PEI Women Conference

The PEI Women Conference provides the unique opportunity to learn and network with your female peers in the industry. This year's conference is May 2-4, 2018, in San Diego at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa.


The event launches with an optional ($30) Old Town Trolley Tour on Wedneday evening, May 2. This is a fun way early-arrivers can see the city and make new connections with other members. 

The evening's activities kick off with a welcome reception and dinner. The reception begins at 6 with dinner following at 7. This is an ideal opportunity to network, catch up with those you know and meet new friends.

The conference continues the following morning by featuring entrepreneur and best-selling author Kay Frances as the keynote speaker with her session "Times Have Changed!" Conference education also includes a presentation by PEI President Robert Peavey and PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long. Another sure-to-be-popular session covers sexual harassment. What is it exactly, and how can it be prevented?

On Friday morning, we will have keynote speaker Mary Kelly, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (Ret), present on "Creating an Executive Presence: Effective Strategies for Women," followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring the insights, perspectives and experiences of five extremely accomplished PEI Women members.

Find out more about all the sessions and speakers below.


PEI Women Member

Non-PEI Women member

Old Town Trolley Tour (35 limit)


Early Bird (before March 6)



Non-Early Bird 
(March 7 and after)


$695 (includes lifetime PEI Women membership)

Female Guest (not in the industry; includes meals and receptions)



  *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


This "pre-event" tour is a great way to see San Diego and meet other early-arriving PEI Women members. This is an exclusive, fully narrated, historic tour of San Diego and Coronado aboard the iconic orange and green Old Town Trolley. The tour covers approximately 25 miles and mentions more than 100 fantastic San Diego points of interest in a fast-paced narrative. It includes a mid-way break at the Coronado. Other highlights may include Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park, Little Italy and of course Old Town. The Old Town Trolley San Diego tour combines colorful anecdotes, humorous stories and well researched historical information. The trolley will pick us up at the Catamaran at 1:00 p.m. and return us at 4:00 pm. Each Trolley holds up to 35 people. Register soon and we can order additional trolleys if interest is high.


Times Have Changed!

Kay Frances

In our frenzied world, people need to be reminded of the importance of managing their stress, keeping a sense of humor and maintaining a positive attitude for peak performance and success in all areas of their lives. The so-called “little things” in life can become cumulative if we don’t stop them in their tracks. 

Motivational humorist and author, Kay Frances has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 40 U.S. states and all over Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Health and Physical Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for seven years. 

Frances has performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appeared on national television and radio programs, including Lifetime Cable’s Girls Night Out and NBC’s America’s Funniest People. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs, such as The Improvisation and Catch a Rising Star.

Frances brings her years of standup comedy, her education and her passion for managing stress to her keynote address. Kay learned the hard way by engaging in every unhealthy habit known to man. It was a long, winding, hilarious road back to sanity and good health, and Frances generously shares what she learned along the way.


greeting from pei president

Robert Peavey, 2018 PEI President

PEI President Robert Peavey will address the group and share some stories of his time in the industry.





Rick Long, PEI Executive Vice President

PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long will provide insights on current industry issues with a look to the future.



Sexual Harassment: What it is
& how to prevent it--with Q&A

Claudia St. John

The cascading allegations against men of power in the arts, entertainment and political realms--and the rise of the #MeToo movement in response--have focused the nation’s attention on the extent of sexual harassment in the workplace. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • How the law defines sexual harassment
  • What policies and processes to put in place to create a harassment-free workplae
  • How to handle consensual workplace relationships

Claudia St. John is president of Affinity HR Group, is an author and an HR professional with more than 20 years' experience in human resources. Prior to forming Affinity HR Group, St. John served as senior consultant for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, the nation’s top HR consulting firm, in Washington, D.C., and Geneva Switzerland, vice president for People for POMCO Group, manager of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s National Labor Office and senior policy associate for the AFL-CIO.



This time will be spent in small groups discussing topics selected by the PEI Women Committee. Multiple topics will be covered in a fast-paced format designed to cover the most ground and mix the group up for better networking. Come ready to talk and listen! 

creating an executive presence: effective strategies for women

Mary Kelly, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (Ret)

This keynote is perfect for women looking to increase their executive presence. It is designed to ​help​ ​women​​ expand their influence and improve effective collaboration. Women who project a high self esteem and assurance are confident without being arrogant. They command the presence of a room. And ​they ​actively ​encourage​ others around them to fully engage and act. 

