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  14th Anniversary Swinging Sweet Cabaret to Benefit Father Champlin's Guardian Angel Society
  Women TIES Greater Rochester Luncheon: Stop the Insanity of Chaos Marketing
  Women TIES Greater Albany/Saratoga Luncheon: "Preparing for Your Company's Growth Now" Co-Sponsored by the Women's Business Center of NYS
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Women TIES Syracuse 2015 Kick-Off Event: Accomplishing Popular New Year's Business Resolutions Co-Sponsored by Balanced Life Hypnosis

Lorraine Mertell Featuring:
Lorraine Mertell
Mackenzie Hughes

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Maplewood Inn, 7th North Street, Liverpool, New York

Reservations due:  January 26

$33.00  (One hour educational program, lunch, sales opportunities, networking)

The New Year gives women entrepreneurs the opportunity to tackle some corporate resolutions they have been avoiding. Just like losing weight and starting a fitness regime, women have business resolutions on the top of their New Years list. Many of the women we spoke to listed 3 similar resolutions for 2015 which included using new technology to market their companies, updating legal documents and becoming a better writer to attract new clients. This special kick-off program will provide useful information on achieving these goals.

At the Women TIES Kick-Off Luncheon, 4 women entrepreneurs will provide vital information on popular New Years resolutions. The speakers include Kelly Covert and Maggie Quinn, Co-Owners of Strong Body, Whole Heart, who will inspire women to use new technology like podcasts to promote their business and build an audience; Lorraine Mertell, Attorney at MacKenzie Hughes LLP, who will discuss legal pitfalls to avoid in 2015 including common mistakes in contract preparation and negotiation, collecting unpaid accounts and the key steps to formalize your business; and Linda Lowen, Freelance Non-Fiction Writer and National Media Coach, will motivate you to write more often and better on your website, in e-commerce and blogging to bring potential clients to your business.

Dont miss this one hour educational program along with an excellent lunch provided by the fantastic Karens Catering and promotional sales opportunities to kick-off your best business year by learning how to accomplish these resolutions now!

The event is co-sponsored by Linda Gilmore of Balanced Life Hypnosis, a nationally Certified Hypnotist and Coach. Linda has been helping children, teens and adults transform their lives through the art of hypnotism since 2002; eliminating fears, stopping smoking, losing weight, getting over bad habits, creating good habits, and allowing greater abundance. Her many specialty certifications include Sleep Improvement, Complementary Medical Hypnotism, Tobacco Cessation, and HypnoBirthing/Fertility. To learn more, visit: BalancedLifeHypnosis.com, or call 315-254-0580 for a free consultation.

We are looking for another co-sponsor for this program if you are looking to give expert advice on your own expertise area or to promote your company as the New Year begins. Contact the Women TIES Office for more information.

About the Presenter

We have 4 speakers for this special program. They include Linda Lowen, Freelance Non-Fiction Writer & Media Coach, Lorraine Mertell, Attorney at MacKenzie Hughes, LLC and Kelly Covert and Maggie Quinn, Co-owners of Strong Body, Whole Heart.

Lorraine Mertell:

Lorraine Mertell graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1977 and the Albany Law School in 1980. She is admitted to practice before all New York State Courts and U. S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a partner in the Litigation Department at Mackenzie Hughes LLP a Syracuse based law firm with expertise in 35 practice areas including all aspects of corporate, business & financial law, trusts & estates, real estate, employment and labor matters, commercial and personal litigation.

Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes in 2012, Lorraine spent 30 years practicing in another  much smaller  Syracuse firm, most of that time as a partner. As a member of a small firm she learned firsthand the issues faced by small business in their daily operations.

Lorraine has over 30 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters including commercial and business disputes, contract interpretation and insurance, premises liability, construction site and motor vehicle accidents, product liability and asbestos claims, and general negligence litigation. As a member of a larger firm, she now has access to attorneys established in other practice areas for both advice and client referrals.

Lorraine is a member of the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association Board of Trustees and the Vice President of the Board of Contact Community Services.Kelly Covert and Maggie Quinn:

Linda Lowen:

As a freelance non-fiction writer, Linda Lowen has written dozens of articles for MSN.com and the New York Times Company; her award-winning column "Storytime" appears in Family Times, the Parenting Magazine of Central New York. As producer/co-host of "Take Care," a weekly health and wellness radio show on WRVO Public Media, she's won two Associated Press Broadcast awards and a Syracuse Press Club award. Linda is also the recipient of the EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus for her coverage of women candidates in the 2008 election, and a two-time national Clarion Award winner for producing/cohosting the radio show "Women's Voices." Linda is a 17-year veteran of the Syracuse media market, producing/co-hosting shows for WCNY-TV, WRVO-FM and WAER-FM. She teaches creative non-fiction writing at the Downtown Writer's Center in Syracuse, and is a writing coach, editor, blog and SEO consultant, and media coach. Find her online at www.lindalowen.com.

