Empowering Women in Leadership

Recent Conference Touches on Pressing Female Issues

Empowring Women

Photo: L/R: Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq., Angela Rogers, MS, Ebony Smith, MS, PCC, and Kathy Gruver, Ph.D.

Approximately 70 women from all walks of life — including a representative from Women in Business — were in attendance for the Empowering Women in Leadership Conference, hosted by Melissa A. Walker, Ph.D., and Training and Development Network, LLCTraining and Development Network, LLC, at The Penn Stater Conference Center April 9–10. The two-day conference focused on the relevance and advancement of current and aspiring women in leadership with full days of speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. All in all, this one-of-a-kind event was enlightening and inspiring for every female in the room, as a broad array of informative speakers offered the advice and tools needed to help businesswomen — and others — move forward in their careers and in life.


Speaker topics ranged from salary negotiation and courage in leadership to emotional labor in the workplace, but each presenter layered and intertwined their subject with principals and strategies to break negative behavior patterns that frequently hold women back in the workplace, the end goal being a breakthrough to new career heights.


Ebony Smith

The keynote speaker was Ebony Smith, MS, PCC., who spoke on creating agency and navigating change through resilient, progressive and strategic change management skills. These skills not only apply to a woman’s career, but also her family, health, both physical and emotional, and finances. When any of these aspects of our lives descend into turmoil, it’s important to have a certain set of values — authenticity and integrity among them — to anchor oneself through the storm.

Hear the Ebony Smith interview by clicking here

Angela Rodgers pic

Angela Rogers, MS, spoke to an enthralled crowd on the phenomenon of impostor syndrome, a very real condition that affects both men and women. Those with impostor syndrome often feel as if they have no “right” to be in their professional role, like they didn’t quite earn it or they’re not talented enough — in other words, like an impostor. The workshop taught women how to stop self-doubt in its tracks, leave the comparisons behind and break negative cycles of fear.

Hear the Angela Rogers interview by clicking here 

Kathy Gruver

Other topics of discussion over the two days that seemed to receive high audience participation included communication and building a “tribe.” The former can be difficult for women in the workplace, even though we’re often known as prime communicators. A session by Kathy Gruver, Ph.D., delved into better ways to communicate, both at work and outside the office, by eliminating defensive phrasing, unclear verbiage and a lack of presentness from our interactions.

Hear the Kathy Gruver interview by clicking here 

Michelle Y Talbert

The idea of building a tribe has been popular on social media for several years now, and you’ll see many women tagging their #tribe on Twitter or Instagram, often accompanied by photos of happy, successful, beautiful women loving life. But, what do you do when you feel isolated from those types of photos, as if you don’t belong or you don’t have a tribe of your own? A strategic workshop from Michelle Y. Talbert, Esq., covered how to nurture one’s own tribe by expanding one’s network of mentors, peers and mentees in order to benefit personally from others’ differences and opinions.

Hear the Michelle Y. Talbert interview by clicking here 

Throughout all the above and so much more, attendees openly participated and shared their own experiences for a liberating, unifying time that left so many emboldened and confident. We’re sure that a large majority of those in attendance departed the final day of the conference with useful skills, resources and leadership tools at their disposal.

Additional Speakers included:

Beth Wolfe

Beth Wolfe – Lessons on Courage in Leadership from the #MeToo EraMe  (Hear the Beth Wolfe interview here)

Bri Jones

Bri Jones – An Ambitious Woman’s Guide to Successful Salary Negotiation  (Hear the Bri Jones Interview here)

Tahira Bharmal

Tahira Bharmal – Embracing Differences (Hear the Tahira Bharmal interview here )

Melissa A Walker

Melissa A. Walker 

A recent study in the American Economic Review reported that women volunteer for ‘non-promotable’ tasks more than men; that women are more frequently asked to take such tasks on; and that when asked, they are more likely to say yes.

(Hear the Melissa A. Walker interview here)

Now, it’s time to see what these empowered women do with their newfound knowledge. Will they invoke change in their spheres of influence? Will they abandon the hamster wheel of monotonous office life for bigger and better opportunities? Will they embrace challenges with self-assurance? Whatever the businesswomen at the recent Empowering Women in Leadership Conference do next, you can be sure you’ll read about it in Women in Business.

