Fair Media Council’s Women’s Empowerment Summit brought together about 100 women from all walks of life on June 22, 2012 and featured professional development workshops, networking opportunities and the chance to win a mentoring session with one of Long Island’s best CEOs.
The “How to Network Like a Pro” featured Susan A. Hayes, Marketing and Sales Director of Verizon, Katherine Heaviside, President, Epoch 5 Public Relations, Lucy Rosen, President, SmartMarketing Communications, Valerie Van Cleef, Branch Vice President, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Jennifer McLogan, reporter at CBS New York, who was the moderator. A “Personal Branding” workshop led by Ginny Pulos of Ginny Pulos Communications, Inc. garnered rave reviews, as did wellness expert Donna Martini’ presentation, “Does a Superwoman Exist Within You?” The “Dress to Impress” workshop included Kathleen Herrmann, Area Director of Mall Marketing, Roosevelt Field Mall, Lindsay Stevens, Senior Director of Marketing, C. Wonder, Sonia Panameno of Aveda and Wanda Gonzalez from Kipling. Moderating was Stacey Sweet from Life Is Sweet TV.
The “Power Interviewing Techniques” workshop brought Jeanine Bondi, Managing Partner, RINGO and Vice President, Senior Managing Director, Lloyd Staffing, together with Diane Masciale, Executive Producer from WLIW/WNET, and moderator Elaine Kiesling Whitehouse, editor of the Fire Island Tide. To conclude the morning’s breakouts, an inspirational tone was set by the workshop, “How to Get Out of Your Own Way,” starring Sue Fredericks, President, One Purpose Consulting, Inc., Karen L. Garvey, author of the Answers Unlimited, Eileen Lichtenstein, CEO, Balance & Power Inc., and Donna Martini, DM Enterprises LLC. The moderator was Donna Vaughan from WALK 97.5 FM.
FMC then raffled off Long Island’s best men, who did a memorable job in ‘marketing’ themselves. The prizes included: Christopher C. Giamo, Metro NY Regional President, TD Bank, Robert B. Catell, Chair, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Stony Brook University, Hon. Edward P. Mangano, Nassau County Executive, Michael Dowling, President & CEO, North Shore- LIJ Health System, Kirk Kordeleski, CEO, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Jim Paymar, Anchor & Executive Producer, Long Island Business Report, WLIW/WNET, John L. Kominicki, Publisher, Long Island Business News, Sal Ferro, President & CEO, Alure Home Improvements, Inc., Dr. Hubert Keen, President, Farmingdale State College, Dr. George Santiago Jr., President, Briarcliffe College, John Murcott, President & Founder, Karma411, Mark Fasciano, Managing Director, Canrock Ventures, Paule T. Pachter, Executive Director, Long Island Cares, Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank, Ben Mevorach, News & Programming Director, 1010WINS, Jed Morey, Publisher, Long Island Press, Ken Greenberg, President & CEO, Austin & Williams, David M. Okorn, Executive Director, Long Island Community Foundation, Charlie MacLeod, CEO, SMM Advertising, Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Executive Director, LICADD, and Patrick Calabria, Institutional Advancement Vice President, Farmingdale State College. An unnamed CEO from a major company was also raffled off as the ‘Wild Card.
“We wanted to create an event that leveled the playing field through education and mentoring to inspire women and we definitely achieved our goal,” said Jaci Clement, executive director of the Fair Media Council.
The sponsors who made FMC’s Women’s Empowerment Summit possible were Drake Media Network, TD Bank, Alure Home Improvements, Inc., SMM Advertising, Verizon, Austin & Williams, Murphy, Bartol & O’Brien, LLP, Farmingdale State College, Donna Martini, Canrock Ventures, and Lloyd Staffing.
The Fair Media Council (FMC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that educates businesses, nonprofits and the public to become media savvy. FMC also advocates for quality local news coverage and has about 200 New York Metro area businesses and nonprofits as members.