• 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 22, 2018
    Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
    1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell

    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    $110 Attendee

    **Wait List Registration Only**


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  • Power Your Potential is proud to include the Young Women Student Program which provides juniors and seniors in college the opportunity to attend and participate in the Conference. Each student will be partnered with a mentor to accompany them throughout the Conference.  The deadline for applications is 5pm on March 5th.

    Students may click here and apply to attend.

  • Special Guests Special Guests

  • Tracy Davidson is a morning anchor for NBC10 News Today. You can watch Tracy’s live newscasts weekdays from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.

    Tracy has received 11 Emmy Awards, including the Best News Anchor Emmy for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 2008 and 2013. In 2013, Temple University honored Tracy with the Lew Klein Alumni in Media Award. She was recognized with Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award by the National and Pennsylvania Diversity Council. In 2014, she was inducted into Philadelphia’s Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. In 2017, Tracy was awarded with the "Hero Award" from Montgomery Child Advocacy project.

    Passionate about many causes, Tracy devotes much of her personal time to community service.  She enjoys motivational speaking, freely sharing her breast cancer survival story with her message: “Don’t Wait."

    Read more about Tracy here.



  • Marci Schankweiler is Founder and CEO of For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS), which she started with her late husband, Peter R. Bossow, in 1999. Marci, with her team of employees, volunteers and colleagues, solicits funds to support the organization's goal of providing respite excursions to young adult cancer patients and their caregivers. Thousands have benefited from the life-altering services that FPS offers.

    Before the inception of FPS, Marci practiced law in the Philadelphia firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin and at the Law Office of Thaddeus Mikulski in Trenton, NJ.

    Marci is active in her local community and was an adjunct professor in the Communications Department of LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA and in the College of Business from The College of New Jersey.

    Read more about Marci here.


  • Event Committee

    Mary Alfarano
    Fulton Bank


    Francie Babik
    Publicis Health


    Nancy Bednarik
    Merck & Co., Inc.


    Gina Bifolco
    Merck & Co., Inc.


    Nanette Sciolla Carney
    The Carney Group

    Lauren D'Ambrosio
    WSFS Bank


    Nancy Dunleavy
    Dunleavy & Associates


    Jennifer Faust
    Hill, Barth & King, LLC


    Katie Galaska
    Kreischer Miller


    Pushpa Ganesan
    Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union


  • 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. 

    Click here to sponsor a student.

  • Keynote Speakers Keynote Speakers

  • Sheila Hess is the City Representative for the City of Philadelphia, serving roles in events production, public relations and hospitality-tourism for the  City. She currently serves on a variety of non-profit boards where she has earned a reputation as a stellar coalition builder and compassionate, energetic advocate for the disadvantaged and underserved. 

    Sheila is the recipient of the 2016 Philadelphia Pinnacle Award from her alma mater, St. Maria Goretti High School. She was recognized as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2007 and earned the distinction as one of the city’s “Top 101 Emerging Connectors” by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. As a Temple University graduate, she is a recipient of the Diamond Excellence Award, and she garnered national attention in 2016 from ESPN Radio, WDAS Radio’s Women To Watch program and Cosmopolitan magazine.

    Read more about Sheila here.



  • Lisa Thomas-Laury began working at WPVI-TV, 6ABC, as a reporter and co-anchor of Action News in 1978.  She has received three honorary doctorate degrees and numerous other awards, including an Emmy and the city’s most prestigious accolade, the Liberty Bell Award. 

    Lisa has covered numerous political elections and conventions, however, the stories she loves to tell are those of average people with unique experiences, and those who overcome major obstacles in their lives. In 2001 Lisa began facing her own significant life challenge. She was struck with a rare nerve disorder that remained misdiagnosed for nearly two years. She left WPVI temporarily when her disease paralyzed one of her vocal cords. Lisa underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2004 and returned to Channel 6 two and a half years later. She retired in May 2016 after a second bone marrow transplant, having spent nearly four decades with WPVI-TV.

    Read more about Lisa here.


  • Theresa Hummel - Krallinger
    High Five Performance


    Kristin Kane
    Kane Partners Social Media


    Claire Kohler
    We Inspire Leaders/W.O.W.


    Tori Magagna
    The Artifactori


    Allyson Malack
    Doylestown Health


    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


    Susan Zoll
    MidAtlantic Employers' Association

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  • Sponsorship Opportunities: Support this local conference and stand out from other attendees. Sponsor packages include brand recognition, a vendor table, placement in event bag, and a varying number of attendees. 

