Keynote Speaker

Matt Ward

Breakthrough Champion

Matt Ward

Keynote Speech:

More Word Of Mouth Referrals: Developing Lifelong Customers & Raving Fans


Most businesses want more of those golden nuggets, the word of mouth referral, but they struggle to get them in a systematic way. We can all agree that businesses can create more business than they imagined if they had more word of mouth referrals.  In this session, Matt will provide attendees with a clear understanding that building strong relationships with their clients and contacts can be a powerful marketing tool.  Attendees will leave armed with knowledge and clear takeaways they can implement in their businesses immediately, resulting in a closer connection with clients, and contacts. These initiatives will also generate more word-of-mouth referrals.
You will learn the four pillars of Ward’s word-of-mouth strategy:
1.       Over Delivering: How to exceed client expectations so they communicate your value to their network  
2.       Listening:  Find new ways to really hear what customers are saying but more importantly see the things they do to open new opportunities.
3.       Surprise: It takes some effort but surprising clients requires understanding the individuals inside the organization and what matters to them.
4.       Non-self-serving acts:  Taking the time to do things that don’t always impact revenue or the bottom line. They will pay big dividends in the future.

Learning Objectives
Attendees will learn:

  • How to exceed client expectations so they communicate your value to their network.
  • Choose the ideal contacts that would be more likely to refer business to you
  • Perform actions that ensure your name is top of mind for referrals
  • Identify why asking for referrals never works

Jaimie Adler​

Bay Leaf Communications

Jaimie Adler

The Who What Where When and Why PR Is Still Relevant In a Digital World


This class will talk about the "who what where when and why" PR is still relevant in a digital world as well as offer tips on how to write a proper press release and how to distribute.


About Jaimie:

Results-oriented Publicist with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Demonstrates ability to manage and deliver projects on time and within budget. Extensive knowledge of the media field. 
Entrepreneurial mindset and skilled in developing trusted relationships.

Keith Besherse​

The Lead Leader

Keith Besheres

Big Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses


Many sole proprietors are wearing too many hats and not performing any of the roles well (except hopefully providing excellent customer service). 


Stop doing random acts of marketing and start closing more new business with these actionable ideas.


About Keith:

24 years running plans teams and operations centers for 2 and 3 star generals followed by 3 years running a print shop give me a unique perspective on marketing.

My greatest joy comes from helping small businesses compete in their chosen niche market against national and global brands. As an independent consultant I have access to all the tools and channels so we can pick the most effective combination for your unique situation.

Bridget K Brown

StoryMatters LLC

Bridget K Brown

The Use of Improvisational Games to Facilitate Tough Conversations


Tough conversations are well… tough.  But whether you are a supervisor, an entrepreneur or belong to a family with differing views, there are a few techniques born from the world of improv that will help you to listen better, and respond with empathy to those you serve or those with whom you disagree. 


About Bridget:

Known as the "Geek Translator", C-suites, HR teams, sales teams and entrepreneurs hire Bridget K. Brown to increase their expertise and the skills of their employees in making the complex clear in the stories they tell themselves and others. She is a public speaking, storytelling coach and ​master ​facilitator ​whose super power is coaching and being a passionate cheerleader for​ ​clients.


AND her workshops are always a lot of fun!


As a Certified Applied Improvisation Instructor with 15+ years of instructional design and facilitation experience, she combines her background as an actress, writer, and instructional designer by using elements of improvisation in her work​.  Bridget has trained at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and Duarte Academy for Presentation Skills in Silicon Valley​ and was a workshop instructor for the 2016 Science Communication Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis along with Alda Center Facilitators. ​​ ​


She​ was former Adjunct Instructor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St Louis.  She has created global security awareness programs for two Fortune 500 companies; coached scientists in TEDx talks and helped organizations within the healthcare industry tell stories which aid them to sell their data-driven products in order to increase their bottom line.

She lives in Southeastern Connecticut.

Nancy Butler

Above All Else

Nancy Butler

Time Management –an effective system to “get it all done”


Everyone gets the same amount of hours in a day, week, month and year. So, why is it that some people get so much more done than others?

Time can be one of the most elusive resources a business owner and/or manager have. You may have a system for running all the other aspects of your business. But, are you managing your time efficiently and effectively?


This session will help you take control of your business and personal time, enable you accomplish the things that are most important, better plan for how the rest will get done and be more efficient and effective with the 24 hours a day and seven days a week we all have at our disposal.


About Nancy:

Nancy D. Butler, CFP®, CDFA®, CLTC®, built a business from scratch as a single parent with no other source of income and $2,000 to her name, to $200 million in assets under management.
After selling her business in 2007, she coached business in different industries for twelve years assisting them in providing a better level of service for their clients and customers while increasing their businesses an average of 300%. 
Nancy is a national professional motivational speaker and award-winning author with over 35 years of experience managing businesses and helping individuals live a happier more successful life.

