Saturday, October 26, 2013

Richmond Marriott
500 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 22319

8:00 am Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:45 am

Welcome and Charge for the Day

Remarks by Emcee Mary Foley

Mary Foley offers entertaining advice to increase busy women’s sanity in their lives and confidence in their careers – all while having a bit of fun! She shares from experience, including ditching her engineering degree for a 10-year career with America Online where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.

Even while experiencing success, her sanity and confidence were tested again and again. She survived six layoffs, a difficult marriage, and bumped her head on the glass ceiling (even though she’s only 5’ 2” tall).

Not satisfied to settle, Mary reached deep inside to find her inner courage - the bodaciousness - to reinvent her life. She earned a Master’s degree in Organization Development, became co-owner of an HR company, started her own business, and wrote her first book, all by the age of 36.

Today, Mary is the author of 3 books, featured blogger on, popular speaker and facilitator, career mentor, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk! radio show. To even her surprise, she’s appeared on the cover of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and spoofed on the E! Entertainment TV Show The Soup. That’s why she believes every woman needs a red cape. For more, go to

9:00 am Resource Fair
9:15 am Breakout Session One

Your Financial Roadmap
Learn how to plan and protect your financial future. Financial experts will talk you through some of the most important financial decisions you will face over your lifetime. Gather useful tips to help you maintain a steady balance sheet during the ups and downs of life while protecting your financial identity in the digital age.

Moderated by Michelle Maiwurm, office of Senator Mark Warner

Carol Cosby, General Manager and Executive Vice President, MasterCard Worldwide
Sarah Yohn, Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Candice Shelor, Mortgage Loan Officer, Virginia Credit Union, Inc.

The Affordable Care Act & You: Q & A
An informational session provided by experts on The Affordable Care Act who can answer your questions about changes and future trends in healthcare delivery and insurance.

Moderated by Elizabeth Falcone, Office of Senator Mark R. Warner.

Joanne Corte Grossi, Regional III Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Claire Winiarek, Director, Public Policy and Research, Amerigroup.
Julia Huggins, President, Cigna Mid Atlantic.

Farm to Table – Become a Locavore
Learn the benefits of eating locally grown produce and the how-to’s of growing your own food, via community gardens, kitchen gardens, container gardens and even school gardens.

Moderated by Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean, College of Agriculture, Virginia State University.

Elanor Starmer, Special Assistant, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Sally G. Schwitters, Executive Director, Tricycle Gardens.

Create Your Next Job…Become an Entrepreneur!
Learn how to create your own job by starting your own business. This session will cover the fundamental components of starting a business.

Presented by Martin Short, Greater Richmond GATE Coordinator, Community College Workforce Alliance

10:30 am

Break - Resource Fair

10:40 am Breakout Session Two

Make Shift Happen
This interactive presentation will explain the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful mindset. Using The Empowerment Dynamic you will learn how to challenge, coach and create a winning position during any situation. You'll learn how to identify conversation orientations, how to create more powerful outcomes, triggers for unsuccessful outcomes and how to avoid them, how to direct a situation towards a greater goal, and how to achieve better results in your training and learning experiences.

Presented by Lynda McNutt Foster, Vice President, Voltage Leadership Consulting.

Women and Leadership: Dolley Madison to Today
Everyone is always talking about leadership, but what do we really mean? Aren't we all sometimes leaders, and sometimes followers, and often can be both roles several times a day? As women, how do we want to define leadership? Join us for an honest conversation on women and leadership. We want to hear from you.

Presented by Kat Imhoff, President and CEO, The Montpelier Foundation, and Kathryn D’Angio, Managing Director, U.S. Bank, Education & Nonprofits Division

Guerilla Mentoring
We know mentoring is important, but how important? We want to share with you research previously reserved for the halls of academia on the number of mentors you should have, and what happens when you secure those mentors. Prepare to take part in a million dollar mentoring exercise: "Guerrilla Mentoring" - a peer mentoring technique used by high level executives and million dollar entrepreneurs and adapted by the Hot Mommas Project SisU Leadership Academy. The goal of this session: Whether you are a mentor, or want to be a mentor, this session will not only benefit you, but create an exponential benefit for your personal and professional networks.

Presented by Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas Project - the world's largest women's case study library and the SisU Women's Leadership Academy

This is Not Your Parent’s Retirement
The good news is we are all living longer! Keep the bad news at bay by taking the time today to plan for your future retirement. Boomers need to plan sooner and save more to enjoy a healthy and independent life well into your golden years. Hear from two experts who will walk you through all aspects of retirement planning, from how to build retirement income to how to manage your healthcare needs and plan for long term care.

Presented by Michaele Sharpe, CFP and Long Term Care Specialist, Genworth and David DeBiasi, RN, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP Virginia.

11:40 am

Lunch and Keynote Address

Introduction by Senator Mark R. Warner

Keynote address by Melody C. Barnes, former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; currently, CEO, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC.

