Sept. 28 – 29, 2018
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
8:15 am to 12:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
2344 Center St, Bethlehem, PA | Lehigh Valley
$79.00 A person
Register by August 15, 2018 and receive $15.00 off
SHE Leads Conference Description
SHE Leads is a training event to help women understand and implement their passions and exemplifying a servant leader’s attitude with those they equip to carry out a shared vision. Through sessions led by a panel of seasoned women leaders, you will explore techniques of leadership to better equip you for serving Christ in your church, community, ministry, and marketplace. In addition, they will encourage, inspire and help you move out with confidence. SHE Leads is in their 6th year of building into women’s lives with passion and you will walk away encourage to step out with a desire to impact the lives of others.
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If you have questions, please call, 610-216-2730
Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration for a 50% refund up until 60 days prior to the event date.
Hotel Accommodation: TBD
2018 Keynote Speakers
Jessie Seneca is the founder of More of Him Ministries and SHE Leads Conference. She has been leading women in the local community and churches for over 25 years. She also works with LifeWay as their Northeast Simulcast Specialist and a frequent YOU Lead presenter. She enjoys seeing women get into the Word of God and the transformation it brings into their lives. Jessie has also shared her ministry with women throughout the US and Canada. Through God’s Word, Jessie shares what true leadership looks like along with practical teachings from her personal experiences.
Her message inspires women to move into a whole-hearted lifestyle, one devoted fully to God. Jessie’s passion and wisdom is to use the gifts God has given her to speak into the lives of her listeners and readers through her Bible studies, The Secret is Out, Joseph, A Life Of Rejection, Resilience and Respect and her books, Road Trip & Friendship, Sisters for a Journey. She is a wife and mother of two adult daughters.
Anne Baum is the Lehigh Valley executive and vice president, distribution channels and labor relations for Capital BlueCross. In this capacity, she is the senior leader in the Capital BlueCross Lehigh Valley office. She also leads the network of over 5500 producers and is responsible for the plan’s organized labor customers. Since joining the company in January 2010, Ms. Baum has been involved with strategic planning, operations, partnership development, community relations, corporate giving, sales, and account management throughout Capital BlueCross’ eastern service area. Ms. Baum is a member of the boards and executive committees of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, LVIP, Iron Pigs Charities, and Northampton Community College Foundation. She serves on the Lehigh University Health Systems Engineering Industry Advisory Council, and the Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative. Anne earned her BS in Biology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL and her MS in Health Systems Management from Rush University, Chicago, IL. She is certified by the Protocol School of Washington as a protocol and etiquette consultant.
Meet our Team
All the Single Ladies, Bridging the Generation Gap, Building a T.E.A.M – Identifying and Enlisting Leaders, Counseling 101, Enjoying Solitude with Jesus, Jealousy Trap, Leading Volunteers, Leading Like the Ladies in the Bible, Leading through the Storm, Ordinary to Extraordinary: Becoming the Leader You Long to Be, Overcoming “Spiritual”
Meet our Team
Verna Bowman has had the privilege in serving in women’s ministry for over twenty-five years. Various roles include leading Bible studies, mentoring women of all ages, developing ministries and coordinating events. She is an inspirational speaker and author of two books, Crumbs Along the Broken Path and Gathering, Seeds of Encouragement. Verna’s heart is to encourage women to seek a deeper relationship with Jesus through the truth of his Word. She is a recent widow, mother of four and grandmother to five and works as a medical secretary and patient advocate. You may visit her blog, Encouraging Women One Story at a Time at www.vernabowman.com
Heather Evans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private counseling practice in Coopersburg, PA. She has over 15 years experience providing individual, marriage and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, nonprofit and residential settings. She has extensive training and experience with women’s issues, particularly sexual trauma. Her training includes sex trafficking and aftercare of its victims, as well as global trauma healing. Heather is Co-founder and Chair of Aftercare Team of VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking) Coalition in the Lehigh Valley, PA. Heather also serves as Clinical Adviser to the Truth Home, a therapeutic home for women with a history of sexual exploitation. In 2013, Heather received the Allied Professional Award from Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley for outstanding commitment to victims’ services. Heather has also traveled internationally with the goal of partnering with and training trauma healing caregivers. She loves spending time with family and her husband, Mark, of 14 years. Learn more about Heather at www.heatherevansonline.com
