Women's Empowerment Conference


WEC

diverse women

 


Our Speakers 

   

Laura K

  Dr. Laura Carapella – Keynote Speaker

Dr. Laura Carapella has been an educator, visionary leader, and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the last 26 years. Dr. Carapella’s journey started out with a 9-year investment in the
K-12 educational setting while working on her Master in Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse and Doctorate of Education degree from Columbia University in the field of human behavior.

With tenures at both Ithaca College and the State University of New York at Cortland, teaching courses from human sexuality to human behavior, Dr. Carapella’s academic prowess forms the bedrock of her transformative work and reflects a dedication to shaping not only academic minds
but also fostering personal growth and resilience. While at SUNY Cortland, Dr. Carapella has received prestigious recognition for excellence in teaching, patented a digital health currency, and has been invited to train leaders and school districts on different approaches to human behavior.

While at Ithaca College, Dr. Carapella has received two grants to study the reduction of anxiety with an increase in proactive gratitude, build an app, and bring it to market. She also received recognition for publishing 3 children’s books and 23 peer reviewed publications and conference presentations with her research related to human behavior and transformational learning. In addition, she has delivered over 200 workshops and trainings related to leadership and her scholarly work.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Carapella has pioneered Carapella Consulting, a venture dedicated to education, leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, and dignity. Through workshops, trainings, and policy assistance, she continues to catalyze transformative processes for organizations and individuals alike. Beyond academia, Dr. Carapella actively engages with the community. From her advisory roles for the LGBTQ+ community and parents of LGBTQ+ children to her continued support for the teaching community and alumni of her programs, she continues to give back.

At home, Laura is the spouse of an amazing Chiropractor, mother of 2 energetic blue-eyed 5-year and 6-year-old boys, a dog mom of a beautifully mischievous white golden and a couch-cuddling mastiff. She enjoys spending time with her family and discovering each stage of life all over again through the lens of a parent. Laura is very excited to be a part of the Women’s Empowerment Conference and thrilled to meet each of you.


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Lisa A. Bouchard, CPBA, CPMA

Lisa’s career spans 35 years as a sales professional, executive, and entrepreneur. She has been a trusted business advisor to leaders and business owners in hundreds of companies – from Fortune 500s to franchises to startups. She helps organizations prosper by giving them the knowledge and tools to powerfully engage, manage, and motivate their workforce. She brings a focus on application and results that can be uncommon in the consulting and training arena. In demand as a speaker, trainer, and executive coach; her engagements offer practical and effective solutions to common workplace problems such as poor communication, personality conflicts, difficult conversations, and accountability. Lisa’s mission is to reduce suffering in the workplace.

She has spent her career uncovering challenges and offering insights that lead to new behaviors, actions, and results. Clients not only see the struggles decrease; they experience higher levels of engagement, collaboration and productivity.

Lisa is an engaging and insightful presenter whose authentic style, direct approach, and humor create an open and highly productive learning environment. Clients consistently praise her for the depth of knowledge gained by participants and their ability to immediately apply it in the workplace. Every client engagement is customized to reflect their specific culture, goals, and challenges.

Lisa has received numerous certifications and awards highlighting her success as a trainer and consultant:

  • Certified Professional Behavior Analyst (CPBA)
  • Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA)
  • Presenter of the Year, TTI Success Insights, 2017 and 2018
  • Bud Bower Award for contribution to the TTI Success Insights network, 2018
  • Global Visionary Partners Group member, TTI Success Insights 2017-2019

In addition to her business activities, Lisa is a founding board member of Journeys of Solutions, a nonprofit organization that focuses on infrastructure improvements, health care, and educational needs in third world countries. In her free time, Lisa enjoys traveling, kayaking, skiing, golfing, hiking, and spending time with her three grown children and husband.


Denise B Denise Burbey

Denise Burbey, joined SUNY Information Technology Exchange Center (ITEC) in the fall of 2021 where she is contracted to Corning Community College (CCC) as a CIO as a Service for 50% of her time. The remainder of her time she works with SUNY campuses to streamline their business processes through the use of Adobe’s electronic signature platform. Denise provides leadership for Corning’s technical and information security areas. She and her team work to break down the silos and forge partnerships across various departments to accomplish goals in support of the college’s mission and strategic direction.

Prior to joining SUNY ITEC and CCC, Denise worked at Jamestown Community College for 24 years in various roles including CIO for 13 years, the Director of Distance Learning, Training Coordinator and Project Manager for the Center for Continuing Education, and as an adjunct faculty member teaching online, hybrid, and in-person courses. 

