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Connections Women's Confernece Supports OCO's SAF Program

Evelyn LiVoti, Stacie France, Sharon DeLandConnections Women's Conference recently made a $375 contribution to Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. (OCO) Services to Aid Families (SAF) Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program. The unrestricted donation will be utilized to assist with fees that specified funding does not cover, such as the costs associated with the serving of court documents, payment of medical fees and replacement of legal documents (ie: birth certificates). Pictured, from left, are Evelyn LiVoti, Connections co-chair, Stacie France, Victim Services Program Manager for OCO and Sharon Deland, Transitional Housing Specialist for OCO.


Jennifer Cook Honored as First "Woman of Power Award" Recipient at Connections Women's Conference

Evelyn LiVoti, Jennifer CookOn Tuesday, October 27, over 50 women from all over Central New York came together for the Connections Women's Conference at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego.

The day hit a high note when Honore Stockley, Connections co-chair, introduced the four finalists for the first "Woman of Power Award." Each of the finalists Kristen Shanley, Dr. Leia Lindley-Wahrendorf, Lisa Yesensky and Jennifer Cook listened as their many accomplishments were shared with those in attendance.

"There are so many women who generously give their time to a great number of important causes throughout our community," remarked Evelyn LiVoti, Connections co-chair. "With four of the very best as finalists, the task of selecting just one as the top winner was very, very difficult. This year it was our great privilege to honor Jennifer Cook as the first Woman of Power Award recipient."

All four finalists were given a single rose. Ms. Cook received a plaque extolling her accomplishments. The other three finalists each received a certificate recognizing them as a finalist.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org. Visit our Connections' Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference to see this year's pictures and to learn more about this exciting event.


Tammy Palmer to Emcee at "Connections"

Tammy Palmer, NewsChannel 9On Tuesday, October 27, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) will gather women from across New York State for Connections, a day-long conference to be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This day-long symposium is something you won't want to miss. Women employees and business owners need inspiration, ideas, information, and other women to network with. The theme for this year's event is "Achieve — Inspire — Embrace Excellence" and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Tammy Palmer, NewsChannel 9, will return as our event emcee. "Tammy has been our emcee several times," said Evelyn LiVoti, Connections co-chair. "She has been a big part of Connections. We are delighted to have her with us as we celebrate our 10th anniversary."

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking, a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. There are no elevator speeches, no selling, and no fears or discomforts. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of QUALIFIED prospects who want to meet them. Come "catch the buzz" with Bee-Hive Networking. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

Attendees may also bring a promotional item to display on our promotions table!

"Moving Women to Power" is not only the Connections tagline, it's also the number one goal of every Connections conference. That is why Connections has created the "Woman of Power" award. This award will recognize a woman whose civic and community service goes beyond "normal" responsibilities, creating a lasting and beneficial impact on the community. Our finalists are Jennifer Cook, chief of staff for Assemblyman Barclay; Dr. Leia Lindley, DVM; Kristen Shanley, attorney at law; and Lisa Yesensky, owner of The Greenhouse Effect. Join us as we honor these powerful women and find out who will be named the Woman of Power for 2015.

Major sponsors of the event include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET), Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center and Operation Oswego County.

Registration and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.


Ellen LaBerge to Speak at "Connections"

Ellen LaBerge, C&S CompaniesOn Tuesday, October 27, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) will gather women from across New York State for Connections, a day-long conference to be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This day-long symposium is something you won't want to miss. Women employees and business owners need inspiration, ideas, information, and other women to network with. The theme for this year's event is "Achieve — Inspire — Embrace Excellence" and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Ellen LaBerge, general counsel for C&S Companies, will present "So, how did a nice English major like me end up here? — Reflections from a career in non-traditional fields." In a career spanning more than 30 years, Ellen has been in workplaces which were historically dominated by men: corporate law, agriculture, politics, and engineering and construction. She has tried to "have it all," "lean in," be accountable, and still get dinner on the table. What has she learned that might be helpful to women today? Ellen will reflect on her experiences.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking, a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. There are no elevator speeches, no selling, and no fears or discomforts. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of QUALIFIED prospects who want to meet them. Come "catch the buzz" with Bee-Hive Networking. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

"Moving Women to Power" is not only the Connections tagline, it's also the number one goal of every Connections conference. That is why Connections has created the "Woman of Power" award. This award will recognize a woman whose civic and community service goes beyond "normal" responsibilities, creating a lasting and beneficial impact on the community. Join us to meet the first "Woman of Power" award recipient!

