Keynote Speaker

Kathryn Hilderbrand

kathrynKathryn Hilderbrand is a master tailor, designer and business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working in the fashion industry. CEO/Founder of Good Clothing Company, with two locations – Cape Cod and Fall River, Hilderbrand recently founded Good Apparel, GCC’s House Label. Hilderbrand is passionate about bringing clothing manufacturing back to the United States, actively works with the State of Massachusetts to build training programs for trades in the industry and to legalize hemp as a textile crop for our state.

With 2000% growth and an ever expanding business, Hilderbrand’s primary focus is changing the industry, creating jobs that empower women and pay a living wage, and changing the conversation in modern day fashion and consumption.


Adrienne Baumann

adrienneAdrienne Baumann is the Director of Marketing & Community Relations for Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee, MA. A Certified Social Media Manager and Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert & Accredited Solution Provider, Adrienne also owns her own small business, 508 Marketing which specializes in providing social media strategy and customized training for small businesses and non-profits to engage and grow their audience through email and digital marketing.
Adrienne is also a stand-up comic sharing her humorous experiences of being a mom, a reluctant grown-up, kind of a nerd, and having her own superpower. An alumna of the ImprovBoston Comedy Theater in Cambridge, MA, Adrienne hosts and performs comedy around Cape Cod, across New England, and up and down the East Coast.

Opening Panelists


Col. Virginia Doonan

coldoonanvirginiaColonel Virginia I. Doonan is the Commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. She leads more than 1,300 military and civilian personnel who ensure the wing’s ability to respond to peacetime contingencies while maintaining preparedness to accomplish its wartime missions of intelligence, cyber intelligence, cyber engineering and installation, along with trained and experienced expeditionary combat support and homeland medical and security forces. She is formerly crew qualified as a Mission Operations Commander (MOC) for the RQ-1/MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper.
Colonel Doonan is also assigned as a member of the Joint Oversight Group for Joint Base Cape Cod. She oversees strategic management and day-to-day base operating support of JBCC working with commands from the Army National Guard’s Camp Edwards, U.S. Coast Guard’s Cape Cod Air Station and Base Cape Cod and the U.S. Air Force’s 6th Space Warning Squadron in developing a unified plan and identifying opportunities for development of future business plans with the community, renewable energy opportunities and military efficiencies among the various tenant organizations.
Colonel Doonan has served in Operations NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to her current assignment, she was the vice commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing.


Cynthia Jones

cindyTreasurer/Co-Founder of Heroes In Transition, Inc.
Cyndy Jones enjoyed a career of teaching for thirty-three years. She began her career teaching in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. After receiving her Masters Degree in Reading Education from the College of New Rochelle, she became a Reading Specialist in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District in Northern Westchester, New York. Her love for teaching directed her into researching reading assessment. With this expertise, Cyndy has presented workshops and seminars on the national, state and local levels. Upon retirement, she and her husband permanently moved to Cape Cod.
Retirement plans changed drastically when their only son and child, Capt. Eric A. Jones, USMC perished in a helicopter crash while on a combat mission in Afghanistan in 2009. At that time, she and her husband and Eric’s best friend, Mike Warshaw, have formed HEROES IN TRANSITION, Inc. a 501 (c) 3, an organization that provides assistance to veterans and military families in four key areas: PTSD service dogs, home modifications, equine and transitional group therapies, and financial support. Heroes In Transition is now in its seventh year and has created innovative programs to help not only veterans, but also programs for their spouses and children.

Melissa Murphy

melissaCertified Transformational Coach,Founding Partner of Insight of Success, LLC, Speaker and Teacher. As a Co-Founder of their family owned business, Melissa and her husband Ryan, created, Insight of Success, LLC, a Professional Coaching, Speaking & Teaching Company with the simple concept in mind, to inspire individuals and empower organizations to success. Melissa’s work covers a global footprint, focusing her time on key-note speaking engagements as well as personal & group coaching, and bringing leadership & personal development events all over the country.

