Empowering for Innovation and Leadership Through Collaboration, Not Competition

Despite more women than ever in entrepreneurial, scientific or technical careers, more of them are also exiting these fields— unfulfilled and underappreciated. Leadership positions continue to be male-dominated, leaving most organizations gender-imbalanced in a way that discourages and drives away ambitious women and fosters underperformance. There’s a better way for women to break barriers and achieve personal and professional goals. This presentation will discuss the five themes and inherent strengths that women take for granted that can make all realms of life and career easier and more fulfilling.


Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin, PhD is the USA Today Bestselling author of “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around,” “The Dog Year,” and “On Maggie’s Watch.” Ann writes about women who have a good sense of humor about doing too much in a world that asks too much of them. She is a professor of health psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a professor of writing at Miami University in the Masters of Fine Arts program. She is a sought-after speaker and has taught extensively in NY, San Francisco, LA, Boston and conferences across the country.

Ann is the founder and CEO of the “Tall Poppy Writers,” the largest female author marketing group in the country and co-founder of “The Fifth Semester” where she is committed to helping writers find their writing voice.

Nicole Blades

Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by Caribbean parents, Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine. She later co-founded the online magazine SheNetworks and worked as an editor at ESPN and Women’s Health.

Nicole’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Health, WashingtonPost.com, MarieClaire.com, BuzzFeed and more. Her three novels, “Have You Met Nora?,” “The Thunder Beneath Us,” and “Earth’s Waters,” are available wherever books are sold. Nicole has also been a panelist, presenter and guest speaker at conferences such as Massachusetts Conference for Women, The Muse & the Marketplace, Mom 2.0 Summit, Well-Read Black Girl Festival, BlogHer, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and a scheduled sole speaker at the 2019 Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat. She is a writing instructor at GrubStreet in Boston, MA, an ambassador and mentor for The Village for Families and Children in Connecticut, and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Find out more on her website:NicoleBlades.com.