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Eleanor Beaton

Fierce Feminine Leadership

 

Eleanor Beaton is an award-winning journalist, speaker and internationally recognized women's leadership expert.

She is the global chair of the Visiting Women's Executive Exchange Program at the Yale School of Management. She is also an advisor to some of the country's most powerful women business leaders including Annette Verschuren (former CEO of Home Depot Canada), Arlene Dickinson (star of CBC hit show The Dragon's Den) and former First Lady Margaret Trudeau. She created and hosts an
internationally top-ranked podcast, Fierce Feminine Leadership: The Success Podcast for Ambitious Women.


Through her coaching programs and online platform, she helps thousands of women around the world claim their power, build their confidence and step into new levels of leadership and business growth. Eleanor's mission is to support women to build the confidence, influence and presence they need to successfully navigate gender bias and take their seats at the tables where the big deals and decisions are made.


In 2016, she offered keynote talks at numerous women-focused events including: Excelerate (a national conference for women entrepreneurs), SheEO Purple Carpet (a national event celebrating women in finance), the Security Traders Association AGM & Women's Symposium (other featured keynote included SEC Chair Mary Jo White), Empowering A Billion Women by 2020 conference Abundance Live. She has spoken throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe. She has shared the stage with powerhouse women speakers including Sharon Lechter, Ingrid Vanderveldt, Catalyst CEO Deborah Gillis, and many others.

     

Carol Sankar

Author of The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership

 

Carol Sankar is an international high level R&D business advisor, leadership consultant & real estate investment expert who focuses on strategic implementation strategies to assist today's established business owners and high level executives. Her international client-base are established executives and business owners who are seeking new and innovative methods to focus on productivity.

Carol holds a Degree in Political Science & International History from Hofstra University in New York. She served as a senior Paralegal and executive advisor for several leading general litigation firms and Fortune 100 corporations in New York City. She has earned several professional certifications; including but not limited to, NYS Notary Public, American Bar Association Intellectual Property Executive certification from Long Island University and American Political Science Fellow.

 

She took her experience out of the corporate world and began her entrepreneurial journey as an outsourced legal consultant with several boutique law firms and insurance agencies in the New York City area. 

Carol began to take interest in real estate and subsequently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. Carol was relentless as one of the leading real estate investors in the Charlotte metro area. She founded Wholesaling 101™ to teach her techniques to other aspiring real estate investors. Carol has authored 5 best-selling books and is the founder of
The Confidence Factor for Women in Leadership global executive firm.

 

     

Lynne Jensen-Nelson

Conversion•omics©

Sales Training

 

 

Lynne Jensen-Nelson is a nationally recognized sales leader and sought after inspirational speaker.  She has 20+ years of experience developing sales teams and coaching business owners.  She is also a fierce competitor and pushes herself and her team to do their best to maximize each and every selling opportunity.

 

Prior to founding Conversion-omics, Lynne began her career as an educator and athletics/fine arts coach. She developed a keen eye for finding the right way to motivate people.  She has an extensive background in creating curriculum and a proprietary process for implementing effective teaching strategies.

 

After earning a Master’s Degree in Communication, she parlayed her teaching and communication background into a successful career in sales. She credits her mastery of effective selling skills for her meteoric rise through the ranks of executive management.  In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, she has also earned numerous awards including Woman of the Year from the Organization of Business & Professional Women.

 

Lynne has helped businesses, large and small, refine their selling approach, define their ability to differentiate, hone operational processes, drive revenues, enhance market share and increase profitability.  

     

Hilary Johnson

Hatch Tribe

 

Hilary Johnson is the founder of Hatch Tribe, an organization devoted to cultivating and connecting women entrepreneurs. A serial entrepreneur herself, Hilary coaches and mentors entrepreneurs in all stages of business. Her passion is helping clients translate their great ideas to actionable plans and results.

Hilary became a first-time author in November 2016 with the publication of “A Girls Guide to Surviving the Startup with Your Mind, Body, and Soul Intact”, an encouraging read that imparts road-tested wisdom for tackling the inner and outer work of being a boss.