Make sure you keep an eye out for next year’s Empowering Women in Leadership Conference and get your tickets early (this year’s conference was sold out with a waiting list of more than 150 women!).

If you’d like additional details – contact

Melissa A. Walker, Ph.D.

Training and Development Network





#WeAreNot – Protesters stage take over beloved Central PA monument.
The Nittany Lion shrine is known as being one of the most photographed places in State College, Pennsylvania. However, those who attended the annual Blue-White festivities, who wanted to take their pics with their beloved PSU mascot on Saturday morning through mid-afternoon, were hindered by approximately 20 peaceful protesters holding signs with the hashtag #WeAreNot and laying on the ground around the tourist attraction to draw attention to the recent police involved shooting of Osaze Osagie.

Osagie, 29, was shot and killed on March 20, 2019, while State College police were attempting to serve a mental health warrant, after his father called police concerned for his son’s welfare, then allegedly failing to drop a knife. (http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/one-dead-after-officerinvolved-shooting-in-state-college,1479631/)

Signs reading: “Dead White and Blue,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Justice for Osaze,” “No Justice No Peace,” “WeAreNot,” and “Stop Killing Us.”


Those who did try to engage protesters, were given a piece of paper with #WeAreNot, and list of per se demands which included:
1. Fire and charge the police officers involved.
2. Community oversight of investigation (commission, task force, committee)
a. People of color in the community to provide checks and balances
b. PSU students, trusted community figures
3. Transparency of event
4. Funds and resources provided to family for grief and counseling expenses

The family has established, the Osaze Osagie Memorial Scholarship for Education Equity at Penn State, to assist students at the university with mental health challenges and other disabilities. (https://news.psu.edu/story/567331/2019/04/03/osagie-family-establishes-scholarship-memory-osaze-osagie)

One former Alumni, Mark Burnett had this to say regarding the protests, and opinion – https://soundcloud.com/user-560666542/wearenot


For the second year, Women in Business celebrates the top female CEOs in the region with our annual Top Female CEOs feature. This special section recognizes 20 industry leaders and change makers for not only their business success, but also the ways they’ve paved a path for those ambitious females coming behind them.


Do you know a female CEO who…

– Consistently lifts up other female leaders around her?

– Makes a name for herself in a male-dominated field?

– Stands apart as a leader in her chosen industry?

– Impacts her community in a significant way?

If so, nominate this outstanding woman for inclusion in the Top Female CEOs feature, coming out in our February issue.

You have until Feb. 1 to make your nomination. Nominate Your Favorite Female CEO Here  https://www.pabusinesscentral.com/top-ceos/

Questions? Reach our editorial team at editor@pabusinesscentral.com or (814) 278-1325.

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Top 100 PA Organizations


top100orgs-300x225 (1)Know an AWESOME PA Organization – NOMINATE THEM NOW!!


Each year, Pennsylvania Business Central recognizes organizations across our 23-country readership for their contributions to the state, whether that be new ideas, new technology or services that benefit Pennsylvania businesses and residents.


Do you know of organizations in your community that are leaders in their chosen fields and spheres of influence? We invite you to nominate them for potential inclusion in Pennsylvania Business Central’s Top 100 Organizations 2019. Nominations take minimal time to submit and you have until Jan. 28th.


We look forward to seeing the organizations you feel are the best in Pennsylvania! 

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RBR – Recumbent Bike Riders


Rob Gentry, owner RBR (Recumbent Bike Riders) 


Rob Gentry, owner RBR (Recumbent Bike Riders) has been serving the recumbent community since 2000, Over the years they have been a dealer with many recumbent brands. RBR has gained a reputation as a shop with excellent customer service, a large selection of in-stock recumbents, and having a yearly RBR hosted rally didn’t hurt either.  


