The 2017 New England Women in Banking conference took place on Friday October 27 at the Gurney's Resort in Newport, Rhode Island. The well-attended event featured a number of key speakers and a wide array of information geared towards helping women in banking excel in their respective fields. The event also featured few motivational speakers looking to uplift, motivate and empower the attendees.
Conference Chair Maureen Devine opened the event before introducing the first speaker, Michele Raneri, VP of Analytics for Experian. Raneri's session helped attendees understand what trends they should be paying attention to when lending to millennials. The informative talk pointed out how important the millennial market is and how they access credit as opposed to baby boomers.
Later on a panel of some of Spinnaker Trust's leading women took the stage. Here, Amanda Rand, Jessamyn Norton and Sara Lewis highlighted how Spinnaker Trust is managed through a primarily female team.
Ana Dyer kicked off the second concurrent session on "How to Help Women and Minority-Owned Businesses Thrive." Her session featured tips on how to support small businesses and what to look for as a woman searching for jobs in the field.
Mary Beth Sullivan, Principal & Founder of Capital Performance Group took attendees on a journey to teach them how to achieve top performance. Sullivan also offered her strategies for success in an information-crammed session filled with expert knowledge.
Jennifer Du Plessis, VP, Apex Home Loans; President, Kinetic Spark Consulting led the afternoon general session. Her presentation honed in on four powerful ways to spark your leadership, when managing a group of employees.
Throughout the event, there were two incredible motivational speeches from Teri Greige, Triathlete and Cancer Survivor and Amanda Beard, Olympic Swimming Champion, Model, Entrepreneur.
Greige's story of survival tugged at the hearts of attendees as she proved that women are incredibly strong and can persevere through any tough situation. Her story of strength was uplifting and filled with vigor.
Beard's story of triumph and over-coming life's tough obstacles challenged attendees to dig deep and power through adversity. It was a story of the winning spirit and how nothing could get in the way of it.
This year's Sandra J. Pattie Distinguished Leadership Award was given to Michele Roberts, Executive Vice President & Community Relations Officer at Bristol County Savings Bank.
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