• Serving the Indian Valley, North Penn, Wissahickon regions and surrounding communities.

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  • Power Your Potential: 
    Montgomery County Women's Conference

    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
    1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell

    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    $125 Attendee


  • Conference Agenda

    8:00am - Registration and Breakfast

    8:30am - Morning Program

    10:00am - Power Session 1

    11:00am - Coffee & Break

    11:30am - Power Session 2

    12:45pm - Buffet Lunch

    1:30pm -   Afternoon Program

    3:00pm - Program Concludes/ Optional Networking and Cash Bar until 5:00pm


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    Your support is requested to help empower women in transition

    The Power Your Potential Committee invites you to help in supporting PA WorkWear, a program to ensure the economic independence of individuals who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by providing professional attire for interviews and specific clothing necessary for employment or training. The goal is to help empower these individuals transitioning from welfare to the workplace in style.

    Donations needed: 

    • Womens business/business casual spring/summer attire in sizes 0-32
    • Unused body sprays, lotions, powders, deodorants, make-up, toiletries
    • Closed-toe professional women's shoes - all sizes
    • Unused hair care products
    • Professional handbags
    • Unused undergarments/hosiery
    • Unused dental hygiene products
    • Clothing store gift cards


  • Registration Is Closed.

  • Keynote Speakers Keynote Speakers

  • Vanessa Chan is an Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Speaker and Educator. Her focus throughout her career has been at the interface of innovation, technology and business where she is adept at translating technology/product assets to meet unmet needs. Vanessa was a partner at McKinsey & Company for 13 years where she co-led their innovation practice, helping Fortune 100 companies commercialize their technologies. She went on to found re.design, a company that redesigns consumer products to solve consumer gripes and launched her first product, Loopit, tangle-free stylish headphones. Loopit’s reception has been phenomenal starting with a successful Kickstarter campaign, reaching the finals on the Today Show’s Next Big Thing and receiving a nomination for Rad Girls Product of the Year Award. Loopit is currently sold on QVC and her on-line store, www.redesign.studio. She also is a full Professor of Practice at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where her focus is on innovation and entrepreneurship.  Vanessa earned a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S.E from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Materials Science and Engineering and holds three patents. Vanessa is married to Mark van der Helm and lives in Chestnut Hill, PA with their two children Karina and Ariana. 


  • Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is a well-respected senior training professional and performance consultant, but it is her work as a humorist and motivational speaker that sets her apart.  Known for her lively and interactive presentation style, she is a frequently requested speaker on workplace communications. Her experience as a professional stand-up comedian enables her to add fun and humor to her consulting and training work.  Theresa brings over 25 years practical business experience. She has held executive leadership roles in both the financial services and pharmaceutical industries. She is highly regarded for her ability to help organizations put in place meaningful performance enhancement processes that improve employee engagement and achieve financial results. She graduated from the prestigious leadership development organization, Women Unlimited in New York City, where she has served as a mentor to rising female leaders.  Theresa has a broad array of business tools and educational experience from which to draw. She is on the non-credit faculty at Temple University, where her popular course, “What’s Your Point?” is a key requirement for their Project Management and Leadership certificate programs.

  • Sponsor a Student

    Sponsor a young woman to attend, and power her potential. You may sponsor a student even if you can't attend the conference yourself. This unique program enables our next generation of leaders to hear from dynamic speakers, exchange ideas and begin to chart their own paths. 

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  • Honorary Chair Honorary Chair

  • Marilyn Russell is on the 98.1 WOGL, weekdays from 5:30 am-9 am. Russell, a Philadelphia native, started in radio in 1993 at Philly’s modern rock, 103.9 WDRE. Alternative music was just beginning to take hold and Russell hosted the new music show and local music show. She was also the station’s music director. In 1998 she hosted mornings with co- hosts Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison at Y100. Russell then joined Greater Media in 2003 where she worked at both WMGK and the Ben FM morning show. In 2004 she began writing “Woman of the Week,” a blog celebrating extraordinary achievements by local and national women which later became a radio show on Ben FM. The show has helped various non-profits publicize events, programs and fund-raisers of all kinds.


  • Woman of Excellence Award Recipient Woman of Excellence Award Recipient

  • Kate Harper, Esq., a partner at Timoney Knox since 1997, was also a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the House of Representatives, representing eastern Montgomery County for eighteen years. Ms. Harper has a general practice, but focuses on land use (particularly municipal, conservation and zoning law), real estate and civil litigation in Bucks and Montgomery CountiesShe has received numerous awards from municipal, legal and environmental organizations. Ms. Harper also frequently lectures on conservation, municipal,environmental, land use, open space and planning topics to lawyers, conservation groups and public officials. In addition, she is frequently called upon to discuss work-life balance and combining a demanding career with parenting. Ms. Harper, who graduated maxima cum laude with a degree in political science from LaSalle University, was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges. She earned her law degree from the Villanova University School of Law in 1981.

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  • Power Session 1 Power Session 1

    Getting a Squirrel to Focus  How to Engage An Audience By Breaking Through the New Level of Distractions that Exist
    Presenter: Dr. Patricia B. Scott, Ph.D, Uhmms

    What can achieve a 23,900% increase in the attention span of a squirrel? An acorn! As listeners, our attention spans are more like a squirrel’s than you might think. In this book Dr. Patricia Scott will explain how these message ingredients make your message an acorn for your listeners. A – Audience; C – Credibility;       O – Order; R – Remember me; N – Need to connect.  Following this easy to use recipe, you can apply this time-tested persuasive strategy to any presentation, sales call, conversation, interview or negotiation. Who are the squirrels in your life? Can you get your squirrel to focus?

    Dr. Patricia Scott specialty is teaching the tools and strategy to break through distraction. In today's world with so much noise, she can help you get your message heard. With more than 15 years of corporate leadership experience, coupled with a Ph.D. in Communication, her role as Lecturer in the Communication Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and her two national best-selling books, establish her as a leader in the field of communication and provides her clients with a unique blend of time-tested strategies and real-world application.

    Retirement is More than Money
    Presenters: Michele Burkholder;  Ali Burkholder, 1847 Financial; and Autumn Nessler, M.S., An Intentional Life

    Did you know the average woman spends 57,000+ hours in retirement? But spends more time planning for a two week vacation.  How about you? How will you spend those hours? A Non-Financial Retirement Plan offers you the opportunity to create a plan for those 57,000+ hours, using a retirement of your own design.

    Michele Burkholder is a seasoned professional. Holding senior-level positions with industry leaders like State Farm Insurance, Reliance and ING, she developed a comprehensive knowledge of the financial choices available. Michele started her own practice in 2008 to work directly with individuals and business owners to create
    real solutions to practical, financial challenges. She guides her clients to establish efficient tax, wealth and protection plans. She helps business owners create strategies to maintain their business income with succession, retirement, key employee and estate planning. Michele and her husband Tom, with daughters Ali and Amanda, are long-time residents of Chester County. Michele is an avid runner, enjoys cycling and going to the gym. Reading is a favorite pastime and she especially loves spoiling her grand dog, Gavin.

    Ali Burkholder joined the Team in 2013 immediately after graduating from Penn State University to provide support for current clients as well as financial advice  for the next generation. As a millennial herself, she works closely with other young professionals who are at the growing stages in their careers and personal life. For these individuals, she focuses on providing the necessary resources to ensure they are making the best use of their time and funds. She hopes to continue to be a part of their journey for years to come throughout their ever-changing lives. Ali understands the importance of giving back to the community and is involved in several nonprofit organizations.  During her free time, she enjoys running, going to the gym, and spending time with her dog, Gavin.

    Nancy "Autumn" Nessler, M.S., is a Certified Retirement Options Coach who specializes in assisting women make the transition from full-time professional to a life others dream about. Autumn started An Intentional Life to assist women in designing a Non-Financial Retirement Plan as unique as they are. Not sure of the importance of a Non-Financial Retirement Plan? Autumn understands the power of having a successful transition plan. Prior to retiring and starting a coaching practice, over the past 35 years, Autumn successfully transitioned from being an educator, to career counselor, to human resources professional and finally to sales professional. In between with "gigs" as a solopreneur. Personal transitions included raising other people's children, divorce, lots of moves etc. Currently, she resides in Wilmington DE with her husband, Carlo, and is enjoying living her intentional life.

    Leadership and Your Inner Monologue: The Power of Self Talk
    Presenter: Mary Fran Bontempo, Speaker, Author, Humorist  

    Our self-talk is our most powerful influence, mainly because it never shuts up! It can lift us up or bring us to our knees, sometimes within minutes.  Mary Fran Bontempo proves that your self-talk is where your life starts, teaching audiences to make small changes yielding life changing results.

    Mary Fran Bontempo is an award winning speaker, author and humorist who believes in the power of self-talk. For over 30 years, Mary Fran has used her wisdom and wit to motivate and inspire audiences to tweak their self-talk, making small changes that yield lasting, life-changing results. Founder of the blog, Not Ready for Granny Panties, Mary Fran is  the author of three books and a former newspaper columnist. Her most recent book, The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, takes on the everyday words that make women cringe, redefining them and cleaning up self-talk to guide readers towards vibrant, productive, joyful lives. Mary Fran was recognized as a 2017 YWCA Woman Who Makes a Difference and won the Bucks Happening Author Award the same year. She has received recognition from the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and Humor Press.

    You Don't Know What You Don't Know  in Business- A Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Maria Basaggio, SAGE Insights

    During this session you will learn from a panel of business leaders about what they learned along the way in the areas of legal, operations and metrics when running their business.  Did you know it is not wise to be a 50-50 partner in your business? That any size business can benefit from a board of directors.  

    Maria Baseggio started her firm in 2010 to help small & midsize organizations build and execute their growth strategies by using the experiences she gained in various leadership roles at a Fortune 500 technology services company.  As a Professional Implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®), she helps entrepreneurs get what they want from their business.  She does this by working with the leadership teams to get aligned on the company’s VISION, gain TRACTION on its execution by driving more discipline and accountability throughout the organization and become a HEALTHY, cohesive leadership team. Maria also enjoys giving back to the community through her membership in the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Montgomery County and by serving as Chair of the AthenaPowerLink® NAWBO Delaware Valley program that provides advisory panels to local women entrepreneurs; Director of MEA (MidAtlantic Employers Assoc); current member & former Chair of the Board of Directors of Beacon; former board member of the Philadelphia Chapter of NAWBO (National Association  Nanette is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Carney Group, an award-winning recruiting and staffing firm founded in 1992, which is located in Blue Bell and still privately-held. The mission of the Company is to make a difference in people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to find meaningful employment, assist with their resume and interview prep. The Carney Group has been a member of The Chamber for 26 years. Nanette started her career at IBM in Philadelphia and for many years was the CEO of the Household.

    Nanette Sciolla Carney is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Carney Group, an award-winning recruiting and staffing firm founded in 1992, which is located in Blue Bell and still privately-held. The mission of the Company is to make a difference in people’s lives by giving them the opportunity to find meaningful employment, assist with their resume and interview prep. The Carney Group has been a member of The Chamber for 26 years. Nanette started her career at IBM in Philadelphia and for many years was the CEO of the Household.  Nanette is on the Board of Directors of The Mount and Board Chair of the Development Committee. In addition, she is on the President’s Council of GMU and the Academic Affairs Committee. She serves on the SPW Council of the MLCC and is a co-founder of the Women’s Network for the Chamber, which dates back to 1995 and serves on its Power Your Potential Conference Committee.​ The Carney Group and Nanette have been honored over the years by Mayor Rendell, Univest Bank, INC5000, Philly 100, North Penn Chamber of Commerce, Main Line Chamber, SmartCEO/Brava Award, Philadelphia Business Journal/Women of Distinction, SmartCEO/Cornerstone Award​.