Sponsors of the event include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET), Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, Operation Oswego County, AXA Advisors and Bosco & Geers Food Market.

Registration and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.


Dorothy Biggs to Speak at "Connections"

Dorothy Diggs, ViegaOn Tuesday, October 27, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) will gather women from across New York State for Connections, a day-long conference to be held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This day-long symposium is something you won't want to miss. Women employees and business owners need inspiration, ideas, information, and other women to network with. The theme for this year's event is "Achieve — Inspire — Embrace Excellence" and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Dorothy Biggs, district sales manager for Viega, an international manufacturer of Plumbing and Heating solutions, will present "Paving the Way in a Non-traditional Field" As a woman, finding acceptance and success in a traditionally male dominant field can prove to be much more challenging than a field with more gender neutrality. As a former business owner for over 20 years, and now a District Sales Manager who has continuously exceeded goal expectations, Dorothy Biggs has paved the way for women in the plumbing and heating industry, a workforce typically reserved for men.

Through hard work and perseverance, she has forged a path and has come out on top. Hear about her trials and tribulations, as well as her success stories. Learn tips and tricks to carefully climb to the top of a male dominated field, while earning respect and equality along the way.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking, a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. There are no elevator speeches, no selling, and no fears or discomforts. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of QUALIFIED prospects who want to meet them. Come "catch the buzz" with Bee-Hive Networking. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

"Moving Women to Power" is not only the Connections tagline, it's also the number one goal of every Connections conference. That is why Connections has created the "Woman of Power" award. This award will recognize a woman whose civic and community service goes beyond "normal" responsibilities, creating a lasting and beneficial impact on the community. Join us to meet the first "Woman of Power" award recipient!

Sponsors to date include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET), Operation Oswego County, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center and Mitchell's Speedway Press.

Registration and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.


Sandy Sadley to Present "Getting Inspired in the 9th Inning" at "Connections"

Sandy Sadley, Epicor SoftwareOn Tuesday, October 27, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), will gather women from across New York State for Connections, a day-long conference to be held at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This day-long symposium is something you won't want to miss. Women employees and business owners need inspiration, ideas, information, and other women to network with. The theme for this year's event is "Achieve — Inspire — Embrace Excellence" and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Sandy Sadley, Senior Principle Business Analyst at Epicor Software, a leading provider of wholesale distribution software solutions, will present "Getting Inspired in the 9th Inning." Women leading software development teams in a youthful male dominated industry are rare; let alone by a woman who is the "9th inning" of her career. How do you stay motivated, communicate successfully with your team, and inspire fellow team workers to attain goals, deliver quality and meet deadlines? How do you communicate with a team that all could be your kids and who are much more tech savvy than you ever will be?

Learn tips on how to inspire others to achieve and deliver results for greater customer satisfaction regardless of what inning your career is in.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking, a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. There are no elevator speeches, no selling, and no fears or discomforts. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of QUALIFIED prospects who want to meet them. Come "catch the buzz" with Bee-Hive Networking. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

This year Connections has created the "Woman of Power" award. This award will recognize a woman whose civic and community service goes beyond "normal" responsibilities, creating a lasting and beneficial impact on the community. Nomination forms are available at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/award.html and will be accepted through August 31st.

Sponsors to date include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center (LOECC).

Registration and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.


"Connections" Women's Conference Seeking Nominations for New "Woman of Power" Award

"Moving Women to Power" is not only the Connections tagline, it's also the number one goal of every Connections conference. That is why Connections has created the "Woman of Power" award. This award will recognize a woman whose civic and community service goes beyond "normal" responsibilities, creating a lasting and beneficial impact on the community.