She knows the value of investing in yourself, in your life, and found her purpose when she began investing in herself! She believes in learning not just by reading a book, but by taking action, being part of, learning from, and working with world renowned change masters such as Mary Morrissey, Bob Proctor, Dr. John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins & Brendan Burchard. As a certified coach, speaker, and teacher Melissa helps others to design and achieve awareness of their possibilities for richer, more fulfilling, meaningful, and successful lives.

Melissa speaks from personal experience and knows that her personal “why” is the true essence of her purpose; “helping others to realize their personal definition of success.” You see many of us, as we grow forget that the child in us knows us best and those dreams we created in our youth were intentional, but as we aged we became something others persuaded us to be, which overtime often results in things like feeling stuck, unfulfilled, wanting something more, and that my friend is the sign of being ready for transformation!

Taking the journey to where your purpose lies leads you to finding your personal definition of success, passion, abundance, and awareness that you can be, do, and have anything you desire! Today Melissa no longer “exists”, she lives through her purpose and passion and shares the ability of living fully with others as they take action and lean in to create the life they love.

Reem Yared


Reem Yared is the Founder & CEO of, a grassroots community marketplace that connects people, businesses and non-profits needing occasional help with neighbors looking for flexible work.
After the Great Recession, 27% of youth were unemployed. All the entry level jobs were taken by people with experience. To create jobs where there were none, Ms. Yared sought to monetize people’s To-Do lists. People who needed “an extra pair of hands” would hire neighborhood youth.
It worked! Since 2011, HelpAroundTown has generated thousands of jobs and tens of thousands of dollars for its users.
HelpAroundTown’s trusted hyperlocal marketplace has become a great vehicle for building reputation, supporting non-profits & promoting small businesses locally, flexibly & affordably.
HelpAroundTown was honored by the Lexington Chamber of Commerce for “this valuable new way of connecting within the community”.
It has spread organically to over 140 towns in MA. It’s been covered by the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, community newspapers, TV and national radio.

Ms. Yared founded based on fifteen years of experience building online marketplaces for skills & expertise, recruiting tools and information services for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
As a business advisor, Ms. Yared helped drive new product introductions for clients in the CleanTech, publishing, telecommunications, and internet services industries. She developed competitive strategies for products facing transformative technologies, such as at Dow Jones & Co.. For start-ups from the internet to CleanTech, she developed market entry strategies and launched new products and services providing compelling user value and competitive positioning.

Ms. Yared holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

She is currently on the Board of the Cary Memorial Library Foundation.

Maria Salomão-Schmidt

maria-headshotA “passionate tsunami of love” who entertains as she teaches, Maria Salomão-Schmidt, MBA was an Oprah Show guest. She cuts through the crap and gets to the heart of the matter through her humor, intuition and zaniness. She’s a powerful international intuitive life coach, speaker and author who helps ignite her clients’ life purpose. Maria graduated from Boston College, Simmons College (GSM) and Rhys Thomas Institute of Energy Healing. She’s a Reiki Master Teacher and expert in NLP, EFT (tapping), Chakra Balancing and Full Spectrum Healing. Her next book on how to use your energy to dramatically shift your life, Finally Full of Yourself!: Unlocking Your Spiritual DNA just came out this November (2016). Maria loves languages, yoga and meditation. She lives outside of Boston with her husband Douglas, their five children and four rescue dogs.

Meg Mayo-Brown

meg-head-shotMeg Mayo-Brown is the recently appointed Superintendent of Barnstable Public Schools. Originally a special education teacher, her interest in education policy led her to the Massachusetts Department of Education where she was ultimately served as Executive Director of Educator Quality. After eight years engaged in policy work, she transitioned to district level work to support educators and students. In 2009 she was appointed as Superintendent of the Fall River Public Schools where she successfully led a district turnaround, increasing high school graduation rates, accelerating learning for all students, and promoting teacher leadership. Her leadership in designing systems and structures to support her students’ social and emotional learning, as well as creating systems for student learning has been highlighted at the state level. She is Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Education’s Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council, and co-chaired the Massachusetts Urban Superintendents’ Network. She is the 2015 recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award, as well as the 2016 recipient of the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, master’s degree from Boston College, and is a doctoral student at Northeastern University. She and her husband, Greg, reside in West Barnstable and are the proud parents of four sons, ages 15-26.

