Stories About, For and By Women

It's YOUR time in the spotlight! It's YOUR year!


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Hudson Valley Community College 









7:30am -Vendor & Exhibitor setup

8:00 am-Registration/Continental Breakfast of juice, coffee, pastries  

8:15am- Welcome from Elaine Houston. What’s in store for the day.

8:30-Invocation-Minister Diane Nobles

8:40- Carolyn McLaughlin introduces THE POWER OF WOMEN-HIGHER HEIGHTS. A think tank group they will provide the audience with stats on the buying power and political power of women. 




9:10-10:15am    WORKSHOPS 1-2-3-4 (Please choose one)


 'Are YOU Ready? ' Workshops

1....Buy a Home & Pay it off-Speakers/Lisa Joy/ Realtor/ Harriet Webster


2...Learn how to maneuver in the real world after college/Speakers-Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished 


3----Social Media for your business, improving your portfolio, or yourself/Simone Arrington


4---Branding Yourself-Up your game and improve what you bring to the table/ Speaker-Elaine Houston


'Yes, 'SHE' Can, Workshops

10:25-11:30 Workshops, 5,6,7,8 (please choose one)



5...How to Advocate for your children in school/,Dr. Rosalind Wallace


6… Become an Activist—Speaker/Jamaica Miles, activist


7…. Write a Book-Speaker/ Shari Quinn, author


8…. Creating Partnerships-How to get a Big time sponsor to like and partner with you on your big project? / Speaker, Nicole Stein/ SEFCU




Money, Money, Money, MONEY!  (Workshops)

11:35-12:30 Workshops, 9, 10, 11, 12 (please choose one)


9…. Want to get out of debt but your nails, extensions, and Jimmy Choos are stealing all your cash?  Speaker/ Angela Tatem/Financial advisor


10...Reinvent Yourself-Fine tune your look-Olivia Mullins makeup artist


11..."WE ARE FAMILY"  In sickness & health-the company that HELPED her in her time of need      Shannon P.    AVON Cosmetics


12. He's ''NOT" the boss of me, I'm the boss of me! (Nicole Chandler-Tantrums Spa Boutique)




12:45-1:45pm  LUNCH/(Roundtable discussion/How she did it) Panelist,

Zainub Amir-Student, UAlbany, Blogger for Taylor Swift, MTV,  Janet Tanguay, Capital Region Chamber, Entrepreneur Boot Camp,  Faith Takes, Mildred Elley



One-Eleven Boutique

Taysha Florist

African Reflections Gifts

Danielle Colin  jewelry

Olivia Mullions Makeup

Foxx's Specialties

Taysha Florist





 Exhibitors Booths:

How to get your GED

Higher Heights Women's Group












2:30-3:30-Keynote Speaker, Teria Cooper
















WOMEN: Turning the Corner

Leadership Summit


College students 30.00 with valid

college I-D.  Others 40.00.



Move into your purpose, turn the corner with the support, ideas, and tips from other women. Attend the women's summit. goes to the Women's March on Washington

LEADERSHIP: Health, Finances, Career, Life!

Cheryl Wood   Leadership: It's in You


Cheryl Wood stands before crowds of women telling them to feel the fear and still walk into what they want.  As an international motivational speaker she is passionate about helping women and so personable and down to earth you just want to talk to her for hours. Respectively, she has a gift of gab. However, she hasn’t always been fearless. “I was completely opposite the woman I am today, she says.” She says she was shy, introverted, certainly not the type of person who would stand in front of others and speak.



She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore.  ‘’I saw things I didn’t want to see. I saw pregnant women, drugs, but my dad was an alcoholic, so our house was as dysfunctional as what I saw on the street, she said.” Wood went to a vocational-tech high school and learned business.  She says college wasn’t emphasized and she went to work right out of high school.  She ended up at a law firm and was a legal secretary for 15 years.


The money was good but she worked long hours, missed her kids and then lost her dad, it was the perfect storm that pushed her into wanting more. “Some thought I should be thankful, I was, but my dad died and I thought something has to happen, I am not going out like this, she said.”  Incredibility, she started selling t-shirts.  “It was hard, but I learned how to network and build my own tribe and stay connected and hear ‘no’ and not be crushed. I learned so much sitting behind those tables, she says.”


She didn’t sell a lot of t-shirts but sitting behind her vendor table she would encourage the women who came up to talk to her.  Word got around about this woman who was a great motivator and she was soon offered a chance to speak before a college crowd.  The rest as they say is history. She’s been around the world speaking. “There was an energy, an excitement and I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life, she said. “  

Women want to be leaders.

 However, that is not the end of her story. Remember how Wood encourages women to feel the fear and step in to their future and live their dream?


She can do that because she had to take risks herself. Wood, did not go to college and that fact would try and haunt her when she first started out as a motivational speaker. “Whose gonna let me, whose gonna let me? That’s how I was talking to myself because I did not go to college, she said.” 


But, soon she began to preach to herself with that same wisdom she doled out  to others. "It's not enough to wish for something better, you have got to turn your power on and give yourself permission, stop focusing on all the negative that could happen or that people will judge, she says."  She soon began to believe it and now thanks to her others believe it too.  


