Come have coffee with us!  WE are doing it again!   The 2019 'SHE DREAMS BIG'  WOMEN's Summit, Saturday, April 13th, Renaissance Hotel, Albany, New York



 Elaine Houston and are once again calling all WOMEN to come and enjoy this exciting affair!   

Speakers include: Shelia Jackson, Lecturer "The Recovering Woman" Carolyn McLaughlin, Retired President, Albany Common Council, Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, President, The College of St. Rose, Dr. Gretchel Hathaway, Union College, Pam Mertz,Podcast Host, "Make Room for the S​tutterer", Lurissa Lawson, Owner, Shekinah Hair Salon, JuliAnn Goronkin....and more.

SOLDOUT CROWD Again!   THANK YOU LADIES!!!!!!!!!!!                     Some of the Speakers for 2018  FEARLESS WOMEN summit

Sr. Victoria Battell

Spiritual Writer, Speaker

Workshop: FEARLESS & Forgiving

Come learn the power of forgiveness. When you forgive those who've hurt you, you walk into your destiny!

Elaine Houston, Organizer, Host

Fearless Women 2018


She's a veteran reporter- anchor for WNYT-TV-13 Albany, NY  She heads her production company, Daddy's LIttle Girl Productions, Inc. LLC, owns the women's website LLC  

Jazmin Brown

Owner, Jazzy Kids Care

Panel Discussion:


How to be the leader of your own life, stop waiting for others to give you permission to be great! 


2018 SHESpeakstoMe Women’s Leadership Summit
Women Turning the Corner
Fearless Women April 7, 2018 Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Albany, NY

8:00 8:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast  2018 FEARLESS WOMEN

8:45-9:10 am

Welcome and Program Overview

Conference Host, Elaine Houston

9:15 am - 10:15 am

ME - It’s All About You! Time to Get It Together Sister

Workshop Block A

(Select One)

Fearless but Forgiving

Presenter Victoria Battell, a Sister of Mercy and spiritual writer and speaker, will take you through the personal and spiritual aspects of forgiveness and the inner healing it can bring. Forgiveness needs courage and you have it! Presenter: Victoria L. Battell, RSM, Maria College

Presenter: Victoria Battel, Maria College
Location: Ballroom

Fearless and Social Media Savvy
You and social media just don’t get along. Whether you’ve been bullied on social media or just don’t like all that sharing, learn how to make it work for you! Use it to become a Winner!

Let Jerlisa “Juju” Fontaine show you how she won 65% of the vote to become the first African American female President of the Student Association at UAlbany

Location: Room A

Fearless and Secure in Your Skin
It happens to every woman but when the green-eyed monster of envy and jealousy turns into insecurity, it can stop your growth. Learn how to recognize if you are an INSECURE WOMAN and crush it!

Presenter: Sheila Jackson, Albany County Family Court

Location: Room B

Fearless and Fantastically Thick

Does size really matter? When it comes to living your dreams, some women think if you’re a plus size gal – you can’t walk in your greatness!!!!

Presenter: Samantha Pittman of Co-Creator of “Curvention” will take you through the mental boot camp needed to get you to walk tall in the skin you are in.

Location: The Shelf

Fearless and Working
on Act 2

So, you’ve worked for others – now, how do you transition into Act 2 of your life? Let experts show you how to do what you enjoy!

Presenter: Erin Mitchell, AARP, NY

Location: Ballroom

10:30 am 10:45 am

Go ahead, treat yourself! You deserve it! Visit the Vendors for that perfect “Me” gift!


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2018 SHESpeakstoMe Women’s Leadership Summit
Women Turning the Corner
Fearless Women April 7, 2018 Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Albany, NY

10:45 am 11:45 am

MY Job, MY Business, MY Community

Workshop Block B (Select One)

Fearless: Millennials Making the Connections
You have great ideas and you want to conquer the world! Your Powerhouse Presenter, Elaine Houston, will give you the inside scoop on how to develop partnerships, embrace soft skills and learn how to rock!

Location: Ballroom

Fearless and Ready to Take Control
It is important for women to know they have a voice, an opinion that should be shared. It’s time to take control.

Presenter: Daquetta Jones Executive Director, YWCA, Troy, NY

Location: Room A

Fearless and Addiction Free

Life is tough, and you’re stressed with your job, the kids, and life itself. Now you’re hitting the prescription drugs to level things out. But, things have gone too far. How to handle it OPIOD FREE

Presenter: Courtney Lovell

Location: Room B

Fearless and Financially Fit

Tips on paying yourself first, buying smart, looking professional and saving money.

Presenter: TBA

Location: The Shelf

Fearless and Telling the Tale!

You’ve read countless books, now it’s time to tell your story and write your own! Learn how to write a book.

Presenter: Heidi Sprouse Location: Ballroom

12:00 pm 1:15 p.m.

Lunch is Served

1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion Act Like a Woman and Think Like a Woman CEO

There was a time when women counted on jobs or men to make them whole Now sisters are doing it for themselves and investigating different revenue streams and finding they can be successful in many different areas by learning to market themselves. Learn how to Chart Your Own Course! Moderator: Elaine Houston
anelists: Jazmin Brown, Owner Jazzy Kids Care | Alyssa Cremeans, The Happy Mason Jar | Kizzy Williams, Owner, Ally B’s Cozy Kitchen

2:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.

Still looking for the perfect “Me” gift or a gift for someone else? Enjoy delicious desserts while you visit the vendors

2:45 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

The Power of and Perception of Black Women - Presenter: Carolyn McLaughlin, Motivational Speaker

4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Wrap Up/Closing/Networking/Evaluations

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SELLOUT CROWD attends the 2017 Women Turning the Corner: Leadership Summit

When women are educated, financially literate, inspired, and supported they change a home, a community, and the world. 



Our first 'Women Turning the Corner"  Leadership Summit

took place in 2017. However, the idea was forming in my mind for a dozen years.  Over the years, in city after city, I'd witnessed this great divide between women who had power and those who did not.  While race was the biggest divider, money and education followed.


I promised myself that I would change that. Giving women opportunities was the answer and the way to do that was not for them to ask others to crack the door a little so they could get a peep inside. The answer was for those on the outside to open the door for themselves by creating their own opportunities. So, I envisioned a leadership summit, with workshops on issues like money. How do you start a budget, get out of debt, correctly use credit cards and learn to save? We also urged the women to write their own books, and market their ideas. We also held panel discussions to put the problems women faced out there and get up close with them.  We also had food, make-up tips and we gave away lots of prizes. We surrounded the attendees with women who looked like them who were already in the marketplace. I wanted women to be able to ask questions, become inspired and then begin to start charting their own course.  2017 was a sell out-100 women attended.


When women are educated, financially literate, inspired and supported they chancea home, a community and the world.


Elaine Houston



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