“Be Your Better Self,” is the theme to the 11th Annual Little Black Dress Women in Business Conference presented by the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 15, at the Greensburg Elementary School.
An outstanding speaker lineup awaits those in attendance at the day-long event, which will also include a lunch time recipe/cooking discussion with Decatur County Memorial Hospital Dietician Connie Million, as well as scheduled quick hit exercise demonstrations from Anytime Fitness, and Decatur County Family YMCA.
Kicking off the day will be a previous attendee crowd favorite, Tim Hosey of Timothy Hosey and Associates, a 33-year-old consulting firm doing marketing and management work for businesses and organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Tim’s presentation, titled “How to turn a stranger into a friend in 20 seconds or less,” will be about the science of first contact for managing, for hiring, for selling and for living. “The instant any person first sees us or hears us, he or she begins deciding whether we are a friend or an enemy—it’s part of our brain structure and in our DNA code,” Hosey said. “Here’s how to meet any stranger and instantly show him or her through body language, use of territorial space, and tone of voice that you are a good person. And then how to gracefully expand the right first impression into a friendship based on common ground.”
The second presenters of the event will be a pair of extremely successful business women working in what is sometimes seen as a male dominated field, Jennifer Rufatto and Stacey Holton, of Indiana Electric Cooperatives, an association representing 38 member electric cooperatives across the state of Indiana.
Jennifer Rufatto is the Vice President of Communications and Human Resources for IEC, while Stacey Holton serves as the Creative Services Manager for IEC, both out of the Plainfield, IN office.
As Vice President, Jennifer leads the association’s public relations and communications functions and the leadership development, training, youth programs, philanthropy and human resource functions. She is passionate about helping members improve human resource and communication efficiencies, creating and implementing new systems to achieve those efficiencies, planning for future growth, and better serving member consumers. She also helps uncover behavior drivers in the workplace and uses available tools to maximize performance and engagement.
As the creative services manager, Stacey Holton oversees creative output – from concept to production – for IEC and its member cooperatives. In addition to providing creative consultation and design services, she creates and delivers training on design software and graphic design best practices and is actively involved in amplifying employee engagement and interactions in the workplace.
The Rufatto and Holton segment at the Women in Business Conference is titled “All About You.” This interactive session will help attendees deep dive into understanding their individual personality traits and how they make you unique. Attendees will identify their top style and will learn new ways to manage themselves at work and at home. Finally, attendees will learn how to teach others how to communicate and work with you most effectively, whether that person is your spouse, your co-worker or your best friend.
The final speaker of the day will close out the Women in Business Conference with an all-inspiring presentation titled “Loving Mondays.
Nikki Lewallen is the CEO of Rainmakers and has been a flagship accelerator to the organization’s growth over the past 10 years. Nikki brings passion and business development expertise to the Indianapolis small business community. Her mission is to inspire people to their true potential doing what they love. After many years of sharing the message “Loving Mondays”, Nikki realized that her true calling is in the employee engagement industry. In 2017, Nikki made a strategic leap to Emplify to live the mission of helping one million people love (get their heart into) their work. Nikki truly believes that winning the game of life IS about the people you meet and the books you read. Rainmakers will serve 1,000 members this year and bring awareness to over 100 small, meaningful Indianapolis nonprofits.
“Loving Mondays is about inspiring people to their true potential doing the work they love,” Nikki said. “I want people to ne on the right seat of the bus (very focused on your career), don’t live life in silos, give it your best because you were created for greatness and remember that one person can make a big impact on life and the world.”
Annual Women in Business Conference is sponsored by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Arbor Grove Village and Duke Energy.
Cost to attend the day-long event is $59 if purchased by May 15. After that date, the price is $69 per attendee. Tickets may be purchased online at the Chamber website, www.greensburgchamber.com
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