keynote speaker (9:30 AM to 10:30 am)

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Mel McSherry

International Business Coach. Speaker. Author. Mentor.
Better Than Before

Mel McSherry is an International Business Development Coach and Speaker. As an entrepreneur since 2010, she has launched two successful businesses, tripled her annual income, become a best selling Amazon author and created a true life by design, all while raising her eight year old son. She has worked with hundreds of people helping them slash their stress while creating everything they want out of their business and their life.

www.melissamcsherry.net

 

PANEL DISCUSSION SPEAKERS (10:30AM TO 12 NOON)

PAM DRZEWIECKI   Pam is the owner and founder of Powerful Purpose, LLC, a business and life coaching practice helping professional women be more, do more, and make more. After 28 years in the insurance industry, Pam found the value of living a life on purpose and started her own business in 2015. Pam has coached women from the United States to Canada to Brazil – focusing on time management, goal achievement, and work life balance. The work she does has changed their lives, business, and careers. Pam is a woman of faith, speaker, author, radio show host, wife, and mom.  She is also the creator of the Take Back MY Life system. She feels she is living her best life now because she uses the skills she can teach to others. Feeling blessed and energized, she loves giving back as a member of a non-profit Development Marketing Committee, membership ambassador for the Central CT Chamber of Commerce, Home and School Association board member, & with the core team of her parish’s Youth Ministry group.

PAM DRZEWIECKI

Pam is the owner and founder of Powerful Purpose, LLC, a business and life coaching practice helping professional women be more, do more, and make more. After 28 years in the insurance industry, Pam found the value of living a life on purpose and started her own business in 2015. Pam has coached women from the United States to Canada to Brazil – focusing on time management, goal achievement, and work life balance. The work she does has changed their lives, business, and careers. Pam is a woman of faith, speaker, author, radio show host, wife, and mom.

She is also the creator of the Take Back MY Life system. She feels she is living her best life now because she uses the skills she can teach to others. Feeling blessed and energized, she loves giving back as a member of a non-profit Development Marketing Committee, membership ambassador for the Central CT Chamber of Commerce, Home and School Association board member, & with the core team of her parish’s Youth Ministry group.

CARIN ZINTER   Carin is curious about everything. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer at The Daily Dot, a digital media company, based in Austin, Texas, Carin Zinter is now a professional educator as well as the owner and chief beekeeper of C & C Orchards and Honey Bee Sanctuary in Sunderland, Massachusetts.  Her honey bees produce award-winning, raw, local wildflower honey which is used by restaurants and pastry chefs throughout the northeast. A former mountain bike racer turned triathlete turned ultra-runner, Carin spends most of her free time training for something.  If she's not in the woods exploring a new trail in preparation for yet another epic adventure, then you'll likely find her teaching martial arts and self-defense classes at River Valley Tae Kwon Do.

CARIN ZINTER

Carin is curious about everything. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer at The Daily Dot, a digital media company, based in Austin, Texas, Carin Zinter is now a professional educator as well as the owner and chief beekeeper of C & C Orchards and Honey Bee Sanctuary in Sunderland, Massachusetts.

Her honey bees produce award-winning, raw, local wildflower honey which is used by restaurants and pastry chefs throughout the northeast. A former mountain bike racer turned triathlete turned ultra-runner, Carin spends most of her free time training for something.

If she's not in the woods exploring a new trail in preparation for yet another epic adventure, then you'll likely find her teaching martial arts and self-defense classes at River Valley Tae Kwon Do.

PRATI KAUFMAN   Prati Kaufman is a marketing and mindset coach based out of West Hartford, Connecticut. She empowers entrepreneurs to embrace who they are and believe that they are worthy of success.  A 20-year marketing veteran, she combines her skills with mindset coaching. Why? One depends on the other; successful marketing requires a growth mindset. The success of any business depends on the success of its marketing—but when you approach it with a winning mindset there is no limit to what you can achieve.  She loves making an impact through her volunteering work at Interval House and Community Renewal Team. You are most likely to run into her and her family while hiking Heublein Tower.

PRATI KAUFMAN

Prati Kaufman is a marketing and mindset coach based out of West Hartford, Connecticut. She empowers entrepreneurs to embrace who they are and believe that they are worthy of success.

