Welcome to our Workshops from our Inaugural 2021 Women's CEO Summit! Below you will find details on the four workshops from our past speakers. 

CEO Leadership

Business Development

Personal Development

Financial Wellness

Plot out your day so you're prepared to engage and ask questions that will help your business thrive!

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Investing in developing your leadership skills is an investment in the health of your business and all those that interact with it. Enhance your leadership and communication skills in this interactive workshop.

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10:45 AM
Are You Listening: Better Communication for Better Results
Presented by Star Bobatoon, Esq., Star Consulting, LLC

One of the most valuable skills in any business or walk of life is communication. We all learned how to talk, but few of us learned how to communicate so that all parties feel heard and understood. Poor communication skills negatively impact our relationships our businesses and our society inviting conflict, misunderstanding, stress, and hostility. Learn how elevating your communication skills, whether in front of an audience of 1 or 1,000, can enhance relationships and increase revenue.

  • Guidelines to better communication

  • How to listen so that people can hear you

  • Understand what you say matters as much as how you say it

  • Discover the easiest way to engage a listener

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  • LinkedIn

1:45 PM
Your Response to the Great Resignation
Presented by Gina Weatherup, Chantilly Mediation and Facilitation

Four million people quit their jobs in April. WTF!? As a CEO, what should you do to stop the bleeding?

This interactive workshop will delve deeply into what truly makes a workplace - whether remote or not - a happy place that workers DON'T want to leave. What role do higher salaries play? Does having corporate values really matter? What do you do when conflict rears its ugly head? We'll cover all this and more.

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Focusing on business growth and development strategies to provide immediate impact on your business.

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10:45 AM
You've Got Leads! Now What?
Presented by Mary Sue Dahill, Work Smarter Digital

Did you know you can boost your sales by 50% just by nurturing your existing leads?

Getting a lead isn’t a one and done activity. It’s the beginning of the relationship building journey to becoming a client. In this talk I will demystify how to convert leads to clients with a memorable high-touch experience.


You will walk away with:

  • Must-have elements in your lead to client journey that generates more sales

  • Two campaigns every business needs to build relationships and convert more leads to clients (Welcome Series, Follow up)

  • Finally, two simple but brilliant moves that will create lasting success in their business.

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  • Facebook

1:45 PM
Discover Your Brand Voice and Connecting to the Community
Presented by Jillian Phifer, Very Good Marketing Company

What does it take to create a brand? Developing a strong personal brand is an increasingly important part of finding and keeping work these days.


In this workshop, Jillian Phifer will help you start the process of developing your personal brand from the inside out. We'll talk about what your brand should accomplish for you, how to identify and express your personal brand values, and how to build a branded business at home.


You'll be leaving with an understanding of what it means to connect with your audience and build long-term relationships that help you improve your bottom line.

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Identifying professional development strategies to help you excel in your business. Investing in the YOU to get to the WE.

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  • Facebook

10:45 AM
Leading Bravely
Presented by Monica Almond, Ph.D., The Almond Group

We live in a time of incessant predictability. Every day things are changing, and nothing is the same as it was the day before. How do we stay ahead of this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environment while growing our businesses and brands to have the impact we’d hoped? We must lead bravely.

Leading bravely requires you to take stock of who you are as leader. During this session we will discuss the requisite components for becoming the kind of leader these times require. Participants will identify their core values for leadership.

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1:45 PM
Shining Your True Colors for Personal Success
Presented by Marlo Thomas Watson, The Marlo Companies

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the True Colors Color methodology. Learn how to build better relationships, learn the potential blind spots in your leadership, and increase business and customer service by speaking your clients language.

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Exploring the mindset, vision, and strategic action steps needed to ensure financial wellness and peace of mind.

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10:45 AM
Growth Mindset: Positioning To Thrive and Succeed in Business
Presented by Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, CFBS, MassMutual Capitol District

The most powerful ingredient in business is a growth mindset, coupled with determination and taking action. This session will explore how you see yourself as a business owner as well as the thoughts, mentality, and thinking patterns that are either moving you in the direction to thrive in business or are holding you back from achieving and reaching your definition of success.

1:45 PM
Financial Mastery with the Experts

As a woman CEO, it is essential to understand and grasp the financial implications of operating a successful business. Many women CEOs tend to shy away from the finances of the business, but you must know your numbers and how to protect, position and grow your business. In this session, this panel of experts will simplify the action steps and share strategies that will position you and your business to thrive, protect and legally comply for a solid financial foundation. 

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Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, CFBS
MassMutual Capitol District


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Jaclyn O'Brien Gardner
FreshEye Innovative Solutions

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Niki Bowden

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Adrian U. Taylor, CPA, PFS
YHB CPAs & Consultants

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Casie Griffith
Loudoun Insurance Group, LLC


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