13th Annual Women's Forum by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce

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Name: 13th Annual Women's Forum by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce
Date: May 4, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EDT
Event Description:


Join us for our 13th Annual Women's Forum honoring our Woman of the Year, 
Christy Kinsman of The Angel Cooperative

Christy Kinsman is co-owner of The Angel Cooperative, an interior decorator and a home stager. Christy has been in retail for almost 15 years, owning The Little House Shoppe from 2011-2017.  She has been featured on HGTV and She is the Reader's Choice for Best Home Stager 2018 (Ridgefield Magazine).  Christy has been an active member of The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce serving on the Retail Council and as Chair of the Board. She has been a model for the annual Ann's Place Fashion Show and a contestant for the RVNA's Spelling Bee. She enjoys being a member of the Ridgefield Playhouse Gala Committee. She is also President of the Board for her daughter's charity BearHug. Christy holds a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She credits her parents with instilling in her the importance of family, community and country.

​This years event will feature a lovely brunch, networking, dynamic speakers, shopping and relaxation/beauty stations built around the theme "Lift as you Climb." Our speaker lineup is as follows:

Keynote Address:

Sally Helgesen is a leadership consultant and author of the book How Women Rise being released in April 2018.

As an author, speaker and consultant, Sally's mission has always been to help women recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. Her previous books include The Female Vision: Women?s Real Power at Work and the best-selling The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership, hailed as the classic work on women's leadership styles and continuously in print since 1990. Her groundbreaking The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership ever and is credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

In addition to delivering workshops and keynotes in corporations, partnership firms, universities and associations around the world, Sally has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor to Strategy + Business magazine, a member of the New York and International Women's Forums and lives in Chatham, NY.

Click here to learn more about Sally Helgesen


Amy Polacko is a former award-winning journalist and now runs a multi-million dollar vegan health and wellness business. She is an Executive Regional Vice President with Arbonne International and has built a global business team from the ground up. Amy is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and worked as a newspaper and television reporter for over ten years, winning part of a team Pulitzer Prize at Newsday. She later transitioned to public relations, working as a PR executive for Pepsi and then as the Editorial Director at Vassar College. Amy is a Ridgefielder who is an advocate for small businesses, has run several networking groups, and believes great things happen when entrepreneurs support each other. 


Martha Evans Morris, LMSW has spent her life fascinated by human connection, growth and empowerment. Professionally that has taken the form of two parallel career tracks: Social Work/Counseling and Marketing/Advertising. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, with a specialization in children and families. She worked with women and children who are survivors of domestic violence at My Sister’s Place in White Plains, NY, with children and adolescents in a clinical setting at Yale Child Study, volunteered as a Stephen Minister and is a current member of Project Resilience here in town. Bookending her social work endeavors she has worked in marketing and advertising for book and magazine publishing ventures - running TownVibe, publisher of Ridgefield Magazine, for the past several years with her husband Geoffrey. This year Martha returned to her Social Work roots in earnest and opened a private clinical therapy practice on Bailey Avenue focusing on adolescents and adults. Martha and Geoffrey live in Ridgefield and have two daughters - ages 13 and 17.

Relaxation/Beauty Station Features:
The Alexander Technique
Meet Your Power Animal
Chair Massage
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Event Sponsors:

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Boutique Shops

Relaxation/Beauty Stations

Salem Golf Club
18 Bloomer Road
North Salem, NY
Date/Time Information:
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:30 AM Registration & Networking
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Program
Contact Information:
(203) 438-5992
Attendees: $99
Whole table of 8: $750
Whole table of 10: $940
Sponsors & Exhibitors - various packages available - click here for details
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