For 39 years, the Business Women’s Forum (BWF) has been known as the largest, longest running full-day annual in-person conference for women in Connecticut. In March 2022, we are coming back together in person and online to interact, learn and network with host Renee DiNino of The River 105.9. We will continue to deliver the valuable and engaging content that attendees have come to expect whether you attend in person or online, in your home or office.

We are thrilled to be bringing you sessions this year with keynote speaker Vanessa Williams and award-winning speaker Christine Cashen, plus other engaging content.

In addition to providing attendees access to phenomenal speakers, networking opportunities and diverse training, the Forum has supplied in excess of $200,000 in scholarships to female college students pursuing a business degree during our long history. Prominent keynote speakers throughout our long history include Valerie Bertinelli, Barbara Corcoran, Suze Orman, Robin Roberts, Paula Abdul, Jane Seymour, Goldie Hawn, and Jamie Lee Curtis.



Renee DiNino

 Your Host, iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino



11:00 a.m. In-person registration

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:15 p.m. Program begins for both in-person and on-line

12:30 p.m. Motivational Speaker Christine Cashen “How to Stay Inspired When You’re So Darn Tired”


1:45 p.m. Julia Ford-Carther “Improving Team Communications Through EQ”

2:35 p.m. Susan Rietano Davey and Kelley Biskupiak of Prepare to Launch, LLC, “Strategies to Survive and Thrive in the Modern Workplace”


3:35 p.m. Keynote Speaker Vanessa Williams

4:35 p.m. In-person raffle and door prizes

Who’s Speaking

Keynote and Motivational Speakers

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Keynote Speaker

Vanessa Williams – Virtual Keynote Speaker

Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards.

Christine Cashen

Christine Cashen

Motivational Speaker

Christine Cashen – Motivational Speaker

Christine delivers a fast-paced, uproarious program brimming with memorable quips and relevant content that helps audiences spark new and innovative ideas, manage conflict, reduce stress, energize employees, and create a happier more productive workplace. Author of the award-winning books, THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness and It’s YOUR Business: Good Stuff for Your Personal, Professional, and Funny Business, Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Adult Education.

Renee DiNino

Renee DiNino

Your Host

Your Host – Renee DiNino

Renee DiNino is the Director of Community Affairs & On-Air Programming for iHeartMedia in Connecticut, the midday host on The River 105.9 and host of an hour-long syndicated talk show on all 10 CT iHeartRadio stations.

Community Access features community-minded individuals, organizations, and community leaders giving a voice to non-profits and groups and helping to generate community buzz and promote positivity every Sunday on iHeartCommunities Radio.

You can hear her weekly syndicated talk show on these stations: The River 105.9, Country 92.5, Kiss 95.7, KC101, 97-9 ESPN Radio, 960 WELI News Talk Radio, News Radio 1410 WPOP Am, The Beat 100.9, 100.9 FM- Hartford & ESPN RADIO 1300.

The Agenda

Dynamic Speakers and Engaging Digital Content

From 1 PM-5 PM hear from our amazing speakers:

Valerie Bertinelli  – Taking it One Day at a Time

Amanda Gore – Re-Set: How to Stay Sane in Crazy Times

Debbie Fay – Changing Times, Changing Communication

Leading Edge Coaches – Stress, Resilience & Change


PLUS! Giveaways, Scholarships, Fun and more!

Sponsorship has its privileges! View our event sponsorship opportunities!

What Attendees Say

Pamela, Easterseals

Even though we were apart, it felt like we were a part of something big!! The speakers were awesome!

Sue, Republican American

Especially after every event, I find myself implementing strategies that I took away to develop better leadership and management skills and focus on creating positive workplaces.

Kathleen, Oppenheimer

It was intimate. The Forum always has amazing speakers, but this year it felt like they were speaking to me directly.

Heather, The Village at East Farms

It was just the right length, with the right combination of keynote speakers and workshops. Giveaways were great too!

Brenda, 2020 Attendee

The presentations were so relevant to what we are all experiencing during these trying times.

Lisa, Post University

All of the presenters were fantastic; I took away a lot of useful information from each!

Theresa, Down to Earth LLC

The energy that everyone brought to the event was inspirational. It felt sincere.

Robin, Eversource Energy

It flowed extremely well. I never felt like I needed to leave.

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Event FAQS

Information you need to know about the event

Will Vanessa Williams be in person?

Vanessa Williams will be joining us virtually, but will be able to hear questions from our in-person host, Renee DiNino of iHeartRadio.

Will the other speakers be in person?

Yes! Our other speakers will be there to get us motivated, help us learn, and remain “Ever Resilient.”

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