EWI Spring Conference

Executive Women International of Richmond is proud to host the 2012 EWI Spring Conference in Richmond, Virginia March 29-31, 2012.

2012 Spring Conference

with Platninum Sponsorship from:

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A New Academy of Leadership Module with Colette Carlson

‘It all Begins with You – How to Empower Individuals and Motivate A Team’

The information provided in this module will teach you to:

  • Develop the behaviors characteristic of an inspiring leader
  • Empower others and motivate them to do their best
  • Create a work environment that drives excellence and fosters a climate of trust
  • Implement the five essential stages of building a winning team
  • Sustain high-level performance from your team

Every leader must learn to inspire and move a team to action. With the skills of empowerment and team-building your professional brand is elevated and opportunities expanded.

Other Guest Speakers to Include:

  • Thomas F. Farrell, II, Chairman, President and CEO, Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • Lisa Schaffner, Public Relations & Marketing Director, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
  • Laura Posey, CEO, Dancing Elephants Achievement Group

For more information see our event listing or download the Program/Registration Form below.

Guest Speakers

Colette Carlson, MA

colette_carlson_spring_2012Audiences worldwide love the funny way Colette Carlson, MA, speaks the truth while inspiring them to maximize relationships, revenue and results. Only by telling the truth on herself was she able to overcome her own fears and addictions that kept her 50 lbs. overweight and making underwhelming choices. Whether she’s opening for Suze Orman or speaking in house at Fortune 100 companies to include Microsoft, Boeing, New York Life, PepsiCo and Cisco, Colette brings her cutting-edge content and incredible sense of fun to every program. 

As a human behavior expert she knows her stuff and has the research, education and experience to back it up which is why she’s been featured in Success, Working Mother, and Personal Development Magazines, and interviewed on The Success Training Networks’s “Made for Succeed” series. Colette’s expertise has been sought after in motivational movies, Pass It On and Riches: The 7 Secrets of Wealth, in addition to her monthly column, “Tactfully Speaking” in Business Management Daily, 

Her career began as an administrative assistant, then to straight-commissioned sales with legend Tom Hopkins. Colette became the #1 Sales Producer, leaped to Brian Tracy’s International organization and applied her sales skills in a corporate environment as National Sales Trainer for US West. In the midst of raising her two daughters, Colette went back to night school to earn her Masters in Human Behavior which certainly helps now that they’re teenagers! 

Thomas F. Farrell, II

tom-farrellAs chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), Tom Farrell has emerged as a leading expert on national energy issues and as an advocate of a cohesive national energy policy. In June 2011, he became chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the industry’s national trade association.

Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion is one of America’s largest energy companies, with a market capitalization of approximately $28 billion and operations in 15 states. In 2011, Dominion was ranked among the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility magazine, which graded the nation’s 1,000 largest public companies based on their efforts in the areas of environment, climate change, human rights, philanthropy, employee relations, financial performance and governance.

In addition, during Farrell’s tenure Dominion has been awarded both the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve, and United Way’s national Summit Awards for exceptional volunteerism and community impact.

Farrell joined Dominion in 1995 and served in several senior management positions at the holding company and its subsidiaries. Among his first accomplishments was leading Dominion’s expansion into international electric generation and distribution markets, including England and South America.

As Dominion refocused itself domestically in 1999, Farrell led the company’s simultaneous divestiture of foreign assets and the successful acquisition of another major U.S. energy company, Consolidated Natural Gas, the following year. The combined company became the nation’s largest integrated natural gas and electric power company. Since then, under Farrell’s direction, Dominion initiated a series of profitable domestic acquisitions to expand its operating base into the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Today, Dominion is one of the nation’s largest power generators, with approximately 28,200 megawatts of production capability. The company also operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system.

Farrell has been one of Virginia’s most active CEOs in civic and community affairs. He was recently elected Chair of Colonial Williamsburg’s Board of Trustees and of the Virginia Business Council. He served as Rector of the University of Virginia and currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Board of Directors at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He is on the Board of Directors for Altria Group, Inc. His passion for education is also reflected in his chairmanship of Governor Robert F. McDonnell’s Commission on Higher Education Reform.

In his role as Chair of Edison Electric Institute, he has initiated a national Troops to Energy Jobs program that helps those leaving the armed services to find jobs with electric utilities across the nation. Five electric utilities, including Dominion, are piloting this program.

