Professional Women’s Conference (Live Streaming Webcast)

8:30 am–4:50 pm ET

# of CPE Credits



Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with professional women and their advocates interested in advancing women in their careers. This conference features topics to empower women in their professional development and to learn new skills and strategies to achieve success.


Attendees will identify new leadership skills to improve their professional careers, as well as recognize issues that are keeping them from moving to the next level.


Raise your Resilience, Mastering the Art of Salary Negotiations, Crisis Leadership for Women, Blurry Boundaries to Clear Intentions...and more!

Who Should Attend

Women who are interested in enhancing their professional development, igniting their career and living a life of intention.

Required Knowledge

Coming Soon!

Advanced Prep


Event Speaker(s)

Nicole Andrews, MBA, MHRD ( Nicole Andrews International, LLC, Anderson, SC ), Annie Franceschi ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ), Kelley C. Long ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ), Vanessa Mathews ( Asfalis Advisors, Charlotte, NC ), Dionne Griffin McGee ( DG McGee Enterprises, Garner, NC ), Deborah Porter ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ), Ms. Louise Warwick Reed ( Louise W. Reed, CPA, PC, Richmond, VA ), Ms. Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP ( FireStar Speaking, Raleigh, NC ), Marcy Twete ( Marcy Twete Consulting, Minneapolis, MN ),

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (8:30 am–9:30 am ET)

General #1: Permission to Pivot
Annie Franceschi ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ),

In this memorable keynote, Annie dishes her favorite hard-earned career advice from getting and quitting a dream job at The Walt Disney Studios, and reinventing herself as a passionate, profitable entrepreneur.
Join us to discover:
• Where you can look to discover your best next career purpose
• Why being told to follow “the one path” to success is not true
• How stargazing is holding your career back
• A new tool to build your confidence and finally give yourself some credit
• Annie’s favorite easy and powerful trick for making your dreams happen
• Leave feeling empowered – ready to switch roles, start your practice, or make
your dreams happen!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (9:40 am–10:40 am ET)

General #2: Raise Your Resilience
Ms. Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP ( FireStar Speaking, Raleigh, NC ),

Resilience is the ability to bounce back when something challenging happens. The more resilient you are, the faster you bounce back. In fact, the more resilient you are, the fewer things are challenging! This session will give you steps you can take now that will have a huge impact on your future. Opening with tips for mental toughness, it covers 5 key areas to build up your bounce – relationships, finances, health, travel, and emergencies. We’ll cover everything from passwords to power outages. After this session, you’ll be able to handle anything life might throw at you.
• You’ll get several ideas for increasing your personal safety
• You’ll get three mental strategies that will help you handle any uncertain or stressful situation
• You’ll learn something you can do immediately to decrease your chances of getting Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (10:50 am–11:45 am ET)

1A: Blurry Boundaries to Clear Intentions
Deborah Porter ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ),

What if there was a way to manage the expectation of others as it pertains to you?

In this session we will cover:
• What is a boundary?
• How to teach people how to treat you
• Why saying no can be perceived as harsh
• Uncommon boundaries, not talked about enough (but needed)
• Knowing your capacity and being good with it
• Staying free from being all things to all people
• And More!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (10:50 am–11:45 am ET)

1B: ESG - Living Your Values Professionally
Marcy Twete ( Marcy Twete Consulting, Minneapolis, MN ),

The topics of environmental, social, and governance management have become “table stakes” in the corporate world. Companies across the globe are considering their environmental and social impact more today than ever before. As individuals, we all want to do the same. How can each of us make a difference that matters – for our communities, for our families, for our companies, and ultimately for our planet? It’s difficult to know where to begin. In this session, we’ll connect the basic framework of ESG to our personal lives and values. You’ll take away:

• Ways to make your lifestyle and home more environmentally friendly, and to share that work with others.
• The ways community service and leadership can make you a stronger professional and enhance your life and your community.
• The importance of embracing diversity, equity and inclusion and acting as an ally and a mentor personally and professionally.
• How to deploy your time, energy, and resources to effect the change you want to see in your world.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (12:30 pm–1:25 pm ET)

2A: How to Navigate Career Setbacks
Nicole Andrews, MBA, MHRD ( Nicole Andrews International, LLC, Anderson, SC ),

The loss of a job is ranked as one of the top 5 most stressful events in life, but did you know that a promotion can also be a potential career setback if not managed well? Job losses can seem more devastating on the surface due to economic recessions, inflation, increasing gas prices and so much more, but there are other potential career setbacks that can be just as life changing. this session, you’ll walk away with 6 critical steps that will help you navigate any career setback and re-create success in your career even in the face of challenges.

