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June 2017

You, Working to Rule Conference!

June 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Withum Offices,
1411 Broadway (40th Street)
New York , NY 10018 United States
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Make plans to join the American Business Women’s Association New York City Chapter for the You, Working to Rule conference. Whether you are a working professional, or seeking to become an entrepreneur and prioritize your professional growth, you will not want to miss this opportunity to attend ABWA NYC’s conference on Saturday, June 10, 2017 . You will learn skills that successful professionals utilize to move ahead within their corporate structure and to thrive in complex work environments.

Conference Takeaways: 

  • Discover how you communicate your strengths and how to get what you want in the workplace.
  • Take a stand for equal pay and equity for self and all women.
  • Determine who you are and what you really want for yourself.
  • Learn how money works and get the knowledge you need to start making powerful choices and take control of your finances.
  • Learn concrete skills you need to work more collaborative with others.
  • Share your wealth and experience with others.
  • Learn how to deal with fears that are preventing you from taking the steps to business ownership.
  • Have fun with other like-minded professionals.
  • Feel the love and commitment of the ABWA community.
  • We want you to be able to bring a friend.

Conference Fee Only $100.   We want you to be able to bring a friend.


Course Line Up

Promote Yourself in Your Workplace 

Let’s admit that it is extremely challenging to navigate the corporate environment, given our many roles and responsibilities and the need to constantly perform at a high pace. Not sure how to promote yourself? Tired of others taking credit for your ideas? Get over the fear of asking, and learn to ask for what you want and deserve. It is time to develop your arsenal of persuasive responses and negotiating skill.  Join us in learning the tools and business strategies to successfully negotiate for fair pay, promotion, and voice as you promote yourself in the workplace.

AAUW slide (003)Presenter: The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881.  AAUW works and as a grassroots organization to improve the lives of women. This course will be presented by the AAUW Westchester Branch.  AAUW believes pay equity and equal opportunity are matters of simple fairness and is leading the charge to end pay discrimination.  AAUW Work Smart is designed to help you negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. In this course you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play.  You will learn how to identify and articulate your personal value;  How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion; How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits; and About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college women are already paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Women who work full time take home 80 cents, for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.  Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement.

Business Ownership is Possible 

Taking the risk to start and own your own business is a game-changer, but it can be challenging to take that bold step.  What makes a successful business? What pitfalls should you avoid? Do you have enough money to finance your business? Join us and engage with other professionals seeking to understand what it takes to own a thriving business. Learn how to align your core values with your business goals. Session will also address core systems and structures of successful businesses.  You will be provided with a business start-up tool kit to get organized.

IMG_0013Presenter: Dr. Selma Bartholomew is the owner of educational company Legacy Pathways LLC.  She started her company during the economic recession in 2008 and knows the commitment and fears to overcome to grow a business in today’s complex work environment.  She is committed to supporting future entrepreneurs helping them define a road map to reach their goal of business ownership and growth.

Dr. Selma K. Bartholomew has more than 20 years of solid experience as an educator and leader. She is   committed to improving the quality of K-12 education and to her company’s mission of preparing teachers and leaders to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. She strongly believes that the potential to transform the workplace rests with those who are committed to supporting authentic learning for ALL stakeholders.

She is a researcher, published author, and a dynamic leader. She is currently the president of the ABWA NYC Chapter and works thoughtfully with partners to promote inspiring educational and networking events for working women and entrepreneurs.  She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Fordham University. She is a recognized as a Dr. Barbara Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Education degrees from Adelphi University and Fordham University.


Take Control of Your Finances Now

The average credit card debt for households that carry a balance is a shocking $16,048 (USAToday.com, The Average American Credit Card Debt May Shock You 10/12/16) and far too many of us live paycheck to paycheck.   How do you relate to money and finances? Do you have control over them or are you struggling?  Tired of sleepless nights and feeling powerless to debt? Are you afraid to talk openly about money?  Join us for an empowering and timely discussion on How to Take Control of Your Finances.  Come learn some simple educational financial concepts and start prioritizing your financial goals.

