Speakers and Topics

Leslie Russell's Speaking Topics

  • Innovation and Creativity: 7th Sense Strategies for Breakthrough Insights
  • Applied Positive Psychology, Laughter & Play
  • Mindfulness

Inkandescent Speakers Bureau

Innovation and Creativity + Applied Positive Psychology = Laughter and Joy

Date: May 13, 2016 Time: Weekend workshop Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Innovation and Creativity + Applied Positive Psychology = Laughter and Joy Organization: oung Leadership/Entrepreneur Seminar Location: Berlin, Germany

A dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist, Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A. has traveled the globe supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies, small and medium size businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government officials, financiers, and entrepreneurs to access their inner genius, accelerate personal growth and drive their business objectives.

Leslie is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of 7th Sense Strategies, a coaching and workshop training firm. She has spent decades working as college professor, professional off-Broadway actress, comedy improviser, screenwriter, cognitive alchemist and laughter therapist. It was only natural for her to combine her experience and knowledge to help thousands heal and live the lives they imagine through innovation, creativity, personal effectiveness, change management, leadership, teambuilding, applied positive psychology, laughter, and diversity training.

As the V.P. of Training and Innovation consultant at Negotium Innov8 and the Trans-Atlantic Negotiation School of Business in Nigeria, she understands that innovation is the leading-edge operative in our hyper-competitive global economy. At the heart of innovation, resides the creative impulse to think out-of-the-box, take risks, make mistakes and dare to experiment with the unknown. Innovation is about creating a new vision and deriving a strategic plan to support that vision.

Leslie coaches her clients to recognize that often their brightest ideas and decisions come when they sidestep their linear, rational predispositions and harness a different type of intelligence, their intuitive intelligence, wholistic brain. This is the wellspring of intelligence where the Nobel Prize is born, quantum leaps in science are discovered and brilliant new trends in business, management and technology are revealed. She encourages her clients to step up their game and access an entirely different skill set: finding and challenging the status quo, uncover strategies for discovering new uncontested markets, develop new approaches to creating value through business model design, relinquish antiquated methodology, relieve articulated and the unarticulated needs of the customer/ marketplace and most importantly, leverage their creative inner genius…

Leslie’s mission and greatest passion lies in her ability to facilitate and train individuals and businesses in unleashing their “joy” and true potential, break barriers, uncover their limiting beliefs – and access their inner genius. It is through this transformational process that ordinary executives and employees turn into extraordinary innovators once they are given the tools and perspectives they need. Innovation at this level creates barriers to competition – keeping clientele ahead in a fast changing world.

A natural proclivity for unabashed joy and laughter, her improvisational comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches with a sundry of “Saturday Night Live” comedy stars. She is founder and artistic director of the all-female comedy improv troupe Women Gone Mad.

Also an accomplished writer and screenwriter, Leslie is an adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Stern College in New York City and Theater Arts teacher at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation instructor. In her previous incarnation, she worked as a producer/writer in Hollywood.

Leslie attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received her Master’s degree in Theater and Bachelor’s degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in Organizational Psychology.

Salon for the Soul: Discover the language of the soul and excavate your deepest knowing

Date: April 7, 2016 Time: 7 pm Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Salon for the Soul: Discover the language of the soul and excavate your deepest knowing Organization: Private event - call for details Location: Los Angeles, CA

A dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist, Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A. has traveled the globe supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies, small and medium size businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government officials, financiers, and entrepreneurs to access their inner genius, accelerate personal growth and drive their business objectives.

Leslie is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of 7th Sense Strategies, a coaching and workshop training firm. She has spent decades working as college professor, professional off-Broadway actress, comedy improviser, screenwriter, cognitive alchemist and laughter therapist. It was only natural for her to combine her experience and knowledge to help thousands heal and live the lives they imagine through innovation, creativity, personal effectiveness, change management, leadership, teambuilding, applied positive psychology, laughter, and diversity training.

As the V.P. of Training and Innovation consultant at Negotium Innov8 and the Trans-Atlantic Negotiation School of Business in Nigeria, she understands that innovation is the leading-edge operative in our hyper-competitive global economy. At the heart of innovation, resides the creative impulse to think out-of-the-box, take risks, make mistakes and dare to experiment with the unknown. Innovation is about creating a new vision and deriving a strategic plan to support that vision.

Leslie coaches her clients to recognize that often their brightest ideas and decisions come when they sidestep their linear, rational predispositions and harness a different type of intelligence, their intuitive intelligence, wholistic brain. This is the wellspring of intelligence where the Nobel Prize is born, quantum leaps in science are discovered and brilliant new trends in business, management and technology are revealed. She encourages her clients to step up their game and access an entirely different skill set: finding and challenging the status quo, uncover strategies for discovering new uncontested markets, develop new approaches to creating value through business model design, relinquish antiquated methodology, relieve articulated and the unarticulated needs of the customer/ marketplace and most importantly, leverage their creative inner genius…

Leslie’s mission and greatest passion lies in her ability to facilitate and train individuals and businesses in unleashing their “joy” and true potential, break barriers, uncover their limiting beliefs – and access their inner genius. It is through this transformational process that ordinary executives and employees turn into extraordinary innovators once they are given the tools and perspectives they need. Innovation at this level creates barriers to competition – keeping clientele ahead in a fast changing world.

A natural proclivity for unabashed joy and laughter, her improvisational comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches with a sundry of “Saturday Night Live” comedy stars. She is founder and artistic director of the all-female comedy improv troupe Women Gone Mad.

Also an accomplished writer and screenwriter, Leslie is an adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Stern College in New York City and Theater Arts teacher at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation instructor. In her previous incarnation, she worked as a producer/writer in Hollywood.

Leslie attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received her Master’s degree in Theater and Bachelor’s degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in Organizational Psychology.

Applied Positive Psychology: Find your hidden joy and inner laughter

Date: March 9, 2016 Time: 7 pm Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Applied Positive Psychology: Find your hidden joy and inner laughter Organization: Women's Circle, Chabad of Wilkes Berre Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA

A dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist, Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A. has traveled the globe supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies, small and medium size businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government officials, financiers, and entrepreneurs to access their inner genius, accelerate personal growth and drive their business objectives.

