Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Women's Business Leader Symposium

Whether you are a woman business owner, leader in your field, or aspiring to become one, come dream with us and envision your success. Attending this Symposium will enhance your abilities to lead, sharing new ways to look at what you are doing now and what you want to achieve going forward. You’ll connect with other women who also are on the path to personal and business growth.

Your Symposium day will include breakfast and lunch, opportunities to meet the Symposium sponsors in our marketplace, learn more about NAWBO, and network with attendees. You’ll start your day with an engaging and motivating keynote, followed by breakout sessions, and then enjoy lunch and our afternoon keynote whose story celebrates personal strength and the power of choices.

Dreams are realized by hard work, determination and developing skills to achieve. We have put together a program of extraordinary keynote speakers and session presenters who will inspire and inform you while they ignite your passion to achieve in today’s world.

Let's meet them:


Ignite Your Influence: Engage. Inform. Empower!

Morning Keynote Speaker: Adrean Turner
Executive Coach, Author, Speaker, and Trainer

The most successful business leaders are those who can engage, inform and empower others. Regardless of your role or goal, there are specific ways to leverage your skills to build relationships that enable opportunities. During this presentation you will learn how to develop and nurture a network (on and offline); discover ways to demonstrate your value to audiences, and tips to strategize and capitalize for greater success.

About Adrean

Adrean Turner is an Executive Coach and Author who built a reputation (after 23 years in corporate) as an international speaker that advocates for career fulfillment and gender diversity in the workplace. Some of her clients include IKEA, Penn State Health, the National Institutes of Health, Bimbo Bakeries, First Energy and AstraZeneca. Her podcast, FIT for Success, has led to a bestselling book and a cable TV series. Adrean's work appears in Forbes, Girl Boss, and the Los Angeles Times. She is recognized on the Brainz Magazine Global 2021 list for entrepreneurial success, achievements and dedication to helping others.

Adrean’s passion for sharing messages of fearlessness and inspiration has earned her the reputation of being a powerful presenter who helps people transform their lives and reach their goals.

The Power of Choices

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Ecton
CEO/President of Elite Building Services

Cheryl will share the power that choices have over your life both personally and professionally--how one choice can change everything. We typically make choices without giving much thought to short or long term implications. Often, we pretend we have no choices at all. This keynote will leave you with a greater awareness of how you make choices and offer insights on easily implemented habits that will make you a better decision maker.

About Cheryl

Cheryl Ecton knows that "choices change everything". She's built a multi-million dollar commercial cleaning and building maintenance services company that employs more than 700 people in a male-dominated industry. She's overcome personal struggles--divorce, single motherhood, and a child's health crisis to achieve professional success.

From starting with just herself and one client, Cheryl has grown her business, Elite Building Services, to serve clients in more than 17 states. Elite is one of the largest women-owned businesses in the Mid- Atlantic region. It is a certified woman-owned business by the Women's Business Enterprise and the Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprise in Delaware.

Cheryl shares her journey to empower other business owners and inspire them to keep working hard, even when life gets in the way. Her warmth, authenticity and passion touch the hearts of those she meets. Cheryl will inspire you and have you thinking about your future choices.




Choose one from three options for each of two breakout sessions.  Choices run the gamut from looking at an alternative view of work-life balance to developing your VQ. Read through each description and select what you want to explore--

Workshop Session 1 (Choose 1):

Embrace the Imbalance

Presented by Kim Wright, Owner, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Wright Commissioning

As busy professionals we are constantly seeking a work/life balance because we believe it will lead us to true happiness and success professionally and in our personal life. For Kim, work/life balance is a fantasy. In March of 2015 she and her husband decided to join forces as business partners. They opened their original business, added three more, and have another in the works! Blurring the line between work and personal gradually became their normal. Between their workload and juggling the needs of our four young boys, their lives evolved into an unexpected happy place where there is NO balance. In this session, the ideal of work/life balance gets a second opinion, the endless quest to achieve it is questioned, discovering and embracing what’s right for you becomes the goal.

Kim Wright is the owner/operator of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Wynnewood, Springfield, and Wayne, PA where you can enjoy the most delicious bundt cakes you have ever experienced! In 2015 Kim co-founded Wright Commissioning, which has construction projects across the United States, with her husband. In 2018 she opened her first bakery. She is a native-Texan who has been living in Pennsylvania for over decade. Kim is a proud boy mom to sons Aidan (12), twins Brady & Jack (11) and Charlie (5). When she isn’t sharing delicious bundts around town, you’re likely to spot her at an ice rink cheering on her sons playing the entire family’s favorite sport- hockey.


5 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Build a Powerful and Engaged Network

Presented by Aliya Hammond, President, Social Media Strategist and Trainer, Aliya Hammond Consulting LLC

Want to know how to grow a powerful and engaged network on LinkedIn? In this training, you’ll discover how to develop your LinkedIn marketing strategy, what tools and features you should use to help boost your profile, and the types of content you should post to create massive engagement with your network.

Aliya Hammond is a Social Media Strategist, Trainer, Blogger, and Speaker. She specializes in social media management and marketing, social media training and coaching for small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, busy executives, and non-profit organizations. She is also the founder of Aliya Hammond Consulting, working alongside a fantastic team of professional Social Media Marketers, Graphic Designers, Web Developers, and Writers.


