Group To Host Conference

ST. MARYS — A local women’s group is hosting an area event for women next month.

The Auglaize-Mercer Women in Business Networking Association is hosting the Women’s Power Conference on Saturday, March 31, at Wright State University Lake Campus.

“Auglaize-Mercer Women in Business provides a great networking opportunity for women, and this is the first event of its kind in this area, that’s what we’re very excited about,” Women in Business President Sandy Matthews Gerdeman said. “This will provide networking and personal/professional development opportunities, and it helps to raise money for our scholarship fund.”

Currently, the event is looking for vendors and additional sponsors for the event.

“For vendors, it’s first-come, first-serve,” Matthews Gerdeman said, noting they will not duplicate vendors — for example, they will have only one lia sophia vendor.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase your business.”

Current sponsors for the Women’s Power Conference include The Evening Leader, The Wapakoneta Daily News, A Bit of Nature, Culligan Water, Clear Channel Radio, Celina Manor and Wright State.

“The conference is one day,” Matthews Gerdeman noted.

“Anybody who has registered can come to the meet and greet event the night before at Celina Manor. That’s another networking opportunity, and all of the sponsors will be there.”

The March 31 event begins with registration and with vendors opening at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude by 4:30 p.m. Candace Klein and Donna Krech are the event’s two keynote speakers.

“It’s all of these development sessions,” Matthews Gerdeman said. “There are people talking about everything, and a lot of it is geared toward balancing business and life.”

The speakers are all women, and in addition to Klein and Krech, Robyn Elston, Susan Marsico, Jan Miesse, Cea Cohen Elliot and Dr. Sharon Showman will also be speaking.

“Candace’s is called ‘How to be a Bad Girl in the Business World,’ and she helps women learning to finance their business,” Matthews Gerdeman said. “Donna will speak about balancing.”

All of the women, Matthews Gerdeman added, have life experience to bring to the table.

“They have phenomenal stories,” she said.

“All of these women speak nationally, and we’re so excited to have them come and speak here.”

The conference will also feature door prizes, and the Grand Lake Health System will be offering screenings relative to women throughout the event.

“This is just going to be a phenomenal day for women in this area,” Matthews Gerdeman said. “It’s going to be a very informative, a very good networking event.”

Matthews Gerdeman, with EZ Promotions, added she also wanted to thank her board, which consists of Tonya Temple with 3 Rivers Federal Credit Union, Teri Hirschfeld with Quality Ready Mix/ConAg, Cathy Flynn, with Creative Catering, Melissa Smalley with Celina Manor, Nikki Stolzenburg with Stroh Johnson and Linda May with Bruns Realty.

“They have put in a lot of hours helping to pull this off,” Matthews Gerdeman said.

Because of limited seating, Women’s Power Conference attendees must register in advance, and registration is $99 on or before Feb. 29 and $109 after March 1. For more information and to register, call 419-733-5692 or log on to