Nancy was appointed a delegate to The United Nations for The Commission on The Status of Women in 2018, 2019 and 2020, attending sessions at the UN with approx.10,000 women from all over the world coming together to share challenges and solutions to overcome them.
Nancy has been quoted in many local and national publications, including Money magazine, USA Today, Forbes, US News and World Report, The National Business Institute, The New England Real Estate Journal, The Financial Planning Association magazine, AARP, The Chicago Tribune, The Day and many more. 
She has been a speaker for major corporations, the military, schools and associations in a variety of industries such as Pfizer, General Dynamics, Dow Chemical, Ameriprise Financial, Northeast Utilities, Chambers of Commerce, Real Estate firms, Academy of Dental Management Consultants, Connecticut Floral Assoc., Three Rivers College, Stone Academy, Event Planners Assoc., US Navy, US Coast Guard, Air National Guard and many others. 


Nancy has been a guest on many radio and television shows and is the author of the book three award-winning books, “Above All Else, Success in Life and Business”, “A Realtors Guide to Greater Success, Above and Beyond the Competition” and Above All Else, Independence, Happiness and Success in Your Senior Years.


As You Navigate Change


What leadership tools do successful executives use when change challenges everything?


"PLAN TO BE YOUR BEST ...As You Navigate Change" is a proven framework of strategies to overcome those challenges so you can effectively plan and lead your way to achieving any goal.


During Rick's interactive program you'll learn:

✓ How the stress of change adversely affects individuals and teams, and why these strategies effectively provide an antidote;

✓ The top 8 ways to plan and lead yourself and others through change, no matter how tough things get;

✓ How to use your emotional intelligence to increase self-confidence and greater personal resilience for you and your team;

✓ How to discover what it means to "be your best" and leverage your unique strengths to be successful;

✓ The 10 questions to ask and answer now to turn uncertainty into opportunity.


About Rick:

Rick Cram is a consultant, facilitator and strategist who specializes in leadership, brainstorming/decision-making and communication strategies.


He has consulted for hundreds of companies, started three businesses and has been the motivating speaker for over 1,000 meetings, and customer and employee engagement events.


Rick's PLAN TO BE YOUR BEST strategies have turned uncertainty into opportunity for Fortune 1000 corporations, local brands as well as individuals. Clients include: LabCorp, Scotiabank, Tufts Medical Center, Eastern Bank, IPRO, QuiBIT, Federal Home Loan Banks, plus numerous non-profits and associations.


His current video series, "Seven Business Lessons from Seven Knee Surgeries," reflects his insights on navigating challenges through personal experiences.


One piece of trivia: known for his motivational talents, the Boston Bruins asked Rick to host their first-ever game show in The Garden for their 5,000 season ticket holders, featuring the Bruins players as the contestants. Ask him about the hilarious way it ended.

Tips & Tricks to Win at Content Marketing


Content Marketing is all about creating a consistent presence for your brand online to attract and retain followers and eventually turn them into customers. From social media to blogs to video marketing, get inside tips on how to come up with new ideas and build momentum for your marketing campaigns.

In this session you will learn how to turn strangers into customers and promoters of your business, including:

·        What content marketing is and why it works

·        Elements of brand recognition

·        How to develop a content strategy

·        Simple tips for creating consistent content


About Karen:

Karen Etchells is a Digital Marketing Strategist working with business owners and independent professionals to improve their presence on the web. She heads up Innovast Digital Marketing and Innovast Social along with a team of local web developers, writers, graphic artists, photographers, and videographers to follow each project through to a successful launch.


Karen specializes in helping brands to be highly competitive on the web - to better position themselves online, increase engagement with their current client base and attract new opportunities for greater sales.


Follow Karen on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

How to Deliver a Transformative Experience - and Boost Your Bottom Line​


Did you know that some produce major events, only to break even or run at a slight loss?  They consider it a lead generation tool for their “Big Ask” - and while it is a lead generation tool, your event still should always be profitable.


At the same time, she’ll save you the headaches that come with throwing a major live event.  You’ve got the vision and the content, but she’ll be watching your back to make sure you’re covered with insurance and contingency plans...just in case.


Never has there been a better time to prepare a purposeful and profitable high-level intensive for you to deliver a life changing experience.  At a time when we crave in-person connections, immersive learning and self-care, your destination retreat can be the most memorable trip that keeps clients coming back.


About Amy:

Amy is passionate about three things: researching the perfect destinations, creating group connections and experiencing new adventures.  


She's been helping leaders design their live events such as team building, conference agendas, and group travel for over 25 years. Whether it’s organizing statewide conferences, large national training, or smaller retreats for tight-knit sales teams and coaching groups, she's done it all.


As a former facilitator herself, she knows how difficult it is to manage the endless logistics while being the “face” of the room. Over the years, she's perfected the art of weaving together the ultimate location and itinerary that both engages and energizes your guests.


With her behind the scenes managing the logistics, you’ll be free to deliver the powerful and transformative experience that only you can.