Leslie is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of 7th Sense Strategies, a coaching and workshop training firm. She has spent decades working as college professor, professional off-Broadway actress, comedy improviser, screenwriter, cognitive alchemist and laughter therapist. It was only natural for her to combine her experience and knowledge to help thousands heal and live the lives they imagine through innovation, creativity, personal effectiveness, change management, leadership, teambuilding, applied positive psychology, laughter, and diversity training.

As the V.P. of Training and Innovation consultant at Negotium Innov8 and the Trans-Atlantic Negotiation School of Business in Nigeria, she understands that innovation is the leading-edge operative in our hyper-competitive global economy. At the heart of innovation, resides the creative impulse to think out-of-the-box, take risks, make mistakes and dare to experiment with the unknown. Innovation is about creating a new vision and deriving a strategic plan to support that vision.

Leslie coaches her clients to recognize that often their brightest ideas and decisions come when they sidestep their linear, rational predispositions and harness a different type of intelligence, their intuitive intelligence, wholistic brain. This is the wellspring of intelligence where the Nobel Prize is born, quantum leaps in science are discovered and brilliant new trends in business, management and technology are revealed. She encourages her clients to step up their game and access an entirely different skill set: finding and challenging the status quo, uncover strategies for discovering new uncontested markets, develop new approaches to creating value through business model design, relinquish antiquated methodology, relieve articulated and the unarticulated needs of the customer/ marketplace and most importantly, leverage their creative inner genius…

Leslie’s mission and greatest passion lies in her ability to facilitate and train individuals and businesses in unleashing their “joy” and true potential, break barriers, uncover their limiting beliefs – and access their inner genius. It is through this transformational process that ordinary executives and employees turn into extraordinary innovators once they are given the tools and perspectives they need. Innovation at this level creates barriers to competition – keeping clientele ahead in a fast changing world.

A natural proclivity for unabashed joy and laughter, her improvisational comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches with a sundry of “Saturday Night Live” comedy stars. She is founder and artistic director of the all-female comedy improv troupe Women Gone Mad.

Also an accomplished writer and screenwriter, Leslie is an adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Stern College in New York City and Theater Arts teacher at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation instructor. In her previous incarnation, she worked as a producer/writer in Hollywood.

Leslie attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received her Master’s degree in Theater and Bachelor’s degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in Organizational Psychology.

Applied Positive Psychology, Laughter and Joy

Date: February 18, 2016 Time: 4 pm Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Applied Positive Psychology, Laughter and Joy Organization: United States District Court, District of Connecticut Location: New Haven Courthouse: Support court for probation population

A dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist, Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A. has traveled the globe supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies, small and medium size businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government officials, financiers, and entrepreneurs to access their inner genius, accelerate personal growth and drive their business objectives.

Leslie is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of 7th Sense Strategies, a coaching and workshop training firm. She has spent decades working as college professor, professional off-Broadway actress, comedy improviser, screenwriter, cognitive alchemist and laughter therapist. It was only natural for her to combine her experience and knowledge to help thousands heal and live the lives they imagine through innovation, creativity, personal effectiveness, change management, leadership, teambuilding, applied positive psychology, laughter, and diversity training.

As the V.P. of Training and Innovation consultant at Negotium Innov8 and the Trans-Atlantic Negotiation School of Business in Nigeria, she understands that innovation is the leading-edge operative in our hyper-competitive global economy. At the heart of innovation, resides the creative impulse to think out-of-the-box, take risks, make mistakes and dare to experiment with the unknown. Innovation is about creating a new vision and deriving a strategic plan to support that vision.

Leslie coaches her clients to recognize that often their brightest ideas and decisions come when they sidestep their linear, rational predispositions and harness a different type of intelligence, their intuitive intelligence, wholistic brain. This is the wellspring of intelligence where the Nobel Prize is born, quantum leaps in science are discovered and brilliant new trends in business, management and technology are revealed. She encourages her clients to step up their game and access an entirely different skill set: finding and challenging the status quo, uncover strategies for discovering new uncontested markets, develop new approaches to creating value through business model design, relinquish antiquated methodology, relieve articulated and the unarticulated needs of the customer/ marketplace and most importantly, leverage their creative inner genius…

Leslie’s mission and greatest passion lies in her ability to facilitate and train individuals and businesses in unleashing their “joy” and true potential, break barriers, uncover their limiting beliefs – and access their inner genius. It is through this transformational process that ordinary executives and employees turn into extraordinary innovators once they are given the tools and perspectives they need. Innovation at this level creates barriers to competition – keeping clientele ahead in a fast changing world.

A natural proclivity for unabashed joy and laughter, her improvisational comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches with a sundry of “Saturday Night Live” comedy stars. She is founder and artistic director of the all-female comedy improv troupe Women Gone Mad.

Also an accomplished writer and screenwriter, Leslie is an adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Stern College in New York City and Theater Arts teacher at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation instructor. In her previous incarnation, she worked as a producer/writer in Hollywood.

Leslie attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received her Master’s degree in Theater and Bachelor’s degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in Organizational Psychology.

Keynote: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Growing Business Acumen

Date: January 21, 2016 Time: 11am Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Keynote: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Growing Business Acumen Organization: Dorian Drake International, Inc. Location: Westchester, NY

A dynamic speaker, trainer, executive coach, laughter therapist, performer, educator, and cognitive alchemist, Leslie E.R. Russell, M.A. has traveled the globe supporting a variety of Fortune 500 companies, small and medium size businesses, hospitals, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government officials, financiers, and entrepreneurs to access their inner genius, accelerate personal growth and drive their business objectives.

Leslie is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and founder of 7th Sense Strategies, a coaching and workshop training firm. She has spent decades working as college professor, professional off-Broadway actress, comedy improviser, screenwriter, cognitive alchemist and laughter therapist. It was only natural for her to combine her experience and knowledge to help thousands heal and live the lives they imagine through innovation, creativity, personal effectiveness, change management, leadership, teambuilding, applied positive psychology, laughter, and diversity training.

As the V.P. of Training and Innovation consultant at Negotium Innov8 and the Trans-Atlantic Negotiation School of Business in Nigeria, she understands that innovation is the leading-edge operative in our hyper-competitive global economy. At the heart of innovation, resides the creative impulse to think out-of-the-box, take risks, make mistakes and dare to experiment with the unknown. Innovation is about creating a new vision and deriving a strategic plan to support that vision.

