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2023 VIRTUAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE  hosted by the american business women’s association (ABWA)


Kick off the New Year by joining us for another conference event sponsored by Dell Technologies where you will have an opportunity to learn from nationally acclaimed keynotes and subject matter experts. This year’s conference is another opportunity to sharpen your soft and hard skills, an imperative for every successful business woman.    

We recognize your time is limited which is why this year’s breakout sessions will be recorded and available for review post-conference.  

Make a commitment today and register for ABWA’s Regional Conference on March 10-11, 2023.  Payment plans are available. 

To preview the agenda and description of events, CLICK HERE or call ABWA’s National Office at 1-800-228-0007.

nationally acclaimed KEYNOTES


Keynote Title: Cultivating Connections Via Virtual Meetings, Email, Text and i-Phone

Bestselling author of The Fine Art of Small Talk, How to Start a Conversation, Keep it Going, Build Networking Skills and Leave a Positive Impression (Hachette), keynote speaker, and trainer, Fine began her career as an engineer. Now a long time member of the National Speakers Association, Fine designs her virtual and face-to-face programs and researches her books to teach leaders, professional services, membership organizations and front-line staff conversation and rapport building skills and business networking techniques that help to develop meaningful business relationships. 


Keynote Title: THE NO CLUB:  Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work

Former Associate Dean, School Of Public Policy and Management, Brenda Peyser held leadership positions in the academic and corporate worlds for almost 35 years. She is one of the co-authors of The No Club – Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work, with Linda Babcock, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart. Most recently, Brenda was a Distinguished Service Professor of Professional Communications at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. From 1998-2016, she was Associate Dean of the Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management, where she oversaw graduate programs in public policy, arts management, entertainment management, and healthcare. Brenda has taught in the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women and consulted with organizations to improve women’s communication skills. 


advance your business acumen and improve your leadership skills

Hot Tips for Microsoft Outlook Users and/or Gmail and Google Workspace Users Presented by Randy Dean
Randy shares the latest technology. In this fast paced session, Randy is going to cut out the PowerPoint and cut right to the tips!  As always, he will share as many of his favorite tips as possible, focused on e-mail, calendar, contact, task, and note usage in MS Outlook in this short one hour session.
He’ll also poll the audience at the start to see which tips would be most beneficial to attendees. And then he’ll provide all attendees a great take-away…and access to a number of post-program self-study resources so you can continue your skill development beyond the session! 

Standout Social Media Graphics in Canva:Take Your Brand From Underwhelming to WOW Presented by Elizabteth Hambleton
According to Elizabeth Hambleton, to stand out in a cluttered social feed, you need a polished brand that tells your story… it all starts with your graphics. Branding is more than just picking a few colors, a handful of fonts, and posting photos. But if figuring out where to begin isn’t tough enough, knowing where to go after is even harder. Seriously, sometimes just opening Canva can be overwhelming. Best of all, no previous design skill is required. By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Develop a cohesive brand appearance across multiple social media channels.
  • Quickly & easily create graphics that stand out on crowded social feeds.
  • Design marketing materials for your brand for use on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, PowerPoint, LinkedIn, Email marketing, and more.
  • Master all the Canva basic skills you will need to design high conversion graphics for your brand and business.

This session is sponsored by Dell Technologies

Communicate to Innovate: Integrating Strategies for Intergenerational Collaboration Presented by Dr. Meggie Mapes

Dr. Meggie Mapes is an expert when it comes to Communication.  In fact she reminds all of her students that communication is the key to unlocking innovation in every organization, and one’s ability to respond to the ever-changing workplace.  

In this session, attendees will learn effective strategies on how to build authentic relationships across multiple generations that will support them in creating a culture of inclusion in their ABWA chapter, in their business, in their work team(s), and in their community of key stakeholders.    

Dr. Mapes will also provide attendees with several take-aways, including concrete tools on how they can collaborate ethically and innovatively with their community of key stakeholders. 

This session is sponsored by National University.  

abwa sessions


Session Presenters:  ABWA’s National Officers

In this one-hour session, learn about the four types of scholarship programs offered through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF), and the criteria for applicants and leagues for participating in this educational opportunity that supports the career advancement of women. 


Session Presenters:  ABWA’s District Vice Presidents

In this session,  Vice Presidents representing each district will recognize first time conference attendees, the leagues celebrating milestone anniversaries, and members for their many achievements. In addition, Vice Presidents will introduce the approved candidates for District Vice President for the 2023-2024 term.  



The highest honor bestowed on an individual member is  ABWA’s Top Ten Business Woman.  Recipients of this award are celebrated for their professional achievements, community engagement and contribution to the American Business Women’s Association. In this year’s closing session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn from the ABWA’s Top Ten Business Women, Class of 2023 as they deliver a presentation and share the lessons learned from their work/life experience.