PEI Women Conference

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The PEI Women Conference provides the unique opportunity to learn and network with your female peers in the industry! Registration is still open for the 2017 conference. Download the event app and have all the details at your fingertips.


PEI Women Member

Non-PEI Women member

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(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 combination of hilarious stories, life-changing ideas and 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

Regulatory update: what's happening now that could impact the industry 

Carolyn Hoskinson will share highlights of what’s happening now in the regulatory arena that could impact the industry. She’ll follow up with Q&A. Carolyn started her career at EPA when she was fresh out of college in 1991 and has been involved in several different programs at EPA. She is currently serving as Director of EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks—or OUST—and has been in that position since February 2009. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Office Director. 


PEI Women Panel: Perspectives on the Industry

Another sure-to-be-popular event is a panel discussion featuring the insights, perspectives and experiences of four 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.
Conference Hotel

Embassy SuitesThe room blocks for housing at the Embassy Suites closed April 1, but rooms may remain available at the regular rate. Please call the hotel directly to make your arrangements.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah--Conference HQ Hotel

605 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401 | 912-721-6900

The Embassy Suites is the headquarter hotel for the PEI Women Conference. To book, please call the hotel at 912-721-6900. Mention you are part of the PEI Women Conference so they will know you are associated with the meeting.


Hampton Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District

603 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401 | 912-721-1600

The Hampton Inn & Suites is a sister property to the Embassy Suites and is a one-minute walk--not even a block--to the Embassy Suites. To make reservations, please call 912-721-1600. Mention you are part of the PEI Women Conference.

Reservations at the Embassy Suites and the Hampton Inn include a hot breakfast in the mornings. 


Several other hotels are located nearby. You might search on Google if you wish to assess different options. 

Conference Schedule

2017 Schedule

Tuesday, April 25

1:30 p.m. Gather for optional Walking Tour of Historic Savannah ($20.00 additional fee; purchase tickets at the time you register for the Conference), Lobby

1:30- 3:30 p.m. Optional walking tour of historic Savannah 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Badge Pick-Up, The Library, Lobby

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


Wednesday, April 26

6:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast, Talmadge Grill, Embassy Suites (breakfast is included for those staying at the Embassy Suites) 

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Badge Pick-Up, Salaon A & B Lobby

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

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

10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Ice-Breaker and Introductions, Linda Larsen

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Regulatory Update and Q&A: "What's Happening Now That Could Impact the Industry," Director of EPA OUST Carolyn Hoskinson, Salon A & B

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

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

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

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

6:00-9:00 p.m. Reception & Dinner, The Olde Pink House (in the Planters Inn, 23 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA)


Thursday, April 27

6:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast, Talmadge Grill, Embassy Suites (breakfast is included for those staying at the Embassy Suites) 

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., and Joyce Rizzo, JD2 Environmental, Inc., Salon A & B

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, Salon A & B

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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