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2018 Successful Business Women


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This breakfast program features inspirational speakers, exhibitors, networking, giveaways, a distinguished program & more, for women across the CNY region!


Outstanding Mentors:
• April Brissette, Bankers Healthcare Group

• Gwen Webber-McLeod, Gwen, Inc.

Female Veteran:
• Cindy Seymour, Serenity for Women

Higher Education
• Beth Myers, Syracuse University Taishoff Center

Community Achievement
• Deana Michaels, Pathfinder Bank

• Debbie Stack, WCNY

Multicultural Diversity
• Magdalena Rivera, SUNY Oswego

Career Achievement
• Gail Kinsella, The Bonadio Group
• Anne Messenger, Women Presidents’ Organization
• Stella Penizotto, Shining Stars Daycare, Inc.

cKeynote Speaker:
Loretta Kaminsky
Topic: The Path to Happiness, Reinventing Yourself
Loretta Kaminsky began her chocolate career after a life altering experience. Over the next 25 years, she established a national and internaional chocolate company. Lou-retta’s custom chocolates, with clients such as Walt Disney, Saks Fifth Avenue,and the Japan Travel Bureau. She has served on the Governor's Small Business Advisory Board, the National SBDC Advisory Board, the National Women’s Business Research Foudation Board, the National Key for Women Board, and the BlueCross BlueSheild Foundation Board. She is featured in a new book, “Women of True Grit”, and an anthology of 20 women who have overcome adversity to achieve their goals.
   Loretta has always been a champion for women who are starting their own business, and after selling her company in 2003 she started her own consulting firm, “Loretta Kaminsky and Friends” and launched a new product for a Buffalo company with a gluten free chocolate chip cookie.
   She has launched her new web site “” and is currently teaching Zumba Gold at 4 independent living centers and well as a local YMCA. Her chocolate laced popcorn can be found at all 90 Wegmans stores. She believes the true path for happiness is reinventing yourself to explore all the wonderful adventures that wait for each of us. 

Farah Jadran,
WSYR-TV NewsChannel 9


Nomination Categories/Definitions:
Career Achievement
Recognizes and honors a woman who excels and gives back within her professional field and the CNY community. Consider fields such as creative (advertising, PR, media), technical (R&D, manufacturing), professional (services that require professional licensing such as architects, auditors, engineers, doctors and lawyers), social/clinical
Community Achievement
Recognizes and honors a woman who has dedicated a significant amount of time, energy and expertise to helping CNY community organizations thrive.
Female Military Veteran
Recognizes and honors a woman who has served in the armed forces and has become a successful entrepreneur or business leader.
Higher Education
Recognizes and honors a woman who has greatly impacted higher education practices and initiatives while implementing a foundation of life-long learning in CNY.
Multicultural Diversity Achievement
Recognizes and honors a woman who excelled in creating awareness of the cultural diversity of CNY.
Outstanding Mentor
Recognizes and honors a woman who is a mentor, guiding others in areas of business or personal development. This nominee has dedicated her life to making success possible for other women to easily achieve and follow in her footsteps, making CNY a great place to work and live for women.


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