Daniel Greenwolf

Celtic Magician

Daniel Greenwolf

Don't Follow Your Passion -An Optimistic Chat About The Future


What does a Professional Magician know about business? That's a good question. It's possible he's not totally sure himself. But he does know about taking an obsession and turning it into a career, and why it's both the worst and best idea you can have about starting a business. Confused? Well, that's what he does. But we'll clear things up in this talk about business, passion, flexibility, and obsession.


About Daniel:

Daniel GreenWolf has been a Professional Magician for over 20 years. He's appeared on AMC's "Dispatches From Elsewhere", in the award winning Documentary "Magic Camp", and has performed at Faires and Festivals across the United States.


He's also been the Co-Owner of the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire out of Ansonia, CT for ten years, which brings together 150 volunteers, 20 professional acts, a dozen food vendors, and over 60 Artisan vendors from all over the World for a 3 Weekend Summer Festival. 


He also wears a kilt and talks about Irish stuff in his show to an uncomfortable extent.

Deb Goeschel

The Message Artist

Deb Goeschel

Brand Messaging: What it is and how it helps you speak to your ideal customers


The architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, had it right: “Form Follows Function.” When people think of “branding”, most think immediately of the visual brand, the logo design and the colors … “the look.”


However, the logo and the visual aspects of a brand is really only a piece of branding. It’s out in front, so that’s why we think of it, but the core elements of branding lies within the brand messaging. This need to be developed first. The core elements of brand messaging not only inform the visual aspect of a brand, but also marketing decisions and tactics, even HR decisions, and define the culture of a company.


Once a business has a clearly defined brand message, it’s much easier for a business to resonate with its ideal customers — and get them to take action.


About Deb:

With an extensive and varied creative background – writing, editing, acting, photography, yoga, and graphic and web design – Deb brings a unique, intuitive, and story-telling perspective, along with 20 years of experience, to branding, and content strategy and creation. She currently runs her own branding and marketing communications business serving entrepreneurs, small- and mid-sized businesses, non-profits, and women-led ventures to provide authentic branding and positive-impact and action-compelling print and digital content.


Deb received her Bachelor of Art in English Literature with a Minor in Fine Art Photography from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in Journalism with a concentration in Multi-Media Production & Design from Boston University’s College of Communication.


She serves on the Board of the South Shore Women’s Business Network as well as Board VP of Communications for the Randolph Chamber of Commerce, and is a wiseHer expert.

Angela Heath

TKC Incorporated

Angela Heath

Make More Profit By Mastering Virtual Stages


Did you know that giving a presentation is a business development strategy that yields massive results if done correctly? Whether you are a salesperson, executive,  team manager, coach or author, allow the Dean of the Virtual Speaking Academy guide you in how you can monetize virtual stages.


About Angela:

Angela Heath, president of TKC Incorporated, is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, and author of “Do the Hustle Without the Hassle,” a guide to the online gig economy for mature professionals. She guides and trains seasoned experts to build life-style businesses and create “gig-pires.”


Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, Angela skillfully teamed with other entrepreneurs and began offering her expertise to new freelancers and small companies building foundational business automation, digital assets and virtual meetings. With over eight years of successfully maximizing virtual stages, she launched the Virtual Speaking Academy to guide business builders in speaking online with more confidence, competence and creativity to grow their businesses.


As president of TKC Incorporated, Angela spearheads online and off-line training and educational activities. For over 20 years, she led a successful consultancy and traveled the country building national solutions, speaking and training. When her child was diagnosed with cancer, Angela began exclusively helping clients earn income on their own by using what they already know and simple 21st-century technology.

Jennifer Hirschberg-Wise

Radiant Journey

Jennifer Hirschberg-Wise

Relationship Building


Who doesn’t love entering a room of complete strangers who are already talking together and you try to find a welcoming group of interesting people and you keep walking around the perimeter until you find someone to talk to and then realize that you encountered the “grab business card and go” networker and now you are left, wondering why you put on these uncomfortable shoes to do this, again and again? You continue to do this because you think you’re supposed to but you’re bored, tired and not making the meaningful connections you hoped. With networking moving into the virtual space, networking may look different but the same principles apply.

During this presentation, participants will learn:
• Discover the differences between transactional interaction versus relationship building
• Develop your own personal networking strategy for success before, during and after the networking opportunity and put them immediately in use
• Learn about the different types of networking “types”
• Develop “tools” that you can put into use and have the opportunity to use in fun networking exercises
• Make new connections and have the opportunity to grow new collaborations


Attend this presentation and improve your networking skills so you never have to be stuck at another boring networking event. Make networking work for you!


About Jennifer:

Jennifer is an Occupational Therapist in the state of Connecticut and has over 11 years of diverse experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including: skilled and assisted living facilities and home settings assessing and developing rehabilitation interventions to support an individual’s recovery from illness or injury. Jennifer enjoys educating and empowering my clients to recognize their abilities and developing strategies to restore function or develop compensatory or adaptive strategies to their current function.


​Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Degree from Springfield College in 2008 and has continued her education to enhance her skills and continue to serve more peoples’ rehabilitation and recovery process when she earned her Certification in Lymphedema Therapist Management through the Norton School of Lymphedema Studies in March 2018. She has completed further training in John Barnes’ Method of Myofascial Release massage techniques in August 2017. In 2017, she completed Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Rehabilitation certification and became a Divine Sleep(R) Yoga Nidra Guide after training with Jennifer Reis, founder of Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra. In May 2016, she completed 200 hour yoga teacher training at Samadhi Yoga Studio is Manchester, CT and has taught throughout New England for weekly classes, monthly workshops or seasonal retreats. She also completed Chair Yoga teacher certification with Sunlight Yoga at Sivananda Ashram in the Catskills, NY in June 2016 and furthered her JourneyDance™ training to become a JourneyDance™ Facilitator at Kripalu Yoga Center in the Berkshires, MA in May 2018.
In July 2017, Jennifer founded her business Radiant Journey LLC, Occupational Therapy & Integrative Wellness Services to bridge the different modalities that have enhanced her life, personally and professionally. Jennifer brings her extensive trainings and understanding of human anatomy, joint alignment, muscular engagement, exercise and importance of meaningful occupation and holistic approaches to her clients, focusing on each individual’s journey. Custom tailoring each session or visit to support the client’s needs, she sets the intention in sacred space to honor a person where he or she is currently at emotionally and physically to facilitate a client’s growth to reach his or her highest potential. 


​She is a member of many networking groups, local and international and treasures these associations and the opportunities to grow as an individual and business owner. 


Jennifer wants to provide customized therapeutic rehabilitation services to people who are recovering from an injury or illness, whether it is acute or chronic condition that is affecting daily functioning or integrative wellness services to those who are looking to sleep peacefully and restfully with Yoga Nidra, move more gracefully and easily with Yoga and Tai Chi and live more radiantly, awake, invigorated and clear on their life’s purpose during this journey of life. Jennifer is ready to meet you and learn more about your story and where you want to go on your life’s radiant journey!

Lara Hocheiser

Flow & Grow Kids Yoga

Lara Hocheiser

Why Content Matters


Learn why content matters, learn how to plan out your content creation, and stand out for your expertise.


About Lara:

Lara Hocheiser is the Founder of Flow and Grow Kids Yoga, a Registered Children’s Yoga School, and the author of the My Yoga Workbook series, and hundreds of lesson plans, blogs, and courses. Her upcoming book on mindfulness is being published by a major publishing house in May 2021.


Lara’s curriculum and lesson plans Lara has written have been adopted by thousands of individuals, schools, and school districts nationwide.  Lara graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Spanish from Roanoke College (Salem, VA). After she received certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY, RCYT, RCYS, YACEP), she started her own business, Flow and Grow Kids Yoga, and garnered notoriety for her training programs across the Northeast, which are now offered virtually. Lara has trained more than 300 people in the field of children’s yoga.


Lara has worked in the early childhood education sector for 19 years and has over 15 years of experience studying, teaching, and living the yoga path. She has taught more than 10,000 early childhood yoga classes to date. Lara’s blog won the #5 kids yoga blog worldwide, claiming this title based on editorial choice for the free, high-quality resources, illustrations of children of all walks of life, tips for parents and teachers, and interviews.​ She follows a secular model to teach focus, relaxation, and healthy habits to educators, parents, children, and clinicians. 

Lara’s yoga registered children's yoga schools provide worldwide access to teacher training. Her classes are featured on Kidpass, and she continues to provide live online and in-person classes to children.

Lara and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.

Flow... Cash flow that is!

How to set revenue goals


I want to dig into helping attendees see the marriage between their lifestyle finances and their business finances and how using this info becomes a roadmap to getting  clearer about setting their revenue goals and benchmarks in their business.


About Michelle:

Profitability Strategist & Success Coach
With over three decades of experience, Michelle Jacobik helps women understand their unique potential so they can achieve their big goals in less time and with more ease.
She is an expert at helping them master their Vision, Mindset, Money and Growth. In addition to her education in insurance and finance, she transformed her own life as a 23 year old young woman, drowning in a sea of debt, to a Businesswoman who with her partner, bought the company they worked for, (at the age of 29) growing that client base from $600k to over $12million in sales a year...

Today she’s transfers her experience and insights as a seasoned Entrepreneur and Mentor, sharing her powerful strategies and has built a successful coaching practice while traveling the country doing what she loves. 
Clients refer to Michelle as “an inspiring fierce leader”, “a compassionate professional with passion, drive, and seemingly infinite positivity”, and “an incredibly powerful coach with the skill to deliver what is most needed with precision...all fueled by a desire to see others WIN at the game of Entrepreneurship and in creating lives and businesses that fully serve them and their Vision ”.

She also speaks across the country delivering messages of Financial Empowerment to her audiences, is a contributing write for Thrive Global and the author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller: Prosperity After Divorce: Take Charge Of Your Finances & Create The Life You REALLY want with LifeStyle ReDesign Planning. 
You can follow her on Instagram at to get your daily dose of inspiration & success strategies ~traveling along on her adventures ~sipping wine, creating experiences, while connecting with others and enjoying life! 

If you are an Entrepreneur you can join her online Community: EnVision: Mastering Your Best Year In Life & Business & her freebies here:

Bruce Jones

1 on 1 SEO Training

Bruce Jones

Leveraging Google to Drive More Leads and Make More Sales  


The world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is ever-changing and, yet, has never been more important for businesses these days. Step one to success in SEO: learn the basics of what it takes to get to the top today and in the future. Join Bruce Jones for a seminar on how to use easy search engine optimization strategies to increase website traffic and generate new business from increased online exposure.


This class will cover easy things you can do yourself both on your website and on Google to be more successful online.


About Bruce:

Bruce Jones is an SEO scientist and education with 16 years in the digital marketing world.  The owner of 1ON1 SEO training where he coaches business owners and marketing departments on search engine optimization tactics to drive more leads and make more sales.

J Bruce Jones

Bruce Jones Design

J Bruce Jones

How to Create Your Own Business Book


Do you want to spread your message? Do you want to be seen as the authority on your topic? Do you want potential customers to pay more attention to you? The answer is Yes. How do we do this? We do it with a book. Books are the new calling cards. People treat books with reverence. Books position you as the authority and expert in your topic. Books make fantastic marketing tools. Books get opened and saved. Books also give you something to anchor yourself to. You can refer to them in your marketing and in your presentations. They make great gifts to a new or current customer. People don't throw them away. It is so easy to create and publish a book these days that you can easily be a published author in no time. 


In this presentation, Bruce Jones introduce you to Easy Books, where he will take you through ten steps to creating your own book for your business. This book can be for marketing today or for passing on the lessons you have learned from your career. With print-on-demand and access to publishing and distribution with Amazon, you can create your own book in a very short time. A hand-out will be included.


About Bruce:

J. Bruce Jones is a Mystic, CT #1 Amazon International Best-Selling Author, graphic designer, and product developer. Bruce writes, speaks, and consults on publishing, blogging, and product creation. Bruce is the author and creator of over 50 books, on geography, music, business, publishing, children’s, and coloring. He is the creator and manager of the Facebook Group, How to Publish Your Book, which is approaching 5,000 authors and self-publishers. Where people are releasing books every day. 


Bruce has authored or produced over 50 books, including his newest, Self-Publishing SECRETS, Create, Publish & Launch Your Book. In this newly updated book J. Bruce Jones shares secrets from over 30 years of graphic design and book publishing. The book covers key publishing questions, writing, creating, and publishing your book, and bonus content including the Best-Seller Checklist. 


Bruce is active in the Mystic/Groton community with the Groton Open Space Association and as an elected Representative Town Meeting member. He also practices Tai Chi and plays with his hula hoops when he gets a chance.

Lois Koffi

Coach Lois Koffi


Lois Koffi

List Build to Freedom


Coach Lois did not have an email list or any online sales set up when the pandemic of 2020 hit her and her clients/sales team, she pivoted quickly and helped herself and her clients/sales team do the same!

She was very much old school, face to face, belly to belly sales and marketing - she believed email was a waste and not a way to connect with clients.

Now she has a list of 4,000 actual paying subscribers and makes money while she sleeps, giving her more freedom than she has had in 13 years.


She is going to share with us the key tips and inspiration needed for you to do the same with her 4 online sales formula tips


About Lois:

Lois Koffi is a professional speaker/ trainer/ coach/ Ironman Triathlete that has coached thousands of people in business and healthy lifestyles the last 22 years.


She pivoted, like many in 2020, without having an email list or podcast or tribe online - having focused on face to face sales for over 20 years.  


She went from 0 sales online to 5 figures a month in less than 6 months and now coaches and speakers hire her to do the same - pivoting in 6 months guaranteed to live their best life.  She is really passionate about sharing her story and resources through her top 20 podcast


She is a mom of 3 and is happily married. She herself leads by example, only working 9 months out of the year and taking 3 months, off utilizing the tools she shares with her clients.


When she can, She loves to travel the globe with her family and has become a highly sought after expert in recruiting/selling and developing sales leaders for many companies.  Check her podcast out at  

Steve Lindberg

Signature Script

Steve Lindberg

We can read minds.... No, but really?


This presentation is founded in sales communication. Are you sick and tired of burning thru prospects with not much to show for it? Then this is the presentation for you.


About Steve:

Lived successfully for over 20 years in a "direct personality" centric profession, without being a "direct personality."

Carole Mahoney

Unbound Growth

 Carole Mahoney

Mindset Matters: From Thought to Profit, How Your Mindset Impacts Your Sales Results


Participate in this fun and inspiring session that uses a cognitive behavioral approach to help you become aware of the things that are holding you back from better sales results. Leave with actionable insights that you can start implementing right away in your day to day sales conversations.


