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You are the author of your own story. Make it a good one!

We are honored to have the following speakers with us for the
NH Conference for Women on November 3rd

Her Story . . .
Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story

Elizabeth Smart
Abduction Survivor
Founder of Elizabeth Smart Foundation
Inspiring Communicator of Hope

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. At the tender age of 14, just before celebrating her middle school graduation, Elizabeth went to sleep in her family home just as she had always done. Awakened hours later to a knife held roughly against her throat, she was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine long months. In this captivating message, Elizabeth shares her incredible story of perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity. In addition to her personal story, she discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance and process of recovery, and not allowing your past to dictate your life’s future. Elizabeth knows that there is nothing more important than having hope in a difficult situation. Having lived through an extreme circumstance as a young teenager, she gives great insight and hope to all.

Elizabeth Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Smart back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.

Through this traumatic experience Smart has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction.

Founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Smart has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Smart has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, My Story. In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment. This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

Smart’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by everyday people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.

Smart’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012. To learn more about Elizabeth, visit her website at www.elizabethsmart.com.

Finding Your Own Happy Ending . . .
Happy for No Reason

Marci Shimoff
Best-Selling Author: Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
Featured Teacher: The Secret
PBS-TV Host: Happy for No Reason

Having things and circumstances – money, success, relationships, health – brings a certain kind of happiness, but this temporary experience of satisfaction or joy soon fades and we have to hurry up and fulfill the next desire to feel happy again. To experience true and lasting happiness, we can learn to access the deep state of peace and well-being that already exists within us—beyond the reach of external circumstances. Then, no matter what is happening in life we are Happy for No Reason.

In this powerful presentation you will hear moving, real-life stories of people who are Happy for No Reason, as well as the latest scientific findings about how to raise your happiness set point.  This program will inspire and motivate you to create a life that is full of genuine happiness every day.

Major Topics

  • ​A new definition of happy
  • Raising your current happiness set point
  • ​Keys to cultivating happiness in your life right now
  • How to create good Happiness Habits
  • A 7-step holistic program to building your Home for Happiness


  • Expand your ability to experience happiness in all aspects of your life:
  • Own your life, don’t rent—taking responsibility puts you in the driver’s seat
  • Discover how to make your thoughts your allies
  • Make your cells happy
  • Plug Yourself into Spirit
  • Live a life inspired by purpose
  • Let love lead in your life
  • Grow a nourishing network

Marci Shimoff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a world-renowned transformational teacher and an expert on happiness, success, and unconditional love.  Her books include the international bestsellers Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason.  Marci is also the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, as co-author of six books in the Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul series. With total book sales of more than 15 million copies worldwide in 33 languages, Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.

Marci is also a featured teacher in the international film and book sensation, The Secret and the host of the PBS TV show called Happy for No Reason.  She narrated the award-winning movie called Happy.

President and co-founder of the Esteem Group, Marci delivers keynote addresses and seminars on happiness, success, empowerment, and unconditional love to Fortune 500 companies, professional and non-profit organizations, women’s associations and audiences around the world.

Marci is currently leading a one-year mentoring program called Your Year of Miracles.  Her opening seminar has been heard my more than 100,000 people.

Marci earned her MBA from UCLA and holds an advanced certificate as a stress management consultant. She is a founding member and on the board of directors of the Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top transformational leaders.

Through her books and her presentations, Marci’s message has touched the hearts and rekindled the spirits of millions of people throughout the world.   She is dedicated to helping people live more empowered and joy-filled lives. To learn more about Marci, visit her websites at:  www.HappyForNoReason.com and www.MarciShimoff.com

Once Upon a Time There Was a Girl Who Liked to Build Things . . .
A Conversation with Cindy Stumpo: Valuable Lessons on Becoming Tough As Nails at Work and in Life

Cindy Stumpo – C. Stumpo Development
HGTV Celebrity: Tough as Nails

Cindy Stumpo, star of HGTV’s “Tough As Nails,” is one of the most successful residential contractors and developers in Massachusetts. Known for building high-end, multimillion-dollar luxury homes, Cindy is a strong, independent woman who has made a name for herself during her 25-year career by being strong as steel in a field known for its male bravado and wise-guy antics. Despite her father’s warning that “girls don’t build houses” and the severe panic attacks Cindy suffers from, she pursued a career in construction and is now winning awards — including “Builder of the Year.”

