Steps to Success Facilitators

Morning Sessions

Karen Justice MBA

Managing the On-going Challenge of Change

Kim Dow

Branding and Marketing in a Digital World

Melody Belotte

How to Win the Battle with Busyness & Burnout

Linda Eskay

Breaking Through Your Limiting Beliefs

Steps to Success is the annual signature event of the Women’s Business Network. From its earliest beginnings, the vision and purpose of this day is to connect professional women and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

As an attendee, you can design your day based on your interests. The WBN seeks out the best Facilitators, who lead small group discussions in a wide variety of topics that include business growth initiatives, women’s health, and personal development.

In these dynamic sessions, you will find yourself in a group of like-minded women who will support your desire for self-improvement. Each small group will take part in a professionally led discussion that is designed to INFORM each woman with tangible tools to accelerate the growth they desire.

As an integral member of your group, you will have the opportunity to ENCOURAGE your peers by sharing your insight around the experience you bring to the group’s focus. You will be given the SUPPORT you need to move forward as you take your next STEPS TO SUCCESS!

Angela Martin

Helping Loved Ones Navigate Life Transitions

Deb Morrone “Dr. Deb”

Manging the Stress Mess

Debbie Neely

Build the Foundation for a Strong Team

Janice Rockwell

Drafting Business Contracts that Protect You

Afternoon Session

Pascale Brady, CPCC, PCC, MBA

Afternoon Group Activity

Schedule

Morning

Afternoon

Managing the On-going Challenge of Change

Change is challenging. Whether choosing to make a change or facing an involuntary change, it’s not easy and is often stressful. This shortened version of her usual workshops will help participants clarify their desired change outcomes, identify various ways to find opportunities, recognize their subconscious responses to opportunities, and provide some critical tools and techniques for choosing ways to manage change to their benefit. The facilitator will share a S.W.O.T. Analysis for Change© she developed which will provide a lifelong evaluation tool when managing change.

At the completion of the session, participants will look at change with less distress and more confidence. Participants will learn one of the key elements for addressing a change and gain an awareness about accepting unfamiliar and uncomfortable opportunities. Additionally, participants will also walk away with a choices evaluation tool that will help them manage the outcomes of future changes to benefit their needs.

About Karen

Change Mentor

(240) 439-0199

Karen Justice, M.B.A., Change Mentor

Even with an M.B.A. focused on strategic planning, Karen Justice gained most of her change management skills by living. Through frequent relocations and fluctuating life events, she learned early that things never stay the same. Managing her responses to imposed changes taught her to focus on what mattered most. Devising and planning proactive responses enabled her to maintain some control of how her life was impacted.

Justice has served as a strategic planning facilitator, teacher, non-profit manager, and more in nearly twenty different industries through twelve states and three countries.
With twenty-nine lifetime moves, she’s become skilled at managing change. Now she works at helping others develop those skills as well.

Branding and Marketing in a Digital World

The COVID pandemic has taught small businesses how important it is to focus on an integrated brand and marketing approach. Creating and staying true to a strong brand both in a digital and non-digital world is what can set you apart and make your customers loyal buyers. In this session we will discuss ways to take your business brand and consistently (and creatively!) apply it to all facets of your marketing strategy.

Attendees will learn, and be able to apply, an easy 5-step plan for all their future branding and marketing endeavors. They will learn how content marketing is a quick and effective way to enhance their brand and brand voice and will be able to create an integrated marketing strategy for their business.

About Kim

Sass Magazine

(240) 446-9765

Kim Dow is an entrepreneur at heart. She has combined her creative spirit with her drive to empower women with her love of animals to start three award-winning businesses. Her flagship company is Sass Studios—a boutique branding and creative design studio that specializes in supporting and empowering women-owned businesses by helping them cultivate their visual “voice”.

Kim also launched Sass Magazine, a women’s lifestyle and professional publication that celebrates real women. With both a regional printed magazine as well as a national online base,

Sass Magazine serves up articles on a variety of topics including career, wellness, travel, style, beauty, home, (and more!), as well as special feature articles spotlighting women doing amazingly kickass things! Additionally, Kim also launched EverydayDogMagazine.com, a lifestyle website for modern day dog owners and lovers. She serves as the owner, publisher, and creative director for both publications.