Peter Vigario Head Shot (002)Presenter: After graduating from the University of Connecticut, Peter worked as a teacher, within the insurance field, and also in dental imaging sales. As he reflects on those early years, he notes that he was always good at saving money and being debt free.  What made him unhappy was having money in the bank while getting next to nothing in return.  He took matters into his own hand and starting researching options for a better return rate.  Seeking out advice from financial professionals, he came to the realization that he wanted to not only make a difference for himself—he also wanted to make a difference for others.  He connected with a professional from Primerica and everything clicked and what he discovered was that education is the key, instead of just ideas and recommendations.  The reality is people are just not informed on how money works especially around the fundamentals.  If people were educated, then they would be able to make informed choices on how to manage their finances.  Peter’s mission is to help end financial illiteracy by educating people on tips for achieving financial freedom.  When Peter is not working on making a difference you can also find him working out, salsa dancing and traveling.




Become a Better Team Member 

What makes a team effective? How do you communicate and get your ideas credited in team structures? In this powerful session, you will learn how to get out of your comfort zone and become a better team member and that leadership does not only come from the one in the front of the room.  Join other professionals in prioritizing objectives for yourself and your team.

Theo HendersonPresenter: Theodore Henderson, The Wisdom Man is the best-selling author of the inspiring book The Wisdom Compass, a distinguished leadership coach, career and business counselor and an award-winning speaker. He is committed to connecting with his audience and known for his work in helping others assess their skills and talents so that they can move their professional career goals forward.









March 2017

Getting Ahead in Social Media with Veronica Poloneitchik

March 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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 Getting Ahead in Social Media with Veronica Poloneitchik

Are you ready for a social media boot camp? Tired of not knowing how to Tweet?  Join us and allow Veronica Poloneitchik to help you learn the basics of the platform utilization with hands-on practice on the account setup, platform’s rules, and capabilities. Twitter 101 session will teach you how the channel should be used to express your ideas, be heard, get visibility, connect and follow like-minded and ideas-stimulating users or groups, and move from visualization to actualization.

February 2017

Inspired Networking with Deena Baikowitz, Fireball Network

February 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Nizer LLP,
666 Fifth Avenue, 28th Floor
New York, 10103
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Inspired Networking: Promote your unique talents, connect with awesome people, and create fabulous opportunities

Do you know how to create strategic and long lasting relationships? Are you letting fear get in your way? Deena “Fireball” Baikowitz delivers a dynamic, entertaining, and information-rich program. She will guide you and inspire you with real-life success stories, practical tips and interactive exercises. You will learn to embrace what makes you unique, develop meaningful connections, and create strategic opportunities for success.


January 2017

Taking Control of Your Finances with Peter Vigario

January 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Nizer LLP,
666 Fifth Avenue, 28th Floor
New York, 10103
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Peter Vigario Head Shot (002)It is a new year and time to get over the hurdles that are keeping you from financial independence.  The average credit card debt for households that carry a balance is a shocking $16,048 (USA Today.com The Average American Credit Card Debt may Shock You 10/12/16) and far too many of us live from paycheck to paycheck.  How do you relate to money and finances? Do you have control over them or are you struggling?  Tired of sleepless nights and feeling powerless to debt? Are you afraid to talk openly about money?  Join Peter Vigario, independent representative of Primerica for an empowering and timely discussion on How to Take Control of Your Finances in 2017.  Come learn some simple educational financial concepts and start of the new year feeling inspired.

December 2016

Hacking the Fear of Public Speaking with Eduardo Placer

December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Nizer LLP,
666 Fifth Avenue, 28th Floor
New York, 10103
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Public speaking is an art and a powerful science.  It is time to face the challenge and learn how to get your message to the heart of your audience.  International Public Speaker, Eduardo Placer addresses the challenges of public speaking and how to lead with power.  Are you paralyzed when speaking in front of an audience? What is the root causes of the issue? Are you limited by your self-belief?  In this engaging workshop Eduardo will work with you to unlock your voice and share fearlessly. You will discover how to hack the fear of public speaking. Eduardo will guide you through a process that will help you make sense of how you can harness the power of your body and breath to speak and engage your audience.  Keeping with ABWA NYC’s theme for this year—Be inspired by who you are: Speak It! Believe It! Do It—you will learn how to share your story fearlessly with the world.


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