Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Stand Out from the Crowd with Personal Branding 10/27


Course description: Personal branding defines you to the community and allows you to be perceived as the go-to expert. Now you can learn how to build your brand through clear and consistent in-person communication and gain the principles you need to apply to social media too!

Learn how to:
  • Identify what makes you unique and communicate that to others
  • Overcome the fear of speaking with confidence about yourself
  • Use powerful body language to connect to your audience
  • Develop memorable content that helps set you apart from the crowd

Registration Required/No Charge


Thursday, October 27, 2016


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Quinnipiac University North Haven Campus


370 Bassett Road
For more information or to register, visit

Friday, September 30, 2016

Photos from WBDC Business Breakfast

I'm honored to have served as Emcee for the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) 15th Annual Business Breakfast & Symposium, on September 23 at the Greenwich Hyatt. We had a record crowd of over 700 people!

Panelists: Margaret Price, CEO, Ridgefield Supply Company 
Lesley Jane Seymour, Media Entrepreneur and Former Editor-in-Chief, More Magazine (moderator)
Kimberly Blackwell, CEO, PMM Agency
Allison Schieffelin Walker, Chairman and CEO, The Lighting Quotient 
Betty Spence, President, National Association for Female Executives
with WBDC CEO and Founder Fran Pastore

The lovely jacket and blouse are courtesy of Nina McLemore, a fantastic CT designer who donated 10% of her trunk show sales for the day to WBDC

The Deb Ziegler Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence was presented to Renata Papadopoulous, owner of Lovely Cakes, based in Stratford, CT, by Rep. Laura Hoydick

The WBDC Woman of Impact Award was presented to Seema Hingorani, Founder and Chair, Girls Who Invest, Inc.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal welcoming the crowd

Photos from Margaret Fox for WBDC

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Playing Small Does Not Serve the World

Here is one of my favorite quotes that gets to the heart of self-confidence:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?....

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do....

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to Schmooze Class - Greenwich Oct 6

I will be teaching "How to Schmooze" for Greenwich Continuing Education on October 6, 7-9 pm.

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"How to Schmooze" with Gilda Bonanno
Hate networking events because you never know what to say? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you're looking for new clients or a new job, or just looking to broaden your professional horizons, networking is a key ingredient of your success.  
This interactive session will teach you the techniques of successful networking so you can schmooze with ease. You'll learn the secrets of being a master schmoozer, including how to listen and think on your feet, how to harness the power of non-verbal communications and how to deal with difficult people, like the obnoxious egotist and the boring timehog.
For more information or to register, visit

Gilda's Post on Susan Solovic's Small Business Expert Blog

Check out my guest post for Susan Solovic's blog: 

Take Your Presentation from OK to Outstanding 

THE Small Business Expert, Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

When Presenting, Stay Within Your Time Limit

Here's an easy way to be a better presenting -- when presenting, stay within your time limit! The audience will appreciate it and be better disposed to remember your message. 

How do you stay within your time limit? Read about it in my latest guest post on the Constant Contact Community blog: