Writing & Presenting for Women in Business

Upgrade your emails, proposals, PowerPoints, and presentations at this 1-day conference hosted by New York area premier women’s writing organization, The International Women’s Writing Guild.

Date: September 13, 2013

Location: Edith Macy Conference Center, 550 Chappaqua Rd, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Price: $125. Includes full program, continental breakfast, and lunch. Any special offers and previously approved discounts will be handled at check-in.

For questions, contact Kristin at iwwgquestions@gmail.com


8:00 am - 9:00 am ~ Registration

Coffee and continental breakfast, chance to meet and greet

9:00 am - 10:00 am ~ Morning Warm-Up Session

Harness Your Creativity for Business Writing

Susanne Davis, Founder, Words on Fire Studio Workshop

Description: Creativity isn’t just for “creative writing.” It enhances all forms of communication. Learn how to generate creative energy in this morning bonus session full of fun, writing starters and inspiration. 

10:00 am - 10:15 am ~ Break

10:15 am - 12:15 pm ~ Main Morning Session

Keys for Better Business Writing

Ellen J. Gandt, Vice President for Sales & Marketing, Higher Education Division, Harvard Business Publishing

Description: A session/workshop devoted to providing women with strong tools and tactics to improve business communication. Beginning with a classic business strategy dilemma, participants will explore ways to express a desired message through written formats (e.g., email, slide presentations, proposals, etc.) to a variety of audiences. Through the context that successful business communication is grounded in effective persuasion, participants will engage in exercises designed to focus thinking, organize ideas, and structure writing in visually compelling ways.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm ~ Lunch

When Mentors & Fairy Godmothers Speak: Stories of Affirmation - A Playful/Powerful Lunch Break Workshop

Kelly DuMar, Playback Writing workshop facilitator

Description: In this brief workshop, we’ll share stories of encouraging words of real or imagined mentors/"fairy godmothers" who support our ideas and vision, believe in our talents and goals, and envision our success.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm ~ Afternoon Session

Stop Presenting, Start Engaging

Robyn Hatcher, CEO, Speak, Etc.

Description: This workshop is designed to help business women learn skills and techniques to help them overcome any barriers to communication that may be holding them back from success. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What you do speaks so loud, I can not hear what you say.” Robyn is passionate about helping you eliminate habits that get in the way of your being heard and giving you skills to explain and present your work so that listeners 'get it.’

Workshop will cover visual, vocal and verbal techniques needed for powerful value propositions and presentations; Participants will be introduced to Robyn’s creative techniques for designing and delivering purposeful and passion filled presentations.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm ~ Wrap up and refreshments


Susanne Davis

Susanne Davis's short stories have been published in numerous journals including: American Short Fiction, Notre Dame Review, descant, Feminist Studies, St. Petersburg Rev, Zone 3, Carve and Boston Fiction Annual Review. Her work has won awards and recognition including: Hemingway First Novel Award, American Short Fiction Contest (second place), and mention as distinguished story in Best American Short Stories series, among others. A section of her novel, GRAVITY HILL, was featured at the Boston Fiction Festival. Susanne holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She teaches creative writing at University of CT. For more information, visit: http://www.susannedavis.com/

Ellen J. Gandt

Ellen began her career teaching freshman composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of Alabama and at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.

After teaching, she first joined Houghton Mifflin Company and then Harvard Business Publishing to work in the college course materials market. In her various roles in marketing, advertising, communications, and sales, Ellen has been responsible for ensuring that companies, products, and individuals are accurately represented through creative, compelling, and convincing words and images.

Robyn Hatcher

Having been an extremely shy child, Robyn is now on a mission to help elevate the way individuals communicate. For the past 17 years, Robyn and SpeakEtc. have helped thousands of business professionals improve their presentations, conversations and interpersonal communication skills.

SpeakEtc. helps clients polish the non-verbal elements of communication–body language, gestures, vocal quality as well as the verbal–word choice, content and organization to become more powerful and engaging communicators. Her unique approach identifies and works with client’s strengths, core values, and passion.

In addition to her work with entrepreneurs, individual business professionals and corporations, Robyn is an adjunct professor at New York City’s Baruch College and The Fashion Institute of Technology, a master trainer and curriculum developer with Leadership Transformation Group, LLC; and a trainer/performer with Performance Plus, an innovative management training and employee development program whose clients include: Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Wachovia. Robyn is a member of the Writers Guild of America East, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She is also an active member of several professional organizations; Savor the Success, Ladies Who Launch, Step Up Women’s Network & New York Women in Communications and is an appointed member of Manhattan’s Community Board 5. Robyn is also an award winning professional actress and a TV and Film writer. She has appeared on TV in commercials and dramas and was recently awarded Best Actress in a Short Film at the Golden Door International Film Festival for her work in “Asbury Park.” Her voice can be heard on several radio commercials. She is a contributor to American Express Open Forum and has a book in development with Motivational Press.

Robyn uses her extensive experience to create innovative material and bring out the dynamism in every person she coaches. Her warm, humanistic approach and passion for her work encourages learners to push through their fears and into their greatness.