Carroll County
Women's
Conference
2022

A Day of Enlightenment & Inspiration
Monday, March 14

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About the event

The Inaugural Carroll County Women’s Conference
Monday, March 14, 2022

Join us for “A Day of Enlightenment & Inspiration” held on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland where passionate speakers will lead sessions ranging on a variety of topics throughout the day. 

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Speakers

Julie Gaver
Key Note

Whether she’s the “Sage on the Stage” or the “Guide on the Side” Julie Gaver has been serving up her own unique brand of inspiration nation-wide for over 30 years. From her training debut as a Dale Carnegie Instructor to currently celebrating 25 years as an entrepreneurial speaker, corporate trainer and coach, Julie is well known for her high energy presentations and ability to connect with audiences in a memorable way. A master storyteller, Julie uses a witty blend of theatrics and experience to make learning fun!

Clients who benefit from Julie’s expertise include the nonprofit and governmental sector, professional services, construction, medical, education, and more.

Julie is the author of the three-part women’s book series Must Love Shoes and challenges her readers to see the meaning, lesson, and humor in life. The launch of her books stimulated such interest that Julie ultimately created a niche market designed for women which encompasses personal and professional development opportunities, domestic and international retreats, book club discussions, and unique social events designed to bring women together for fun, learning and camaraderie. At her 80 acre property, Meadow Branch Farm, Julie offers relaxing day retreat and training opportunities for small groups in the corporate and nonprofit sector.

She is the proud founder and director of “Soles of Love in the Garden” a passion project which collects and distributes new shoes and winter boots to local children in need.

Several Books

Jennifer Taboada
"Women Wealth and Well-Being"

Jennifer Taboada is a member of BlackRock’s Advisor Insights team, has been in the financial services industry for over 15 years, and has deep experience creating and presenting educational programs on financial planning topics. Currently, she leads the Social Security Consulting team at BlackRock and serves as a national specialist on financial planning topics including Social Security and Behavioral Finance.

Jen is an active member of BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network and believes that engaging and fostering the full potential of women is key to financial planning success. Her service dates back to 2007, including time spent as an Investment Management Associate covering Independent financial professionals in Georgia and Alabama.

Jen was raised in Ocean Township, NJ where she now lives with her husband Michael and daughter Isabella. She attended Seton Hall University where she received a BS in International Economics and a BA in Modern Languages with a specialization in Spanish and Italian. Jen is an active member on the Alumni Board of Directors at Seton Hall University.

Lindsay Troxell
"Women & Negotiations"

Lindsay Troxell is Senior Director, Knowledge Labs® Professional Development at Janus Henderson Investors. In this role, she provides performance coaching and consulting to financial professionals and their clients. Ms. Troxell has an unapologetic commitment to being curious and challenges her clients to manage their minds, which makes her a sought-after coach and keynote speaker who disrupts the industry with her ideas around a mindful and integrated approach to wealth and health. She leverages her experience as a certified life coach, executive management consultant, previous financial professional and NextGen leader to coach clients on intentionality and bring valuable insights to wealth managers.

Ms. Troxell earned a BBA degree in entrepreneurship and organizational development from Babson College. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is a KolbeTM Certified Consultant. She has 15 years of experience in practice management, training, consulting and coaching and 19 years of financial industry experience.

