JLW Women's Leadership Summit


The 2017 Women's Leadership Summit

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Executive Banquet & Conference Center
205 Executive Drive Newark, DE 19702
(Easily accessible from I-95, Rt. 896 and Rt. 40)

League Member:  $75 (2 tickets for $140) until 1/31.  After 1/31, $85 (2 tickets for $160)
Summit Attendee:  $99 until 1/31.  After 1/31, $115
Students/Military:   $75
Tickets are on sale now through March 3
Seating is limited - Reserve your seat today - (click here!)

Exhibitor space is now FULL - we are no longer taking Exhibitor registrations.
The Summit welcomes businesses and services to exhibit.  A discounted price is included.
Click here to view the Exhibitor Packet or click here to pay for your table and register.


Sponsorships are available and include unique and high visibility marketing opportunities
for your organization along with tickets to attend this special event.

Click here to view the Sponsorship Packet or click here to register.

Program Advertising:
Interested in our program advertising opportunities? Click here to view our Program Advertising Packet
or click here to let us know you would like to advertise!

In-Kind Donations:
Interested in donating pens, pads of paper, folders, raffle items, or other items to the Summit?

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Contact us at 302-652-0544 or jlw@jlwilmington.org with questions. To pay online for a Sponsorship or Program Advertising please click here.


2017 Sponsors




2017 Speakers

Keynote Presentation

Establishing Effective Outcomes

Vicki Clark

Vicki Floyd Clark has devoted the past 30 years of her life to building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has extensive experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteer resource development, and effective communication. As a member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation’s leadership training and consultation team and a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource, she has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and Universities and she has spoken to thousands of community, business and government leaders. She has presented in 48 of the 50 United States as well as internationally. Ms. Clark has been dynamic speaker for The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.  Board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership, strategic planning, volunteer resource development, effective communications are just a few of the topics she provides to many organizations to help them in their efforts to accomplish their missions.

Marketing Yourself 

Stefanie Roselle

Stefanie is the owner of Social Butterfly and has worked in the social media and marketing industry for 10 years, with a background in advertising sales and event planning. She earned her Social Media Strategy Certificate from the University of Delaware and enjoys volunteering her time and expertise with several local non-profits. Social Butterfly is the proud social media sponsor for the Delaware Economic Summit, and Stefanie is on the planning committee for the MSquerade, which supports MS Society of the Delaware Valley, the Delaware Burger Battle supporting the Ministry of Caring and Barkitecture, an event benefiting Faithful Friends Animal Society. Social Butterfly was named one of the "Breakout Businesses of the Year" with the Delaware Small Business Chamber in 2014 and Stefanie has been nominated for several recognitions, including North DelaWHERE Happening Movers & Shakers finalist and Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist on the HappList. Stefanie continues grow her business and is extremely proud of her team of five bossbabes! Stefanie resides in Middletown, Delaware with her two daughters, two cats and numerous foster kittens.


Women Empowerment: Succeeding at Self-Branding

Kimberly Schroeder

Kimberly Schroeder grew up in Iowa where she started training in ballet, tap and Jazz.  She had the opportunity to study with numerous guest artists working on many techniques including African, Fosse, Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Limon and Horton while completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and vocal music at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After completing a 12-month tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre, she moved to Delaware in 2005.  She is a certified AFPA Pilates instructor and a NCBTMB licensed massage therapist.  She has been part of many dance, musical and opera productions as a featured singer, dancer, and choreographer including performances in the 2009 Dance and the Child International conference, Jamaica and the Waterford Light Opera Festival, Ireland.  As an instructor at Delaware Dance Company for seven years, she taught a wide range of classes and was the Director of the Youth Dance Ensemble. Kim recently completed her Master in Fine Arts in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been a member of the University of Delaware dance faculty since 2008.


Ann-Thomas Moffett

A.T. is an artist and educator based in Wilmington, DE. She teaches studio and lecture-based courses at the University of Delaware in Newark. She currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Same Story, Different Countries, a multidisciplinary  research project and performance examining historical and contemporary racial issues in the United States and South Africa. Since arriving in Delaware in 2013, A.T. has served on the dance writing team to revise assessments for the DE Department of Education and lead professional development workshops in Dance-Integration. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education. Collaborative interests have lead to co-founding TRANSForm Dance Collective and ongoing creative projects blending dance and other art forms. Most recently her work has been seen at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Triskelion Arts in NYC. As a performer, A.T. danced in New York and Philadelphia, working with choreographers Myra Bazell, Tania Isaac, Stephan Koplowitz, Philadanco II, Mary Anthony, Donald McKayle, and the Sokolow Dance Foundation. She holds a BA in Dance from Radford University and an MFA from the University of Oregon.