Leslie coaches her clients to recognize that often their brightest ideas and decisions come when they sidestep their linear, rational predispositions and harness a different type of intelligence, their intuitive intelligence, wholistic brain. This is the wellspring of intelligence where the Nobel Prize is born, quantum leaps in science are discovered and brilliant new trends in business, management and technology are revealed. She encourages her clients to step up their game and access an entirely different skill set: finding and challenging the status quo, uncover strategies for discovering new uncontested markets, develop new approaches to creating value through business model design, relinquish antiquated methodology, relieve articulated and the unarticulated needs of the customer/ marketplace and most importantly, leverage their creative inner genius…

Leslie’s mission and greatest passion lies in her ability to facilitate and train individuals and businesses in unleashing their “joy” and true potential, break barriers, uncover their limiting beliefs – and access their inner genius. It is through this transformational process that ordinary executives and employees turn into extraordinary innovators once they are given the tools and perspectives they need. Innovation at this level creates barriers to competition – keeping clientele ahead in a fast changing world.

A natural proclivity for unabashed joy and laughter, her improvisational comedy career began at the famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles where she wrote and performed in numerous comedy sketches with a sundry of “Saturday Night Live” comedy stars. She is founder and artistic director of the all-female comedy improv troupe Women Gone Mad.

Also an accomplished writer and screenwriter, Leslie is an adjunct Professor of Screenwriting at Stern College in New York City and Theater Arts teacher at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and mindfulness meditation instructor. In her previous incarnation, she worked as a producer/writer in Hollywood.

Leslie attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received her Master’s degree in Theater and Bachelor’s degree from the University California at Santa Barbara in Organizational Psychology.

How Savvy Women Thrive on Change, Increase Their Confidence and Power-Up Their Career

Date: October 20, 2015 Time: 2:00 pm Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: How Savvy Women Thrive on Change, Increase Their Confidence and Power-Up Their Career Organization: Space Telescope Science Institute Location: Baltimore, MD

Are you satisfied with your career? Frustrated by not being fully recognized for your abilities? Anxious about organizational change? Most women sense they could be doing better. The good news is that embedded in change are opportunities for your career, if you’re willing to embrace the process and make the most of it. That’s what savvy women do. They take charge of their career and become a powerful asset to their organization.

About Mary Foley

Bodacious Mary Foley believes that successful careers don’t just happen — they are engineered. That’s why she has combined her engineering education, passion for inspiring professional women, and two decades of live program experience to help women create the careers they really want.

Mary began sharing career advice after her 10-year career at AOL – when AOL was cool – where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.
Known for her uncommon insights, candidness and humor, Mary is the author of three books including Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women, featured blogger on WorkingMother.com, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk radio show.

As a facilitator and speaker, she energizes women with practical advice to increase their confidence, expand their influence, and thrive on change. Regardless of her engineering background, no matter what Mary’s doing, she absolutely refuses to wear a pocket protector.

In a surprising turn of events, Mary appeared on the cover of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and was spoofed on the E! Entertaining TV show The Soup. She will tell you how that happened over a glass of wine.
Read more about Mary Foley, Engineering and Energizing Women’s Careers, Communities, and Events

8 Things Interns Should Not Do

Date: October 13, 2015 Time: 5-6 pm Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 8 Things Interns Should Not Do Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University, PR Program Location: Richmond, VA

In this fun and interactive 1-hour speech, PR professional Hope Katz Gibbs will share with the students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s PR program how to succeed as an internship student, how a new grad can enter the PR field, and the good-bad-and-hysterical experiences she’s had since launching Inkandescent Public Relations in 2008.

“Being an intern is a tough job,” knows Gibbs, who has hired dozens of interns to help her at InkandescentPR.com. “But I’ve seen too many students not get out of the experience nearly what they could.”

Gibbs believes that’s because some students don’t have a realistic understanding of what is required at an internship, and some don’t make sure before accepting an internship that they have the time and energy to devote to an internship that would maximize their experience.

What Are the 8 Things Interns Should Not Do?

  • Show up late — and make it worse by explaining why their other commitments are more important than the internship. Or they don’t show up at all, and don’t bother to notify anyone who expects them.
  • Mistake their boss for their friend.
  • Assume they are smarter than their boss, and aren’t willing to learn from experienced professionals.
  • Not be able to write well and think clearly, and they don’t bother to double-check their work.
  • Not be willing to put in extra hours from time to time to get the job done.
  • Not be able to work independently — or remotely.
  • Don’t take as many classes as possible in their major to excel in their chosen field.
  • Not be able to apply or translate what they they have learned in the classroom to a real-world situation.

Gibbs is hoping that hearing the stories behind this “What Not to Do” checklist will make students better interns, and also help organizations that want to hire them to have a better experience.

Click here to learn more about Gibbs’ Inkandescent Internships Program.

Click here to book GIbbs to speak to your organization.


About Hope Katz Gibbs

Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (InkandesentPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (BeInkandescent.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.

Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.

She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, “PR Rules: The Playbook,” to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com. Contact Hope by email at hope@inkandescentpr.com, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.

Why Is PR Important?

Date: October 6, 2015 Time: 7-8 pm Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Why Is PR Important? Organization: George Washington University, PR Graduate Program Location: Alexandria, VA

In this fun and interactive 1-hour speech, PR professional Hope Katz Gibbs will share with the graduate students in GWU’s PR program why PR is important — and how they can harness the power of spreading the good word about clients.

“PR offers an amazing opportunity to tell great stories, engage people, and help an organization grow,” knows Gibbs, author of PR Rules: The Playbook. “But that is serious business. I have met too many small business owners, nonprofit leaders, and corporate execs who don’t know how to best finesse their message. Instead, getting featured in the news becomes an ego boost, which is a monster that never quite gets satiated.”

Gibbs proposed taking a step back and looking at the big picture of an organization’s business plan before embarking on a PR campaign.

“You have to know where you truly want to go with your organization first, and then the PR plan will be written to accomplish those goals. Do you want a bigger piece of the thought space? Are you trying to get butts in seats at an event, or heads in beds at a hotel? Or are you trying to sell a product or service? These all require different approaches.”

Plus, Gibbs shares that students are one of her favorite audiences.

“I love speaking to students who are eager to learn, and aren’t jaded yet by the drama of working with clients who have unrealistic expectations,” she says. “My goal is to explain what it’s really like to work in the field of PR, and help them plan ahead to do the best job possible to tell great stories and create campaigns that will truly make a difference for an organization.”

Click here to book Hope to speak to your organization.