Kelly Frager
"What’s EQ Got To Do With It?"
As owner of Kelly Frager Professional Development & Training, Kelly partners with organizations to help them optimize the power of their people through training and consulting. Her collaborative relationship with her clients, customization of her message for professional realness & relevancy, and genuine, dynamic delivery style are the distinguishing aspects of her business. Kelly has spent her entire professional career in the human resources, training and professional development fields. Her clients and employers have ranged from the hospitality industry to professional services firms, with mortgage banking and homebuilding in the mix as well. Over the years and across the industries, she has learned that nearly ALL people want to feel good about where they work and possess a desire to contribute and grow as professionals. This insight has been the motivator for her work. Kelly loves her family, serving in her various communities and her alma mater, Penn State. In the early morning hours, she also loves her Peloton bike.
Lauren Hickey
"Aging Parents: Understanding the Importance of Self-Care and Navigating through the Healthcare System"
Lauren Hickey has worked in the Healthcare Industry for 20 years and joined Right at Home In-Home Care & Assistance in 2009 as their Community Relations Director. For the past 20 years, Lauren has connected families and community members with the resources in Carroll County and surrounding areas. She thrives on assisting people and ensuring they have the proper care in place wherever they may call home. Lauren is a member of several Boards, such as The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, The Commission on Aging & Disabilities, Department of Social Services Guardianship Review, President of the Senior Provider Information Network, Chair of the Healthy Aging Leadership Team, and a committee member to The Seniors on the Go Expo, and Taste of Carroll for Bridging Life. With all of her services throughout the county, Lauren was also the 2017 recipient of The Sylvia Cannon Humanitarian Award. Lauren graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland with her degree in Communications and can have the gift of gab. She was born and raised in Carroll County, and currently lives in New Windsor with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs. Lauren enjoys spending time with family, friends, running, skiing, and being with people!
Lynn Olexy
"I Sit Too Much! Yoga"

Lynn Olexy is the co-owner and operator of Westminster Downtown Yoga, LLC.  She comes to the mat with over 30 years of experience in health and wellness and her B.S. in Exercise Science, Dance Education and Business. Her passion for fitness took a turn when she discovered yoga 18 years ago and realized that “beating her body up” was not necessary to achieve her goals. She has a long history in the Carroll County community of establishing and managing a successful yoga studio.  She has her 200 hour yoga certification through Charm City and in 2019 completed her 500 hour CYT at Westminster Downtown Yoga through Yoga Works.

Her classes are athletic yet authentic in her combination of flow with breath. Off the mat you will find her spending time with her family and 2 basset hounds, enjoying the outdoors or spending time at the beach. Her motto is…be kind to everyone along the way, as we all have our own stories.

Veronica Cool
"Diversity in the Workplace"

After 20 years in the corporate sector, Veronica launched Cool & Associates, a management consulting firm to bridge the mainstream world to the Hispanic segment in the United States. Specializing in an integrated model providing solutions from the basics, like translations, media and events to the more complex, like Influencer Marketing, Outreach & Community Coalition-Building, Recruiting, Workforce & Employee Support Plans and Full Menu of Professional Development Sessions.

She has blended her financial expertise and operational experience with her nonprofit activities to drive engagement and growth. Her expertise includes commercial banking, lending, financial analysis and sales management, working with Wells Fargo and Bank of America, and leading and operating the state-wide Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Veronica has presented internationally in various conferences addressing topics such as Hispanic Engagement, Diverse Segment Marketing, Minority/WBE, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Access to Capital and Women in Business and Leadership. She is a columnist for Huffington Post, The Daily Record and Mundo Latino.

She’s received various awards including the NFL 2018 Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, 2018 BBJ Leaders in Diversity, 2017 Innovator of the Year, Shift University Presenter Champion 2017, Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch in 2016, Top 100 MBE, US Hispanic Chamber Corporate Leader of the Year, Daily Record’s MD Top 100 Women-Circle of Excellence and the US Hispanic Chamber Ultimate Latina Award. First Lady Michelle Obama recognized Veronica for her commitment to youth mentoring. Governor Larry Hogan appointed Cool to serve on the state-wide Governor’s Workforce Investment Board.

She is the founder of the Latino Innovators Pitch, an innovative program to showcase and empower Latino entrepreneurs to scale and grow their businesses profitably and sustainably. Veronica founded the Facebook Groups Yo Quiero Trabajo and Emprendedores Exitosos, where she curates content, resources and opportunities for Latino jobseekers and entrepreneurs.

