Empowered Alumnae Speaker Series Past Webinars

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Thank You to Our Previous Presenters:

Nicole Braveman

Gamma Psi-Arizona State University

Introduction to Meditation

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Suffering from chronic pain, health challenges, stress or anxiety? Are you looking for more flow and peace in your life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this class if for you! Doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses. As stress is greatly eliminated, our minds and bodies begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality and happiness. In this Empowered Alumnae Speaker Series you’ll learn the basics of meditation, the physiological impact on the body, simple tips for getting started and how a regular meditation practice can have a life changing impact on your health and happiness.


Amy Banocy

Phi-Penn State University

Master Your Mindset, Master Your Life

What if you could live a life you are insanely passionate about? Live so vibrantly healthy that you can maximize your mental, physical, and emotional potential every day? This is the power of what can happen when you understand and practice Emotional Intelligence.

In this webinar, Amy will provide an introduction to Emotional Intelligence, key benefits to an increased EQ, and her top 5 strategies for developing your own EQ on your path to living your best life.


Lisa Schlosberg

Chi-University of Michigan

What Losing 150 Pounds Taught Me About Mental Health

95-98% of people who lose weight on a diet gain it back, plus some. The traditional “eat less, exercise more” paradigm is clearly not working for us long-term, but it’s not as simple as saying diets don’t work. They do. It’s just that diets can’t end. When we hit our “goal weight” and stop following the plan, the weight creeps back. So, the real question is not how to lose the weight; the real question is how to maintain it. Because the only way for weight loss to be maintained is if the means through which it’s achieved are sustainable, we must consider our mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual and social health throughout the process. 


Mandee Heller Adler

Beta-University of Pennsylvania

College Admissions: What to Look for and How to Get In!

Getting accepted into college is more stressful, confusing, and complicated than ever. During this Empowered Alumnae Speaker Series webinar, Mandee Heller Adler, Founder and Managing Partner of International College, discussed what students need to do in high school in order to stand out in the college admissions process.


Dr. Sally Goldberg, Ph.D.

Alpha-Cornell University

Making the Most of Limited Time…Right from the Start!

Throughout the ages, most children have grown naturally during the first five developmental years. What is different now is parent availability. Whether poor, rich or in-between, parents today have limited time to spend with their little ones, and that is the problem. As a way to ameliorate that situation, Sally shared guidelines and strategies that parents can use to promote development whenever they can. 


Wendy Lieber

Gamma Lambda-Florida State University

“Valuable Entrepreneurial Lessons that Everyone Can Benefit From”

Wendy Lieber shared the most valuable lessons she learned as an entrepreneur that everyone can benefit from. She talked about her experiences and things that have worked for her that served her business. You’ll have one or two takeaways you can put to work in your business or personal life.


Melissa Clark

Gamma Gamma-Hofstra University

“Women’s Wellness and Leadership”

In today’s world, we are all Superwomen, balancing work and life. This presentation focused on three areas:

  • Wellness as a whole – mind, body and spirit and building our own leadership and confidence within ourselves
  • How we apply these skills to our everyday work and life
  • Company culture and how we can take advantage of company benefits to improve our well-being as well as what companies can do for their employees to benefit their well-being

Melissa Clark is founder of The She Shift and offers products and services to promote and empower women and businesswomen. Services include business consulting, speaking opportunities, empowering books and a podcast. Check out her social media @thesheshift, and her book on Amazon.


Lauren Newman

Tau-University of Texas

“Nutrition: Fact of Fiction”

Nutrition and health information is confusing! Research seems to always be changing, and everyone has an opinion about food: what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, etc. Let’s break down the trends and chat about what’s real, what’s not, and how to tell the difference. Lauren Newman is a nutrition expert, occasional blogger, speaker, and dietetic intern at The University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with her BS in nutrition and dietetics from The University of Texas. Visit Lauren online at www.laurennewmanrd2be.com or on instagram @gofeedyourself_.