Denise serves as a mentor and presenter for the SUNY CIO Leadership Academy. She has been an active member of Chautauqua County’s Leadership Network since 1999 serving as a program facilitator, presenter, board member, and chair of the strategic planning, curriculum, and financial stability committees. She earned her M.S. in Adult Education from Buffalo State College, a Teaching in the Virtual Classroom Graduate Certificate from Fielding Graduate University, and completed the Certified Lean Professional program through the University at Buffalo. She is currently a member of SUNY’s Council of Chief Information Officers, is an Advisory Subcommittee member for SUNYs Digital Transformation Project, and a member of SUNYs Enterprise Architecture Working Group.


Fern Chan

Fern Chan

Fern Chan is a presentation coach, speaker, and the bestselling author of “How to NOT Suck at Presentations”. She is the CEO and Founder of Fern Chan Ventures, where she coaches business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and consultants to effectively convey their ideas and make an impact with their message.

Fern is an avid lifelong learner, an educator with over 15 years of training adult learners, who left her 9-5 job in higher education to become a Mompreneur. She is passionate about creating a life on her terms so she can spend more time with her family. She believes that Moms are a force to be reckoned with, and have an abundance of skills to be successful in business. She is also a shameless microphone hog at karaoke and a Star Wars nerd. To learn more, visit: fernchan.com.

 

 

 

 



amber cloke Amber Cloke

Amber Cloke has spent 15 years in higher education, working in advising, retention, student success, career coaching, corporate sales, and teaching first-year seminars. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Adrian College in 2007 and her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Delaware in 2010. Throughout her career, Amber has presented at conferences including: National NACADA Conference, PennACE, and CEANY Annual Conference, earned the Outstanding Marketing Professionals Award at the CEANY Conference, and has graduated from the Leadership Chemung program.

Aside from her career accomplishments, Amber has overcome many challenges in her life and openly shares her story in hopes of inspiring others to push through the obstacles. Amber and her husband have been married for almost 13 years, but their marriage didn’t start out as strong as it is today. After separation, custody and child support hearings, Amber and her husband did the hard work to renew their wedding vows and become the happily married couple they are today.

Amber is also a BRCA1 positive previvor, who underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy in August 2019, which led to many months of recovery, including breast reconstruction. She was a featured speaker at the BRA Day event at the University of Rochester in October 2019, and served
as a model and brand affiliate for AnaOno Intimates.

Amber is passionate about self-care and women’s advocacy - she is sure to bring the energy to our Women’s Empowerment Conference with her fun, energetic personality! 


Kelly Harkness

Kelly Harkness

Kelly is a Licensed Master Social Worker who is licensed to practice psychotherapy in the State of New York. Her educational background focused on Criminal Justice, Sociology and Life Coaching, until she graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s in Social Work, and a concentration in Military Counseling, in 2019. Prior to working for Clinical Associates, Kelly worked for Chemung County, Children and Family Services for over 11 years, supporting children placed outside of their birth parents’ home, in foster or a relative’s care, while working with the birth parents towards reunification. Kelly believes in meeting the client where they are at and follows a Rogerian style, in which she helps the client work out their own solutions. She is Trauma-informed, solution-focused and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness based practices. Kelly is also a certified RYT-200 yoga instructor and serves in the US Navy Reserves.

 

 

 

 

 


amy irvine Amy Irvine

Amy is the founder and owner of Rooted Planning Group, a 100% women owned, fee-only financial planning firm. Amy has 30 years in the financial services profession and her passion is to provide financial planning that looks at all aspects of your life and how your finances support you. She believes that you can use your dollars and cents to create and live a meaningful life unique to your own dreams and desires.

She started Rooted Planning group because she wanted to offer financial PLANNING services. She believes that our profession has a tendency to focus on “assets under management,” and she wanted to focus on the journey of your life (what she refers to in her podcast as your financial “vineyard''). She truly believes that, like wine, life and finances have different palettes that should be celebrated and not judged.

She is the author of "Uncork Your Finances" and podcast co-host of Money Roots, which was designed to take the "scary" out of finances.

In addition to serving on several boards, she serves as a mentor to other women in the profession, sat on the National Board of the National Association of Personal Financial Planners (NAPFA) from 2020 – 2023, and now is a Trustee of the NAPFA Foundation, all in hopes of having professional influence on the number of women in the profession (or lack thereof).

