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Breakout Sessions

Take home new skills and ideas to get your "Game On"! Our speakers are experts in their fields who have designed timely and engaging presentations for the EBWC. You have the opportunity to choose two workshops from a rich tapestry of six sessions.

Want to know more about our speakers? You can read their biographies here.


Session One 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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“How Invisible Wounds Sabotage Your Money, Love, & Sex: 5 Steps to Transcend Toxic Patterns”

Dr. Brenda Wade
Modern Love Training Center

Salon 1

How do we acquire the patterns that shape our Money, Love, and Sex lives? How is it that we have worked so hard to change those pesky patterns and still they periodically jump out and say BOO! The answer is our brains have locked on and reproduce our Invisible Wounds without our conscious permission. In five steps Dr. Brenda says we can confuse those patterns, set new ones in motion that lead to more abundance, love and yes, better sex than ever!


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“Selling Yourself and Your Ideas”

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
Sales Presentation Trainer, Executive Speech Coach 

Salons A, B, & C 

Are you looking for the competitive edge that comes only by speaking with confidence and credibility? Do you enjoy the position, salary, and respect you feel you deserve? Do you have brilliant ideas and no confidence to share them? In this fun and interactive conference, you will develop career-building strategies that have a long-term impact on your career.

You will learn how to do the following:

  • Connect with every audience, of any size, every time
  • Develop perfect storytelling that persuades, inspires, and instructs
  • Open every conversation, report, or presentation with impact
  • Build your credibility through specificity


“Financial Success: What Steps Do You Need to Take to Be Financially Fit?”

Michelle Perry Higgins 
Principal & Financial Planner, California Financial Advisors

Pleasanton / Danville Rooms

Women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth in the U.S. over the next decade, and 80 to 90 percent
of women will be solely responsible for their finances at some point in their lives. However, fewer than two
in ten women feel “very prepared” to make wise financial decisions. These statistics are staggering.
During our time together, I will share some of the secrets of my most successful female clients and will
leave you with five important tips that you need to get started on becoming financially fit!


Session Two 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Panel “Success Leaves Clues—Women in Leadership” 

Moderator: Allison Tabor (top left), Coppia Advisory & Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) Facilitator
Valerie Barone (top right), City Manager, City of Concord
Christina Seelye (bottom right), CEO, Maximum Games, LLC.
Jane Willemsen (bottom left), EVP & President of Hospital Operations, John Muir Health

Salon 1

Join us for an intimate and relevant discussion with three dynamic and successful women leaders. Success leaves clues and together we will discover some of them. Our accomplished panelists will openly share their journeys, lessons learned and best practices throughout their leadership experience. Like you, our audience, these leaders come from diverse backgrounds, including small private entrepreneurship, public/government agencies and large organizations. No matter the size or type of an organization or industry, there are some guiding principles that great women leaders follow. Our conversational style format will be in a cozy living room setting. We want you to experience “eavesdropping” into a stimulating conversation with these inspiring women leaders. Pull up a chair and join us for a session that is sure help you to recognize, embrace, and leverage the leader in you!


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“Change at Any Age: Time for Reinvention”

Dr. Gayle Carson
President, Spunky Old Broad

Salons A, B, & C

• Do you find yourself in the middle of a thriving career but just don't have the heart for it anymore?
• Do you wonder how you can find deeper joy and satisfaction in your present career or maybe change it up all together?
• This is a session for any woman saying…is this all there is? Maybe it’s time for a reinvention!

Set your mind and heart to take off in an exciting new direction—Gayle will show you the way!


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“The Business of You: Creating Physical, Mental & Emotional Transformation Through Fitness”

LaTasha Renée
Founder & CEO, P2P Transformation Center

Pleasanton / Danville Rooms

• Would you like to be more comfortable in your own skin?
• Build your personal confidence?
• Create more passion for life?
• Win your moments back?
• Maybe it’s time for a personal “Call to Action” to get physical!

Meet with Fitness CEO LaTasha Renee for an energetic session on your personal journey to define YOU! Hear how she transformed her life through fitness and the steps YOU can take NOW on your road to CHANGE.