Maximizing Productivity: Being Effective at Delegation

     and Using Resources Around You

 Helen Fischel

Helen Fischel joined Delaware Nature Society’s Education Department in 1980. She holds a BS/MS in Education. Helen oversees the education programming which reaches over a 100,000 people a year at all Delaware Nature Society sites and preserves. She is on the community advisory boards of the Delaware Environmental Institute plus Delaware’s EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program. Helen was an author of the state Environmental Literacy plan and co-chairs the education section of Delaware Children in Nature.

Transferring Your Skillset to a New Environment

Robin Meixner

Robin Meixner has spent 35 years in the nonprofit world mobilizing individuals and groups to follow their dreams, develop their skills, use their voice, affect change and become the best person they can possible be.  As a community leader and advocate she has worked tirelessly for the empowerment of women and children, elimination of racism, building coalitions, and giving a voice to those without one. As a Volunteer Coordinator, Robin developed a structured program that grew from 20 volunteers to over 750 accruing more than 8,400 hours at a value of nearly $200,000 in 18 months and also supervised teams of several hundred volunteers. As a creator of change she established several nonprofits from the grass roots level to sustainability, including founding a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in northwest Pennsylvania. As an educator, Robin has taught courses on interpersonal, public speaking and organizational communication and taught seminars in employment interviewing, image projection and intercultural communication. As a leader, she has gained the expertise in helping lift people up and identify their values and skills to then cultivate a way to live their life purposely.

Lorri Sarosy

Lorri Sarosy, BA Finance/Accounting and MBA in Marketing and Finance.  Lorri has 22 years of professional work experience, employed by several corporations including Volvo, Avery Dennison and Siemens Medical Solutions.

Lorri transitioned to the non-profit sector in 2008 and is currently the grant writer and business manager for Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children.

She has enjoyed a number of job changes throughout her career. When Lorri completed her MBA she accepted a position as a financial analyst. Having a love for marketing she used the skills and education she acquired to transition first to a market analyst position and continued to hone her skills to become a product manager, business development manager and national accounts manager.

When Lorri transitioned to the non-profit sector she used her financial and market planning skills to her new position as business manager and grant writer.


Making Your Voice Heard:  Defining Your Path

Robin Whitaker

Robin joined corporate America in 1974 as a Renewal Parts Clerk with Westinghouse Electric Corporation.  She was the first African American women to join Westinghouse International Services Company.  Since that time, she has overcome the many challenges that African American women in corporate industry faced.  Through hard work and prayer, she moved up the corporate ladder from Parts Clerk, to Buyer, to Supervisor, to Manager, to Project Manager, to Program Manager of many Projects, to the world of Sales in Information Technology. Robin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Widener University. Graduating with honors, today Robin is an SAP Sr. Advisor She interacts with corporate CEOs, CIOs, and Corporate Business leaders in Regulatory Compliance.  Resultant of her career path, Robin has worked in some of the most notable corporations such as Westinghouse, DuPont, AT&T, and SAP.  She has traveled all over the world and experienced many cultures.  Robin gives back by volunteering as a mentor to young women just starting out their careers in Information Technology; she volunteers with Project Propel, an initiative formed to “Enable Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to empower their students with knowledge of the latest SAP technologies which will enhance their academic and career outcomes.”  She is also a volunteer for NFTE, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in the Philadelphia metro area, which inspires young people from under-resourced communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan successful futures by mentoring on writing effective business plans and mentoring on presentation skills. Robin’s passion is community organizing and activism at heart.  She is a member of the New Castle County District 15 Committee; a member of the Democratic Party Women’s Leadership Forum; she sits on the Board of the Stroud Water Research Center, an Environmental research organization; is a member of the Delaware Democratic Affirmative Action Delegate selection committee; and was a Pledged Delegate for both President Barrack Obama’s campaigns in the 2008 and 2012.  Robin L. Whitaker is a current resident of Bear, DE.  Married to James Curtis and has two grown daughters. Oprah Winfrey said “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. To that end, Robin spends her time maximizing life’s’ precious moments, grateful for her blessings and divine favor, with enthusiasm and a passion to give back, bring joy, serve, and uplift the human spirit wherever she can. Her smile, style and class tells of her purpose.  

Resiliency in Today's Environment

Donna May

Donna works as a Sr HR Manager as well as provides coaching and counseling through her company, Resiliency Coaching & HR Consulting.  As a three-time cancer survivor, Donna's resilience is exemplified through her helping and inspiring other cancer survivors and their families. Donna has volunteered with the Susan G Komen, breast cancer 3-Day walk for six years in addition to doing outreach through other cancer organizations. Donna has served as a mentor, selected as a YMCA Black Achiever,  worked with the DE Contemporary, and TEDx Wilmington Tribe member.  She has a MS in HR Management, has professional certification in HR, and is a Life and Career Coach. She is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., Zeta Omega Chapter.