She also co-founded the Southern Tier Women's Financial Conference in 2014, which is an annual event with a day of collaboration, networking, and financial education for women.

Amy holds a masters degree (MPAS®) in personal financial planning, as well the following designations:

  • Certified Financial PlannerTM
  • Enrolled Agent
  • Certified College Financial Consultant
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
  • A Certified Financial Therapist-Level I™ Professional

In pursuit of her perfect life, she splits her time between Parrish, Florida and Jasper, New York. She loves what she does, but she also very much enjoys warmth, a great book, good conversation, wine tastings and volunteering. 


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  Michele Johnson

Michele Johnson is an Elmira native with 30+ years’ experience in accounting, administration, human resources, and community engagement roles. Currently serving on several community boards including the Elmira City School Board of which she is Vice-President, she has held many leadership roles throughout the Twin Tiers.

Michele holds Associate and Bachelor Degrees in Accounting, a Master of Education from Elmira College, and a Master of Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

In her current role as Sr. Manager in Corning Incorporated’s Community Impact & Investment Group, Michele focuses on making strategic investments with lasting impact in communities where Corning employees live and work.

 

 

 

 


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Dawn Krug

Dawn met with a psychic for the first time in 2003. In that session, the reader validated her abilities and skills as an empath. In 2006, Dawn had a traumatic, life changing experience that forced her to embrace her psychic abilities, healing skills and put them to work. Since then, Dawn has had the privilege of studying with some amazing mentors and teachers, along with having clients worldwide.

She participated in the filming of “Dead Files, Revisited” and in addition to her private practice, she has also partnered with law enforcement to aid in missing person investigations. Dawn offers a variety of services where she channels Spirit to bridge the connection between adults, animals, and children with their loved ones. Additionally, Dawn provides clarity and guidance to help clients understand and accept their soul path and the soul paths of others.

As the years in her practice go on, Dawn's modalities have changed and developed greatly. She's developed a strong Medical Intuition with the abilities as a healer to aid in the removal of blockages on a cellular level and facilitate in a person’s physical body in the healing process.Dawn has had the pleasure of training with some of the industry's greatest practitioners, Tara Sutphen, Denise Linn, Lisa Williams, and Patti Conklin!



h maioHeather Maio

Heather Maio is the author of And Not Another Diet Book as well as the host of the Magic Mindset podcast, and, with her husband, owner of New York Sport and Fitness. Additionally, she founded Nourished, a coaching service dedicated to empowering women to feel and live at their best. Her passion is helping women reach their goals through cultivating self-awareness, a better relationship with self, discipline, and grace.

 

 

 

 

 

 



c mattiske Carolyn Mattiske

Carolyn Mattiske serves as the Director of the State University of New York’s Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) Institute and Organizational Development for SUNY System Administration. The SAIL Institute supports higher education professionals at SUNY and beyond, including both experienced and aspiring leaders, through a broad portfolio of programming and services. Carolyn holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technologies, is an organizational learning strategist recognized for award-winning leadership programs and is a certified trainer for DiSC and Crucial Conversations.

With over 15 years of experience designing, delivering and managing adult learning and leadership programs, Carolyn leads operations for the SAIL Institute. She joined SUNY in 2017 and quickly expanded program offerings and services to include a Mindful Leadership series, CIO Leadership Academy, Business Officers’ Leadership Academy, Department Chair Academies, Inclusive Citizen Leader Series, a Winter Leadership Academy, free online webinars, student leadership programming, and much more. Carolyn plays a lead role in administering SAIL’s signature programs, including the Executive Leadership Academy and Summer Leadership Program, and consults with campuses to create custom leadership development solutions. She also led projects to improve the 360 Leadership Skills Inventory Online System and secure an organization-wide learning management system to meet compliance and professional development needs across the 64-campus system. Much of her work includes a focus on ensuring leaders see their role in creating diverse, equitable and inclusive environments where all people can bring their full selves to work and perform at their best.


tracy perryTracy Perry

Tracy graduated from Robert’s Wesleyan College with a Masters in Social Work, concentration in Mental Health. Tracy became licensed shortly after earning her graduate degree and has served her community as a Grief Counselor for school aged children and their families, a Mental Health therapist at a local nutrition clinic, a Program Manager at a children’s crisis respite residence and is currently a contracted Psychotherapist with a local private practice. Tracy is passionate about offering hope and giving back to at risk communities. She serves on two boards in the community and has been an active member of Faith Temple Community Church for 40+ years.

