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
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 – 2:30 pm     Table talk activity: Women’s wellness; an emotional component on self-care
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm     Closing Remarks
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm    Dance party with DJ Bella!

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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?

Money Matters

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

Hybrid Entrepreneurship

Identifying and monetizing your side hustle.

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


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.

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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