West Haven, Orange chambers to hold Women Leadership Conference

The West Haven and Orange chambers of commerce will jointly hold their annual Women’s Leadership Conference on April 11 in the West Haven Italian Club’s Cielo Banquet Facility.

The conference, which takes place from 9 a.m. to noon, will spotlight business women sharing their stories of conviction, commitment and courage, which led them to success. Cielo is located at 85 Chase Lane.

WTNH News 8 Health Reporter Jocelyn Maminta will moderate a panel that will include Mayor Nancy Rossi, business strategist, coach and trainer Nageen Riffat; national speaker, author and business coach Nancy Butler and Prindle Hill Construction Chairwoman Cathy Bradley, organizers said.

“This year’s speakers and moderator through their stories will positively influence our audience members,” said Louise Pelletier, co-chairwoman of the two chambers’ Women in Business Committee, in a news release.

That audience will include business women and female high school and college-age students, said Pelletier, co-chairwoman with Kathy Hart-Jones of West Haven and Carol Smullen of Orange.

“It is our hope that everyone leaves the conference excited about their futures with a renewed commitment to reach their goals through hard work and perseverance,” Pelletier said.

The panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity to network with other successful professionals, the release said.

The conference, open to the public, is presented by the combined chambers’ Women in Business Committee, which has a mission to educate, support and enrich the personal and professional life of the business women within the community.

It is sponsored by TD Bank.

The fee to attend is $20 per person and $10 to sponsor a student. Breakfast is included. To buy tickets in advance or for more information go online to www.westhavenchamber.com/wlc18 or call (203) 933-1500.

Sponsorship opportunities also are available.

All proceeds from the conference will benefit the Women in Business Scholarship program for female, college-bound high school seniors from West Haven and Amity high schools, the release said.