The annual Business Women’s Forum (BWF) will be held October 29th and will welcome keynote speaker Stacy London, one of America’s foremost fashion experts, author, host of TLC’ hugely popular show, “What Not to Wear”, host of “Love Lust or Run”, plus style contributor to ABC-TV’ ”The View” and Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show, “Rachael”.
The Business Women’s Forum is Connecticut’s largest and longest-running, full-day statewide conference and is celebrating its 37th year. Under the theme “Design Your Success”, the 2019 BWF is anticipated to attract more than 600 attendees from across New England. The BWF will be held Tuesday, October 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a full day of dynamic networking, educational workshops, breakfast, lunch and a closing reception with prizes at the Aqua Turf Club at 556 Mulberry Street in Plantsville, Connecticut. The thriving nonprofit organization is led by female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women.
The 2019 BWF will also feature motivational speaker Connie Podesta, Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, award-winning author of seven books, actress, therapist, comedienne, former radio/TV personality, and an expert in the psychology of human behavior as it relates to sales, leadership, and personal/professional development.
“The mission of the Business Women’s Forum,” explained Lynn Ward, a BWF director and president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, “is to raise funds for scholarships for female Post University students to pursue degrees in business. The BWF’s continual commitment is to the equality of opportunity and advancement for women in business. During the past 36 years, the BWF has raised more than $200,000 toward those scholarships.”
Stacy London, the author of “Dress Your Best”, which concentrated on style by body type, received stellar reviews. Her second book, “The Truth About Style”, became a “New York Times” bestseller, and is both a memoir and style guide. Stacy appears on numerous national talk and news shows and has been an expert contributor to countless magazines and newspapers nationwide. Between 2005 and 2010, she joined NBC-TV’s “The Today Show” as a style correspondent, and has regularly appeared on “Access Hollywood” and “Access Live!”.
Stacy sits on the national boards of the non-profits I AM THAT GIRL and The Jed Foundation, and on advisory boards of The Li.st and Stylinity. She contributes her time to such charities as Step Up!, the American Cancer Society, and many animal charities. She speaks at events including ones for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oprah University (O You!), Harvard University, Mount Sinai and the 92nd Street Y, and has numerous prominent endorsements with brands that include Hanes, Pantene, Dr. Scholl’s, Woolite, Lee Jeans, and Westfield Malls.
The 2019 BWF motivational speaker Connie Podesta background in comedy, theater, radio, and TV offers a fiery personality, comedic wit, and unforgettable delivery style. Combined with her on-target content, Connie is a rare blend of substance and style. An expert in the psychology of human behavior. Connie is the go-to person when it comes to digging deep into what makes people do what they do and say what they say. Her intuitive understanding of people empowers audiences to ACT vs. react to even the most difficult of people and situations.
President and founder of Connie Podesta Presents, LLC for 25 years, Connie helps visionary organizations defy conventional thinking and challenge the status quo so they can rethink “business as usual.” Her first-hand experience in human resources, human relations, staff development, and training give her an edge for taking organizations to higher levels of success. Connie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Communications and Business, a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and Counseling and was a Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for more than 25 years. For 30 years she has worked with more than 1,000 leading organizations worldwide, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and associations. Her experience is wide and her impact is consistently top-notch.
Lori Turmel-Kecskes, the owner of Employers Reference Source, Inc., 2019 BWF Chairwoman, commented, “During the past 36 years, the BWF has provided thousands of attendees with access to phenomenal speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities, plus diverse training during a full, fun-filled day of activities. BWF conferences have featured such high-profile keynote speakers as Barbara Corcoran, Leeza Gibbons, Kathy Ireland, Elizabeth Vargas, Paula Abdul, Robin Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Suze Orman, Jane Seymour, Chris Madden, and Susan Saint James.
Our BWF Board of Directors believes attendees will truly benefit from the highly-informative and exciting day of dynamic and accomplished speakers, professional business trainers as workshop leaders, networking opportunities and a very exciting closing reception that features bountiful hors-d’oeuvres, beverages, and many prizes including a notable grand prize vacation travel package.”
The 2019 BWF offers several admission packages ranging from $150 for the lunch only to $2,500 for a table of 10. Most entry costs include the keynote and motivational presentations, workshops, day-long networking, breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception.
To learn more about the 2019 BWF price ranges, to register, or become a sponsor, visit www.2019bwf.com, or call the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 203-757-0701.