About Hope Katz Gibbs

Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (InkandesentPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (BeInkandescent.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.

Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.

She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, “PR Rules: The Playbook,” to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com. Contact Hope by email at hope@inkandescentpr.com, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.

“Chopped” Team-Building Competition

Date: October 1, 2015 Time: Noon Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: “Chopped” Team-Building Competition Organization: The Steward School Location: Richmond, VA

Want to cook like the celebrities? In this fun, fast-paced cooking competition, Chef Ann Butler lets students compete to find out who is the best in the class. Stay tuned for the winner!

About Ann Butler

A former high school Culinary Arts teacher, Ann Butler was frustrated that her students were consuming Red Bull and Doritos for breakfast, but found studies that show, teaching younger kids how to prepare healthy foods would stick for a life time of well being – so she started Edible Education.

Ann is one of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools partners, and was 1 of 20 invited to the first Chefs Move training seminar. She is Jamie Oliver’s appointed Richmond Ambassador for the Food Revolution Day events having their joint video receive 1.3 million twitter hits; she was a National Business Women’s Owners “Rising
Star Entrepreneurs” of 2014 and a recognized USDA Community Partner.

Four years and 20,000 students later, Ann and the 16 chefs of Edible Education want you to experience the ease and fun of food preparation so your students can enjoy the success of preparing simple foods and getting excited about real food.

Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times

Date: October 1, 2015 Time: 12:00 pm Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times Organization: The Journal Record Location: Oklahoma City, OK

A natural reaction to change is to hunker down and withdraw. But, that’s the opposite of what successful women do! In this energizing, interactive session, women learn specific strategies to thrive on change in stressful times.

About Mary Foley

Bodacious Mary Foley believes that successful careers don’t just happen — they are engineered. That’s why she has combined her engineering education, passion for inspiring professional women, and two decades of live program experience to help women create the careers they really want.

Mary began sharing career advice after her 10-year career at AOL – when AOL was cool – where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.
Known for her uncommon insights, candidness and humor, Mary is the author of three books including Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women, featured blogger on WorkingMother.com, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk radio show.

As a facilitator and speaker, she energizes women with practical advice to increase their confidence, expand their influence, and thrive on change. Regardless of her engineering background, no matter what Mary’s doing, she absolutely refuses to wear a pocket protector.

In a surprising turn of events, Mary appeared on the cover of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and was spoofed on the E! Entertaining TV show The Soup. She will tell you how that happened over a glass of wine.

Read more about Mary Foley, Engineering and Energizing Women’s Careers, Communities, and Events

Technology Values

Date: September 30, 2015 Time: 4 pm Speaker: Michael Vidikan Topic: Technology Values Organization: Foresight & Trends conference Location: SLS Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Consumers drive and shape how technologies develop. Through an ongoing examination of consumer needs and values—and the emerging technologies that can help to fulfill these needs—we see common principles emerging. These common principles—termed “technology values” are the basic characteristics that consumers will seek in products, services, and technologies over the next decade. Participants will come away with a more informed understanding of their consumer’s needs relating to technology and advice on how to position technology offerings in the marketplace.

Learn more here.


About Michael Vidikan

Michael Vidikan is the CEO and founder of Future in Focus, a strategic foresight and consulting firm that helps companies see years or even decades into the future to make better long-term decisions today.
A graduate of the MBA program at The George Washington University, he also received his undergraduate degree in business and psychology. When he’s not focusing on the future, you can find him experimenting in the kitchen, testing out the latest interactive gaming technologies, or volunteering in his community and raising money for Movember, a global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.

About Future in Focus: Future in Focus is a strategic foresight and consulting firm that offers custom and subscription-based research to help companies see years or even decades into the future to make better long-term decisions today. Founded in 2014 by futurist Michael Vidikan, the firm continues the work previously done by Social Technologies, which was founded in 2000 by futurist Tom Conger. It was sold in 2009 to Innovaro, a company focused on software and innovation solutions. Today, there are more than 1,400 briefs in Vidikan’s database that focus on the future of everything, from cyber-security and home furnishings to robotics and food preferences, including demographic and generational trends, country and regional profiles around the world, and emerging business models.

Learn more about subscribing here: FutureInFocus.com.

2015 Annual "Woman 2 Woman" Extravaganza

Date: September 22, 2015 Time: 8:30 AM until 12:00 PM Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 2015 Annual "Woman 2 Woman" Extravaganza Organization: Network for Enterprising Women Location: Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, Richmond VA

At this annual event for the entire community, keynote speaker Hope Katz Gibbs will pull pages from her book, “PR Rules: The Playbook” and do a 35-minute media training session with audience members.

Three lucky attendees will have the spotlight shown on them in an interview with Gibbs, who in addition to being a publicist since 2001, has been a journalist since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.

“The ladies will have the opportunity to show off their interviewing skills, and also teach the audience about their business,” says Gibbs. “Best of all, this teachable moment enables everyone in the room to learn more about how to act, and react, with poise and grace during an interview with a reporter.”

Is it really important to be featured in the news? What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? Does it truly help grow your business? You’ll find out all of that, and more, in this interesting and fun presentation.


About the Network for Enterprising Women

The Network of Enterprising Women (NEW) was born in 1988, founded by Shirley Wagner and Debbie Johnston, two professional businesswomen seeking to build a women’s networking group by meeting each month to laugh, network, and build relationships. Soon, they were joined by hundreds of others, and NEW became a nonprofit, with a board of directors and an active philanthropic initiative.

“The main goal of NEW is to assist and encourage women who desire to become established in business, and to promote and foster the exchange of knowledge and understanding of methods for success in establishing and maintaining a business,” says Dee Dee Schurman, the incoming 2015 president. What does she have planned for the coming year? And what’s on the horizon for this growing networking group? Click here for a Q&A with Dee Dee.

About Hope Katz Gibbs

Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (InkandesentPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (BeInkandescent.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.

Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.

She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, “PR Rules: The Playbook,” to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com. Contact Hope by email at hope@inkandescentpr.com, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.

Engineering a Passion

Date: September 15, 2015 Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Engineering a Passion Organization: The Story Tellers Channel's "Stories that Matter!" Location: Richmond, VA

Have you ever wondered wanted to just get a challenging circumstance over with so you can move on to something better? After a tough road to complete her engineering degree, Mary realized she really didn’t want to be an engineer. What she didn’t realize is that was the exact path that lead to her passion. She shares her journey and pivot points we can all relate to, including that it was her Mom’s idea!


