achieve. Katie will be unpacking best practices as it relates to this topic.

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Magdalena Nichols

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Women Serving and Sharpening Other Woman

Chief Officer of Development & Strategic Partnerships at Jericho Road Community Health Center - Magdalena is a 2012 Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration graduate from D’Youville College and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo Not-for-Profit Management and Development Program. She is passionate and driven by the mission of Jericho Road which strives to provide a culturally sensitive medical home, especially for refugee and low-income community members.

She'll cover the importance of sharpening and mentoring other woman, recognizing that as women we often are competing with one another etc… instead we should be grooming and pouring into one another. The successful future of work relies on Woman sharpening and serving one another.


Lisa LoFaso

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Sales Manager, Renewal Services- Partners Licensing Group at Ingram Micro


Joan Graci

Woman Up Founder

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As one of the only brain-based-certified Talent Coaches in the country, Joan has made it her mission to discover the secret of transforming organizational effectiveness. Her years spent entrenched on the front lines for better people practices has provided a few ingredients that once combined, deliver one of the most efficient approaches for growth companies today. The recipe? Hard data and science used to bridge the communication gap between leadership and the people they employ by disrupting human capital norms. Leveraging three decades of analyzing data in the recruiting space, Joan defies traditional beliefs as it relates to the mindset of the workforce. Her passion is people, and she strives to coach leaders to work within the confines of the human brain’s natural abilities, rather than against it.

Joan has spent the past five years further pursuing education in the field of neuroscience, including a focus on the advances that validate everyone has access to developing new ways of thinking. Her expertise includes team formation, organizational development, productivity and people improvement, change management and corporate culture, conflict resolution and team building, empowerment and motivation. She has used her knowledge to unpack how this innovative brain-based methodology helps thinkers, teams and organizations benefit from self-awareness, promoting growth and transparency.

As a result, companies that are bold enough to use math and science to align their people strategy to their business goals have successfully experienced exponential growth in revenue, retention and engagement rates. This science puts the “BEST” to work.


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Woman Up Panel Speaker

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Kathy Snyder Egan is the President/COO Biggest Loser Resort Niagara and Beaver Hollow Conference Center. Biggest Loser Resort Niagara is a destination Wellness Retreat where people can transform to a lifestyle of Wellness. Beaver Hollow is an award winning Conference Center, set on 300 beautiful wooded acres overlooking a spring-fed lake, where Companies bring their teams together to strategize, celebrate, and accomplish objectives.

I take great pride in my close relationships with our clients and our business partners. We are a family business that is very connected to the community that we work and live in. My specialties are sales and business development. I am passionate about giving back to our community and committed to helping others in our community achieve their potential.

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Lenora Paige

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Panel Topic: Entrepreneurs Breaking Barriers

President, Flower City Monitor Services. We're excited to have Lenora, a woman of influence from the Rochester area, speaking on entrepreneurship at our upcoming event.

Owner and manager of a specialty trades company, specializing in hazardous materials remediation, selective demolition, roofing, project monitor and design and post construction cleaning.

Flower City Monitor Services is certified as a New York State MWBE Company, NYS DOT DBE Enterprise and a self-certified Section 3 Business.

Lenora Paige first entered the construction industry in 2003 by assisting her brothers with their business. She was handling the administrative side of the business. After several life changing events, she formed her own company in 2007. Her company got its start in asbestos air monitoring, inspections and project monitoring. She has since expanded her business to asbestos abatement, selective demolition, roofing, and post construction cleaning.

Paige has a positive attitude and has overcome many obstacles in the construction industry. She is assertive, driven, ambitious while simultaneously being passionate, compassionate and empathetic. Additionally, Lenora Paige recently formed a not-for profit association, Government Contract Services Association, with a team of like-minded business owners to assist other small businesses in the Rochester Area to grow and expand their businesses. She is a passionate champion in helping small businesses to find success.


Sara L. Vescio

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Panel Topic: Entrepreneurs Breaking Barriers

Sara Vescio has spent the last 20 years driving change by following her passion for correcting injustices and advocating for those who need a stronger voice.

Since November 2013 Sara has been serving as the Executive Director for the Women’s Business Center (WBC). Sara provides, through the Center, education combined with peer and mentor support empowering women-business owners to grow their businesses to the level of success they desire. Last year, the businesses the Center serves grossed over $31 Million in sales and saw an increase in profits beyond $1.3 Million.

Prior to joining the WBC, Sara served as the Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns. Sara created a full development program to include: marketing and community awareness, events and sponsorships, staff giving, estate giving, alumni and community support. These efforts were led to help the local families in need access a safe place for their children after school.

