with the support of global beauty brand Dove,
invites the Women of Atlanta and Chicago to be inspired and empowered as the organization brings its proven training and professional development program to
The Wyndham Atlanta Downtown
160 Spring Street
Atlanta, Georgia
October 8th-10th

Friday, October 8th @ 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion


The Wyndham Chicago
633 North St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611
November 12 – 14th

Friday, November 12th @ 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion

Panel Discussions are Open to Public; Registration optional, but preferred

Moderator: Naomi Wolf – Author of the ground breaking book The Beauty Myth Topic: “True Beauty for the 21st Century,” a look at the evolution of beauty in our global society, and the changing attitudes and events that shape the way the world now defines it.

Atlanta – Saturday and Sunday, October 9th-10th
Weekend retreat and workshops

Chicago – Saturday and Sunday, November 13th – 14th
Weekend retreat and workshops

Registration required; Overnight stay at the Wyndham Atlanta Downtown or the Wyndham Chicago is not required.

Topics for discussion include:

• Ethics and leadership
• Self-awareness
• Networking with women leaders
• Tolerance for risk-taking
• Work/Family balance
• How to be mentored/How to mentor
• Public speaking
• Negotiation
• Conflict resolution
• Entrepreneurship and marketing
• Financial literacy
• Philanthropy
• Advocacy
• Partial Listing of Faculty

Susan DeVenyi is the owner and President of the Negotiation Company, LLC and has been teaching negotiations for many years. Susan practiced corporate law with the Wall Street firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing clients such as Goldman Sachs and GE Capital. She is also a co-founder of The Downing Street Group, LLC, a strategic consulting firm whose clients include Unilever, Hearst and Viacom. Susan is a cum laude graduate of both Harvard Law School and Princeton University.

Joan Finsilver is an investment professional who currently manages high net worth assets and provides investment coaching. For 20 years Joan was a senior partner at Brean Murray & Company, a midsize full service investment bank and earlier in her career she was a security analyst at Bankers Trust Company and a partner of Fred Alger & Company. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the brokerage business: securities research, corporate finance, and portfolio management. She serves on the Advisory Board of Launch Advisors, which provides strategic planning for small businesses. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Joan received an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and has a BA from Ripon College, where she served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years. She lives in Manhattan and is an avid gardener, swimmer and physical fitness enthusiast.

Karla Jackson-Brewer is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies Departments and has taught at the college level for the past 18 years. Ms. Jackson-Brewer teaches the courses “Dynamics of Race, Sex, and Class”; “Introduction to Africana Studies”; “The Black Woman”; and “African Religions”. She currently also advises a women’s activist organization at Rutgers. Ms. Jackson-Brewer is also a psychotherapist whose private practice serves women of color, sexual assault survivors, and addresses issues of cultural/ethnic identity, spirituality and empowerment. Ms. Jackson-Brewer has been a member of several non-profit boards, and has presented at many feminist and mental health conferences.

Wende Jager-Hyman joined the Woodhull team as our executive director in 2002. Wende has an extensive background in both the worlds of education and business. She comes to Woodhull after years of service as executive director of a major private independent school on Long Island with an enrollment of over 700 students. Prior to serving in a not-for-profit educational environment, Wende’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to be the founder and owner of a personnel-recruiting firm. Her experience extends into finance, budgeting, program development, fund development, and marketing in both the public and private sectors. Her deep belief in fostering the ethical leadership of women has brought her to devote her energies to the future and growth of The Woodhull Institute.

Marcia Knoll Ed.D. is a career educator who has served in all the educational seats. She has been a teacher, a principal and Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the New York City Public Schools. She became Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in the Valley Stream Central High School district on Long Island. Dr. Knoll is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision at Hunter College of CUNY. She is the author of: Administrator’s Guide to Student Achievement and Higher Test Scores (Josey-Bass WIley, 2002), Supervision for Better Instruction (Prentice Hall, 1987), Elementary Principal’s Survival Guide (Prentice Hall, 1984), the curriculum bulletin Personalized Instruction (New York City Board of Education), graded levels for main idea and critical thinking in the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills, and Developing Problem-Solving Skills series (Oceana Educational Publications), as well as over fifteen articles.

Dr. Janet Patti has been a teacher, counselor and administrator in the public school systems of New York City and San Diego for more than twenty-five years. She has presented seminars and lectures throughout the United States, Latin America and Spain. She is a member of the Leadership Team of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. She serves on the advisory board for the New York State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Dr. Patti is a sought-after speaker in the areas of conflict resolution, social and emotional learning and educational leadership. Her publications and grant activities promote social and emotional learning through the practice of school leadership. She is the co-author of Smart school leaders: Leading with emotional intelligence (Kendall Hunt, 2003) and Waging peace in our schools (Beacon Press, 1996).

Robin Stern, Ph.D holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology, research design, and measurement evaluation. Robin is a board member of The Woodhull Institute and is also on faculty at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Robin is an educator and a psychological consultant on issues of women in leadership; emotional literacy, and social and emotional learning and digital technology learning in schools, corporations, museums, and digital media companies. She spearheads original research in the use of technologies to enhance emotional competency and in the area of young women and leadership. She is the mother of two children.

Jacquette Timmons is the president and CEO of Sterling Investment Management, Inc., an independent, non-registered investment firm she founded in 1995. In her work she advises institutions, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and wealthy individuals on multi-faceted business and financial initiatives with the goal of helping each person maximize their financial power. Jacquette’s services have ranged from the management of million dollar portfolios to conducting economic literacy workshops for foundations and multinational corporations. She has developed a step-by-step financial guide that is taught in a workshop capacity. Prior to creating Sterling, Ms. Timmons spent nine years with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank), the last five years being spent in the Private Bank. She holds an MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and a bachelor of science in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Naomi Wolf is co-founder of The Woodhull Institute. Ms. Wolf graduated from Yale University and did graduate work at New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her three books on aspects of women’s experience in America were international bestsellers and New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Time Magazine named her one of its “Fifty Notable Leaders Under Forty”. In addition she was a political columnist for George and a political advisor. Her latest bestselling book, Misconceptions, is written about childbirth in America. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, editor David Shipley, and their two children.

Click Here to Register