About Mary Foley

Bodacious Mary Foley believes that successful careers don’t just happen — they are engineered. That’s why she has combined her engineering education, passion for inspiring professional women, and two decades of live program experience to help women create the careers they really want.

Mary began sharing career advice after her 10-year career at AOL – when AOL was cool – where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.
Known for her uncommon insights, candidness and humor, Mary is the author of three books including Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women, featured blogger on WorkingMother.com, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk radio show.

As a facilitator and speaker, she energizes women with practical advice to increase their confidence, expand their influence, and thrive on change. Regardless of her engineering background, no matter what Mary’s doing, she absolutely refuses to wear a pocket protector.

In a surprising turn of events, Mary appeared on the cover of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and was spoofed on the E! Entertaining TV show The Soup. She will tell you how that happened over a glass of wine.
Read more about Mary Foley, Engineering and Energizing Women’s Careers, Communities, and Events


About the Story Tellers Channel’s “Stories that Matter!”

Storytellers Channel produces workshops and performances showcasing people’s authentic stories. Under the guidance of experienced professionals, workshop participants collaborate to shape and share their personal stories.

We believe everyone has a story, a good story, maybe even a great story. Some people discover they have more than one. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to tell their stories so others will want to listen. Some of us cut to the chase too soon, leaving out entertaining and important elements. Others rattle on, never getting to the point. Still others of us are afraid of rejection and so keep our stories to ourselves.

During our workshops storytellers rehearse telling their stories to one another . With the help of feedback from fellow participants and their Director, the Storytellers edit and polish their stories, while gaining confidence in their ability to hold their audience’s attention.

Upon completing the workshop, storytellers share their story in a Showcase . They tell their story on stage in a local theater before an invited audience of their family and friends. This hospitable environment provides the perfect atmosphere for recounting the stories the participants just “have to tell”. Those authentic stories that mean so much to our storytellers and their audiences.

The performances are recorded, and then edited, packaged and distributed for viewing and sale at Storytellers Channel. The recordings are transcribed and the showcase’s stories are published as books. The books are submitted to the Library of Congress and sold on Amazon.

Facilitation: Extraordinary Women's Exchange Executive Committee

Date: September 3, 2015 Time: 2:30-5:30pm Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Facilitation: Extraordinary Women's Exchange Executive Committee Organization: Richmond Chamber of Commerce Location: Richmond, VA

What is on the horizon for the Richmond Chamber’s Extraordinary Women’s Exchange? That’s what Hope Katz Gibbs will help the committee decide at this 3-hour planning meeting for 2015-2016.

From workshops and socials to plans about the group’s Real Conversations series, Hope will assist the organization’s incoming president, Cassandra Naville, to guide this important session.

Click here to learn more about EWS.

About Hope Katz Gibbs

Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (www.InkyPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (www.BeInky.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.

Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.

She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, PR Rules: The Playbook, to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com.

Contact Hope by email at hope@inkandescentpr.com, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.

Top 5 PR + Marketing Tips in 10 Minutes

Date: September 3, 2015 Time: 11-1pm Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Top 5 PR + Marketing Tips in 10 Minutes Organization: Network for Enterprising Women Location: Richmond, VA

What are the Top PR + Marketing Tips that you need to know? In 10 minutes, speaker Hope Katz Gibbs will offer a few ideas to help the savvy, sassy ladies of Richmond’s Network for Enterprising Women learn how to boost their visibility.

If you are looking to do the same, try this:

1. Make sure your website is stunning. Why? It’s your little black dress — and your public face. Make sure it reflects who you are, what you do, and why customers should spend their money with you.
2. Update your bio and photo and add it to your social media pages. You’ll be amazed at how many people contact you.
3. Add 10 new social media contacts each month, and reach out to them with a quick note — and add them to your database for your monthly newsletter.
4. Don’t send out a monthly newsletter? Consider creating one.
5. Don’t know what to say in the newsletter? Make a list of the 12 topics you want to share as the expert that you are in your field. Now flesh out those ideas in articles that are 250-500 words. Add a great image to illustrate the topic. Do your best to hook the topics to newsworthy or timely events (feature something that has to do with love in February, being thankful in November, etc.).

Remember: Be intriguing, be insightful, be interesting, Be Inkandescent.

About Hope Katz Gibbs

Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (www.InkyPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (www.BeInky.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.

Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.

She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, PR Rules: The Playbook, to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com.

Contact Hope by email at hope@inkandescentpr.com, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.

Creative Line Displays for Increasing Sales

Date: August 28, 2015 Time: 5-7 pm Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Creative Line Displays for Increasing Sales Organization: Richmond Public Schools Location: Henderson Middle School, Richmond VA

More than 350 cafeteria managers and staff members attended this session featuring Chef and cooking instructor Ann Butler, owner of Edible Education, to learn essential it is to not just make food that tastes great — it has to look great, too.

“I want everyone to know, especially cafeteria manages and staff members, that getting kids to eat real food entails presenting it beautifully,” Butler explains. “It’s not hard. In fact, it’s a great way to get creative and have fun. And, best of all, you see the payoff immediately because start gravitating to the work you’ve done. It’s incredibly rewarding.”

About Ann Butler

A former high school Culinary Arts teacher, Ann Butler was frustrated that her students were consuming Red Bull and Doritos for breakfast, but found studies that show, teaching younger kids how to prepare healthy foods would stick for a life time of well being – so she started Edible Education.

Ann is one of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools partners, and was 1 of 20 invited to the first Chefs Move training seminar. She is Jamie Oliver’s appointed Richmond Ambassador for the Food Revolution Day events having their joint video receive 1.3 million twitter hits; she was a National Business Women’s Owners “Rising
Star Entrepreneurs” of 2014 and a recognized USDA Community Partner.

Four years and 20,000 students later, Ann and the 16 chefs of Edible Education want you to experience the ease and fun of food preparation so your students can enjoy the success of preparing simple foods and getting excited about real food.

Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times

Date: August 17, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times Organization: Virginia Society of Association Executives Location: Norfolk, VA

A natural reaction to change is to hunker down and withdraw. But, that’s the opposite of what successful women do! In this energizing, interactive session, women learn specific strategies to thrive on change in stressful times.

About Mary Foley

Bodacious Mary Foley believes that successful careers don’t just happen — they are engineered. That’s why she has combined her engineering education, passion for inspiring professional women, and two decades of live program experience to help women create the careers they really want.