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  • Power Session 1 Power Session 1


    You’ll Get By With A Little Help from Your Friends: Power Networking For Introverts & Extroverts
    Presenter: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger, High Five Performance, Inc.

    Networking has long been recognized as a powerful tool for business professionals.  Knowing more people gives you greater access, facilitates the sharing of information, and makes it easier to influence others for the simple reason that influencing people you know is easier than influencing strangers.  So what are you doing to build and maintain your professional network? Theresa is living proof that networking is a powerful career management tool.  She has been a member of LinkedIn since its inception, and has been teaching professional networking for over 15 years in universities, corporations, and at professional conferences.

    Attend this session to learn tips and tricks to build and manage your network.  Participate in a "safe" structured networking exercise.  You’re guaranteed to leave with a valuable piece of advice and at least one new contact.  Bring business cards!

    Theresa is a well-respected corporate trainer and performance consultant specializing in employee engagement, leadership and high-potential development, change management strategies, board and leadership retreats or strategy sessions and creating a winning corporate culture. However, it’s Theresa’s work as a humorist and motivational speaker that sets her apart. Her experience as a professional stand-up comedian enables her to add fun and humor to her consulting and training work. 

    SESSION FULL: Women & Wealth: The Greatest Opportunity of Our Time
    Presenter: Amanda Steinberg, Worth Financial

    Women have a complex relationship with money. Even the most successful women have been taught to be selfless and like-able above all else. When it comes to money management and investing, we're likely to delegate or hand over the mechanics of our portfolios. Over the next 15 years, women will inherit the majority of wealth in the United States -- trillions of dollars. It's time for women to embrace our role as financial stewards, become money masters, and take equal ownership of the world we create. The session will begin with your MoneyType, a personality assessment that explains your gifts and sabotage patterns around money. The discussion will then move to ways to invest that secure your future.

    Amanda Steinberg launched DailyWorth in 2009 to bring a fresh voice and an outsider’s perspective to personal finance. Today, DailyWorth’s newsletter reaches more than 1 million subscribers. In 2015, she started digital investing service, WorthFM, which received front-page coverage in The New York Times Business section. Oprah selected her for the exclusive SuperSoul 100, and Forbes named her one of 21 New American Money Masters. Amanda has also appeared on GMA, Today, CNN, and MSNBC. She’s also the author of Worth It: Your Life, Your Money, Your Terms released in February 2017.

    Millennial Magic: Finding And Keeping Top Millennial Talent For Your Company
    Presenter: Dr. Brandi Baldwin Rana, Millennial Ventures Holding Company  

    Both business owners and organizational leaders understand the challenge of finding and keeping quality millennial talent. From recruiting, to onboarding, to development, today's business leaders must be willing to shift their thinking about how to attract and retain millennials who can help take their companies to the next level. This interactive session will help attendees:

    • create concrete strategies for recruiting millennials,
    • discuss "realistic vs. unrealistic" expectations of millennials,
    • brainstorm ideas on how to get on the same page with your millennial team members.

    Plus, there will be a candid discussion about stereotypes and myths about millennials. 

    Dr. Brandi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Millennial Ventures Holdings, the parent company to a portfolio of brands comprised of YouAdvise.Me, Leader-ish Media, the Center for Millennial Engagement, and Jump Button Studio. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy before the age of thirty, and published her first book, Put in Work, one short year later. Today, Dr. Brandi speaks at over 30 corporations and conferences annually, with companies like Discover and Comcast inviting her to share her unconventional insights on millennial employee engagement, entrepreneurship, leadership, and business.

    Mindful or Mind Full?: Decluttering the Busy Leader’s Mind
    Presenter: Harriet Stein, Big Toe in the Water, LLC

    During this session you'll learn why Mindful Leadership is needed in the workplace. A Mindful Leader is prepared to handle challenges and obstacles in a positive way in the workplace and can deal successfully with stress.

    A Lack of focus or attention to detail at work can lead to a loss of productivity, and potentially more serious consequences. We all face challenges in our daily lives. Research shows that how we manage those challenges can have either a positive or negative effect on our relationships and on our physical and mental health. When practicing Mindfulness, this enables one to become experts in knowing ourselves. It is not about changing who we are, it is about understanding who we are and accepting ourselves with compassion that leads to a life that is richer in the knowing.

