Another Entrepreneurship Project of the  Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University



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We are excited about the speakers we have lined up for 2018:



Rick Tamlyn inspires people to be their best. In 2001, Rick co-created The Bigger Game: a tool that inspires people from all walks of life to get out of their comfort zones and invent the lives they want. He is the author of Play Your Bigger Game: 9 Minutes to Learn, A Lifetime to Live (Hay House).

Rick is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a Master Certified Coach (MCC) as designated by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is a senior trainer for The Coaches Training Institute.

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Sarah Chamberlin

Sarah Chamberlain

Sarah Chamberlain, Women to Women

Activist, entrepreneur, public speaker, Washington D.C. powerbroker, and passionate advocate of women’s political engagement — Sarah Chamberlain plays many roles. As President and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership, Sarah leads an organization that supports the governing wing of the Republican Party in Congress. She is the only woman in the country who serves as the CEO of a major Republican organization. As the creator and facilitator of the Women2Women National Conversations Tour, Sarah has become one of the most important national voices calling for women to become more involved in the political process.

A native of upstate New York, Sarah received her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and master’s degrees in Business Administration and Education from Elmira College. She also completed the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University. She has written for the Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and other national publications and is a frequent guest on national media programs. She was chosen by CQ Roll Call as a 2017 Rising Star, and featured as one of Elle Magazine’s 10 Women in Washington in 2017.

Samantha Tassone

Samantha Tassone

Samantha Tassone, Growth Fuel

Samantha Tassone is President of GrowthFuel, a boutique professional services firm, focused on gender intelligence, how to perform under pressure, and advancing women’s leadership.

For more than 20 years, Samantha has worked with public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals to accelerate their performance. She is experienced in influencing the C-suite and has expertise in driving business strategy with exceptional results. She is a strategist, facilitator, speaker, and performance coach. Her passion is to grow her client’s personal leadership impact and value, enabling them to perform under pressure, at higher levels.

Carrie Majewski

Carrie Majewski

Carrie Majewski, Next Gen Leadership

Joanne Lenweaver


Joanne Lenweaver is a life-long student of the creative spirit, whether as an entrepreneur within her women-owned business or “intrapreneur” in other large corporations, Joanne believes in creative problem solving, calculated disruption, and never accepting the status-quo in any situation. Starting in 1985, Joanne with her husband, Dave, guided their design firm of remarkably talented creatives through many award-winning years. Lenweaver Advertising+Design Inc. featured in national media for its innovative use of the first version Apple MacIntosh computer installations in a design firm setting led the way in a new world. As Director of the WISE Women’s Business Center, Joanne has taken the women’s business center to new levels by: relocating to a downtown location in The Tech Garden to achieve greater branding presence; initiating the first fund raising effort for the WISE Women’s Business Center; and building an Advisory Board engaged to create a center to serve entrepreneurial women of the future.

Marisol Hernandez


Marisol Hernandez is the editor-in-chief of CNY Latino Newspaper, the only Hispanic-oriented publication in Central New York. Her main roles are to assists with Marketing/Advertising, serves as an editor and proof-reader of the CNY Latino Newspaper; manages the Translation Division, and many events that this organization creates and manages annually. Native of Puerto Rico, she graduated from Empire State College, State University of New York with a degree in Human and Community Services and a concentration in Child and Family Studies.

Marisol created WISE Latina, an annual luncheon to motivate, empower and connect Latina women in Central New York by supporting their existing and developing entrepreneurial objectives. WISE Latina is held within the renowned WISE Symposium in Syracuse, NY. Marisol has received the 2015 WISE Faces of Success Award presented by iHeartMedia’s Y94 and the 2016 Successful Business Women Award for Multicultural Diversity Achievement presented by BIZ Events.