Women2Women Conference & Expo - 2020
9th Annual Women2Women Conference + Expo
Join us for our annual Women's Conference & Expo to experience TWO headlining keynote speakers, THREE breakout session speakers, & the opportunity to connect with other women in the community both personally and professionally. You will not want to miss this day filled with great topics, speakers and connections and recognition of this year's ATHENA award recipient. Plus visit with 30+ vendor tables from W2W sponsors, women-owned businesses, and nonprofits.
Nominate an ATHENA today and join us over breakfast to celebrate their accomplishments and work for the community!
Jessica Holmes - Celebrated Comedian, Author & Mental Health Advocate
Depression the Comedy
This is a frank and hilarious account of how it took Jessica Holmes two years to get diagnosed as depressed. It started small: she resented “fun stuff” like girls night out, developed a loathing for words like “wellness,” and avoided foods that promised to prolong her life. Even when she yawned her way through an emceeing job for Oprah Winfrey didn’t sound any alarms for her. By the end of 2013, Jessica slept more than the cat, gave her husband a hall pass, and told her TV agent “hold my calls for six months” before diagnosis. In the nearly two years that she had transitioned from “cheerleader” to “zombie”, she hadn’t taken stock of how far she had veered from her ideal life of fulfillment and gratitude. Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory, whether with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “where am I?”
Jessica Holmes has opened for giants like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Oprah Winfrey. Combining stand-up, music, and improvisation, she performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City before starring in her own TV series, The Holmes Show.
Also a wellness advocate, Holmes mixes comedy with a validating message about life’s challenges in her book, Depression The Comedy, and has become a celebrated voice in fighting the stigma surrounding mental health issues in her hilarious and inspirational keynotes.
A mother of two (and wife of one), Holmes’ passion is finding the laughs in life's imperfections and turning embarrassments into punchlines.
Jen Jamula, Founder, Creative Director and Lead Coach - GoldJam Creative
Engaging Male Allies / Tools to Unbias Your Life or Office
Discussions about gender bias often place blame on men or leave them out of the conversation altogether. However, achieving gender equality requires everyone’s concerted commitment. During this interactive keynote, Jamula will provide tools for rewiring individual biases, speaking up productively against microaggressions, and engaging male allies. Attendees will strengthen their understanding of how gender bias manifests in the workplace, learn how to address or adjust unintentional behaviors to be more inclusive, and enhance their ability to uplift female-identifying colleagues and make positive change. They will have a chance to ask questions in a guilt-free zone.
Jamula is an entrepreneur, coach, and performer whose work looks at communication in the Digital Age. She and collaborator Allison Goldberg have helmed several artistic projects that have been featured on Good Morning America, in Forbes, WIRED Magazine, VICE, Newsweek, theSkimm, and more. The pair was featured on the cover of Time Out New York, which ranked them two of "the top 10 funniest women in NYC."
Gladine Frasso, Regional Environmental Health & Safety Engineer + Owner/Coach of I Am Mentally Tough
Game On: Using Mental Toughness as a Compass
Do you know how to mentally prepare yourself for the goals that you have set forth for yourself? Do you know how to mentally bounce back from failure when things do not go as planned? During the different stages in our lives we are faced with challenges that talent and skill alone can’t get us through. Many of us are too quick to accept defeat, or too quick to give up instead using our most powerful too – Mental Toughness. Frasso will share how she rose to advocate for herself, launched I Am Mentally Tough, and overcame challenges in sports to lead her to become one of the greatest athletes in history on her high school and college basketball teams.
Verna Lisa BCH, CNLP – Owner, NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist + Author – The Layers
Unapologetically Authentic: Brave Not Perfect
Hear Verna’s personal journey of becoming unapologetically authentic and learn to identify inauthentic living & behaviors. You will be able to make pece with your past, love your present and get excited about your future through visualization meant to leave you feeling self-empowered and joyful. This workshop is designed to show you how dimming your light for the sake of acceptance wreaks havoc on your soul. Verna wants you to live with purpose and not just exist in conformity.
The Financial Life Cycle
What is the financial advice you are ready to hear? Are you just beginning to learn about finances, are mid-life and want to know what you should be doing now, or are you looking towards planning for retirement? No matter your stage in life, we have a session for you. Choose which you'd like to attend throughout the day.
Breakout Session #1 - Finances 101
Breakout Session #2 - Mid-Life Check Up
Breakout Session #3 - The Other Half (Retirement)
The Financial Life Cycle SPEAKERS
Ruthann Woll, Partner - RKL LLP
Regina Rinehimer, Associate Vice President, Investment Officer - Wells Fargo Advisors
Mary Jean Noon, Vice President, Business Banking Team Lead - Wells Fargo
- Visit with 30+ vendor tables from W2W sponsors, women-owned businesses + nonprofits in the Conference Expo!
- The Book Nook will be selling discounted "improve you" books recommended from our speakers that day!
- Stop by the Health4Cast station to receive free screenings from PSHSJ professionals to determine the four critical numbers that will predict your health.
Media photos from 2019 Expo. Courtesy of Zerbe Photography.