RBR is serious about recumbent fun. They want to pair you with the right bike or trike and help you discover your recumbent grin. At this point Rob has decided to do less of the retail store model and go more into the manufacturing of MetaBikes and the distribution of Performers. Call before you go 814-234-4636….since they do not have regular store hours anymore, please call ahead to make an appointment, just leave a message and Rob will get back to you.  Located at 1306 South Atherton St., State College, PA 16801  https://rbr.info/


RBR looks forward to having you as a customer and can’t wait to get you on your ‘bent!  #funguy #bikes #recumbentbikeriders #RBR   


Make sure to check out the video on the webpage!  https://rbr.info/



Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau


Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s Executive Director, Linda Devlin spoke to LocalLive about the ANF.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is your source for travel and tourism information on the Allegheny National Forest, the Kinzua Sky Walk in the Kinzua Bridge State Park, Lodging, Hiking, Attractions, and all the Things to See & Do, including special events, in this part of northwestern Pennsylvania, known as “Trail Central.” Over 513,000 acres of free-public access lands, and over 600 miles of four season trails. Enjoy hiking, biking, mountain biking, ATV, snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails. Check out www.visitANF.com for complete travel information, including downloadable trail maps for all four seasons.

All Types of Trails-Four Seasons of Adventure. Choose from more than 600 miles of trails for hiking, biking, mountain biking. Over 100 miles of ATV Trails and more than 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. Spring, Summer and Fall hiking trails include a scenic 1-mile loop around the Marilla Reservoir with a wooden covered bridge to over 100 miles of the North Country Trail as it winds through the Allegheny National Forest.

Outdoor Adventures: Fly in a Vintage Bi-Plane over the forest, take a guided ATV, motorcycle or ATV tour. A-Me-Go-Karting offers a thrilling 20-minute ride on a groomed outdoor dirt course. Acme Ammo Machine Gun Adventures offers a variety of shooting packages. The Lodge at Glendorn is an ORVIS endorsed world-class fishing lodge, and of course you can learn all about fly-fishing at the Kinzua Fly Fishing School.

Scenic Drives: Perfect for touring by motorcycle, car or RV, the Longhouse National Scenic Byway, the Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway and Pennsylvania Route 6 offer relaxing views of lush green forest and abundant wildlife. Plan your visit in late September or early October to catch Mother Nature’s premier show of fall color. Fall really is bigger here!

Shopping & Dining: Some of the best antiques and handcrafted items in the Northeast are available in our region. Local shops are bursting with art, photography and items crafted from the native hardwoods. Focus on farm fresh to table, locally owned restaurants and a variety of wineries and a craft distillery-CJ Spirts round out the experience.

History & Heritage: The Kinzua Sky Walk and the exhibits at the new Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center are a “must-see” attraction. To learn about the history of timber, oil and the lives of the early settlers visit Penn Brad Oil Museum, Old Jail Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, Eldred WW II Museum and the new Marilyn Horne Museum. The Smethport Mansion District Walking Tour takes you among the Victorian Mansions of Smethport, the Bradford National Historic District Walking Tour is a tour of eclectic architecture built during the oil boom days.

Local icons: the Zippo lighter invented in Bradford, Pennsylvania is stillmanufactured in Bradford and visitors can learn about this amazing American invention and shop for both Zippo lighters and Case knives at the Zippo/Case Museum.


The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for McKean County, Pennsylvania. For assistance planning group tours or to obtain travel information: www.VisitANF.com or call 800-473-937, or e-mail info@visitANF.com.



You can meet The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at Central PA Outdoor & Sports Show Saturday and Sunday September 22nd and 23rd, #1 Cycle Center Harley-Davidson, 107 Yearicks Blvd, Centre Hall PA


Asher’s Chocolate Co.



Asher’s Chocolates, they understand that one of life’s sweetest pleasures is a simple box of chocolates.

A family-owned-and-operated business, that’s been making fine chocolates and other classic confections for over four generations. Asher’s Chocolates offers an award-winning selection of chocolates and other sweets—from assorted pralines to our Chocolate-Smothered Pretzels and creamy fudge.

They also have one of the largest (and most delicious) lines of sugar-free chocolates in the country.


Their original family recipes began with Chester A. Asher, a Scottish farm boy from Canada, with a passion for chocolates and a knack for getting to the heart of a sugar craving. Always on the hunt for new ways to delight his customers, he was ever perfecting his creations, jotting new recipes down on bags of sugar.


