kara Wolters Headshot Featuring Key Note Speaker Kara Wolters  Olympic Gold Medalist, UCONN National Champion, & WNBA Champion

The Greater Hartford Women’s Conference is currently in its 12th year, providing a day of professional and personal development, education and networking for women throughout the greater Hartford and western Massachusetts areas.

Women from all walks of life enjoy this dynamic event with highly recognized speakers and relevant topics for both their individual growth and the growth of their businesses. We hope you will join us!


Keynote Speaker Kara Wolters

kara Wolters HeadshotKara Wolters

Kara Wolters,Olympic Gold Medalist, UCONN National Champion, & WNBA Champion

We are pleased to welcome Kara Wolters as this year's keynote speaker.  She has achieved her position in life through dedication and hard work geared to the task at hand. She has lived her message which has given her a great foundation from which to build her various speeches. Her talent for speaking has been utilized by many basketball camps, various corporations, and a number of schools.

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Morning Featured Workshop - The Power of Accountability

Cindy Headshot 2017Cindy Maher 
Leading Edge Coaching & Development

The Power of Accountability: Driving Ownership for Yourself and Others

In this energizing leadership workshop, attendees learn the difference between responsibility and accountability – and how that can strengthen their reputation. Learn how to develop the ability to see problems and provide solutions rather than blaming others or making excuses. Shifting to a culture of accountability requires women leaders to remove fear from the workplace and react to excuses in a way that will support taking ownership of the most important things.





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Breakout Session 1: The Strong Woman

Catalan Krista1Krista Catalan, MSPT, CIDN, CWcHP, CMP, Clinic Director, Integrated Rehabilitation Services

The Strong Woman

The strong woman is in all of us, we just have to determine how to reveal her. In this discussion, we will touch on topics that will help the audience better understand their bodies and what’s required to reach their personal physical goals.







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Breakout Session 2 - Feeling Strong: Achieving our Goals of Life Balance

Feeling Strong: Achieving our Goals of Life Balance and Learning to Take Care of Ourselves

LCapellucciPresented by Laura Cappellucci, LCSW
Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN)

As women, there is a struggle to balance many aspects of daily life and often find their needs put on hold. In this workshop, Laura will discuss several key areas in which we can improve upon our emotional health and well-being, which by definition is emotional strength. These areas include: 



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Breakout Session 3: Turning Challenges into Opportunities- How to Move Forward

Turning Challenges into Opportunities- How to Move Forward

kpalma headshotProfessional and personal growth requires a lot of strength. For many, finding the strength to push through life’s challenges can be overwhelming and frustrating. Join Kimberley Palma, Associate Director of Operations for Eastern Connecticut Health Network, as she shares how she navigated through steep personal and professional struggles, and what you can do when facing obstacles on your own road to success. Attendees will learn how to turn challenges into opportunities, how to overcome professional fears and build confidence, and the importance of networking and building positive, professional relationships.

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Emcee is South Windsor Chamber President Elaine Abouakar

Elaine AbouakarThis year's Emcee for the Conference will be Elaine AbouAkar, President of the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce (SWCC). Elaine is active on various committees at the SWCC, and has served on the Best of South Windsor Expo Committee in various capacities for the past 8 years. 

Elaine is a full-time Realtor who helps buyers and sellers across Hartford and Tolland Counties. As a top producer at Century 21 AllPoints Realty, she is committed to excellence and built her reputation on personal attention and service.

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