Thursday, March 22, 2018

Middlesex County Chamber Announces 2018 Women's Conference on April 10

Chamber of Commerce announced that the 2018 Women in Business Leadership Conference, Luncheon, and Health and Wellness Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Cromwell.

This event, sponsored by Citizens Bank, brought to you by Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, and presented by the Women’s Leadership Collaborative, will feature a full day of learning, growing and networking.

The luncheon portion of the event will be headlined by keynote speaker Jean Chatzky. Chatzky is the financial editor of NBC's Today Show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky on iTunes and a New York Times bestselling author. Jean Chatzky has been honored with multiple awards for her work to educate consumers about their money and providing important information and smart steps for getting out of debt. She was also named one of the best magazine columnists in the country by The Chicago Tribune. Signed copies of Jean Chatzky and Michael F. Roizen, MD’s new book, “AgeProof, Living Longer without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip."

“At Citizens Bank, we are committed to helping improve the financial skills of individuals and businesses across our bank’s footprint. Each year in April, we take the opportunity to celebrate Financial Literacy Month –partnering with community organizations like the Middlesex Chamber to give consumers the confidence and tools they need to be fiscally healthy,” said Lisa Maass, President, Citizens Bank, Connecticut. “We are proud to sponsor this important event, which will provide financial education, professional development and networking opportunities to women in business.”

A kickoff presentation called EMBODY THIS! Leadership Success," will be given by Ellen Feldman Ornato & Jenny Drescher of The Bolder Company. The Bolder Company is the catalyst for lasting behavioral change that empowers businesses to thrive. Founding Partners Ellen Feldman Ornato and Jenny Drescher have developed programs that bridge the gap between aspirational and actual behaviors, freeing people to live powerfully and to find joy in the work that they perform.

A breakout session on “Building Strategic Relationships” will be given by the Owner of R.J. Julia Booksellers Roxanne J. Coady and Lisa Maass, President, Citizens Bank, Connecticut. Before R.J. Julia ever came to be, Roxanne J. Coady had an illustrious twenty-year career as a partner in a New York City accounting firm. When Roxanne and her husband Kevin decided to hang their hats exclusively in Connecticut, she couldn’t wait to get started selling books and so R.J. Julia Booksellers was born. The original Madison store opened in 1989 and has since expanded to include two new bookstores; BookHampton in East Hampton, New York and Wesleyan R. J. Julia Bookstore in Middletown, Connecticut. Lisa Maass, President, Citizens Bank, Connecticut, leads the bank’s engagement with civic, business and community leaders. Maass, also a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Group, joined Citizens from Connecticut Bank and Trust in 1994 and has led Middle Market banking in the state since 2011. A graduate of Wheaton College, Maass has been actively involved in the community for many years, serving on the boards of a number of Connecticut organizations including the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, and as a founding board member of Read to Grow.

A second breakout session on “How to Negotiate and Handle Difficult Conversations” will be led by Wendy Shumway of Invision CCS. Dr. Shumway graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in psychology and received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she also completed residencies in pediatrics and adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child psychiatry. In her 30 years of medical practice, Dr. Shumway has worked in a variety of settings and with a range of patients. Through Invision Coaching, Consulting and Seminars, Wendy works nationally connecting with service-based professionals and organizations to help them move beyond surviving to get to thriving as she does not accept that coping is the best we can do.

Master of Ceremonies for the event will be News 8 Anchor/Reporter Ann Nyberg. Ann Nyberg has spent nearly 40 years in broadcast television news. She is the longest-serving, full-time female news anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history. She anchors the 6 and 10 p.m. nightly newscasts and produces and hosts her own show called “NYBERG.” Nyberg was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter. Nyberg, has been nominated for multiple Emmys and has been voted “Best News Anchor” for a decade in “Connecticut Magazine’s reader’s poll, in 2016 was voted best TV Anchor in New Haven Living Magazine.

The early bird cost for this exciting event is $99.00 and includes: Continental Breakfast, Health & Wellness Fair, Keynote Luncheon, and an autographed copy of “AgeProof, Living Longer without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip” by Jean Chatzky. After April 1, the cost is $125.

Please visit for registration information and more details.

For more information on chamber events and activities, please contact 860-347-6924 or

Please consider bringing your gently-used and nearly new professional attire to this event in support of Dress for Success. Fabulous suits could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life!

Donations will be accepted at the event entrance. Spring and Summer blouses, as well as pant suits size 12 and above are particularly needed For those who don’t have attire to spare, Dress for Success also welcomes Burlington Coat Factory gift card donations.

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To learn more, visit

The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic business organization with over 2,175 members that employ over 50,000 people. We strive to be the voice of business in Middlesex County and the surrounding area.

(Middletown, CT) Chairman Rick Morin of the Middlesex County

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