Mary began sharing career advice after her 10-year career at AOL – when AOL was cool – where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.
Known for her uncommon insights, candidness and humor, Mary is the author of three books including Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women, featured blogger on WorkingMother.com, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk radio show.

As a facilitator and speaker, she energizes women with practical advice to increase their confidence, expand their influence, and thrive on change. Regardless of her engineering background, no matter what Mary’s doing, she absolutely refuses to wear a pocket protector.

In a surprising turn of events, Mary appeared on the cover of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and was spoofed on the E! Entertaining TV show The Soup. She will tell you how that happened over a glass of wine.

Read more about Mary Foley, Engineering and Energizing Women’s Careers, Communities, and Events

Eating Healthy in a Hurry

Date: August 8, 2015 Time: Noon Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Eating Healthy in a Hurry Organization: Genworth, Bring Your Chlid to Work Day Location: Genworth headquarters, Richmond VA

Chef Ann Butler has five children, and knows that it’s not easy to prepare real food in between swim meets and dance class and homework and PTA meetings — all after you put in a full day of work.

“But it can be done,” she insists, and in this speech she offers a cooking demonstration to prove her point.

Students attending Bring Your Chlid to Work Day are invited up on stage to help prepare a quick and easy meal that’s heart-healthy and made from wholesome ingredients. Parents are in the audience cheering them on. Then everyone eats — and takes home the recipes of the dishes the kids prepared.

“Even if kids don’t take home the top prize, this is definitely a case where everyone wins because they are learning to cook and eat real food,” says Butler.


About Ann Butler

A former high school Culinary Arts teacher, Ann Butler was frustrated that her students were consuming Red Bull and Doritos for breakfast, but found studies that show, teaching younger kids how to prepare healthy foods would stick for a life time of well being – so she started Edible Education.

Ann is one of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools partners, and was 1 of 20 invited to the first Chefs Move training seminar. She is Jamie Oliver’s appointed Richmond Ambassador for the Food Revolution Day events having their joint video receive 1.3 million twitter hits; she was a National Business Women’s Owners “Rising
Star Entrepreneurs” of 2014 and a recognized USDA Community Partner.

Four years and 20,000 students later, Ann and the 16 chefs of Edible Education want you to experience the ease and fun of food preparation so your students can enjoy the success of preparing simple foods and getting excited about real food.

How to Get Teachers to Think Like Business Owners

Date: July 29, 2015 Time: Noon Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: How to Get Teachers to Think Like Business Owners Organization: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Location: Virginia Beach Hotel & Resort Conference Center

About Ann Butler

A former high school Culinary Arts teacher, Ann Butler was frustrated that her students were consuming Red Bull and Doritos for breakfast, but found studies that show, teaching younger kids how to prepare healthy foods would stick for a life time of well being – so she started Edible Education.

Ann is one of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools partners, and was 1 of 20 invited to the first Chefs Move training seminar. She is Jamie Oliver’s appointed Richmond Ambassador for the Food Revolution Day events having their joint video receive 1.3 million twitter hits; she was a National Business Women’s Owners “Rising
Star Entrepreneurs” of 2014 and a recognized USDA Community Partner.

Four years and 20,000 students later, Ann and the 16 chefs of Edible Education want you to experience the ease and fun of food preparation so your students can enjoy the success of preparing simple foods and getting excited about real food.

Cauliflower is the New Kale

Date: July 28, 2015 Time: 5-7 pm Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Cauliflower is the New Kale Organization: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Location: Virginia Beach Hotel & Resort Conference Center

About Ann Butler

A former high school Culinary Arts teacher, Ann Butler was frustrated that her students were consuming Red Bull and Doritos for breakfast, but found studies that show, teaching younger kids how to prepare healthy foods would stick for a life time of well being – so she started Edible Education.

Ann is one of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools partners, and was 1 of 20 invited to the first Chefs Move training seminar. She is Jamie Oliver’s appointed Richmond Ambassador for the Food Revolution Day events having their joint video receive 1.3 million twitter hits; she was a National Business Women’s Owners “Rising
Star Entrepreneurs” of 2014 and a recognized USDA Community Partner.

Four years and 20,000 students later, Ann and the 16 chefs of Edible Education want you to experience the ease and fun of food preparation so your students can enjoy the success of preparing simple foods and getting excited about real food.

Above and Beyond Panels: Creating Energizing Facilitated Conversations Your Clients Really Want

Date: July 19, 2015 Time: 2:30 pm Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Above and Beyond Panels: Creating Energizing Facilitated Conversations Your Clients Really Want Organization: Nationals Speakers Association Location: Washington, DC

Panels at conferences and events are popular, but often lack the engagement that today’s meeting planners and millennial-to-boomer audiences demand. In “Above and Beyond Panels” experience first-hand an alternative to moderated panels – a “facilitated conversation” – and gain specific tools, techniques and metrics to skillfully create and comfortably conduct an engaging, innovative event your clients really want.

About Mary Foley

Bodacious Mary Foley believes that successful careers don’t just happen — they are engineered. That’s why she has combined her engineering education, passion for inspiring professional women, and two decades of live program experience to help women create the careers they really want.

Mary began sharing career advice after her 10-year career at AOL – when AOL was cool – where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.
Known for her uncommon insights, candidness and humor, Mary is the author of three books including Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women, featured blogger on WorkingMother.com, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk radio show.

As a facilitator and speaker, she energizes women with practical advice to increase their confidence, expand their influence, and thrive on change. Regardless of her engineering background, no matter what Mary’s doing, she absolutely refuses to wear a pocket protector.

In a surprising turn of events, Mary appeared on the cover of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and was spoofed on the E! Entertaining TV show The Soup. She will tell you how that happened over a glass of wine.

Read more about Mary Foley, Engineering and Energizing Women’s Careers, Communities, and Events

Mentoring Millennials

Date: June 27, 2015 Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Mentoring Millennials Organization: Women Leading the Future Conference 2015 Location: Washington, DC

Details of the speech: Sonya Gavankar spoke about many topics at this conferences but mostly focused on mentoring the millennial. This was about how young people can strive for success by her tools. Learn more at womenleadingthefuture.org.


About Sonya Gavankar

Sonya is an award winning television personality who can be seen hosting programs on ABC and CBS affiliates, PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks. Her career has spanned diverse programs from international food shows to hard news. Ms Gavankar serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows. She brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming.

