Two-day Retreat Focuses on Women's Leadership

February 29, 2012


BUFFALO, NY – The Canisius College Center for Professional Development will host a two-day Women Leaders’ Retreat onWednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26 at its Amherst location, 300 Corporate Parkway, Amherst. The theme for the retreat is “Being at the Table: Strengthening Your Leadership Effectiveness.”

Participants will strengthen and improve their personal leadership competencies and will have the opportunity to share best practices with outstanding professional women in Western New York. Workshop facilitators include:

    • Gretchen Fierle, chief communications officer, HealthNow;

    • Amy Pearl, president, RV Rhodes LLC;

    • Siobhan Smith, senior vice president, organizational development, First Niagara Financial Group;

  • Michele Tucker, human resources/training and development, Tapecon, Inc.

Panelists for the dinner discussion with dynamic WNY women leaders include:

    • Laura Blain, director of Global Human Resource Operations, Graphic Controls;

    • Maria C. Brown, CPA, controller and chief fiscal officer, city of Niagara Falls;

    • Bonnie L. Glazer, LCSW-R, ACSW, executive director, Child and Adolescent Treatment Services;

    • Therese J. Hickok, senior marketing manager, Uniland Development Company;

    • Nora McGuire, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Independent Health;

  • Jeannine Higgins, Canisius College Center for Professional Development (moderator)

The fee for the retreat is $1,495 (includes continental breakfasts, lunches, and dinner). For registration information, contact the Center for Professional Development at (716) 888-8490 or visit the website at

The Canisius College Center for Professional Development offers personalized, professional training and consulting that provides critical knowledge and skills to maximize employees’ and their organization’s performance.

Canisius College is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders - intelligent, caring, faithful individuals - able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.