Morning & Afternoon Speakers
Stay tuned for announcements on our exciting lineup of speakers for our 2016 conference!
We would like to express our sincere gratitude and our highest appreciation for the following speakers who made our 2015 conference such an amazing and memorable event:
Ali Bronson - Master of Ceremonies
Ali Bronson was hired by ESPN Radio in 2008 as a part time production assistant while completing her senior year at Southern Connecticut State University. Ali has worked on shows like Mike and Mike, SVP & Russillo, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and Sedano and Stink. Currently, she is an Associate Producer and the only full time female working on a day to day content for ESPN Radio. Ali is also the producer of the first ever all female show for network sports radio called “ESPN W Presents Spain and Prim”. This year Ali was also inducted into the Torrington Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kara, the proud recipient of two Emmy Awards, is a news anchor and co-host of 'Better Connecticut' at WFSB-TV, a CBS affiliate. On 'Better Connecticut' she loves sharing stories that inspire, entertain and inform. She is also a contributor for the Huffington Post on mindful living.
Her latest project, due out in the fall of 2014, is an inspirational memoir called "Finding Dad" where she shares the story of meeting her biological father when she was a teenager and he was the Governor of Rhode Island.
Ms. Sundlun has been named Best Local News Reporter by Hartford Magazine and recognized as one of the Top “40 Under 40″ by the Hartford Business Journal and Connecticut Magazine.
Kara resides in Hartford and is happily married to fellow Eyewitness News Anchor Dennis House and the proud mom of Helena and Julian.
Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osborne is an ardent advocate and supporter of child literacy, and the bestselling and award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, mysteries, and the bestselling Magic Tree House books. Highly regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, the Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon that has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 38 different languages.
From 1993–1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country’s leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children’s literacy. She has spoken at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams and NPR All Things Considered for her continued efforts. Mary has donated hundreds of thousands of books to children in need through her “Gift of Books” program, which distributes Magic Tree House books to Title 1 schools nationwide. In addition, her Classroom Adventures Program provides educational resources free of charge to all teachers.
Currently appearing on Nick Mom in Nickelodeon’s stand-up comedy special called “Mom’s Night Out,” this very funny New Jersey Mom decided after 17 years of being a housewife, that being the funniest mom on the block wasn't enough for her. Ten years ago Robin moved her act from the school bus stop to the stage. Robin is a powerhouse and her act puts a unique spin on her 27 year marriage, kids, her aging parents and suburban life and so much more. Not only is she hysterical, she is unique and memorable. Audiences took to this "Mother like no other" from the very start. Robin Fox quickly rose through the comedy ranks and can be seen performing at some of the top Comedy Clubs and venues throughout NYC and the northeast. Robin’s talent was quickly noticed as she distinguished herself at several comedy competitions.
Robin is the 2012 Grand Winner of the Ladies of Laughter Competition. and the winner of the 2010 Gilda's Club Laugh-Off.
Robin was recently featured in Marlo Thomas’s new book, It Ain't Over... Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life--and Realizing Your Dreams--Anytime, at Any Age
She was Philadelphia's Funniest -1st runner up, Bud Lights Ladies of Laughter, at the finals for The Laugh off at Caroline's, and Baltimore's funniest. She can be heard on rotation on XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. She has been a guest several times on WOR's Joey Reynold's show.
Known as America’s Marketing Motivator, Kathy McAfee has instructed thousands of professionals on how to maximize their talents for the greatest impact on their careers and corporate environments. Her laser-focused coaching, keynote speaking and robust training empower emerging and established career professionals, and organizations, to make connections, expand their influence and move people to action. A graduate of Stanford University and author of Networking Ahead for Business, Kathy award-winning blog motivates today’s workers to realize their full potential. Learn more at AmericasMarketingMotivator.com.
Dorothy A. Martin-Neville, PhD, is an international keynote speaker, author, mentor/coach, and frequent radio and television guest, has been featured on HARPO Productions as well as in the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. In addition, Dr. Dorothy is President of the National Speakers Association – CT and on the Advisory Board of eWomen Network in CT.
A licensed psychotherapist, Dr. Dorothy was in practice for over 25 years. As a motivational speaker Dr. Dorothy brings a history of having lived in an orphanage, and being adopted and raised in the housing projects of South Boston in a violent alcoholic home. She later became a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, and so much more.
Ultimately, because of her own inspiring life journey and that of so many others, she came to see that those who passionately and positively live this journey - rather than merely survive it - knowing Anything Is Possible - are the folks who achieve real success and/or health.
As a result, taking risks and coming alive has become Dr. Dorothy’s message across the board. She calls all to whom she speaks, with humor, and profound spiritual insight, to live their life fully becoming who they are meant to be, passionately and vibrantly, adding one more dream to their journey each time their soul calls them to do so, again and again.