Sara was also a fundraiser at Niagara University (NU). At NU Sara worked on a number of initiatives to increase funds to support scholarship dollars for students in need; including, developing a new collaborative initiative among the development professionals to substantially increase revenue through alumni reunion giving, and the creation of a new Parent’s Campaign.


Paula D’Amico

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Topic: The Power of Your Voice

Paula is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, International Speaker, Teacher, owner/ creator of Blessings by Nature® and the current President of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce-Downtown Buffalo Chapter.

Besides a rich background in Communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt with her father, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Horticulture.

Over the past decade, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one’s life. She shares her passion for plants with Western New York and beyond through a variety of inspiring and hands-on lectures and workshops. In addition to her message, Paula has several Blessings by Nature® creations.

These creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to deliver healing, balance, clarity, and positive energy into your life.

Paula also has a meditation CD, written, recorded and produced in Western New York.


Debby LaMendola

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Panel Topic: Entrepreneurs Breaking Barriers

Debby LaMendola grew up in Central New York and became a Western New Yorker after attended college at Niagara University. She graduated with a BS in Nursing and held several different types of nursing jobs with her last one as the Executive Director of a large branch of a national home health care company. Debby started her business with Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1996 while still holding her full time nursing job. Within her first year in Mary Kay Debby had earned her first diamond ring along with her first Mary Kay Car and then promptly resigned her nursing job to grow her business. She then became a Mary Kay Sales Director and continued to grow her business alongside her family. Over the past 21 years Debby has been recognized 19 times for Excellence in Personal Sales, 2 times for Excellence in Team Building and 7 Times for Excellence in Unit Sales. As a Senior Sales Director with Mary Kay, Debby loves the independence of owning her own business and empowering other women to do the same.

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Rachel Haseley

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: There Is No Diversity Without Inclusion

Rachel Haseley is the Human Resource Manager at The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ), a civil legal services agency in Buffalo, New York, serving eight Western New York Counties. CELJ provides comprehensive free legal services to the community’s seniors, people with disabilities and the low income population.

She originates and leads Human Resources objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, and productivity.

Rachel possesses over 8 years of human resources and organizational development experience. Her expertise includes HRIS & workplace technologies, organizational development, training and development, and labor relations.

Rachel has achieved success in assisting with more than one company’s HRM software implementation, including being a project lead on a SAP transition for over 4,000 global staff. She also has led a team on transitioning timekeeping software and EHS reporting. Her view on Employee Relations, is that it is part of the foundation of any business. She prides herself on developing relationships with all levels of staff and ensuring lines of communication are always open.

Rachel currently sits on CELJ’s Health & Wellness Committee, Diversity Committee & Communications Committee. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, World at Work, and The Buffalo Healthy Workplace Initiative.

Rachel has a passion for health and wellness and by sitting on more than one Workplace Wellness Committee she is motivated to support employees on their own path to wellness.

Rachel attended Niagara University for her undergrad in English, as well as graduate school, (Business Administration). In her free time, Rachel likes to spend time with her growing family, being outdoors and volunteering her time to local agencies such as Hospice Buffalo, The Alzheimer’s Association and Friends of The Night People.

Although, Rachel has had success along her career path, she states that there has been nothing as rewarding or as hard of a job as being a mother.

Current Projects:
Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Performance Management Overhaul Leadership Coaching – New Management and Difficult Conversations


Jean Filipiak

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Approaching My Career From A Growth Mindset

Career Coach & Talent Specialist, APA Solutions & Career Reform

An expert recruiter and certified behavioral specialist, Jean utilizes advanced profiling and matching skills to guide companies and people toward success. When not advising a client, working to fill placements, or counseling a candidate on workplace behaviors, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo.

Learn from a career counseling expert, who has helped hundreds of women look at their career from a new vantage point.


Adrienne Rothstein Grace

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Empower Yourself Financially

Adrienne has enjoyed a long career in financial services, as Bank Manager, Trust Officer, Investment Advisor Representative and Financial Planner in the Buffalo area, with a background in teaching adults. She is a Certified Financial Planner® and has taken special training in divorce financial planning, to achieve her designation as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Adrienne has co-located as a part of the WNY Collaborative, sharing space with an attorney/mediator and a therapist, to provide a full range of resources for people going through transitions.

Adrienne is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and author of "Going From We to Me: A Financial Guide to Divorce."