Learning how to navigate not only a job loss, but other career setbacks that can happen over the course of a career is imperative in this new world of work. You can prepare to make what looks like a career setback to the outside world a career setup for more impact, fulfillment and success in the long-term.

Session Outline:
• Learn the 5 major career setbacks
• Discuss a 6 step method for navigating setbacks that can derail your career
• Uncover the biggest thing you can do now to gain clarity and pivot in the face of any career setback

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (12:30 pm–1:25 pm ET)

2B:Managing Healthcare Expenses Today and Tomorrow
Kelley C. Long ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ),

Funding healthcare costs today and in the future is a key concern for most Americans and can even get in the way of saving effectively for retirement. This session, presented by a CPA financial planner who lives with a costly genetic healthcare condition, offers a perspective shift on choosing healthcare coverage while working, while also giving practical tips for saving money on healthcare expenses regardless of insurance coverage. If you’ve ever worried about or experienced a surprise medical bill, you don’t want to miss this information-packed session.

In this session you will:
1. Discover why the highest amount of coverage isn’t always the best health insurance plan for you
2. Review the basics of Health Savings Accounts
3. Learn advanced strategies for saving for future healthcare expenses
4. Prioritize your retirement savings in the most tax-efficient manner
5. Enhance your understanding of consuming healthcare services beyond just staying in-network

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (1:35 pm–2:30 pm ET)

3A: Mastering the Art of Career Negotiations
Nicole Andrews, MBA, MHRD ( Nicole Andrews International, LLC, Anderson, SC ),

When you hear the word negotiation, does that make you excited or does it make you want to run to the nearest exit? Knowing what to negotiate and how can have a long-term positive impact on your future career prospects, salary, fulfillment and so much more. In this session, you’ll leave with a simple technique that will help you learn what to negotiate in your next job offer or in your current role to maximize your overall career satisfaction.

Mastering the art of negotiating for win-win will be a skillset that can be used not only for your advantage, but also to the benefit of your current or future employer. Learn how in this safe and interactive session that will have you laughing, learning and loving your next opportunity to negotiate and ask for what you really want over the course of your career whether you’re negotiating for yourself or your employer.

Session Outline:
• Understanding the art of negotiation and why you should “always” negotiate
• Simple Negotiation Technique
• 4 x 4 Factors to consider for win-win negotiations
• Negotiation activity
• Call to action

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (1:35 pm–2:30 pm ET)

3B: Crypto is My Coin
Ms. Louise Warwick Reed ( Louise W. Reed, CPA, PC, Richmond, VA ),

Meet Louise, a Duke and UNC alumni, a lifetime learner, an advocate of blockchain and crypto and a person who can demystify some of the truths and trends surrounding crypto. During this session, Louise will share what a bitcoin transaction looks like (sending and receiving) from her account. She will explain why she accepts Bitcoin or Ethereum as payments in her CPA practice and how her clients have reacted.

You will leave with information so that you are more familiar with crypto banking, finance and payment security from an end user’s perspective. Bring your curiosity and questions. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (2:40 pm–3:40 pm ET)

General #3: Crisis Leadership Principles for Women
Vanessa Mathews ( Asfalis Advisors, Charlotte, NC ),

Over the course of my homeland security and crisis management career, I have been asked to create disruption and chaos, in a simulated environment, to provide a greater awareness of leadership obstacles and opportunities. From sounding fire alarms to see how quickly employees evacuate; simulating hurricanes to see how facilities teams prepare and protect the organizations assets; facilitating disaster recovery exercises to measure how quickly technology teams can restore systems and minimize disruption; simulating CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) at airports with Customs and Border protection, to assessing how private aircraft carriers and law enforcement mitigate immediate threats to the public. Through experience and observation, I’ve learned leadership is discovered in action.

In this session we will cover:
• Global risks and crises impacting women
• The five principles of crisis leadership and how to apply them to women’s issues
• How to put these principles into action to enable you to be more aware, effective, and

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 (3:50 pm–4:50 pm ET)

General #4: The R.O.A.R. Mindset
Dionne Griffin McGee ( DG McGee Enterprises, Garner, NC ),

We are mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, friends, caretakers and so much more. We wear so many hats. Somewhere along the way, we lose ourselves helping others achieve their goals. Simply put we were designed to nurture, but who nurtures women? This presentation demonstrates how imperative it is to find your true authentic voice and achieve the goals, dreams passions, and ideas that you desire. Finding your own voice completes you. What’s next for you in your career or business? We’ll drill down to find your ROAR so that you’ll be complete and can then be the light for others. Get the tips and techniques to prepare you to ROAR!

In this session:
* Discover the mindset of a ROARING women
* Goal Setting and Vision Casting
* Choices and Opportunities

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