Hillary Gramm

Alpha Epsilon-Purdue

“Give to Grow: How Non-Profit Engagement Benefits Self, Career and World”

Have you wondered how your involvement in nonprofit work can benefit you individually and professionally? Hillary Gramm has devoted her career to the nonprofit sector. She has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from providing direct services for at-risk youth to fundraising a $1.2 million budget. She works for Communities In Schools – Bay Area as the Director of Resource Development, and has been with the organization for nine years. Hillary has been a volunteer Big Sister for 11 years, delivers pet food through the AniMeals on Wheels Program, fundraises on behalf of the Houston SPCA and is a member of the local Panhellenic Chapter. 


Jane Jaffe Giddan and Gabrielle Giddan

Alpha-Cornell and Alpha Nu-Wisconsin

“Positive Aging: What’s the Secret”

This mother-daughter talks about the tenets of positive psychology and their relationship to the 70Candles! project. The discussion will be of interest to anyone expecting to get older:

  • Are you aging and wondering what lies ahead?
  • What do we mean when we talk about longevity and the new old age?
  • What matters most to older women?
  • What does positive psychology have to do with aging?
  • What can the generations learn from each other?

Jane Giddan, MA, a graduate of Cornell and Stanford, is Professor Emerita of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toledo Health Sciences Center, and a retired speech-language pathologist who has specialized in language development and disorders. She is co-author of numerous articles and books about autism and communication in child mental health. Gabrielle Giddan, MBA, is a marketing communications professional with over 20 years of experience leading complex and creative marketing campaigns for large telecommunication enterprises. Join the conversation at 70candles.com and connect with Jane at 70candles@gmail.com.


Cary Carbonaro, CFP

Gamma Theta-SUNY Cortland

The Money Queen’s Guide to Investing: Everything you want to know about investing but were afraid to ask!

This is a basic course covering the fundamentals of personal finance and investing. It is an empowering presentation to get you sparked to take ownership of this for yourself. Cary is a financial advocate, author, speaker and Certified Financial Planner with a diverse financial background. Cary’s book, “The Money Queen’s Guide, For Women Who Want to Build Wealth and Banish Fear” (Morgan James, October 2015) was an Amazon #1 Best Seller in Wealth Management. Cary is a leading influencer in her profession and is one of the most sought out and followed wealth experts on Twitter. Connect with Cary: Twitter: @MoneyQueenGuide and @CaryCarbonaro; Instagram: @carycarbonaro; Facebook: The Money Queen’s Guide by Cary Carbonaro, CFP, MBA; http://www.carycarbonaro.com/ 


Dara Kurtz

Rho-University of Alabama

“What I Learned From Cancer and How it Can Help You” 

After being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42, Dara left her 20-year career as a personal banker and financial planner to focus on writing, speaking and mentoring. Her popular blog, “Crazy Perfect Life,” reaches over 175,000 followers across the globe through her website and social media. She is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and is a columnist for Forsyth Woman Magazine. In addition to writing, Dara shares her inspirational words by speaking at events for medical centers and civic groups. She also provides individualized mentoring for those learning to cope with their own cancer diagnoses. Visit Dara online at:  www.crazyperfectlife.com and on social media.


Marisa Moore

Gamma Chi-SUNY Geneseo

“Get More Out of Life”

Living a great life and reaching your dreams doesn’t happen by accident. Her personal passion for balance comes from being an avid cyclist and yoga enthusiast. Experience financial Zen, create your own path, achieve balance and be financially empowered. Marisa is a financial strategist with Empire Wealth Strategies in New York City. As a member of the Gamma Chi Chapter, Marisa was passionately involved with the Jacquie Hirsch For A.L.L Foundation and Rwanda Education Project. Coming from a small town outside of Saratoga, NY, Marisa is ready to explore Manhattan and make an impact in the financial services industry with her amiable and holistic approach.



