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Franklin County Women's Conference 2017

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Wilson College Science Center

1015 Philadelphia Avenue

Chambersburg, PA 17201

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Join us for the second Franklin County Women's Conference! The day will consist of two breakout sessions to discuss topics related to empowering professional women. Enjoy a day with your friends, including a light breakfast starting at 8am with registration, lunch at 12 noon with a fashion show, and inspirational discussions! All proceeds benefit Women In Need.

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Opening Session starts at 9am : Dr. Kelly Rife “Personal Mastery – It starts with you today and every day.

Session Description:

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Gandhi

Blame, shame, hurt, disappointment. How do we handle our everyday human emotions best? It starts with us, and then becomes the way we live with others. The way in which we demonstrate kindness, compassion, and love. It is contagious! Let’s make it viral!

Learning points:

1. Taking radical responsibility – playing above the line.
2. Feeling all feelings yet act upon the intersection of feeling and logic.
3. Speaking candidly. How/when to share your intersection.

Bio: A national speaker and trainer, author, life coach, and philanthropist, Dr. Rife assists people to becoming the next best version of themselves! She also works with organizational leadership to help support and develop the culture of their mission based businesses.

An educational foundation, continual learning and curiosity foster her purpose of helping people connect to their true potential and life experience. The differences in gender, faith, ethnics, economic status, social habitat form beautiful humans! She lives and works on purpose to engage, serve and create!

A New Yorker, now residing in our community, she is married to Tim, a master electrician. They have one beautiful 18 year old daughter, Olivia, and 2 canine kids. She enjoys travel, reading, dancing, and her national and local community cooperatives.


MUST CHOOSE ONE SESSION FROM BREAKOUT 1 AND ONE SESSION FROM BREAKOUT 2 BELOW WHEN YOU ARE PURCHASING TICKETS. IF YOU DO NOT YOU WILL BE PLACED IN A SESSION.



Breakout #1: 10-10:50 a.m.

Choice 1-A. "Legal Issues Women May Face”- Mary Beth Shank

Session Description: This session will generally explore the areas women may require legal assistance and when to turn for assistance if such a need arises. The speaker will provide more in depth information on the importance of having a will, power of attorney and living will. Q&A opportunity will be provided if time.

Bio: Mary Beth Shank is a native of Chambersburg. She has practiced law as a general practitioner (family law, wills and estates, landlord tenant, business) and in the area of county government for the past 11 years in Franklin County. As of January 2016, Ms. Shank transitioned her practice solely to municipal and county government law. Mary Beth enjoys being active in her community and has served on various boards and committees including Chambersburg Borough Council, Downtown Chambersburg Inc., Keystone Rural Health Center, Cumberland Valley School of Music and various committees at her church. She is a principal at the law firm of Salzmann Hughes and currently serves as the President of the Franklin County Bar Association.

Choice 1-B. A Guide to Eating, Sleeping, and Inflammation ”- Kim Crider

Session Description:

How what we eat can create a cycle of poor sleep and chronic inflammation

Learn to think differently about how our eating habits effect more than just the number we see on the scale

Examples of low and high glycemic foods, calming sleep environments, and signs/symptoms of inflammation

Bio: Kim Crider has been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years and has been aIndependent Certified Health Coach since 2008. She is certified through the Villanova College of Nursing and McDonald Center for Obesity and Prevention Education. Kim graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. In addition to working as a health coach, Kim teaches yoga at Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa in Scotland, Pa.

Kim was inspired to help others achieve their health and wellness goals by watching her mother successfully manage a chronic kidney disease while receiving dialysis for 18 years. Her mother set goals that required years to achieve and which lead her to make small daily choices for long-term optimal health!


Choice 1-C. Embracing YOU How to Build Self-Confidence as an Authentic Woman”- Christina Yoder

Session Description: As women, we wear many hats every day. We’re wives, mothers, daughters, employees, managers, volunteers - the list goes on and on! Do you ever feel like you’re not living up to the expectations of all the roles you fulfill? Do you sometimes assume that everyone else is doing it better than you? Have you ever asked yourself “am I enough?” You probably have. Even those around us who appear to be confident in all they do have asked themselves these questions.

If you feel your self-confidence (personally and/or professionally) could use a tune-up, this workshop is for YOU! Together, we’ll discuss what self-confidence is and where it comes from, along with what bruises our self-confidence and how to rebuild it when it’s diminished. You’ll leave the workshop with an appreciation of what it means to be authentic, so YOU can be confident in who YOU are and who YOU want to be.

Bio: Christina L. Yoder is a Lecturer of Management in the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s University, where she instructs both undergraduate and graduate classes in Management and Leadership. In addition, she is a Certified Professional Coach and Organizational Development Consultant. Prior to joining the Mount, Christina spent 12 years in the banking industry, most recently serving as F&M Trust Company’s Talent Development Manager. She was also an Adjunct Business Instructor at Penn State University for four years, where she taught at both the Mont Alto Campus and online through the World Campus. Christina is completing her Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research examines the perceived barriers and breakthroughs women experience in aspiring to leadership positions within the banking industry. Christina received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in English from Penn State University and an MBA from Shippensburg University. She is an active member of the International Leadership Association and Association for Talent Development, Vice-Chair of the Penn State Mont Alto Development Committee, Advisor for the Mount’s Women’s Volleyball team, and workshop presenter for the Leadership Franklin County Youth Program.


Choice 1-D. “Crucial Conversations”- Misty Knight

Session Description: Misty will cover elements of “Crucial Conversations” that will help attendees improve their ability to navigate difficult communication more successfully. During the session, she’ll discuss how gender plays a role in communication styles, developing supportive communication climates, tips on sharing difficult news, and managing conflict in a constructive manner. Participants will learn communication strategies and have an opportunity to practice what they learn.

Bio: “Dr. Misty L. Knight is an Associate Professor of Human Communication Studies at Shippensburg University. Her primary research involves strategies in teaching the basic communication course, political rhetoric, self-defense rhetoric, and humor in communication. She teaches courses such as Human Communication Theory, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, and Political Rhetoric.”

Breakout #2: 11-11:50 a.m.

Choice 2-A. “Woman’s Health”- Dr Waymee Conner


Session Description: Overview of women’s health issues through each decade. I would like to discuss common health issues affecting women through the different stages of their lives and highlight important health screenings that are currently recommended.

Bio: Dr. Waymee Conner is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at the Summit Women’s Group, practicing at the Chambersburg Hospital. She grew up in Silver Spring, MD and moved to the Chambersburg area in the Fall of 2016 along with her husband Dr. Brad Conner, who is a practicing sports orthopedic Surgeon. One of her favorite things about being an OBGYN doctor is the opportunity to empower her female patients through education. Even in her teens, she enjoyed volunteering in the community and throughout college, found herself drawn to women’s causes so it is only natural for her to volunteer at the 2nd Annual Franklin County Women’s Conference as a speaker.

Choice 2-B. “Liberation through the Lifespan: Loving Yourself Despite Depression and Anxiety”- Dr. Robin Witmer-Kline

Session Description: To present depression and anxiety issues in women through all stages of life while providing methods to improve mood and self-esteem through self-discovery.

Bio: Robin is a licensed professional counselor & board certified Clinical Psychotherapist. She has over 20 years of experience and recently joined Wilson College’s Counseling Department. She also enjoys teaching college courses in Psychology and is especially excited to work with women of all ages to realize their potentials. Robin lives in Greencastle with her husband Michael.


Choice 2-C. “Best Parenting: Practical Examples to Use Now”- Michelle D’Antonio

Session Description: Healthy parenting is an art and a skill! We have all heard many theories of “Best Practices for Parenting”, but many of us are still looking for practical examples of how to raise your children. In this session, we’ll talk about how to put those theories into practice! Topics will include building children with character, setting effective and appropriate limits, and improving family communication skills.


Choice 2-D. “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation”- Dr. Mary Beth Williams

Session Description: This dynamic session will look at all the generations and help the attendee better understand how to work and collaborate with Generation 2 (those born between 1995 and 2010)

Bio: Mary Beth is the Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Wilson College. She has a passion for students and enjoys helping them become the best version of themselves.





Closing: Kim Crider “The Magic of Self-Love

Session Description:

A lighthearted journey into embracing ourselves
Leading with our heart when engaging in self-talk

Looking in the mirror and seeing love

Bio: Kim Crider has been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years and has been aIndependent Certified Health Coach since 2008. She is certified through the Villanova College of Nursing and McDonald Center for Obesity and Prevention Education. Kim graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. In addition to working as a health coach, Kim teaches yoga at Gaia Kosha Yogic Spa in Scotland, Pa.

Kim was inspired to help others achieve their health and wellness goals by watching her mother successfully manage a chronic kidney disease while receiving dialysis for 18 years. Her mother set goals that required years to achieve and which lead her to make small daily choices for long-term optimal health!





  • Dr. Mary Beth Williams

    Dr. Mary Beth Williams



  • Mary Beth Shank

    Mary Beth Shank



  • Kelly Rife

    Dr. Kelly Rife



  • Dr. Waymee Conner

    Dr. Waymee Conner



  • Kim Crider

    Kim Crider



  • Michelle D'Antonio

    Michelle D'Antonio



  • Misty Knight

    Misty Knight



  • Dr Robin Witmer-Kline

    Dr. Robin Witmer-Kline



  • Christina Yoder

    Christina Yoder




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