Melody Barnes is CEO of Melody Barnes Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives and Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Ms. Barnes also serves as a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm; Chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; and on the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation. From January 2009 until January 2012, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

As Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Ms. Barnes provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the Cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda across the Administration. Under her leadership, innovative new policies, practices and partnerships were initiated to address significant national challenges, including education, health care and the federal government’s relationship with local governments and communities.

Until July 2008, Ms. Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank. From December 1995 until March 2003, Ms. Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee; she served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003. Barnes’ experience also includes an appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and serving as a Principal at the D.C.-based consulting firm, The Raben Group. Ms. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

Ms. Barnes received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1989. In 1986, she received her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history. Ms. Barnes’ media appearances include This Week with George Stephanopoulos, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, Morning Joe and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Marland Buckner.

1:00 pm

Break - Resource Fair

1:15 pm Breakout Session Three

Growing Your Start Up
Looking to start a business or take your startup to the next level? Learn from the experience of talented Virginia-based startups and entrepreneurs. A panel will discuss the ins and outs of funding and running a startup company.

Moderated by Neeta Bidwai, Office of Senator Mark R. Warner.

Heather Loftus, Founder & EVP Product Marketing, PlanG
Jean Peters, Managing Director, Golden Seeds.
Jayne Armstrong, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration.
Karen Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

Ages & Stages: Women’s Health & Happiness
Although you may be busy with family, work and community responsibilities, you still need to remember to make your health a top priority, including learning how to manage stress, so you can be your best for all that life demands. Health experts will advise you on what to expect and how to be prepared for the next decades of your life.

Moderated by Elizabeth Falcone, Office of Senator Mark R. Warner.

Dr. Christina Stasiuk, Senior Medical Director for CIGNA.
Dr. Lisa Ellis, Medical Director of Clinical Services, VCU Institute for Women's Health.

Putting Social Media to Work for You
Facebook is great for staying in touch with friends and sharing pictures. You get all your news from Twitter. But do you know how to unlock the full potential of social media and put it to work for you? This session will share best practices for maximizing social media – an important platform for networking and showcasing your professional profile. The content you post every day is building your personal brand – make it count! A strong personal brand online is an important factor for potential employers and clients. Join our panelists to learn the best way to use different social media platforms to your advantage.

Moderated by Addie Bryant, Office of Senator Mark R. Warner

Latryce Noel, Public Relations & Marketing Specialist, Virginia State University
Judi Crenshaw, Communications & Marketing Manager, Virginia Council on Economic Education.
Kate W. Hall, Founder/Writer
Kendall Morris, Founding Partner, Create Digital

Women as Agents of Change: Rising to the Challenge of Building Community
Everyone has the power to make a difference. Come learn about some simple steps that you can take to make our world a better place. Be inspired by our panelists’ stories about how they share their three T’s (time, talent, and treasure) to be change agents in the community. Whether it is by using your energy and connections to create better opportunities for children, aligning your business model to reflect your values, or giving collectively to create more bang for your buck, you have the inherent power to be an agent for change.

Moderated by Elaine Summerfield, VP of Programs, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central VA, and co-founder of HandsOn Greater Richmond.

Tiffany Jana, CEO, TMI Consulting.
Heidi W. Abbott, Counsel, Hunton & Williams.
Leah Fremouw, Associate Consultant, VCU's Performance Management Group and Chair Elect, Impact 100 Richmond

2:30 pm

Break - Resource Fair

2:40 pm

Keynote address by Rosanna Durruthy, Chief Diversity Officer for Cigna

As Cigna’s Chief Diversity Officer, Rosanna Durruthy leads and aligns diversity and inclusion as a center of excellence practice that supports the company’s mission to help customers improve their health, well-being and sense of security. Operating from a customer centric focus, Rosanna frames diversity to drive talent engagement, business growth, customer satisfaction and cross-cultural capabilities for all Cigna employees.

Prior to joining Cigna, Rosanna led an organizational consulting practice designed to empower mastery of fit and mastery of influence in emerging leaders. With an emphasis upon executive coaching and personal network analysis, women and people of color transitioned into leadership accountabilities with a higher rate of success than previously recorded by client companies including leaders in financial services, media/advertising, and consumer packaged goods.

Rosanna has held human resources leadership roles in diversity recruiting, staffing, leadership development and HR technology in financial services and media entertainment companies. She has presented at numerous conferences including the 6th Emotional Intelligence World Summit; Brokering Change: a Wall Street Multicultural Women’s Exchange; and the Forté MBA Women’s conference.

Rosanna attended Harvard College and in 2002, was named one of the country’s leading Hispanic women by both Hispanic and Hispanic Business magazines.

3:30 pm

Wrap Up and Charge for the Future

3:40 pm

Networking Happy Hour