When not at work, Kim can be found hanging out at home with her husband and high school sweetheart, Jimmy, who is a high school math teacher by day and a fisherman by weekend. In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and gardening.

How to Win the Battle with Busyness & Burnout

As a women professionals, the daily demands and endless to-do lists can leave you exhausted and unmotivated.  Join speaker and strategist, Melody Belotte to learn simple, practical and sanity-saving strategies to spend less time on busyness and more time on what matters.

Time management is less about gaining control of the minutes and more about gaining control of the mind.  Once you address the seven deadly mindsets that lend to an overly busy schedule, you can make an action plan to overcome them.  The most effective way to overcome busyness is to add space to your day in three key areas: focus, systems and support.

About Melody

Melody Belotte Media

(240) 675-7066

Melody is a full-time speaker, writer, strategist and recovering “busy addict” who gives individuals and organizations the tools they need to stop feeling overwhelmed and start spending more time on what matters. With 15+ years in managing complex businesses, organizations and teams, she founded her own media company to offer live events, group workshops, and personal consulting. Her clients have been featured on USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, and more, but what makes her smile the most is her inflatable kayak, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and going on road trips with her family of four.

With degrees in Communications, Marketing, Performance Arts, and Theology, Melody worked 10 years in the nonprofit sector as the Administrator, and eventually, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Lifehouse Church Network. There, she honed the invaluable skill of using small budgets and small teams to reach big goals – helping grow the organization from a five-person project to a multi-site congregation of thousands in just a few short years.

Breaking Through Your Limiting Beliefs

Have you been seeking personal elevation through books and various development programs? Do you follow certain motivational speakers? Maybe you’ve even attended conferences and left feeling like you were going to take on the world and make a massive impact in your life only to fall back into familiar patterns of doubt, fear, and procrastination resulting in self-sabotage. It’s not that you lack motivation, I know you are motivated! The problem is that most programs and speakers don’t address the critical piece, which is that you must clear your limiting beliefs first. All the negative energy around “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never achieve that level of success” is what is holding you back and keeping you stuck. When you can release those limiting beliefs, you become empowered and confident. It is then that you will soar and begin to create your life on purpose, by design.

You will learn how to reveal the limiting beliefs you are practicing and how they are dictating the thoughts you think, the things you say, and ultimately the actions you take.  You will understand the power that your beliefs have in determining all aspects of your life from parenting to your career to your financial situation and even your love relationships. And also that the emotions connected to those beliefs are manifesting in your physical body as medical issues and painful ailments.  You will become enlightened to the fact that you DO have the power to change your reality. Your imprints, your inner programming, make up your belief system and they can be changed. You do not have to accept anything in your life that is not working for you. With even simple mindset shifts, you will see a difference in the reality you experience. You will learn, with deeper exploration, how to achieve true happiness and experience joy on new levels.

About Linda

Breakthrough Specialist and Law of Attraction Guide

(301) 529-1195

My corporate background was in Risk Management in the Life Insurance sector and is an important part of my story because it gave me clarity about what I knew I didn’t want for my life. 

As I experience deeper meaning with the work I am now involved in, I know what is possible. When I was laid off three years ago, it was a blessing.  I knew I was miserable but didn’t really understand why.  Ultimately, I realized that I was not meant to live my life in a cubicle auditing files all day with no human interaction.  I also knew in my heart that I could not go back to a 9 to 5 job with a boss.  It would have been soul crushing.  I wanted time freedom AND financial freedom.  But how would I create that?  Could I truly create that?

On my journey over the past three and a half years, it wasn’t obvious why I was being pulled to embark on seemingly crazy ventures, but I trusted my intuition.  Looking back, it’s all crystal clear. Everything I was involved in pushed me further outside of my comfort zone for greater expansion.  Without that growth, I couldn’t be where I am today, and I wouldn’t change a thing.  

