Bette Vargas teaches women how to heal from the inside out. A certified holistic health coach, personal trainer, senior fitness, weight management and behavior change specialist, she has taught thousands of clients how to achieve lasting fitness and health. Through her unique Menopossibility ProgramTM, Bette coaches peri- and post-menopausal women how to prepare for menopause, by successfully integrating better lifestyle choices and fully engaging body, mind and spirit as an inseparable whole for total wellness. A champion racewalker and former USA Track & Field official, Bette has trained in some of the most exclusive fitness facilities from the Empire State to the Golden Gate, presented at conferences for major corporations and produced events focused on fitness. She hosts the Crazy, Sexy, Menopause YouTube channel and believes optimum health, true love and vibrant sex is possible for women at any age. She says, “Your dreams can come true. It all begins with intention.”
Milestones of Midlife"
"How to Stay Marketable
and Thrive in Your Career
at Any Age"
Award winning entrepreneur, Forbes contributing writer, and executive coach, Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., assists professional women to successfully navigate the workplace and position and promote themselves to advance their careers. She is a leading expert in gendered ageism in the workplace. Her latest book, Not Done Yet! How Women Over 50 Regain Their Confidence and Claim Their Workplace Power, shines a light on this issue and gives women the tools and the voice to defy ageist assumptions to stay marketable and keep their job. With 20+ years of sales and management experience, Bonnie’s extensive business background includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies in the healthcare and software industries. She has held executive positions in startup companies and Fortune 500 companies. Bonnie started her corporate career at an entry-level position and worked her way up to the top of a national company. Her passion is now to help other women embrace their talent and ambition and step into their full potential and workplace power. Bonnie shares her message globally through speaking engagements, live and virtual workshops, blogging, and her popular podcast, Badass Women at Any Age. Bonnie’s first book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, provides a roadmap for women to navigate the complexities of the workplace and position themselves for success. A certified coach, Bonnie has been honored by Global Gurus as one of the world’s top 30 coaches in 2015-2022. She has been acknowledged as one of the top 100 keynote speakers in 2018 by Databird Research Journal. Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University.
Carolyn Buck Luce is one of America’s most respected and accomplished voices on Women’s Leadership and their relationship with power. She is the author of the recently published EPIC! The Women’s Power Play Book, which became an Amazon best seller in its first week. Carolyn has long been an advocate for healthcare innovations, cultural inclusivity, and women’s empowerment through her work with some of the world’s most respected companies like Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, UnitedHealth Group, and GE. A gifted strategist and executive coach, Carolyn has spent the last five decades of building highly effective cultures, businesses, teams, and leaders in both the public and private sectors. From a diplomat in the old Soviet Union, to a Wall Street Banker, to healthcare futurist; throughout her career, Carolyn focused on helping courageous leaders make the difference they dream of. At the same time, Carolyn has navigated the joys and challenges of being a wife, mother, and grandmother. A champion for women leaders, Carolyn was appointed by New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues, served as Chair of the NY Women’s Foundation, and was named “Woman of the Year” in 2012 by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Carolyn co-wrote several articles for Harvard Business Review, most of which were re-published in 2019 in HBR’s “Must Read” series on Women’s Leadership and Diversity & Inclusion. Carolyn served as an adjunct Professor at Columbia University for a decade teaching “Women and Power” and is now a featured speaker every year at Berkeley Haas Business School’s Women’s Executive Leadership program. Today, as an executive coach and keynote speaker, Carolyn uses her proprietary Decade Game® to coach some of the world’s most remarkable women today in business, civic society, and philanthropy to live their purpose and discover their destiny.
"Creating an EPIC! Life by Design, not Default"
Cheryl Contee is Chief Executive Officer at The Impact Seat Foundation, which is working to create a world in which women can succeed as business leaders. She is also the award-winning Founder and Chair of Do Big Things, a digital agency that creates new narrative and new tech for a new era focused on causes and campaigns. Cheryl is the Amazon bestselling author of Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success. Passionate about creating new tech and new narrative for a new era, Cheryl uses her vast experience in startup entrepreneurship and community engagement to lead our portfolio companies and funds to success, provide resources for underrepresented founders, and build the new economy. Previously, Cheryl was CEO of Fission Strategy, which brought Silicon Valley startup culture to the world’s leading causes and campaigns. She’s the co-founder of Attentive.ly, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company, the National Board Chair for Netroots Nation, a Senior Advisor for Astia and the first portfolio company board member of New Media Ventures.
