Power Your Potential Speaker & Photo Archive
The next Power Your Potential Women's Conference will be held on March 22, 2019. Visit the registration page for information and to reserve tickets.
See below for details on our keynote speakers and panel discussions, as well as photos and video from past Power Your Potential events.
March 23, 2018 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Dorothy Farris
Saunders College of Business rounded out National Women's Month with the ninth annual Power Your Potential Women's Conference, featuring Dorothy Farris, Vice President of US Sales for Veeam Software and 1973 Saunders College Alumna. Dorothy Farris' keynote presentation, along with educational presentations from Shal Khazanchi and Kathleen Whelehan, provided helpful insights into "Leading Your Life and Achieving Your Goals with Courage." The educational presentations were followed by a panel discussion, focused on "Bringing It All Together: Networking, Negotiating and Bridging the Gender Gap," featuring the following panelists:
- Devra Bevona, President and CEO of Bevona Business Solutions
- Kimberly Hamer, MBA, MHA, Vice President of Customer and Relationship Management for Visual Dx
- Aqua Porter, Vice President of Business Transformation Channels for Xerox
- Joanne Gibson, MBA, Owner, Capstone Park
March 3, 2017 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Jane M. Elliott
Saunders College of Business welcomed Jane M. Elliott, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of at Global Payments, to the eighth annual Power Your Potential Women's Conference. Jane Elliott's keynote presentation, "What's in the BHAG," discussed her career and setting career goals. She stated, "You have to be a little uncomfortable. Get out of your comfort zone. Really work on whatever you are trying to achieve." In addition to Elliott's discussion, there were two educational presentations from Dr. Dena Swanson and Samantha Tassone, which was then followed by a panel about resiliency in your career. The panel discussion was led by:
- Holly Hillberg, Former CTO of Carestream
- Miranda Wilcox, Founder of Thrive Potential, LLC
- Deborah Stamps, System Vice President of Quality, Safety and Innovation for Rochester Regional Health
March 4, 2016 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Sarah Personette
Saunders College of Business hosted the seventh annual Power Your Potential Women's Conference. This conference provided women an outlet to discuss challenges and opportunities in becoming an effective leader. Sarah Personette, VP of global business marketing at Facebook, headlined the conference. Sarah Personette, VP of global business marketing at Facebook, headlined the conference. Her keynote presentation was on the changing dynamics of leadership and communications. She offered some key advice, "Check your ego at the door and concentrate on working as a team to deliver results." Personette also encouraged women to speak up. "It might be uncomfortable at first, you may feel like you want to play it safe by keeping quiet, but just do it. It's the only way we can achieve gender parity in the workplace."
The event also included a panel discussion, "Leading Change Outside the Lines." This discussion showed women how to think outside the box, while building employee support for their ideas. Following the panel discussion, two educational sessions focused on providing women guidance in "Success: Creative Destruction" and "Navigating Complexity." Our 2016 Power Your Potential Panelists and Education Presenters included:
- Deborah Hughes, President and CEO of the Susan B Anthony Museum and House
- Kelly Mandarano, WW Director of Marketing and Communications / VP of Kodak Print Systems Division
- Dina Vazzana, Chief Human Resources Officer at Carestream
- Lori Van Dusen, CEO/CIO at LVW Advisors
- Jennifer Sertl, Business Strategist at Agility3R
March 13, 2015 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Kathleen Buse
The sixth annual Power Your Potential Conference provided women an opportunity to discuss firsthand the challenges women face and how to become more effective leaders. The conference featured a panel discussion and educational presentations targeted at empowering women to succeed in the workplace. The keynote speaker was Kathleen Buse, founder and CEO of Advancing Women in STEM. She presented on "Recognizing and Overcoming 2nd Generation Gender Bias." This presentation commented on the impact of women as leaders and how to overcome the generational gender biases women may face in the workplace. Other presenters included Jennifer Green-Wilson on "Assertiveness & Passion," Sandy Parker on "Leading in a Male World" and a panel on company culture. The panelists included:
- David Mammano, Founder and CEO of Next Step Education Group
- Cheri Copie, Director of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at NeoGenomics Laboratories, Inc
- Kim Allen, Senior Strategic Communications Executive, Dixon Schwabl
- Kate Jacus, Director of Marketing & Communications at Harley School
Attendees, including prominent Rochester-area businesswomen, gained insights on how to build their organization and enhance their career.
