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Speakers

 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Lois FrankelDr. Lois Frankel

Dr. Lois P. Frankel, President of Corporate Coaching International, is a bestselling author, executive coach, and an internationally recognized expert in the field of leadership development for women. She has appeared on Larry King Live, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Today Show, and 20/20 to discuss her New York Times bestselling books, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich, and Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It. Her other books include See Jane Lead and Stop Sabotaging Your Career.


David WolfeDavid Wolfe

A high-profile personality, David Wolfe's wit and wisdom have earned him a stellar reputation over his forty-five years in the fashion industry. He is known as “America’s Foremost Fashion Forecaster” and is the most quoted authority in the industry. His views and quips have appeared in such diverse publications as The Wall Street Journal, Women's Wear Daily, Vogue, Glamour and Forbes. He has been on CNN, QVC, Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show as well as talk shows and news programming. A regular guest lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, David has also spoken at the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition, the New York Premier Show, the Kids’ International Fashion Fair, the National Retail Federation, MAGIC and New York and regional chapters of Fashion Group International.


Mary FaktorMary Faktor

A fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, south-side Chicago "Venusian ESFP," Mary is a professional speaker, actor, business owner, and author. She is personally certified by Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul series) and trained by Dr. John Gray (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus). A member of the National Speakers Assn, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Assn of Self Esteem, Cleveland Growth Assn, she is listed in Who's Who of Professional Speakers. A graduate of The Second City, Mary speaks, performs, and facilitates a variety of interactive workshops throughout the country. Mary's original one-woman comedy show, The Six Ages of Woman, has delighted audiences for over two decades.


Debi LillyDebi Lilly

Debi Lilly is a nationally renowned event-planning expert based in Chicago. She is the founder and president of A Perfect Event, Chicago's most successful special event company with a faithful (and famous) following, including Oprah Winfrey. Lilly is committed to the personalization of every event, including Oprah Winfrey's recently televised 50th birthday bash. She is also a master of interior design, including retail store design on a budget. Headquartered in Chicago, A Perfect Event has also developed a website to support clients and corporations nationwide and offers online design and planning website services.


Nancy ShenkerNancy Shenker

Nancy Shenker, a former big-brand CEO (Citibank, MasterCard, Reed Exhibitions) and entrepreneur (founder & CEO of theONswitch marketing), confidently straddles the digital divide. She has seen the world of business and marketing change rapidly over the past 30+ years and helps business owners and retailers build powerful brands, market more creatively, and generate new sources of revenue. Nancy is a blogger for the Huffington Post and her "Toy or Tool?" column in the New York Enterprise Report deciphers new technologies. She is the author of Don't Hook Up With the Dude in the Next Cube: 200+ Career Secrets for New Grads, and two business comic books (The Sins of Social Media and How to Avoid Them and Bitch Slap: When Women Misbehave at Work).


Paula GiovacchiniPaula Giovacchini

Paula Giovacchini is president of Gio Group, Inc., a consulting, training, and coaching firm that helps organizations increase revenue, strengthen customer satisfaction, and enhance employee engagement. Paula's "Generate Growth" relationship-focused sales framework provides practical how-to strategies to actively build relationships that can generate growth. Prior to starting her own firm in 2005, Paula had a fifteen-year corporate career in sales, marketing, and human resources in a variety of industries. As a business owner, Paula has helped a number of organizations, including law firms, advertising agencies, banks and investment consulting firms grow. Paula is a new knitter and is not only excited to bring her business expertise to the needle arts industry, but she also will share her personal customer service experiences as a new yarn store customer.


Cathy WagnerCathy Wagner

With more than 26 years of experience in retail as both an owner and a consultant, Cathy has the unique position of having worked on both sides of the counter. She began with one store and experienced fabulous success—despite having no retail experience at all. She has seen firsthand the tremendous benefits that the strategic planning and inventory management processes bring to a business. It is what helped her to grow to 3 stores grossing in excess of 2.5 million dollars after almost declaring bankruptcy. She sold her stores in order to be able to help other retailers implement these processes, uncover hidden opportunities and create business growth. Cathy knows how to help retailers see more profit and develop more cash flow. In fact, each of her clients has been more profitable for each of the last 4 years consecutively.