WARWICK, Rhode Island – Leading Women today announced the upcoming 2012 AWE Conference to be held on June 14 from 8am to 4pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island. This year’s conference theme, “Turning Points for Success” will offer attendees a vision and valuable strategies to advance business success.

The AWE Conference is a day of professional development and networking. Keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops provide forums to hear from accomplished women, share best practices, network and access resources to help tackle business challenges.

“With generous support from Rockland Trust and our corporate partners we are able to offer scholarships for women to attend,” said Lisa Bergeron, AWE Conference Executive Director and president of Leading Women of Southeastern New England. “We’re proud to feature Amica as our Business Champion Sponsor.”

From strategic networking to business edge strategies, the entire day is designed to fuel personal and business growth for women in business,” Bergeron said.

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Opening keynote speaker is Susan Tardanico, chief executive officer of The Authentic Leadership Alliance, a leadership and communications consultancy that advises, coaches and supports executives and emerging leaders at major corporations, nonprofits and entrepreneurial ventures. She also serves as Executive in Residence, The Center for Creative Leadership, ranked one of the top five leadership development organizations in the world.

Luncheon keynote is Suzanne Bates, an executive coach, best-selling author, keynote speaker, former award-winning television news anchor, and CEO of Bates Communications, Inc.

Throughout the day, conference participants will hear from accomplished women and business leaders including Carolyn Rafaelian, Alex and Ani’s creator and designer; Rosanna Ortiz Sinel, Founder & President StyleWeek; Linda Newton, Newton & Newton; Jill Holton Andy, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Amica Mutual Insurance Company; Maria DeCarvalho, M. Div., Performance Consultant, DeCarvalho & Associates; and Digit Murphy, Retired Head Coach Women’s Hockey, Brown University.

Breakout sessions tracks are designed to support women executives and entrepreneurs. Presenters and panelists share best practices and strategies to power up success in the areas of strategic networking, life work integration and business acumen. They include: Leading Women’s Victoria Waterman and Lisa DiMonte; Debbie Fay, Bespeak Presentation Solutions, Radio Host Patricia Raskin; Susan Sarro, American Heart Association; Joan Dwyer, All That Matters; Tracey LeBeau, In Pure Harmony; Denise A. Barge, Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.; Sandra Girald, Innisfree Body Works; and Anaezi Modu, REBRAND™ and the REBRAND 100® Global AwardsGoogle.

Registration after May 15: $119 for LW members and $129 for non-members Discounts and attendance packages, including corporate tables, available at www.aweconference.net.

Special thanks to sponsors Athena Legacy Solutions, InspiredByIt, The Savory Grape, Barrington Printing, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation, GTECH, Pfizer, Aipso, Amgen, Hope Global, Duffy Sweeney LLP, and Alex & Ani.

About Leading Women

Leading Women is a member based organization devoted to helping women succeed and create careers that soar. By providing innovative solutions based on proprietary research, Leading Women helps companies and businesses achieve their goals for women’s advancement. Each solution delivers a unique perspective and practical tools for overcoming common barriers needed to fuel career and business success. To fit the reality of today’s workplaces our solutions are delivered live, virtually, online and in combination.

As a WBENC (certified woman-owned business), contracts with Leading Women help companies meet their supplier diversity goals.

For more information, contact Lisa Bergeron at 401-439-6107 em: lisa.bergeron@leadingwomen.biz.