KeyNote Speaker

Mary Molina


President, Lola Snacks

I created Lola Bar in my kitchen during a time when my family was

receiving food assistance. We needed snacks that were healthy but packed

with goodness for after school sports, mid day work snacks, and weekend

hiking.  With 4 kids and a husband to feed, I had to improvise, and so I

grabbed what I had on hand and made "better for you" protein bars with

clean simple ingredients.  I named each flavor after my  awesome

children; Lola, Ruby, Ellie, Enzo and nephew Nathan. We have expanded

our product line to include the first shelf stable Vegan Protein +

Probiotic Bar and LOLA BARS are found across the United States in

retailers like CVS and Target

Debra Pearlman


Sell With Ease: Step Into Your Professional Greatness

Guest speaker Debra Pearlman will discuss handshakes, relationship building, and effective and value driven elevator pitches. Attendees will discover techniques for shifting your energy to achieve your next level of professionalism and profitability. Attendees will gain insight into the Success Mindset.

Learn revenue generating and cost effective marketing, sales and customer service strategies to incorporate on a consistent basis, ensuring a sustainable and profitable business model. This promises to be a thought provoking and invaluable workshop that

shouldn't be missed.

·  Shift your energy - prepare to receive

·  Strategize to gain the highest ROI from marketing, sales, and customer service efforts

·  Develop methodologies for identifying key customers as well as target &niche markets

·  Connecting Your Value Propositions to Your Perfect Elevator Pitch

·  Create best practices to attract and engage ideal customers

·  Design an action plan for maintaining a strong key customer base and loyal business relationships.


Debra Pearlman has been voted one of the Hudson Valley's leading women entrepreneurs. As the president and CEO of Hudson Valley Sales Training, LLC., she has advised, consulted, trained, and coached clients ranging from start-ups to organizations generating annual sales revenues upwards of $600 million. She is also the creator of the S.H.A.R.P. Sales Training Program, which breaks down, examines, and teaches how to execute every step of a successful and sustainable sales and customer service process. Learn more at

Margaret M. Carey


Saving Money with Strategic Storytelling and Social Media

You don't have to spend a fortune to promote your business. Media outlets are always looking for a good story to share with their readers. Margaret will help you identify what is newsworthy about your business to create a strategically written story to share with local media outlets and social media resources. Learn how to write a press release, utilize keywords to improve search engine hits, and leverage free promotional opportunities on social media.  She will also share insights on using Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to tell your story.


Margaret Carey is the founder of Master It Media LLC and the editor of 5 HamletHub editions. She has a BS in Computer Science with over  35 years of experience in Information Technology including 10 years in Public Relations. She has built relationships with local editors and media outlets to place her clients' press releases in the right hands.  In addition to public relations, Margaret provides computer consultation services and is a partner with the visual project management tool, Margaret works with businesses to strategically manage their technology by performing a detailed analysis to learn about your business and your style to match you with the best solution.

Patricia M. Mulligan, Esq.


Success in Business: Legal & Empowerment Tools to Get You There

Patricia M. Mulligan, Esq., attorney & women’s advocate, business owner and empowerment enthusiast, will explore the challenges unique to women business owners and leaders and discuss strategies to overcome them. Not only do women confront the challenges of sexual harassment in the workplace and gross pay inequities, we also do so as we navigate personal growth: finding our voice, overcoming self-imposed limits, and learning to hold the floor when we speak. Join us for a discussion of “How We Thrive.”


Patricia M. Mulligan is a labor & employment attorney with over 25 years of experience representing both employers and employees in the private and public sector. Ms. Mulligan is a trusted advisor to small and medium-sized businesses, addressing their unique, employment-related needs and offering compliance review and advice aimed at avoiding scrutiny and/or litigation under applicable labor and employment laws.

Law Offices of Patricia M. Mulligan

120 Bloomingdale Rd, Ste 100

White Plains, NY 10605

(914) 328-3300

Consultations and client meetings also available in Mahopac and Yorktown Heights 

Jeffrey A.  Jankowski


What are your numbers saying about your business?

Jeff will be discussing how to use your financials to make the best business decisions. This will include the essentials of financial management. 


Jeff is currently a Certified Small Business Mentor for SCORE. He was a Treasurer of a Fortune 1000 corporation and Treasurer and Credit Manager for subsidiaries of multinational companies with sales in the billions of dollars. B.A. Parsons College in Business Administration and Economics. He is a past board member of the Association of Financial Professionals. Current Advisory Board member of the Putnam/Westchester Boy Scouts of America, past Treasurer of the Yorktown Chamber Of Commerce and current member of Board of Directors of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. Vice Chairman ANSI X-12 committee for the development of national financial data transmissions standards between banks and corporations and also between corporations.