In this program, you will discover how to be strong at work without being perceived as abrasive or bossy. Kelly also will​ share techniques she learned in the Navy to prevent burnou​t by increasing effectiveness and promoting better teamwork. Lea​rn how to be even more charismatic, be taken more seriously at work and ​hone in on your executive presence to ​live with less stress and advance your career goals.

Kelly is an internationally known economist and leadership expert specializing in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication and business profit growth. She is the CEO of Productive Leaders, with sites in Dallas, Texas, and Denver, Colorado. Mary has received several accolades: Air Force Academy Instructor of the Year, National Speakers Association-Colorado Member of the Year, and the Navy League Leadership Award. She is the author of 11 books, including award-winning and best-selling Master Your World, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in any Economy, Money Smart, 360 Degrees of Leadership, Stop the Barking, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success, and In Case of Emergency Break Glass.

A former university business and economics professor, Mary combines theory and practicality. With extensive experience in human resources, finance, insurance, organizational leadership, strategic planning and project development, she focuses on building successful strategies for workers at all levels of an organization.  


PEI Women Panel: Perspectives on the Industry

Full description to come. Topic will relate to executive presence and dealing with harassment in the trenches.

Conference Hotel

Embassy SuitesCatamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

3999 Mission Boulevard | San Diego CA 92109

The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa is the headquarter hotel for the PEI Women Conference. To book, click here, or call the hotel at 1-800-422-8386. Mention you are part of the PEI Women Conference so they will know you are associated with the meeting.

The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa is a tropical hideaway in San Diego’s Pacific Beach community on the sparkling shores of Mission Bay. The Polynesian-themed resort is only 8 miles from San Diego International Airport. It offers casual elegance with palm trees, lush vegetation, tiki torches, koi ponds, waterfalls, and exotic birds that like to strike up conversation with guests. With Mission Bay as its backyard and the Pacific Ocean across the street, there's no better place to be.

Reservations at the Catamaran Hotel Resort & Spa include breakfast in the mornings at Moray's restaurant. 


Conference Schedule


1:00 p.m. $30 PRE-EVENT Old Town Trolley Tour (Register Here) - Meet in Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa Lobby

6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, outdoors (weather permitting) or the Boardroom

7:00 p.m. Dinner, Outdoors (weather permitting) or in the Boardroom


8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Moray's Restaurant (breakfast is included for those staying at the Catamaran)

9:00 a.m. Kick-Off Keynote, "Times Have Changed!" Kay Frances, Kon Tiki Ballroom

10:30 a.m. Welcome, Robert Peavey, 2018 PEI President, Kon Tiki Ballroom

11:00 a.m. Current Industry Issues, Rick Long, PEI Executive Vice President, Kon Tiki Ballroom

11:30 a.m. Ice Breaker, Kay Frances, Kon Tiki Ballroom

12:30 a.m. Lunch - Catamaran Resort, Outdoors (weather permitting) or the Boardroom

1:30 p.m. Sexual Harassment: What It Is & How to Prevent It, Claudia St. John

2:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussions

6:00 p.m. Networking Reception - Details to come

7:00 p.m. Dinner- Details to come

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

8:00 a.m. Breakfast, Moray's Restaurant (breakfast is included for those staying at the Catamaran)

9:00 a.m. Keynote: Creating an Executive Presence: Effective Strategies for Women, Mary Kelly, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (Ret.), Kon Tiki Ballroom

10:30 a.m. PEI Women Panel Discussion, Kon Tiki Ballroom

12:00 p.m. Conclusion

All events held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa unless otherwise indicated.

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Cancellations must be submitted in writing no later than 30 days before the event to Please include registration confirmation number if possible.

All cancellations will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received within 30 days of the event are not eligible for refunds. Transfers of registration to another person within your company can be made without penalty at any time. To transfer a registration after badges have been mailed, please bring the badge to the on-site PEI registration counter. 


The 2018 PEI Women Conference
May 2-4
Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa
San Diego, California



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