Recently Wood went to a law firm as a motivational speaker and it brought her to tears.  A few years earlier she was a secretary at a law firm, now the tables had turned." It was an emotional moment I wanted to cry but I had to keep it together because I was the expert. It was surreal, she said."

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LEADERSHIP: Health      


Karen Laing is a public health educator in Albany, NY





Election of Donald Trump and Future of Health Insurance

The election of Donald Trump has refocused the nation on health insurance again. Just as the states are all smoothing their processes and improving their options, we are going down a new rabbit hole of the unknown. So let’s go back to what we do know. Wherever we choose to buy health insurance, it is not the ultimate solution to a healthy life. It is not inexpensive, free access to everything, or the same from one company to another.  It is the health insurer’s responsibility to be clear about what they cover. It is your responsibility to know what that is. It is their responsibility to pay for items the state and federal government says they must pay for.  It’s yours to use all the free services, seek your care first from your primary doctor, take all your prescribed medications and follow all treatments, and to stop smoking. Premiums, deductibles, co-insurance and copays are all words you should recognize as part of the cost of using your insurance. Sometimes it is worth paying a higher premium to get lower deductibles, etc.  You should be on the lookout in your contract for the words “out of pocket, non-participating, out of network, usual and customary charges, non-formulary, off- formulary use.” All these words mean that you will be paying more than the standard costs.



Health Insurance and the President                              by Karen Laing, Public Health Educator


Sometimes it is worth paying a higher premium to get lower deductibles, etc.  You should be on the lookout in your contract for the words “out of pocket, non-participating, out of network, usual and customary charges, non-formulary, off- formulary use.” All these words mean that you will be paying more than the standard costs.




LEADERSHIP means being responsible and handling your finances.  By Angela Tatem

Zero-Based Budgeting


A zero-based budget is the blueprint for our lives each month. It is the master plan that helps us reach our major goals by first taking care of the smaller, everyday goals. It is where we decide how we are going to spend each penny of the income we bring in that month. It’s the no dollar left behind campaign for our personal finances. It is written out on a cloud-based spreadsheet that we both have access to all the time.


Read the 4 tips on how to create your zero-based budget:





Those Jimmy Choos, dining out and statement necklaces,hurting your bank statement! 

  1. Every penny needs to be categorized into a line item. There should be no money left-over. This is what makes it zero-based. Not that you have zero dollars in your checking account but you have spent every penny on the spreadsheet. No stragglers, every penny is accounted for.
  2. Start your budget line-item categories with what is most important. For some people, that will be their rent. It is best to list the must-haves first and go down the page with the less important and more flexible categories like “Mani/Pedi”, “Dunkin Donuts coffee”, “Dinner out with friends.” These three examples can be eliminated or modified without significant consequences to your financial goals, where a house payment will.
  3. Have accountability. If you are doing life with another person such as a spouse, or significant other, the budget should be completed by both of you together. It is a shared responsibility. If you are a single person, after your budget is complete, share it with a trusted money coach or accountability partner. This person isn't afraid to tell you “no.”
  4. Create a category for savings. As women-leaders we are givers. We give to others and sometimes it is at our own financial detriment. We need to save to protect our own well-being. The budget helps you become strategic and intentional about building your savings. It must be a part of your budget each month, and this category should be on top, not the bottom because savings is imperative.

Most women-leaders already plan and allocate their time each day to be most effective in their roles, whether it be a stay-at-home mom or a CEO. A lot of us have our year planned out because there is so much we want to accomplish and we understand the power of intentionality, goal-setting, and making strategic moves. With cash-flow planning, we transfer those same concepts to money. We prepare in advance how we will spend, give, invest, and save each dollar. It works for our time, and it works for our money. This doesn’t mean all our money problems will magically disappear. But how much smoother does our day flow when we have it planned out in advance and we took the time with a trusted mentor or partner to plan it? Our mentors do not have a perfect marriage, they have struggles just like every other relationship, but the difference is that investing in cash-flow planning provides a deeper level of commitment and transparency to their relationship when it comes to goal setting. Every goal and decision we make has a financial cost associated with it. Either the decision will involve you paying out money, or you saving money.   

As women-leaders we often go above and beyond to take care of the companies we work for. Nurture your own personal economy too. Our commitment to cash-flow planning is the foundation of having a wealth-centered financial game plan. There are many more topics that we teach (getting out of debt, saving, establishing a wealthy mindset, and investing) but the foundation is to establish strong budgeting skills. Knowing where all our money will be spent before the month starts brings a sense of relaxation to many women. We have much to concern ourselves about, so being on top of our personal finances, and having a written game plan for our money helps us be more effective with our other roles. It gives us one less thing to worry about. Cash-flow planning is transformative. It helps us clearly see what needs to be done to meet our money goals.  Money is interwoven into all aspects of our lives. If you have your money goals in order, it makes your life goals that much more attainable. 


Angela Tatem, MBA is a money coach at the Wealth Education Exchange, co-founded in 2015 with her husband Elroy Tatem, Ph.D. The Wealth Education Exchange seeks to empower the community through practical every day financial education. Their classes help people climb out of debt, budget like an expert, save money, invest for the future, and end the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck to build a stronger and more philanthropic community. Angela would love to connect with you.








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