From the time I enrolled in the Freedom Formula certification program last August until now, I have completely transformed my life and I am enjoying the continual unfolding. The modalities I now practice allowed me to clear my own limiting beliefs and stand in my power with confidence. I now help others do the same with the goals of manifesting a new career or relationship, experiencing more financial abundance, and to simply and most beautifully experience joy and peace on new levels.

What does it mean to be a Breakthrough Specialist?  It means being able to help my clients solve frustrating, costly, painful, and seemingly impossible problems that they struggle with and haven’t been able to solve on their own no matter what they have tried.  Empowering people with clarity around the true knowledge of what is possible for them is my greatest gift. 

I earned my certification through the Freedom Leader Program, developed by Nick Breau, best-selling author, world-renowned Law of Attraction expert, and International Breakthrough Specialist.  My areas of focus include the Law of Attraction, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Ancestral Trauma.  I am currently enrolled in a program to incorporate Tapping, an Emotional Freedom Technique, as an enhancement in my practice.

Helping Loved Ones Navigate Life Transitions

Many women today are “in the middle” — dealing not only with the challenges of raising a family and launching children into adulthood, but also needing to assist elderly parents with the realities of aging. Not to mention balancing a job, a personal life, and a little time for yourself! If you are in this situation, you are not alone.

This interactive session will present some of the resources available in Frederick County for aging citizens, how to know when you need help, and how we can support one another to get through this challenging stage of life.

About Angela

Shepherd’s Staff In-Home Care

(301) 304-9143

Since April 2011, Angela has owned and operated Shepherd’s Staff In-home Care, an independent agency providing nonmedical in-home care to elderly clients. The passion for opening this type of business grew out of 10 years’ experience caring for her mother as she faced physical and mental decline.

Prior to this calling, Angela earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland and then spent many years working as a full-time homemaker and mother. During this time, she worked as a self-employed writer/editor, producing educational and promotional materials for a variety of clients, primarily in the nonprofit sector.

Angela has been married to her husband John for 45 years. They are the proud parents of six children and 24 grandchildren.

Managing the Stress Mess

If you’re alive, stress is unavoidable!  Left unrecognized and unmanaged, it can seriously interfere with your mental, emotional, and physical health.  

Stress comes in many forms, and understanding how to manage them is an important key to reducing the effects they can have on your well being.  

We will review the various types of physical, emotional, and chemical stresses and learn simple and practical tools and techniques for managing them in your daily life

About Deborah

Frederick Chiropractic Wellness Center

(301) 695-0032

Dr. Deborah Morrone (also known as “Dr. Deb”) has been practicing in Frederick, MD since 2002. I love studying current research and learning about new healing techniques and tools to provide the best advice and options to my patients.  Many of my educational pursuits have been guided by my own “dramas and traumas” — many of the techniques I use with my patients have been chosen based on my own personal experience with illness and injury and researching ways to get and keep myself healthy!  Some of my favorite topics include functional anatomy and neurology, nutrition, rehabilitation, and stress management. I enjoy taking care of people of all ages and getting to know as much about your unique concerns, so we can work together to get and keep you as healthy and active as possible. I love working with people who take an active role in improving their health, and I firmly believe in a “team approach” to healthcare, collaborating with other members of your healthcare team to help you achieve your goals.

Build the Foundation for a Strong Team

When you have been part of a strong team, you know it. The team is working towards shared goals, supporting each other, and achieving results. How does that happen? It starts with a foundation of trust. There are three components to put trust in place.

One cornerstone for building trust is intention. Intention can be a tricky thing. We believe others should know our intention and we often misinterpret others. We will explore how to evaluate your own intention, how to set an intention, and how to make sure that others know your intention. Another cornerstone for building trust is relationships. How do you build relationships with the people you work with? We will complete activities to explore the concept of worldview to understand others, how you uncover clues that give you insight into others and practice the skill of acknowledgment. The final cornerstone for building trust is language and listening. We will discuss how language can positively or negatively impact trust. We will also give you an opportunity to practice your listening skills. You will identify one action item for something you want to work on over the next ten days based on our conversation of all three cornerstones of trust.

About Debby

Neely Coaching and Training

(301) 788-5827

Debby Neely of Neely Coaching & Training LLC is a results-focused credentialed coach with many years of proven leadership training and coaching success. She provides personalized coaching and training to meet virtually any need.