In 2022 Tracy established Chloe’sCare LLC in honor of her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Corine “Chloe” Givens. Tracy describes her grandmother as “someone who loved everyone”. Chloe’sCare LLC was established to offer safe spaces for community members to be loved on while addressing and becoming more comfortable with exploring aspects of their own mental health, through small workshops and speaking engagements.

When time allows, Tracy enjoys spending time in her “happy place”, her kitchen. Tracy enjoys cooking and hosting gatherings for her family and friends as well as traveling to destinations that offer sun, sand, and water. Tracy believes that her greatest accomplishment in life has been raising her two children, Ransey and Caleb. She says, “They are why I am who I am”.



 

Sponsorship and Vendor Availability

Extend your marketing reach with a high-profile sponsorship and vendor opportunity at the 2024 Women’s Empowerment Conference at Corning Community College!

Our sponsorships provide a stage for your company to stay top-of-mind with existing customers, build brand awareness with new consumers, and source new prospects. Enhance your reputation and garner the positive feelings of goodwill known to transfer to organizations that sponsor the missions people care about – like women being empowered!


We have several sponsorship packages below for your consideration. Without the support of our sponsors, such an event is nearly impossible.

Thank you for your interested in in becoming a sponsor or vendor in the 2024 Women's Empowerment Conference at Corning Community College! We look forward to Uplifting Lives With You!


SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

EMERALD SPONSORSHIP - $3,000 
(ONE SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE)
• COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR SIX (6) ATTENDEES* WITH RESERVED SEATING FOR
CONFERENCE
• LOGO PLACEMENT ON RESERVED TABLE SIGNAGE
• PRESENTING SPONSORSHIP OF THE CONFERENCE LUNCH
• THANK YOU FROM THE PODIUM DURING WELCOME REMARKS
• LOGO ON EVENT WELCOME SIGNAGE
• 1/2 - PAGE AD IN PROGRAM BOOKLET
• LISTING IN PROGRAM AS THE EMERALD LEVEL SPONSOR
• OPPORTUNITY TO INCLUDE PROMOTIONAL ITEM IN WELCOME BAGS
• LOGO ON CONFERENCE WEBPAGE
• SOCIAL MEDIA POST THANKING SPONSORS

Emerald Sponsorship Register Here


RUBY SPONSORSHIP - $2,000
(ONE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE)
• COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR FOUR (4) ATTENDEES
• PRESENTING SPONSOR(S) OF THE CONFERENCE DESSERT
• THANK YOU FROM THE PODIUM DURING WELCOME REMARKS
• LOGO ON EVENT WELCOME SIGNAGE
• 1/4 - PAGE AD IN PROGRAM BOOKLET
• LISTING IN PROGRAM AS A RUBY LEVEL SPONSOR
• OPPORTUNITY TO INCLUDE PROMOTIONAL ITEM IN WELCOME BAGS
• LOGO ON CONFERENCE WEBPAGE
• SOCIAL MEDIA POST THANKING SPONSORS

RUBY Sponsorship Register Here


SAPPHIRE SPONSORSHIP - $1,000
(FIVE SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE)
• COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR TWO (2) ATTENDEES
• THANK YOU FROM THE PODIUM DURING WELCOME REMARKS
• LOGO ON EVENT WELCOME SIGNAGE
• 1/8 - PAGE AD IN PROGRAM BOOKLET
• LISTING IN PROGRAM AS A SAPPHIRE LEVEL SPONSOR
• OPPORTUNITY TO INCLUDE PROMOTIONAL ITEM IN WELCOME BAGS
• LOGO ON CONFERENCE WEBPAGE
SOCIAL MEDIA POST THANKING SPONSORS

SAPPHIRE SPONSORSHIP REGISTER HERE


VENDOR OPPORTUNITY

Thank you for your commitment to network and showcase your organization or products at the 2024 Corning Community College Women’s Empowerment Conference on May 21st, 2024. We invite you to bring your products and goods from your business as a mutual benefit to you and to our conference participants. Please complete the application below to secure your space. Your non-refundable payment of $200 is due by April 15, 2024.

This is an opportunity for you to share your product or service with the community and network with other entrepreneurs and marketplace leaders. Each vendor space will include 1 table and 2 chairs. Please be sure your devices are fully charged as the availability of electrical outlets is not guaranteed.


vendor registration here

 

 


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