PEI Women Conference

The PEI Women Conference provides the unique opportunity to learn and network with your female peers in the industry! Registration and housing are now open for the 2017 conference.  

The event launches with a welcome reception and dinner on Tuesday evening, April 25. This is an ideal opportunity to network, catch up with those you know and meet new friends.  The conference continues by featuring entrepreneur and best-selling author Linda Larsen as the keynote speaker.  Conference education will also include a workshop led by Diane Thielfoldt, co-founder of The Learning  Café.  Another sure-to-be-popular event is a panel discussion featuring the insights, perspectives and experiences of five extremely accomplished PEI Women members.  Find out more about all the sessions and speakers in the section below.


PEI Women Member

Non-PEI Women member

Early Bird
(Through Feb. 28)



Non-Early Bird 
(after Feb. 28)



  *Nonmember fee includes a lifetime membership in the PEI Women program.  The registration fee includes all sessions and materials, one lunch, two receptions and two dinners.

Registration fees (less a $25 processing fee) are refundable if notification of cancellation is received in writing at PEI headquarters at least 30 days before the event.
Speakers & Session Details

Linda Larsen, CSP, CPAE

Linda LarsenLinda Larsen is a Certified Speaking Professional and holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Fine Arts, and a passionate commitment to help people live happier, healthier lives. Her perfect combination of hilarious stories, life-changing ideas and fun interaction has made her a favorite presenter for groups like the American Heart Association, eBay Women’s Leadership Initiative Europe, Healthy Woman and Speaking of Women’s Health. She has given more than 1,000 presentations worldwide with her largest group being 17,000 teenagers in the FAA. She says she still has nightmares about that one.


Staying Right Side Up When Everything is Upside Down: Achieving Excellence in Challenging Times

It is absolutely possible to achieve excellence when the world around you seems to be falling apart–IF you know the secrets. In this fast-paced, fun program, Linda will give participants practical ways to light your own fire of excellence and motivate yourself to take positive, consistent action even when you just want to give up. Attendees will learn what the most successful, effective people throughout history have all known and consciously applied. You will leave knowing:

  1. How to acknowledge and enhance skills you already have.
  2. How to recognize, own and change behaviors that don’t serve you.
  3. How to stay level, calm and professional when your instincts make you want to scream.
  4. How to communicate effectively to resolve differences.
  5. How to take 100% responsibility for the interpretations you place on situations, circumstances and other people’s actions.


Gender Communications: It’s Not Your Mother’s Playground Anymore 

The rules in business today have changed. And yes, you can break the rules if you choose, but first you must know what they are. In this workshop, participants will learn the different ways that men and women approach situations and how you can adapt to meet challenges and solve problems effectively. You will investigate how, as women, you can position yourself for success – and actually strengthen relationships with others at the same time. Additionally you will learn:

  • 25 distinct differences in how men and women think and behave.
  • How to ask for what you want in a way that works!
  • Specific communication techniques that are a MUST when communicating with the opposite sex.
  • 3 common mistakes most women make and how to avoid them.
  • 7 keys to enjoying healthy competition.
  • Which nonverbal body language undermines your message and which supports it.


Diane Thielfoldt

Diane ThielfoldtDiane Thielfoldt is co-founder of The Learning Cafe, where she specializes in designing and developing training on the four-generation workforce, leadership and engagement. An accomplished facilitator and engaging speaker, Diane has educated hundreds of people on on how to bridge the generation gaps in the workplace. Prior to founding The Learning Cafe, Linda worked with McGraw-Hill, TRW, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox, where she held leadership roles in sales, marketing, communications, and learning design, development and delivery.

A Guide to the Changing Workforce: Four Generations, One Workforce

This is a skill-focused training workshop to arm you with essential skills and actions you need to lead in today’s multi-generational workplace. This workshop is a highly interactive, results-oriented learning solution that looks at your workforce through a generational lens. It delivers practical advice, skills and tools that today’s workers must have to succeed. Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the forces that shape values and behaviors at work
  • Address generational stereotypes
  • Identify the key motivators for each generation
  • Identify actions to hire, on-board, coach, engage and retain each generation
  • Improve communication skills critical to bridging the generation gap
  • Create an action plan to improve specific workplace relationships
  • Practice the skills most needed to engage members of every generation


PEI Women Panel: Perspectives on the Industry

Another sure-to-be-popular event is a panel discussion featuring the insights, perspectives and experiences of five extremely accomplished PEI Women members:

  • Chris Blumberg, Vice President and General Manager, SouthEastern Petroleum Systems, Inc.
  • Paola Bravo, President and CEO, S. Bravo Systems Inc.
  • Marion Long, Executive Vice President, Walsh, Long & Company, Inc.
  • Joyce Rizzo, President, JD2 Environmental, Inc.
  • Ann Thomas, CEO, Petroleum Marketing Equipment.
Conference Hotel

Embassy SuitesEmbassy Suites by Hilton Savannah
605 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401 | 912-721-6900
Online Housing Reservations

Make yourself at home at Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah, where history meets luxury. This all-suite Historic District Savannah hotel is in the heart of downtown, just 12 miles east of Savannah Hilton Head International Airport and Tybee Island Beach.

Explore the Savannah History Museum and Visitor Center, Georgia Railroad Museum and the Savannah Children's Museum, just a block away. We are only steps from the Telfair Museums including the Jepson, The Telfair and Owens Thomas House as well as adjacent to the new Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art. Enjoy the day with some boutique shopping on historic Broughton Street, dining on the waterfront and strolling the majestic tree-lined streets of one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts.

 PEI’s negotiated room rate at the conference hotel is $169 plus tax Sunday, April 23 through Thursday, April 27, and $249 for the Friday and Saturday nights prior to and following the event. Book your rooms early to make sure you get PEI’s special room rates.  For attendees staying at the Embassy Suites Savannah, breakfast is included in your room reservations.  See link below for full hotel details. Should you encounter any difficulties with the discounted rate not displaying accurately online, please call the hotel directly at 912-721-6900. Be sure to mention you are part of the PEI Conference to ensure you receive the special rates.


Conference Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, April 25

1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Optional walkding tour of historic Savannah ($20.00 additional fee)

6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner


Wednesday, April 26

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast 

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Opening Session: "Staying Right Side Up When Everything Is Upside Down," Linda Larsen

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Ice-Breaker and Introductions, Linda Larsen

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch, Embassy Suites

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Workshop: "Four Generations, One Workplace," Diane Thielfoldt

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Networking Break

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop: "Four Generations, One Workplace," Diane Thielfoldt

6:00-7:00 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Dinner, Offsite Location TBD


Thursday, April 27

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. "Perspectives on the Industry," PEI Women Panel including Chris Blumberg, SouthEastern Petroleum Systems, Inc., Paola Bravo, S. Bravo Systems Inc., Marion Long, Walsh, Long & Company, Inc., Joyce Rizzo, JD2 Environmental, Inc., and Ann Thomas, Petroleum Marketing Equipment

10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Networking Break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. "Gender Communications: It's Not Your Mother's Playground Anymore," Linda Larsen

12:30 p.m. PEI Women Committee Lunch and Meeting (invitation only)

All events held at the Embassy Suites Hotel unless noted otherwise.

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The 2017 PEI Women Conference
April 25-27, 2017
Savannah, GA



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