Marie Younger Blackburn


Marie Younger Blackburn is a wife and mother of three sons Ralph 35, Dane 26, and 12 year old Chase a child with developmental delays (Down syndrome). Marie is Senior Event Planner for Simply Black & White Events and Sales and Marketing Manager of Simply Black & White Catering. Marie is Visionary and Event Planner of Driven: Cape Cod’s Conference for Women now in its third year. Marie is an appointed Commissioner with the Commission on the Status of Women, A Board Member for the Cape Cod YMCA, a member of their newly formed Achievers Advisory Board, Marie is also a graduate of the Community Leadership Institute a recognized leader on Cape Cod. Marie is the former Chair of Mashpee Housing Authority and Mashpee Human Services, and a former member of the Falmouth Affordable Housing Task Force. Her core belief is that money follows service and it’s by her actions and spurring others to action you will reap a reward. Marie is a writer, public speaker, social media marketer, business connector and social activist with an extensive network of notable business people and public leaders and officials. Her greatest passion is creating an environment of diverse passionate people.
Vision: Inspiring Celebration, Growth, Empowerment and Collaboration


High Energy Presenter

Toni Migliore

high-energy-photoToni Migliore is a local Fitness Instructor who has been involved in the fitness Industry most of her life. Introduced to “the weight room” by her three brothers, she quickly realized her love for fitness at an early age. She continued working out during High School and was a 3~sport athlete.

While attending college in Tampa, Fl she was a member of the Bally’s Fitness Dance Team and performed in the 25th Superbowl Pre-Game show. She has competed in two bodybuilding shows, rode in The Ride For Missing and Exploited Children, where she biked 120 miles in just 8 hours to help raise awareness and funds for the Charity.

She made the decision to take her passion to the next level six years ago when she moved to the Cape. She became an AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor and began teaching fitness classes. She is also Zumba® Licensed, Pound® Certified, Barre Certified, Kickboxing Certified, as well as a Beachbody Coach Certified in Insanity® and Cize®. Her love for fitness goes beyond the gym, she believes that maintaining a healthy mind and body is a lifestyle!

When she is not teaching her high energy classes at Blast Fitness, Willowbend, or Sandwich Recreation Center, you can find her spending time with her husband and three kids at the beach or at various sporting events.

Workshop Presenters

Cecilia Phelan Stiles

celiacroppedCecilia Phelan Stiles is the Sr. Manager of HR Communication Systems, for Cape Cod Healthcare. Cecilia was born and raised in Latin America. She lived in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. She entered the Medical Interpreter field at its infancy. She has been leading the implementation of language access solutions for the system and the Cape Cod community during the last 17 years. Beyond the daily direction of department operations and financial planning, Cecilia initiated educational seminars on diversity training for Cape Cod Healthcare, school system, and paramedics. Cecilia is the President of the Forum of the Coordination of Interpreter Services, a state wide organization. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and her Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She loves languages, yoga and is a third degree Reiki instructor. Her passion for education and to educate has translated into her workplace success.

Workshop- Embracing the Power of our Differences

Bruce A. Bierhans

bruceAttorney Bruce A. Bierhans has been a business and trial Lawyer for 34 years. He has received a Preeminent Martindale Hubbell rating for 21 consecutive years and is a rated Super Lawyer. Attorney Bierhans represents many business and non profit organizations on Cape Cod and in the Greater Boston area. His is well known for his community service and involvement with non profit organizations. His positions include: Past President of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder and Board Member of Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Past Chairman of Outer Cape Health Services, Past Chairman of Payomet Performing Arts Center, Past Chairman and CEO of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT), Past Chairman of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Co-Founder and Vice President of Cape Wellness Collaborative, Board Member of WOMR and Regional Governor of the Cape and Islands for the Massachusetts Association of Trial Lawyers.

Workshop- Preventative Legal Care for Your Business and how you can Leverage Involvement in Non Profits to Help your Business Succeed

Brenda Vázquez, M.A.Geron.

brendaExecutive Director of the New England Wellness Foundation. Thrilled to join the Driven: Cape Cod’s Conference for Women team, Brenda is a gerontologist with over 13 years of experience in healthy aging program development, community health leadership, multicultural outreach and engagement, and non-profit management. Brenda believes “we can stay vital through the end of life when we learn and apply tools that help us manage our physical and mental health challenges.”

Vázquez was one of the first Stanford School of Medicine-certified Diabetes Self-Management Master Trainers in the country and went on to successfully implement the first roll out of evidence based health promotion programs in the west coast. Before moving to Cape Cod in 2013, Brenda was Director of Community Health Programs at Partners in Care Foundation, the California Department of Aging’s Technical Assistance Office for Evidence Based Health Promotion Programs. Through partnerships and collaboration with physicians, health systems leadership, schools of nursing, pharmacy, social work and medical residency programs, Brenda and her team won the Older Americans Act Title IIID Disease Prevention Health Promotion funding for 12 consecutive years serving over 7000 elders and their families annually. Currently, as a consultant to Ethos, Brenda is implementing the community based interventions for the Boston Partnership of the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund initiative.

Before returning to Boston in 2013, she took a bow for her team’s pilot program, Exergamers Wellness Club, winner of the National Association of Senior Centers top innovation award and the American Association of University Women’s Career Development Award. She holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology from University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Emerson College. As a young performer and TV show host in Puerto Rico, Brenda developed a deep appreciation for the arts and promotes active engagement of older adults in musical theater, filmmaking, writing and other creative expression activities. Most recently through the New England Wellness Foundation, Brenda has been providing support to organizations that serve older adults through project management consulting services. She serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Community Health Network of the Cape and Islands, a coalition of human service organizations which recently celebrated its 23rd anniversary. Brenda also serves on the Barnstable County Human Services Advisory Board.

Vázquez believes that positivity, economic opportunity and security, lifestyle choices, access to equitable care, accessible and nutritious food and a clean, wholesome environment are keys to good health and quality of life. She intends to use her experience, education and training to transform community hubs into integrated centers for wellbeing. She looks forward to designing and launching a new model for sustainable, community-based day wellness centers for older adults, their families, friends and caregivers.

Pamela Harting-Barrat Ph.D

pam-2Dr. Harting-Barrat Ph.D, has been a practicing psychotherapist, Stress Management consultant, and recently retired from the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the Clinical director of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She has consulted to businesses, school systems as well as both state and federal agencies around stress reduction.

Pam worked as a staff psychologist at the Lipton Community Mental Health Center, part of University of Massachusetts Health Alliance in Leominster, MA. Her areas of concentration are: affective disorders, anxiety, personality disorders etc.

Pam and her husband David moved to Falmouth In September, 2015 from Acton, MA where she served on the Acton Planning Board, Board of Health, Acton/Boxborough School Committee and last served as Chairman of the Acton Board of Selectman.

Workshop- Embrace Positivity – Eliminate stress

Are you ready to let go of negativity and regain control of your life? Let’s start by being good to ourselves! Learn how to really relax. We will then harness our new found energy and become more positive and productive driven women with purpose.

We will learn about the physiological and behavioral indicators of stress, and what we can do to eliminate those stressors that are keeping us from an emotionally healthy life. We will engage in a half hour long guided imagery, deep breathing session where you will learn how to calm yourselves and enter into a deep state of relaxation. You will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world!

Mimi Schlichter

mimischlichterMimi Schlichter is an artist, author, and musician. Owner of Mimi’s Art Gallery and Studio in West Falmouth, author of the novel Painting Lily, and Minister of Music at Christ Lutheran Church, Falmouth, she is living evidence of what she calls the “patchwork career” on Cape Cod. For over a decade she has also taught classes in creative recovery and discovery, using The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as text. As a teenager, she loved painting, playing the piano, and horses. Her twenties brought marriage and a daughter. In her thirties she divorced, and embraced painting as her career, which led to a decision to relocate from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (“I don’t paint bloody battlefield scenes!”) to Cape Cod. Single mother, she remained devoted to her daughter and her painting, while working various part time jobs, and finding her way into debt beyond her wildest dreams, culminating in personal bankruptcy. Her forties brought a fiancé, a new career as a church musician, and her first “real” gallery in Falmouth. At 50 she found herself single again and wandering back down the path to debt. At 54, she published her novel, Painting Lily, and was saved by the Lord, which brought her to new perspectives in her writing and her financial health. Today she continues to pursue her creative passions, and embraces her own life’s twists and turns for the gifts they offer in showing other women how to find their purpose and passion with and through creativity. website:

Workshop- Driven by the Muse – Creating with Purpose

What is the purpose of creativity in our lives? From the outside, to a casual observer, it may look like simple play. As it should. Some say, “oh, I’m not creative!”. Mimi believes that whether in the kitchen, the studio, the boardroom, or the living room, EVERYONE is creative, simply in different ways.” Why do we create? and why do we NEED to create? It is expression. It tells a story. It feeds our soul. It suggests questions. In 2013, Mimi Schlichter began to write her novel, Painting Lily. In, 2015, despite her intention to only publish by traditional publishing methods with an agent and editor and hopefully a large advance (LOL) she found herself instead with a deadline and commitment to publish independently.

What story lives inside of you that wants to be told? Is 2017 the year you finally give it the attention it deserves? This workshop is designed to offer you the tools and the motivation to make time to connect with your creative self, even in the midst of an already busy life. Mimi will share with you what worked for her, as well as what failed miserably. She teaches with her own blend of humor, practical knowledge, faith, and authenticity – the personality traits that color her path.

Crystal Knowlton

knowltonCrystal M. Knowlton is a third generation Falmouth resident who has a passion for helping people; this passion began as a small child and has continued to blossom throughout her professional career. Crystal is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; and is experienced in holistic financial planning, wealth accumulation and preservation. Crystal and her team are dedicated to educating and empowering their clients; while building and maintaining lifelong relationships.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Crystal worked in the financial services industry where she excelled earning the status of Executive Council Member, Centurion, and Hundreds Club. Crystal also dedicated ten years of her career to working with The Town of Falmouth; the majority of which were spent with Veteran Services; during her tenure she assisted in helping veterans navigate transitional life events while assisting in delivering Federal and State Benefits to Veterans and their families.
Crystal has been involved in various levels community service and is especially passionate about The Falmouth Service Center and helping her neighbors in need.
Crystal and her husband have two beautiful children and enjoy spending their free time surrounded by family and boating.

Workshop- Women & Wealth; the purpose of a financial plan; and how to get started!

– During this session we will discuss the unique financial needs of women
– Help you envision your life goals in a concrete way.
– Review your strategy efforts to date and help you understand some key steps that you may want to consider as your strategies evolve!
· First 25 woman will receive a complimentary “Family Records Organizer”

Lois André

dsc_0052-2-lois-jan-2017Lois has an extensive professional background in not for profit, higher education, and government. She is deeply committed to helping people in her community and beyond. As she expands her next chapter, she is helping individuals and groups of people discover their next chapter. In addition to her professional life in areas mentioned, she is a wife to a great husband, a mother to two adult young men, a singer, a farmer’s daughter, an instructor, a mentor and court mediator.

Workshop -Empowering You to Make Transitions

Are you beginning to ask yourself — How do I transition from my primary career or business to another career, business or retirement? What do I still want to achieve? What do I want to give back? Where do I go at this stage in my career? What do I fear? Do I want to have another business or career? After a lifetime of achievement, do I really want a retirement where work grinds to a sudden halt? Or am I left to figure out my next steps on my own? What do I enjoy doing outside of work? What gives my life meaning? What do I honor and respect myself for? Join Lois to explore these questions using the work of the Successful Transition Planning Institute, STPI. Through proven, proprietary programs based on 25+ years of research and experience, individuals take a cognitive approach to planning and embracing inevitable transitions.

Kathy Robbins


Kathy Robbins, Licensed Psychotherapist, LICSW, Certified Coach, CPCC founded Three Cs Coaching and Therapy in 2002 out of her commitment to see people have more fulfillment and joy in their lives.
After being a therapist for many years and feeling dissatisfied with the standard problem centered approach to therapy, she incorporated empowering coaching concepts into her work.? She started to see amazing results and has committed herself to delivering this unique service to her clients.
Kathy sees people as being naturally creative, resourceful and whole. She recognizes that most of us face challenges to our wholeness at various times in our lives and that “when we know better, we do better”. She is commitment to guiding people to their inner knowing and wholeness. Her life’s mission is to awaken people, including herself, over and over, to a new story and to new possibilities for self-acceptance, spiritual well-being and fulfillment.

Workshop- “Pathways to Purpose: Creating the Work and Life You Love”

Key Objectives
Live from inspiration, not fear
Choose the right passion and stay on fire
Tap into authentic inner strength
Uncover compelling strategies to achieve your dreams
Trust the power and magic of unconventional choices.
After attending this workshop you will be ready to:
~ Engage and enlist others to support your purpose
~ Identify what keeps you inspired
~ Celebrate and embrace your unique path
~ Rewrite the script that was handed to you

Yolanda Lewis


Yolanda Lewis is known for inspiring next level up living. She is the owner of a multi-level enterprise, Extreme Overflow Enterprises, Inc; a brand management and publishing company and Founder of Grown Women Real Talk. Yolanda has over a decade of coaching, speaking and most importantly real life in the trenches business development and professional experience as today’s modern woman. She holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Operations Management. As a lover for logistics and making things look good, she is a Certified Image Consultant, Etiquette Consultant and Color Analyst. She is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt who continues to work with the best and brightest in the business development and women’s relational health field. As the author of 6 bestselling business and women’s self help books, Yolanda creates penetrating conversations that have been shared with people from around the globe.

Workshop- “RESET: Learning to live your best life on purpose”

Everyone struggles with matters of the heart. Broken hearts trigger outbursts of frustration, sarcastic commentary, lack of life fulfillment, and broken promises to self and others.The pain alone can keep you from living out your best life. Putting broken pieces of your heart back together is difficult but not impossible. If you’re willing to build a plan from what you will learn in this workshop, you CAN recover.

This workshop intensive is designed to help you revitalize your life by learning ways you can RESET your purpose, power and position to start living your best life NOW!

Key Objectives
Through this powerful high energy workshop you will:
– learn about the framework for clear and confident communication; listening, self disclosure and conflict resolution
– get practical techniques to create a path for emotional recovery and broken heart repair
– differentiate healthy and non-healthy self expression
– discover the freedom in living (your best) life on purpose

Learning Points
After attending this workshop you will be ready to:
–> Diagnose your communication skill level
–> Leverage and protect your heart matters
–> Measure and demonstrate the value of your life and purpose
–> Optimize the role others play in your life and maximize every relationship

Celeste Reynolds

celestes-picCeleste Reynolds has been teaching at Mashpee High School in Mashpee, MA for sixteen years. She teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography, Women’s Studies, Current Events, World History, and is the Coordinator for Senior Seminar. This past summer Celeste attended the Choices Leadership Institute at Brown University and is a Choices Teaching Fellow. Celeste has been selected as an American Geographical Society Teacher Fellow 2016.

Workshop- “The Purpose of Feminism”

Many of my students feel that the Women’s Studies class helps them to begin to understand the female narrative that they have not heard in history classes. They feel that many people in society feel being a feminist is a “bad” thing when in reality it is a very good thing. Many of my female students feel that they are only learning about history from a male’s point of view and when they learn about a woman it is in context of being someone’s wife or mistress. It’s as if women are the “forgotten” historically as well as in present day. As they learn about women’s role in society they realized women had a huge role in society and they can begin to understand where we are today and why. My class is to help young females as well as young males to have a better understanding of how our society was shaped. This allows our youth to begin to make the necessary changes we need to move our society to true equality.