Kelly Covert and Maggie Quinn:

The mission of Strong Body Whole Heart is to help people transform from the inside out. We are passionate about reaching out to help others feel inspired and supported. We are willing to reveal our own successes and struggles in our lives, and we endeavor each day to honor who we are in the present and all we can become. Maggie Quinn and Kelly Covert spread the word about whole body health with their weekly audio podcast. Between the two of them they hold multiple certifications in integrative life coaching, personal training, nutrition coaching, and triathlon and running coaching. You can learn more about Strong Body Whole Heart at www.strongbodywholeheart.com.



Professional Women's Networking Night at the Carrier Dome & Syracuse University Women's Basketball Game

Syracuse University Women's Basketball Team Featuring:
Tracy Higginbotham
Women TIES

Thursday, February 5, 2015
5:30 p.m.
The Carrier Dome, Club 44, Syracuse, New York

Reservations due:  February 4

$5.00  (Networking in Club 44, free parking, tickets to the game, inspiration)

Women TIES is proud to be a media sponsor of the second annual "Professional Women's Networking Night at the Carrier Dome."

Our love and support for helping women entrepreneurs is leading us to also support Syracuse University women's sports and to produce new programs aimed at women entrepreneurs who are also athletes. Female entrepreneurs aren't the only ones who need fans!

Join Women TIES President, Tracy Higginbotham, for a networking reception in Club 44 with other female professionals and entrepreneurs and then to cheer on the Syracuse Women's Basketball team vs. North Carolina game afterward!

There will be free parking and only $5 tickets. Come network with other professional women while supporting some female athletes! We are in it all together, aren't we?

Let's give the SU women basketball players some support too! I'd love to have some support at this event! Go Orange...women! Go women!!

About the Presenter

As a daughter of two coaches, a long time athlete, passionate sports viewer, and supporter of women, Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham will be combining her passion for sports into some 2015 programs to support other female entrepreneurs who are active, fit and interested in supporting some local women's sporting events and programs.

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham is the Founder and President of Women TIES (aka: Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success) a 10 year old business dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs expand their local, state and regional marketplace in New York State; and Five Star Events, a 20 year events management company.



14th Anniversary Swinging Sweet Cabaret to Benefit Father Champlin's Guardian Angel Society

 Sweet Cabaret Featuring:
Kathy Fedrizzi
Development Director
Father Champlin's Guardian Angel Society

Saturday, February 7, 2015
7 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
OnCenter, Ballroom, Downtown Syracuse, NY 13224

Reservations due:  February 4

$90.00  ($90 per person; call to reserve tickets: 315-422-7218)

Women TIES is proud to be a media sponsor for the wonderful Guardian Angel Society, started by Father Joseph Champlin.

The 14th Annual Swinging Sweet Cabaret raises much needed funds all while celebrating love and friendship. This year, the Le Moyne College Jesuit Community led by Dr. Linda LeMura, President and Fr. John Bucki, S.J., Rector will be honored for their commitment to Fathers kids."

During the 14th anniversary of this Valentines Day evening, we will celebrate the wonderful symbiotic relationship between Le Moyne College and Cathedral Academy at Pompei (or CAP), the school that builds the foundation for Fathers kids. The event will feature a sumptuous dinner by Pascales Catering at Drumlins, accompanied by two bottles of complimentary wine on each table. Incredible entertainment from Maria DeSantis Music will feature several talented vocalists. Dessert will include chocolate fondue from The Melting Pot Restaurant, fresh fruit dippers from Edible Arrangements and Pascales pastries.

Sponsorship opportunities or to place an ad in the event program book in tribute to the good work of Le Moyne College, Guardian Angel Society or in memory of Father Champlin. Business ads also welcome.

About the Presenter

The Guardian Angel Society began in 1997 to raise funds which provided Cathedral School's students with tuition assistance, enhanced its technology, and supported graduates in continuing education on the junior and senior high school levels. More than 15 years ago, the Guardian Angel Society was started to raise funds for tuition assistance and provide mentor relationships for young children in need so they would enjoy academic success.

In 2012, services were expanded to also include mentoring and tutoring for the high school-aged students as well. The success of this model is evident; since inception, so many Guardian Angel Society scholars have continued on to distinguished universities such as Georgetown, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Niagara and Le Moyne College, to name a few. Since its inception, Guardian Angel Society has raised over $2 million. Funds raised at this event help support the mission and efforts of this wonderful organization.