She holds a BS from Kutztown University in Business Administration, and a Master’s of Science in Finance from Loyola University of MD. A native of Dominican Republic, she is the Past Board Chairman of the MD Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of Martin O’Malley’s gubernatorial transition steering committee focusing on MBE and Small Business. Cool currently serves on the boards of Open Society Institute, Hispanic Business and Training Institute (HBTI) of Montgomery College, Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors and is a proud member of the Hispanic Leaders Association, Latino Providers Network, Latinas Think Big and SHIFT.

Living northwest of Baltimore, Maryland, she is married to Mr. Cool and is happily overwhelmed by her 17-year-old fashionista black-belt diva and 16-year-old athletic jokester.

Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD
"Nutritional Wellness & Stress Management"

Dr. Jyothi Rao, MD, ABAAHP, FAARFM, has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. She received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New England Medical Center (Tufts) in Boston. Before opening Shakthi Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Rao practiced medicine in New York and Maryland.

“I believe knowledge is empowerment and focus my practice on wellness and prevention. Through this partnership in health, my patients and I work together to optimize their health and vitality.”

A strong proponent of holistic medicine, Dr. Rao is certified in Medical Acupuncture from UCLA. She is also certified in Cardiopulmonary Stress Testing, which is a personalized assessment of cardiac and pulmonary disease.

Body on Fire

Lynn Jore
"Growing up Girl: Current challenges young girls are facing and how you can help."

Lynn Jore has been working with young people for 22 years. She has invested her entire adult life empowering young women and girls of all ages across several fields of education and non-profit organizations. She is a firm believer in (and a living example of) the power one positive, caring adult can have in the life of a young person, often affecting the trajectory of more than one individual. Currently serving as Community Outreach Manager for Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, Lynn joins a team of staff and volunteers committed to inspiring girls in our community to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Originally from Sykesville, Lynn has lived in 7 different states, learning from different types of people and cultures (and seriously enjoying the food!) So while Carroll County is home, there is no telling what accent might slip out on any given day. Today she lives in Westminster with her husband, and 3 small, semi-wild children.

Dr. Mona Becker
"Where are Women in Science?"

Dr. Mona Becker has been involved in science education for over 20 years. She is involved in the community as the science department chair and a science teacher at Westminster High School, as well as serving as the newly elected Mayor of Westminster. 

Together with her wife, Melanie Nilsson, she founded a non-profit called STEMivism – an organization that promotes a sustainable and inclusive climate for scientific and technological advancement. Together, over the last several years they have been working to advocate for underrepresented individuals in science and conducting primary research in how individuals are portrayed in chemistry textbooks.

Dr. Becker is a graduate of Millersville University (BS Geology, 1994), Virginia Tech (MS Geology, 1996), and SUNY Stony Brook (PhD Geology, 2001). Upon completing her PhD she lived abroad in England, working in the Earth Science Department at the University of Oxford. 

Dr. Kendra Hart, EdD., MS, MA, BA
"Who's Taking Care of Me?"

Kendra Hart is a mother, wife, and educator with over 20 years with experiences as a teacher, school leader, central office supervisor, school counselor, and curriculum writer.  Dr. Hart holds a Doctor of Education with a concentration on Teacher Leadership, Master of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  She served on the Carroll County Arts Council Board of Directors and is a Trustee for the Carroll County Public Library.  

Dr. Hart considers servant leadership an honor rather than a duty and believes that everyone should surround themselves in positive and collaborative environments where one can learn, experiment, and prosper.    

Dr. Hart’s greatest joys in life are being a mother of four amazing children and the wife to her high school sweetheart.

Schedule

Monday, March 14, 2022 @ McDaniel College
Starting in the Naganna Forum

  • Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking 7 AM
  • Professional Headshots Throughout The Day
  • Welcome, Opening Remarks and Group Activity 8 AM

    Dr. Julia Jasken McDaniel College
    Doug Velnoskey, Emcee

  • Keynote Speaker 8:30 AM

    Julie Gaver “Must Love Shoes”

  • Session I 9:30 AM

    Women, Wealth & Well-Being (Jennifer Taboada)
    Healthier You – Keep Moving (Lynn Olexy)
    Aging Parents (Lauren Hickey)
    Diversity in the Workplace (Veronica Cool)

