Connecticut’s largest and longest-running full-day annual conference for women, the Business Women’s Forum (BWF) marks a milestone this year, as we return the event to the community where it originated. Begun in 1983, the past six forums have been held in Hartford. The Chamber has been asked by a number of BWF’s core supporters whether we would consider returning to greater Waterbury and agree this is an ideal time to do so, since we’ve achieved statewide recognition and branding for the event and its programming. It will be held on Friday, October 18 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, a location convenient to many businesses in CT, and feature two keynote speakers, six professional development workshops, all-day networking, breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception.
‘Be The Change’ is the inspiring theme of this year’s forum. Our keynote luncheon speaker will be Kathy Ireland, CEO and chief designer of the design empire Kathy Ireland Worldwide, the 23rd most powerfully licensed brand in the world. Ireland began her career as a supermodel and morphed into what the Associated Press and the London Times identify as “a best friend to busy working mothers.” We are confident she will provide forum attendees with tremendous insight, inspiration and encouragement for their businesses and careers.
Psychologist, author, consultant and motivator, Dr. Janet Lapp will serve as our morning speaker., Dr. Lapp’s presentation will provide attendees with exciting insights into their individual business styles and ways to assess their personal leadership skills and how to acquire tools for improving and expanding their capabilities. As one of the most influential people in the fashion industry as cited to Fairchild Publications, Dr. Lapp, a leader in workplace transformation, a psychologist, author, consultant and motivational speaker, is known to possess a professor’s ability to translate complex theory into usable answers.
2013 BWF Chairwoman Robin Sills, of Naugatuck Valley Radiology, said “Since its inception, the BWF has provided an unprecedented number of attendees with access to phenomenal, high-profile speakers, networking opportunities and diverse training during the course of a full day of activities. This year’s forum will provide the state’s businesswomen the same high quality programming they’ve come to expect and value.”
We are grateful to our Star Partner, Post University, for their strong support. The BWF has generated in excess of $135,000 in scholarship funds for female Post University students to pursue a business education. The mission of the non-profit BWF is to encourage equality of opportunity and advancement for women in business. We are also appreciative of the support of BWF partners Barker Specialty Company, Webster Bank and Jaci Carroll Staffing.
If you’ve considered professional development training for yourself of any your female staff, 2013 BWF represents an ideal opportunity. Tickets are $175/person, which includes workshops, speakers, continental breakfast, lunch, and a closing wine and cheese reception. Tables of 10 with preferred seating and signage are available for $2,000. Tables and individual tickets can be obtained by visiting www.2013bwf.com or calling (203) 757-0701.
Lynn Ward is president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber. You can reach her by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (203) 757-0701