Tom Farrell services as Chair of the Richmond Performing Arts Center, which transformed the Carpenter Center into a world-class stage for the Richmond Region.

Farrell has appeared on CBS, CNBC, Fox Business News and other national networks, testified before Congress, spoken at major industry forums, and contributed opinion pieces to national and regional newspapers and magazines.

Farrell received both his B.A. in economics and Law Degree from the University of Virginia.

He is married to the former Anne Garland Tullidge and has two sons, Peter and Stuart.

Lisa Schaffner

lisa-schaffnerLisa Schaffner is the Public Relations and Marketing Director for UNOS…United Network for Organ Sharing, a national non-profit based in Richmond that matches organs from deceased donors to those on the national waiting list. Lisa joined UNOS in October of 2008 after a 25 year broadcast career that included stops in Athens, Ohio, Green Bay, Wisconsin and Richmond, Virginia. In Richmond, Lisa was the main news anchor for WRIC-TV8…anchoring the ABC affiliates 4:30, 6:30, and 11pm newscasts. During her 23 year tenure with TV8, Lisa covered the administrations of 7 governors, the tragic mass shooting at Virginia Tech as well as the wrath of Mother Nature including Hurricane Isabelle, tropical storm Gaston and the deadly Petersburg tornado.

Lisa continues to cover Richmond through her column, Giving Back, in Boomer Life Magazine in which she highlights various nonprofit organizations and how Richmonders can get involved and give back to the community through volunteering. Lisa was named 2011 National Philanthropy Day Volunteer of the Year by the AFP of Central Virginia.

Lisa shows others how to give back by doing so herself. She’s active on several Richmond area boards including: Venture Richmond, Commonwealth Parenting, Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, LifeNet Health Advisory Board, Virginia High School League Advisory, Richmond CrimeStoppers and Breath Matters. She is also a 2010 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond.

Lisa’s proudest title, however, is that of mother. Her daughter Danielle is 17 and a senior at James River High School. Her son, Jesse, is 14 and is a freshman at James River High School.

Laura Posey

laure_poseyLaura Posey brings much passion to her work as Chief Instigator of Dancing Elephants Achievement Group. She is a “firecracker” who likes to create and get things done. If you want to move forward quickly, Laura is the one to consult.

Laura’s clients hire her to show them how to double their income while building companies that free up the owners to enjoy their lives. As the owner of three businesses of her own, as well as being the Executive Director of a non-profit, Laura knows what it takes to be successful and grow organizations quickly.

Laura is the co-author of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets and has just finished her second book, The One Page Strategic Plan – How To Plan Your Entire Year In 20 Minutes On One Sheet Of Paper. Laura is also putting the finishing touches on her third book, co-authored with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen of “Chicken Soup For The Soul” fame, called Mastering The Art of Success.

Laura is recipient of numerous awards for her entrepreneurial skills including the American Business Women’s Association’s National Top Ten Business Women and Enterprising Club of Innsbrook, a Paul Harris Fellow and enjoys visiting other Rotary clubs in her travels. 

Traveling the world is Laura’s passion and she spends at least 8 weeks each year out of the country. Recent trips include South Africa, Germany and Holland. Her gorgeous Ibizan Hound, Gracie, and her rescue Poodle-mix, George, don’t travel but they like to look at the pictures and sniff the suitcases when Laura gets back. Laura is fluent in German and in the process of learning Spanish and Italian.

Laura has a B.A. in German from SUNY at Buffalo and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities are available

Please refer to the attached packets for more information, or contact Benita Oladele at (804) 283-8118, Benita.Oladele@altria.com, or Christine Slate at (804) 419-1100 (ext. 1), cslate@barrettcap.com.

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration: December 19 – March 7
Rate: $290.00

Registration after March 7, 2012
Rate: $325.00

To register for this event, you may submit the registration form (below) and payment via mail, or through PayPal with credit card.  If using PayPal, please be sure to complete the registration form below and fax to Carey Saunders at (804) 673-4290.


Event location and lodging available at

The Westin, Richmond
6631 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 282-8444

King – $119 plus applicable taxes
Two Queens – $119.00 plus applicable taxes
Suite – $169 plus applicable taxes
(cutoff date for published rates is March 8 at 5:00 pm EST) 

Make a Room Reservation Now

If you have any special requests please contact Christine Slate  cslate@barrettcap.com