You will hear about Cindy’s journey on the road less traveled for most women, and how she took a hammer to the glass ceiling.  Cindy will share invaluable lessons that she learned along the way for persevering and becoming tough as nails, while inspiring you to go the extra distance to juggle it all and still remain true to who you are — no matter who may be telling you, you won’t succeed.

Cindy Stumpo’s father, with an unusual combination of sarcasm and pride, asked his daughter, “So, you want to be a builder?” He added, “Girls don’t build.” After a second, he glanced over at his wife and said, “But if anybody can do this, it’s Cindy.”

Cindy Stumpo is CEO of C. Stumpo Development, a luxury custom home builder and developer in the Brookline and Newton areas. She has been building houses and shattering stereotypes for decades. Stumpo is among a handful of women who can claim this career, and is an inspiration to young  women who want to get to into the construction industry. Cindy was the only woman in the room taking the General Contractors exam at the age of 23. At the time her male competitors told her “You’ll never make it in this industry.” She starred in HGTV’s “Tough as Nails” television series, and was featured in Boston Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Boston Common, The Boston Herald, The Boston Globe. Stumpo was named “Builder of the Year” by her peers, honored as “Exceptional Woman of the Year” by 106.7FM, and was named “Inspirational Woman of the Year” by the Brookview House. Recently she spoke at the 2014 MA Conference for Women to a packed house of women who were inspired by her story.

Cindy’s father says he is her biggest fan. Her mother, says she is. Watch and learn more about Cindy: https://vimeo.com/124731080



How the Cool Chicks Get Their Groove On . . .
Hip Shaking Leads to Many Great Stories!

Sue Bergman, M.Ed.
Learning is Contagious

Sue will help us shake off the afternoon slump with a modified WALK 15® GROUP CLASS – Taking the best features from low impact, aerobic style, group exercise, Walk 15® live classes keeps it “easy” to follow but effective in results! Designed with “walking based” moves so that all fitness levels, all ages, all walks of life, can do it! The music is electric and in addition to a little invigorating exercise, we may just shake what our Mommas gave us for a few extra minutes in “freestyle” dance!

Sue Bergman is the Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at Learning is Contagious. She knows first-hand the impact that shifting your thinking can make. Appearing confident to the outside world, Sue was secretly “eating her emotions”. Looking to make a change, she joined Weight Watchers in January 2014 and began eating healthier. Surprised by how quickly her energy increased, Sue found herself moving more. Just three months later, with the encouragement and support of some athletic friends, she began training for a triathlon and then a half marathon! In her wildest dreams, Sue never imagined accomplishing these feats! The combination of healthier eating, increased movement, and a growth mindset enabled her to lose over 100lbs.

This transformation in mind, body, and spirit empowered Sue to follow her passion for helping others in new ways. Taking a huge leap of faith, she stepped out of classroom teaching to create her vision, Learning Is Contagious! LLC (an Education, Business, and Personal Development Company). As Chief Inspiration Officer, Sue combines over twenty years of teaching experience and a dash of humor with best practices in education to present engaging professional development workshops for school leaders, teachers, and business trainers. Enthusiasm and a true love for the Weight Watchers program inspired Sue to become a meeting leader, as well as, Certified Walk 15 Instructor where she encourages others to become healthier, one choice at a time. Connect with Sue on LinkedIn HERE.

Looking Down From the Top Story . . .
A Business Tale

Susan and Jessica Terzakis
Terzakis & Associates

“A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats…”
Susan-Anne Terzakis, of Terzakis & Associates, Small Business Advisory, is fiercely committed to guiding Solo & Micro Entrepreneurs on how to consistently attract their ideal client, put their marketing on autopilot, and take a no-excuses approach to creating a highly successful and meaningful business. With over 25 years of experience working with amazing clients with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve remarkable success, her mission and commitment is to empowering entrepreneurs as promoters for creating positive change in our communities. Her path became clear, at an early age, growing up in a small family owned business in historic Salem, Massachusetts, as she learned first hand the ups & downs of entrepreneurship, and where she developed her deep seeded passion for being your own boss.  Susan-Anne resides in Bedford, New Hampshire along with her husband and business partner Andy and their adult children Jessica-Leigh & Rachael-Noel.

