October 20 – 22, 2016

Stamford, Connecticut








Universities represented


Career Fair Sponsors


Connect with Confidence!

The NAWMBA 2016 Annual Conference and Career Fair will be held October 20-22, 2016 at the beautiful Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Stamford, Connecticut. This year's theme is Connect with Confidence! Our keynotes and programming will focus on networking, communication and making meaningful personal and business connections.

The weekend will feature a Leadership Retreat for student and professional chapter leaders, two days of speakers, panels, and workshops that offer the insights of experienced leaders, a Career Fair featuring company representatives from around the country, as well as networking receptions.

Conference & Career Fair Schedule

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Leadership Retreat

    UConn School of Business, Room 129 (Invitation Only)

  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Board of Directors Meeting

    UConn School of Business, Room 129 (Invitation Only)

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Corporate Advisory Board Meeting

    TBD (Invitation Only)

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Opening Reception

    The Glen

  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Dine Arounds


  • 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Friends of NAWMBA Reception

    Franklin Street Works, 41 Franklin Street, Stamford - Invitation Only

  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm



  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am


    Garden Pavilion

  • 9:00 am - 9:15 am

    Opening Ceremony

    Garden Pavilion

  • 9:15 am - 10:15 am

    Keynote Address –Twists and Turns: 10 Things I’ve Learned on My Career Path

    Keynote Speaker: Melissa Cummings

    Garden Pavilion

    Is it better to focus on one business area or get experience in a variety of functions? New research is showing that a nonlinear career path is the quickest way to move forward. Melissa Cummings, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, explains how being a generalist and earning an MBA has shaped her career.


    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    • Option 1: What They Don't Teach You in Business School that will Catapult your Career

    Presented by Ruth Sherman and Belinda Pruyne

    Glen I

    This session will feature two industry experts providing insight on how to leverage your inner authenticity and brilliance to develop a winning communication style. Learn the secrets from behind the podium directly from their executive presence and communication coaches!

    • Option 2: What To Say, How To Say It: Being and Staying Great on the Job

    Presented by Jodi Glickman

    Grove I

    No matter what you do or where you work, the typical workday includes the same conversations—asking for help, answering questions, posting your team on the latest or greatest, telling your boss you screwed up… There’s a better, more strategic way to handle these conversations. Jodi gives you best-in-class strategies to handle every situation, every day and make your boss (and team) LOVE you.

    • Option 3: Beyond Air Miles & Hotel Points: Behind the Scenes of Life as a Consultant

    Moderator: Dr. Nicole Jackson; Panelists: Chetan Sampat, Lisa Bright, Stefanie Cutillo


    Interested in visiting new cities, creating solutions to new problems at new companies and being on the road 60 percent of the time...all while keeping the same job? Is there a non-travelling option? During this panel, these consultants will dish out the nitty gritty reality of the life of a consultant. It’s a great career with an immense amount of flexibility, but it may not be what you think. Our panel will take you on a deep dive into the in’s and out’s of consulting and whether you have what it takes.

    • Option 4: Secrets for Cashing In: Three Negotiation Strategies Every Woman Needs to Know

    Presented by Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

    Aspen I

    Although it has been more than 50 years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, the gender wage gap persists. While there are many external barriers contributing to this pay inequality, women must grab the bull by the horns and demand equal pay. Join this session to take a sneak peek into every man’s negotiation play book and integrate the elements that could best benefit you and your current job situation.

    • Option 5: Women in Waste & Recycling – Sponsored by Republic Services

    Moderator: Lori Lauria; Panelists: Marieke Curley, Genevieve Dombrowski, Catharine Ellingsen, Elizabeth Graham, Sharon Kneiss, Tricia PonceDeLeon, Maureen Williams

    Glen III

    Bold women, making bold moves, leading change in the male-dominated Waste & Recycling industry! Panelists from Republic Services and the National Waste & Recycling Association will share what attracted them to the industry, and what challenges they have faced and overcome to thrive in their careers. Whether you are contemplating a career or industry change, want to diversify your experience, or looking for an accelerated path to gaining a variety of leadership experiences, touching all aspects of the business, this workshop is for you!

