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


Panelists from last year’s inaugural event included Mary Jo Brown of Brown & Company Design, Maureen Beauregard of Families in Transition-New Horizons, Sandy Cleary of SLC Group Holdings, Susan Ryan of Spaulding Youth Center and Dianne Mercier of People’s United Bank.

Stay tuned and continue to check back in the coming weeks for 2019 panelist announcements!

2019 Panelists

Linda Johnson

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

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.

Katharine Eneguess

President and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of NH

Katharine Eneguess has been the president and CEO of the Animal Rescue League of NH (ARLNH) since October 2017. Katharine 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.

Event Photos – October 18, 2018

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