A 20-year marketing veteran, she combines her skills with mindset coaching. Why? One depends on the other; successful marketing requires a growth mindset. The success of any business depends on the success of its marketing—but when you approach it with a winning mindset there is no limit to what you can achieve.

She loves making an impact through her volunteering work at Interval House and Community Renewal Team. You are most likely to run into her and her family while hiking Heublein Tower.

MARYAM A SULLIVAN    Maryam  is an indigenous Muslim American woman born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. As an author and educator she has traveled through out North Africa and the Gulf teaching students about creative arts and expression.  Mrs.Sullivan has authored five books, staged two plays in Boston, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut and is founder of #MuslimGirlsRead, a literacy initiative that provides books to schools and libraries.  Mrs. Sullivan is an alumna of Bay Path University in Massachusetts and Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

MARYAM A SULLIVAN

Maryam is an indigenous Muslim American woman born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. As an author and educator she has traveled through out North Africa and the Gulf teaching students about creative arts and expression.

Mrs.Sullivan has authored five books, staged two plays in Boston, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut and is founder of #MuslimGirlsRead, a literacy initiative that provides books to schools and libraries.

Mrs. Sullivan is an alumna of Bay Path University in Massachusetts and Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

LUNCHEON SPEAKER

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SENATOR JAMES WELCH

Senator James ‘Jim’ Welch was elected in 2010 to represent the Hampden District, including his hometown of West Springfield, as well as neighborhoods in the communities of Springfield and Chicopee.

Jim is the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee of Financial Services and Senate Vice-Chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; a member of the committees on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, and Marijuana Policy.

Prior to the Senate, Jim was elected to the House in 2005, where he served on Financial Services, and as Vice-Chair of Bills in the Third Reading. He launched his career in public service as a West Springfield City Councilor.

Before he held public office, his education and private sector experience focused on finance and banking. Jim graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from Westfield State University and went on to work for State Street Bank and later, A.G. Edwards Financial.

Jim and his wife Kara are parents of two boys.

WORKSHOP SESSION I : SPEAKERS (1 PM TO 2 PM)

Destiny Speak - Edwina G Cogdell  and  Yvette C. Owens   Your business is different from your competitors. Every business is just as unique as its leaders and teams. Business scenarios, cultures and potential are equally unique. DestinySpeak helps every organization find the power and profitability in their unique strengths.   Edwina G Cogdell   and   Yvette C. Owens   have more than 30 years of business strategy and development experience.

Destiny Speak - Edwina G Cogdell and Yvette C. Owens

Your business is different from your competitors. Every business is just as unique as its leaders and teams. Business scenarios, cultures and potential are equally unique. DestinySpeak helps every organization find the power and profitability in their unique strengths. Edwina G Cogdell and Yvette C. Owens have more than 30 years of business strategy and development experience.

GINA JOHNSON   With over 20 years of experience, Gina has helped hundreds of business owners develop strategies for acquiring new clients, contracting existing clients, and improving employee productivity and morale through focusing on what excites them and the basics of business. She enjoys bringing a newfound desire and freedom to her clients through teaching, motivating, and inspiring them to embrace their true potential. She is blessed to live her purpose by awakening others to discover their own higher purpose. Her gifts are used to bring passion and balance to the personal and professional lives of her clients.

GINA JOHNSON

With over 20 years of experience, Gina has helped hundreds of business owners develop strategies for acquiring new clients, contracting existing clients, and improving employee productivity and morale through focusing on what excites them and the basics of business. She enjoys bringing a newfound desire and freedom to her clients through teaching, motivating, and inspiring them to embrace their true potential. She is blessed to live her purpose by awakening others to discover their own higher purpose. Her gifts are used to bring passion and balance to the personal and professional lives of her clients.

MYCHAL CONNOLLY   Mychal was named one of America’s Top 100 Urban Entrepreneurs and was also named 40 under 40 in Massachusetts. 100 Men of Color Honoree for his work in the Community. Connolly currently serves as Chairman of SCORE Western Massachusetts. He is the Author of the book Launch and Standout, a guide to starting a business and growing a business with creative marketing and branding. In addition, he leads a small business and marketing mastermind group called The Hundred Grand Plan. Myke lives in Springfield with his wife and sons. When he’s not consulting and creating marketing strategies via The Launch and Stand Out Agency, he coaches youth basketball at MLK Community Center. He can be reached at 413-342-0599,  whatsup@mrstinkycakes.com  or  www.MrStinkyCakes.com

