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Moments of courage – we all have them! Sometimes these moments in our lives may seem small and somewhat insignificant, but the courage needed at that particular moment is what pulls us through.

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated!”
 ~ Maya Angelou

Women: We Are the Hero of Our Own Story was held on Friday, May 1st at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill. A day of “mind blowing” speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, motivational workshops, and a marketplace of services & products. Oh, and a little bit of fun, too!

Deb Cheslow

Deb Cheslow

Deb Cheslow, America’s Achievement Expert, gave the Keynote address; Aim – Fire – Ready: Be Your Own Hero.  Deb is 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 was packed with powerful, mind-shifting (and mind blowing) ideas. She left everyone excited to reach their goals and equipped each of us with the tools needed to “run” towards that goal. Yes, it’s true! At least half (or more) of the room was actually running to her book sales table!  Read ore about Deb Cheslow


Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

The Morning Panel Discussion: Unleash Your Inner Hero, was moderated by the fabulous Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville. The panel of incredible women: Janet Peckinpaugh, Kathy McAfee and Sarah Gallardo was brought together by Dr. Dorothy. With amazing courage and openness each shared their stories of how each became their own healers and heroes after experiencing some of life’s most difficult challenges. After all, we are far stronger than most of us believe and once we claim our power it is truly life changing!

Read more about Dr. Dorothy, Janet Peckinpaugh, Kathy McAfee and Sarah Gallardo


Kathy McAfee                              Janet Peckinpaugh                     Sarah Gallardo

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
~ Maya Angelou

FS.FH_logoProceeds from Connecticut Women’s Conference 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. In addition, the program offers or refers residents to additional specialized services that address the unique needs of the female Veterans.

For additional information regarding Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes click here.

Workshop Selections Customized Each Attendees Day and 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.Read more about the workshops and the phenomenal women who facilitated them.
Jaki Lauper

Jaki Lauper

Guest Emcee: Jaki Lauper, On-Air Talent for WQUN, WTIC FM/CBS Radio and Reporter for The Day, kept the day moving. 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.

The day was topped-off with our marketplace of products and services (check out our Exhibitors page) and our traditional Make Your Own Sundae with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream! 



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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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