FMC Women’s Empowerment Summit 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 – 7.30 a.m.— 12 noon
Briarcliffe College, Bethpage, N.Y.



Bernadette Castro

This half-day event features a variety of interactive workshops designed to help you unleash your full potential in the workplace.

FMC’s Women’s Empowerment Summit is an event comprised of a variety of educational and insightful workshops as well as ample networking opportunities, all designed to help women at every level of their careers. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Castro Convertibles COO & former NYS Commissioner of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Bernadette Castro. The workshop topics for this event include:



7:30 a.m. – Registration/Continental Breakfast sponsored by North Shore-LIJ Health System 

Exhibitors: Arthritis Foundation

8:00 a.m. – Keynote

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. –  Session I

Strong First Impressions: How to Stand Out & Move UpIn business, as in life, first impressions are important — and it includes everything from how you dress and present yourself, to your ability to carry on a casual conversation that showcases your potential. From proper etiquette at business events and cocktail parties to the inside baseball rules of office life, this panel discussion will help you fast-track yourself to where you want to go.

  • Moderator: Stacey Sweet, Executive Producer, Life Is Sweet TV
  • Jacqueline Harounian, Esq., Partner, the Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C.
  • Michelle Kerrigan, Founder, Michelle Kerrigan Inc. Consulting-
  • Gail Lewis, Adjunct Professor of Communications, Nassau Community College & Mildred Elley College, Host,  Communication Corner TV Show on Queens Public Television, Columnist,  Long Island Dispatch and Communities of Color Newspaper
  • Donna Martini, Wellness Activist & Coach, Writer & Author, DM Enterprises, LLC, Nassau County Wellness Ambassador
  • Linda Tagliaferro, Freelance Writer & Author

Building Your Brand to Increase Your Marketability: Today’s workplace expects an employee to change jobs, on average, 11 times. In order to succeed, a woman needs to be her own brand, but what does that mean? How to determine and define a woman’s personal brand — both the do’s and the do nots — will be the focus of this panel discussion from women who have been there and done that!

  • Moderator: Giovanna Drpic, Host, FiOS1 Money & Main Street- 
  • Linda Armyn, SVP Corporate Strategy, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
  • Randi Busse, Author of “Turning Rants Into Raves: Turn Your Customers On Before They Turn On YOU!,” President, Workforce Development Group, Inc.
  • Karin M. Caro, President, BluChip Marketing, BluChip SEO Company,
  • Carrie Kerpen, Co-founder  &CEO, Likeable Media-
  • Leila Zogby, Principal, Leila Zogby Business Writer, Inc. 

Leadership: How to Lead & Succeed in Today’s Business World: Leaders move organizations forward. They inspire people. They inspire change. They build a culture within a company and provide the personality behind the organization’s brand. Many of these traits are considered feminine — yet women still hold less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions. What do women need to do to finally break through that ceiling?

  • Moderator: Diane Masciale, General Manager, WLIW21 & Executive Producer, WLIW Productions at WNET
  • Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting, Inc.
  • Paige Carbone, Director of Alumni Relations, St. Joseph’s College
  • Karen Garvey, Author, International Speaker, Intuitive, Personal & Professional Coach, The Answers Unlimited
  • Linda Mangano, First Lady, Nassau County, & Publisher, Bethpage Tribune
  • Beth Meixner, President & Founder, Moxxie Network LLC & Moxxie Network Foundation Inc.
  • Stacey E. Rosen, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, Vice President, Women’s Health,The Katz Institute for Women’s Health, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Associate Professor of Cardiology, Hofstra North Shore -LIJ School of Medicine

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. –  Networking Break sponsored by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

10:45 a.m. – 12 noon – Session 2

Community Involvement: How Giving Back Can Get You Where You Want to Go: Philanthropy, meet Karma. By doing good within your community and giving back, something surprising happens. You hone your networking skills, expand your contacts into fields your daily job doesn’t access and you learn to see your world from the eyes of those you are helping. All told, it changes you, expands your skills and makes you more valuable. Here’s how it’s done.

  • Moderator: Donna Vaughan, News Director, WALK 97.5 FM
  • Hon. Susan Berland, Councilmember, Huntington Town Board
  • Amy Engel, Executive Director, Sustainable Long Island
  • Theresa Regnante, President & CEO, United Way of Long Island
  • Judy White, Principal, CJ2 Communication Strategies

Work/Life Balance: Finding the Right Equation for Happiness: Being a woman in business is often at odds with other roles in life, such as ‘wife’ and ‘mother.’ Juggling the demands of these roles hasn’t gotten any easier, but it can be less stressful if you learn the techniques (secrets?) from a panel of women who really do have it all. 

  • Moderator: Beverly Fortune, Publisher, Milieu
  • Karen Brannen, President/CEO, Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Retirement Community
  • Cindy Mangano, Town Attorney, Huntington
  • Valerie Van CleefLicensed Associate Broker/Branch Manager, Signature Premier Properties

Trailblazers: Advice from Women Leaders sponsored by Murphy, Bartol & O’Brien, LLPThey made it, and they’re ready to talk about it. Here’s your chance to be part of an exclusive, intimate conversation to learn what these women did right, what they learned the hard way and what they now need you to do to help the next generation of women succeed, too.

  • Moderator: Barbara Nevins-Taylor, Founder,
  • Kimberly R. Cline, President,  Long Island University
  • Jean Kelly, Executive Director, The INN
  • Ellen McClain, former President, New York Racing Association
  • Anne D. Shybunko-Moore, President & Owner,  GSE Dynamics

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