Maria L. Sciuto


Lunch and The Art of Networking

Meet fellow attendees and begin new relationships during lunch. Maria will be sharing practical knowledge and tips  on how to network effectively. 


Maria L. Sciuto is a licensed Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) professional with over 20 years experience in financial services.  She is the Private Client Manager and Staff Planner for Compass Asset Management Group in Newburgh, New York.  Maria provides her clients with financial strategies to help them achieve their dreams.  An avid networker, Maria enjoys connecting people.  She can be reached via email and 845-670-8406.


Cynthia Marsh-Croll, Moderator


Cynthia Marsh-Croll is the Program Director Mid-Hudson of the Women’s Enterprise Development Center’s Poughkeepsie location. Ms. Marsh-Croll has numerous programs that provide services to businesses in Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties. Ms. Marsh-Croll is the founder of Croll Productive Synergy which has provided operation business consulting and training for over a decade as well as Program Manager for a previous Entrepreneurial Assistance Program center. She has experience in a variety of industries and working with businesses of all sizes. As a result, Cynthia has significant experience training and counseling small business owners and entrepreneurs. Ms. Marsh-Croll has a BS in Management Science as well as a Lean Office Certification through the University of Michigan.

Chereese Jervis-Hill, CEO & Founder Events To Remember


Chereese Jervis-Hill has over two decades of event management and promotion experience, an accomplished event manager and public relations professional with drive, vision, and fresh ideas. Chereese founded
Events To Remember (ETR) in April 2004; ETR is a full-service event management & public relations firm located in Mount Kisco, New York, specializing in conceptualizing, organizing, managing, marketing and publicizing events and experiences for corporate, not-for-profits, municipalities and entrepreneurs to help them tell their story.  

Among her many awards, Chereese was named a Leading Businesswomen from 914INC. Magazine (Westchester Magazine)

Chereese also sits on the Board of Directors for Westchester County’s African American Advisory Board, serving as the Housing Chair. The African American Advisory Boards role is to develop and recommend effective policies, legislation, and services to eliminate discrimination and improve opportunities for African-Americans and their families living in Westchester County. Chereese was raised in the Bronx, NY and attended Fordham University. She resides in Northern Westchester with her husband Arnold, two daughters Chyna and Cayci, and their cute little Terrier named Mugsy.   

Judy Annunziata, Owner of Edible Arrangements of the Hudson Valley


Judy Annunziata is the owner of Edible Arrangements of the Hudson Valley.  With stores in Newburgh, Middletown, Monroe and Kingston, Judy has been in business since 2006 and has always lived by one moto, “love what you do.” She has been the recipient to some notable accolades such as the Orange County’s Rising Star award, Movers and Shakers 40 Under 40, as well as the Pineapple Star of the Northeast Region; a prestigious award given by Edible Arrangement International. 

In addition to Edible Arrangements, Judy has made her community and all surrounding communities her top priority.  She is an active board member of the YMCA in Middletown/Monroe, Vice-President of the BNI chapter of Monroe, a member to multiple chambers chapters within the Hudson Valley as well as a board member at the Cornerstone Misonic Historical Society in Monroe.  In addition, Judy is also very involved in the many charities such as leading a group for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Hudson Valley, St. Jude’s Radiothon and American Heart Association with Thunder 102, Strong Kids with the YMCA, Renegade’s Pitch for Kids.

After graduating Marist College with a degree political science and paralegal and prior to opening Edible Arrangements, Judy was a partner at Umberto’s Restaurant as well as the Keneth Roher Salon.  

Pamela Resch, Executive Chef and Proprietor of Pamela’s on the Hudson


Pamela has been in the restaurant service industry for 45 years and has

been a business owner for 32. She is passionate about people, cuisine, travel and creating special memories. She has 4 adult children and 1 grandchild who along with her community

she is also very passionate about. Originally from Bergan County New Jersey the Hudson Valley has been her home for 32 years.

Pamela R. Resch

Executive Chef/ Proprietor

Pamela’s on the Hudson

Pamela’s Traveling Feast

1 Park Pl. Newburgh, NY 12550


Andrea Cane, CEO Color My Worlds, LLC

Andrea Cane, CEO
Color My Worlds, LLC


Andrea Cane is the Founder and CEO of Color My Worlds, a company founded in 2016 that aims to inspire creativity and the love of outdoors.  

Andrea is responsible for developing, manufacturing and marketing a top selling children’s product that has flourished into a successful international brand. Andrea’s business was started at her kitchen table and is now featured as one of Amazon’s preferred brands.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta and holds a Paralegal Certificate from Mercy College.

Andrea is a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs Tory Burch Women in Business Program. Andrea resides in Northern Westchester with her husband and three children.