As a child, Jessica would line up stuffed animals and dolls to play “teacher,” and she would spend hours creating lessons and preparing to teach her “students.”  As she shifted from the toy room to the classroom, Jessica continued to love everything school related.  That desire to learn and impart information led her to obtaining a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and becoming a high school English teacher. Passionate about curriculum design, Jessica found nothing more satisfying than creating a successful lesson plan that allowed all learners to master the required skills.  Now, she loves collaborating with entrepreneurs that are experts in their field and transforming their knowledge into value-packed, exciting content. To learn more about Susan and Jessica, visit their website at https://terzakisandassociates.com

Your Job Story Doesn’t Have to Be Your Sob Story . . .
Take Charge of Your Career

Sandy Demarest – Demarest Directions

Career development isn’t something that happens to us, it is a process in which we are at minimum active participants, and are ideally the drivers. Sandy will share and expand upon five tips to owning and taking charge of your career development:

  • Be Attentive to Your Personal Development
  • Commit to Skill Development- Be the Manager of Your Training Plan
  • Challenge Yourself and Take Risks
  • Build Your Network of Career Champions
  • Be Self-Accountable for Inspiration and Attitude

Get Inspiration to Walk as Career Conquerors—Purposeful, On-Course and Victorious!

Sandy can be described as a energetic, well-rounded professional with more than 25 years of experience mentoring, training and guiding professionals in a variety of workforce challenges and career coaching for more seasoned professionals as they build their strategy for a successful career change, shift or transition to retirement.  Sandy founded Demarest Directions 7 years ago, after working in a variety of organizations.

Sandy has a diverse experience in business, education and career/workforce development. Her philosophy is that one really needs to know who they are, what they value and what skills they want to use as they advance in their career and find satisfaction in their life.  Her client experience include a wide variety of industries, learning institutions, and independent workers. Her focus is on helping clients to successfully integrate their professional and personal life in an authentic way. She specializes in helping clients build their confidence by telling their stories and highlighting their greatest accomplishments. The trademark of her success, is in helping clients develop and achieve goals to be more productive in the workplace.

Sandy received her training as a Certified Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist from the Career Coach Academy. She also is a Certified Retirement Options Coach as well as a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She is an active member of the National Career Development Association focusing on the business/industry sector. Sandy is also an Ambassador at the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Manchester Area Human Resource Association. Sandy enjoys speaking at businesses and organizations on topics related to skill development, branding, career management/development, succession planning and retirement related issues. To learn more about Sandy, visit her website at www.demarestcareerdirections.com.

A Story Comes Full Circle . . .
A Serendipity Story

Kim Kett – Mom of 3, Sales Executive, Frequent Traveler, Unique Situation Magnet and “Can Find Humor in Any Situation” Woman!

Kim has had some of the most interesting life experiences, including her true 15 minutes of fame when she ended up on the same plane after SuperBowl 2015 with Gronk (and has the photo to prove it).  Kim is going to share with all of you, a story about what happened to her when she opened up to the idea of something which took one of the most negative experiences in her life and it turned into a positive.

Kim Kett is a resident of the Lakes Region, the Vice President of National Accounts for a company in Massachusetts, wife, soccer, flag football, and volleyball Mom of three school age kids, fiercely loyal friend, frequent business traveler and a heck of a story teller. Connect with Kim on LinkedIn HERE.

The Next Chapter . . .
Make Your Story an Epic Best Seller

Leslie Sturgeon – Women Inspiring Women

The story of the NH Conference for Women has come to an end until the sequel in November 2018.  As you turn the page, what is next in your life story? Will the epilogue be the same as in past years? Will the plot and characters change? Will you throw out the drafts and start fresh, deciding to write an entirely new chapter and story? Take the wisdom you gleaned from the day, girlfriends, and make YOUR STORY an epic best seller!

Hailed as one of New Hampshire’s “Outstanding Women in Business” by NH Business Review, Lakes Region native Leslie Sturgeon is a tireless leader of women in New Hampshire. Her organization, Women Inspiring Women, brings women together for empowerment, motivation, personal development, business resources, networking and a whole lot of fun. WIW is now recognized as the largest women’s group in the Granite State. Leslie is also a serial entrepreneur, having started her first business at the age of 22 – over 28 years ago! Her entire career has been spent encouraging women to identify their goals and dreams, motivating them to take bold actions and then celebrating their success – whether it is to start a business, change careers, have more meaningful relationships or live the life they have always dreamed about. It is because of this commitment, that Leslie was named as a Women in Business Champion by the NH Small Business Administration, received two Gubernatorial Citations from NH Governor John Lynch and a NH Senatorial Commendation. She sees the potential in every NH woman and gives them the tools and resources to enhance their lives. Leslie loves stepping out of her comfort zone, learning about herself and others, and journeying through life with crazy amounts of enthusiasm and optimism (and lots of coffee)! To learn more about Leslie, visit her page on this website HERE.