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



Announcing the 2018 Speaker Lineup!



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 Chamberlain

Sarah Chamberlain, Women2Women

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, 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, Next Gen Leadership

Carrie Majewski, Founder and CEO of the Women in Leadership Nexus, fiercely believes in shattering traditional definitions of leadership that posit that title and hierarchy make a leader. Alternatively, Carrie believes that leaders unwaveringly support ideals surrounding empowerment, spirited collaboration, authenticity, positive impact and self-conviction; they do not wait for organizational charts to grant them “permission” to start living these principles.

The Women in Leadership Nexus creates safe space for female luminaries to convene to redefine the notion of leadership through an interactive online community and in-person events.

A seasoned speaker and blogger on topics related to next-gen leadership, personal branding, workplace culture and management style, Carrie delights in being able to bring a new way of thinking to audiences. She has forged a career around strategic writing and storytelling, having led a digital marketing agency for almost three years and today also working as Marketing Principal for Trilix Tech.



Jess Ekstrom

Jess Ekstrom, Headbands of Hope

Jess is the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, a company she started as a junior in college in 2012. For every headband sold, a headband is given to a child with cancer. The company has been featured on the TODAY Show, Vanity Fair, Seventeen, Good Morning America and more. More importantly, she’s given over 100,000 headbands and donated to every children’s hospital in the United States. Jess is also an award-winning speak-er, author, and writer for Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.


Kathryn Cartini, WISE 2018 EMCEE

Kathryn Cartini is CMO for the entrepreneur-led nonprofit, Upstate Venture Connect, which connects entrepreneurs to the resources needed to succeed. She also helps startup founders attract the attention of investors through storytelling as the CEO of Peacock Media, LLC. Most recently, Kathryn co-founded Chloe Capital, an early stage VC firm focused on decreasing the gender gap in entrepreneurship by investing in women-led tech companies and building communities around them. She is a graduate of the Newhouse program at Syracuse University.



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.

Speaking Opportunities

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