Past Topics and Speakers

These are a sampling of speakers from the “old” days when we would have a featured speaker at each meeting.

“From Baseball to Higher Ed: Business Development in Bridgeport” – Mary-Jane Foster, VP of University Relations, University of Bridgeport and Co-Founder and former CEO of the Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Team.

“Getting the Message Out About Your Business”- Ann Karrick, talk show host & news anchor/reporter in television and radio, as well as a marketing, media, and public relations consultant –

“ … Successful Niche Marketing” – Tamara Doherty, the owner of

FINE 17th Anniversary Celebration – “Behind the Scenes at the Westport Country Playhouse” –  Michael Ross, Managing Director of the Westport Country Playhouse.

“High Impact Low Cost Promotion”, presented by Rosann Levy, President, The Roart Group, LLC,

Elizabeth Brown, Empowerment Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator helped us look at some of the unconscious beliefs that drive our decisions about making with money.

Certified Business Coach Josh Slavitt presented:  “The Five Most Powerful Things You Can Do to Grow Your Business in 2010″.

John Carroll, business consultant, professional speaker and former human resources executive – “A Matter of Style”.

Randi Hutton, the founder of the RZ Connection, a professional organizing and move management company,  talked about how clutter in many forms can affect you achieving your business and personal goals. You can find out more about the services Randi offers at

Tracy Boyce, a master practitioner of Feng Shui, “Organizing Your Business the Feng Shui Way”.

Tracie Valentino, of TracieDesigns,  talked about ”Branding your Business”. ”A powerful brand does wonders for business—even in this economy. What does your brand say about your business? In this discussion, learn how to brand yourself across a variety of mediums, including social networking.”

“Going Green to Grow Your Business and Your Bottom Line” – Panel of Speakers; Nat Gifford, President, Earthmint, specializes in providing complete geothermal heating and air conditioning solutions; Adam Ney, Assistant Director of Public Affairs of CBIA and Managing Director, AuctorVerno, a leading on-line resource for green business and green building activities; Marc Halpert, Greinvoice, online invoice processing to eliminate paper.

John Pearson, CPA, discussed tax-smart strategies for business owners and solopreneurs.

Sheryl Kayne, writer, adventurer, performer, educator, and public speaker, talked about her newest book Volunteer Vacations Across America (June 2009 Countryman Press) where she profiles more than 200 volunteer vacations, for families, singles, couples, groups and special needs.

Jan Wallen, the author of “Mastering LinkedIn in 7 Days or Less” and a LinkedIn Master.

“Social Networking in the Virtual and Real Worlds – Online and B2B (Belly to Belly)”. Bette Lynn Paez,  a certified financial planner® with the Barnum Financial Group and Ed Fitzgerald, a technology and web marketing specialist whose clients include Coldwell Banker and agents in their Westport Riverside office.

Michele Albano, owner of Michele’s Pies – – shared the secret ingredients of her success during the first year of her business.

“A Wealth of Information, Free of Charge” – Westport Public Library Reference Librarians Sylvia Schulman and Margie Freilich-Den –

“The Twenty-Eight Hour Day: Four more hours for you everyday”, Dr. Donald Wetmore, founder and President of the Productivity Institute –

“Social Networking on the Web:  Understanding its Power And Dispelling the Misconceptions” Shawn Brazo, Director- National Marketing Partnerships at Checkpoint Systems

“A Review of the SMART Principle and Goal Setting: What every Entrepreneur Needs to Know”, Pat Van Haste of Van Haste Associates, Career Coaching and Consulting

The A, ,B, Cs of B.D.: Tips, Strategies and Ice Breakers for Successful Business Development – Elliot Fisher

Interactive Seminar on Results-Driven Communications with Public Relations/Marketing Communications Consultant and agency President Polly Geller of Geller, Grace & Associates –

“Making and Maintaining Digital Connections with Prospects, Clients and Business Associates” – Ed Fitzgerald – Technology and Web Marketing Specialist, Coldwell Banker Westport Riverside

“Great Presenters and Presentations; Fact vs. Fiction” – Debbie Fay, founder of BespeakTM Presentation Solutions. –

“Hypnosis for Stress Reduction”,  Meg Tocantins, Certified Hypnotist

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