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Managing Pivotal Transitions with Power and Poise


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 Valerie Gordon is a 10-time Emmy award-winning television producer whose feature stories have been seen on CBS News, HBO Sports, ESPN, Lifetime and Weekend TODAY. Now the founder and president of Commander-in-She, Valerie uses the principles of storytelling to help professional women “Take Command” of their stories and navigate the plot twists of both unexpected and planned transitions to create an even more rewarding “Next Chapter.”

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Candace Freedenberg is a technologist and business leader with experience at Laboratory for Laser Energetics, IBM and Kodak. Her work yielded over a dozen patents. Often a catalyst for organizational change, now as the Founder of Untapped Potential Inc., she is engineering social change for women impacting gender equity, diversity and work-life balance. She is the recipient of SBA’s InnovateHER (Finalist), CT Entrepreneur Award (Finalist) and reSET Incubator Award. She will focus on how to navigate mid-career transitions and find flexibility and work-life balance during care-giving years.

 Maureen Ross Gemme2Maureen Ross Gemme, MS Ed, started her own company in 2014 called Emerge Leadership Academy after spending 3 decades in corporate training and consulting. Her talent lies in coaching young women to create the career of their dreams. By guiding professionals to manage their critical inner voice during transition, Maureen provides a path of transformation into empowered leadership.She will focus on "managing your critical inner voice" during transition. 


Kelly KennedyKelly Kennedy is currently the Associate Director of Student Development and Outreach, Career Development Instructor, Coach and handles all career education for the undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut School of Business. She develops partnerships with companies and organizations in order to create programing that will enable students to move from college to work successfully.

Kelly is also a Senior Consultant of Career Transition Advisors, the premier provider of career transition, consulting, coaching, management and outplacement services, and a subsidiary of MCG Partners, a former Chamber of Commerce winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year” and provider of leadership, talent, sales, and organizational effectiveness solutions.  She will focus on how to powerfully prepare for a career transition, tapping into your personal brand.

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Moderator:  Heidi Bailey

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