Monday, May 2, 2016

WICT-New England "Communicating With Confidence"

I had a wonderful time as the keynote speaker for the WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) - New England chapter's Keys to Leadership event in Boston.  Over 120 women and men gathered for the day to hear me speak about Communicating With Confidence and to get advice from a panel of experienced professionals.

Reminding the audience that confidence means  "I know what I'm talking about -
I am prepared - I earned my place at the table"
(photo courtesy WICT- New England)

A privilege to share the stage with the
"Prepare & Persevere" panel of experienced industry professionals

Great view of the Charles River from Microsoft's NERD Center
(New England Research & Development Center)
where the program was held
(photo courtesy WICT- New England)

With the wonderful WICT-New England Chapter Leadership team:
Gianfranca Focareta, Donna Capone, Brittany Lahm and Laura Ausmus
(photo courtesy WICT- New England)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Marist CT Alumni Networking Event, 5/17

I'm excited to once again be presenting for fellow Marist Alumni and friends!
Join us for a networking reception and interactive workshop on the topic 'Connect With Confidence' 

Tuesday, May 17
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Local Kitchen and Bar
Fairfield, Connecticut
Tuesday, May 17

Connect With Confidence 
For all the opportunities you have to connect with others, whether through meetings, presentations or networking, confidence is crucial to your success. In order to have people listen to you and take your ideas seriously, you have to plan in advance to present the right amount of information, with clear and focused organization, delivered in a credible and engaging manner. 

Benefits Include: 
• Develop and communicate self-confidence 
• Express your message clearly and concisely 
• Create an effective process for planning, preparing and practicing your content and delivery 
• Use powerful body language (voice, gestures, movement, eye contact) to engage your audience and enhance your personal brand

About GIlda Bonanno '93 
Gilda Bonanno is a speaker, trainer and coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. She achieves these results by combining her business background with her improv comedy performance experience and a conviction that with the right training and practice, anyone can become a more effective communicator. She has worked with executives and entrepreneurs throughout North America and in South America, Europe, China, India and Thailand. 
For more information or to register, visit 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Westfair Communications: Pitch to the Angels 4/21

I'm excited to be part of this upcoming Pitch to the Angels event: (my presentation skills coaching will be included as part of the package provided to the winning startup). 

Join Westfair Communications and the Westchester Angels for a two-part event open to startups, entrepreneurs, investors and spectators. Sign up for the morning session, the lunchtime session, or both.
Morning session: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m: Educational forum for entrepreneurs
Lunch and networking for all attendees: 11 a.m. to noon
Lunchtime session: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Keynote from David Heath, president and founder of Bombas
Pitches from four startups:
Judges include: Tereza Nemessanyi of Microsoft and Jonathan Rosen, founder of Collaberex, Helene Rude of Marist College and Jeffrey Zink, former VP of Yahoo.
Broadcast by Westchester Talk Radio
BioInc@NYMC - 7 Dana Road, Valhalla, NY 10595
To register, visit

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

From Gilda, I learned how to gracefully exit a conversation

"It was a pleasure to meet and hear you speak about schmoozing skills. I consider myself a pretty outgoing person that usually doesn’t have trouble talking to strangers.  However, your pointers still helped a lot, especially when I am in situations where I might feel that I have nothing in common with anyone in the room.  I learned about how to gracefully break into a conversation and how to exit one." 
- Geeta Ludwiczak, Commercial Real Estate Analyst, Wells Fargo Bank; NY/NJ Chair, Wells Fargo Asian Connection

To see more testimonials about Gilda's work, visit

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Joint ATD/ICF Networking 4/7 in Westport

Join us on April 7th for a
Joint ATD SCC and ICF-CT 
Spring Evening 
Networking Event   
(on the Saugatuck River)
299 Riverside Ave
Westport, CT  06880

Thursday, April 7, from 5:45 – 8:30 pm
 $30 Members of ATD SCC & ICF-CT 
 $40 Non-members

We invite you to a unique evening dedicated to networking and the opportunity to mingle with members and associates of our ICF Connecticut Coach Community and ATD Southern CT Chapter whose combined expertise include coaching, training, education, learning and development, performance improvement, and human resource development.
Throughout this evening, this French bistro, with views of the Saugatuck River, will be serving:

Hot and Cold Hors d'oeuvres (gluten free available)
Penne Vodka & Chicken/Mushroom Risotto
Cheese Platter
Cash bar
Connect, network, build alliances and referrals, learn from one another and share stories about the impact coaching & training has on our clients and organizations - whether that be as an internal or external change agent.
  • Gain personal insights into and connect with educational, programming, and development opportunities that will enhance your professional skills and advance your personal and professional goals as an entrepreneur, external or internal coach, training professional and leader.     
  • Keep current with the behavioral research that drives our understanding of human behavior and how we connect the science to our practice. 
  • Connect to our training and coaching communities and engage in the exchange of ideas and resources.
As with all chapter meetings, the event is open to members and non-members.

For more information or to register, visit