Laurie McAnaugh

laurieLaurie has been a coach for over 13 years. She earned the title Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education in 2013. She is a member of the International Coach Federation and is an active member serving on the board of directors for the New England Chapter of ICF. She was nominated for the 2014 Life Coach of the Year Award through ICFNE and earned the 2014 Director’s Award for Distinguished Service. Her clients range from high school and college students to CEO’s and her primary focus is personal development. She has worked with Suffolk University senior management students as they work on their Capstone projects. She also coaches individuals weekly who are experiencing homelessness and has worked in depth with women experiencing domestic violence. She draws on her Master's Degree in Education and Child Development in all of her work as our childhood is the foundation for most of our patterns and beliefs. Her international coaching practice is located in Sagamore Beach, MA where she works with people both in person and via phone. She is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, A Juicy Joyful Life; Inspiration from Women Who’ve Found the Sweetness in Every Day.


Workshop- “Access Your Internal POWER and Access Your True Purpose”

What if your true purpose had little to do with achievement and accomplishment ? What if it was far simpler than that?

What if being you, just the way you are, IS your sole purpose?

This workshop is designed to remind you that all the power you need, you already have. Accessing that internal power is a choice and it starts with knowing that your greatest task in this lifetime is to just be YOU.


In this interactive workshop, we will:

  • Identify the fearful thoughts we live with on a day to day basis that hold us back from living with a sense of true purpose.
  • Discuss the power of a strong sense of self.
  • Discuss 5 key concepts that help us to stay in alignment with who we are at our core and how we can truly serve for the greatest good.

After attending this workshop you will:

  • Be more willing to appreciate your own humanity and the humanity of others leading to more overall patience and a sense of Divine order and trust.
  •  Be ready to place your focus on the priorities that align with your highest purpose.
  • Understand that much of our life’s complications are directly related to our perceptions. Change your perceptions and everything changes.
  • Feel more relaxed, in control, with a powerful system of strategies that will guide you in even the most difficult of challenges.

Barry Jackman. MBA. CPA

barryBarry Jackman is a resolute and analytical financial professional with experience in many areas of the accounting and audit function. Originally from the Caribbean island of Barbados, Barry is a second degree black belt in Judo and a former Olympic Judo Athlete. He has a true a passion for working with small business and non-profit owners to get their company’s finances on track to achieve their various profitability goals and missions. Barry has expertise in preparing financial statements, budget development, grant application and management, financial management, business analysis, compilation, review and auditing services, corporate and individual tax planning and tax preparation. He aims to maintain versatility and resourcefulness; this allows him to quickly adapt to new challenges and environments.
One of Barry’s major focuses is on the personal financial health of his clients and their employees. Through World Financial Group’s business platform he is furthering his goal to protect and build wealth for families!!

Workshop- “DDIY, What business owners need to know about their accounting: Saving you time, money and giving peace of mind”

Afternoon Town Hall Style Moderator for Women In Politics


Sarah Colvin


Sarah Colvin is a broadcast journalist who has spent the past decade and a half reporting from one end of Cape Cod to the other, talking with local leaders, experts, and newsmakers on a myriad of topics.

She is the News Director for the Cape Cod Community Media Center. In that role, she coordinates, produces and hosts “Cape Media News”, Cape Cod’s leading television newscast.

Sarah can be heard on the air every morning from 6 to 10 AM on Frank 93.5 with Steve McVie on the Frank-FM Morning Show.

She began her radio career in the summer of 2000 on 96.3 The Rose. In 2005, she began work at WQRC 99.9, where she fell in love with reporting Cape Cod news, eventually rising to the rank of News Director in 2009. Sarah joined the Town of Barnstable as News Coordinator in 2011, and spent five years as producer and host of the Town’s award-winning daily municipal newscast, “Barnstable This Morning.”