    Founder of Big Toe in the Water, LLC, Harriet enjoys teaching women how to put their big toe in the water to experience the practice of Mindfulness which will enhance both their professional and personal lives.  She taught Mindfulness to over 5,000 employees at Johnson & Johnson, gave mindfulness presentations at internal leadership summits for global audiences, and instructed on Mindful Leadership.  She also was the recipient of two Johnson & Johnson Standard of Leadership awards.  Harriet is a Registered Nurse who worked 12 years in a hospital setting and 23 years in a corporate environment and is highly experienced in teaching the practice of Mindfulness, and in the field of learning and development and clinical research.

  • Power Session 2 Power Session 2

    Gray Is The New Workplace: A Panel Discussion On Civility
    Panel:   M. Theresa Schwartzer, Univest Bank and Trust Co.
                    Debra Casey, JD, PhD, Temple University Fox School of Business
                    Ciana Williams, Esq., SPHR, MidAtlantic Employers’ Association

    Moderator:  Melissa Murphy Weber, Esq., Elliott Greenleaf 

    Hear from a panel of experts identifying what harassment is and what it is not. Participate in this timely discussion on women in the workplace.

    Melissa M. Weber focuses her practice on business litigation with an emphasis on labor and employment issues. She is an experienced litigator skilled in representing clients in various business and employment matters, as well as Constitutional claims. Melissa received her B.A. in Economics from Denison University, her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, and her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law, graduating with honors.



    M. Theresa Schwartzer, EVP and Director of Human Resources at Univest Corporation, serves more than 850 employees, and oversees employee engagement and culture, recruiting and retention, benefits, training and payroll. She received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Communications Media and Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Human Resources Administration from University of Scranton.


    Dr. Debra Casey is an assistant professor of Human Resource Management at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. A former labor and employment law attorney, Debra is an expert in workplace conflict, employment laws, and dispute resolution. She earned her PhD and Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from Rutgers University, her JD from the College of William & Mary, and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology from Lebanon Valley College.



    Ciana Williams, in her role as Employment Counsel for MEA, advises employers and human resources professionals regarding compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws including, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws; the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); state wage and hour laws; and regulations promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL).  A graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School, her career has included working as an attorney for various Law Firms including Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Rubin, Fortunato & Harbison, P.C. and Saul Ewing LLP.



    Emotional Intelligence: What is your EQ?
    Presenter: Yvonne Caputo, MS, MA, Management Trainer and Consultant

    Research has found that emotional intelligence (EQ) in people is a high predictor of career success.  Research has also found that organizations that train their professionals to be more emotionally intelligent have stronger bottom lines.  The factors measured are productivity, decrease in accidents and turnover, and increase in profits.  This workshop will explore the competencies that make up EQ.

    Yvonne currently works as a Management Trainer and Consultant for Penn Foundation’s Employee Assistance Program and for the Walters Group, LLC.  Her prior experience was as Vice President of Human Resources for Frederick Living, a continuing care retirement community in Frederick, PA. Her career began in the Erie School District where she taught adolescents.  She was one of the teachers who helped to start the district’s gifted program.  She is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of Pennsylvania and she earned her Master degrees in Education and Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

    Power of One: Your Personal Communication Style
    Presenter: Marilyn Nyman, Nyman Group

    Whether speaking to 1 or 101, your personal communication style makes all the difference when you want to educate, persuade and influence others.   HOW you communicate can be just as meaningful as WHAT you communicate.   This highly interactive workshop focuses on understanding the key elements of your personal communication style:  non-verbal and voice.  You will learn new techniques to enhance your personal leadership effectiveness. 

    Marilyn is a veteran entrepreneur who has founded two ongoing, successful businesses — Nyman Associates and Nyman Group — both with roots in the study and practice of communications. Marilyn holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech and Language Pathology and has taught leadership theory and practice at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Principal’s Center, and The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).  As a University of Pennsylvania 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.

    The Truth “Exposed”: Why Performance Alone Isn’t Enough
    Presenter: Tara Marcus, DillonMarcus

    Often, we focus on our performance to such a degree that we neglect to pay attention to how we are “showing up” and if we are “being seen.”  This session will share insights on how to strategically use all three elements of Harvey Coleman’s highly acclaimed P.I.E. model to your advantage. Factors affecting career success include performance (10%), image (30%) and exposure (60%).

    Co-founder of DillonMarcus, Tara is an undeniable expert in designing and leading corporate retreats.  She has a knack for listening and knowing exactly what is needed to help bring a leader's vision to life. Blessed with the rare ability to be both strategic and tactical, Tara finds great joy in seeing a future and helping to 'make it happen'. The team at DillonMarcus has been building world-class leadership teams for close to two decades.


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