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The annual Women’s Leadership Summit will bring together Rochester’s influential and up and coming women leaders to learn, engage in meaningful conversation and create change. Join us for this online event.

Save the date: Sept. 28, 2021


Keynote speaker:

Roberta “Bobbie” Goheen

Synthesis Management Group (SMG) President/CEO

Online summit agenda:

11:00 a.m. – Welcome and sponsor greetings

11:15 a.m. – Keynote and Q&A or small group discussions
Keynote address from Roberta “Bobbie” Goheen: “Develop the Practice of Managing the Asset of You, While Leading Your Team to Success”
Roberta “Bobbie” Goheen
Synthesis Management Group
With so much uncertainty and dynamic change over the past 18 months, it’s vital for women leaders to understand what adaptations can be made now to support themselves, embrace change and move their organization forward. Bobbie Goheen offers inspiration to reflect on one’s intuition and learn core leadership skills to forge ahead strong and focused in this new terrain.
  • Identify the key areas to prioritize at work in order to maintain work-life balance.
  • How to continue to move your career forward through change.
  • The right practices to help you remain focused on the outcomes to move yourself and your team forward.
  • Best practices to maintain good self-care through change.
12:15 p.m. – 5-minute break


12:20 p.m. –  Panel 1: “From Surviving to Thriving: Navigating Change and Leading Teams to Success”
Travel, tourism and hospitality were among the hardest hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from industry professionals on how they overcame enormous obstacles, adapted their strategies, and led their teams to discover new successes.


Nikita Jankowski
Director of Marketing,
Destiny USA

Hillary Olson
President and CEO,
Rochester Museum
and Science Center

Erica Paolicelli
President & COO,
Three Brothers
Wineries & Estates and
War Horse Brewing Co.

Moderated by:

Nicole Mahoney
CEO, Break The Ice Media
1:00 p.m. – 5-minute break
1:05 p.m. – Second panel discussion: “Workforce of the Future: How Organizations are Adapting to Engage and Retain Talent” 
After a year-plus of constant change, what motivates and energizes people in the new hybrid workplace? From inspiring workplace culture to managing workload or a team virtually, this panel will share how they are using communication, technology, creative scheduling, and more to meet the needs of their employees while maximizing their organization’s growth.


Kim Allen
Kim Allen
Dixon Schwabl + Company
Sitima Fowler
Sitima Fowler
VP of Marketing,
Iconic IT
Jill Knittel
Jill Knittel
JK Executive Strategies
Jody Stolt
Jody Stolt
Learning and
Development Center
1:50 p.m. – Closing remarks

Interested in sponsoring the Summit?
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