Photos by Jodie Andruskevich
This event was held on October 28, 2021 at the Manchester Country Club.
Thank you to those who attended this year’s event!
NH Business Review proudly presents our fourth annual Powered by Women conference, an inspiring event that will showcase the drive, conviction and persistence of women leaders in the Granite State. Powered by Women serves to connect female leaders through these stories that will leave them feeling empowered and informed to succeed in their endeavors.
The event 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.
Panelists and talking points at a glance:
Dr. Larissa Ruiz Baía, President, Lakes Region Community College
Larissa will be talking about being flexible and open to opportunities, taking risks, and confronting self-confidence issues
Sharron McCarthy, CEO, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire
Sharron will be discussing the power of perseverance
JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director, Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
JerriAnne will be focusing on digging deeper into our why – why we do what we do – the meaning behind our work
Connie Roy-Czyzowski, Vice President, Human Resources at Northeast Delta Dental
Connie is looking forward to sharing about who inspired her early on as well as reflections of a long career in city government being the only woman in a leadership role
Lisa Carter, Founder / Chief Engagement Officer, Drinkwater Marketing & Productions
Lisa will be speaking about understanding the power of your personal brand, defining your expertise, authority and developing trust.
Principal, Tiffany Eddy & Associates
Tiffany Eddy is a communications specialist who is responsible for the development and execution of strategic communications for all clients.
She spent nearly two decades as a broadcast journalist, focused on taking complex issues and synthesizing them into understandable concepts for a large audience. Tiffany has been honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award, is a three-time Emmy nominee, and her work has been recognized for excellence by two New Hampshire governors.
Tiffany now works with clients on multiple platforms to assess their specific needs and then execute the best plan to communicate their message.
Dr. Larissa Ruiz Baía
President, Lakes Region Community College
Dr. Larissa Ruiz Baía brings 20 years of higher education experience to her work as president of Lakes Region Community College (LRCC). She began working at LRCC in July of 2012 as vice president for student services and enrollment management. Prior to LRCC, she worked in higher education administration at both private and public institutions. Dr. Baía has also been an adjunct instructor in comparative politics and international relations, writing and collaborating on various articles and book chapters.
Dr. Baía serves on a variety of committees and boards, including the Belknap Economic Development Council, the Granite United Way and the NH Charitable Foundation. Some of her professional interests are in the areas of student success, equity and inclusion, workforce pathways, adult learners, and immigrant and refugee advocacy.
Dr. Baía received a bachelor’s in economics with a minor in Latin American studies from Brandeis University, a master’s in Latin American studies and doctorate in political science from the University of Florida. She was a first-generation college student, proudly born on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Dominican parents.
CEO, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire
Sharron McCarthy has served as CEO of Girls Inc. NH since January 2020, after having served on their Board of Directors for three years. In this capacity, Sharron oversees all functions of Girls Inc. NH including centers in Nashua and Manchester, outreach programs across the state, fundraising activities and the overall success of the organization.
Sharron was previously in the publishing business for 32 years having served as president/publisher of McLean Communications for 21 years. In that time, she launched New Hampshire Magazine and NH Home Magazine. Sharron also proudly served as publisher of NH Business Review and Parenting NH and created a custom publishing division for McLean. In 2012, she negotiated a deal for McLean to be acquired by Yankee Publishing.
Other media experience includes The Nashua Telegraph, The Patriot Ledger, New Hampshire Profiles and Worcester Magazine.
Sharron is a 1986 graduate of Nichols College with a bachelor’s in marketing. She lives in Bedford, NH, with the loves of her life: her husband of 37 years, Rob, and daughters Lana Jade (15) and Melody Rose (12), a few cats and two dogs. She is a proud basketball and volleyball Mom, and enjoys family time and being outdoors as much as possible.
Executive Director, Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
JerriAnne is the executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, the founder and director of The Harriet Wilson Project and the previous director of diversity programs and community outreach at the University of New Hampshire.
JerriAnne was named one of 25 Extraordinary Women of Southern New Hampshire by the Nashua Telegraph in 2015 and the 2017 Freedom Fighter by Seacoast NAACP. In 2015, she was named by the New Hampshire Humanities Council as one of the 40 most influential New Hampshirites who has vastly enriched human understanding.
Vice President of Human Resources, Northeast Delta Dental
Connie Roy-Czyzowski is in her 25th year as vice president of human resources at Northeast Delta Dental. Connie’s HR career spans over four decades and includes human resources experience in municipal government, employment as a U.S. Senate staff member, and working in recruiting and college admissions early in her career. Connie was awarded the HR Hero Award by her peers in 2003. Connie was one of NH Business Review’s “Outstanding Women in Business,” received a NH Business & Industry Association “Above and Beyond Award,” and was honored by the NH YWCA as a “Susan B. Anthony Award” recipient for her mentorship and advocacy on behalf of women.
Connie is a graduate of Leadership NH, and serves on a number of nonprofit boards including NeighborWorks Southern NH, the St. Anselm College Center for Ethics in Society, and the NH Women’s Foundation. She’s also a corporator for Canterbury Shaker Village, a member of the Advisory Council for NH Employment Security, and a member of the Manchester Community College Advisory Board after serving more than 16 years as a trustee of the Community College System of New Hampshire. Connie also serves on the NH BIA’s HR, Healthcare, and Workforce Development Committee.
Connie is the proud mother of three adult sons who are making their mark in the world. Anyone who knows Connie is aware of her love for travel.
Founder/Chief Engagement Officer, Drinkwater Marketing & Productions
Lisa Carter is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building brands. As the founder and chief engagement officer of Drinkwater Marketing and Productions, she works with B2B and B2C businesses to develop digital strategies to drive revenue. Prior to launching Drinkwater, Lisa spent 20+ years in the corporate sector building product and brand strategies for top Fortune 500 companies such as The Limited Corporation, Timberland Footwear and Staples Inc.