MYCHAL CONNOLLY

Mychal was named one of America’s Top 100 Urban Entrepreneurs and was also named 40 under 40 in Massachusetts. 100 Men of Color Honoree for his work in the Community. Connolly currently serves as Chairman of SCORE Western Massachusetts. He is the Author of the book Launch and Standout, a guide to starting a business and growing a business with creative marketing and branding. In addition, he leads a small business and marketing mastermind group called The Hundred Grand Plan. Myke lives in Springfield with his wife and sons. When he’s not consulting and creating marketing strategies via The Launch and Stand Out Agency, he coaches youth basketball at MLK Community Center. He can be reached at 413-342-0599, whatsup@mrstinkycakes.com or www.MrStinkyCakes.com

WORKSHOP SESSION II : SPEAKER (2 PM TO 3 PM)

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SIXCIA DEVINE (GROW WITH GOOGLE)

Sixcia (pronounced six-see-ya) is a author, educator and speaker on digital marketing, cause related marketing, social entrepreneurship and innovative business planning. She is a trainer for the Grow with Google partner program. As an international and sought-after speaker, she helps businesses and organizations use technology to connect with communities and clients within growth markets. Sixcia is the author of Tapping Into The Hispanic Market: Connect. Engage. Innovate. She writes feature stories for magazines like Cosmo Latina, speaks at universities, business centers, chambers, and non-profit organizations.

WORKSHOP SESSION III : SPEAKERS (3 PM TO 4 PM)

LIZ DEDERER   As Founder + CEO of Selling With Service and creator of the Sales School for Entrepreneurs, Liz Dederer has strategized the sales growth from $300K to $1.2M in 6 months, taught individual clients to increase close rates from 0% to 80% and coached entrepreneurs to their first 5-figure months!  Prior to founding her company in 2011, Liz created training programs and executed sales plans for international retailers as well as developed growth strategies for start-up, turnaround and high growth venture capital-backed companies.

LIZ DEDERER

As Founder + CEO of Selling With Service and creator of the Sales School for Entrepreneurs, Liz Dederer has strategized the sales growth from $300K to $1.2M in 6 months, taught individual clients to increase close rates from 0% to 80% and coached entrepreneurs to their first 5-figure months!

Prior to founding her company in 2011, Liz created training programs and executed sales plans for international retailers as well as developed growth strategies for start-up, turnaround and high growth venture capital-backed companies.

MARYANN CRUZ    Maryann  is a woman motivated in helping others. Maryann is a Business Strategist, Integrator, and Coach for creative entrepreneurs. In short, she guides creatives and entrepreneurs in identifying ideal clients, enhancing their brand, streamlining processes and diversifying revenue streams to uplevel their business. In her journey the past couple of years, she truly embraced her entrepreneurial spirit. With her past experience as a Business Counselor and 20 years in business operations with roles such as Strategic Project Lead, Accounting & Human Resources Manager and B2B IT Specialist, only to name a few. She quickly realized the unique and vast experience she has is the expertise that so many creatives seek. Being focused on becoming a well-rounded professional has allowed for her to provide a holistic business review.

MARYANN CRUZ

Maryann is a woman motivated in helping others. Maryann is a Business Strategist, Integrator, and Coach for creative entrepreneurs. In short, she guides creatives and entrepreneurs in identifying ideal clients, enhancing their brand, streamlining processes and diversifying revenue streams to uplevel their business. In her journey the past couple of years, she truly embraced her entrepreneurial spirit. With her past experience as a Business Counselor and 20 years in business operations with roles such as Strategic Project Lead, Accounting & Human Resources Manager and B2B IT Specialist, only to name a few. She quickly realized the unique and vast experience she has is the expertise that so many creatives seek. Being focused on becoming a well-rounded professional has allowed for her to provide a holistic business review.

MONICA SMITH   Monica G.M. Smith, MS, MMT, owner of Mindful Endeavors, LLC is an internationally accredited Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Certified Life Coach, author and veteran social worker. She has worked in the field of both business and human services on the state and local level throughout Eastern Connecticut for more than 25 years.

MONICA SMITH

Monica G.M. Smith, MS, MMT, owner of Mindful Endeavors, LLC is an internationally accredited Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Certified Life Coach, author and veteran social worker. She has worked in the field of both business and human services on the state and local level throughout Eastern Connecticut for more than 25 years.