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

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 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


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 SuitesEmbassy Suites by Hilton Savannah--Conference Hotel
605 West Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401 | 912-721-6900

The initial room block at the Embassy Suites has sold out. Some rooms remain available, but at a higher rate of $246.05 and $303.05 (with the higher rate applying to the Friday and Saturday nights prior to and following the event). If you wish to book, please call the hotel at 912-721-6900. Be sure to mention you are part of the PEI Conference to ensure you receive the special rate.


Hampton Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District

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

PEI has negotiated some additional rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites, a sister property to the Embassy Suites. The block rate is $179. The Hampton Inn is a one-minute walk--not even a block--to the Embassy Suites. To make reservations, please call 912-721-1600. Be sure to mention you are part of the PEI Conference to ensure you receive the special rate.

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

Conference Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, April 25

1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Optional walking tour of historic Savannah ($20.00 additional fee; purchase tickets at the time you register for the Conference)

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


Wednesday, April 26

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

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

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.

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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