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Power of Women Leadership Series

or a High Performance Team

November 7, 2013 from 3 - 7 p.m.

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The seminar will examine how the thread of an entrepreneurial spirit creates success within an ongoing business, how women's creative energies can be optimized toward innovation, and how an entrepreneurship is just like a new products division of your company. The discussion will include case studies regarding high performance teams and a wine tasting will be featured to understand the concept of "embracing your product."

This seminar will provide the framework and tools needed to create an innovative project and plan to achieve successful outcomes. The development of the business mission, objectives and goals will be outlined along with a discussion of risks and risk strategy. Participants will learn to write a comprehensive Business or Project Plan that will shape the business or project concept from idea to execution including growth and exit strategies. Each participant will receive a software package, a business plan template, which outlines a step by step approach to writing and publishing the plan and includes video remarks by section and examples of hundreds of business plans, forms, and venture capital databases.

About the Facilitator

Elaine Pivinski, Owner of Franklin Hill Vineyards

Elaine Pivinski, owner/operator of Franklin Hill Vineyards, Top 50 Business Women in PA, winner of the Athena award and 2013 Woman of Influence Award will facilitate the seminar. 

Over 35 years ago, at the tail end of the Age of Aquarius, Elaine Pivinski and her then husband were looking for a way to make real their 1960's ideals. They wanted to live off the land. After learning about grapes, wine making and vineyards through a program run by Cornell University, Elaine established Franklin Hill Vineyards in Bangor, which was to become one of the very first vineyards in Pennsylvania. Today, Franklin Hill produces over 35,000 gallons of award-winning wine per year, and is the largest vineyard of the esteemed Lehigh Valley Wine Trail (at 13 acres). "We took a chance all those years ago and tried something new," says Elaine who works together with her son Adam Flatt. "The dream worked out, it really did."

Ibolya Balog, Associate Professor and Chair of the Business, Management, and Economics Department at Cedar Crest College

Ibolya BalogIbolya "Ibi" Balog is an assistant professor in the business department at Cedar Crest College, where she has served as the faculty advisor to the Accounting Club since its inception in 2008. She is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Pennsylvania.
Ibi credits her years of experience in the private sector for her abilities to teach and mentor students today. The continued professional education that is required for maintaining a CPA license also keeps her focused on the technical changes in accounting standards and tax laws, as well as on the CPA code of conduct and ethical standards that are expected of people who serve the public interest.

Ibi has over 20 years of experience working with closely held private companies in the Lehigh Valley, providing consulting services in business and tax planning, ownership transition, estate planning, automation of accounting systems and training.

She also provides accounting and tax services as a senior manager with the Allentown office of Parente Randolph LLC, a regional accounting and consulting firm. Prior to joining Parente Randolph, Ibi was controller of a local manufacturing company.