Women are known for their resilience, yet all business owners face doubts and fears on a daily basis. On top of that, many women business owners feel additional internal pressures and the strain of professional environments not designed for our success.

This conference is an opportunity for you to join us for an afternoon of inspiring stories from other women business owners, connect with a community of your peers, and leave with tools and techniques for overcoming doubt and braving your business.

Tickets Sold Out – Register for the Waitlist

If you have been waiting for the right time to join WBON…that time is now.

Why? We have a special membership + conference promo in effect from now until the day of the conference, October 8, 2019.

Here’s how it works: when you sign up for a WBON membership, you will receive a discount code to attend the conference for only $70—that’s a $55 savings over the general public rate!

It is really a sweet deal, and we would love to have you join our inspiring community of women business owners by becoming a member. And what better way to celebrate your membership than by joining us at the Fall Conference.

Take advantage of the new member + conference promo in 3 easy steps:

  1. Review and select the appropriate membership option.
  2. Keep an eye out for an email from us (it should appear in your inbox just a few minutes after you complete your membership payment). This note contains the link to access your special conference ticket pricing.
  3. Follow the link to register for the conference and save $55!

Chances are you have already experienced the special power of the WBON community. When women business owners join together to share ideas and support each other’s success, incredible things can happen. Join now and make this magic a regular part of your business owner experience. And treat yourself to an amazing & inspiring afternoon of learning and connection. It could be just the thing you are looking for!

Questions? Email our conference helper-behind-the-scenes, Christine, at conference@wbon.org or call/text (802)503-0219.

12:00 – 1:00 Registration Come early for open networking and socializing
1:00 – 2:15 Welcome & Keynote Build Back Better; Resilience in Life and Work – Monica Chapman,
2:15 – 3:05 Story Sessions Five women will each give mini presentations on how resilience has played a role in their businesses and lives
3:05 – 3:20 Break Refreshments and networking
3:20 – 4:10 Roundtable Discussions Facilitators will guide each group in a discussion about ways to cultivate resilience in the midst of challenges
4:10 – 4:40 Endnote Interview with a Eliza Cain, co-owner of Red Hen Baking Co., facilitated by our emcee, Mary Catherine Jones
4:40 – 5:00 Raffle & Wrap Up All attendees are entered in the raffle
5:00 – 6:00 After Party Join us at Juniper Bar & Restaurant to celebrate the day


I have a special code. How do I use it?

Click on the “Tickets” button. At the top of the resulting ticket form, click on “enter promotional code” and type in your special code.

Will you be offering refreshments during the event?

Since this is a half day event we will not be providing a full lunch. However, snacks and beverages will be on hand to keep everyone fueled! Contact us at conference@wbon.org to discuss any dietary restrictions.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Send us an email at conference@wbon.org.

What is the refund policy?

We know that the unexpected can happen. If you need to cancel for any reason you can receive a refund up to 7 days before the conference date. Questions? send an email to conference@wbon.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We are saving trees and going digital for conference registration.

Meet Our Speakers


Monica Chapman

Monica Chapman is co-owner of Construction Management Direct (CMD). In addition to being a managing partner at CMD she also has a full time role with PuroClean Managed Services in Business Development and Marketing. Monica is a nationally recognized leader in commercial and residential restoration; hosts and conducts training seminars, works as a lifestyle model for Boston and New York talent agencies and recently joined the board of Vermont Works for Women. Monica lives in Burlington with her blended family of 6.


Mary Catherine Jones

Mary Catherine Jones is the owner and principal talent of Voice Over Vermont and has been bringing the written word to life for over 20 years. Her BA in psychology enables her to articulate the unspoken messages inherent in the scripts she receives. Mary Catherine makes her living by “word of mouth”!


Eliza Cain

Eliza Cain, co-owns Red Baking Company with her husband, Randy George. The wholesale bread bakery and cafe they have built together is celebrating 20 years of nourishing community this fall. As a founding board member of Main Street Alliance, Eliza is motivated to make social change a part of their business. She dedicates two days each week to her passion of ending violence against women, as a domestic violence advocate.

Sharing Their Story

Vickie Wacek

Vickie Wacek is the Executive Director of BNI Vermont, has a degree in Mathematics and 2 degrees in Opera Singing. She is still actively involved as a professional Opera Singer and has been teaching voice lessons for over 17 years. She serves as Secretary on BNI’s Franchise Advisory Counsel and is a board member on the ALS Association Northern New England Advisory Counsel. She also is the accordion-ist with the Vermont-based German Polka Band named IN-ZEL-DOOD-LER.

Jill Davies

After years of working in the corporate world as a management consultant helping businesses achieve their goals, Jill Davies now spends her time teaching The Avatar Course to people who want to make a change in their life and achieve their goals. Jill lives in Woodstock, Vermont. She is President of the WBON Board, a member of the Woodstock’s Selectboard and President of the Woodstock Community Trust.

Ellen Albertson

Dr. Ellen is an entrepreneur, psychologist, registered dietitian nutritionist, Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Mindful Self-compassion Teacher and Reiki Master.She has over 25 years experience and is the author of four books as well as multiple articles. Dr. Ellen has appeared on Extra, Maury Povitch, the Food Network, and ABC World News and been quoted in Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, Women’s Health, Family Circle and WebMD. She is a Glow & Grow Coach.

Beth Martell

Beth has studied human behavior for 30 years with a focus on developmental psychology and child development. A certified Relationship Coach, she works as a Life Coach in private practice helping teens, couples and individuals become their best selves. She also teaches parenting classes and seminars in personal growth. Beth remains a licensed teacher, retired after 26 years of classroom teaching, and was a youth counselor for Vermont’s Department of Children and Families. She also currently works for UVM Extension as a parent educator and is writing a book, Relationship Manual: how we get it wrong and how we can get it right.

Rosann Kramer

Rosann Kramer

Finding and buying Runway Auto brought Rosann and her husband, Joe, to Vermont in 2014. Prior to that, she worked for 16 years as a DuPont Performance Coatings Business Consultant, working with over 100 body shop locations. She has an MBA and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Rosann has written two articles published in Nevada Automotive Professional and was featured on their cover in 2011. Recognizing that having a safe vehicle can change a life, last summer Runway Auto donated a 2010 Nissan to a young mother of two. This year they will be donating a 2015 Subaru to a mom who, with her daughter, fled domestic violence.

A Warm Thank You to Our Sponsors

Conference Partner Clute Wealth Management
Conference Partner Marketing Partners
Conference Partner Downs Rachlin Martin
Conference Partner Runway Auto
Link to Mercy Connections Women's Small Business Program