Women TIES Retreat


Retreat Schedule

7:30–8:15 a.m.   An Inspired Beginning
8:15–8:30 a.m.   Morning Welcome
8:30–9:15 a.m.   Working Together for a Common Goal
9:15–9:30 a.m.   The Meaning Behind P.O.W.E.R.
9:30–10:00 a.m.   Bathroom and Coffee Break with Vendor Visits
10:00–11:00 a.m.   Keynote Address
11:00–11:30 a.m.   Collective Marketing
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.   Economic "TIES" Luncheon
1:00–1:15 p.m.   Afternoon Welcome
1:15–2:15 p.m.   Panel Conversation with CNY Female Business Organization Leaders
2:15–2:45 p.m.   Entrepreneurship is not a Job to Do Alone
2:45–3:00 p.m.   Proceeding Beyond POWER
3:30–5:00 p.m.   Post Retreat Wine and Cheese Reception Hosted by Mirbeau Inn & Spa


Presentation Descriptions


An Inspired Beginning
Music Performer: Gail Lyons
7:30–8:15 a.m.

Women are encouraged to arrive between these hours to register, pick up the event day packet, enjoy a continental breakfast, visit businesses booths, and begin strategic networking with other women before the formal morning program begins. Come early and settle into the cozy and relaxed environment while enjoying soothing music from Harpist Gail Lyons. Create some early morning "ties" before this busy and inspirational day begins.

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Power Welcome: "Women Supporting Women"
Speaker: Tracy Higginbotham
8:15–8:30 a.m.

Join Women TIES President Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham as she kicks-off this special event with major sponsor acknowledgements and an overview of the amazing line-up of women that will fill the day's activities.

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Working Together for a Common Goal
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Casey Crabill
8:30–9:15 a.m.

Kicking off the Retreat this year is a dynamic new Syracuse female business leader Dr. Casey Crabill who will share why collaboration is vital for women entrepreneurs and female business leaders and how women working together can partner up on worthwhile entrepreneurial projects for the common goal of all partners and their communities.

When Dr. Crabill took over the reins at Onondaga Community College as its eighth President in 2013, one of her first priorities was developing a new strategic plan requiring the development of a cross-campus team made up of faculty, staff, and students, and conducting trends in demographics and the organization's impact in the community. Part of the new plan was a commitment to focus on clear academic and career pathways, student-focused services, and collaboration with education and business partners proving that even higher education institutions must collaborate to be successful.

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The Meaning Behind P.O.W.E.R.
Creators: Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham; Gwen Webber-McLeod, Gwen, Inc.; Laura Serway, Laci's Tapas Bar
9:15–9:30 a.m.

The three women behind the concept of the P.O.W.E.R. conference come from different backgrounds, business industries, and talents but together they have each been dedicated to the support of women entrepreneurs in the Central New York community. They explain how they came together to create this special collaborative spirited event to strengthen sister entrepreneurs living and doing business in our region.

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Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul
10:00–11:00 a.m.

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham will introduce POWER's keynote speaker New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who has transformed the state's economy by building upon regional strengths through long term strategic plans. Lt. Gov. Hochul will share her vision for how women in business in Central New York can continue to create an economic impact in the region and how working together collaboratively can lift their sister businesses and the success of women entrepreneurs across the state.

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Collective Marketing
Speakers: Susan Bertrand and Mary Kate Intaglietta
11:00–11:30 a.m.

Central New York is home to a multitude of non-profit organizations all vying for fundraising dollars. Just like women entrepreneurs need to share the marketplace to be successful individually and collectively, so do non-profit organizations. Susan Bertrand, founder of Maureen's Hope Foundation, and Mary Kate Intaglietta, CEO of Paige's Butterfly Run, run two non-profit organizations that each benefit community members who have cancer diagnoses. They will inspire you with their shared appreciation of collective marketing to further both agencies. Sharing marketing avenues is an excellent way to witness collaboration.

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Economic "TIES" Luncheon
Music Performer: Gail Lyons
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

After a full morning of filling the mind with information and inspiration, a non-structured period has been set aside for women to enjoy the Lodge's bountiful and delicious buffet luncheon, visit business booths, converse with other women about the conversations of the morning, and make some new economic "ties." Beautiful, relaxing background music will be performed by harpist Gail Lyons. The goal is to give you time to soak in what you learned, share thoughts with others, relax, and prepare yourself for an impactful afternoon program.

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Afternoon Welcome
Speaker: Laura Serway
1:00–1:15 p.m.

Afternoon event emcee Laura Serway will recap highlights from the morning speakers as she kicks off the afternoon programs.

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Panel Conversation with CNY Female Business Organization Leaders
Moderator: Gwen Webber-McLeod
Panelists: Tracy Higginbotham, Joanne Lenweaver, Anna Hartwell, Jodi DeAugustine, and Anne Messenger
1:15–2:15 p.m.

Central New York is blessed to have a business community with vibrant and diverse female business organizations representing and supporting hundreds of women entrepreneurs in various sizes, industries, products, and services that contribute to a positive economic climate. We are proud to bring together for the first time female leaders running these business organizations for a panel discussion.

During this panel conversation, Gwen Webber-McLeod, founder of Gwen, Inc. and Chair of the WISE Center Advisory Board, will moderate a panel including Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, founder of Women TIES; Joanne Lenweaver, director of the WISE Center; Anna Hartwell, president of WBOC; Anne Messenger, president of the Women's President's Organization; and Jodi Deaugustine, market manager, Pathfinder's Bank.

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Entrepreneurship is not a Job to Do Alone
Speaker: Gwen Webber-McLeod
2:15–2:45 p.m.

Gwen Webber-McLeod built her company, Gwen, Inc., using collaboration with other women entrepreneurs as a business development strategy. As she acts on this strategy she recognizes there are specific attributes in women entrepreneurs who have the courage and will to use collaboration to build a business. In this inspiring, high-energy talk, she shares why she inspires women to see collaboration as a business strategy and the attributes and best practices she sees in women who are skilled collaborators.

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Proceeding Beyond Power
Creators: Tracy Higginbotham, Gwen Webber-McLeod, and Laura Serway
2:45–3:00 p.m.

This unique "Powerful, Optimistic, Women Entrepreneurs Retreat" will wrap up with some words of wisdom and highlights from today's event from the creators of the program. Don't miss this closing message.

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Post Retreat Wine and Cheese Reception
Hosted by: Mirbeau Inn & Spa
3:30–5:00 p.m.

After the Retreat is over and before heading home, women are invited to Mirbeau Inn & Spa from 3:30–5:00 pm for a Post Retreat Wine and Cheese Reception held in their wine bar, which houses 24 wines to sample including some "Once in a Lifetime" tastings. Enjoy a glass of red or white wine at special Women TIES prices and the complementary cheese platter. Take in the beauty of this luxury Spa Resort combining the amenities of a boutique country inn, world-class spa and nationally acclaimed fine dining, all with the elegant comforts and residential feel of a wine country estate.

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