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Friday, 30 September 2016 05:13

Business Women's Forum (BWF) to Feature Six Professional Development Workshops

This year's Business Women's Forum (BWF), Connecticut's longest running dynamic leadership conference, will feature Judy Smith, crisis management expert, author, and inspiration for the hit TV show, "Scandal", and Christine Cashen, author of "The Good Stuff: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work, and Happiness", at its 34th annual event to be held on Friday in the Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville.

In addition to the keynote speakers, six diverse and empowering workshops will be presented. The more than 500 attendees will have the opportunity to attend two of the six educational workshops to bring new knowledge and expertise back to their workplace and to meet and greet with the speakers. Workshops will be presented on the following topics: The Power of Buying Local; Real Relationships and the LinkedIn Connection; Legal Issues in the Workplace; Managing Today's Intergenerational Workforce; Avoid Burnout: Get More Done While Taking Less of a Toll; and Permission to Use Your Voice – Building Internal Leadership for Grit and Resilience in the Workplace.

"The Power of Buying Local" presented by Barbara Wold will provide tools and ideas for developing and planning for long-term partnerships with like-minded businesses, and provide insights into creating positive shopper experiences for building trust. This workshop will be sponsored by Ion Bank and Saint Mary's Health System.

Sandra Long, owner of Post Road Consulting, LLC and advisor to attorneys, consultants, sales teams, corporate executives and job seekers, will discuss "Real Relationships and the LinkedIn Connection" and share her approach and philosophy on connecting via social media. Sponsor of this workshop is Employers Reference Source (ERS).

Giovanna Weller, a partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey's Litigation Group, co-chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Subgroup, and leader of the firm's employment litigation practice is thrilled to come back as a workshop speaker. In her interactive workshop, "Legal Issues in the Workplace", sponsored by Children's Village, Weller will focus on the employee lifecycle including hiring and firing, avoiding discrimination and harassment claims, performance management, and workplace investigations.

Tracy Knofla, a featured presenter for the nationally known company High Impact Training, will tackle the challenges that come with having Baby Boomers and Millennials working side-by-side in her "Managing Today's Intergenerational Workforce", sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank.

"Avoid Burnout: Get More Done While Taking Less of a Toll" presented by Kate Hanley will offer information, exercises, and inspiration to help attendees focus on getting more done while trying less hard. The law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey is sponsor of this workshop.

Kelly Biskupiak, founder and owner of Be You Bravely, will present on "Permission to Use Your Voice – Building Internal Leadership for Grit and Resilience in the Workplace." Learn how to cultivate your inner leadership voice to build grit and resilience in the workplace, become clear about who you are and identify your strengths. Sponsor of this workshop is Universal Copy.

The 2016 Business Women's Forum (BWF) is being sponsored by Star Partner Post University; Forum Partners: MacDermid Performance Solutions, Republican American, CDS-Corporate Display Specialties, PowerStation Events, and Barker Specialty Company. The closing reception sponsors are Diagnostic Radiology Associates, Liberty Bank, Naugatuck Valley Radiology, O&G Industries, Sarracco Mechanical Services, Inc., Sweet Maria's, Waterbury Hospital, and Webster Bank. Workshop sponsors include Carmody, Torrance, Sandak, Hennesssey LLP, Healthy CT, Saint Mary's Health System, Employers Reference Source, Inc., Thomaston Savings Bank, Universal Copy, Ion Bank, and Children's Village.

The BWF, a program of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a thriving organization led by female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women. The mission of the non-profit BWF is to raise scholarship funds for female Post University students pursuing a degree in business, and over the past 33 years, in excess of $190,000 in scholarships has been granted.

The $195/person admission price to the 2016 BWF includes a highly-informative and exciting day of dynamic and accomplished speakers, breakfast, lunch, professional training workshops, networking opportunities and a high-energy closing reception featuring door and raffle prizes, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages.