Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NSA-CT Nov 18 Meeting in Trumbull

CT chapter of the National Speakers Association presents:

November 18, 2014
6-9 PM


Re/Max Right Choice
105 Technology Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Rick Segel's accomplishments:
  • Over 3,000 Professional Speeches in 49 States, in over 14 Different Countries
  • 18 Best–Selling Retailing Books
  • Author of the Retail Business Kit for Dummies
  • You and other attendees, with Rick Segel, are the stars of the evening.
  • We all will contribute value to the evening’s experience.
  • We will listen, share, and grow together.

6:00 Sign in Informal Meet & Greet
6:30 Updates and Brags
7:00 Spotlight NSA MEMBER - Rick Segel (
  • Interactive talk with full audience participation:
  • Getting started, transitioning from one career to another
  • Putting together a winning formula for speeches
  • Speaking internationally
  • Dealing with the emotional highs and lows of the business of speaking
  • Impact of being a NSA Member
  • Partnering with another professional
  • Turning speeches into consulting assignments
  • Writing a “Dummies” book
  • Newsletter tips
  • Keeping track of it all
  • When do you start having fun?

8:15 Big Issue Networking.
  • Come prepared to have your biggest speaking issue addressed with other NSA-CT Members & Guests

9:00 Adjourn
REFRESHMENTS: Water & Energy Bars
Members: Free
Guests: $35

For more information or to register, visit:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Women, Leadership and the Workplace" Discussion

I recently had the privilege of attending a panel discussion on "Women, Leadership and the Workplace," led by CT Women's Business Development Council Founder and CEO, Fran Pastore. 

Panelists included Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT- 3rd District) and focused on the challenges faced by women in the workplace and the increasing opportunities for women business leaders to make a positive impact.

The discussion was hosted at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, which also featured an exhibit, The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition that offers a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of the working people in America.  

Karen Kelly, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer of First County Bank; Moderator Fran Pastore, Founder & CEO of WBDC; Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; Melissa Mulroney, Exec. Director & CEO of Stamford Museum & Nature Center; Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro; Carolyn Treiss, Exec. Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women

Congresswoman DeLauro and Lt. Governor Wyman
discussing their longtime advocacy for women's economic equity

Carolyn Treiss, Exec. Director, PCSW, announcing that the
"Status of Women in the Workforce" Report will soon be released

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.  

For more information on WBDC’s entrepreneurial training and financial education programs please visit

(Photos courtesy of WBDC)
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gilda Attends WBDC Event at the Governor's Residence in Hartford

I recently was privileged to attend a VIP Reception at the Governor's Residence in Hartford, CT, hosted by the The CT Women's Business Development Council (WBDC). 

Attendees had a chance to network and tour the beautifully restored Governor's Residence.  Governor Dannel Malloy also addressed the crowd and spoke of the positive impact that women entrepreneurs have on the state of Connecticut.  

The Reception was part of the lead up to the WBDC's 13th Annual Business Breakfast to be held on November 13 in Stamford.  Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is the Honorary Chairwoman of this year's Breakfast, which will highlight "Entrepreneurship as the New Women's Movement."  

A panel discussion of experts in the field of women's entrepreneurship and leadership will be moderated by veteran journalist Paula Zahn, currently host of Investigation Discovery's "On the Case With Paula Zahn" and WNET's "NYC-Arts."  And I am honored to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Breakfast. 

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman with WBDC CEO & Founder Fran Pastore 
and WBDC Vice President Marian Cicolello

CT Governor Dannel Malloy addressing the crowd
with First Lady Cathy Malloy

Gilda Bonanno with Robin Imbrogno, WBDC Breakfast Chairwoman and 
President, Human Resources Consulting Group

For more information about the Breakfast or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.

Photos courtesy of WBDC
Gilda Bonanno's blog

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gilda presents for Starfish Connection

Last month, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop for Stamford-based Starfish Connection, a 501c3 corporation whose mission is to help academically talented youth from low income families reach their potential and their dreams of attending college. 

Your body language can make a
difference in how your communication is perceived
The workshop, Shaking Hands With the World: How to Connect With Adults, used improv comedy exercises to teach communication skills which are useful when students connect with adults in school, jobs, internships and volunteer work. 

Starfish Connection provides mentorship and support in education along with enrichment and extracurricular activities to students throughout their elementary, middle and high school years

The 22 students and their mentors participated in activities designed to help them break out of their  comfort zones, develop confidence , learn how to introduce themselves and understand the power of networking.

Starfish Connection was founded in Stamford, CT in 2008 by David and Judith Martin in memory of their mothers, June Martin and Rhoda Reasenberg.

To find out more or donate money, computers or gently used muscial instruments, please visit  

Practicing the all-important handshake -
useful when meeting adults, networking and interviewing
Gilda with Starfish Connection co-founder Judy Martin
Mentors and students doing an improv exercise 

All photos courtesy of Bernie Weiss

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Social, Mobile, and Gamification: More than Just “Check the Box” ASTD-SCC 10/20 Meeting

So. CT Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD-SCC) presents

Monday, October 20, 2014
5:45 -8 PM
Topic:  Social, Mobile, and Gamification: More than Just “Check the Box”
Speaker:  Adam Weisblatt,  Learning Technology Leader, Nielsen
Social, Mobile, and Gamification are exciting new trends in the learning world.   Join us on October 20th when Adam Weisblatt, Head of Learning Technology at Nielsen, provides a fresh perspective on using these tools to increase learner engagement and bottom line results.  Adam will build your understanding of the concepts and share real world examples of integrating these tools into your learning experiences, without breaking the bank.  
As a result of attending this session, you will be better able to:
  • Understand the underlying needs that drive requests for Social, Mobile, and Gamification approaches in today’s learning environment
  • Evaluate the suitability of these approaches for your learning experiences
  • Identify one or more opportunities to use these concepts and tools in your training         
  • Identify tools that can be easily used to develop and facilitate the learning experiences
Speaker Bio:
Adam Weisblatt is a Learning Technologist focused on creating environments for great learning experiences. A specialist in the selection, deployment, and optimization of learning infrastructure and toolsets that support the delivery of online and in person training, Adam is a creative problem solver with an in-depth understanding of the workflow and business drivers that Learning Professionals grapple with every day. Adam is currently the head of Learning Technology at Nielsen and formerly held that role at Pfizer. He was an eLearning designer at FactSet, and he provided training and consulting to several companies through his consulting business.  Adam speaks at industry conferences and is the author of the blog "Creating Understanding." (

Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


  • Full time student
To register or for more info