About Carole:

Carole has been called the “Sales Therapist” by a Harvard Business School professor.


As the founder of Unbound Growth, Carole Mahoney coaches Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial MBA students on sales, been featured as a top 15 Sales Influencer in 2020 by LinkedIn, a Woman to Watch in Sales by Sales Hacker, and a top sales coach by Ambition.

Melissa Miko

Delightful Tax

Melissa Miko

How to save 15.3% more of your profit


Local accountant, tax and compliance, Missy Miko will discuss strategies for small businesses to keep the profit in their pocket. She will map out the steps it takes to correctly set up your entity or fill in any missing gaps for established businesses and explain the election to file an S Corp "Loophole".


Bring your toughest questions and any financial problems that leave you stumped. Missy's experience and advice can set you on track to achieve your goals!


About Missy:

Missy Miko is a small business owner with expertise in the tax and accounting field and experience in the real estate , non profit, and banking industries. A UCONN Student of Accounting graduate, Missy has helped many clients start up their entities and grow their businesses while improving their profits. She also enjoys horse back riding and caring for her four children and many pets.

Maria Miranda

Miranda Creative

Maria Miranda

Miranda Talks Brand


Join Maria Miranda for an engaging presentation about current and predicted trends in brand management.


Brand management is the universal and realistic term to apply to marketing and communications in a time when consumers make decisions about a relationship with your brand in a process that spans from search through to reviews/advocacy. 


Maria will share tips on organizing brand delivery through tools such as editorial calendars, strong internal communications and the adoption of core values that are integrated into all audience communications. 


Effective brand management is not a sprint, but a marathon, and the goal steps beyond sales to emotional attachment and loyalty. Maria will guide attendees through recommended efforts over a 24 to 36 month period that includes brand development (or reclamation) to ongoing management. 

This program is about best practices and will be applicable for a mix of organizations (profit/NFP), with a range of budgets and longevity. 


If you are confused and uncertain about the best way to market going into 2021, you are not alone. Due to generational and societal shifts as well as disruptive media, it’s important to take a step back and to understand why brand management is defined as a path to market.


About Maria:

Maria Miranda is the creative director and founder of Miranda Creative, an award-winning brand management firm in Norwich, CT, celebrating over 32 years. She and her colleagues provide unbiased media advice and creative ideas for a variety of clients across industries and business models. Maria, a graduate of UCONN, has been an adjunct faculty member at many regional colleges... as well as a volunteer presenter for SCORE, local chambers and other organizations in support of small businesses.

Michael O'Brien

Peloton Executive Coaching

Michael O'Brien

How to Prevent a Bad Moment from Turning into a Bad Day


2020 has thrown everything at us. We've been knocked back, but now it's time to pedal forward with more resilience through G.R.A.C.E. Resilience expert, Michael OBrien, will share his inspirational story from his Last Bad Day and how he used his G.R.A.C.E. model to build more resilience and create a better life and career.


About Michael:

Michael O'Brien is the Chief Shift Officer at Peloton Executive Coaching and serves on The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Global Board. As a coach, speaker, and best-selling author, he helps leaders build resilience and prevents bad moments from turning into a bad day. He has shared his personal transformational Last Bad Day story and leadership advice on the TEDx stage, with Fortune 500 companies, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Real Simple, ABC, and NBC.

Angelus Perez

Success Genie

Angelus Perez

Winning the Inner Game of Success


During this talk Angelus Perez will share his simple yet powerful strategies to learn how to understand how your brain creates success easily and  overcome obstacles! 

Audiences have been inspired and motivated by Angelus' wisdom and unique way of introducing the science of quantum mechanics, NLP and neuroscience into everyday living showing you how to win the inner game of success!


About Angelus:

Angelus Perez holds a degree in electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology from Phoenix AZ.
With his technology/science background, he was superbly equipped to work in diverse companies such as manufacturing, field technician, sales representative, corporate help desk and support, as well as mid management communication consulting.  With these skill sets Angelus Perez went freelance in the late 90s becoming and staying a successful entrepreneur.


Co-founder of Success Genie, LLC in 2006, Angelus Perez has evolved to running a successful entertainment business for the Halloween season. Both businesses keep his entrepreneur skill sets tuned and flexible.  In this, making his business bullet proof despite any upheavals in the economy.


His business passion, combined with his need to serve others, Angelus has mastered teaching successful entrepreneur, business owners and corporate leaders on how to achieve more ambitious profits and impact goals.  He does this by showing them tools on changing their mindsets!

Evan Rabin

Premier Chess

Evan Rabin

Business and Life Lessons in Chess


I will present the business and life lessons all lines of business, ranging from marketing folks to operations managers to finance executives can learn from chess.