     

Lori Dolnick

Frank Advertising

 

Lori Dolnick is a 30+-year public relations and marketing professional.  She has proven strategic management experience on global brands such as BLANCO, Poggenpohl, Tile of Spain and Therapedic International. She joined the noted home design agency Frank Advertising in 1995 and is currently Senior Vice President.

Prior to Frank Advertising, Lori was a senior account manager for one of the world's best-known brands at the Leo Burnett Company - McDonald's. She has won numerous awards for her copy writing plus strategic execution of public relations and social media: 2x Winner of Golden Thinker, APEX, Telly, MarCom Creative and Event Technology.

Lori also served as an adjunct marketing professor at Rider University and is currently the Director of the Marketing Advisory Board.

     

Heather Nunley

Brilliance Work Consulting

 

As an Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, Heather Nunley specializes in working with organizational leaders and teams to leverage their brilliance and design a better way to work.


In 2013, Heather established Brilliance Work Consulting, a professional development consultancy with focus on leadership, culture and innovation-thinking.
As a seasoned human resource director, Heather’s leadership inspires change. With a record of helping Fortune 500 brands - Marriott and Nordstrom - maximize their human capital and strengthen their talent pipeline, she has been developing business leaders for over 20 years.


Dedicated to creating workplaces that are more innovative, focused and engaged, she is passionate about helping high-performers elevate their leadership and transcend their perceived limitations to achieve sustained business and personal success.


A strong advocate for personal and professional development opportunities, Heather is affiliated with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) as an Assistant Trainer Coach and Peer Special Interest Group Facilitator.

 

   
    PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP LEADERS
     

Joe Milevsky

JRM Sales & Management

 

 

Calling on his more than 40 years of industry experience, Joe Milevsky has helped hundreds of clients improve the performance of their companies and profit as a result of their business relationships with JRM.

Before establishing JRM over 16 years ago, Joe held various executive positions with several of the strongest companies in the retailer industry. He has authored numerous articles for industry trade publications and he is a regular speaker at national events for the Home Furnishings Association (HFA), Hearth Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), Nationwide Marketing Group, Mega Group USA, and various other buying groups as well as many other organizations both domestic and internationally.

Many will tell you that he is the most effective business analyst and consultant in the retail industry.

     

 

Jana Platina-Phipps

Trim Queen

 

 

Jana Platina Phipps is well known as a trim designer with a refined vision for the use of trimmings in home furnishings, fashion and luxury DIY. Her entree into the business was translating handbag specifications from Italian to English for the likes of Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren. She designed an exclusive line of hair accessories which sold at Bergdorf Goodman and boutiques across the country.

 

She further established her reputation by creating a home decor division for a venerable New York fashion trim house, ultimately growing it to surpass their apparel business. In 2003, she received the Young Leadership Award from WithIt, the same week her daughter Giovanna was born, which motivated her to eventually start her own business.

In 2004, she launched Home Couture Collective, a firm specializing in branding, merchandising and sales representation for manufacturers. A Californian now based in New York, she currently leverages her expertise for Classical Elements, an innovative global trim and hardware supplier with headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Since her clients affectionately call her the "Trim Queen", she officially put on the crown in 2013, to chronicle how the design community creatively uses trimmings.  She speaks frequently on the history and evolution of trimmings to design professionals and also conducts workshops on "The Alchemy of Trimmings", creating something extraordinary from the ordinary, using trims.  She is a contributor to smartstuff Furniture Social Station and Vision Window Fashion Magazine as well as a guest writing on many design blogs.

Jana is WithIt’s NY Design Tour Co-Chair. She is a big believer in sharing expertise, having benefitted from business coaches, wellness coaches, tennis coaches, and birthing doulas.  

She lives in the Hudson Valley, with her husband, writer Lang Phipps, and two rambunctious children Giovanna & Wilton.

     

 

 


 

 

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