Greater Hartford Women's Conference


Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 12 – 3 PM
The Lodge at Maneeley’s


About the Conference

The Greater Hartford Women’s Conference (GHWC) will take place on October 13, 2021 at The Grand Lodge at Maneeley’s in South Windsor. The theme of this year’s conference is Connections, which will feature Keynote Speaker Gina Barreca, author, academic and humorist.

As it has for twelve years, the Conference will bring together women from throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts for an afternoon of professional and personal development, education, and networking.

Our goal is to keep the conference relevant to today’s women and bring topics, speakers, and open discussions that will enhance the lives of everyone we touch.


11:30 AM
Doors Open: Registration/Networking/Exhibitor Visits

12:00 PM
Welcome & Lunch

12:35 PM
Panel Discussion
Moderator:  Meghan E. Smith, Esq., Founder, Smith Law Group, LLC
Panelists: Gladys Ortiz, Founder & CEO, The GO Affect, Liliana Serrano Rojas, Co-Owner Innomarket LLC, and Kim Lachapelle, Owner, The Max Challenge of South Windsor & Certified Life Coach

1:15 PM

1:30 PM
Keynote Speaker: Gina Barreca

2:30 PM
Networking & More Prizes

3:00 PM
Afternoon Break/Closing

Meet Our Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Gina Barreca

Gina Barreca has appeared, often as a repeat guest, on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and, yes, on Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of HumorIt’s Not That I’m Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the WorldIf You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Of the other six books she’s written or co-written, several have been translated into to other languages–including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and German.  Called “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Her latest project is a book on loneliness that will be released in 2020!

Gina’s award-winning weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co.; her blog for Psychology Today has well over 6 million views. Gina’s work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Gina’s also the winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching. She’s  delivered keynotes at events organized by national organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including Women In Federal Law Enforcement, Chautauqua, The Smithsonian, the Women in Science, Dentistry, Osteopathy & Medicine, the American Payroll Association, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the National Speaker’s Association, to name a few.

I loved everything about the conference! The speakers were very motivational and provided a lot of insight I will bring back to the work place

Really enjoyed the presenters; great energy which made it easy to listen and learn

I’m walking away feeling more connected with some awesome women – empowered to do more

Overall terrific conference, my first time attending and would come again, very inspirational!

Register Today!

Registration inlcudes panel & keynote speakers, luncheon, & raffle prizes!

First 50 registrations will recieve a FREE signed book by Gina Barreca!

The Lodge at Maneeley’s

65 Rye Street, South Windsor, CT  06074


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Get in Touch

Send us a message or Give us a call at 860.644.9442