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 As of March 2023, we are celebrating 40 fantastic years of interacting, learning and networking with radio host Renee DiNino of The River 105.9.

We are thrilled to present our keynote speaker, renowned journalist, author, TV host, and senior advocate, Joan Lunden, plus other notable guests.

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, and has featured prominent keynote speakers including Valerie Bertinelli, Barbara Corcoran, Vanessa Williams, Suze Orman, Robin Roberts, Paula Abdul, Jane Seymour, Goldie Hawn, and Jamie Lee Curtis.




Who's Speaking in 2024

Joan Lunden – Keynote Speaker

An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, television host, and motivational speaker, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 40 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America making her the longest-running female host ever on early morning television.

Lunden continues to be one of America’s most recognized and trusted journalists which has made her a sought-after speaker for events across the country. As an ardent health & senior advocate, Lunden has testified before the Food and Drug Administration advocating mandatory mammogram reporting and the Congressional House Ways and Means Committee advocating for the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Lunden is the host of the PBS television series, Second Opinion with Joan Lunden and the Washington Post Podcast series, Caring for Tomorrow on the future of healthcare. Lunden is also the ambassador to the Poynter institute’s MediaWise for Seniors program which educates individuals over 50 on media literacy – separating fact from fiction online. Lunden recently served as a visiting professor at Lehigh University in their College of Health teaching Population Health and the Media.

One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and book covers. Lunden’s newest book, Why Did I Come into This Room: A Candid Conversation About Aging quickly became a New York Times Best Seller.

In June 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. An eternal optimist, she turned her diagnosis and subsequent cancer treatment into an opportunity to become an advocate to help others. Lunden shared her battle against breast cancer in her book Had I Known.

Lunden continues to interact with American’s daily on her website, Joanlunden.com as well as her social media platforms. Lunden has served as a national spokesperson for various organizations such as the American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Lung Association, American Red Cross, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman.

Kymberli Speight

Kymberli Speight

Motivational Speaker

Kymberli Speight – Motivational Speaker

Kymberli Speight believes in enhancing your personal brand to reach your target audience. She is an author, professional speaker and workshop facilitator. She wrote the book I Need To Know You: How to Meet Ordinary Extraordinary People and Improve Your Life where she shares her original research on networking.

Kymberli knows people do business with, promote, and work well with people they know, like, and trust, but first, you must become known. She also believes that people’s stories play a powerful role in changing the lives of others. Everyone, not just celebrities, has a story worth being told. She regularly speaks to audiences about networking: becoming more known, becoming more likable and building trust.

Robyn Greenspan, MS

Robyn Greenspan, MS is a skilled wordsmith with the soul of a journalist, the mind of a marketer, and the heart of a storyteller.

Throughout her career as a university professor, corporate content strategist, and presentation coach, Robyn is dedicated to creating intellectually stimulating and innovative learning environments. With an unwavering commitment to creativity and performance development, Robyn utilizes a diverse portfolio of proven frameworks and engaging exercises to meet people where they are, discover their unique voices, and uncover their innate innovation.

Robyn is the author of the workbook, “Dopamine Hacks: How to Mind Shift and Mood Lift Your Way to Motivation,” now available on Amazon. Dopamine Hacks is a collection of activities intentionally designed to stimulate imagination, foster positive self-reflection, boost inner confidence, and rekindle pleasant memories. This powerful feel-good combination kickstarts the brain’s “happiness hormone” – dopamine – enabling a mind shift and mood lift that drives motivation.

Renee DiNino

Renee DiNino

Your Host

Renee DiNino – Your Host

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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