Empowering Alumnae Speaker Series

Sigma Delta Tau is proud to welcome some of our distinguished alumnae to participate in our Empowering Alumnae Speaker Series. To view previous webinars, please visit our GoToStage page.

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Thank You to Our Previous Presenters:

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!

See the Slide Deck Here – unfortunately we were not able to record this session.

This will be 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. This will be entertainment with lots of stories about real life examples.

  1. Why being a “Money Queen” is important
  2. 10 things women need to know about money
  3. Investing basics
  4. Retirement planning vehicles
  5. Connecting with a CFP or Advocate
  6. Q & A

About Cary:

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. She has spoken all over the world about financial literacy for women, and is actively involved in her community. Fun Fact: Cary has been a guest on “Fox & Friends” “The Today Show,” CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox News, ABC, NPR and PBS Nightly Business.

Cary was a featured Empowering Alumnae Panelist at the SDT Centennial Celebration, was named to the top 100 Empowering Women of Sigma Delta Tau, and will have a feature article in the Fall 2017 issue of the Torch magazine.

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, Crazy Perfect Life

Rho-University of Alabama

“What I Learned From Cancer and How it Can Help You” – October 25, 2017

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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.

Dara currently lives in Lewisville, North Carolina with her husband, Jon, and their two teenage daughters, Zoe and Avi.

Visit Dara online at www.crazyperfectlife.com and on social media.

About “Crush Cancer”:

In this personal account of her cancer journey, Dara Kurtz talks candidly about being diagnosed, telling her friends and family she has cancer, going through treatments and learning to be a survivor. Each chapter provides insight and inspiration for patients, survivors and loved ones who have been affected by this scary, unpredictable disease.

Not only did Dara survive cancer, she ultimately thrived, and with her tips and guidance, you can too. If you, or someone you love, have been diagnosed with cancer, this book is for you.

Includes 50 Tips and Takeaways to help those diagnosed and the people that love them.

“This is the book I needed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everyone kept sending me flowers. I didn’t need flowers. I needed guidance. I needed inspiration. I needed someone to tell me how to get through the hardest experience of my life.” —Dara Kurtz 

Marisa Moore

Gamma Chi-SUNY Geneseo

“Get More Out of Life” – September 26, 2017

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Living a great life and reaching your dreams doesn’t happen by accident. Marisa Moore is a financial strategist who works with individuals and families to help protect what is most important to them. 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.

Among the topics to be covered:

  • Planning for a life you can depend on
  • Budgeting strategy
  • How to create balance in your personal and professional life

Everyone who attends will be eligible to receive a complimentary financial checkup and your free guide with five tips to strengthen your financial habits.

About Marisa:

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.

Jodi Coplan, MSIR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Upsilon-Indiana University

“Career Search Expertise: Resumes and LinkedIn Tips for You, Your Daughter or Son” – August 9, 2017

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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.

About Jodi:

Jodi 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.

Jodi is an Adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She authors and teaches both graduate and undergraduate human resources courses. She is currently consulting with Concordia University to add an HR major to their course offerings.

Jodi holds certifications as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP). She earned a Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University.

Jodi continues her passion for helping others with her involvement in the Northern Illinois SHRM chapter where she serves as President-Elect. She is also a mentor for College Bound Opportunities (CBO) to a student scholar. She is a believer in StrengthsFinder and thrives on educating individuals to use their strengths personally and professionally. Her strengths include Individualization, Achiever, Discipline, Maximizer and Learner. Jodi lives in Highland Park, Illinois and is married with three teenage children.

jodicoplan@gmail.com, (847) 477-9881, https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodicoplan

Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach, MedDevPartners

Psi-University of Massachusetts

“Setting Personal Goals” – May 9, 2017

Are you ready to boost your confidence, increase your work/life balance, move forward after a career transition and/or gain support by working from a trusted advisor? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join Lisa Sasso on our next Empowered Alumnae Speaker Series on May 9 as she talks to us about setting personal goals.

About Lisa:
As an Executive Coach, Lisa empowers aspiring leaders and executives in the medical device and life science fields to achieve personal and professional goals, maintain work/life balance, and ultimately reach their greatest potential.

As an entrepreneur, Lisa experienced the challenges of working on novel medical devices. She demonstrated her leadership skills as co-founder of Radi Medical Systems, Inc., a high-tech medical device company specializing in innovative cardiology products (wholly owned subsidiary of a multinational firm). During her six-year tenure as president/CEO, she grew the company from inception to revenues of $28M with profitability. Lisa was recognized and ranked #28 out of 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts in 2004.