    • Option 6: GE Capital: Leading through Change – Sponsored by GE

    Moderator: Stacey Hoin; Panelists: Kathleen Auda, Joseph Pizzuto, Ana Chadwick

    Grove II

    In April 2015, GE announced a major strategic shift in its capital allocation strategy. With the intention to create a simpler more valuable financial services company linked to GE’s core industrial businesses in Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, Oil & Gas and Energy. GE Capital exited nearly $200 billion in assets within 24 months, dramatically shrinking the financial arm of the company. At the same time, GE was embarking on a massive institutional change to be simpler, faster and more customer-focused, with the goal of “rewiring” the Company’s cultural software for the first time in a generation. This group of GE Capital leaders will talk about these parallel journeys, the challenges faced, and the leadership lessons learned both personally and professionally.

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


    Garden Pavilion

  • 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

    Keynote Lunch Panel: Conversations from the Corner Office: How to Strategically Navigate the Corporate Ladder

    Moderator: Deb Langford; Panelists: Bernice Clark, Lynn Nowicki Clarke & Jacqueline Hernández

    Garden Pavilion


    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    • Option 1: Mind the Gap: Women in Today's Business World

    Presented by Rebecca Estrada-Worthington

    Grove II

    Join GMAC researcher Rebecca Estrada-Worthington as she integrates data collected from prospective students, graduate admissions offices, corporate recruiters and business school alumni about women in business into an understandable and actionable storyline. This session will go beyond the numbers to discuss why women want to pursue a business degree, what holds them back, the presence of women in business school programs, and where they are in the workplace today. Be ready to share your point of view in this interactive session.

    • Option 2: Commanding an Online Presence: Leveraging Technology to Build your Personal Brand

    Moderator: Kristi Brown; Panelists: Lynn Moore, Ross Macpherson & Barbra Olson

    Grove I

    FACT: more than 80 percent of recruiters will conduct formal or informal social media audits before considering you. Do you appear online as you would want a recruiter to see you? Most people have an “accidental” virtual brand, a random selection of content that just got up there somehow. In today’s job market, you need a purposeful online brand – you need to KNOW what’s out there. In this panel, you’ll learn innovative strategies to build and manage a powerful online identity that properly supports your career goals.

    • Option 3: In the Money: What a Career in Finance Really Looks Like and How to Get There

    Moderator: Gayle Russell; Panelists: Monica Nicolaysen Dowhan, Cheryl Nelson and Amanda Wallace

    Glen I

    So, you’re good with spreadsheets and you did well on the GMAT. Are you ready for a career in finance? Should you become a CPA? Corporate finance or investment banking…or neither? So many options. The GMAC Corporate Recruiter survey reflected that 46 percent of the top U.S. job functions are in finance. What skills do you really need to get there and what do those jobs look like? Corporate finance means many different things in different companies and different industries. Join us to learn more about these finance and banking roles!

    • Option 4: International Jetsetting: What it Takes to Succeed in Global Business

    Moderator: Dr. Rogerio Victer; Panelists: Kathleen Bock, Jenny Norris, Alicia Chang


    Getting tired of using your vacation days to see the world? Feeling the need for a few more stamps in your passport and a little more excitement in your life? Some companies have international assignments you could apply for, but for others it will require a completely fresh job search with a more targeted approach. Hear from diverse panel of seasoned women who have worked in a variety of fields and regions. They’ll share insights about cross-cultural communications, meeting across many time zones, navigating foreign laws, and more.

    • Option 5: Women Making Their Mark in the Military – Sponsored by America’s Navy

    Presented by LT. Evita Salles

    Glen III

    Lieutenant Evita Salles will discuss her motivations for joining the Navy and staying in the Navy, her experiences from a women’s perspective, and how earning an MBA has helped her succeed professionally.