Upsilon-Indiana University

“Career Search Expertise: Resumes and LinkedIn Tips for You, Your Daughter or Son” 

Are you, your daughter or son seeking a career? Whether you are looking for an internship, first job, or new career opportunity, you will gain insight into what it takes to move toward successfully accomplishing that goal. This session will help you navigate the job search process with resume and LinkedIn tips and resources to find the right career fit. Coplan is currently the Associate Director, Talent Management for Cognizant, one of the world’s leading professional services companies. Jodi has more than 20 years of dedication to human resources with experience in startups, non-profits and consulting. She is passionate about sharing best practices and delivers value in the areas of business transformation, leadership development, career coaching, succession planning, performance management, talent acquisition, and retention. jodicoplan@gmail.com, 847-477-9881.  




Lisa Sasso

Psi-University of Massachusetts

“Setting Personal Goals” 

Lisa is an inspiring motivational speaker who has delighted audiences including entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, working mothers, people in transition, and students. Lisa earned a BBA in marketing and a BA in economics from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA from Bentley University, graduating with High Distinction. Connect with Lisa at lsasso@meddevpartners.com and https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisasasso, and check out her website at lisasasso.com

This webinar was not recorded, but we invite you to reach out to Lisa. 

Jamie (Peyser) Ratner

Phi-Penn State University

“Turning A Passion Into a Million Dollar Business” 

Jamie Ratner discusses how she turned her passion for deals and family fun into a million dollar business called CertifiKID which has 1.2 million moms subscribed nationally to get daily deal offers. Jamie will dive into what you will need to be prepared for to turn your personal passion into a business. She will share insights from her journey to help you determine whether you have a good idea. You’ll learn about naming your business, creating a website, marketing and customer service. Jamie is an entrepreneur, mother of two, CEO and founder of CertifiKID, the nation’s largest resource for parents, by parents helping them save on all the things their families want and need. 


Lindsay Abeles McFarlane

Kappa-University of Illinois

“Next Destination: Your Dream Job” 

Who doesn’t want their dream job? In college you had these big plans for your career and all of a sudden you are sitting in your desk chair not loving your job…we’ve all been there. Next stop: your dream job. Lindsay Abeles McFarlane has been working it since she was 16 years old. With jobs around the world and the country, Lindsay has the experience and connections to help anyone looking to find what they’ve been searching for. Lindsay’s path to her dream job took time, hard work and the right people.


Amy Morris

Alpha Tau-The George Washington University

“Manage Your Time & Get Organized” 

Organization means everything has its place. Time management means effective efficiency. With organizing and time management tips for home, work, school, travel, holidays, weddings and more, Amy Morris offers solutions and shortcuts for keeping your life, and your family’s life, in order. Amy is the author of the bestselling books, Got Kids? Get Organized!© and Time Management and Organizational Skills for Students (and their parents too…)©. 


Susannah Wesley-Ahlschwede

Gamma Lambda-Florida State

“Communicating to Get What You Want” 

Susannah Wesley-Ahlschwede, senior vice president, leads Edelman’s Detroit office. In this role, she works with clients with important ties to the city’s automotive, business, education and philanthropic communities. Before rejoining Edelman, Susannah held a number of roles at Ford Motor Company and most recently was responsible for global storytelling and media relations to improve Ford’s reputation. She previously served as technology communications manager. In this role, she managed media strategy and outreach for key executives including the CTO, vice president of R&D, and head of Ford’s Silicon Valley research facility and launched several key technologies.


Danielle Russo Slugh

Alpha Xi-Boston University

“Kick Off the New Year with a Healthier You! Healthy Mind & Body Solutions” 

Danielle discusses how we can improve our mindset, energy, gratitude, exercise, nutrition and fitness. She is a wellness warrior, inspiring people to jump out of bed with more energy and purpose to live the life of their dreams. She has 2 kids, is married to Marc (who, like her, was a first responder on September 11, at the World Trade Center), and is a lover of boxing, yoga, and the beach life in Naples, Florida. Follow on Twitter: @russoslugh or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danielle.slugh 


Amy Kramer, President

Alpha Theta-University of Maryland

“Prepare to be Googled” 

To just about everyone on Earth, who you are online is who you are. Employers Google potential hires, businesses look up people that they may be working with, even grant and award committees take a peek at candidates online before making their final decisions. In today’s mobile-centric, cloud-based, social-driven world, the lines between the personal and the professional are blurred. It is important that “you online” reflects who you are and what you’re about in both virtual and terrestrial reality. Amy Kramer is the president and co-founder of Counterintuity, an award-winning, full-service, creative marketing agency in Burbank, California. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Advertising, with a minor in Marketing, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Amy gives seminars about search engine optimization and social media and has been profiled in Inc. Magazine. 


