8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Welcome – Lucille Jordan, President, NCC; NEWLI President – Gail Garceau

8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker – The Courage to Lead – Annabel Beerel

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Networking Event: Be Courageous and Expand Your Professional Network

9:20 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.
Concurrent Morning Sessions 1
Session 1

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Summary: Without courage there can be no true leadership. Leadership requires nerve; a willingness to break barriers and to venture out of the calm seas of good feelings and the safety of a false illusion of togetherness. Leadership means being able to take a well-defined stand; to manage one’s reactivity to the emotional reactivity of others, and an ability to preserve oneself while also remaining in healthy relationship. Leadership depends on personal integrity. It requires an ability to take responsibility for one’s own emotional being and destiny and a willingness to face one’s own self while simultaneously dealing with the anxiety of others.


  • What it means to take a well-defined stand
  • How to develop strategies for self-differentiation
  • How to exercise appropriate courage that leads to progress

Speaker Name(s): A. Beerel

Using Courage to Educate Your Team and Foster Leadership


Speaker Name(s): L. Jordan

Guiding Your Career Through Courageous Efforts

Summary: Michelle will share some insightful career tips and provide you with concrete advice about how to approach an interview with ease. We’ll also discuss just why that resume is so important and just what does social media have to do with career advancement anyway.

Speaker Name(s):C. Ciampa, K Woznakewicz

The Courage to Communicate Effectively

Summary: The Courage to Communicate: Three NH Communications Experts share their experience as leaders and their perspectives on how their industries are evolving as choices expand for readers and listeners. As women who run communication companies, you’ll learn firsthand what happens behind the scenes, how the best ideas percolate and how the most meaningful relationships are formed. Having a voice and defining yourself as a person takes experience and confidence, you’ll hear how the unique attributes of these women have allowed them to succeed.

  • Professional challenges that have required courage and confidence
  • Stepping outside the comfort zone – why it’s one of the most important things we can do
  • How to cast a wider net when it comes to making new contacts
  • The importance of taking risks and giving back

Speaker Name: H. Copeland; B. Gardella; S. McCarthy, V. Prescott

The Trail to The Top of the Summit

Summary: As the National Association of Corporate Directors has indicated: ” Boards today are operating in what may be one of the most challenging business environments any generation of directors has ever known.The speed of change—and the complexity of risk—means the lead-time that companies and boards have available to see approaching opportunities and changes continues to decline, while the expectations of shareholders, regulators and others continue to climb”. This panel will discuss the roles, responsibilities and challenges facing boards—using real life examples from Women who Sit on Corporate Boards.

Speaker Name(s): Moderator: J. Cavallero, Panelists: S. Crawford, E. Richstone, L. Whitlock

10:45 a.m. to 12 noon
Concurrent Morning Session 2
Session 2

The Courage to be an Entrepreneur

Summary: Being a business owner takes courage. According to the SBA, over 50% of all small businesses fail in the first five years. Entrepreneurs are faced with difficult choices and challenging situations every day. How do they manage to keep the confidence, determination and stamina it takes to make it in an ever changing and evolving marketplace? Join the discussion as three experienced women business owners share their stories and offer advice about what it really takes to lead and manage a business: Courage, Guts and True Grit.

Speaker Name(s): J. Davagian Ensign; K. Higney; L. Landry

Calming the Storm: De-Escalating High-Heat Encounters

Summary: When emotions run hot at work or home you need simple, reliable approaches for cooling them down and getting back on track. Come learn the secrets mediators know for de-escalating anger and frustration, what people really need during such high-heat moments, and common mistakes that actually escalate distress inadvertently.

Speaker Name(s): T. Lenski

Challenges to Leadership Roles in the Financial Services Industry

Summary: A panel of three women leaders share their experiences in navigating through their careers to leadership positions in the accounting and asset management industries. They will share the motivations that propelled them, the mentors who guided them and the challenges they overcame along their journey. You will hear how their professions have progressed and their thoughts on how the future of women in leadership can continue to evolve.

Key takeaways:

  • Strategies women employ to become leaders
  • How women influence and change their professions through leadership
  • The growing opportunities for women leaders

Speaker Name(s):I. Kalus; S. Lewis; J. Ripianzi

Courage: Giving Voice to Values

Summary: Educator Mary Gentile empowers business leaders with the skills to voice and act on their values, and align their professional path with their principles. Her book, Giving Voice to Values, is inspired by a curriculum Gentile launched at the Aspen Institute with Yale School of Management, now housed at Babson College, and which has been piloted in over 425 schools and organizations on all seven continents.

