• Women and the Art of Risk

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    Name: Women and the Art of Risk
    Date: September 27, 2019
    Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:

    Just show up, and we'll lift you up!

    Join us at the Log Cabin on September 27 for the 2019 Women & the Art of Risk, a women's leadership event featuring workshops, discussions and career development opportunities, all led by distinguished woman from the Pioneer Valley! Hear personal & professional stories of how taking calculated risks led these women to new adventures & made them stronger leaders.


    Chief Jody Kasper, Northampton Police Department

    Chief Kasper has been with the City of Northampton Police Department since 1998.  She began as an officer, worked her way through the ranks, and was appointed as chief in 2015.  She is a member of the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association where she serves on the Executive Committee, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives. She is also a commissioner with the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.  She is a member of the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes and is on the Board of Trustees for the Commonwealth Security Trust Fund.  Within the valley she is a member of the Transportation and Parking Commission, the Executive Board of the Hampshire Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Coalition, the Greenfield Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and the Executive Board for the Municipal Police Institute.  She earned her Master's degree in Criminal Justice in 2001 and a second Master's in Public Administration in 2006.
    Chief Kasper also enjoys teaching and has taught at Elms College, at the Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute, and for the Municipal Police Training Committee.  She has given conference presentations on a wide variety of topics, including leadership, officer training and health, motivation and morale, and open data.  Chief Kasper is also a published author.  She has written three books in the area of policing and leadership and has written numerous magazine articles.



    The Art of Power and Influence

    LaTonia Monroe Naylor
    AmeriCorps Director Springfield College

    By the end of this session you will:
    • Be able to identify the "why" which can motivate you to the next stage
    • Be able to identify the "how" to deal with situational barriers often caused by our own worst enemy - often ourselves
    • Create a draft of a "personal social network" which she has used to get into and sustain the pressure of various leadership roles that you assume. 

    The Art of Resilience

    Kisha Zullo
    MBA, CMP

    By the end of this session you will: 
    • Have a group and/or individual vision board representation of resilience & joy
    • Have a Statement of Affirmation
    • Have 3 Techniques to use when facing difficult circumstances
    • Have best practices & words to share with those going through a difficult circumstances  

    Morning Panel:

    Kathleen Anderson
    Director of Community Benefits, Holyoke Medical Center 

    Moe Belliveau
    Executive Director, The Chamber of Greater Easthampton 

    The Risk: 

    Entering back into the workforce after rising my children 
    What felt Risky: 
    Balancing career & family; 
    Reinventing my career; Some thought I wasn't qualified for my role as Planning & Economic Development Director 

    The Reality: 
    Although I had a great deal of apprehension around re-entering the workforce, and in particular working for the Holyoke Mayor in a role that would be public and political. I took the leap anyway and guess what, I ROCKED IT and moved on to become Director of Planning and Economic Development! It took hard work, long hours, thick skin and understanding that it's none of my business what other people think about me.

    The Risk: 
    Living my professional life as a public figure every day

    What feels Risky: 
    Both my Professional & private life is exposed to the spotlight; Being judged; Being beat up in the press and social media 
    The Reality:
    My position here at the Chamber is one that is very public. Both my personal & professional life are played out
     within the public realm. My vision and philosophy for both aspects of my life are very exposed, open for public debate & judgment. Although it is exhilarating most of the time, I don't always have the answer. Sometimes I find myself in a situation that I don't even know what the hell I am doing! But one thing for certain I do know, is that regardless of not knowing the answer, or how, I show up, I do it anyway, and I get it done! 


    Sandra Costello 
    Photographer & Chief Hugger, Sandra Costello Photography

    Beth Degray 
    Managing Partner, Log Cabin/Delaney House

    The Risk: 
    As a young teenager experiencing panic attacks so severe I spent most of my freshman year at home feeling crazy & trapped. 

    What felt Risky: 
    Not feeling safe; 
    Risk of failure; Feeling vulnerable and being judged 
    The Reality: 
    I am motivated. I can redirect. I can get beyond the front door by changing my thoughts and rewiring my brain. As I get older I realize I am capable of so much. I am tired of wasting time and ready to take on the world!

    The Risk: 
    Being the only woman on the managing/partner team of all men. Managing a staff of 300, and always wanting to be the most appropriate to all my guests. Welcome to my house. 
    What feels Risky: 
    Navigating management styles as well as personalities of a 300 member staff; 
    Being heard at the management/partnership level; Being ready to serve the public. Not know who will come to ?my house? and being sure to be appropriate to my guests.  
    The Reality: 
    When it's going down, I put on my power heels and we knock each event out of the park!   


    Natalie Didonna
    Branch OfficerbankESB

    Jordan Hart 
    Programs & Services Coordinator, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

    Susan Lapointe

    Director of Development & Community Relations,
     Riverside Industries

    The Risk: 
    Leaving an unhealthy marriage and the way of military life I had known for 10 years
    What felt Risky: 
    With the addition of two children I began to realize that the marriage was unhealthy and we were all walking on eggshells; 
    We were trapped on an island, Hawaii; Living a secret, I had to plot a way out for me and my two girls, up to the very last minute 
    The Reality: 
    I had the strength to do the right thing not only for me but for my two girls as well. I had to wait, but when a small window of opportunity presented itself, I crashed through it and now we are home! 

    The Risk: 
    Choosing to go back to college even thought I felt I was not a "premier student". While waitressing, becoming aware of a yearning for more, to succeed. Then I met Kathy Anderson...

    What Felt Risky: 
    Applying to the Chamber when I didn't have the resume; 
    Insecurity as I took on a position I knew nothing about; Planning and thinking about my career succession.  
    The Reality: 
    All along the way, although i struggled with self-doubt, something keeps telling me what I have to loose? the answer to that question is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, I despite it all have gained everything! I have risen to ride that wave and I am not getting off! 

    The Risk: 
    Facing "stagnant success" & no longer feeling fulfilled within my successful business of 19 years & yearning for more. 
    What feels Risky: 
    Coming to the realization that I was no longer being fed by my vocation which I so loved for 35 years; 
    Having confusion, knowing I was capable of more; Closing my successful business of 19, and facing the perception that my business failed instead of the actual reason.  
    The Reality: 
    Once I processed the confusion & owned that I was in fact capable of and deserved more, I seized the opportunity in a new role and never regretted it. I have a new sense of confidence, energy and vision. There is nothing holding me back!


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    The Log Cabin
    500 Easthampton Road
    Holyoke, MA 01040
    Date/Time Information:
    Friday, September 27, 2019
    8AM - 3PM

    Run of the Day: 
    8:00 - 8:45
                    Registration, Breakfast and Connections
    8:45 - 10:15              Panel Discussion
    10:15 - 10:30            Break
    10:30 - 11:15            Speaker Session 1
    11:15 - 11:30             Break
    11:30 - 12:15
             Speaker Session 2 
    12:15 - 1:00              Lunch
    1:00 - 2:00                Keynote
    2:00 - 3:00                Networking

    Contact Information:
    Jordan Hart
    Event Ticket: $119
    Tables of 10: $875
    please sign up through our event partner, the Easthampton Chamber HERE!

    Sponsorships Available!

    Event Sponsor ($1,000)
    Gold Sponsor ($500)

    for more information, please email Jordan
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