Keynote Speakers:

Claire Shipman

Claire Shipman serves as senior national correspondent and anchor for ABC News’ Good Morning America. She also contributes to ABC World News and This Week.

She is the co-author, with Katty Kay, of The New York Times best-seller, Womenomics: The Workplace Revolution That Will Change Your Life (2009). The book addresses how today’s women’s management style is ideally suited for the 21st century business world as it produces more profitable companies with happier employees. They also discuss how women can use this power to get what they really want – more time and freedom in their jobs without falling off the professional ladder.

Prior to joining ABC News in 2001, Shipman served as White House correspondent for NBC News where she regularly reported on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News and the Today show. Through her on-the-ground reporting during the 2000 presidential campaign, Shipman broke many big election stories. On the Today show, she conducted the first televised interview with then Vice President Al Gore in the wake of his campaign finance troubles. She was the first to report that Gore would name Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate and in December 2000, she was the first to report on the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to allow a recount of contested ballots.

Before moving to NBC News, Shipman worked at CNN for a decade. During that time she gained widespread recognition for her White House press coverage. Shipman also spent five years at CNN’s Moscow bureau, where she won international praise for her coverage of Boris Yeltsin’s 1993 assault on the Russian parliament building.

Shipman’s Moscow reporting helped CNN earn a National Headliners Award and her coverage of the aborted Soviet coup and 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union won the network a coveted Peabody Award. She also received a DuPont Award and an Emmy as one of the key contributors to CNN’s coverage of the 1989 Tienanmen Square student uprising, as well as a DuPont Award for CNN’s coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Jay Carney, who serves as White House Press Secretary for the Obama Administration, and their children.

Sarah Michel

Sarah Michel is a networking expert. She works with companies and organizations who want to grow the networth of their people by learning how to expand their network.

She is president of her own speaking, training and consulting firm, Perfecting Connecting, headquartered in Colorado Springs since 1997 and a Michigan native who graduated from Central Michigan University in 1984.

Sarah is MBTI certified and earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association, which only 10% of all professional speakers achieve in 2007 and served as a national director on their board. Sarah’s first book, Perfecting Connecting, Learning to Speak the Language of Others; A Personal Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace was published by Telos in 2005 and her stories and articles have been printed in numerous books and national journals.

Featured Speakers:

Joyce A. Parker
The City of Ecorse – Recovery Plan

Joyce A. Parker is an ICMA credentialed manager and has worked in city management in several communities in the State of Michigan and Illinois. She has worked as a City Manager, Assistant City Manager or Township Manager for Jackson, Saginaw, Inkster and Buena Vista Charter Township in Michigan. She has also served as a City Manager for Elgin, Illinois.

In this capacity, Ms. Parker developed and managed budgets up to $250 million and organizations up to 800 employees. Under her leadership, and with the cooperation of city government and the community, these suburban and urban cities experienced rapid growth and development.

Joyce Parker is currently the President and CEO of the Municipal Group. The Group provides consulting services such as organizational assessments, recruitment, community and economic development, and personnel and interim staff services.

She is currently a State appointed Emergency Manager for the City of Ecorse, Michigan. Ms. Parker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.

She is a member of such clubs and organizations as the Business Professional Women’s Club, Michigan Local Government Management Association, and the International City County Management Association. Joyce Parker is also the recipient of several awards including the Susan B. Anthony Award for YMCA and the Spirit of Saginaw Award from the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Diana Bitner
Healthy Aging in an Unhealthy World

Diana Bitner MD, NCMP is a expert in women’s health and healthy aging. She is a practicing OB/Gyn Physician with 20 years experience and has become a certified menopause specialist to bring the latest in science to patient care. Her goal is to reach women however she can, through office-and hospital based care as well as speaking to large audiences, written articles, and on XM radio as a “Regular Broad” with Molly and Christine on XM107. Her goal is to have women age with health and vitality, empowered to make their best choices and live the life they, their family, and workplace deserve.