POSTPONED to June 25, 2020
The Women2Women Conference offers a full day of professional & personal development, networking, inspirational speakers & an Expo filled with local women-owned businesses. Women2Women, and the Women’s Conference & Expo, 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.
Just imagine what women can accomplish when we work together. Connecting and networking with each other will allow us to harness our power and impact Greater Reading.
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.
The Financial Life Cycle
What is the financial advice you are ready to hear? Are you just beginning to learn about finances, are mid-life and want to know what you should be doing now, or are you looking towards planning for retirement? No matter your stage in life, we have a session for you. Choose which you’d like to attend throughout the day.
Breakout Session #1 – Finances 101
Breakout Session #2 – Mid-Life Check Up
Breakout Session #3 – The Other Half (Retirement)
Expo + Extra Conference Perks
Visit with our 30+ vendors including Women2Women sponsors, local women-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations. During the session breaks and over the extended lunch period, network and support your local community!
The Book Nook
Discounted “improve you” books will be available for purchase to continue you on your path of development even after the Conference + Expo is over. The journey never ends!
Your Healthy Numbers
Stop by the Wyomissing Room to visit the Penn State Health St. Joseph Health4Cast station to receive free screenings from PSHSJ professionals to determine the four critical numbers that will predict your health.
Wine Basket Raffle
After an inspiring and empowering day let’s not forget our…wine wellness. We will be pulling a name at random to win an impressive wine basket!
“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