Mia Thornton

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Broken Record - Examining The Thoughts That Hold You Back From Success

Mia is the Director of Outpatient Services at Brylin Behavioral Health System and we couldn't be more happy to have her conducting a roundtable at our upcoming conference on examining the thoughts that hold us back from success.

She directs highly trained staff facilitating trauma informed, evidence-based interventions in order to benefit patients receiving individualized care from Brylin Behavioral Health System's Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Clinics.


Christie Joseph

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Goodbye, Annual Performance Appraisals. Hello, Quarterly Coaching Sessions

Christie Joseph is entering her 5th season with the Buffalo Sabres organization and is responsible for overseeing the human resources department for the Buffalo Sabres, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, KeyBank Center, Harborcenter, Rochester Americans, and Buffalo Bandits operations in Buffalo, New York. Christie has over 18 years’ experience in the human resources field, working for companies in multiple industries including sports and entertainment, technology sales and distribution, healthcare and retail. She graduated from Oswego State University with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute, is a certified Strategic Human Resources Business Partner through the Human Capital Institute, and was awarded the HR Professional of the Year award in 2012 from the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association. In addition to her responsibilities with the Buffalo Sabres, Christie also serves as the VP of Affiliates East for the National Human Resources Association, serves as the past-president of the Western New York Chapter of the National Human Resources Association, serves as a board member for the Theatre of Youth as the Human Resources lead, and serves as a board member for the Buffalo Jazz Collective. Christie resides in West Seneca, NY with her husband and two children.


Jennifer J. Parker

Woman Up Panel Speaker

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Jennifer is the owner of Jackson Parker Communications LLC, a public relations consulting firm that offers integrated marketing solutions, public relations and community outreach planning for an array of companies, government agencies, small businesses, health care organizations, and nonprofits. As lead principal she's responsible for day to day management and business direction leading a team of innovative communication experts that include graphic and website designers, digital,social media experts, and writers with the goal of helping clients connect to their target audiences and tell their story. Jackson Parker Communications is a certified Minority &Women Owned Business (MWBE).

She's also the founder of the Black Capital Network LLC., a small business consulting company that provides services to promote and support minority business development.

Before starting her business, Jennifer worked at Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company. Jennifer's career advancement included four positions; however her creativity and organizational skills were sparked when she was appointed to serve as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator.

Jennifer is motivated by making a difference and connecting community partners and resources to create positive solutions. She has been fortunate to have served on a number of community boards where she was able to assist in making an impact in Buffalo.


Ashley Stachura

Woman Up Panel Speaker

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If there is one thing Ashley has learned in the past 8 years of her career in the IT industry it is that change is constant and the key to success is to embrace it! She has held multiple roles throughout the course of her tenure at Ingram Micro but has spent the last 5 years working in various teams within the marketing organization. Ashley is currently serving as the Sr. Manager for the Specialty Marketing Account Management team and is very humbled to have the opportunity to motivate and lead those individuals to not only embrace the change but to be a part of it!

In her time spent away from the office, Ashley tends to gravitate towards activities that make her feel alive, within the last 2 months she dove out of a plane at 13,000 feet and received her Open Water SCUBA certification while visiting the Caribbean. When she isn’t indulging in adrenaline-filled hobbies she typically has her nose in a book or is busy planning her next adventure. Born and raised in Niagara County, where she currently lives with her husband Michael and two dogs, Ashley is a huge advocate for Western New York and really loves to encourage the people she encounters on her travels to come and visit. She feels very proud to live and serve in this community and looks forward to what the future holds!


Susan Dintino

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Topic: Tranquility in Meditation

Susan Dintino is a Hay House author, motivational speaker, intuitive advisor and radio show host. Her memoir entitled, Songs of My Life… Slightly Out of Tune, was an Amazon Hot Pick. “Laughter is the song of the soul. I love to make people laugh and feel that this is a powerful tool to lift everyone’s spirit.” Susan says.

Songs of My Life… Slightly Out of Tune speaks to a generation of women and men over the age of 40 who are dealing with life’s challenges, both big and small. Susan Dintino writes about love, marriage, family, aging, health scares, parenting, and staying relevant and excited about what life has to offer. Her message is one of hope, and her conclusion is that we’re all trying to do our best, and it’s better if we can do so with a smile. Susan offers gentle advice, the kind that comes from a lifetime of experience. As the host of the highly rated weekly radio show, The Night Shift every Tuesday at 7:00 PM EST on www.w4cy.com, Susan gets to the heart of the matter with listeners. Her new radio show for the daytime crowd is The InPower Hour InPowering You! at 4:00 PM EST on www.inflowradio.com

Mini intuitive readings in both shows are an audience favorite! A trusted and popular advisor, Susan uses her intuitive abilities to provide her clients with clear guidance and advice that assists them in choosing the best paths for their lives. Check out her services on the services page. http://susandintino.com/services/

Meditation is one of Susan’s passions and she has created the healing meditation CD Butterfly Blessingsand trademarked a new meditation technique InPowering Meditation™. This technique combines journaling, affirmation creation and guided meditation to promote peace and serenity as well as assisting the listeners in manifesting what they desire in life and changing limiting beliefs.