Building a Big Network in the Small Wonder

Carol Arnott Robbins

Carol has a diverse professional background much of which has focused on prioritizing the needs of women in our community. Previously, as a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, she guided clients through the maze of many decisions necessary during important life transitions such as divorce, death of a spouse or partner, or caring for aging parents. For over 25 years she helped countless women make critical financial decisions, especially during these pivotal points in her life and, while she truly enjoyed helping women in this role, Carol is delighted to have transitioned her skills into the real estate business where she continues to provide important guidance, especially to women, in need of a trusted advisor who has a full understanding of the financial decisions that go hand in hand with the purchase and sale of real estate. As a real estate professional, Carol brings her unique blend of creative and innovative marketing skills together with technology and strategy to help clients make some of the most important financial decisions when buying or selling a home.

And as the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer for the Network to Encourage Women’s Support 4 Women, best known as NEWS4Women,  Carol supports locally owned businesses and nonprofit organizations with events such as Wine4Women, a networking event where guests ‘Sip to Support’ a designated nonprofit each time. Her nonprofit involvement also includes current or past service on the boards of the Delaware Theatre Company, the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute along with numerous committees and projects throughout our nonprofit community and she is a Fund for Women Founder and member of the Forum of Executive Women. Carol’s business skills have been featured in The New York Times, The News Journal, Delaware Business Ledger, Delaware Business Times, Delaware Today magazine, Forbes.com, MSN.com, Barrons.com and WSJ.com and she was recognized as the first Business Woman of the Year by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.

The Building Blocks of Starting a New Business

Jeanine Fusco-Lano

Jeanine was born and raised in Wilmington and Middletown, DE, by her parents, the late Michael A. and D. Jean Fusco.  She is the youngest of 7 children, and now resides in Bear, DE with her husband, Chris and two daughters - Julia (age 14) and Sophia (age 11).  She loves time w/her family and friends, and just being out and about, and staying home on the days she chooses.  She is a successful entrepreneur in the profession of network marketing, also known as Multi-Level Marketing, Direct Sales, and Social Selling or Social Marketing.  In the last few years, she partnered with a nutrition and wellness company, and is having amazing success as a Brand Rep and company leader there, as well as an ambassador for the entire profession.  She attributes her success to some excellent mentoring and coaching by a few key individuals, and to her daily commitment of personal growth and development.  She has had the privilege of studying under, coaching with, and being mentored by two of the most highly sought-after coaches in the profession of network marketing and personal growth and development - Richard Bliss Brooke, Owner and CEO of Life Matters, Bliss Business, and Oxyfresh, Best-selling author of The Four Year Career and Mach II – The Art of Visualization and Motivation, and Lisa J. Jimenez, Owner of RxSuccess, International Speaker and Trainer, Mind-Set Coach and Best-selling author of Conquer Fear, Don’t Mess with the Princess and Slay the Dragon. Prior to this, Jeanine spent the majority of her work experience in corporate America as a HR professional for the DuPont company. With the support of her husband, and after 20 years of working for someone else, she resigned from the corporate environment. She dabbled in network marketing during her full-time work, and even decided to “try” it again, once she was home, so she could stay home w/her kids and contribute to the household. Because Jeanine is so passionate about what’s possible in the network marketing profession, she has started a grassroots campaign to also educate our youth where she feels she can make an even larger impact - not only from the entrepreneurial mindset, but more from the perspective of personal growth and development and confidence-building skills (for life), which could use some enhancements in our education system as it is today.  Lastly, Jeanine prides herself on her ability to laugh and keep a light-hearted sense of humor, even when things don’t always go as planned.


Trends in Leadership Development: What Kind of Leader are You?

Tamara Ganc

Tamara Ganc is Vanguard’s Chief Learning Officer and leads the organization’s learning and development strategy as the head of Vanguard University. The goal of this world-class corporate university is to enable the Vanguard crew to reach their highest professional potential so that they, in turn, can help Vanguard clients achieve their financial goals and dreams. Prior to this position, she served in other senior HR leadership roles within Vanguard and most recently led Vanguard's global HR transformation initiative responsible for all aspects of the program related to organizational design, training, communications, and workforce transition. She also has worked as a Learning and Development Manager for Deloitte where she oversaw Deloitte’s global e-learning development team. Tamara's formal education includes studying English at the University of Delaware, Instructional Design at Penn State, and an MBA from St. Joseph's University. Tamara's passion for workplace inclusion has led her take on leadership roles within two of Vanguard's corporate resource groups, Women in Leadership Success (WILS) and currently the Vanguard Black Professional Network (VBPN). Tamara resides with her family in northern Delaware.

