Friday, September 13 | 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Manchester Country Club
180 South River Road, Bedford, NH
Inspired by the wealth of knowledge and personal triumph illustrated by women leaders who have earned NH Business Review’s Outstanding Women in Business distinction, we proudly present our second annual Powered by Women conference, a storytelling event that will showcase the drive, conviction and persistence of executives in the Granite State. Powered by Women will feature five successful women leaders from different career backgrounds and perspectives, who will give 10-minute talks about their personal and professional growth followed by a 45-minute panel discussion.
As many Outstanding Women in Business winners have delivered heartfelt and eye-opening tales of their journeys, Powered by Women serves to connect women leaders through these stories that will leave them feeling empowered and informed to succeed in their endeavors.
Schedule at a glance:
8:00 AM Registration opens, networking breakfast
8:30 AM Opening remarks
8:45 – 10:00 AM Hear from women leaders (10 min talks)
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Panel discussion
11:30 AM Conclusion
Tracy Caruso is an award winning radio broadcaster who spent 20 years on the air in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Tracy currently serves as Executive Director of the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters and is Vice President of the Spradling Group, a strategic marketing firm in Manchester. She resides in Manchester with her husband Scott, four children and three dogs.
Director of Litigation Dept. & Co-Chair of Education Law Group, McLane Middleton, PA
Discussion Theme: Overcoming Adversity
Attorney Linda Johnson is a director at McLane Middleton Professional Association where she serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, on the Management Committee and as Co-Chair of the Education Law Group. She has over 30 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal agencies and courts, and in representing the interests of management and independent schools in all aspects of employment and independent school law.
Linda is on the Board of the New Hampshire Diversity Workforce Coalition, the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and the St. Anselm’s Center for Ethics in Business and Governance. She is also active on the New Hampshire Women’s Heritage Trail Committee. She is a former commissioner on the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of women and a longtime champion of civil rights. Linda was the first women officer in the history of the New Hampshire Bar Association when she was elected Treasurer in 1988.
Amanda Grappone Osmer
Owner, Grappone Automotive
Discussion Theme: Importance of Self-compassion
Amanda Grappone Osmer is the fourth generation of her family to help own and operate Grappone Automotive, a group of new car dealerships and a wholesale parts operation in Bow, NH.
Tired of the nontransparent manner in which most auto dealerships sell cars, Osmer and her team decided to eliminate the finance department and end sales commissions in 2013 in favor of advertising final prices on every vehicle. Team Grappone fosters a learning environment in which guests are served with integrity, kindness and respect.
Amanda lives in Canterbury with her husband, three kids, two dogs and a bunch of chickens. She currently serves on the Plymouth State University President’s Council and on the boards of the Dewey School at Canterbury Shaker Village, NH Scholars and NH PBS.
In 2018, NH Business Review awarded Amanda the Outstanding Woman in Business award.
President and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of NH
Discussion Theme: Sitting in Constant Change
Katharine Eneguess has been the president and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of NH (ARLNH) since October 2017. She also works as an organizational development consultant with her firm Magalloway Consultants LLC.
Katharine was president of White Mountains Community College (WMCC). During her tenure of almost 11 years, she served on numerous state, national and international committees representing rural community colleges with a focus on workforce development.
Appointed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) she served as representative to the Alliance of Rural Community Colleges, a US/Canadian partnership to advance community college engagement internationally and served on the AACC Implementation Committee to create the document Empowering Community College, To Build the Nation’s Future.
Currently she serves on the boards of New Hampshire Humanities, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting Service, Early Learning NH, immediate past chairman of the NH Research and Industry Council and Citizens Count.
Katharine received the Outstanding Woman in Business award from NH Business Review in 2013.
Acting Vice President of Operations, Electronics Systems Sector, BAE Systems
Discussion Theme: Women in a Male-dominated Industry
Kim Cadorette is the acting vice president of operations for the
Electronic Systems sector of BAE Systems. Prior to this role, she served as the deputy vice president of operations, and was the Ramp 2 Rate program director, responsible for the execution of a significant company investment required to meet forecasted production growth in the business.
As a high school graduate, Kim began her career at Sanders Associates, a BAE Systems legacy company, in the procurement organization. She spent several years leading both product development and production programs.
In 2006, Kim transitioned to operations business area director. In this role, she was responsible for the manufacturing, supply chain, technical operations, operations program management and supporting business processes for several Electronic Systems locations and programs.
Kim lives in Nashua with her husband and has three grown children. She has served on the board of directors for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and local youth baseball organizations.
In 2018, she received NH Business Review’s Outstanding Woman in Business award.
Cathy Duffy Cullity
CEO of Girls Inc.
Discussion Theme: Success Rhythms that will Rock Your Career
Cathy Duffy Cullity has served as the CEO of Girls Inc. for 18 years, when New Hampshire’s board of directors appointed her to the role in 1996.
At the time, the agency was located in one city, serving 45 girls a day, with four staff members and a budget of $350,000. Cathy grew the organization to a budget of $2 million, with 45 employees delivering programs in 50 schools and two center-based facilities in Nashua and Manchester.
In addition to positively influencing 1,700 girls a year in New Hampshire, Cathy has been recognized for her support of women in the workplace. Her staff nominated her to be the first recipient of Girls Inc.’s national Outstanding Leadership and Staff Management Award, as Cathy allows moms flexible work hours to see their child’s sports game or school play, and even enables them to place their children in Girls Inc.’s preschool program so they could continue working.
In 2015, Cathy received NH Business Review’s Outstanding Woman in Business award for her accomplishments.