For 40 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 2023, we are celebrating 40 fantastic years of interacting, learning and networking with host Renee DiNino of The River 105.9.
We are thrilled to be bringing you keynote speaker fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, and much more 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, Vanessa Williams, Suze Orman, Robin Roberts, Paula Abdul, Jane Seymour, Goldie Hawn, and Jamie Lee Curtis.



Who’s Speaking

Keynote and Motivational Speakers

Rebecca Minkoff – Keynote Speaker

Rebecca Minkoff is an industry leader in luxury handbags, accessories, footwear, and apparel, all featuring modern bohemian designs. After developing an affinity for design while in the costume department in high school, Minkoff moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. In 2001, she developed a version of the “I Love New York” t-shirt which appeared on the Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation. In 2005, Minkoff designed her first handbag, which she dubbed the “Morning After Bag.” This iconic bag ignited her career as a handbag designer and inspired the brand’s expansion into a lifestyle brand in the years to come.

Tami Evans

Tami Evans

Motivational Speaker

Tami Evans – Motivational Speaker

Engaging, entertaining and energizing, Tami Evans creates an unforgettable experience for audiences. With focus on a variety of topics around leadership, employee engagement, client connection and culture strategy with a direct link back to retention, productivity and profitability, Tami’s presentations are content-rich, interactive and filled with her relatable and relevant humor.  She believes if attendees are laughing, they are listening, and if they are listening, they are learning.

Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

An international speaker, Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville has brought her message through keynote events, TEDx, radio, and TV into nine countries. Her messages of leadership, transformation, change management, and the need for risk and growth, inspire, motivate, and drive her audiences to action.

As the founder of 4 companies Dr. Dorothy, with a PhD in Psychology, brings experience, wisdom, and humor as only someone who has walked the walk can do. In addition, she offers pragmatic tools for change, problem solving, and growth leaving her audiences laughing, inspired, and ready to create change within themselves and their company as soon as they leave the auditorium.

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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