Lisa Getson, Esq.

Phi-Penn State University

“Home Buying 101”

Are you starting to think about buying a home? Not sure how to even start the process? This 30 minute webinar, led by alumna Lisa Getson, will provide you the basics of home buying including how to buy a house, how much to save for a down payment, as well as finding a Realtor that you trust. Lisa has been a top producing Real Estate Agent for more than 16 years with Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors and now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors. She is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and her comprehension of the law as well as her exceptional negotiating skills set her apart from other Realtors®. 


Adria Meehan Siewert, AIF®, ChFC®

Alpha Epsilon-Purdue University

“Balancing Your Financial Objectives” 

Many times we are doing a balancing act when it comes to finances. We are trying to enjoy the present day while thinking about our potential retirement (yes, even if we are only in our 20s or 30s!), our children’s education, buying a house, and possibly reducing our debt. Join us for a conversation on laying the groundwork for a plan to help you achieve what is important to you. Adria graduated from Purdue University in 2007, where she earned her B.S. in Financial Planning and Counseling. She was also a proud member of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. As a Senior Wealth Consultant, Adria regularly meets with clients and works closely with the Roundtable team of specialists to develop financial plans that are specifically geared toward their values and retirement goals. Connect with Adria at https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriameehan  or on her company website, where you will find a variety of articles she has authored:  http://wealthenhancement.com/independent-advising/our-team/adria-meehan-siewert/.

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Jennifer Fishkind

Beta Beta-Michigan State University

“Using Social Media to Grow Your Business”

Learn about growing your business with the help of social media. Some of the topics discussed are: how to utilize social media to help build your business, how networking via social media can help you and those with whom you network, and some tips to grow your business on social media (specifically Pinterest and Facebook). Jennifer (Jenn) Fishkind is a mother to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. Not so long ago Jennifer took a leap of faith and decided to dedicate herself first to her family and second to her website, www.princesspinkygirl.com, and Pinterest addiction (check her out, she has more than 3.5 million followers: www.pinterest.com/jfishkind). You can also learn more about Jennifer by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google+.

Laurie Brucker

Upsilon-Indiana University

“Stylepowerment: Styling you to the next level”

Named “LA’s go-to stylist” by the Los Angeles Times and “LA’s best personal stylist” by CBS, certified image consultant and speaker, Laurie Brucker of LaurieBstyle LLC, is all about everyday people dressing with heart. Through her one-on-one consulting work, Laurie goes into closets across Los Angeles teaching people of all shapes and sizes to love their bodies and enjoy their clothes by designing unique, timeless and confident personalized wardrobes. Beyond the closet, you can find Laurie in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, ABC News, KTLA News, CBS News, Fox News Magazine, Angeleno Magazine, and Los Angeles Magazine. Connect on Facebook and on Instagram, @lauriebstyle.  

Amy Banocy

Phi-Penn State University

“Sales Doesn’t Have to be a Dirty Word” 

Amy has built a thriving business as an Independent Consultant with Rodan+Fields. She tells us it is her passion for helping others, her authenticity and an unwavering belief in both herself and her company, which has led her to create a successful business, without ever feeling like a salesperson. Amy is a wife, mom of three boys, active volunteer in her community and a successful entrepreneur. 

Emily Freed

Alpha Epsilon-Purdue

“The Move from Independent Contributor to Manager”

Is one of your resolutions to move into a management position? Have you recently become a manager? Skills that made you a great team player may not necessarily make you a great manager. Emily shared stories and lessons from her experiences moving from an individual contributor into people development and leadership at a Fortune 300 medical device manufacturer.