About Evan:

Evan Rabin was born and raised in New York. After working in Corporate America, doing enterprise sales at Oracle and Rapid 7, he formed Premier Chess in September 2017. Premier Chess currently runs programs in 80+ schools and companies including the law firm Kramer Levin. He is a US Chess National Master.

Four Keys to a Culture of Innovation


To stay on top (or rise to the top) in today's VUCA environment, your company has a constant need for new ideas, improved products and services, and better, streamlined processes. Great news! Research has unlocked THE Secret of innovative and effective teams.  


Including research by Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson, author of The Fearless Organization, and Dr. Timothy R. Clarke, author of The Four Stages of Psychological Safety, this workshop presented by an award-winning ICF certified Psychological Safety Coach will give you four keys to unlock a culture of innovation in your company.


About Christine:

CEO of Christine Rose Coaching & Consulting based in the greater Seattle area, Christine Rose coaches CEOs of  SMEs to grow leadership, effective teams, and profitable, sustainable businesses since 2015. Her popular invitation-only virtual CEO Mastermind Groups for Million Plus companies bring together top business thinkers and doers from all over the U.S. and Canada for peer learning and personal, professional and business accelerated growth.


An ICF-ACC, certified Psychological Safety Coach, certified Taylor Protocols Core Values Coach, Prosperity-Building Coach, and member of Forbes Coaches Council, Christine has been featured on, Public Interest Radio, National Business Radio, top ranked podcasts including Life Transformation Radio, and media sites around the world.  


Co-Author with Peak Performance Coach Jim Britt and Shark Tank Star Kevin Harrington of Amazon #1 International bestselling Cracking the Rich Code, Vol. 4, endorsed by Tony Robbins, and author of Amazon #1 New Release Life Beyond #MeToo: Creating a Safer World for Our Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Friends, endorsed by Marshall Goldsmith and Jack Canfield, Christine is featured in the U.N. Foundation’s #EqualEverywhere campaign.


Christine was honored by her peers on as Tacoma (Washington)'s Small Businessperson of the Year, and by the International Association of Top Professionals as Top Business Coach of the Year, but actually treasures her Rotarian of the Month plaques most.


Christine serves on advisory boards for Attain Housing (Washington), Educational Communities Worldwide (Indiana), ICF Washington State Chapter,  and Urban Business Support(Washington).


A graduate of Corporate CoachU, Christine holds a BSBA from Georgetown University and a Fundraising Management Certificate from University of Washington (Go Huskies!). She loves the Seattle Seahawks, the beautiful Pacific NW outdoors, live theater/music (hopefully soon again), Almond Roca, and Starbucks lattes.

Mike Savage

The Savage Secrets

Angelus Perez

How To Master Your Mindset During A Crisis: The 7 Secret Weapons Of Entrepreneurs Who Thrive During Challenging Times


Make no mistake about it, this pandemic is a curve ball that none of us could have ever imagined or
prepared for. There is no stage of the strategic planning process that considers losing all of your
employees, your customers, your ability to travel, and all social interactions. Many, MANY
business leaders have been dealt an unimaginable hand and must now navigate this storm and pull
their team, their family, and themselves through. While most business leaders have assessed the
reality of their situation, applied for a PPP or EIDL loan, and have taken the necessary steps as
required by law, few are addressing the most important aspect of this crisis, their mindset and
mental state.

This is not a time to hit the bottle (a little bit is ok), overindulge in food, or blame someone else.
It is time to buckle up, accept the current reality, develop a new strategic plan and, most
importantly surround yourself with a positive network of problem solvers, solution providers, and


During this presentation, I will share the 7 Secret Weapons Of Great Entrepreneurs Who Thrive
During Challenging Times. Your mindset, your language, your focus, your daily routine, your peer
network, and the stuff you dump into your brain is SIGNIFICANTLY more important to your success
than any tactic, product, or marketing plan will ever be. We will dig into how great leaders
summon their inner powers when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and emerge
victorious. You can and will win this battle as you manage your state of mind, believe that the
universe is unfolding as it should, and have faith that you will successfully navigate this challenge.


About Mike:

Mike Savage is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational keynote speaker, business coach, and CEO of The Savage Secrets, a rapidly growing business coaching and training organization obsessed with helping entrepreneurs win the hard-hitting sport of business.  


Having built several companies over the past 30 years, Mike is battle tested from the school of hard knocks and fully understands the emotional & financial roller coaster of building multi-million-dollar businesses from scratch.   


Mike’s largest business sold more than $200 Million Dollars in products to the world's leading companies including Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Sam's Club, BJ's, Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, TJ Maxx, QVC & Amazon.  The company started with one product, one idea, A BIG ASS DREAM and ultimately grew into a 50-employee business with $25M in annual sales.


Over the years, Mike has been asked to speak on mindset and entrepreneurship at industry events, annual meetings, and nationally renowned Colleges & Universities. Mike believes that entrepreneurship should be a passionate, philosophical journey comprised of equal parts heart, mind, and skill and not a life filled with frustration and isolation.


