Keynote Speaker Natasha Maximoff Chandler of Chandler Consulting Group Addresses the Attendees of the 2018 Leadership Summit

The Women’s Business Forum of Hunterdon County, a committee of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, is holding its 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit on April 9. This year’s theme is “Own Your Strength: Cultivating Confidence in Communication”.

The conference is open to the public and attracts attendees from Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren, Mercer and Bucks Counties, as well as the Greater Philadelphia and New York regions. Consider attending the Summit if you are a Small Business Owner, Senior Executive, Supervisor/Manager or high achieving individual or entrepreneur.

Hunterdon County Chamber President Chris Phelan said, ‘We are proud to present this 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit. This is a tremendous opportunity for representatives from businesses both small and large to come together to share information and knowledge. We are delighted that this event continues to grow each year and look forward to the program of this year’s Summit.’

Event Details

When: Tuesday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Hawk Pointe Golf Club, 4 Clubhouse Drive, Washington, NJ.

Fee: $80 for Chamber Members and $95 for general admission (includes breakfast and lunch)

With the help of Scholarship Sponsor, MSI Plumbing & Remodeling, there are up to 10 scholarships available to individuals interested in attending the Summit. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please visit the event page at The scholarship application deadline is March 23.

About the Conference

The full-day program includes a morning panel discussion and two rounds of breakout sessions, prior to an afternoon keynote speaker. This year’s panel on “How to Create Meaningful Partnerships within the Community” will feature Rosemary Fellner of Unity Bank, Linda Castner of Alexandria Field Airport, and Karen Widico of Prevention Resources.

Attendees will participate in two-of-three breakout sessions:

Jessica Smith of Janssen Pharmaceuticals: “Reputation Management & Public Relations”
Audrey Kerchner of INYMA: “Social Media & Advertising”
Karen Yankovich of Uplevel Media and GoodGirlsGetRich: “Managing Your Personal Brand”

Both sessions will provide takeaways for attendees to implement within their respective organizations.

Keynote Speaker

The Women’s Leadership Summit keynote speaker is Megan Lamm, Global Learning & Development Manager at Cisco. Lamm has spent her career in marketing, project management, and business engagement roles. The TCNJ alumna is entering her fifth year as a Team Lead. At Cisco, Lamm serves as a thought leader and advisor to the Cisco Capital Executive Team. She built the first comprehensive strategic framework for organizational learning, and increased overall learning hours per year for team members by 179%.

Colleen Duerr of Shifting Gears Consulting is the Committee Chair of the Women’s Business Forum which organizes this event.

Colleen says, ‘The Women’s Business Forum Annual Summit is a tremendous day for any professional or student. The summit provides an opportunity to network across many different types of businesses with professionals at all levels. I’m so proud of our committee for putting together an agenda that focuses on many important elements of communication from portraying our own personal brand to keys to lessons learned in business communication. This is a day packed with great information and no doubt, will provide inspiration for all of us! It is literally for everyone, not just women and I hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to meet new people, grow our skills, and be inspired to take ourselves and our businesses to the next level.’

For more information or to register, visit

Supporting Sponsors

The Chamber thanks the event’s Supporting Sponsors, Hunterdon Healthcare, Michelle Heide & Associates, and Hunterdon Radiological Associates, P.A., for their continued support of the Women’s Leadership Summit; the Scholarship Program sponsor, MSI Plumbing; Program Sponsors, DeTorres & DeGeorge, LLC, ; and Contributing Sponsors, Financial Resources Federal Credit Union, STARMIS – Benjamin Family, and Raritan Valley Community College.

“As a woman business owner, I find it very important to support events that educate and empower women. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an executive, the Summit provides outstanding information, insight and connections that benefit all attendees,” said Michelle L. Heide, Chamber Board Chair and owner of Michelle Heide & Associates.

“I am so proud to be the Scholarship Sponsor for the Women’s Business Forum’s upcoming Summit. As a founder of the Forum, and a former educator myself, it is such a delight to be able to help students and non-profit employees attend this very informative event. They always leave with so much information to take back to their organizations, or to implement in their own lives, which is what this Summit is all about,” said Anne Thornton, owner of MSI Plumbing & Remodeling.

About the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce

The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce was established in 1916. It represents over 600 member organizations with over 15,000 employees. The Chamber serves as the advocate for the Business Community and offers a wide array of initiatives centered on economic & workforce development, leadership and business resources. For more information on the Chamber please visit or call 908-782-7115.

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