You can’t come to us… so we will come to you! Join us for the 2020 Women2Women Digital Leadership Summit kicking off on June 25th and spanning four months to ensure your summer is filled with development opportunities and meaningful connection. Visit the EVENTS CALENDAR to register for all events!
We will be using the Attendify App + Desktop Platform to create a true Conference experience for our attendees. From seeing our speakers bios and choosing the events you’d like to attend, to networking with other attendees and enjoying the Virtual Women2Women Expo, we will have it all for you.
The Women2Women Digital Leadership Summit will still continue to offer professional & personal development, networking, inspirational speakers & a Virtual Expo filled with local women-owned businesses, our sponsor companies and nonprofit organizations. Women2Women, and the 2020 Women’s Digital Leadership Summit, encourages women to create connections, gain knowledge, open doors, build strategic alliances, and much more. Our goal is to develop more women leaders in Berks County by providing a forum where women from diverse backgrounds can learn, share ideas and mentor each other.
Why Women Attend:
2020 Keynote Speakers
Depression The Comedy
Jessica Holmes – Celebrated Comedian, Author, and Mental Health Advocate
This is a frank and hilarious account of how it took Jessica Holmes two years to get diagnosed as depressed. It started small: she resented “fun stuff” like girls night out, developed a loathing for words like “wellness,” and avoided foods that promised to prolong her life. Even when she yawned her way through an emceeing job for Oprah Winfrey didn’t sound any alarms for her. By the end of 2013, Jessica slept more than the cat, gave her husband a hall pass, and told her TV agent “hold my calls for six months” before diagnosis. In the nearly two years that she had transitioned from “cheerleader” to “zombie”, she hadn’t taken stock of how far she had veered from her ideal life of fulfilment and gratitude. Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory, whether with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “where am I?”
Jessica Holmes has opened for giants like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Oprah Winfrey. Combining stand-up, music, and improvisation, she performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City before starring in her own TV series, The Holmes Show.
Also a wellness advocate, Holmes mixes comedy with a validating message about life’s challenges in her book, Depression The Comedy, and has become a celebrated voice in fighting the stigma surrounding mental health issues in her hilarious and inspirational keynotes.
A mother of two (and wife of one), Holmes’ passion is finding the laughs in life’s imperfections and turning embarrassments into punchlines.
Engaging Male Allies / Tools to Unbias Your Life or Office
Jen Jamula, Founder, Creative Director and Lead Coach – GoldJam Creative
Discussions about gender bias often place blame on men or leave them out of the conversation altogether. However, achieving gender equality requires everyone’s concerted commitment. During this interactive keynote, Jamula will provide tools for rewiring individual biases, speaking up productively against microaggressions, and engaging male allies. Attendees will strengthen their understanding of how gender bias manifests in the workplace, learn how to address or adjust unintentional behaviors to be more inclusive, and enhance their ability to uplift female-identifying colleagues and make positive change. They will have a chance to ask questions in a guilt-free zone.
Jamula (left in photo) is an entrepreneur, coach, and performer whose work looks at communication in the Digital Age. She and collaborator Allison Goldberg have helmed several artistic projects that have been featured on Good Morning America, in Forbes, WIRED Magazine, VICE, Newsweek, theSkimm, and more. The pair was featured on the cover of Time Out New York, which ranked them two of “the top 10 funniest women in NYC.” She is also a graduate of Reading High School, in Berks County, PA.
Game On: Using Mental Toughness as a Compass: Lessons in Unemotional Risk Taking
Gladine Frasso, Regional Environmental Health & Safety Engineer + Owner/Coach – I Am Mentally Tough
Do you know how to mentally prepare yourself for the goals that you have set forth for yourself? Do you know how to mentally bounce back from failure when things do not go as planned? During the different stages in our lives we are faced with challenges that talent and skill alone can’t get us through. Many of us are too quick to accept defeat, or too quick to give up instead using our most powerful too – Mental Toughness. Frasso will share how she rose to advocate for herself, launched I Am Mentally Tough, and overcame challenges in sports to lead her to become one of the greatest athletes in history on her high school and college basketball teams.
Unapologetically Authentic: Brave Not Perfect
Verna Lisa, Coach + Author – Layers Coaching
Verna named her coaching practice The Layers because in her 30+ years of behavioral science studies and work in this field she found a consistency, we forget who we are because of spending our entire lives being told who to be, what to be, when to be, how to be and where to be. Which begs the question, who were you before the world defined that for you? THAT’S what she is PASSIONATE about helping you rediscover. Layers’ goal is to offer coaching, consulting, workshops and programs that suit the wellness needs of everyone seeking personal growth and development.
Virtual Expo + Extra Conference Perks
Have a virtual visit with our 30+ vendors including Women2Women sponsors, local women-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations. We will be offering a platform to our Expo vendors to showcase their products and we will be driving traffic to their websites for a more interactive experience.
Virtual Book Nook
Our Keynote + Breakout speakers have recommended excellent books to us which we will be sharing with you so if you choose, you can purchase and continue on your path of development even after the Conference + Expo is over. The journey never ends!
“I think it just gets better and better every year. Thanks for all the work that is put towards making this so interesting and successful!” – 2019 Attendee