Wednesday Speaker Series

Stay Tuned!

Our next speaker in our “Summer Edition of the Wednesday Speaker Series” will be announced soon.

Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to the meeting.

Past Speakers

Deputy Erie County Executive, Maria Whyte

With New York state REOPENING there are a lot of unanswered questions. Deputy County Executive Maria Whyte had the answers!

This event was the first of several special guests in our “Summer edition of the Wednesday Speaker Series”.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Kick off for our community-based agenda. In light of these unique and challenging times we are all experiencing as business owners and women, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined us live to fill us in on current initiatives and answer questions.

Also joining us was Catherine Shick, Communications Director of FeedMore WNY, to share the work being accomplished at FeedMore WNY and to enlighten us on what we can all do to help.

Nancy Rizzo “Navigating out of the unknown & capturing a positive, pioneering spirit”

Nancy shares with us some of her Tools, System, and Words that will help us travel to the other side of this very challenging pandemic part of our journey.

Background: Nancy Rizzo is a Certified Life Coach, Conversational Intelligence® Coach, and Creator of Mindset Navigation™ System and Life Tools On Your Toolbelt™. She has been successfully changing minds for over a dozen years,and helping us live and work “On The Joy Road” – where we are worthy and deserving to be!

Lisa Coppola “NAWBO Sisters Unite”

Our National chapter has built a support network to help us maneuver life and business during these troubling times. Lisa shares with us all the tools you can tap into.

Background: Lisa Coppola is an entrepreneur with a background in advertising and marketing as well as a 25-plus-year career as an attorney partnering with clients in business planning, litigation, and human resources and charter school law. Lisa is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. For years she’s been named a “Super Lawyer” and has been recognized by Business First as a Legal Elite and Woman of Influence. She was the first WNY attorney to receive the New York Bar Association’s statewide award for outstanding pro bono service.

Lisa is a past President of the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is a Trustee of the Health Sciences Charter School. She co-owns The English Gardener, Buffalo-Niagara’s premier garden-design company.

Sherrie Barr Mack “Keeping that ZOOM” in your business.

Now that we are all ZOOM pros, what can we do to keep that momentum building in our business using all the hi tech tricks we used during our time at home.

Background: Sherrie is the current President of the NAWBO Buffalo Niagara Chapter. She is the co-creator and Managing Partner for The MackBarr Group where she has been working in partnership with her husband, co-creator Demetrius Mack. The mission of The MackBarr Group is to mentor and support leadership in organizations and small businesses, facilitate social responsibility programs, and establish corporate and community relationships. They consider themselves the Problem-Solving Specialists.

Paula D’Amico “Celebrating Earth Day with WNYs Life Gardener!”

Everyone has a green thumb!

What plants are best for your home, office, or home office?

How do you take care of them?

Paula digs into all the answers and even does a little LIVE planting!

Background: Paula is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Speaker, Teacher, Published Author, owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®, and President-Elect 2019-2020 for the Buffalo Chapter of NAWBO. Paula is also one of the founding members of “Music to Remember” and the Vice President of its Board of Directors. For over a decade, Paula has been creating and educating WNYers and beyond about the power of plants with beautiful sachets, unique living arrangements, and delicious syrups

Special Guest: Deanna Russo, Owner, Leverage Up, LLC

Deanna Russo started posting videos on LinkedIn in 2018, and she grew her network from hundreds to over 10,000 in a little over a year. How did she do it and how can you use LinkedIn to boost your business? We’re inviting you to join us via ZOOM for this special event.

Background: Deanna started Leverage Up in Columbus, Ohio as a way to help others manage their LinkedIn profiles and engagement. LinkedIn is the #1 way for businesses to engage with prospective vendors, customers and employees. Deanna shows entrepreneurs, sales managers, job seekers, and anyone wanting to Leverage Up on LinkedIn, how to expand his or her network and digital footprint on this platform. Leverage Up also offers resume creation, review, and recommendations to job seekers. As someone who has worked in staffing and recruiting, Deanna knows how to properly format and customize resumes and cover letters.