Susan is also the author of the children’s book A Year of Me. This book geared for children 4 and up is a wonderful interactive journal that takes children through a magical year of memories and adventures.

Recently Susan lost her soulmate and love of her life, Dennis, but feels his presence with her each and every day. The proud mother of three daughters, two sons-in-law and Nonni to four grandchildren and Anthony on the other side. A resident of Southwest Florida, her hobbies include reading good books, travel, shell seeking and staying out of the dramas of her daughters’ lives.


Nancy Rizzo

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Topic: Communication, Chemistry and Mindset – Oh My!

Nancy Rizzo is a Certified Life Coach. Her Mindset Navigation™ trademarked system has created life-changing results for her clients over the past ten years. They answer the important question “How?” How do we successfully navigate and overcome personal and professional challenges that “anchor” us? And how do we stay positive through it all? We may feel like we know “the How” intellectually, but are we actually executing it? Nancy helps you rewire that knowing into action. That becomes your new habit!

Nancy’s systems and tools are based on the art and neuroscience of change: retraining and re wiring brain habits, thoughts, and beliefs so you can get off that old default mindset and onto your new life story.

Her coaching philosophy is based on consistently choosing “Mindset First and Action Second” so you can be successful – making choices that you can actually execute from authenticity and integrity. “You are here for a purpose, and you are meant to be happy” is the foundation of Nancy’s coaching practice, Smart & Simple Wellness. Her Mindset Navigation™ System allows you to be effective, productive and moving forward instead of grappling through or feeling unworthy of what you truly deserve.

Nancy is a Speaker, Instructor, Author, Group and Personal Coach, offering in-person, telephone, and workshop sessions. She is also a Certified New Life Story Wellness™ Coach and a Conversational Intelligence® C-IQ Enhanced Skills Coach. With over 30 years business experience and leadership across numerous industries and departments, Nancy specializes in coaching women business owners on their pioneering journeys! She is the “woman behind the women” who lights a fire under “hard workin’ womenfolk” and makes them unstoppable!

Nancy volunteers her time leading, supporting and networking women in the community as Membership Chair and past Vice President of The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), service on the Board for The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and six years as Secretary of New York State Women, Inc., which includes the support and services these groups provide back to their communities.


Jackie Klos

Woman Up Breakout Speaker

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Breakout Topic: Press for Progress

Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, EY

Jackie will be sharing the results of the 2018 gender gap report presented at the World Economic Forum, which highlighted that it will take 216 years to achieve global gender parity.

Jackie will discuss why we need to press for progress and change the trajectory of gender parity. She will share best practices to accelerate change and build a more inclusive gender equal world.

Are you ready to join the press for progress movement?


Wendy Sanacore

Woman Up Breakout Session

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Breakout Topic: Own your Yes

Wendy is the Founder and CEO of Wendy Sanacore: Personal Transformation Coach, and a certified wellness and life coach.

Wendy focuses her efforts on empowering women to find their inner fabulous. She believes that within every woman, there is unparalleled power. She coaches women to not only find and vocalize that power, but also helps pave the path to reach that desired power with support, gentle push and accountability.

Wendy has a deep background in fitness and emotional support around eating disorders and body dysmorphia and works consistently to help women achieve their fullest potential, even when it means saying “no” to society’s generally expectations of women and their role in both career and home.

Wendy’s passion for women’s confidence and wellness transfers to her everyday life where she is an avid runner, yogi and confidence coach. She also facilitates talks throughout WNY on issues regarding women’s confidence.

In her free time, Wendy is mainly focused on her top priority, which is her family. She has 2 children, and a husband with whom she just celebrated her 10-year wedding anniversary. She remains dedicated to helping women find their inner fabulous, which in turn, changes their life.