    Janice Leone  is the president and principal of Corporate Interiors. The shape and the progression of Corporate Interiors has been fostered and guided by her expertise in workplace environments. She believes that the strategic essence of the company has been partnering with clients to transform their workplaces into a more agile “tool” to better support positive organizational change and financial growth. Janice has organizationally designed Corporate Interiors to provide a diverse range of product and service solutions to accommodate collaboration, productivity, technology integration, cost of ownership and work process challenges so notably present in today’s Corporate America.  The organization has prospered since its beginning 30 years ago, experiencing rapid revenue growth and expansion. Corporate Interiors was a 10 year old company in 1995 with an annual sales volume of approximately $4 million. Under Janice’s direction as principal, Corporate Interiors has experienced continuous growth and is poised to sell over $60 million through its diverse range of solutions in 2017. Corporate Interiors has transitioned from a furniture dealership to an expansive interwoven workplace solution provider.

    Nancy Dunleavy is the Founder and CEO of Dunleavy & Associates, a woman-owned business empowering charitable organizations to achieve their fullest potential. She was named by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia as one of Philadelphia’s “Top 101 Connectors” by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of 25 Women of Distinction and one of the top 100 women-owned businesses for the past three years. She also was named a Philadelphia SmartCEO Brava! Awards winner. Her career as an entrepreneur was preceded by more than twenty years in the healthcare business as a senior financial manager and hospital administrator. She served for ten years as CFO and then two years as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Friends Hospital and Behavioral Health System. A committed and engaged community leader, Nancy serves as Chair on the Gwynedd Mercy University Board of Trustees, and on the LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Board of Directors, Treasurer of Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees, and Board Vice-Chair of the Union League of Philadelphia.




  • Power Session 2 Power Session 2

    Fast, Fluid, Flexible AND Fabulous Leadership                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presenter: Kimberly S. Reed, CDP, Reed Development Group LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                            


    Our power, at its core, is more about INFLUENCING others than it is about position! In corporate, entrepreneurship and in life the expectation of us is to be thrust into a variety of leadership levels  fast.​ Our teams instantly depend on us to be powerful and perfect forces. We are expected to be high performers and with that comes high expectations. In today’s evolutionary society it requires a revitalized demand of being fast, flexible, fearless and flawless. In this interactive session we will discover and discuss our leadership superpowers. Being a force for the positive, encouraging someone's greatness, being a champion of increase, kindness and humility!

     Kimberly Reed is an award winning diversity and inclusion engagement solutions strategist and leading expert and international speaker. She has developed the distinguished reputation as having one of the most distinct and powerful voices on the lecture circuit transforming the thinking of thousands.  Kimberly is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's LEAD Program, National Leadership Consortium, Temple University, KPMG and Howard University's Leadership Programs and a top rated speaker at leading national professional organization's conferences.  She has been featured on FOX News, 6ABC, Huffington Post Business, TechX365, Clear Channel, IHeartMedia and Radio One and its subsidiaries for her leadership in diversity and advocacy on Women and minorities in leadership, business and entrepreneurship.  Kimberly earned her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Public Administration from West Chester University. She also received her certification in Global Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management, Fox School of Business at Temple University and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in the College of Education, Adult Organizational Development at Temple University.

    Life's Too Short for Uncomfortable Underwear - 7 Steps to Making Change
    Presenters: Jill Magerman and Sandra Olper, ME to WE Coaching and Consulting                                                                                                                                                                                                  

    Why do so many of us go through each day with a bra that pinches us or boxers that keep bunching up? Change is hard, even if you are uncomfortable.  Are you really uncomfortable or are you comfortable in your discomfort? How many people do you know, maybe event yourself, who are stuck in a dead end job? Everyday you go to work wishing there was a way out, but you never really take action to make a change.  The job you know is familiar, you can do it with your eyes closed, and if you did the work needed to move on, it would require you to do hard, unfamiliar work.  You might face rejection and be forced out of your                                comfort zone. Now wonder it is just easier to stay in the comfy cozy security of what is known.  By learning and choosing to incorporate these simple seven steps into your life, you will have the tools you need for making successful, sustainable changes in your career, your relationships, your life.