Author, Speaker, Singer – Michele Giletto has over 25 years of leadership experience encouraging and leading others through music, speaking and prayer ministry. After a series of life events and hardships, Michele was counseled to “get into and stay in the Word of God.” When she did, her eyes were opened and she received a hunger and thirst for God’s Word that she had never experienced before. Everything she does is focused on moving women from routine religion to finding life-giving faith. Founder of CatholicWomenGathering.com and Gathered in Grace Prayer Ministries, Michele leads an online ministry taking women of all faiths through the Bible. She has written several Bible studies including, Discover Yourself in the Women of the Bible and has co-authored the “Go Deeper” online Bible study with Christian author and speaker, Deborah Lovett. Michele balances her writing and speaking ministry while working as the Network Director of Women’s Imaging for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She resides in Whitehall, PA with her husband, two teenage children, and the vivacious miniature poodle Maggie. To learn more about Michele visit www.MicheleGiletto.com
Sally Hall has a proven track record of results-oriented leadership. She owned and operated a specialty boutique before the Lord called her into full-time ministry. She founded Truth for Women, which networked with 100s of churches in the Lehigh Valley and promoted and hosted weekly Bible studies and annual events where thousands would discover the answers to the questions, “What does this whole Christian thing look like?” and “How do I approach the Bible?” With another ministry, Sally developed a high impact volunteer program, coaching and training hundreds of leaders who then mobilized teams to impact their communities by helping people discover how to study the Bible for themselves, thereby forever influencing generations of people through the power of God’s Word as it is understood and lived out. Even with such fulfilling opportunities, Sally has battled negative self-talk through different seasons of her life. She has experienced deep times of rejection and the words, “I don’t measure up,” have often been her unsolicited companions. Sally has learned that self-talk plays an important role in one’s professional and personal success. The words we listen to and repeat to ourselves indelibly impact our minds and hearts, thus influencing how effectual we are in all areas of our lives. Her driving goal is to help women find the tools and develop the life skills needed to empower you with truth, rather than giving heed to destructive self-talk. Find Sally’s new book Self-Talk, and learn more about her heart for women by visiting her website, sallyhhall.com
Lori Hynson is a speaker, singer, blogger, playwright and the award-winning author of “SuperGal vs. GOD.” She is the owner of independent publishing company, Broken Shoe Press, and a member of the Christian Small Publishers’ Association. As a busy SuperGal, Lori recently retired as the owner of a successful account rep marketing company servicing the legal industry. Heavily involved in her community, as well as the performing arts, she is a vocalist at her home church, Second Baptist Church of Doylestown, Pa. Lori shares her Secrets of a Recovering SuperGal through the Word of God. With joy, humor, and song, she reaches out to hurting women to encourage them to surrender their heavy shackles to Jesus. She wants you to realize, as she has had to learn, that IT’S NOT YOUR JOB TO RUN THIS PLANET! She and her husband are parents of five, grandparents of twelve, and live in Phoenixville, PA with Morticia the cat. http://thesupergalsyndrome.com/
Dr. Veirdre Ridgley-Jackson is a woman pursuing God’s priorities, purpose, and passion. She is an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, and advocate. She has been recognized with the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and has been honored by the Pennsylvania Southeast Regional Key as a Professional Development Champion. Dr. Jackson has served as an AmeriCorps worker in the Philadelphia School District; an elementary school educator in the Norristown Area School District; founder and director of New Life Child and Family Development Center; Graduate school professor; and currently the Director for MELC- Professional Development Dimensions. Her expertise includes cultivating leaders, developing community partnerships, and implementing relationship-based programs that deeply impact people, families, and children from the inside out. Her passion for supporting women in pursuing the promises that God has for their lives has led her to her current mission as Co-founder of Fresh Fountain of Life: Counseling & Wellness Ministry which has the vision to see the power of God’s transformative love, mercy, grace and forgiveness heal women impacted by trauma worldwide. Dr. Jackson holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Temple University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University. She is married and the mother of two daughters. https://livingstrongllc.com/
Donna Jacobini joins the SHE leads team with 25 years of ministry experience. She serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries and catalyst in mobilizing hundreds of volunteers throughout the year at Calvary church in Souderton, PA. Donna also enjoys leading the Frontline Ministries, a ministry dedicated to providing a friendly welcome and helpful assistance to all who come through their church doors. Through her many roles, she oversees: women’s Bible study with over 400 women, Just Among Moms (Calvary’s version of MOPS), and various other women’s events and life groups. Donna brings a deep commitment of love for the Lord and people! She is energized by helping connect people to one another and to the Lord, plus supporting others in developing their God-given potential. She and her husband, Nick, have been married for 40 years. They enjoy spending time with her son, his fiancé and her two children as well as their daughter, son-in-law and their three very active little grandsons!