    • Option 6: Connect for Growth: Cigna’s Performance Management Evolution - Sponsored by Cigna

    Presented by Cindy Ryan

    Aspen I

    This session will explore how and why Cigna changed their performance management approach, sharing the approach to research, impacts and business outcomes. Attendees will gain a knowledge of how to have quality conversations using the SCARF® model and practice the multiplier and offsetting effect using several scenarios applying concepts explored during the workshop.

  • 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

    Networking Break



    3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

    • Option 1: Does Having it All Exist in the Real World?

    Moderator: Melissa Peak; Panelists: Susan Simone Kang, Jenny Robertson, Katherine A. Pancak

    Glen I

    Having it all is relevant to your interpretation or understanding of what it means to “have it all.” Susan, Jenny and Katherine will share how they manage to keep all of the “balls in the air” respective to their own lives. It is quite possible to have a lot, but what are you willing to sacrifice to get it? How long and how much are you willing to work? Can you build a team to help you? Our three panelists will share their insight as they welcome you to look behind the magician’s screen to see how they do what they do.

    • Option 2: The Science and Social Secrets of Confidence

    Presented by Alyssa Dver

    Aspen I

    All of us have met women who exude confidence in a major way, and many times have been left wondering what their secret sauce is. Alyssa has a powerful story! She’ll provide nuggets and repeatable steps you can create your own “Kick Ass Confidence,” regardless of your Myers-Briggs personality type. If you want to better understand the confidence phenomenon, and how to improve yours, Alyssa’s your girl.

    • Option 3: The Places You'll Go: Where That Marketing MBA Can Take You

    Moderator: Angela McLendon; Panelists: Corrie Freudenstein and Amy Machesney


    A dynamic discussion of how to make the move from a single, tactically-focused marketing role to marketing management. Hear these marketing leaders share their career progression as well as how they have evolved their experiences in traditional marketing to adapt to the changing digital world. Take away the best practices in both old and new school marketing and apply them toward taking the next step in your career.

    • Option 4: Speak Up & Get In Formation: Let Your Voice Be Heard - Sponsored by the University of Maryland

    Moderator: Sharon Strange Lewis; Panelists: Sherika E. Ekpo, Martine M. Saint Vil, Kristen Welch

    Grove I

    You have a seat at the table, but is your voice being heard? Often getting a seat at the table is only half of the battle. Find out strategies to get your point across without the negative consequences of being labeled as “bossy” or the stigma of being too aggressive. Be empowered to change the dialogue, eliminating the possibility of getting cut off, talked over or “mansplained” again.

    • Option 5: Managing your Energy So You Can Bring Your Best Self - Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

    Presented by Sue Hohenleitner

    Grove II


    Energy is the most important resource we have as human beings. You can’t add hours to your day, but you can add more energy to your hours. This session with teach you methods to help you get more physically energized, connected and mentally focused to better meet the demands of your day at work and at home

    • Option 6: Innovate using Technology: The Fintech Revolution – Sponsored by Infosys

    Presented by Priya D. Bajoria

    Glen III

    In recent times, Technology has completely transformed business models. Several companies valued at billions of dollars like Uber and Whatsapp may not have even existed without the underlying technology supporting them. This session will provide a perspective on how Fintech start-ups are leveraging the power of innovation in technology to fuel their growth.

  • 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

    Networking Break


  • 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Little Black Dress Reception

    The Grove

    Throw on your favorite black frock and join us for an evening of mixing and mingling with sponsors, speakers and members.

  • 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Hospitality Suites

    Looking for a job or just to network? Get to know some of the corporate sponsors before the career fair starts!

    Suite 1: Infosys

    Make sure you have uploaded your resume to the resume book! Right click this link and select "Open link in new tab" to access the log in window.

  • 7:00 am - 7:45 am

    Yoga with Viki Boyko


  • 7:00 am - 4:00 pm



  • 8:00 am - 8:45 am


    Garden Pavilion

  • 8:45 am - 9:45 am

    Keynote Address- The Two C's of Leadership: Confidence & Compassion

    Keynote Speaker: Alexis Glick

    Garden Pavilion

    Alexis Glick will join us from New York to talk to us about her days at Fox News and her new role as the Executive Director/CEO of GENYouth. A full description of her keynote topic will be added as the conference approaches!

  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Career Fair

    Grand Ballroom

  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    Interview Booths

    The Grove


    10:00 am - 11:30 am

    • Option 1: Courageous Leadership: Increase Your Influence and Income with Upside Thinking

    Presented by Lisa Marie Platske

    Glen I

    Lisa creates high-performing leaders and coaches women in business from around the globe; she uses her law enforcement journey to share what exceptional leaders do differently to seize untapped opportunities, why connection is the new currency, and how to position yourself as a stand-out expert and get big opportunities.

    • Option 2: Demystifying Immigration Laws to Fuel Entrepreneurship

    Presented by Arthur Serratelli

    Glen II

    This session will examine the USCIS “Entrepreneurial Pathways Program.” Attend this session and learn what is wrong, and more importantly, what is right, about US immigration policy for international students and workers trying to start a business in the USA.

    • Option 3: Switching Lanes: Changing Careers with an MBA

    Presented by Sophia Ononye

    Glen III

    The purpose of this panel is to discuss effective strategies and accompanying tactics that would enable a forward-thinking MBA student or MBA graduate to switch careers. We will discuss the role of networking in advancing social capital, the importance of strong communication skills in articulating personal brand essence, and the importance of the fundamental principles of an MBA education. Come prepared to elevate yourself and to initiate steps toward living the life of your dreams!

  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Networking Break


  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

    Box Lunch Pickup

    Box lunches are included for full conference attendees. If you are joining us for Friday or Saturday only and/or the Career Fair, please remember to add a box lunch to your purchase when you register.


    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    • Option 1: Mind Your Own Business: How Real Leaders Lead

    Moderator: Dr. Bethany Miller; Panelists: Carol Salloway, Paula Farmer, Dariush Khaleghi

    Glen I

    Join our panel of leaders as they share with us a glance into their worlds. Every story is unapologetically powerful and enlightening. You’ll hear incredible accounts of mentorship, networking, leadership and sheer confidence. Don’t miss this honest and insightful discussion with Carol, Paula and DK. We hope it shifts your paradigm and transforms the way you think about leadership as a whole.

    • Option 2: The Power of Choice

    Speaker: Robbie Pape

    Glen II

    Robbie Pape will explain that the greatest gift we have even been given is the power of choice. When we have awareness of all of the choices we are making every day, consciously and subconsciously, we have the potential to change the way we live the rest of our lives. She will discuss ways to be powerful in our choices while being outcome focused and benefit driven. She will discuss the power of choosing to be positive and the importance of choosing to accept personal responsibility in our lives instead of choosing to play the victim. Robbie says key to creating the life and the career we desire is simply to choose it!

    • Option 3: Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Panelists: Presenter: Panelists: Theresa Krier, Princess Uche Ibezue, Hongjoo Sun

    Glen III

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Happy Trails Closing Reception

    The Glen

    That's a wrap! Bring your raffle ticket and see who the lucky winners are this year before heading home.

The Venue

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

1 First Stamford Place, Stamford, CT 06902

The Hilton Stamford Hotel is easily accessed by many major metropolitan cities in the surrounding areas. La Guardia and JFK airports are less than 40 miles from the hotel and Newark International Airport is 53 miles away. Once you've landed, you can take the Metro North Train or Amtrak into Stamford.

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Hilton Stamford Hotel

All rooms offer sophisticated decor and custom-designed beds, plus desks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Executive rooms and suites provide access to the Executive Lounge's free breakfast and evening appetizers.


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