    Jill Magerman brings a special blend of skills and talents to her her work. She combines her experience as a social worker and executive director of nonprofit organizations with being a Professional Certified Coach who is dedicated to want the most from their life. Jill is also a Certified Life Cylcle Celebrant and non-denominational minister licensed to solemnize weddings. Jill holds a bachelors degree in Individual and Family Studies and a master's degree in Training and Development with an emphasis on group process.

    Sandra Olper was born and raised in Mexico City and received her B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. She is a trained Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (PCC) from the highly acclaimed Coaches Training Institute. Sandra has a passion for helping people discover who they really want to be. She has enjoyed the experience of living abroad in different countries in Europe and America. This has helped her to stay open minded, to adapt to foreign places, and to have a better understanding of the impact of change.

    How Can Women Be More Successful With Their Networking Efforts
    Presenter: Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Esq., Purposeful Networking

    Statistics show that men are both more strategic and more successful with their networking.  During this session we will discuss how men and women network differently; why men are more strategic and successful; why it is important to include men in your network, tips for ensuring your networking strategy is more effective and women only networking: the good and the not so good.

    Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Esquire is the CEO of Purposeful Networking. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College and her law degree from Villanova School of Law.  She holds certifications in Event Planning, Non-Profit Management and Conflict Resolution. Jennifer conducts keynotes, workshops and seminars assisting law firms, companies, non-profits, universities and conferences to help ensure your networking is working for you. She is also the President of FemCity Philadelphia, a women's business networking organization of 1900+ women. Jennifer has been featured in local and national media including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and Philadelphia Magazine. She was named “Best Networker” by Philly Current Magazine in 2018 and was voted a “Power Woman” by Main Line Today in 2017. Jennifer was also named a Top Small Business Influencer of 2018 by Fit Business as well as one of the 45 Philly Business Influencers to Follow on Twitter Right Now for 2018 by Philadelphia Magazine.Fox Fellow, she taught a 16-week course in Communication for Effective Leadership and is a certified provider for the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks® Assessment.

    Health Care Facts or Fiction: What You Need to Know to be Your Own Best Advocate
    Presenter: Jan Nissen, Merck

    In this workshop we will discuss the evolution and the current state of health care in the US; what we get for what we spend.  Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, we will discuss some facts and debunk some myths to help you to fully engage and get the most out of maximizing your family’s health. 

    Jan Nissen leads the Patient Innovation and Engagement organization within the Office of the Chief Patient Officer and Merck.  As a global team they are dedicated to helping use patient perspectives along with collaborating with patient groups to improve people’s health and support Merck’s objectives. After several years working as nurse in pediatric intensive care, Jan moved into the pharmaceutical industry where she has worked for over 30 years.  She has served in sales, training, marketing, and operational leadership roles at both Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL and at Merck.  In 2012, Jan served as a Merck Fellow with Population Services International in Kenya setting up health care clinics in developing countries.  Jan has a Bachelor's in Nursing from the University of Illinois Medical Center, an MBA from Lake Forest College, and she will be completing her Master’s degree in Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia this year.   She is an Executive Board member for an NGO in Nicaragua, Clinica Verde.

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  • Event Committee

    Mary Griffith-Alfarano, Fulton Bank

    Francie Babik, Publicis Health

    Nancy Bednarik, Merck & Co., Inc.

    Gina Bifolco, Merck & Co., Inc.

    Nanette Sciolla Carney, The Carney Group

    Jennifer Faust, Hill, Barth & King, LLC

    Katie Galaska, Kreischer Miller

    Allyson Gilmore, Doylestown Health

    Theresa Hummel - Krallinger, High Five Performance

    Kristin Kane, Kane Partners Social Media

    Pat Kreidler, Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union

    Tori Magagna, The Artifactori

    Sue Orff, Merck & Co., Inc.

    Najah Samuel, The TASA Group

    Jordan Sowhangar, Univest Bank and Trust Co.

    Lauren Stuart, Tycor Benefit Administrators, Inc.

    Jo Marie Victor, Healthcare Executive

    Melissa Murphy Weber, Elliott Greenleaf

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