Breakout Sessions

BWF attendees can attend a maximum of three breakout sessions, one session per time slot. You can choose your breakout sessions when you register for the event.

Break Session Sponsor:

Breakout Session 1: September 30 at 2 PM-3:00 PM

Strong Cultural Communications that Build Real Buy-In

Mandy Arnold

President/CEO, Gavin

Learn how to create a self-motivated culture that is organic in nature through your business’ core values and employee communications. Mandy Arnold will identify key markers for success in terms of culture building and advancing a natural environment that motivates employees to buy-in to the vision, mission and culture through effective communications leadership. Leverage core values to confront cultural challenges, leverage points of differentiation and provide female leaders a platform for steadfast stewardship of the company’s goals in a business era when females are redefining leadership positions.

Perspective, Purpose and Peace. Even in a Pandemic.

Kathy Anderson-Martin

Director of Resource Development, Salvation Army Harrisburg

Tears? Outrage? Blank stares at the bird feeder? Excessive snack consumption? We’ve probably all experienced these things in recent weeks (maybe at the same time!). Sometimes finding or reclaiming purpose and peace starts with a perspective refocus beyond 24/7 news and our own four walls. A smile doesn’t hurt either.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Business Behavior

Christina Butler

Associate, The Professional Edge, Inc.

Manners matter in business. These 7 Deadly Sins – from (forgotten) follow-up, to down and out dress can derail your career. This session will cover how to properly identify when, how, and what to do to create a great first impression (including crafting an effective ten second pitch, networking, handshakes), how to successfully follow up after meeting potential contacts through professional networking or social groups and how to identify the most critical etiquette mistakes in business today and then avoid making them!

Breakout Session 2: October 14th at 2 PM – 3:00 PM

Communication for Success: Watch Your Language

Hiyam Wakeem

Focal Point Business Coaching of Central PA

This interactive session will help raise awareness for the power of communication success in any business. Hiyam will review a high-level understanding of silent language and communication styles, how to identify the communication styles of others, and how to adapt your communication style to be heard.

Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

MaryBeth Staub

Trainer, Sandler Training

What are comfort zones and how do we get into them? How do they affect our performance? MaryBeth Staub, Trainer at Sandler Training, will review comfort zones, how to expand them to create new normals, and leave you with a five-step process you can use to achieve higher results in your life.

Climbing Your Way to Success

Deb Ellenberg

Vice President, Business Development, Sandler Training

So often we look up, way up, and think, I’m never going make it. Whether we are contemplating our personal or professional goals, or seeing what other people are accomplishing, those feelings of frustration or self-doubt often arise by what appears to be a massive climb to get to where we want to go. We often fail to see that it really only takes one step to get started, and another step after that. We will address the key elements that will enable you to make your ‘climb’ to reach your goals.

At the end of this presentation, attendees will: identify what their roadblocks are to success; redefine the way they think about success; and establish a plan for achieving their goals.

Breakout Session 3: October 28th at 2 PM – 3:00 PM


Kathy Snavely

Owner, Kathy’s Cuisine & Lightkeeper Consulting

Everything we consume effects how we feel – and those consequences can vary widely from person-to-person. Allergies, gluten, vegan, paleo, keto, sugar are considerations for some – but there are foods that most of us can consume that make us feel better, have the potential to keep us healthier, combat disease and live longer, stronger – and be more productive. (And who doesn’t want that?) This presentation will highlight foods that are health enhancers and killers, so you can make the best choices for your life!

Your Unique Voice is Needed. Join (and Excel on) a Nonprofit Board!

Katie Zimmerman, Tammy McCrae, Aaysha Noor, & Miriam DeFehr

2020 has highlighted the importance of bringing diverse perspectives to the table. Our local non-profits are no exception, and must be led by diverse boards of directors who reflect the communities they serve. Attend this session to learn how to get a seat at the board room table and use your influence on a board to advocate for inclusion. Diversity strengthens a board in all areas from directing policy to fundraising. Learn how to use your unique skillset to financially help nonprofits even during uncertain economic times. There is room for all in the nonprofit board room, and your voice is needed.

Create a Mentoring Culture: Lessons from the Helix Team

Ivy Buchan

Helix Strategies

Create A Mentoring Culture is a presentation with for sharing lessons learned while working and growing together. Ivy will address the challenges of creating learning opportunities and motivating staff using her real-life interactions to illustrate how to create a mentoring culture while growing a business and maintaining quality services.