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The Connecticut Women’s Conference

Women: We Are the Hero of Our Own Story

Friday, May 1st at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill (8am-4pm)

CWA Members: $89 until Thursday, April 30th

Non-Members: $109 until Thursday, April 30th

Attend Half Day: $79 Morning or Afternoon Session Only

Attend Lunch/Keynote: $40 until Thursday, April 30th

A day of motivational speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, workshops, and a marketplace of services & products. Oh, and a little bit of fun, too!

All proceeds will be donated to Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes in support of our homeless female Veterans!


Keynote: Aim – Fire – Ready: Be Your Own Hero by Deb Cheslow

Deb Cheslow

Deb Cheslow

Deb Cheslow is America’s Achievement Expert.  An award winning, #1 International Best-Selling Author (“Remarkable Courage”), 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate, retired Air Force Pilot and instructor who taught airmen to fly advanced supersonic jets. Deb’s entertaining and engaging style is packed with powerful, mind-shifting ideas. She will leave you not only motivated to reach your goals, but also equipped with the tools you need to get the job done.

Read ore about Deb.

Morning Panel Discussion: Unleash Your Inner Hero moderated by Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

The day’s program will begin with a panel of amazing women put together and moderated by Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville. Dr. Dorothy is an international speaker, teacher, author, healer, and psychotherapist. Her life story, and the courage she took to change her life, provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.

Panel Members Include: Janet Peckinpaugh, Kathy McAfee and Sarah Gallardo will share their stories of becoming their own healers and heroes. After all, we are all far stronger than most of us believe and once we claim out power it is truly life changing. The decision then becomes – how many lives do we want to change? Read more about Dr. Dorothy.

Workshop Selections to Customize Your Day and Your Experience


  • Celebrate Your Story: Advice to Your Younger Self ~ Georgian Lussier, Mid-Life Matters TV
  • How to Sell According to Your Personality ~ Beth Devine, Web Savvy Marketers
  • Tips, Tools and Techniques to Accept, Accelerate and Accomplish the Life You’d Like to Lead ~ Randi Oster, Empowered Patients, Improved Outcomes
  • Inner Beauty Blooming: What’s Your Unique Hero’s Journey? ~ Vicki Todd, Memoir Artist
  • The Mindful Path to Leadership ~ Cheryl Jones, The Mindful Path
  • Be the Hero of Your Next Chapter: Get Informed! Know Your Choices! Make a Plan! ~ MaryEllen Gordon, Voya Financial

Check out all the details and meet our facilitators on our Workshop Descriptions page.


Guest Emcee: Jaki Lauper

Jaki Lauper

Jaki Lauper

On-Air Talent for WQUN, WTIC FM/CBS Radio and Reporter for The Day

Jaki is a popular radio/tv host and producer giving you the buzz on news and entertainment in Connecticut. With a mission to entertain, inspire and inform you can find her at TV Host Reel or her website Jaki’s Buzz.



Charitable Donation

FS.FH_logoDuring the coming year the proceeds from Connecticut Women’s Alliance events will be donated to Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes!

The first community-based transitional home dedicated to homeless female Veterans and their children, up to 10 years of age, in Connecticut. FS:FH provides 15 beds of transitional housing with case management services.

Our main event (and main fundraiser), the Connecticut Women’s Conference, has been attended by women (and young ladies) from all over Connecticut, southern New England and New York! Our program features highly recognized speakers, workshop facilitators and exhibitors with expertise in many fields. The variety of workshops enables conference attendees to tailor their day to their interest, while bringing together women for a day of professional development, empowerment and socializing.

The generous support of our sponsors!

Maximize your company’s exposure, make the most of your marketing budget and help support our female veterans. Sponsors of the Connecticut Women’s Conference you will actually be giving twice! A substantial portion of every Sponsorship, as well as, a portion of every attendee registration will be directly donated to Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes.

Additional Advertising Opportunities are also available!

Become a CWA Member

We invite you to be a part of our sisterhood of outstanding and powerful women! 

Join now during our $40 Membership Event! Membership includes gaining discounted registration to attend all CWA events including the Connecticut Women’s Conference.

The Connecticut Women’s Alliance (CWA) consists of energetic women from all walks of life. The purpose of this non-profit is to support the advancement of women and girls through educational programming and events. Become a member today!

The Connecticut Women’s Alliance Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt
under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). EIN# 27-3427593

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