Women’s Conference

2018 Women's Conference

Hear memorable speakers and sample subjects of interest all in one day.
Nourish your intellect, satisfy your appetite and put a song in your heart!

Fri, Apr 20, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Fee and Code: $75, XWOMN 202 Includes morning coffee and hot buffet lunch

To register, call 732-224-2315


The Young And The Restless – In An Age of Global Transition

Laura Neitzel, PhD, Academic Director, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

What does it mean to be ‘young’ today? Approximately a quarter of humanity – almost 2 billion people –  are between the ages of 15 and 29. And the vast majority are from the developing world. Today’s young become adults as the world confronts fundamental changes in the geo-political order, in the nature and future of work, and in the ways we connect with each other, engage politically, and define identity.

Dr Laura Neitzel will discuss the historical emergence of the concept of youth. How has “being young” changed in our culture and others? Is youth prolonged, or abbreviated, by a rapidly changing world? She will consider the unique challenges and opportunities our current age of globalization has created for youth in both developed and developing nations, and what this means to us all, regardless of age.

vocalist Cynthia BalmeSongs In The Key Of Health And Happiness

Cynthia Springsteen-Balme
is a professional soprano who
has performed leading operatic
roles, to critical acclaim, from
Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center.

Ms Springsteen-Balme will help us improve our health, our moods, and our voices!

Want to reduce stress and muscle tensions and boost your mental alertness, circulation, immune system, and heart health? Sing it!! Our fun and spirited group demonstration will remove the mystery from learning to sing. Building from sounds we make every day in speech, we will expand our range with a few simple techniques and begin singing a happy song!


10:45 – noon

(Choose one from A-G)

A.  “If I Were A Man” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Dillies Pilevsky, English and history instructor
Is the grass really greener on the other side? Join an insightful exploration of gender, change, social norms and perspective. (Short story will be emailed at time of registration)

B.   Troublesome Irish Women
Henry McNally, Irish historian
Exactly one hundred years ago, a small group of Irish women heroically reclaimed their long lost heritage of equality to men, secured the right to vote, and became the driving force in securing an Irish Republic. Hear the story of a few of those troublesome women.

C.    Everyday Qigong (welcomes all levels of ability)
Maxine Forster Guenther, MA, certified instructor of Integral Qigong
An ancient Chinese healthcare practice integrating gentle movement, breath, and focused intention, Qigong is fun, easy to learn and welcomes all levels of ability. It can help reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and boost the immune system.

D.   Is Today’s Modern Women Yesterday’s Renaissance Man?
Gina Torello MFA, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College, Professional Artist, Owner of Lightscapes Studio LLC “Paint Abroad”
Take a look back at the history and culture of the Renaissance Art movement and explore the many ways it can be connected to the women’s movements of today.  Have the many roles taken on by women created a “Feminist Renaissance?”   Do we finally know how powerful we are?

E.    Behave Yourself! How Do Behavior Styles Affect Communication?
Diane Ciotta, motivational speaker, author of “Shut-up & Sell”
A fun and interactive focus on four behavior styles…Talker, Doer, Supporter & Controller. Gain a better understanding of yourself while learning to better communicate with others.

F.    Everyone Loves Chocolate – Cocoa 101
2 Chicks With Chocolate

Become a chocolate aficionado. Learn the history of chocolate, indulge in a unique tasting and roll truffles. (Seating is limited)

G.  Musics of the World
Jasmine Henry, BM, MM, music Instructor, Brookdale Community College
How is that every society around the world has some form of music? Music is used for expression, celebration, and communication in diverse populations and cultures. Join an engaging and participatory exploration of why and how people around the world make music.

1:45-3 pm

(Chose One From H-N)

A.   Confessional Poet, Ann Sexton: A Retrospective
Dr. Carl Calendar; Dean, Humanities Institute
“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” – Ann Sexton
Join English scholar, Dr. Carl Calendar for an insightful look at the great female poet of the 1960’s and 70’s

B.   From East To West: Buddhism Now!
Cheryl Bartholomew, Ph.D., psychotherapist, adjunct professor, Monmouth University, professor emerita, George Mason University
Can awakening, happiness, and joy be found by embracing the teachings of Eastern thought? How are women shaping, awakening us, and redefining our culture by bringing Eastern practices to the Western world?

C.    Courageous Women Of The American Civil War
Cliff Whitehead, Civil War historian
No vote, no access to political discourse, or influence on the wage of battle and still many helped change the course of history.  Discover unsung heroines of the Civil War Era.

D.   Dancing With The Stars – A Next Step In Astrology
Dawn Dittmar, attorney at law, astrology enthusiast
Since ancient times the night’s sky has inspired a sense of wonder and imagination.  Unearth astrological techniques to benefit everyday non-astrologers.

E.    A Perfect Pick: Gifts From The Garden
Molly Gearty, horticulturist
Experience the pleasure of selecting blooms from one’s own garden to create unique and beautiful bouquets to keep in your home or give away. Learn how to create a garden that provides flowers for cutting from Spring through Fall.

F.    JourneyDance™ – Empowered Spirit, Embodied Soul
Laura Clark, certified JourneyDance™ facilitator
JourneyDance ™ is a Transformational Movement practice, an expressive mind, body, emotional integration technique used to heal from the inside out.  It’s not about learning steps, its about revealing, recovering and re-discovering your natural intuitive movement. Let music be your medicine and movement heal your soul.

G.   The Art Of Grace
Barbara Burke, Brookdale adjunct research writing instructor
What made stars like Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Gleason (yes, Jackie Gleason!) so graceful and charming?  Do today’s celebrities have it? Based on the book, The Art of Grace by Sarah L. Kaufman, we’ll share, we’ll learn and we’ll laugh, as we develop some of that lovely grace for ourselves.


9:30 – 9:45 am: Registration & Welcome

9:45 – 10:30 am: Laura Neitzel – The Young & The Restless

10:45 am -noon: Workshops A-G

Noon-1 pm:  Lunch, Student Life Center

1 – 1:45 pm: Cynthia Springsteen-Balme – Songs In The Key Of Health & Happiness

1:45 – 3 pm: Workshops H-N