Today, they use the freshest, purest ingredients, just as Chester did. And we never skimp on deliciousness. Though our company has expanded over the years, they continue to treat our customers and employees like family.


Asher’s Chocolates are made with love. They hope you enjoy them and come back for more. https://www.ashers.com/

#chocolate #pretzels #fudge #seasaltcaramels #almondbark #almondbuttercrunch #deathbychocolate



Corporate Gift Orders

Email: CorporateOrders@ashers.com

Wholesale Info
Requires Resale Tax ID No.
Email: customerservice@ashers.com

Employment Opportunities 
Email: aprior@ashers.com

Online Orders & Website 
855-8-ASHERS OR (855-827-4377)
Email: customers@ashers.com

Factory & Corporate Office
80 Wambold Road
Souderton, PA 18964
Voice: (215) 721-3000 or (800) 223-4420
Fax: (215) 721-3265
Email: customerservice@ashers.com

Asher’s Chocolate Souderton Retail Store
80 Wambold Road
Souderton, PA 18964
Voice: (215) 721-3276 or (800) 438-8882
Email: RetailStore@ashers.com

Monday – Friday –9:30am – 5:00pm

Year-round, with extended hours during the Christmas and Easter seasons.

Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Closed Sundays and major holidays

Asher’s Chocolates (Lewistown)
Retail Store & Factory
19 Susquehanna Ave
Lewistown, PA 17044
Voice: (800) 343-0520
Fax: (717) 248-8637
Retail store: (717) 248-3700

Summer Hours: Between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Tuesday – Friday –10:00am – 6:00pm

CLOSED Mondays & Saturdays

Winter Hours: After Labor Day, and ending Memorial Day

Monday – Friday – 10:00am – 6:00pm ; Saturday – 10:00am-3:00pm

Closed Sundays and major holidays



You can see Asher’s Chocolate Co., at Central PA Outdoor & Sports Show Saturday and Sunday September 22nd and 23rd, #1 Cycle Center Harley-Davidson, 107 Yearicks Blvd, Centre Hall PA




Midlife Crisis Whitetails


The Buck Stops here – Butch Bogus, owner Midlife Crisis Whitetails Preserve joined #LocalLive to talk about his big bucks!

For an experience you won’t forget – check out their 2 preserves @ Midlife Crisis White Tails!

Midlife Crisis Whitetails is a leading hunting preserve located in beautiful Clearfield County PA.  They’re are located 1 1/2 hours North of Pittsburgh PA.  At MLC we strive to not only help you harvest the buck of your dreams, but to provide you with top notch customer service. From the first phone call until the time you leave the preserve we hope that all of your expectations will be fulfilled.

The preserve is set up with the proper food plots and cover 120 to 300 inches bucks can be seen at their peaks. Big typicals are what we strive for here at MLC.  Our cabin is newly built in 2017. We can accommodate all of your needs from here for a comfortable stay. We do not over book hunts. If your party has two hunters you are the only ones in camp. Prices on bucks vary depending on the class of deer and length of your stay. Most hunts are 3 days 2 nights . All of your meals, transportation to and from stands, guide, and skinning and quartering of your buck are included in price of hunt. We will compare our prices to anyone in the state and believe our service will be second to none.

Midlife Crisis Whitetails is a new hunting game preserve located in the heart of over 15,000 acres of Pennsylvania State Game Lands, in Clearfield County. Here at MLC you will be able to hunt for the Buck of a lifetime ranging in size from 120inches all the way to 300inches. The hunt is exclusive to you and your group.


MLC Whitetails North
439 Splash Dam Road
Mahaffey Pa 15757


Midlife Crisis Whitetails South Andray Preserve is located in scenic Indiana County PA.  At MLC south you will be treated to a exceptional stay along with a great hunt . Our lodge can accommodate up to 8 to 10 very comfortably.  Here at MLC south you can hunt on almost 400 acres of top hunting property full of giant oak trees,several food plots with numerous elevated and ground blinds. All of this to give you the edge over the great bucks walking the preserve.

MLC Whitetails South at Andray Preserve
3047 Sebring Road
Marion Center Pa 15759

Call Butch Bogus today for an experience you won’t forget –  @ Midlife Crisis White Tails!  814-243-9719, and ask about pheasant hunting too!