Women TIES Greater Rochester Luncheon: Stop the Insanity of Chaos Marketing

Wendy Emerson Featuring:
Wendy Emerson
Director of Digital Marketing
equaTEK Interactive

Thursday, February 19, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mario's, 2740 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618

Reservations due:  February 17

$30.00  (Lunch, Education, Promotion, Inspiration, Networking)

"Bar charts, and blog posts and tweets oh my!" has become the sentiment of women entrepreneurs as more online marketing options evolve. There is extensive research about what business owners should and should not do with their online marketing strategy. The information overload can lead to great chaos in your online marketing if you are not careful.

At the Women TIES Greater Rochester Luncheon: Stop the Insanity of Chaos Marketing, Wendy Emerson, Director of Digital Marketing for equate Interactive based in Rochester, will break down the research, trends and predictions of online marketing and provide 5 core concepts you can apply to your own online marketing efforts in 2015.

This jam-packed presentation will touch on topics related to search engine optimization/seo, social media strategy, general website best practices, email campaigns, and mobile marketing. Dont miss this vital topic to help you market your company more successfully online this year.

At the event you'll also hear about the "Woman of Focus Tradeshow" happening on March 5th in Rochester. Learn more about at http://www.womenoffocustradeshow.com.

if you are looking for a great marketing benefit, consider being a sponsor or co-sponsor of this special program. Contact the Women TIES office at 315-708-4288 or info@womenties.com for information.

About the Presenter

Wendy K. Emerson is a 25 year marketing veteran with a focus in the digital marketing space including search engine optimization, web usability and design, ecommerce marketing, social media strategy and content development, web analytics and insights, and email marketing. Her vertical experience spans medical, finance, automotive/motorsports, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, optical, dot-com and marketing analytics. She joined equaTEK Interactive in December of 2014.



Women TIES Greater Albany/Saratoga Luncheon: "Preparing for Your Company's Growth Now" Co-Sponsored by the Women's Business Center of NYS

Joy Rafferty Featuring:
Joy Rafferty
Co-Owner & Manager
California Closets

Thursday, February 26, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Century House, Latham, NY

Reservations due:  February 24

$30.00  (Price including Lunch, Education, Inspiration, Networking)

The economic downturn of 2008 is slowly fading away with growth and prosperity on the rise. For many companies, especially women entrepreneurs, the financial restrictions of the past seven years forced them to change how they conducted business, limited their ability to grow and made them risk averse. With the economic tide changing, women business owners need to reposition their companies for growth and expansion.

At the Women TIES Greater Albany & Saratoga Luncheon: Preparing for Your Company Growth Now, listen to Joy Rafferty, Co-Owner and Manager of California Closets, whose company has substantially expanded their sales from $600,000 to $3 million due to a pro-active approach to sales and territory expansion - even when the economy was stalled. Joy will share their personal corporate success story in addition to the strategies they used to gain market share, increase sales and expand their team. Youll walk away from this event prepared to now to take your company to its own next step.

The event sponsor is the Women's Business Center of New York State who offers free services to women entrepreneurs in the Greater Albany/Saratoga Region. Learn more at www.nywbc.org.

You will also hear from Joanne Yepsen and Ruth Fein of Critical Needs Now and Creators of "One Woman. One World. New York Celebrates Women" on March 8th in Saratoga Springs during the program. Learn more about their event at www.nycelebrateswomen.com

About the Presenter

Joy Rafferty is the co-owner and Marketing Manager of California Closets Albany/Syracuse and works out of their Latham showroom. She and her husband have owned the business since 2003. California Closets designs, manufactures, and installs custom storage systems for closets, home offices, pantries, and more. The business services 33 counties in upstate and central New York, as well as southern Vermont. They have showrooms in both the Albany and Syracuse areas.

Joy has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Siena College and prior sales experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She is married to her business partner, Sean Rafferty, and they are parents to 20 year old boy/girl twins and a son who is 13.



Women TIES 10th Anniversary Celebration

Jill Tietjen Featuring:
Jill Tietjen
National Women's Hall of Fame

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Maplewood Inn, 7th North Street, Liverpool, New York

Reservations due:  February 28

$39.00  (Lunch, Speakers, Inspiration, Networking)

Women TIES invites all our current and past members, women entrepreneurs who have attended our events, and other females in New York State to join us at our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

The event will include a number of special female leaders including keynote speaker Jill Tietjen, new CEO of the National Women's Hall of Fame and Co-Author of the book, "Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America.

Women TIES wants this celebration to be full of women who have crossed our path the past 10 years who have believed in the Women TIES mission of doing more business with other women to help us individually and collectively become more financially successful.

A number of sponsorship levels are available for this special event including advertising in the Wednesday Wisdom leading up to the event. If you are interested in a sponsorship or advertising opportunity, please call the Women TIES office at 315-708-4288.