"What’s Next for You?
Does It Look the Same for
Women of Color and
for White Women Over 50?"
Chip Conley joined the tiny tech start-up Airbnb nearly a decade ago after a successful career as a boutique hotel company founder and CEO. He was twice the age of the average Airbnb employee which earned him the title "Airbnb's Modern Elder" who was as curious as he was wise. As the internal mentor to the young Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, Chip got to see the value of intergenerational collaboration in a company that has now grown to be the most valuable hospitality company in the world. His bestselling book "Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder" is a testament to rethinking the value of having 5 generations in the workplace and why more companies are doing their best to encourage their older workers to stay in the workplace longer. Chip's Modern Elder Academy has more than 2,000 alums who've come to the Mexican beachfront campus and MEA will be opening two campuses in Santa Fe, New Mexico soon.
Holly is a registered representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. a Broker/Dealer and Member FINRA/SPIC. Holly Stewart began her career as a financial Advisor in 1993 with Bank of America Investments. After a very successful fourteen years at Bank of America investments, she had an opportunity to retire early and move to Colorado. Upon arrival in Colorado, she continued as a Bank Advisor with Wells Fargo Investments. In early 2008, Holly decided to go independent and chose Money Concepts as her broker dealer. In 2014 Holly changed to Cambridge. Holly holds FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 licenses. She also has her Life and Health license in the state of Colorado and various other states. Holly has received numerous accolades in her career. She was included in every awards dinner during her career at Bank of America Investments and in 2013 she was recognized as one of the Money Concepts' Top 100 Advisors. She has participated in Real Practice Management since 2016, and most recently in August 2017 and 2018 she was awarded the Best Financial Planner/Advisor by the Best of Loveland Magazine. In August 2019 & 2021, the entire firm was awarded Best Financial Planner/Advisor by the Best of Loveland Magazine. The readers of the Loveland Magazine polled Holly Stewart Best of Loveland Award for Financial Planner 2022 and SummitView Advisors as 2022 Loveland Business Hall of Fame. This award is not indicative of investment performance.
"From Catcall and Catacomb...
to Catalyst: Turning the Tables on Gendered Ageism"
Jeanette Leardi is a social gerontologist, community educator, writer, editor, public speaker, and aging wellness leader who has a passion for older adult empowerment and finds special personal fulfillment helping Boomers and older generations identify and share their wisdom with others. Her decade of experiences as the primary caregiver to both of her parents inspired her encore career goals of changing perceptions about the aging process and helping people appreciate elders’ inherent dignity, wisdom, and unique value as mentors and catalysts for social change. She accomplishes this through her publications and successful presentations and classes in journaling, spiritual writing, memoir writing, brain fitness, health literacy, ageism, intergenerational communication, creativity, and caregiver support to people of all ages. Jeanette’s publishing experiences include positions at Newsweek, Life, People, Condé Nast Traveler, and Sesame Street magazines and The Charlotte Observer. She has a master’s degree with honors in English from Rutgers University and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
KARI CARDINALE (HENLEY)
Kari is the SVP of Digital & Alumni Strategy at the Modern Elder Academy. She helps design and deliver unique digital programs to build a community movement online. Kari is a master host with a knack of creating deep connections both live and virtually, with 25 years experience as a driven social entrepreneur in creative strategy, instructional design for live or virtual events, professional hosting, facilitating and training, and private consulting to bring out the best in thought leaders. She has worked with hundreds of experts around the world. Kari is curious about everything, and is committed to lifelong learning. She has a Masters degree in psychology, masters work in organizational leadership, and is passionate in leading the new frontier of global community engagement. Her energy and ability to quickly engage clients across silos and industry sectors produces profound results. Kari served as a weekly contributor to the Huffington Post and several pieces were re-published in professional periodicals. She has appeared on local TV, Dateline NBC, PBS “This Emotional Life,” and contributed to the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, “Embracing Your Authentic Self.”