Shawnté Cox-Holland, PMP

Shawnté Cox-Holland is an Organizational Effectiveness and Strategy Consultant with over 17 years of experience guiding organizations through the process of defining and implementing Business and IT strategies.  Additionally, she has advised organizations on Portfolio Program & Project Management, Instructional Systems Design, and Business Process (re)Engineering.   Shawnté has worked in the financial services, health & human services, telecommunications, aviation, and defense industries for both private and public sector organizations.  Shawnté graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Technology Management from George Mason University and received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. She also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute, a Change Management certification from ProSci, and a Federal CIO certification from the Federal CIO Council.  Shawnté is passionate about the intersection of technology/business and education and has been a presenter at various conferences including the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).  Through her work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Shawnté has published research and case studies related to the role of technology in improving student achievement in the k-12 environment. Shawnté is currently an Organizational Effectiveness Manager with Vanguard, based in Malvern, PA and resides with her husband and 2 daughters in Bear, DE.



Women's Leadership Summit Committee

Co-Chairs: Dr. Kesha Clarke and Karen McAneney (not pictured).
Committee Members: Tara Wheeler, Sheri Coverdale, Tee Ratchford, Kisha Riviere, Veronica Reynolds,
Shawn’ere Jackson (not pictured), and Stephanie Patterson (not pictured).

About the Summit:
Join us for the Junior League of Wilmington’s Women’s Leadership Summit - a one-day comprehensive leadership development opportunity for women seeking to fine-tune their leadership skills. Connect with like-minded individuals in the community while enhancing your leadership skills to become better equipped to lead in your community, your organization, and your life. Let’s Celebrate the Year of the Woman!

Who Should Attend?
The Women’s Leadership Summit focuses on challenges and strategies for women of diverse backgrounds including:

  • Upward Mobile Employees and Managers in Private Business, Government and Nonprofit Organizations;
  • Business Professionals;
  • Those Interested in Becoming Community Leaders;
  • Business Owners/Entrepreneurs;
  • Those Looking to Re-Enter the Workforce; and
  • College Students

What to Expect?
The day will include a morning keynote address by world renowned Vicki Clark.  The day will feature continental breakfast, luncheon, workshops, a style clinic, and multiple opportunities to network with Summit attendees.  

The programming content features multi-faceted subject matter including:

  • insights and examples that inspire personal growth and empowerment offered by accomplished women leaders and renowned motivational speakers;
  • skills, practices, and strategies for leadership development and career advancement taught by experts, facilitators, and career coaches;
  • techniques for personal development; and
  • networking among conference participants who share a passion to lead in business and in their community.

Proceeds Support:
Proceeds of the Women’s Leadership Summit will support the Junior League’s work to impact and improve the Wilmington community, as well as, our focus on training women leaders to become an integral part of the local community.

The League’s community impact efforts focus on improving the lives of girls age 12-18 in Greater Wilmington.  By working to empower young girls, we can positively influence their lives and their family unit.  The League invests time and funds to do career readiness programs with Bayard House, a program for homeless pregnant teens; works hands-on to improve the school facilities at the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc., a school for pregnant teens; has started The Sisterhood Project, a group mentoring program for the granddaughters of women raising their grandchildren through the Wilmington Senior Center; has advocated with the State of Delaware to pass Erin’s Law which requires age appropriate prevention-orientated child sexual abuse programming and provides parents and guardians with relevant resources. The League worked to advocate for the bill, finding a sponsor to introduce the bill in Sen. Margaret Rose Henry and working with partners to educate lawmakers on its importance. Erin's Law passed over the summer and was signed into law by Governor Markell in a ceremony at JLW HQ on August 10. We are continuing to look for opportunities to build on our work with Erin's Law.

The Junior League of Wilmington trains women to be high-impact volunteers and to serve in leadership roles in the non-profit community.  We provide our members with an array of formal training and experiential learning opportunities in our efforts to prepare them to serve the community beyond our organization.  Some examples of the training through experiences are the opportunity to lead committees, run major fund raisers, present life skills workshops in the community, cultivate fund development activities, and manage, recruit, retain and train new members.  

Junior League of Wilmington:
The Junior League of Wilmington was founded in 1918 and is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit volunteer organization. Since its inception, the women of the League have encouraged every member to use her talents and resources to improve the social and economic conditions of others. Today, the League has over 400 members, making it a large nonprofit organization in Delaware. Continuing to focus on improving the health, education, and welfare of those in need, the Junior League of Wilmington serves as an important volunteer resource and a catalyst for positive change through our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations in our community.