She is also a regular contributor to All Things Fashion DC, Be Inkandescent and Red Tricycle magazines.
In her free time Ms. Gavankar goes behind the camera. Her photography has been shown in several Washington area galleries and she is a casting director for independent films.

Sonya is a social change leader on collaborative missions in the community. She served for 5 years as the President of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation in Washington, D.C. During her tenure she doubled the participation of high school students from the district by offering training to hundreds of students annually. In 2012 Sonya was recognized by the Envest Foundation as one of 40 Under 40 for her professional and philanthropic works in Washington, DC. In 1997 she represented Washington, D.C. in the Miss America Pageant and for a decade produced the annual Miss D.C. Pageant.

She serves on the board of the HOBY, The Miss District of Columbia Organization, Ladies Americaand the Envest Foundation.

Ms. Gavankar holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The American University.

Dressing for the Political Woman

Date: June 9, 2015 Time: 10 am Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Dressing for the Political Woman Organization: Women's Campaign School at Yale 2015 Location: New Haven, CT

Details of the speech: Sonya Gavankar talked to young women on how to dress for success in all aspects of work but mainly focusing on political jobs. Learn more at wcsyale.org.


About Sonya Gavankar

Sonya is an award winning television personality who can be seen hosting programs on ABC and CBS affiliates, PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks. Her career has spanned diverse programs from international food shows to hard news. Ms Gavankar serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows. She brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming.

She is also a regular contributor to All Things Fashion DC, Be Inkandescent and Red Tricycle magazines.
In her free time Ms. Gavankar goes behind the camera. Her photography has been shown in several Washington area galleries and she is a casting director for independent films.

Sonya is a social change leader on collaborative missions in the community. She served for 5 years as the President of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation in Washington, D.C. During her tenure she doubled the participation of high school students from the district by offering training to hundreds of students annually. In 2012 Sonya was recognized by the Envest Foundation as one of 40 Under 40 for her professional and philanthropic works in Washington, DC. In 1997 she represented Washington, D.C. in the Miss America Pageant and for a decade produced the annual Miss D.C. Pageant.

She serves on the board of the HOBY, The Miss District of Columbia Organization, Ladies Americaand the Envest Foundation.

Ms. Gavankar holds a degree in broadcast journalism from The American University.

Grow Where You Are Planted: A Fun Panel with Award-Winning Administrative Professionals

Date: April 24, 2015 Time: 1:30 pm Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Grow Where You Are Planted: A Fun Panel with Award-Winning Administrative Professionals Organization: Lord Fairfax Community College Location: Watertown, VA

It’s easy to recognize a confident, successful woman, it’s not so easy to understand what it took for her to get there. But, that is precisely what every aspiring woman wants to know! In this fun conversation with past recipients of Administrative Professional of the Year, you will hear their lessons learned and personal stories of career confidence, success and overcoming obstacles. Our lively, interactive facilitator Mary Foley goes waaaaay beyond a moderated panel to create a conversation that includes everyone in the room. Expect to gain insights, feel energized, and be inspired!

About Mary Foley

Bodacious Mary Foley believes that successful careers don’t just happen — they are engineered. That’s why she has combined her engineering education, passion for inspiring professional women, and two decades of live program experience to help women create the careers they really want.

Mary began sharing career advice after her 10-year career at AOL – when AOL was cool – where she started as an $8 an hour customer service rep and rose to become the company’s first head of corporate training.
Known for her uncommon insights, candidness and humor, Mary is the author of three books including Bodacious! Career: Outrageous Success for Working Women, featured blogger on WorkingMother.com, and former co-host of the Girlfriend We Gotta Talk radio show.

As a facilitator and speaker, she energizes women with practical advice to increase their confidence, expand their influence, and thrive on change. Regardless of her engineering background, no matter what Mary’s doing, she absolutely refuses to wear a pocket protector.

In a surprising turn of events, Mary appeared on the cover of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and was spoofed on the E! Entertaining TV show The Soup. She will tell you how that happened over a glass of wine.

Read more about Mary Foley, Engineering and Energizing Women’s Careers, Communities, and Events

8 Steps to PR Success for Entrepreneurs

Date: April 22, 2015 Time: 12:30-2pm Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 8 Steps to PR Success for Entrepreneurs Organization: ENOVATE: Employing Northern VA Through Entrepreneurship Location: Annandale, VA

Many small businesses can’t afford to hire a PR agency, but still need to find the most affordable, efficient way to promote their company. Attend this focus group to learn Hope Katz Gibbs’ “8 Steps to PR Success,” which is the basis of her new book, PR Rules: The Playbook.

About Hope Katz Gibbs

Journalist, publicist, author, and entrepreneur Hope Katz Gibbs is the founder of Inkandescent Public Relations (www.InkyPR.com), a PR firm for entrepreneurs; and the publisher of Be Inkandescent (www.BeInky.com) — a monthly business magazine for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, that gets more than 1 million visits/month.

Hope has been a reporter since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, writing for publications including The Washington Post, USA Today, The Miami Herald, Costco Connection, among others, and has won nearly a dozen awards for feature writing, and newsletter writing.

She got into the PR biz in 2001, and incorporating the Inkandescent Group LLC in 2008. Since then, she has represented more than 350 small business owners, authors, artists, educators, restauranteurs, and more. In August 2014, she released her first book, “PR Rules: The Playbook,” to help more entrepreneurs master the art of PR to supersize their small business. Learn more at PRRulesPlaybook.com.

Contact Hope by email at hope@inkandescentpr.com, and by phone at 844-Inky-PR8.