Debby spent 30 years in a fortune 50 company, including roles in leadership and as a leadership coach and leadership development facilitator. For the past three years, she has provided these same services for all types of organizations from corporations to small businesses to non-profit organizations.

Debby is proud to be a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation. She received her coaching training through Corporate Coach U. After gaining over 500 hours of coaching experience and receiving a successful evaluation, Debby earned her PCC credential in 2013.

Debby has 15+ years of experience facilitating workshops and dialogue sessions. Her goal is always to achieve desired outcomes, accommodate different learning styles, and provide an extraordinary learning experience. She is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and has experience debriefing assessments, including 360 assessments, to support leaders in identifying the learning gained from the feedback and creating action plans to get them to results.  

Debby is the founder of the 2911 Group Inc, a faith-based non-profit organization designed to equip young women with tools, information, encouragement, and support to face life’s challenges and maximize their potential.  Their events focus on self-confidence, self-esteem, leadership skills, and social responsibility. 

In January 2019, Debby realized a dream and started Neely Coaching & Training LLC. Their mission is to unlock potential to get results and support clients in being the leader they have always wanted to be while balancing success and authenticity.

Debby holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Drafting Business Contracts that Protect You

The COVID-19 Pandemic made us realize the importance of many aspects of life previously overlooked.  Clear, concise communication prevents problems down the road.  Always have an attorney’s fees provision in your contracts.

About Janice

Janice B. Rockwell, LLC, Attorney at Law

(301) 631-0900

Janice B. Rockwell is an attorney in Frederick, Maryland, who specializes in business law, employment law, contract law and landlord/tenant matters. She has been a member of the Frederick County Bar Association, where she just completed a one-year term, serving as President. She serves as a Court appointed mediator for Frederick, Howard and Washington Counties, and is a member of the City of Frederick Labor Relations Panel, and a member of Main Street Middletown, MD, Inc.

Her hobbies include gardening and golfing, planning fun events, and you name it!

Afternoon Group Activity

Participants will be invited to join an OPEN SPACE activity – the details will be revealed at the moment of the activity. 

In my experience open space is based on the belief that we humans are intelligent, creative, adaptive, meaning- and fun-seeking. It sets the context for such creatures to come together knowing they are going to treat each other well. When this happens there is no limit to what can unfold. – Alan Stewart

This will be a very interactive, dynamic and energizing activity that we will all co-create together. 

About Pascale

Global Life Coaching, LLC

(240) 801-5080

Pascale, founder and President of Global Life Coaching LLC, is The Challenge Coach©.  Pascale is a Professional Certified life and business Coach, a consultant and a trainer/speaker with over 30 years of professional experience, both in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur.

After 12 years in the corporate world as an international sales and marketing executive, Pascale was certified as a coach in 2005.

She is French, German and American and works fluently in all three languages.

As a Business Coach and Consultant, she guides executives and managers individually or as part of groups or teams to successfully master their challenges and effectively resolve problems. As a Life Coach, Pascale empowers individuals, couples, and groups to overcome challenges in life or at work, specializing in those related to transitions and relationships. As a Mentor Coach, Pascale supports coaches in training toward attainment of their (next) coaching credential. Finally, Pascale is an intercultural trainer and a thought after speaker on a variety of topics.

Menu

Breakfast:

  • Bagels with whipped cream cheese
  • Assorted chocolate beignets including dark, hazelnut, and white chocolate
  • Seasonal fruits and berries
  • Fresh brewed columbian and decaffinated coffees and assorted teas served with cream, lemon and sweeteners

Lunch:

  • Mesclun greens with julienne apples, sprouts, toasted walnuts, and roma tomatoes
  • Tuscan chicken breast with fennel, squashes, tomatoes and peppers with fresh mozzarella and balsamic reduction
  • Chef’s selection of appropriate starch and vegetable melange
  • Assorted bread basket with whipped sweet butter

Dessert:

  • Whipped cream and raspberry lemon mousse with fresh whipped cream, lemon zest and a homemade biscotti

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