March 14, 2014 - Featuring Keynote Speaker JJ DiGeronimo
Saunders College of Business welcomed JJ DiGeronimo, Founder and CEO of Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women, to the fifth annual Power Your Potential Women's Conference. DiGeronimo is a global spokesperson for women leaders, women in technology, women entrepreneurs and young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.), and has shared her insights and discoveries with many women's organizations. DiGeronimo’s keynote presentation, “The Power of No,” discussed how successful women use “no” and take specific actions in navigating their professional path to advance forward.
In addition to DiGeronimo’s discussion, the half-day conference included two educational presentations from Talya Meyerowitz and Betty Noonan on strategic business trends, as well as a panel discussion focused on “Owning Your Success.” The panel discussion featured prominent Rochester business women, who provided firsthand knowledge on challenges that women face and how to become a more effective leader. Our 2014 Power Your Potential Panelists included:
- Linda Murphy, Coach for Vistage International – Moderator
- Kate Turner Jacus, Marketing Manager for Genesee Regional Bank
- Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl
- Aqua Porter, Experienced Business Transformation Leader for Xerox Corporation
- Christina Gullo, President and CEO of Villa of Hope
March 25, 2013 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Jennifer Pozner
The fourth annual Power Your Potential Women’s Leadership Conference hosted Jennifer L. Pozner, Founder and Executive Director of Women in Media & News, who presented as keynote speaker on “Ladies First, Leaders Later…or Never? Media, Sexism and Power.” As a widely published journalist and media critic, Pozner works to increase women's presence and power in the public debate through media analysis, education, advocacy and reform. The conference also included an educational session with Linda Murphy and a panel discussion on gender and negotiation, featuring:
- Karen Magnuson, Editor and Vice President of News at the Democrat & Chronicle
- Margaret Bailey, RIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- Shalini Khazanchi, Associate Professor of Management in RIT’s Saunders College of Business
- Kathy Turiano, CoFounder and Owner of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters
- Jennifer Posey, CoOwner of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
- Zahra Langford, CoOwner of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates
- Leslie Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester
- Nancy Rencis, Senior Vice President for KeyBank
March 30, 2012 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Michelle Berryman
The third annual Power Your Potential Conference featured keynote speaker Michelle Berryman, founding principal and CEO of the design firm Echo Visualization, LLC. Berryman’s practice centers on interaction design and user experience for consumer, medical and industrial products, as well as software, websites and rich Internet applications. By combining insights from her impressive professional background and passion for traveling the world, Berryman presented on “Savoring the Journey,” encouraging women to look for inspiration and fresh perspectives in their surroundings.
The conference incorporated two educational sessions, led by Ann McCorvey and Mary-Beth Cooper, plus a panel discussion with connected local business executives, including:
- Sandy Rothenberg, Associate Professor in RIT’s Saunders College of Business – Moderator
- Ellen Brenner, Co-Owner of Fleet Feet
- Soma Chengalur, Director HSE Federal Policy for Eastman Kodak Company
- Nancy Rencis, VP and Commercial Banking Officer for Key Bank
June 10, 2010 - Featuring Keynote Speaker Kitty Van Bortel
Saunders College of Business welcomed Kitty Van Bortel, President and CEO of Van Bortel Groups, to the second annual Power Your Potential Women's Conference. The conference connected local business executives, entrepreneurs, alumnae and students, and gave women the opportunity to support and implement business with each other while learning innovative ideas and strategies for surpassing their business and professional objectives.
Followed by Van Bortel, a panel of experts shared the ups and downs of success, what defines an entrepreneur and the kinds of information, resources and the "pushes" a person needs to choose the path of greater risk, in the "Winning from the Bottom Up" panel discussion. The panel included:
- Suzanne Clarridge, President and CEO of MyBrands Inc.
- Laurie Broccolo, Founder of Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care Inc.
- Susan Butler, Partner and Co-Owner of Butler/Till
Denise Williams, President of D.M. Williams Funeral Home