CONFERENCE AGENDA

opening session 1:30 - 2:45

Presented by Rivkin Radler LLP & Grant Thornton LLP

 #BalanceforBetter: Reaching Gender Balance in the Workplace 

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Taking a cue from this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BalanceforBetter which encourages mutual dialogue to build a gender-balanced world, our Opening Session panelists will discuss how their companies and industries are working to create a more gender balanced workplace. 

Everyone has a part to play - all the time, everywhere.  We know that balance drives a better more equitable working world.  Be part of the change for better balance. 

Panel includes: 

Jacqueline Bushwack, Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP

 Phillip Eng, President,  Long Island Rail Road

Jennifer Hoffman, Partner, NFP & Higher Education and Northeast Diversity & Inclusion Leader, Grant Thornton LLP 

Peter Kowalczuk, President, Canon Solutions America

Keith Rooney, Director of Customer Management, Government      Relations & Community for Downstate New York, National Grid


Moderated By: 

Nicholas Lazzaruolo, Managing Partner, LI Market - Grant Thornton LLP

Cheryl  Korman,  Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP

Conference guest speakers

Kevin Law, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

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Geraldine Hart, Suffolk County Police Commissioner

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Kara Hahn, Suffolk County Legislator, Majority Leader

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Workshop Sessions: 3:00 - 4:00

Navigating Your Path as a Member of a Not-for-Profit Board

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Presented by EisnerAmper

Take a behind-the-scenes look at what finding, joining and participating on a not-for-profit board entails and what it can do for your career. The panel will discuss the ways in which joining a board can enhance your growth, both personally and professionally, and expand your networking opportunities. The presentation will also focus on the various responsibilities of being a board member, be they fiscal or fiduciary. The session promises to be an engaging conversation on giving back to this worthwhile community while advancing your career.

3 P’s for Peace of Mind Empowered Elder Law & Estate Planning, Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

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Presented by Genser Cona Elder Law

Today we are living longer and retiring later and many of us, at some point in our lives and careers, will become a working caregiver for an aging loved one.  This experience causes us to recognize the importance of planning for our own lives.  Elder Caregiving traditionally rests on the shoulders of women, with working women carrying an even greater burden. This workshop will cover the 3 P’s - Planning for Your Future, Preserving Your Assets and ultimately Protecting Your Family, providing guidelines to educate & empower, organizing family’s planning & avoiding emotional turmoil, family discord and financial disaster.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling: How Successful Women Negotiate

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Presented by 

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP


How are your negotiation skills? Research has shown that women have a hard time negotiating for themselves while they can advocate for others. Learn how to fine-tune your negation skills.  This workshop will provide an interactive self-assessment analysis with the goal of identifying key negotiation skills needed to be a confident & successful woman in the workplace. 

Workshop Sessions: 4:15 - 5:15

Being the Only Woman at the Table

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Presented By National Grid 

Working in a male dominated field can result in being the only woman at the table, in the room or in the department.  Our panel of women leaders have experienced being the only or one of few women in the room. Join us as they share their personal experiences highlighting strategies to deal with being the only woman, how to build alliances, and integrate into a male dominated industry, all while excelling as a woman leader.  Learn how these same skills and approaches can be integrated into your leadership strategy no matter what field you work in. 


Financial Confidence: It’s Never Too Late to Plan

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Presented by  Mazars USA LLP

Through the many stages of our lives we plan for personal and professional success while neglecting our financial well being. We are excited to present helpful steps to building financial confidence at different stages of your life, by engaging in appropriate financial and career/life planning to get you there! 

Entrepreneurship, Is It for You?

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Presented by Hofstra University 

Every day in the US, women start about 849 new businesses. In the past 20 years, the number of women-owned firms in the US has increased 114%. With just 2% of all capital funding going towards women-owned businesses, a third of female entrepreneurs say their current business operation is expanding.  Have you thought about starting your own business? Do you know what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship presents this workshop moderated by Dr. Janet Lenaghan, Dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, who will ask women entrepreneurs in different sectors about their journeys to help you decide if you should start yours. 

Keynote Session 5:30 - 6:45

Presented by Canon U.S.A., INC.

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 Alyson Richman, International Bestselling Author 

Alyson Richman is the international bestselling author of The Lost Wife, The Last Van Gogh, and more. Alyson lives right here in Long Island with her husband and two children. She will share insights on being a bestselling author, how she began her career, chooses and researches the topics and the business of being an author. Alyson will discuss her latest novel, “The Secret of Clouds”.  All conference attendees will receive a gift copy of Alyson’s newest book.  Alyson will be available during the networking reception to chat and sign her books. 

networking reception 6:45 - 8:30

Presented by Canon U.S.A., INC.

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 An important part of every conference is the networking, join us by the pool for networking, food & drink.  Alyson Richman will see you there to sign her book, Secret of Clouds. 

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