Nomination forms are available now and will be accepted through August 31st. The award will be presented at the 10th annual Connections conference on Tuesday, October 27th at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center.

This year's event will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking, a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

"Connections provides an outstanding opportunity for women to learn from each other, generate new ideas, build relationships with like-minded women and to encourage women to find their power," said Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair. "We are very excited to honor a woman who has found her power and has used it to make her community better."

Sponsors to date include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET), Operation Oswego County and the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center.

Nomination forms for the "Woman of Power" award are available at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/award.html. Registration form and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.


Melinda Miles to Present "Faith and Tattoos — Living on Purpose" at "Connections"

Melinda Miles, Film at Eleven and ManifestOn Tuesday, October 27, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), will gather women from across New York State for Connections, a day-long conference to be held at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This day-long symposium is something you won't want to miss. Women employees and business owners need inspiration, ideas, information, and other women to network with. The theme for this year's event is "Achieve — Inspire — Embrace Excellence" and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Melinda Miles, acting president of Film at Eleven and founder of Manifest, a consulting firm, will present "Faith and Tattoos — Living on Purpose." At the beginning of 2010, Melinda made a resolution to fully commit herself to graduate school and broadening her horizons. After a dozen years of singular focus on Haiti, it was easier to count the times she had failed – in work and her personal life – than to point out the successes. But when a massive earthquake hit Haiti on January 12th, Melinda was faced with choosing between the path she had worked so hard to carve out and the country that captured her being and would never let go. It turned out that there wasn't even a decision to make. Despite the advice of many, she packed up her three-year old son and moved into a tent in Port-au-Prince.

How do you keep going in the face of failure? Self-doubt is powerful and can even be paralyzing, however, being grounded in purpose can keep you moving forward no matter what obstacles you face. Let her share with you the story of a white girl from Massachusetts who found her true place in Haiti and came to realize that sometimes passion and faith are one and the same.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking.

What is Bee-Hive Networking? It is a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. There are no elevator speeches, no selling, and no fears or discomforts. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of QUALIFIED prospects who want to meet them. Come "catch the buzz" with Bee-Hive Networking. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

"Connections provides an outstanding opportunity for women to learn from each other, generate new ideas, and build relationships with like-minded women," said Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' chair. "We are very excited to bring back Bee-Hive Networking this year. Going home with qualified leads is a true benefit of attending Connections."

Sponsors to date include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center (LOECC).

Registration and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.


10th Annual "Connections" Women's Conference Scheduled for Oct. 27th

On Tuesday, October 27, Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), will gather women from across New York State for Connections, a day-long conference to be held at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center in Oswego from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This day-long symposium is something you won't want to miss. Women employees and business owners need inspiration, ideas, information, and other women to network with. The theme for this year's event is "Achieve — Inspire — Embrace Excellence" and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, continental breakfast, lunch, and a dessert reception. Following lunch, our speakers will participate in a panel Q&A.

Again this year, headshots will be offered by Dayger Photography, with no sitting fee. Free hair and make-up touch-ups will also be available.

Also returning this year is Bee-Hive Networking.

What is Bee-Hive Networking? It is a business building activity that allows you to find exactly what you are looking for in a very short period of time. There are no elevator speeches, no selling, and no fears or discomforts. Each attendee could walk away with an average of 12-20 cards of QUALIFIED prospects who want to meet them. Come "catch the buzz" with Bee-Hive Networking. Please be sure to come armed with 100 business cards.

"Connections provides an outstanding opportunity for women to learn from each other, generate new ideas, and build relationships with like-minded women," said Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' chair. "We are very excited to bring back Bee-Hive Networking this year. Going home with qualified leads is a true benefit of attending Connections."

Sponsors to date include SUNY Oswego's Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR), Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) and the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center (LOECC).

Registration and tickets for Connections are available through Operation Oswego County at www.oswegocounty.org/Connections/tickets.html.

For more information, contact Evelyn LiVoti, Connections' co-chair, at 343.1545 or elivoti@oswegocounty.org or visit the Connections' webpage www.oswego.edu/about/centers/obcr/connections. Please visit and like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.