Regional Conferences
Hosted by the American Business Women’s Association

Reimagining Your Future in ABWA’s Regional Conferences 

Eastern Conference: February 12-13 – Eastern Time

Western Conference: February 19-20 – Pacific Time

Central Conference: March 5-6 Central Time

Every year hundreds of women join together to learn skills and acquire new knowledge that will propel them forward in their personal and professional lives.  Because of the pandemic, this year’s regional conference events will again, be hosted virtually.  

Will we miss the hugs and sisterhood? Absolutely! But we will still get to see each other and share our personal triumphs and challenges as we REIMAGINE OUR FUTURES together. This is going to be a phenomenal conference that you don’t want to miss.  Register Today!  

Click Here to Register or Call ABWA National Headquarters at 1-800-228-0007

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Randee Sanders

Kelly McDonald 

Dr. Randee Sanders, Associate Dean of Faculty and Dissertation Chair at Northcentral University

Leadership Presence:  Perception vs. Reception in the Virtual Environment

Dr. Randee Sanders is a speaker, professor, and women’s career strategist who has an affinity for empowering women leaders to establish a strong sense of self, develop her voice and power to lead.  Dr. Sanders has over 20 years of experience in leadership development and organizational engagement.  She has a doctorate degree in leadership development and organizational management. 

Dr. Sanders is the Founder of RL Sanders & Associates, LLC, a firm focused on women leadership development. She is passionate about educating the next generation of leaders in both the higher education and business arenas. Dr. Randee enjoys creating positive energy, passion, and transforming peoples’ lives.  The time is now to live your extraordinary life! 

Kelly McDonald

How to Work With & Lead People Not Like You

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in marketing, the customer experience and consumer trends.  She has been named one of the “Top Ad Agencies” in the U.S. by Advertising Age Magazine.  Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, Chubb, Kimberly-Clark, Miller-Coors, and Sherwin Williams.  

Kelly is the author of three best-selling books on marketing, the customer experience, and leadership.  Kelly lives in Denver.  In her spare time, she enjoys boxing and shopping for high heels.  


Professional Development Sessions

Look at this year’s line-up of relevant and timely topics!
Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your business acumen in these valuable learning sessions delivered by seasoned professionals.

Marianne Roesler

Leading Your Remote Teams:  Strategies for Success

Cherron Castillo

How to be an Effective Virtual Team Member

Sherry Darden

Know and Grow Your Value

Leading Your Remote Team:                Strategies for Success

For almost a year, managers, team and organizational leaders have experienced many of the challenges in leading a remote work team.    In this four-hour session, you will build on your existing knowledge by exploring strategies in:

  • Leading and coaching remote teams.
  • Performance accountability and management.
  • Increasing your communication efficacy in a virtual environment.
  • And continuing to build trust with your remote team.

Facilitator: Marianne Roesler 

Marianne excels in developing and presenting training, to guide leaders and staff to maximize their own potential and bring out the best in their teams. She brings a wealth of experience on the topics of communication, professionalism, conflict management and more.  Her energetic style has benefitted companies, government agencies, and educational institutions around the globe.

With more than 10 years of experience as an Independent Trainer, Marianne brings stories and examples from her roles as Vice President of Training and Development and Director of Sales.  She prides herself not only on helping people accomplish results, but also on building long-lasting relationships.

Her presentations are polished and dynamic.   She meets her audience right where they are, to help participants to learn and grow, while sharing success strategies that they can put to use immediately.

How to Be an Effective Virtual Team Member

ABWA has embraced the challenges associated with hosting virtual meetings for the past 9 months.  However, with such a diverse and dynamic membership, there is always room for improvement.  In this four-hour session, you will learn:

  • The importance of engagement.  
  • Communication strategies for a virtual enviroment.  
  • How to plan a powerful virtual presentation.
  • How and when to use visual aids.  

Facilitator: Cherron Castillo

Cherron’s experience includes HR, retail management, sales, facilitation and presentations, public speaking, and high school education. 

She helps people transition from managers to leaders; from good to great. She speaks, facilitates and coaches in the public and private sector.

Cherron is married with 2 children and in her spare time, she volunteers in her youth ministry at church.

Know and Grow Your Value

To be an effective leader, in and outside of the workplace, you must learn how to share your voice with courage and conviction.  In this four-hour session, you will explore strategies for:

  • Speaking up and being heard.
  • Moving from self-conscious to self-confident.
  • Performing confidently in challenging situations.
  • Setting limits without making enemies.

Facilitator: Sherry Darden 

 Sherry is a CEO growth strategist who loves helping the C-Suite increase their bottom-line profit.  As a former accountant and HR professional, she will show you how to align your people, processes, and your procedures to create a more harmonious operation, so you can focus on growing your organization from the inside out.

Her motto, “It is not so much how much you make it is what you keep!”  She lives for the light bulb, and moments of clarity to improve morale, streamline procedures, and know-how your money works.









sessions focused on league management 

Overview of ABWA’s Educational Fund

One of the pride and joys of ABWA’s local leagues is to pay it forward by sponsoring scholarship(s) through ABWA’s educational fund, SBMEF.   In this 90-minute session, the presiding members of the National Board of Directors will review the types of scholarship programs available, and the eligibility criteria for attendees and for sponsoring leagues to participate in ABWA’s long-standing scholarship program.

New Opportunities to Enhance Your Local League Experience  

We applaud our members for discovering new ways of providing value to working women in their local ABWA communities in the past year, while at the same time, maintaining the standards of excellence of the American Business Women’s Association.  In this session, we will introduce new opportunities that will enhance your local ABWA experience in the coming year.

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The Top Ten Business Women/American Business Woman  

In 2020, ten members of the American Business Women’s Association were named as the Top Ten Business Women of the American Business Women’s Association during the October, National Women’s Leadership Conference. 

This award is the most prestigious honor bestowed on an ABWA member.   The Top Ten recipients are selected for their career achievements, community involvement, and contributions to the American Business Women’s Association. 

These women are the best of the best of our ABWA community.  Several of the 2021 Top Ten recipients will be sharing their personal story, triumphs and challenges with this year’s regional conference attendees.