Susan Bertrand of Maureen’s Hope Foundation To Be Keynote Speaker At ‘Connections’

OSWEGO, NY– On Oct. 30, SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations and the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training will gather women from across New York State for “Connections,” a day-long conference to be held at The American Foundry, near the SUNY Oswego campus, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The keynote speaker, Susan Bertrand, president of Maureen’s Hope Foundation, brings hope, inspiration, comfort, practical support and assistance to people within the Central New York community facing the challenges of a cancer diagnosis or life altering disease.

Susan Bertrand
Susan Bertrand

Bertrand will speak on “Overcoming Fear to Grow Your Passion.”

Two of the confirmed speakers for this year’s event include Dr. Mary Starr Carter, Total Wellness Doc and Mom, who will speak on “Overcoming Fear in the Online and Offline World” and JoBeth Dellinger, owner of Artist Pianos, Ltd., who will speak on “Stacking Turtles: Lessons in Sustainable Business Growth.”

Also speaking on this year’s topic will be Joleene DesRosiers Moody of Joleene Speaks, former CNY television reporter turned transformational speaker, author and life coach and Sherry Auble, the Savvy Sales and Marketing Pro.

Our emcee will be Farah Jadran, editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine.

Sponsors to date include Alliance Bank, SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations, SUNY Oswego’s Phoenix Center, Operation Oswego County, Joleene Speaks, Women’s Network of Entrepreneurial Training, Mitchell’s Speedway Press, Pathfinder Bank, Riverview Wellness, Oswego County Business Magazine, C’s Farm Market and Bosco & Geers.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a dessert reception and tickets will be available through the Tyler Hall Box Office, starting Aug. 27.

Tickets are $35 and may be ordered by phone at (315) 312-2141 or online at

For more information, visit, or contact Evelyn LiVoti, “Connections” co-chair, at 343-1545 or [email protected]

Visit Connections’ Facebook page for updates.