Speakers Bureau
Need a speaker for your next event? Try the Women's Roundtable!

The Women’s Roundtable consists of a diverse group of Erie area women, many of whom are quite prominent in various facets of business, industry, government and social service. In fact, our members are women much like you ... 

    • who continually strive for growth, excellence, motivation and strength in all aspects of their lives; 
    • who share a vision of helping other women in the area develop to their fullest potential; and 
    • who are willing to work to make the concept a reality.

The Speakers Bureau is provided as a community service; however, voluntary honoraria will be accepted if made payable to "WRT Gerry B. Wallerstein Fund." Any monies accrued through this fund will be made available to area women in business who may not qualify for or have access to more traditional funding. For more information on the Wallerstein Fund Grant, please visit the "Wallerstein Fund" page.
 
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Gay Marie Catania
~ HR Management Consultant ~ Erie, PA

Catania has been in the Human Resources field for more than 25 years and presents on a wide range of topics relating to general business and human resources management. Participants will be able to immediately apply the knowledge presented on a day-to-day basis.

Effective Business Communications: The nuances of successful and professional business verbal and non- verbal communications. Barriers to effective communication and diversity issues are included.

Essential Leadership Skills: An individual involved in a leadership role at any level within an organization will benefit from this overview of leadership and motivation techniques.

Keys to Successful Teamwork: The basics of successful teamwork, including the roles of leadership and team members. Appropriate behavior and required interpersonal skills are also included.

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Mary Graziano ~ Program Director Dress for Success® Erie A Program of Mercy Center for Women ~ Erie, PA

Graziano began her career helping women with the Mercy Center for Women as the volunteer coordinator, and in 2008 began in her current role as the program director of the newly-formed Dress for Success® Erie. Dress for Success® is an international program with over 120 affiliates worldwide from Erie to California to Poland and New Zealand, and beyond.

Dress for Success® Erie: Get connected and learn how you can promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women struggling in our community. Be part of empowering women to thrive in the workplace and in life. If you can help change one woman’s life, you will help her family, as well.

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Sue Hawley ~ Owner, Signs Now ~ Erie, PA


Hawley has been in the sign industry for more than 20 years and has owned the local Signs Now franchise since 2003. The company is a full-service sign and graphics design firm for both interior and exterior applications.

Proper Signage: What it is and how can it help you. You’ll learn the many varieties of signs available for interior and exterior use, including area permit and zoning requirements.

Tradeshow Displays: How to create the perfect tradeshow booth with the various marketing elements needed to make your booth inviting. Nearly any budget can be accommodated in the design of an effective booth.

Marketing Your Business: From logo development to full-color vehicle wraps, learn how to pull it all together in a way to make you and your company memorable.

Designing a Logo That Works For You: When designing your corporate identity, it’s important to consider all the ways in which you’ll use your logo in your marketing.

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Marsha MacKinnon ~ Media & Planning Specialist ~ Erie, PA

MacKinnon has over 25 years experience in the radio and television industry. She’s been a radio jock, commercial writer, news reporter, producer and assignment editor for area broadcasting companies.

Media/Public Relations: Getting your message across to the media and community isn’t difficult, it merely takes consistency, planning and preparedness. Learn what’s involved and how to achieve success for your next event or campaign by utilizing a multi-media approach.

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Theresa Power-Natale ~ Vice President of Public Relations Bayview Toastmasters Club of Erie ~ Erie, PA

Power-Natale is currently working on her leadership and public relations speaker series in the Toastmasters Manual. She is an ERIE Ambassador and has been a part of the Social Media Street Team for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference for Women.

Personal and Career Development: Learn firsthand what Toastmasters can do for you in both your personal and professional life. Sharpen your public speaking, presentation and leadership skills by joining Bayview Toastmasters.

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Chris Tombaugh ~ Executive Director Mercy Center for Women ~ Erie, PA

Tombaugh has dedicated her entire adult career to empowering women and children to reach their full potential. She’s overseen operations at The Mercy Center for Women since 1998 and prior to that worked with the Women’s Shelter at the Erie City Mission.

Building Self-Esteem: You’ll learn how to get in touch with feelings through positive self-talk, real self vs. self-image and acting assertively to gain respect from others.

Understanding Healthy Relationships: Some components that will be covered include compulsive vs. healthy relationships, warning signs of unhealthy ones, elements of building healthy relationships and relationship expectations, to name a few.

Critical Thinking/Creative Problem Solving: Learn a systematic process to use in order to become more imaginative and effective in thinking and taking action. Become better at problem solving ... better at life.

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Eileen Zinchiak
~ Illness Prevention and Healthy Living ~ Erie, PA

Zinchiak has more than 20 years experience in educating Erie residents on prevention of illness and healthy living.  She works at Mercyhurst University for Public Health.

Live a Healthy, Non-toxic Lifestyle: What's in your home that is toxic?  The prepared foods we eat, our beauty products, our lawn and garden products, even our carpets affect our bodies and our homes.  You'll learn what foods and products to use and avoid for their cumulative toxic effects; and come away with tips for a healthier daily lifestyle.
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