When Mike is not busy helping entrepreneurs achieve the highest levels of personal and professional performance, he enjoys spending time with his wife Donna working out, mountain biking, kayaking, travelling, or walking around Buffumville Reservoir in Charlton, MA with their 2 dogs Duncan & Bella.   He and Donna also love watching their daughter Bailey & son Brant participate in their college sports (when there is not a pandemic😊).

Aashni Shah


Aashni Shah

Building a Better Tomorrow Using Tech


Tech is one of the most powerful tools we have today, but like any tool the wielder dictates how it's used. This talk will focus on how we can use tech for good to build a better tomorrow through both building solutions, as well as building better companies.


About Aashni:

Aashni Shah is on a mission to build a better tomorrow. She is the Founder and CEO of Taonga, letting users securely store and share their personal documents, like their passport. She understands the pain points of trying to manage digital backups of personal documents, especially since she's a multinational resident of 4 countries from 4 different continents. Aashni is a former software engineer from Square, Microsoft and Amazon, and started Elixir Labs, Virtual Quiz Night Fundraisers and UofTHacks in the past. Aashni has also been recognized as one of the top 50 most inspiring women in STEM in Canada.

Raylene Taskoski

Speaker, Comedian, Podcaster, Educator

Raylene Taskoski

Let's Talk About Sex


A journey through the myriad of women and their struggles Raylene has encountered through a decade of doing 'those parties' and how the conversations evoked have changed lives in women of all ages.

From 18 - 80, Single or partnered, young through post-menopausal, using actual stories of women just like you, this talk answers women's number one question about sex, "Am I Normal?" (Short answer: yes.)


About Raylene:

Raylene Taskoski is a speaker, comedian, podcaster, and a direct sales consultant. She’s also a wife, mother, a Grammy, a winery enthusiast, and a beekeeper. She had an after-school detention for talking every single day for 3 years. She took 14 years of direct sales experience and turned it into a comedy show, an upcoming Tedx talk and other speaking topics.

Ed Troxell

Ed Troxell Creative

Ed Troxell

Market Differently with Facebook Live Streaming Video


In the presentation, we will cover the importance of why your business needs to still be active on Facebook and why using Facebook Live is your secret weapon to standing out from your competition online! Learn how to easily show up, deliver, and engage more with your audience online!


About Ed:

Ed Troxell, Owner of Ed Troxell Creative and Founder of Coaches Go Live, is an online business and marketing expert specializing in Facebook Live streaming video. He helps coaches, consultants, and small business owners find their voice online using a live streaming video approach to market differently and stand out from the competition – don’t worry, Ed makes it simple, easy, and efficient for you! 


Ed has over 15 years of experience working with small businesses. He helps them embrace new technology so that they can stay relevant as well as make their systems smarter, stronger & more scalable without all the tech headaches. 


Connect with Ed Troxell at today!


On Facebook & Instagram: @EdTroxellCreative

Rob Tull

Path2 Coaching

Rob Tull

Break the Rules About Stress to Overcome the Barriers to Success


Rob’s insights and techniques reframe success to address stress in order to unlock creative ways to overcome the lack of resources, manage ever expanding expectations, and navigate uncertainty.  Rob draws on over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry where he evaluated and managed internal control programs that are known for being under-resourced, overwhelmed by expectations, and strained by unpredictable demands.  Learn the 3 crucial questions that provide the key to overcoming your barriers.


About Rob:

Rob Tull is an author, speaker, and the creator of the Path2 Program.  Rob helps parents get unstuck – personally or professionally – and find the best path to their happiness, fulfillment, and success.  He created the Path2 Program out of life-or-death necessity.  Rob’s approach opens our minds to possibility and guides us to path to realize those possibilities now.  The Path2 Program has appeared in 3 international best-selling books for parents. 


Rob is a Certified Professional Coach, with a Master’s degree in business law from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Villanova University and, several advanced professional certifications.  He is an executive, thought-leader, professor, success coach, author, speaker, and single father.

Tarletta Williams
Black Dragon Marketing

Tarletta Williams

How to Create a Business Development Strategy so You Can Focus on Growth


Stop working in your business and learn how to work on it. We are going to break down the strategy that will take the guesswork out of how to grow your business and show you how to make maximum impact as you do it.


About Tarletta:

Tarletta Williams has a natural presence that leaves her audience fulfilled, energized, and ready to take action. As a strategy consultant and digital marketing agency director, she ignites the room and leaves it all on the stage.
She is known for her ability to dig into the details that make the difference between dreams and goals. Leaving her audience with actionable direction and clarity in their mission. Progress is not an option; it is a necessity; it is a movement.


Her ten years of experience in education, breaking down concepts from mathematics to confidence development, give her clients trust in themselves to continue with self-directed motivation and discipline.


Within minutes, her no excuses attitude and radiating passion ignite the fighter within her clients to create progress in their purpose – moving towards their goals and breaking through their limiting beliefs.