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September 16, 2015

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 www.facebook.com/ConnectionsWomensConference.