  • Break 10:15 AM
  • Session 2 10:30 AM

    Women & Negotiating (Lindsay Troxell)

    Emotional Intelligence (Kelly Frager)

    Nutritional Wellness & Stress Management (Dr. Roa)

    Where are Women in Science? (Dr. Mona Becker)


  • Lunch, Networking, Professional Headshots 11:30 AM
  • Mid-Day Motivation 12:40 PM

    TBA

  • Session 3 1:15 PM

    Women, Wealth & Well-Being (Jennifer Taboada)
    Healthier You – Keep Moving (Lynn Olexy)
    Aging Parents (Lauren Hickey)
    Who’s Taking Care of Me? (Dr. Kendra Hart)

  • Break 2 PM
  • Session 4 2:15 PM

    Women & Negotiating (Lindsay Troxell)
    Emotional Intelligence (Kelly Frager)
    Nutritional Wellness & Stress Management (Dr. Roa)
    Growing Up Girl (Lynn Jore)

  • Closing Remarks, Wine Reception, Networking,
    Professional Headshots & Book Signing
    3:30 PM

    Doug Velnoskey, Emcee
    Julie Gaver “Must Love Shoes”
    Dr. Roa “Body on Fire”
    Books available for Purchase in Author Bio’s

** SCHOLARSHIP PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT BENEFIT FEMALE STUDENTS AT CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND MCDANIEL COLLEGE​

Sponsors

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Grandidierite

$5,000

8 Event tickets



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11 x 17 take home poster



Reserved Table with Signage



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Logo on event banner



Exclusive Recognition on Social Media



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Recognition during Key Note (2)



Acknowledgement at podium



Short speaking time at Keynote Events



Exclusive Recognition during Wine Reception



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Blue Diamond

$4,000

8 Event tickets



Sponsor Name badge (color coordinated)



Donation to gift bag



Full page ad in program



11 x 17 take home poster



Reserved Table with Signage



Foam Board event sign



Logo on social media



Logo on event banner



Exclusive Recognition on Social Media



Logo on Website



Recognition at breakfast, lunch or snacks



Logo on gift bag



Recognition during Key Note (2)



Acknowledgement at podium



Short speaking time at Keynote Events



Logo recognition with tag/mention in social media and communications



Exclusive Keynote Sponsor (x2)

Diamond

$3,000

6 Event tickets



Sponsor Name badge (color coordinated)



Donation to gift bag



Full page ad in program



11 x 17 take home poster



Reserved Table with Signage



Foam Board event sign



Logo on social media



Logo on event banner



Exclusive Recognition on Social Media



Logo on Website



Recognition at breakfast, lunch or snacks



Recognition during Key Note (2)



Acknowledgement at podium



Logo recognition with tag/mention in social media and communications

Ruby

$2,500

4 Event tickets



Sponsor Name badge (color coordinated)



Donation to gift bag



1/2 page ad in program



11 x 17 take home poster



Reserved Table with Signage



Foam Board event sign



Logo on social media



Logo on event banner



Exclusive Recognition on Social Media



Logo on Website



Recognition at breakfast, lunch or snacks



Acknowledgement at podium



Logo recognition with tag/mention in social media and communications

Emerald

$1,000

2 Event tickets



Sponsor Name badge (color coordinated)



Donation to gift bag



1/4 page ad in program



11 x 17 take home poster



Foam Board event sign



Logo on social media



Logo on event banner

 



Exclusive Recognition on Social Media



Logo on Website



Recognition at breakfast, lunch or snacks



Breakout session sponsor



Logo recognition with tag/mention in social media and communications

Sapphire

$500

2 Event tickets



Sponsor Name badge (color coordinated)



Donation to gift bag



1/6 page ad in program

Opal

$250

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Donation to gift bag



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The Inaugural Carroll County Women’s Conference is scheduled for Monday, March 14 2022 to be a day of Enlightenment & Inspiration held on the Campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

McDaniel College
2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157

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