Sarah Santora

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: A New Outlook - Integrating Work Life Balance

Sarah Santora is the Human Resources Manager for Kenworth Northeast and Hazmat Environmental Group. She is a highly motivated Human Resources professional excited about the challenges she encounters every day. Her employees are her greatest asset and she looks forward to coaching and developing them to create an engaging, productive and satisfying work environment.

Using her psychology and business background and newly acquired knowledge in emotional intelligence, she knows people want to be challenged, respected and treated fairly. She strives to understand her employees and the situations they face in the workplace and coach and mentor them through; all while maintaining a safe and compliant work environment.

Sarah believes that giving back to the community that supports you is very important. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Buffalo, a mentor for their Youth Leadership Buffalo program and a volunteer at Gateway Longview’s residential program.

Sarah looks forward to collaborating with others who share her passion for employee development and working together for the good of the organization. If you share this same passion, you can connect with Sarah on LinkedIn or by email at ssantora@kenworthne.com.




Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Finding Your Inner Why…The Source To Over The Top Happiness

Peggy is an innovative Customer Experience & Marketing Communication Executive with a global track record in business growth, voice of the customer, customer success, and transformational initiatives. Tenacious Leader in adding value to customer satisfaction, revenue/profit generation, cross-functional collaboration and operational efficiency. She inspires and motivates teams to achieve exceptional/sustainable performance.

Peggy has her Executive MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, BA in Marketing Communications from Rochester Institute of Technology, and attended the Mahler International Leadership Program.

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Lisa Scolnick

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Mastering the Art of People Engagement

As a facilitator, trainer, and coach, Lisa Scolnick has spent 28 years helping companies redesign processes to achieve Operational Excellence and increased productivity. She is the Founder and CEO of LisaScolnick.com. Her primary methods include Lean Manufacturing and Certified High Performance CoachingTM.

Having worked in a broad range of industries and offices, Lisa has the expertise and confidence to achieve results in even the most complex and unique applications. In manufacturing plants, she creates solid systems and high levels of productivity. In offices, she takes the mystery out of transactional work and defines the operational levers needed to create stability.

Lisa works at both strategic and tactical levels, quickly seeing the opportunities, connecting the dots, and painting a picture that all levels of the organization can embrace. Leaders love her vision, strategies, execution, and results. The people love her friendly, engaging, and respectful interactions.

In addition to her Operations work, she is very passionate about personal development. She loves to help people become the best version of themselves, as well as find their true purpose and meaning in life. She takes a compassionate, yet challenging approach to High Performance CoachingTM, which helps leaders, individuals, and teams master the personal skills known to the world’s most successful people.

Lisa earned her Master of Business Administration (1997) and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (1990) degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lisa is a Certified High Performance Coach™ through the High Performance Institute, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Certified Workplace Big Five Personality Profile™ consultant.

Lisa is a native of Buffalo, New York and continues to live here with her family. She is married to her husband, Mike, of 25 years. She’s also the proud mom of Derek (23) and Sarah (20). After recently ending two decades of kids’ sports, Lisa’s now ready to change the world. And, yes, she really does miss the hockey bag smell in her trunk.


Michelle Ashby

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: The Coolest Job Perks of 2018

Michelle Ashby is Founder & CEO of Tipping Point Communications, a certified WBE in Buffalo and Rochester, an advertising agency that specializes in strategic planning, media planning and buying, digital marketing, public relations, content marketing, and research.

Michelle sees her role as a business partner first and agency marketer second. After launching Tipping Point in 2005 on her own, she realized the importance of understanding the critical business issues, or opportunities, facing CEOs and CMOs every day. Her personal mission is to provide sound counsel to executives that will grow their businesses. Notable recognitions include being named Business Person of the Year in 2014, Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 2016, member of the Forty Under 40 class of 2007, and Tipping Point received the RABEF Business Ethics “Ethie” Award in 2016.

Her entrepreneurial spirit grants the Tipping Point team the latitude to tap into fresh marketing methods while balancing the effectiveness of the tried and true. Michelle’s round table discussion will focus on “The Coolest Job Perks of 2018” as employee retention strategies.


Carlette Bradley

Woman Up Roundtable Speaker

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Topic: Embrace your ability to influence

Learning and Development Consultant for Univera Healthcare - Carletta has lead roundtable conversations at the Cornerstone Manor Women’s Shelter for the past 3 years. She also started The Masterpiece Project, LLC which is a consulting agency providing motivational speeches, spiritual mentoring, purpose assessments, life coaching and many other services designed to assist individuals and/or groups to reach a place of clear purpose and vision.

You are an influencer no matter where you are in your career, learn how to see the opportunities and to take risks during this session.