2021 Women's Leadership Virtual Conference

2021 Women's Leadership Virtual Conference (WLC21)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - Thursday, May 20, 2021 /



Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #WLC21

CPE: 6.5 credits

Total Price: $225.00

The Women’s Leadership Section of the GWSCPA is a large and diverse group of members coming together with common goals: to advance the standing of all women in the profession, to empower each other to be our professional best, to motivate each other in our leadership goals, and to support each other through personal and professional transformations. This community continues to grow and help today’s women leaders, and future leaders, to thrive.
We hope you will join us this year for an exciting program, and that you will invite other women in your office as well. This is going to be a powerful event that you won’t soon forget!

The conference schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 18th, 2:30-6:00pm
Wednesday, May 19th, 2:30-6:15pm
Thursday, May 20th, 2:30-5:45pm

Groups of 3 or more, take 10% off (promo code GROUP3)
Groups of 5 or more, take 20% off (promo code GROUP5)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
General Sessions

Welcome Remarks

“What DO You DO”? Engage in a Meaningful Way that Advances YOU! Credits: 1.5 PD

Todd Cohen
The number one job for any business professional helps people understand what actually they do and how they bring value.  It’s required that you can build relationships and sell yourself with every single conversation you have.  In today’s new world, your title doesn’t matter anymore. All of your degrees and certifications are no longer the best sales tool you have.  How you answer the number ONE question most asked IS the modern business professional’s ticket to success and engaging people to get them to want to learn more about you. 
This keynote guides each participant in the process of defining and validating their selling statement or their value proposition.  Knowing your value proposition ensures that colleagues and clients understand what you do and how you do it.  This leads to a more profitable, successful, and satisfying career!

Session Break

Preparing for the Big Come Back: Strategies to Get Back to the Office

Eileen Adenan, M.Ed, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Human Resources / American Petroleum Institute
Washington, DC
Monica M. Dalwadi, CPA
Partner / Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Tysons Corner, VA
Shaara Roman
Founder & CEO / The Silverene Group
Washington, DC
How are you planning to return to office? While we have all been mostly fully remote over the last year, companies are starting to consider their options about the return to work and what the new normal looks like. If you are like some organizations, this topic is still being hotly debated at your company. Or perhaps you’ve decided, and you don’t quite know the best practices for your new office set up and how you’ll manage in this new environment. Join our panel, moderated by Shaara Roman, Founder + CEO of boutique culture consultancy, The Silverene Group, as she shares research and best practices from clients around the DMV and chats with Eileen Adenan, VP of HR from the American Petroleum Institute and Monica Dalwadi from Baker Tilley who will share their plans and thought processes around RTW (Return To Work).

Session Break


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Opening Remarks

Know Yourself, Know Your People Credits: 1.5 PD

Heather Ramsey
Managing Partner / Sojourn Partners
Bedford, NH
Identifying the core motivators for yourself and others that impact the way we approach one another. In the interactive session participants will practice utilizing a Customized Communication tool to increase productivity by decreasing judgement and drama.

Session Break

Prepare for a Secure Financial Future – Financial Strategies for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life Credits: 1.0 PD

Celendra Deane-Bess
Senior Vice President / PNC Bank
Washington, DC
• Strategies to Prioritizing your Financial success
• Mid-Career Planning for a secure financial retirement 
• About to retire, preparation tips to help you ease into this long awaited stage

Session Break

Networking: Trivia Game

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Welcoming Remarks

Honoree Q&A

Tamika Tremaglio
Greater Washington Managing Principal / Deloitte
McLean, VA

Session Break

How to Achieve Your Optimal Health Credits: 1.0 PD

Please join the co-founders of the ACHIEVING OPTIMAL HEALTH CONFERENCE as they lead us in exploring how best to care for ourselves, mind and body.  Doro Bush Koch and Patricia Reilly Koch will bring a “taste” of their popular conference to GWSCPA where they will lead us in a discussion on how to reduce stress, explore how what we eat impacts our mental health, and share the benefits of a mindfulness practice. 

Session Break

Networking: Yoga & Meditation

Caroline Elbert
Yoga & Meditation Instructor / Yoga Alliance
Arlington, VA
We’ll open with gentle stretches for all the areas of the body that get crunched up after too much sitting-- neck, shoulders, back, hips, wrists, and even your eyeballs! Then it’s an invitation to explore stillness in the mind. Like the eye of the hurricane, can we cultivate moments of utter quiet even in the midst of the frenetic drumbeat of life? All bodies and levels are welcome in this session.

Conference Site

Standard Registration

$225 GWSCPA Members, $275 Non-Members


Contact the Society for information on group registration discounts!

Cancellation by registrant / refund policy

If you are unable to attend a seminar or conference, please notify us as soon as possible.

The GWSCPA cancellation and refund schedule for offsite events is as follows:
100% refund minus $150 processing fee within 4 weeks (20 business days) of the event
75% refund within 3 weeks (15 business days) of the event
50% refund within 2 weeks (10 business days) of the event
No refund to be issued if cancellation is 9 business days, or less, of the event date
*Substitutes will be accepted, in writing to GWSCPA, up to 2 business days prior to the event date (see below for details).
* Non-member substitutes will be charged the fee difference if they are substituting for a member-discounted registration.

Refunds in the same form of tender as the original purchase minus the processing fee. Payments made by check will be refunded via check within 30 days of cancellation.

*Cancellations and/or substitutions must be submitted in writing and sent to Kari Bedell at:


2021 Virtual Women's Leadership Conference Sponsors











For information on how to become a sponsor for this conference, please contact Kari Bedell, 202-347-3050 or kbedell@gwscpa.org