You can also see Butch Bogus, and Midlife Crisis Whitetails at Central PA Outdoor & Sports Show Saturday and Sunday September 22nd and 23rd, #1 Cycle Center Harley-Davidson, 107 Yearicks Blvd, Centre Hall PA


Invisible Fence Brand of Central PA



Matthew Wagner, with Invisible Fence Brand of Central PA With more than 5,000 satisfied human customers in the Central Pennsylvania area, as well as the endorsement of neighborhood veterinarians, we’re passionate about working hard—so you can enjoy your pet more, and worry about them less.


From system installation to our exclusive Perfect Start™ Plus training and beyond, Invisible Fence of Central PA is always here for you and your pet. That’s their promise to you both.

#LoveMyFence #pets #Training

Additionally they love seeing our Pet Oxygen Masks in action. #ProjectBreathe and sponsor Pet Oxygen Mask Kit for your local fire station.



Get in touch with Invisible Fence Brand of Central PA here:

1807 Valley View Boulevard Altoona, PA,

or call (814) 626-1313 

Web https://centralpa.invisiblefence.com/your-local-dealer/home  

and Facebook.


You can meet with Matthew Wagner, and Invisible Fence Brand of Central PA  at Central PA Outdoor & Sports Show Saturday and Sunday September 22nd and 23rd, #1 Cycle Center Harley-Davidson, 107 Yearicks Blvd, Centre Hall PA


Night Eyes Lights


Joe Zaffuto was born and raised in a small town in Central Pennsylvania where he tried his hand at night calling at a very young age. He was only 14 when he called in and killed his first grey fox – a night he still remembers well!  He was using his brother’s cassette tape recorder wired to an old car speaker, playing the tune of a crying rabbit. With his Ithaca 12 gauge in one hand and a flashlight covered in red cellophane in the other, he still remembers the glow of those red eyes getting closer and closer, his heart pounding faster and faster. Balancing the shotgun on his knee, trying to hold the light, and getting the shotgun bead between those red approaching eyes took some doing. He took a deep breath, squeezed the trigger, and ended up on his back. After recovering, he walked out 20 yards to find his first predator kill, a nice prime Pennsylvania grey fox.

Joe (3)

From that point on he was hooked and now 40 plus years later he still targets predators willing to come to the call with their eyes glowing from his now “much better” red lights – still feeling that same passion he felt back then. Although he has upgraded his hunting equipment and changed his style, the concept is still basically the same.


Joe finds coyotes are much more challenging to call in than fox and feels every coyote called in and killed is a true trophy. Last season, while using Night Eyes Hunting Lights from his own company, Joe called in numerous fox and coyotes harvesting over 100 of them. This is an extraordinary feat given that most of his calling was during a 2 1/2 month period, with the majority of it being here in the state of Pennsylvania.  Joe says: “The ever-wise coyote is without question an excellent teacher and he is still teaching me even today.”


In 2012, Joe started his own predator light company Night Eyes, LLC.
Joe recently retired from a 28-year career in Law Enforcement where he was a certified firearms instructor. He has given seminars on calling predators at night throughout the northeast United States for several years now and has written articles for Fur-Fish-Game and Woods & Water magazines. In 2017 and 2018 Joe was featured on three TV episodes that aired on the Pursuit Channel. In his latest episode Joe and his partner killed 18 predators in three nights of filming.

Joe is always willing to provide hunting strategies to those who are willing to listen.  He feels very privileged to have been instrumental in helping get thousands of new hunters started into the night hunting sport and he loves to hear their success stories that follow. Night hunting still calls to Joe as strongly today as it did on that first fateful night-time fox hunt, many years ago.


You can meet Joe, and see Night Eyes Lights at Central PA Outdoor & Sports Show Saturday and Sunday September 22nd and 23rd, #1 Cycle Center Harley-Davidson, 107 Yearicks Blvd, Centre Hall PA.  He will also be doing product demonstrations and a seminar at the show!


Night Eyes, LLC
P.O. BOX 520
Centre Hall PA 16828 USA

Phone: (814) 364-9660

E-mail: Nighteyes@uplink.net

Web: http://www.nighteyeslights.com/