Challenging the assumptions about business ethics at companies and business schools, she argues that often the issue isn’t distinguishing what is right or wrong, but knowing how to act on your values despite opposing pressure. Drawing on actual business experiences as well as social science research, Gentile offers advice, practical exercises, and scripts for handling a wide range of ethical dilemmas.


  • Strategies for how to speak your mind when you know what is right.

Speaker Name(s): M. Gentile

Be Courageous: Create a Dynamic Personal Brand

Summary: Courage is the ability to act despite our fears. One thing that is certain, we all have fears that can limit us from flourishing. Courageous and magnetic leaders create a force around them that energizes their inner power despite outside pressures and fears.

In this session you will learn how to increase your personal magnetism, and create the courage to build a Personal Brand!

Session Takeaways:

Participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize their individual magnetic features
  • Use their magnetism and courage to take responsibility and control of their lives
  • Fuel success with positive energy that attracts enthusiasm and energizes everyone
  • Be themselves while cultivating a culture of leadership that is contagious!

Speaker Name(s): D. Durkin

12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibitor Visits

12:45 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Chris Grumm – The Courage to Make a Difference: How we can Change the World

1:30 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Liz Walker

2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions
Afternoon Session

Why Gender Equality Matters to You!

Summary: Whether in the boardroom, the bedroom, at the water cooler or in the Statehouse, the subject of gender equality is an important one for all of us to consider. Come learn how NH citizens feel about equality, and share your own perspective.


  • Summary report on the 2012 New Hampshire Women’s Initiative gender equality listening sessions. Listening sessions were completed in 2011-2012 with 200+ female & male NH citizens from various ages, stages and places.
  • A broad understanding of where NH stands on gender equality statistically.
  • A better understanding of the top three ways in which gender equality affects your own life.

Speaker Name(s): M.J. Brown

Fearless Fundraising: From Kazakhstan to the Salad Bowl

Summary: Are you open to having a well organized structured professional plan with measurable goals, objectives, outcomes and at the same time “Heed The Call” and start running in a flash? This presentation challenges you to combine Fundraisng Methology with Cosmic Mystery.

Without both are you really Fundraisng Fearlessly ? Without both are you really Living Wholly?

Takeaways For Your Trip:

  • What you might pack in your briefcase.
  • What you might pack in your suitcase.
  • And quick tips for rolling up your magic carpet

Speaker Name(s):L. Ford; M. Jones

The Women’s Leadership Intensive

Summary: The Women’s Leadership Intensive – A panel of three original Women’s Leadership Intensive alumni will discuss the concepts of the three day session and their personal “take away”. There will be discussion of the overall concepts in the curriculum – Leading Yourself, Leading Others and Leading the Organization, as well as a discussion of the deeper concepts talked about during the intensive; how we frame our personal values through our experiences and beliefs and how that framework influences our behavior, conduct, ethical development, morality and judgement. The panelists will also review the presentations offered in the intensive and how they affect the leadership model. You can expect a comprehensive overview of the three day intensive session.

Speaker Name(s): L. Bienefeld, K. Feltus, L. Willey

Out of Africa: Courage for the Community

Summary: This Session is an update on the activities of the Kenyan women Out of Africa group. They explain how the challenges they face as immigrant women dealing with huge cultural changes has an impact on their families and their community. They share with the audience the incredible community work they are doing by creating action groups across all ages aimed at providing support, safety, education and traditional community values to lean into. They share the trials and tribulations of holding their community together while also advocating integration and progress. Each one of the panelists has remarkable stories to tell.

Speaker Name(s):A. Cardosi; C. Kariuki; E. Maringa; E. Muite; M. Mwariri

Courage in the Arts

Summary: Is courage in the arts any different than courage in other non-profits or that matter in for-profits? Hear the stories of two leaders of arts organizations and where courage entered their career paths. Join in a conversation about how courage has influenced your careers.

Speaker Name(s):S. Strickler; J. Tousignant

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker – Jessica Jackley of KIVA

4:35 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Closing Remarks – Annabel Beerel

Exhibitor Visits

End of Summit

Researchers state that 3 out of 4 nonprofit leaders will retire or transition out of their jobs over the next five years. Currently women hold the majority of leadership roles in the sector , with the exception of the very top, highest paying jobs. But that is changing. During this session a Mary Ellen Jackson will facilitate a panel of women leaders for the sector and explore what skills, aptitudes and talents are needed to lead the sector into and what opportunities are unfolding.