Prior Powerful Conversations Series


Fall 2017: Women Crushing Obstacles

October 2017: Women Crushing Obstacles Panel:

  • Carla Markell, former First Lady of Delaware
  • Guillermina Gonzalez, executive director, Delaware Arts Alliance
  • Susan Hum, costume designer, formerly with theDavid Letterman Show
  • Chandra Pitts, founder, One Village Alliance

November 2017: Creating Parity for Women

  • Ellen Kullman, former DuPont CEO & current co-chair, Paradigm for Parity

Spring 2017: Celebrating Women FIRSTS

March 2016: FIRST Women Leaders: Journeys to the Top

  • Chief Natosha Norwood Carmine, leader of Nantikoke Indian Tribe
  • Alisa Morkides, founder of Brew Ha Ha
  • Margie Lopez-Waite, head of school at ASPIRA Academy

April 2017: First Women Role Model & Mentors

  • Julie Coker Graham, CEO & President of Phila Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Dr Andrea Taylor, founder of Women’s Encore

May 2017: First Impressions Matter

  • Linda Farquhar, founder of entreDonovan
  • Dr Laura Sicola, founder of Vocal Impact Productions

Fall 2016: What Matters to YOU?

October 2016: Sharing Wisdom Across the Generations

  • Kye Reynolds, Millennial/GenY & WilmU student
  • Dr Yukiko Washio, GenX & health research scientist
  • Rosanne Taylor, Boomer: & entrepreneur
  • Bebe Coker, Traditionalist: & community activist

November 2016: Igniting Your Passion & Purpose

  • Morgan Berman, entrepreneur
  • Latisha Bracy, community mobilizer
  • robin brown, journalist
  • Regian Allen Sharpe, Wilmington University leader

Dec 2016: Creating Change Through Policy

  • Lynn Yeakel, Vision 2020
  • Priscilla Rakestraw, Ministry of Caring
  • Rysheema Dixon, Wilmington City Council
  • Bethany Hall Long, Lieutenant Governor of Delaware

Fall 2015: Women with Fascinating Points of View

October 2015: “Women in the Arts”

  • Monica Buffington, Kennett Symphony of Chest County, PA
  • Lele Galer, Artist & Haler Winery Owner
  • Eileen Cunniffee, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
  • Guillermina Gonzalez, Delaware Arts Alliance
  • Tatiana Copeland, Arts Advocate & Supporter

November 2015: “Women in the Media”

  • Margaret Aitken, Moderator
  • Susan Leath, The News Journal
  • Suzanne Loudermilk, Delaware Today
  • Amy Cherry, WDEL
  • Katey Hill, WJBR
  • Maria Hess, Wilmington University Publications

December 2015: “Women in Health”

  • Janice E. Nevin, MD, MPH, President & COE of Christiana Health Care System interviewed by
  • Dr. Maria Hess, Wilmington University

SPRING 2015: Women Innovators

March 2015: “Creators of Innovative Solutions”

  • Rita Wilkins IIDA, IDS IFDA, President & COE, Design Services, LTD.
  • Tiffany Allman, Senior Specialist, Citi & Owner, ART Kitchen Studio
  • Mary Ann Nolan, President, Waggies by Maggie & Friends
  • Ara Atkinson Skinner, Owner, Ara Illustrated Studio Group

April 2015: “Thought Leaders who Shape our Future”

  • Featuring Tracy Davidson, Thought Leader & Emmy-winning journalist at NBC 10.

May 2015: “Writers who Provoke our Thinking”

  • Featuring Allison Moore, Phyllis Coletta, Donna Duffy, three talented and fearless women writers who share their heart-warming and inspirational stories.

SPRING 2014: Women with BIG Ideas

March 2014: Jane Golden, Founder, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia

  • “Its mission is simple: Art Saves Lives.”

May 2014: Jamye Cooper, Executive Director, Dining for Women

  • “A global dinner giving circle with 8300 members focused on empowering women globally.”

June 2014: Carol Fitzgerald, Founder, BreastCare DTS™

  • “Her passion is helping save the lives of women through the early detection of breast cancer.”

FALL 2013: Amazing Mothers & Daughters

September 2013: A Special Great Dames Delaware Event

  • Featuring “A Conversation with Jill & Ashley Biden,” who shared stories of their learnings from their world travels together.

October 2013: “The Fabulous Coker Women”

  • Featuring Bebe Coker, community advocate and member Hall of Fame of Delaware Women, and her three accomplished daughters, Julie Coker, Joan Coker and xxx Coker.

November 2013: “Change Agent Daughters & Mothers”

  • Daneya Jacobs, Just BE Founder and her mom, Alonia Douglas
  • Chandra Pitts, One Village Alliance Founder and her mom, Genny Pitts

SPRING 2013: Women Leading the Way

February 2013: “What would Ellen say?”

  • Featuring Ellen Kullman, DuPont CEO, who talked about the importance of mentoring.

March 2013: “Women in Media!”

  • Maria Hess, Editor in Chief of Delaware Today
  • Nancy Karibjanian, Broadcaster & VP of Delaware First Media
  • Margaret Aitken, Media Strategist & Public Relations Expert
  • Sharon Baker, Co-Founder & Senior Producer of Teleduction
  • Amy Cherry, WDEL News Reporter & Anchor

April 2013: “Designing the Life of Your Dreams”

  • Featuring author, Annmarie Kelly, who shared strategies for becoming leaders in our lives, careers and communities.

FALL 2012: Woman Making an Impact

September 2012: “Women Changing the World” featuring

  • Carol Cunningham, Founder, Gambia Women’s Initiative
  • Betsy Teutsch, Author, 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women
  • Carole Downs, Co-Founder, Haiti Family Initiative

October 2012: “Conversation with First Lady of Delaware, Carla Markell”

  • Carla Markell shared her passion for Volunteerism

November 2012: “Sisters Making an Impact”

  • Featuring Pettinaro sisters, Cindy Wilkinson, Tracy Crowley & Vicky Martelli

December 2012: “Women Connectors”

  • Featuring Michelle Taylor, CEO & President, United Way of Delaware and
  • Candida Toccia Seasock, CEO, CTS Associates, Strategic Advisors to Growth Companies