Thank You For Attending the 2019 You Can’t Fail Conference!

It is no accident we gathered for the 2019 You Can’t Fail Conference at the end of Black History Month and on the cusp of Women’s History Month. This is our time, You Can’t Fail Sisters! The saga of women throughout history shows we can’t fail.

As you reflect on your You Can’t Fail experience, remember we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams! We descend from generations of multicultural women who overcame almost insurmountable struggles to pave the way for us. It is our obligation and pleasure to make our historical sisters proud.

Do your best to apply lessons from the conference each day. As you prepare for “The Climb” we encourage you to:

  • Build your brand
  • Get your finances in order
  • Join a board of directors
  • Practice self-care
  • Find an accountability partner

Move through 2019 knowing… You Can’t Fail Because Your History Says You Can’t!

We thank you again for attending the 2019 You Can’t Fail Conference. Please click on this link and complete the evaluation form, your feedback helps us improve the conference experience.

See you in 2020 when we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the You Can’t Fail Conference!

In Celebration of the You Can’t Fail Sisterhood,

Gwen Webber-McLeod
Founder, You Can’t Fail, Inc.
President/CEO, Gwen, Inc.


The Unexpected Ascension: Determined to Rise

February 22 & 23, 2019
Embassy Suites at Destiny | Syracuse, NY

Friday, February 22
5:00 pm     Registration Opens
5:00 – 7:00 pm   Networking | Vendor Shopping | Photo Booth
7:00 – 8:30 pm    Keynote Speaker: Pamela Kelly, Director Talent & Inclusion at Dot Foods
Topic: Views from the C-Suite
8:30 – 9:00 pm    Closing & Networking

Saturday, February 23
7:00 am – 8:00 am     Registration, Breakfast Buffet, Networking
8:00 am – 8:30 am     Opening Remarks
8:30 am – 9:30 am     First Workshop Session
9:30 am – 10:30 am      Second Workshop Session
10:30 am – 11:30 am     Third Workshop Session
11:30 am – 12:30 pm     Lunch Buffet, YCF and MWMMLC Announcements
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm     Panel Topic: The Climb!
Insider reviews of the emotional, social, and mental characteristics
required to survive the climb up the corporate ladder
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm     Table talk activity: Women’s wellness; an emotional component on self-care
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm     Closing Remarks
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm    Dance party with DJ Bella!

This Year’s Workshop Topics

Women on Boards

Why we need more women on boards.
How do we prepare ourselves to get there, and what should we expect once we are there?

Carol Love, Nonprofit Leadership Consultant

Money Matters

Maximizing your retirement fund and other tips.
How to know your “market rate”.
Negotiating salaries and raises.

Angela Tatem,
Co-Founder of the Wealth Education Exchange
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Hybrid Entrepreneurship

Identifying and monetizing your side hustle.

Chacine McCoy,
Chief Visionary Officer and Founder of CHA Squared Hospitality LLC
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2019 Emcee: Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders is The Morning News and The Noon News anchor at NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Syracuse, NY. Before moving to Central New York, she was a multi- media journalist at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas, where she was responsible for shooting, writing and editing her stories. She also hosted a weekly talk show called “Forum” in which she did in-depth coverage of key issues impacting people across Texas and Oklahoma.

Prior to that, she was a writer/web producer at KDAF- TV in Dallas-Fort Worth. She wrote stories for the newscasts and the web, as well as co-produced special projects in the Dallas television market.

Jennifer’s most memorable experiences include interviewing Oprah Winfrey during her visit to Syracuse, covering President Barack Obama’s visit to Cooperstown and field producing an award-winning holiday special with the Dallas Cowboys. As a journalist, she feels it is her duty to be a voice for the voiceless and hold the powerful accountable. Over the years, she has worked to get hundreds of thousands of dollars back to people scammed by illegitimate businesses. She also works to tell stories of people and organizations going above and beyond in their communities.

Jennifer is a big believer in giving back to her community. She actively works with children and teens through the Syracuse City School District mentoring program and other advisory councils. She also sits on the board of directors for Vera House, Inc. and GEAUX Lead, Inc. She’s involved in various organizations dedicated to empowering, educating and engaging families around Central New York and the world. Jennifer is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as The Links, Inc. Jennifer is the Founder of a non-profit called Beyond Your Lens, Inc. The mission of the organization is to provide students hands-on education, exposure and financial assistance to become well-trained journalists in the evolving world of television and digital news.

As the daughter of retired military parents (Army), she has lived throughout Europe and the United States, but considers herself a true Texan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/Spanish from Texas Lutheran University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. Jennifer is passionate about service and community and will continue dedicating her life to making the world she lives in a better and more progressive place.

This Year’s Panelists


Indira Jerez

Indira is a Leadership Coach, Corporate Trainer, and Facilitator. Her practice centers around providing leadership coaching and training to C-Suite executives, middle managers, and first-time managers within organizations across a variety of industries.
Indira has provided leadership training to over 700 leaders in 2018 at organizations including New York City Transit, Shiseido, Oracle, ConEdison, Custom Ink, TIAA Bank, A&E Network, Shutterstock, PTC Therapeutics and Burberry. Indira has also delivered
one on one coaching to leaders in Facebook, Google, Salesforce, Workday, Southern California Edison, TED & Goldman Sachs among others.
Before becoming a coach, Indira spent the early part of her career in Financial Services working as a trading desk controller at Goldman Sachs and later Jefferies & Co. Indira left financial services to co-lead a for-benefit, e-commerce startup servicing disenfranchised communities as Director of Finance and Operations. Her work with women artisans and ex-offenders ignited her passion for personal and professional development. She became a Certified Professional Coactive Coach and opened her leadership coaching practice in 2013.

