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 https://www.greenwichace.com/CourseCatalog/ScheduleView.asp?ScheduleID=11043

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, Amazon.com 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: 

Monday, September 19, 2016

WBDC Announces Partnership With Designer Nina McLemore

WBDC's Business Breakfast & Symposium
9.23.16 / 7:30AM / Hyatt Regency Greenwich

WBDC is pleased to announce a partnership with Nina McLemore, a designer of elegant women's apparel for professionals and women who are leaders in their community.

Carol Cheswick and Sheri Malin of Nina McLemore of Fairfield and Westchester Counties, sponsor of WBDC's Women with Impact Breakfast and Symposium, will be showing the Fall 2016 Nina McLemore Collection on September 22nd, and following WBDC's Women with Impact Breakfast and Symposium on September 23rd. Both showings will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich in the Putnam Room.

To support the growing influence of women as decision makers, changemakers, and economic influencers, 10% of all sales from these shows will be donated to WBDC!

Nina McLemore's clients include CEO's of Fortune 500 companies, senior government officials, prominent lawyers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in non-profits. Her clients appreciate fine fabrics and the fact that her collection is tailored by hand in New York where the company is based. The collection is known for its natural fine fabrics from Europe, bright colors and excellent fit. The fabrics are seasonless and wrinkle resistant for international travel. Her styling is elegant rather than provocative and includes styles for business, casual and evening.

Carol and Sheri are happy to welcome walk-ins, but clients are recommended to schedule an appointment for the best service. Please click the following link to make an appointment online or call Carol at 203-247-3358.

Click here to schedule an appointment for the Nina McLemore Old Greenwich show.

N I N A  M C L E M O R E 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Last call for WBDC Business Breakfast 9/23

Last call to buy tickets for the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) 15th Annual Business Breakfast & Symposium, which will celebrate entrepreneurial women, their accomplishments and their economic impact on the world 

WOMEN WITH IMPACT
Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30 am - Greenwich Hyatt

I am honored to once again be serving as Master of Ceremonies for this event. 

Panel discussion featuring:
  • Kimberly Blackwell, CEO, PMM Agency
  • Margaret Price, CEO, Ridgefield Supply Company (RIDGEFIELD, CT)
  • Betty Spence, President, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Allison Schieffelin Walker, Chairman and CEO, The Lighting Quotient (WEST HAVEN, CT)
  • Moderator: Lesley Jane Seymour, Media Entrepreneur and Former Editor-in-Chief, More Magazine
Honoring
  • WBDC Corporate Impact Award: Wells Fargo, presented to Maria Ferreira, Area President for Suburban New York and Connecticut’s Community Banking, Wells Fargo
  • Deb Ziegler Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence presented to Renata Papadopoulous, owner of Lovely Cakes, based in Stratford, CT
  • WBDC Outstanding Leader Award presented to the Honorable Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader
  • WBDC Woman of Impact Award presented to Semma Hingorani, Founder and Chair, Girls Who Invest, Inc.
  • Breakfast Chair: Jill Hummel, Breakfast Chair and President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut
Tickets and more information available at