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

Jamie (Peyser) Ratner, Founder and CEO, CertifiKID

Phi-Penn State University

“Turning A Passion Into a Million Dollar Business” – September 22, 2016

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Jamie Ratner will discuss 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 a big believer that anything is possible with hard work and making opportunities happen for yourself.

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. Sprouted from an idea that started at her kitchen table six years ago, CertifiKid has grown into a national brand that now reaches over a million families daily. Jamie was named one of the region’s Top 40 Under 40 “Brightest Young Business Leaders” by The Washington Business Journal.

Lindsay Abeles McFarlane, CEO and Founder of Working Girl, Inc.

Kappa-University of Illinois

“Next Destination: Your Dream Job” – May 10, 2016

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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. I am here to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. 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.

Lindsay has worked with companies like Seventeen Magazine, Brand Muscle, Theory, Neiman Marcus Group, Red Bull, Vita Coco, Factor Model Management, Stewart Talent and many more. Lindsay wants Working Girl Inc. to be the “it” spot for girls to come to when they want the internship to get them to the right place or they left their job and they don’t know where to go to next. She has lived all of these situations with nowhere to turn and she wants to be the one for Working Girls to run to.

Lindsay is an alumna of Kappa-University of Illinois (2009), where she was highly involved in philanthropy but never held an executive position due to academic leadership within the advertising school. She took over 9 internships during her college years.

Amy Morris, Author

Alpha Tau-The George Washington University

“Manage Your Time & Get Organized” – April 27, 2016

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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…)©. She has shared her organizing and time management tips through appearances on Fox & Friends, Fox News, WPTV Morning News, and Fox 29 Eye on South Florida; and as a contributing writer for Bedtime Network, Nuvo Group, She Knows and Yummy Mummy. Additionally, Got Kids? Get Organized!© has been featured on Good Morning America, Loving Heart Mommy and StrollerDerby websites as well as many local and national newspapers including The Miami Herald and The Palm Beach Post.

Amy Morris is a hip, business savvy, single Mom of two college students. A Massachusetts native, she worked in the financial and securities trading business for a number of years, holding senior management positions at Coopers and Lybrand, Price Waterhouse, and Cantor Fitzgerald. Most recently she has taken on projects in interior design, home staging and space planning. Amy is a graduate of The George Washington University and an alumna of the Alpha Tau chapter of Sigma Delta Tau.  She currently resides in Boston with her three small dogs: Walnut, Raisin and Olive.

Caren Silverman, National VP-Alumnae & External Relations

Phi-Penn State

“How to Volunteer for Sigma Delta Tau” – March 23, 2016

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National Vice President of Alumnae Caren Silverman and Empowered Alumnae Speaker Series Chairman Amy Banocy discussed how to stay involved with Sigma Delta Tau as an alumna!

Opportunities range from:
  • Serving as a  Chapter Advisor or on a Chapter House Corporation Board
  • Organizing an alumnae event in your hometown
  • Volunteering to serve on SDT’s Centennial Planning Team
  • Working as a financial advisor to an undergraduate chapter
  • Contributing articles for the SDT TORCH Magazine
  • Becoming involved with PCAA and JWI
  • Serving as a workshop presenter at SDT’s Leadership School
  • Joining your city’s Alumnae Panhellenic Association

Susannah Wesley-Ahlschwede, Senior VP, Edleman's

Gamma Lambda-Florida State

“Communicating to Get What You Want” – February 17, 2016

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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.

Previously she worked at Edelman’s Los Angeles office as vice president, Digital, and led communications for Shell Retail, overseeing its social media expansion in key markets around the world, including China.

Susannah is involved in the Automotive Press Association, Detroit Economic Club and co-chairs the Detroit chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Danielle Russo Slugh, Wellness Warrior

Alpha Xi-Boston University

“Kick Off the New Year with a Healthier You! Healthy Mind & Body Solutions” – January 12, 2016

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Join Danielle for an honest and open discussion about ways to be a healthier you in 2016. She’ll discuss how we can improve our mindset, energy, gratitude, exercise, nutrition and fitness.

Danielle Russo Slugh is a wellness warrior. She inspires 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, Counterintuity, LLC

Alpha Theta-University of Maryland

“Prepare to be Googled” – November 17, 2015

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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.

How can you take control of your online presence? We’ll cover how to choose what you want to be known for and the steps to get you there.

About Amy

Amy Kramer is the president and co-founder of Counterintuity, an award-winning, full-service, creative marketing agency in Burbank, California. She was a pioneer in online marketing and web design, conceptualizing and managing web sales in the 1990s. In the years since, she has personally designed or guided to fruition hundreds of websites, first with her firm Clever Pup Web Design and, since 2007, with Counterintuity (counterintuity.com). Since then, she has gained certification as an email marketing expert, and as an Adwords and search engine marketing expert by Google. 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. She’s a mother, wife and is grateful to give back to the sorority that taught her so much.

Lisa Getson, Esquire

Real Estate Agent

“Home Buying 101” – October 13, 2015

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The 2015 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report says millennials now comprise the largest category of home buyers—32%, with 68% of them first-time buyers. Are you starting to think about buying a home? Not sure how to even start the process? Then join us for our next Empowering Alumnae Speaker Series webinar and learn all about it! This 30 minute webinar, led by alumna Lisa Getson (initiated at Phi Chapter and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania), 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.

About Lisa
Lisa Getson, Esquire, 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 President’s Circle award winner. The President’s Circle award is given to agents whose sales performance places them in the top 5% of agents company-wide. Lisa 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®. She can navigate through issues that arise during the contractual negotiations involved in a real estate transaction. Lisa is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association where she served as the secretary of the Young Lawyers Executive Committee. She is a member of the Suburban West Realtor® Association. Lisa is also the current president of the Merion Park Civic Association.

Adria Meehan Siewert, AIF®, ChFC®, Sr. Wealth Consultant at Wealth Enhancement Group®

Alpha Epsilon-Purdue University

“Balancing Your Financial Objectives” – May 20, 2015

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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. She also leads her team in the management of Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans for businesses. Adria constantly seeks opportunities to further her education in the financial planning industry.

She lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where she is involved in the local community and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Paul, also a Purdue alumnus, and is the proud Mom of Aiden, who was born in May 2013.

We welcome you to find additional information through LinkedIn: 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/.

Jennifer Fishkind, Owner, PrincessPinkyGirl.com

Beta Beta-Michigan State University

“Using Social Media to Grow Your Business” – April 29, 2015

Hear about growing your business with the help of social media. Some of the topics that we will discuss 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. She lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she is fortunate to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family.  For almost 20 years she worked in the not-for-profit world, mostly at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation National Headquarters in program development and training. 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, LaurieBStyle LLC

Upsilon-Indiana University

“Stylepowerment: Styling you to the next level” – March 24, 2015

Discover the power of style in your professional life. Laurie merges the idea of empowering your career with the techniques behind expressive personal style. Learn how to elevate your wardrobe, manage your visual message and feel confident every day.

Named “LA’s go-to stylist” by the Los Angeles Times in 2012 and “LA’s best personal stylist” by CBS in 2013, certified image consultant and speaker, Laurie Brucker of LaurieBstyle LLC, is all about everyday people dressing with heart. She believes that to live an inspired and desired life, all you need is a great belt and an open mind. Laurie brings 13 years of experience in the fashion industry to your closet, home and heart, by presenting styling techniques as a catalyst for personal growth and achievement.

With degrees in Apparel Merchandising from Indiana University in 2002, and Image Consulting from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2008, plus a certification from Stacy London from TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” Laurie was handpicked by Stacy London in 2011 as a leader in the styling industry. 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.

Amy Banocy

Phi-Penn State University

“Sales Doesn’t Have to be a Dirty Word” – February 25, 2015

Amy is a wife, mom of three boys, active volunteer in her community and a successful entrepreneur. After graduating from Penn State University, she began her career as an Account Manager for radio stations in the Greensboro, N.C. market. From there she moved to Washington, D.C., where she continued building a career in radio advertising sales. In 2004, Amy decided to leave the advertising industry and pursue other avenues. In late 2011, she found herself in a toxic work environment, and decided it was time to take things into her own hands by starting her own business. Over the past three years, 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.

Emily Freed

Alpha Epsilon-Purdue

“The Move from Independent Contributor to Manager” – February 3, 2015

Is one of your resolutions for 2015 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 will share stories and lessons from her experiences moving from an individual contributor into people development and leadership at a Fortune 300 medical device manufacturer.