Events

Speaking Events

more Date: May 13, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Innovation and Creativity + Applied Positive Psychology = Laughter and Joy Organization: oung Leadership/Entrepreneur Seminar Location: Berlin, Germany
more Date: Apr 07, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Salon for the Soul: Discover the language of the soul and excavate your deepest knowing Organization: Private event - call for details Location: Los Angeles, CA
more Date: Mar 09, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Applied Positive Psychology: Find your hidden joy and inner laughter Organization: Women's Circle, Chabad of Wilkes Berre Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
more Date: Feb 18, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Applied Positive Psychology, Laughter and Joy Organization: United States District Court, District of Connecticut Location: New Haven Courthouse: Support court for probation population
more Date: Jan 21, 2016 Speaker: Leslie Russell Topic: Keynote: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Growing Business Acumen Organization: Dorian Drake International, Inc. Location: Westchester, NY
more Date: Oct 20, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: How Savvy Women Thrive on Change, Increase Their Confidence and Power-Up Their Career Organization: Space Telescope Science Institute Location: Baltimore, MD
more Date: Oct 13, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 8 Things Interns Should Not Do Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University, PR Program Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Oct 06, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Why Is PR Important? Organization: George Washington University, PR Graduate Program Location: Alexandria, VA
more Date: Oct 01, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times Organization: The Journal Record Location: Oklahoma City, OK
more Date: Oct 01, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: “Chopped” Team-Building Competition Organization: The Steward School Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Sep 30, 2015 Speaker: Michael Vidikan Topic: Technology Values Organization: Foresight & Trends conference Location: SLS Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
more Date: Sep 22, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 2015 Annual "Woman 2 Woman" Extravaganza Organization: Network for Enterprising Women Location: Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, Richmond VA
more Date: Sep 15, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Engineering a Passion Organization: The Story Tellers Channel's "Stories that Matter!" Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Sep 03, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Facilitation: Extraordinary Women's Exchange Executive Committee Organization: Richmond Chamber of Commerce Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Sep 03, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Top 5 PR + Marketing Tips in 10 Minutes Organization: Network for Enterprising Women Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Aug 28, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Creative Line Displays for Increasing Sales Organization: Richmond Public Schools Location: Henderson Middle School, Richmond VA
more Date: Aug 17, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Secrets to Thriving on Change in Stressful Times Organization: Virginia Society of Association Executives Location: Norfolk, VA
more Date: Aug 08, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Eating Healthy in a Hurry Organization: Genworth, Bring Your Chlid to Work Day Location: Genworth headquarters, Richmond VA
more Date: Jul 29, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: How to Get Teachers to Think Like Business Owners Organization: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Location: Virginia Beach Hotel & Resort Conference Center
more Date: Jul 28, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Cauliflower is the New Kale Organization: Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Science Conference Location: Virginia Beach Hotel & Resort Conference Center
more Date: Jul 19, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Above and Beyond Panels: Creating Energizing Facilitated Conversations Your Clients Really Want Organization: Nationals Speakers Association Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Jun 27, 2015 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Mentoring Millennials Organization: Women Leading the Future Conference 2015 Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Jun 09, 2015 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Dressing for the Political Woman Organization: Women's Campaign School at Yale 2015 Location: New Haven, CT
more Date: Apr 24, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Grow Where You Are Planted: A Fun Panel with Award-Winning Administrative Professionals Organization: Lord Fairfax Community College Location: Watertown, VA
more Date: Apr 22, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: 8 Steps to PR Success for Entrepreneurs Organization: ENOVATE: Employing Northern VA Through Entrepreneurship Location: Annandale, VA
more Date: Apr 18, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Leveraging Your Network to Build A Successful Career Organization: Ladies America Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Apr 01, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: PR 101: Why and How I started Inkandescent Public Relations Organization: PRSSA Location: Virginia Commonwealth University
more Date: Mar 24, 2015 Speaker: Mary Foley Topic: Keys to Being a Confident, Courageous, Career-Savvy Woman Organization: Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Location: Bluefield, WV
more Date: Feb 28, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Women Entrepreneurs: Taking Your Business to the Next Level Organization: Prince William County Women Entrepreneurs Network Location: Old Hickory Gold Club in Woodbridge VA
more Date: Feb 20, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Dining Etiquette in a Business Setting for High School Students Organization: Dinwiddie Career and Technical Education Program Location: Dinwiddie Country Club, Richmond VA
more Date: Feb 18, 2015 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Heart-Healthy Cooking Organization: American Heart Association / Macy’s New York City Location: Macy’s, Short Pump, VA
more Date: Jan 31, 2015 Speaker: Hope Katz Gibbs Topic: Leveraging Your Network to Build A Successful Career Organization: Ladies DC Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Nov 24, 2014 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Low-Glycemic Cooking Organization: Greater Richmond Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Location: The Source Kitchen, Midlothian VA
more Date: Sep 24, 2014 Speaker: Gina Schaefer Topic: Gina Schaefer On the Art of Customer Service Organization: SOCAP Location: Arlington Heights, IL
more Date: Sep 15, 2014 Speaker: Gina Schaefer Topic: Gina Schaefer On the Art of Customer Service Organization: Ace Hardware—International Retailer Group Location: Orlando, FL
more Date: Sep 11, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Institute for Management Studies Location: Pittsburg, PA
more Date: Sep 09, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Institute for Management Studies Location: Atlanta, GA
more Date: Aug 08, 2014 Speaker: Ann Butler Topic: Chopped” Team-Building Competition Organization: GE Location: Richmond, VA
more Date: Jul 18, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaborative Leadership Organization: Texas Municipal League Leadership Academy Location: Austin, TX
more Date: Jun 24, 2014 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Dressing for the Political Woman Organization: Women's Campaign School at Yale 2014 Location: New Haven, CT
more Date: Jun 17, 2014 Speaker: Rita Cheng Topic: Reaching Generation X & Y clients Organization: The Client Connection! Location: Online
more Date: Jun 14, 2014 Speaker: Sonya Gavankar Topic: Mentoring Millennials Organization: Ladies America: Women Leading the Future Conference 2014 Location: Washington, DC
more Date: Jun 06, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Institute for Management Studies Location: London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh
more Date: May 18, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Silent Language of Leaders Organization: Kaiser Permanente Location: Northern California
more Date: May 15, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: Body Language for Women Who Lead Organization: San Francisco Women's Exchange Location: San Francisco, CA
more Date: May 13, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: Body Language for Women Who Lead Organization: Professional BusinessWomen of California Location: San Francisco, CA
more Date: May 05, 2014 Speaker: Yvette Montero Salvatico Topic: Reframing Workforce Narratives Organization: Linkage’s Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion Location: Atlanta, GA
more Date: Apr 08, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: Body Language for Business Professionals Organization: California Institute of Technology Location: Pasadena, CA
more Date: Apr 01, 2014 Speaker: Carol Kinsey Goman Topic: The Power of Collaboration Organization: Petrofac Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
more Date: Apr 01, 2014 Speaker: Yvette Montero Salvatico Topic: Beyond Trends: Navigating the Changing World of Work Organization: Master Plan: The Strategic Workforce Planning Conference Location: Melbourne, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand