Helping Our Members and Community With Personal Growth and Professional Development
Leadership & Learning (L3) Committee provides
education and training to women that builds
relevant leadership skills, communication skills, and keeps them current on
issues needed in the workplace, their community, and the world.
NFBPWC affiliates and non-member organizations can request In-Person or Virtual L3 training modules by submitting a request below:
Francesca Burack is CEO/President of Fearless Talent Development Inc, a global consultancy specializing in individual and organizational transformation; diversity, inclusion, employee engagement; supporting fearlessness in people, especially women. Francesca’s special talent is inspiring transformation by helping individuals and teams make a quantum leap forward by challenging the status quo with creative, reimagined solutions and break through ideas. Her book, “Women Are Special–123 Reasons Why” is available on Amazon. She resides in NYC and loves travel, photography and learning about different cultures.
Amy S. Courter joined the Canton, Michigan BPW organization in 1991 and was Michigan’s Young Careerist. Maintaining her membership since, she has served in many roles and is now BPW/MI President. She became an Affiliate of NFBPWC in 2019, joining the Lifelong Leadership and Learning committee. Amy works with leadership teams of entrepreneurial businesses, helping them build shared Vision, execute with Traction, and become Healthy, cohesive teams. Amy served as national commander of the Civil Air Patrol, the USAF Auxiliary, leading a team of over 61,000 members performing search and rescue, disaster relief, aerospace education, and cadet programs, where she serves as a Major General (2-star). She resides in Kalamazoo, MI.
Barbara J. Davis has been a member of BPW for over 35 years. She served as President of Califoria Federation of BPW in 2000 and serves as State Secretary in 2021. She has served in BPW leadership roles at the club, District, state and National level consistently through her membership. Barbara has 40 years of leadership experience in Human Resources, Training and Development, Safety and Risk Management. Barbara resides in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California and enjoys serving as a tour guide in wine country.
Beth Gibson Lilja has been a member of NFBPWC since 1996 and has served as president of Minnesota Business Women and in positions at local, state and national levels. She is a member of the NFBPWC Virtual Chapter. Beth has specialized in professional organizing and training for over 20 years. Through her company, BGL & Associates, LLC – Professional Organizers, Beth brings order and peace of mind to people and groups with her leadership and organizational skills. Beth organizes home offices, photographs, and events. A graduate of St. Cloud State University, Beth lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with her husband Patrick and their dog Caribbean (Cari).
Dr. Trish Knight joined NFBPWC in Michigan and has been a member for 28 years. She is a past national president and current member of the Virtual Chapter, and is the Mentoring Program Chair. She has worked with the (L3) program since 2004 and served as a program facilitator/trainer. As a freelance writer and consultant, she is a virtual nomad traveling since 2016 with her husband and blind Tibetan Terrier in their motorhome. She has a daughter and two young adult grandchildren.
Susan Oser has been an active member of BPW, at many levels. She is currently Past President and program chair of the Michigan legacy group and editor of their Monday Minute Newsletter. Via NFBPWC she is past president of Virtual Club, current V.P. Membership of Michigan Affiliate, and a member of several committees. For her day job, she is an online English as a Foreign Language Teacher for Carrot Solutions. Her hobbies are adult coloring, crafting and being a volunteer DJ for NKAirplay Radio with a show on Saturday and Sunday at 7pm ET. She currently lives with a partner in Westland, Michigan.
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Jane Taff joined the Downtown Sacramento Affiliate in April of 2021. She is a Leadership, Communication & Personal Development Trainer for her firm Taff Enterprises and is a certified Professional Life Coach and DISC Behavioral Analyst as well as a John Maxwell team member. She is happily married, with three children and 2 cats. She resides in Citrus Heights, California.