Sarah serves on the Board of Directors for Cape Cod Young Professionals, the Barnstable Land Trust, the Cape Cod Cycling Club, and the Community Leadership Institute of Cape Cod, and is a 2015 CLI graduate. She holds a Certificate in Municipal Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University.

Sarah lives in Osterville, and in her free time likes to ride her bike, practice yoga, and play guitar.

 Women In Politics

Megan E. English Braga

Megan was born and raised in East Falmouth. Megan attended Wellesley College where she earned a degree in International Relations. In 2003 she earned her Master of Education degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she focused on conflict resolution, trauma intervention, violence prevention and adolescent development. As a Student Support Counselor in the Boston Public Schools, she collaborated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University to promote positive development and implement intervention services for low-income students and their families. Megan worked as a clinician for the Justice Resource Institute, where she provided clinical treatment to adolescent boys committed to the Department of Youth Services. She collaborated with state and community agencies as well as families to help re-integrate youth into the community. Megan received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, Evening Division, where she worked full-time while completing her law degree.

Before studying the law, Megan worked in the field of education for more than a decade. She has been a classroom teacher, after-school program coordinator, and a special needs advocate at the primary as well as secondary school level. Her work has taken her abroad where she has assisted in the care and protection of abandoned and institutionalized children in Romania.

In 2009, Megan decided to open her own law practice in Falmouth where she has focused her work as an attorney in the area of criminal defense, juvenile law, domestic relations, mediation, civil litigation and estate planning.

Megan is a current member of Falmouth Board of Selectman and was a former member of the Falmouth Finance Committee. A former member of the Falmouth Education Foundation Gala Committee; current President of the Wellesley College Club of Cape Cod; volunteer attorney for WECAN; and Chair of the Falmouth Democratic Town Community

Sheila Lyons


Sheila Lyons was elected as the Wellfleet representative to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates 2006-2008. She was then elected by the citizens of Cape Cod to the Board of Barnstable County Commissioners in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. After 10 years public service to the County government, Sheila will be again be a private citizen as of Jan. 2017. Sheila serves and represents the County on various County and Non-Profit boards. She is an outspoken advocate for Cape Cod, working to create smart solutions and policies to deal with our wastewater and water issues, poverty and substance abuse, public health education, and smart economic job growth. Sheila’s time in County government has taught her that when we work together regionally we have better outcomes. Good government works for and with its citizen’s. Sheila (Rafferty) Lyons, a Boston native, is a MSW geriatric social worker. She began her professional career first at the Olivia James House in South Boston, the City of Cambridge Heath Dept. and then in Maryland, where she worked in long term healthcare as a Director of Social Service, and Director of Staff Development and Public Relations.

Political awareness and engagement is a part of life she grew up with. Over the years Sheila ha served as President of the Democratic Women of Howard County, MD, President of the Wellfleet Democratic Party, and Vice President of the Cape and Islands Democratic Council. Sheila has one daughter living in New York. Sheila is a resident of Wellfleet.


Boston University School of Management
Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Executive Core certificate Program

University of Maryland, Baltimore

University of Maryland, College Park
BA Management

University of Massachusetts, Boston
Course certificate in Gerontology

Susan Moran

susan Susan Moran is Vice Chairman of the Falmouth Board of Selectman, President of the Cape Cod Selectmen and Councilors Association, Member of the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates Elect, Member of Cape Cod Economic Development Council Elect and a Member of the Cape Cod Water Quality Collaborative.  She is liaison to Falmouth committees including, Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, Coastal Ponds, Waterways, Climate-Energy, Substance Abuse, Cable Advisory and Veteran’s Council.  She is a business lawyer, a certified mediator and a real estate broker.  As a member of the Massachusetts and United States Supreme Court bars, Susan has represented numerous Fortune 500 companies. She is a past Chair for the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, past President of West Falmouth Village Association, and a former Vice President of the West Falmouth Library Board.