About the Presenter

Jill S. Tietjen, the newly appointed CEO of the National Women's Hall of Fame, spent her career in the electric utility industry where she provided services in the areas of planning and fuels, served as an expert witness, and is currently an independent director on two corporate boards.

A Past National President of the Society of Women Engineers, Jill nominates women for national awards. She has successfully nominated over 20 women into the National Womens Hall of Fame and has twice seen her recipients receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is the co-author of the bestselling book Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America and passionate about informing the public about womens accomplishments.

Jill graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (minor  Electrical Engineering), received her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado. She and her husband David live in Centennial, Colorado.



Woman of Focus Tradeshow - Media Sponsored by Women TIES

Women of Focus Committee Featuring:
Women of Focus Creators
Women of Focus

Thursday, March 5, 2015
4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The Century Club of Rochester 566 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Reservations due:  March 5

$25.00  (Ticket price )
$125.00  (Vendor Booth)

Women TIES is proud to sponsor this event created by 4 of our Rochester members.

The mission of the Women of Focus Tradeshow is to support our local community (financially and philanthropically) by bringing together women business owners and entrepreneurs to showcase their unique products and services, and to support and celebrate each other in an elegant and sophisticated environment.

In support of the mission, the Women of Focus committee has chosen to provide financial assistance to local organizations that also focus on encouraging and promoting the success of women and girls.

Financial support from the first annual Women of Focus Trade Show event in 2014 benefited The Womens Foundation of Genesee Valley. The Womens Foundation of Genesee Valley is an organization focused on pro­moting eco­nomic self-sufficiency for women and girls through grant mak­ing and education. The Women of Focus committee is proud to support The Womens Foundation again in 2015.

We also encourage guests of the event to bring gently used gowns for donation to the Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester, a not-for-profit community service organization, helping underprivileged girls attend their High School proms in style.

To buy a ticket or support the event, please visit http://www.womenoffocustradeshow.com.

To see a list of the event vendors, visit http://www.womenoffocustradeshow.com/2015-vendors

About the Presenter

At a Women TIES luncheon early in the summer of 2013, Jill Bates of Crystal Clear Consulting met Angela LaVecchia of AngelinaVagabonda. They discovered they were both in the early stages of making significant changes in their businesses. They met for coffee and a brainstorming session, and came up with a variety of ideas on how to market their new businesses. In the fall of 2013, after a Women TIES luncheon, they decided to promote their businesses by showcasing themselves in a tradeshow setting. A tradeshow would allow them to help other women business owners showcase their products and services, and the event could also be philanthropic. The tradeshow would be held in an elegant venue, and unique women-owned businesses would be invited to attend.

With only two months to put the show together, Jill and Angela asked Susan Jefferson of TechCreative Web Design & Consulting to contribute her technical skills, and Brittany Brandt of What Box? Events to help with planning the event. The four women moved quickly to make the first annual event happen in March 2014 during "Celebrate Women's Month". Thank you to Tracy Higginbotham, founder of Women TIES, for her dedication to women entrepreneurs. She is what brought these four women together to create Women of Focus, a Tradeshow of Elegance.



One Woman. One World. International Women's Day 2015 - Media Sponsored by Women TIES

Senator Kristen Gillibrand Featuring:
Kirsten Gillibrand
Honorary Chair
U.S. Senator

Sunday, March 8, 2015
11am - 4pm
Gideon Putnam Resort . Saratoga Springs, NY

Reservations due:  February 7

$99.00  (Price for reservations made by February 8th)
$125.00  (Price after February 8th)

Women TIES is proud to be a media sponsor of this New York State event.

One woman. One world. Is an upbeat, insightful, inspirational one-day event for women of influence in business, communities, government, not-for-profits and/or in one of the most important jobs, family CEO. Take a look at the thousands of events taking place around the globe March 8th. Visit www.internationalwomensday.com

International Womens Day is a century-old holiday celebrated globally on March 8th to mark the economic, political and social accomplishments of women. Women gather to acknowledge both our progress and our challenges.

Proceeds from previous NY Celebrates Women events benefitted Wiawaka, the oldest retreat for women in the nation, providing respite for women since 1903. Its immediate CRITICAL NEED was restoration of the Wakonda Lodge, an original Adirondack lodge and Lake George waterfront landmark. The restoration is now complete. For more information on this event, please visit www.nycelebrateswomen.com and ask for Joanne or Ruth.

About the Presenter

With Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as Honorary Chair in both 2012 and 2013, Joanne Yepen and Ruth Fein Wallens, Co-Founders of Critical Needs Now, created an event attended by hundreds of women. They celebrated WOMEN and extraordinary acts of strength, courage and determination by the sometimes ordinary women who have played an important role in our history.




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