Delegation Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Presented by Emily Morgan, CEO/Founder, Delegate Solutions

As an entrepreneurial leader, you know you need to delegate. In fact, it’s the key to growth. But effective delegation isn’t as simple as handing off tasks. Unless you approach it thoughtfully and systematically, your plate will quickly fill back up. In this talk we will explore why we struggle with letting go and provide a step by step overview of how to finally master delegation. By shifting your mindset and implementing these proven techniques, you’ll learn how to finally free up your time and create space to do more of what you love.

Emily Morgan helps leaders and their teams create the freedom to do more of what they love and increase their impact. She is the founder of Delegate Solutions and creator of the “Delegate Freedom System,™” which has helped thousands of busy entrepreneurs master delegation and finally reclaim their time. Her delegation company continues to be one of the fastest-growing companies in Philadelphia. Emily speaks nationally on the topics of delegation, remote workforces, and entrepreneurship and has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, Inc., HuffPost, The New York Times, and NBC News. Connect with her at



Workshop Session 2 (Choose 1):

Creating Spaces That Spark Your Genius

Presented by Stephanie Lee Jackson, Owner and Founder, Practical Sanctuary

Your space is an extension of your mind and your body. When your space is aligned with your superpowers, you feel powerful, confident, and creative. When your space drains your energy, your mood and productivity suffer. In this interactive session, we will create your blueprint for a restorative office. Learn how small changes to your environment can inspire big transformations in your mood, health and productivity!

Stephanie specializes in interior design to help highly sensitive people create inclusive spaces which promote productivity and healing. She also is a licensed massage therapist and an artist. She has been an active NAWBO member for nine years, engaged as a Power Friday host, Semi-Circle graduate and member of the Advocacy Committee. Stephanie believes in collaboration and synergy, and was instrumental in connecting NAWBO members with the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia which resulted in developing a sustainable IRA for SBN members.


How’s your VQ (Virtual Quotient)?

Presented by Kelly Donlon Hoy, Chief Engagement Officer, KDH Consulting, LLC

Leading has always required brains (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ). There’s a new skill set needed to succeed in today’s environment: the ability to connect with and relate to others in the virtual setting: Virtual Quotient (VQ). In this session, we explore how to use digital channels to create inclusive communications and build or maintain trusting relationships. Audience members will gain practical tips for communicating in ways that maintain the essential human element of interaction. Leaders will understand ways to elevate their communications to achieve better results.

Kelly works with clients to plan and deliver communications with impact. Whether working with corporate clients to develop a communication strategy to engage thousands of employees or working with individuals and small business owners to boost their success through clear communications, Kelly helps produce messaging and communications that resonate. As an experienced, highly skilled consultant, writer, and collaborator, Kelly has twenty years of business and consulting experience, including extensive work with individuals, teams and executives in change management and communications in today’s changing environment.


Embrace Your Story to Unlock Your Purpose

Presented by Brandyn Campbell, President, Brandyn Campbell Communications LLC

Our business journeys often center on the stories of others while sidelining our own voices. We focus on the narratives that drive our customers, colleagues, and organizations and minimize our own paths. Once we embrace the experiences that shape us and align them with our professional goals, we begin to unlock the power of our true purpose. “Embrace Your Story to Unlock Your Purpose” shares three lessons to harness your story, shift your perspective, and discover your superpowers to propel you towards your dream.

Brandyn Campbell leans into her purpose by helping businesses build and articulate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The founder of Brandyn Campbell Communications, a boutique DEI consulting firm, she draws on over 15 years of experience creating training and strategy on multiculturalism and cultural competence. Brandyn has worked with clients around the world to provide actionable solutions to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout their communications and cultures. Organizations around the world that have benefited from Brandyn’s expertise include the NFL, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, high-growth startups, and nonprofit organizations.


Symposium Mindfulness Facilitator:

Harriet Stein, President and Founder, Big Toe in the Water, LLC.

An inspirational speaker who began her career as a Registered Nurse, Harriet uses her expertise and passion to transform lives through the practice of Mindfulness. She is the creator of an award winning global Mindfulness training program and has decades of experience teaching mindful practices and strategies at Fortune 500 companies to improve corporate culture. By injecting humor and science into her engaging presentations, Harriet uncovers tangible ways to live a more fulfilling and productive life. Harriet’s in-demand speaking events and customized professional training programs have shown companies of all sizes how Mindfulness bolsters leadership and strengthens organizations.



Registration is now open!

  • Members/Alliances: $119
  • Non-member: $129
  • Hybrid attendance: $50 (Please note that the hybrid registration includes hearing the two keynote speakers, and networking with the other Zoom attendees. Breakout sessions are NOT included.)




Please contact Bridget Schalki



Thank You to Our Sponsors

Heart of Bliss Yoga

Goldman Sachs 10KSB


Law Offices of Christina Reger

Schwartz Financial Services

ComForCare Home Services

Gerhard’s Appliances

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Casa Papel (Graphic Design Sponsor)




Villanova Conference Center
Villanova, PA