Kathy Kelly is a small business owner and is celebrating 50 years in business. Her company, Personnel Profiles, Inc., was established in 1971 and continues today with service to the new home industry in the US and Canada. With a degree in Religious Studies/Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Kathy’s passion has always been to advocate for women and girls. She has served in many BPW positions, including state president in her home state of Colorado and currently serving at the national level as vice president of membership. At the international level, Kathy has served as the BPW delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status on Women (2013- present) and completed a 3-year term on the Women for Water Partnership International Steering Committee (www.womenforwater.org). She continues her involvement with capacity-building projects for women and girls with the NGO www.Afghans4Tomorrow.org 2009-present. Kathy splits her time between Personnel Profiles (with the support of her rocket-scientist husband of 43 years, Jimmie), volunteer work, her two grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys skiing, hiking, Bronco games and concerts at Colorado's beautiful Red Rocks amphitheater.
Cyndi McCabe (Virtual Chapter Member) has been a BPW member for 35+ years and is a past state president of BPW/Ohio. Her diverse professional background includes higher education, outplacement, HR, consulting, and corporate training. As a career coach she has worked with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from college students and recent graduates preparing for their first professional job to working adults making career changes including job loss, relocation and transitioning into retirement. Cyndi lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Chuck and enjoys hiking, bicycling, traveling, and collecting license plates.
Daneene has been a member of the NFBPWC since 2015. She has served two terms as the Virtual Chapter President and has functioned as the club’s Social Media/Technology Chair or Co-Chair throughout her time as a member. In 2017 she joined the NFBPWC/USA PR/Social Media Committee and led the team as PR Chair from 2018-2020. In August 2020, Daneene was elected to the 2nd VP of Advocacy position. Daneene is a Business Solutions Specialist/Benefits Advisor with Consultative Business Solutions, offering a forward-thinking and out-of-the-box approach to common challenges businesses of all sizes face. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Daneene currently lives in Parma, OH (near Cleveland, OH) with her husband Jeff, her daughter Maya, her son Jerrod and the family’s four fur-babies, Molly, Pixie, Beans and KoKo.
Kathy Telban has been a member of BPW for over 35 years and was the founding President of NFBPWC’s Virtual affiliate. She is currently the Chief Outcome Strategist for iSOLVit LLC and organizational effectiveness firm that helps organizations improve their outcomes where everyone matters. She is a multi-dimensional professional with expertise in information technology, training, sales, human resource, performance improvement and outcomes-based education. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sandy Thompson has been a member of the Burbank Club since 1982. Sandy is a Past President of the California Federation and the Immediate Past President of the National Federation. She currently serves the California Federation and Valley Sunset District as Parliamentarian. Sandy is retired from Amtrak, where she worked in a variety of positions for 35 years including Manager of Los Angeles Union Station. Sandy resides in her family home in Burbank, California with her cat, Lily. She keeps busy volunteering with a variety of organizations.
Nancy Werner has been a longtime member of BPW for many years as she joined at the age of 22. She enjoyed being an educator for 35 years. Since 2018, she has joined her family’s business, Ironton Telephone / Global Company, as their acting recording secretary / treasurer. Nancy has served as our NFBPWC VP-Advocacy from 2018-2020 and as a charter member of the PA Affiliate Chapter of NFBPWC since 2012. Presently she is serving as the group’s President. Nancy has been married 50 years to Fred and have two children who both reside in MA with their five grandchildren. She resides in East Greenville, PA.(northwest of Philadelphia in northern Montgomery County.)
Linda Wilson has been a member of BPW for 50 years. She has served as NFBPWC 2nd Vice President for Advocacy and as Rapid Response Team Chair. She is a past President of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women and is presently President of Sierra Mar BPW District (CA). She is a member of East Los Angeles-Montebello BPW. She presently maintains the California BPW website. She taught her first Individual Development (previous name of L3P) in 1974 and has taught it a few times since then. She is a retired librarian having served as Monterey Park (CA) City Librarian and in other librarian positions in California, Florida and Minnesota. She is single and lives in Monterey Park, CA. She likes to travel and hopes to get back to it when it is safe.
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