A Women’s Conference

woman-running-with-ribbonsHear memorable speakers and sample subjects of interest all in one day.
Nourish your intellect, satisfy your appetite and tickle your funny bone

Fri, Apr 21, 9:00 am-2:30 pm
Fee and Code: $75, XWOMN 202 Includes morning coffee and lunch.

To register, call 732-224-2315

Featured Conference Speakers

EMME Aronson

Curvy & Confident

Melissa “EMME” Aronson is the iconic, world’s first plus-size supermodel. EMME is often consulted and interviewed in the media on eating disorders and body image, fashion trends and model diversity, as well as surviving cancer and women’s health. She has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, Entertainment Tonight and more. Her work has received national and international praise from the NY Times, People Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and Time Magazine, among many others.

She has twice been selected to People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and Ladies’ Home Journal chose her as one of the “Most Important Women in America” and one of the “Most Fascinating Women of the Year.” Her message is clear – to awaken the inner magnificence inherent in each of us, to be whole. She is the first model invited to speak before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. with a mission to increase public awareness of eating and body image disorders.

Robin Fox

The Mother Of All Comedians

Professional stand-up comedian Robin Fox spent 17 years as a New Jersey stay-at-home mom. This “Real Housewife”, the funniest lady at the PTO and bus stop, found the courage to move her act from the cul-de-sac to the comedy stage. Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of dieting, her 27-year marriage to Wolfie, raising children, aging parents and life in suburbia. Robin is a regular on the comedy club circuit in New York City and the surrounding NY-NJ-PA region. She is the 2010 Grand Prize winner of the 11th Annual Gilda’s Club Laugh-off and was host of the 2011 Lucie Awards at Lincoln Center.



A. Regret by Kate Chopin

Dilles Pilevsky, English and history instructor
Kate Chopin is considered a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. She offers bold insights into the inner lives of women. Regret beautifully and poignantly depicts ideas of choice, responsibility, gender, isolation, independence and ultimately, regret. Join Dillies for a stimulating discussion connecting the author, the story and ourselves.

Click here for PDF of the story Regret.

B. Color Your World

Gina Torello, MFA, adjunct professor, Brookdale & Monmouth University
Experience a fun and revealing exploration of the deep-rooted meaning behind color. Learn about the expressive nature of color and create a mixed media masterpiece that reflects the uniqueness of you. Get in touch with your inner muse.

C. Things Are Looking Up – Understanding Astrology

Dawn Dittmar, attorney at law, astrology enthusiast
Since ancient times, the night sky has inspired a sense of wonder and imagination. Discover why so many great women (and men) have spent their lives in pursuit of astrological wisdom. This year’s workshop will focus on women’s special connection to Venus. Unearth what the celestial bodies are saying to you.

D. Qigong For Good Health

Maxine Forster Guenther, MA, Certified Instructor of Integral Qigong
Qigong is an ancient Chinese healthcare practice that integrates gentle movement, breath, and focused intention. It can help reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and affect the immune system in positive ways. It’s fun, easy to learn, and welcomes students at all levels of ability.

E. Calling All Chocolate Lovers – Cocoa 101

2 Chicks With Chocolate
“Chocolate is to women what duct tape is to men – it fixes everything.” Looking to become a chocolate aficionado? Learn the history of chocolate, indulge in a unique tasting, and roll truffles. No sweeter way to start your day. Seating is limited.

F. All The World’s A Stage – Theatre Games & Script Writing

Dominique Cieri, playwright, teaching artist
For anyone who has played with the idea of acting or script writing, here’s the perfect opportunity to explore in a fun and safe environment. Play theater games, using Vila Spolin techniques to create character, setting, and conflict. Practice thinking on your feet and gain new insight into scene writing and monologues.

G. Life Is Like A Sales Call

Diane Ciotta, motivational speaker, author of “Shut-up & Sell!”
With humor, warmth and a bit of Jersey sarcasm, Diane will share common sense principles that instill confidence and get results. When trying to influence others, learn to think of life as a sales call and increase your odds of personal victories.



H. Trusting Your Gut: An Exploration Of Intuition

Martin McDermott, MA, faculty/author, Brookdale Community College
Do you trust your gut? Intuition has guided many – from Lincoln to Einstein to Mother Teresa. Learn about the science and psychology behind intuition. This workshop combines research-based presentations with hands-on exercises and practical tips for applying this powerful tool to key areas of life.

I. Queen Of The Flowers – Her Majesty, The Rose

Molly Gearty, horticulturist
Explore the history, cultivation and earth friendly care of the rose. Discover how to choose old Garden Roses that thrive in our climate. Learn about some of Molly’s favorite roses- the ones she grew to know and love while managing Descanso Garden’s five-acre historic rosarium.

J. Sing Out Loud & Proud

Cynthia Balme, professional singer, choral director, adjunct professor of voice
When invited to join a chorus, the typical response is, “You wouldn’t want me! I can’t sing.” Take the mystery out of the process of singing. Through correcting our internal body maps and learning a few simple concepts, you’ll leave this workshop having found your voice.

K. Life: One Conversation At A Time

Jaime Turner, M.Ed PCC, author of Less Stress Business
Talking is easy. Knowing what to say, how to say it and whether to speak up can be tricky. Learn tools that can reduce stress around difficult conversations. Explore the pitfalls that lead to misunderstandings and discover practices that result in clearer communication.

L. On Your Side: Consumer Rights

Annmarie DeVito, director, Monmouth County Consumer Affairs
Gain an overview of the many workings of the Monmouth County division of Consumer Affairs. Join Annmarie for a conversation about scams, senior fraud, and the best way to protect you and your family.

M. The Golden Age Of Long Branch New Jersey

Sharon Hazard, New Jersey-based author/researcher
Long before reality television invaded the Jersey Shore, presidents, business tycoons and vacationers visited Long Branch, the beautiful city by the sea. Sharon will share tales of the famous and fascinating people who summered at the shore from Mary Todd Lincoln to President Ulysses Grant.