Chamber to hold annual Professional Women's Forum

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Mar. 14, 2013
Author Brett Blumenthal will be the keynote speaker at the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce's Professional Women's Forum on March 28. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its sixth annual Women's Forum on March 28, at the Pond House Grille, at 2935 Main St. The event was originally scheduled for March 1, but was postponed due to a winter storm.

The keynote speaker will be Brett Blumenthal, who is the best-selling author of three self-help books. A speaker at conferences and wellness centers on the topics of change and well-being, she has also appeared on NBC, FOX and CBS, and has been a regular guest on WFSB-Hartford's “Better Connecticut.”

Chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski said the chamber staff became interested in Blumenthal after reading her “52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier You,” which gives weekly steps for approaching change in one's life.

“We really came to like what she does. She's really balanced and holistic,” Dombrowski said, adding that Blumenthal's speech at the event will tie into her most recent book, “A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life.”

“It's about how to become 'unstuck' and going forward with one's goals,” Dombrowski said.

During the first hour of the event, several “makeover fun” activities are planned. Among those scheduled are chair massages and bang-cutting from Strand Salon. A photo booth by JFH Photobooths, LLC will be on hand to capture those "after" shots.

Networking is also a big part of the event, and guests will be able to leave business cards and small marketing materials on tables. The event's sponsors will also have tables with information on their businesses.

“All of our events are primarily about connecting, so participants are encouraged to talk about their businesses with other attendees,” Dombrowski said, adding that the 2012 event was the most-attended in the forum's five-year history, and this year's will hopefully beat that record.

The program is open to chamber members, as well as non-members. Participants can register online at Interested sponsors can also get more information by calling 860-659-3587.

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