Lisa Melillo is a passionate intercessor and a faithful leader at King of Kings Worship Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. As a marketplace minister, Lisa’s heart desire is to ignite the body of Christ to change the world at work. With over 30 years of business experience in People/Organization Development, Executive Coaching, and Human Resource Management, Lisa is driven to help individuals and businesses reach their God-given purpose and potential. She has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies throughout her career, providing leadership effectiveness solutions to C-suite executives, high potential talent, and high performing teams. Formerly Vice-President of Global People Development for Colgate-Palmolive, Lisa now owns and operates an Executive Coaching and Consulting Practice for a little over a decade. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Psychology and Management from Lehigh University, and two Masters degrees in Organization Psychology and Counseling Psychology.
Laura Sommons currently is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church in Bethlehem, PA. Along with serving as women’s coordinator, she leads Bible studies and enjoys speaking at women’s events, MOPS, retreats and is a frequent presenter for SHE Leads. Through her ministry, Lavishly Loved Ministries, she shares the love she found in Christ and wants to pour that same love out onto the lives of women. Her most passionate ministry is that of wife to Shawn for the past 25 years and being mom to three beautiful daughters: Allie, Brooke and Lindsey Beth. She also is crazy about her puppy, Daizy, who she loves to walk with each day. Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. The Lord did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were great. vs 8, It was simply because the Lord loves you.” Learn more about Laura at www.aplaceforyou.org
Meet Certified Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Teacher Kenya S. Ulmer. Kenya teaches women how to ditch the drama and distractions to get on the road to their destiny. Drama and chaos are the dirty little secrets that we want to keep hidden and behind closed doors. Kenya knows about these secrets first-hand after a devastating heartbreak, and soon after, running from one ungodly soul tie to another. She saw destructive patterns, looked deep inside and began to concentrate on the “the one” (herself) instead of looking for “the one” (a man). She had to understand whose she was to understand who she was. Nothing bothers Kenya more than seeing women not understand the power they possess and knowing their true worth in Christ Jesus. Her approach is aimed to get at the root and unearth the deadly foundations that we create and live on. Kenya resides in Maryland with her teen daughter Sydney where she ministers to women by writing for Grace Magazine and sits on the core team of the Single Parents Ministry at her church. https://singlemamawithnodrama.
Linda Williams passions in life are her love for Jesus, the Word of God, her family and women! After a career with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the American Red Cross, she began her ministry “to and with” women. Through life experience, God gave Linda a real love and deep compassion for women. She was on the staff of Millington Baptist Church as Coordinator of Women’s Ministry before moving to the Lehigh Valley in 2001 where she again developed women’s ministry at Hope Wesleyan Church. Along with the local church, she has brought her leadership skills to Women of Faith in developing that ministry in the Northeast. For over 25 years, Linda’s unique and personal approach to scripture touches lives and invites women to an alive and rich relationship with the Lord. Linda is a storyteller, a Bible study leader, a speaker and a mentor to young women. She is a recent widow and a very active mom to her four grown children, their spouses, and her eight grandchildren. http://inhisembrace.org/
SHE Leads Schedule
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
5:00 PM Doors Open
6:00 PM Registration
6:30 PM Welcome | Announcements | Worship
7:00 PM Keynote
8:20 PM Breakout Session #1
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
8:15 AM Doors Open
8:45 AM Breakout Session #2
10:00 AM Breakout Session #3
11:00 AM Break
11:30 AM Keynote
12:30 PM Conference Concludes