Morning & Afternoon Speakers

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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:

V Vanessa Williams - Emcee

V Vanessa Williams, MS, PCC is the Founder and CEO of Leading Edge Consulting, LLC, a global executive coaching firm with offices in CT and FL. Vanessa has an International background and vast experience in Executive Coaching, Women & Diversity Leadership Coaching, Leadership Advancement, Operations Leadership, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Strategic Business Planning, Management & Financial Reporting, and Change Management.

Vanessa uses a holistic approach with her clients from identifying success roadblocks and creating metric driven action plans and goal setting. She also works with executives, business owners and c-suites to identify strategic goals and to build and engage high-performing collaborative teams.

In her corporate career, Vanessa was a Managing Director for Horton International, a retained global boutique executive search firm headquartered in West Hartford, CT. She also held senior level and C-suite positions leading high-powered executive global teams for Sun Life, Prudential, Mass Mutual, Aetna, and UConn Health.

Vanessa holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Virginia State University, and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Leading Edge Consulting, LLC holds national certifications as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

Vanessa sits on the Board of Trustees for Easter Seals, The New England Air Museum, and Amistad Center for Arts & Culture. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Reginald F. Lewis College Business Alumni at Virginia State University.

Tim Quinn

After training in Milan alongside world-renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath, Tim Quinn joined the Giorgio Armani Beauty team with the launch of the brand in September 2001. His myriad of experience as an artist includes work in TV, print and film.

Tim began his illustrious career in the beauty industry when he first began modeling at the age of 19. After numerous photo shoots and magazine layouts, Tim discovered that his true calling was behind the camera designing his own individual style and not in front of it featuring someone else’s designs.

Tim’s words of wisdom have graced the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Elle, Glamour, More, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, among others. Tim has been featured as one of the “25 Beauty Stars” in W magazine and won a Genius Award in Elle magazine as a Genius Makeup Artist. He was also awarded the title of “Beauty Tsar” at Hollywood Magazine’s Hollywood Style Awards. He has worked backstage in New York, Milan, Rome, Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing as well as at several award shows including the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. Tim has traveled internationally hosting special events, training and promoting the beauty line. Additionally, Tim has been featured numerous times on television programs such as the Today Show, Extra and E! News.

Tim has worked with a number of celebrities including: Brooke Shields, Debra Messing, Dr. Jill Biden, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington, Olivia Munn and Victoria Beckham.

Additionally, Tim is actively involved in Massachusetts General Hospital’s the one hundred which is an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates hope in the cancer community, as well as sits on the Advisory Board of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation for Cancer Research.

Pam Pinto

Act Natural Health & Wellness was born of one woman's passion to live a healthy life in today’s less than healthy world. In 2004, Pam Pinto began a nutrition consulting practice, often speaking to local groups and organizations and seeing clients in chiropractic offices, local pharmacies, and health spas. She is currently a nutrition consultant for The Vibrant Health Institute in Florida, and has also offered group health and wellness programs to the Employee Wellness Center at ESPN.

Influenced by her husband’s cancer diagnosis in 1989 and her own diagnosis of Fibromyalgia in 2003, Pam found herself unhappy with the way conventional medicine was unable to treat her condition. She turned to Traditional Medicine, seeking the advice of a Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Homeopathic Doctor.  With the introduction of these modalities her life changed for the better.  Pam’s interest in health and wellness increased, leading her to study nutrition with The British Institute of Homeopathy and homeopathy for acute care, as well as becoming certified in Therapeutic Touch and Reiki, all while juggling homeschooling her children.

Community need is one of the main reasons Pam has opened the doors of Act Natural Health & Wellness. As more and more people become interested and concerned about the foods they eat and its effects on long-term health, one of her main goals is to provide access to local, organic food through working with Connecticut Farmers.

Most recently, Pam expanded her community vision by providing an energy healing cooperative right across the street from her store.  Act Natural Energy Healing is a space where micro businesses can run or start up their small business without all the expenses, all under one roof.  The goal is to offer mind, body & spirit healing all in one space while reaching out to the entire community. Practitioners offer classes in yoga, meditation, reiki, reflexology, massage, nutrition, writing, and so much more.  "Thrive on Thursdays" happens every Thursday right inside her store with community chiropractic, chair massage, reiki and healthy lunch options.

Act Natural Health & Wellness is also Pam's way to grow a family business; to teach her children to be part of their community and to live a healthy life. She believes that the foundation of health and wellness is not only good nutrition, but relationships and emotions as well. To supplement proper nutrition, Act Natural Health & Wellness carries a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade supplements, homeopathic remedies, herbs and many retail brands of vitamins and supplements for your entire family.

You can find Pam at Act Natural Tuesdays through Saturdays to answer your health and wellness questions. She regularly attends seminars and webinars to stay up-to-date in the field of nutrition and health, and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the Holistic Pediatric Association.