Tiffany Alvarez Smith

Tiffany believes every child in our country deserves access to quality educational opportunities, regardless of family status or income. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the South Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, directly instructing over 200 students. Now, Tiffany works to advance equity and make instructional impact for thousands of students in Syracuse, NY and across the country.
As a Senior Director of School Support at Achievement Network (ANet), Tiffany coaches and serves as a thought-partner to district and school leadership teams. She helps leaders to create strategic short and long-term vision plans, embedding best practices for setting student performance goals, using data to track instructional impact, and developing strategies that drive achievement for all students. Also, she serves on a variety of strategic thinking groups within ANet to deepen their commitment to coaching excellence, building mathematics content expertise, and creating opportunities for under-resourced schools to benefit from their services. In this capacity, Tiffany was nominated for her company’s Service to ANet Award in the spring of 2017.
Tiffany is a Teach for America alumna and holds an MS in Teaching from Pace University and a BA in Sociology from Stanford University. She is active in Stanford’s alumni community, interviewing prospective students, serving on the 5 and 10 year Reunion committees, and writing the Class of 2007 Notes for ten years.
In her free time, Tiffany is a jewelry and accessories stylist, helping women to look and feel their best. Also, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Kayson, and spoiling their two rescue dogs, Spot and Cookie.

Twiggy Eure

Twiggy Eure’s diplomatic, and attention to detail style has afforded her diverse opportunities across multiple areas. Eure strongly believes in planning and preparation, therefore an advocate of lifelong education. She received her Associates Degree in Computer Technology from Bryant & Stratton College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Vocational Education from SUNY Oswego, and her Master’s Degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University. She is a proud Diamond-Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Syracuse Alumnae Chapter) and member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. (Syracuse, NY Chapter). Eure serves on several boards and committees including: InterFaith Works of Central New York, Hillside Board of Advisors, Syracuse City School District Partnership Council Member, and NAACP 40th Anniversary and Health Committees.
Eure was appointed to the position of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recruitment/Retention Coordinator on September 6, 2016. After successfully accomplishing company goals and objectives, her role and title was expanded and she was promoted to Director of Diversity on May 30, 2018. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, she provides strategic guidance to leadership and management staff within all areas of responsibility in an effort to raise awareness and promote a culture of inclusion across the Crouse Health system, including Crouse Medical Practice and Community Memorial Hospital. Eure supports Crouse Health’s commitment to treat everyone with respect and dignity and is responsible for the successful implementation and ongoing management of targeted diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition to her responsibilities, she is the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair, serves on Crouse Health’s Simply the Best Committee, and the D&I facilitator for all new Crouse Health staff, including physicians, and new students to the Pomeroy College of Nursing. She has also presented during the CNY Emergency Medical Staff and Paramedics annual fall training and partners with Crouse Health’s division of HelpPeople to provide training across CNY.

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Kelly

Pamela Kelly joined Dot Foods in 2014. She currently serves as the Director of Talent and Inclusion.
At Dot Foods, Inc., she leads all inclusion and diversity initiatives and develops the talent acquisition strategy corporate-wide for this $7 billion-dollar company. Kelly leads the diversity talent strategy aimed at meeting current business needs as well as long-range future talent needs. The inclusion part of her role is equally important in retaining employees and with creating a unique employee experience. Kelly chairs the Diversity Leadership Group (DLG) which is charged with creating the vision and mission for diversity at Dot. She directs diversity efforts across all departments and locations, with the end goal of improving Dot’s competitive talent advantage. Kelly shares that “the secret behind inclusion and diversity organizational success is great leadership from the top and the ability to translate goals and insights into actions that enable companies to establish higher-functioning, more inclusive work environments. We still have a lot of work to do, but the journey has been both challenging and rewarding.”
Kelly is an alum of FOCUS St. Louis CORO Women in Leadership and the Diversity Leadership Fellowship programs. She serves on the Boards of the Urban League of St. Louis and Empower Missouri. She has been recognized for several awards including Who’s Who in Diversity in Color, the St. Louis Business Journal 2017 Diverse Leaders Awards, and the Excellence in Business Performance Award.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Columbia College, a Master’s in Business Administration at William Woods University, and a degree in Jurisprudence in Health Law from, Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

About the You Can’t Fail Conference

The annual You Can’t Fail, Inc. Conference is an unforgettable, one of a kind, strategically designed, multicultural leadership learning experience for women leaders. The event explores the unique journey of professional women of color, and those who support them. Through workshops, educational presentations, inspiring messages from regional and national women leaders, a vendor expo, and live musical performances, the conference provides professional women with the skills and support to help them excel. The You Can’t Fail, Inc. Conference educates, inspires, and connects women who are interested in improving their leadership and enhancing their professional networks.

“An inspirational conference for ALL women Leaders. Do you aspire or desire to lead others or yourself into greatness? This is the place to be!”


“I had the opportunity to address attendees on the subject of ‘competence’ and as an up-and- coming leader, this was a pivotal and
defining moment in my life.”


“I look forward to the ‘realignment’ that I receive yearly as a result of attending the
You Can’t Fail conference!”


“The information, networking and encouragement I have received– non-stop- -since stepping through the door has been amazing!”

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