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  • Meet the Mentorship Auction Participants for the Your Hour, Her Power Luncheon!

    Meet the Mentorship Auction Participants for the Your Hour, Her Power Luncheon!

    Attend the Your Hour, Her Power: 2019 International Women's Day Luncheon this Friday for your chance to bid on great prizes from our Mentorship Auction, featuring a wide variety of experiences with female leaders across our region. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our auction items:

    Mentorship Package valued at $2,500 from Clancy Cash Harrison!
    Do you want to be a thought leader, shake up the status quo, & ignite change? Give Clancy 6 months to show you everything you need to be a transformational speaker who gets booked and paid!

    The Mentorship Program runs from April to September 2019. Whether you are new to speaking or a seasoned expert, this mentorship will take you to the next level! You get 8 hours of virtual personal coaching on Zoom,15 hours of her time to review, edit, and provide valuable feedback, along with unlimited email access!

    Clancy Harrison challenges the way hunger is approached in the U.S. as a TEDx speaker, dietitian, author, and food justice advocate. She speaks to thousands of healthcare professionals, non-profit organizations, and universities every year about food insecurity and improving health outcomes. Her mission to demolish the stigma surrounding food assistance programs places her on the cutting edge of advocacy.

    Event and Design Experience with Maggie Zembruski of Dundee Gardens!
    Shadow Maggie as she plans for Dundee’s busiest season of the year….SPRING! This two-hour experience includes the opportunity to work with their events team to execute a fun and interactive DIY event in their greenhouse!

    This is your opportunity to think creatively and out of the box. Together you will plan the logistics, assist in designing a creative digital invitation and coordinate the outreach. 

    To top off the experience, you and a guest will be invited back as co-hosts of the event!

    Historic Farm Experience with Suzanne Kapral, Director at The Lands at Hillside Farms!
    Your Saturday experience will begin at 6 AM as you and Suzanne head to the new cow barn for morning milking, calf feeding, and barn-related chores. Then, it is off to the pastures where you will be greeted by 150 happy hens (and two bossy guard geese) as you gather buckets of fresh eggs. From there, it's off to the egg house to wash, prepare, and pack the morning's yield to be sold at the Dairy Store. 

    General (non-dairy) animal care comes next! You and Suzanne will tidy up (read, muck) the stalls of Hillside's beloved goats, donkeys, and sheep then feed each critter. You will also deliver farm-fresh vegetables to Hillside's pigs, Otis, Mercury, and Sunshine. 

    After a quick break, you and Suzanne will head down to historic Spring Brook, a private section of Hillside Farms, where you will learn about unique barns that pre-date the Civil War. Spring Brook is also where Hillside's friendly young heifers play and frolic throughout stunning and spacious pastures. 

    You and Suzanne will leave Spring Brook and head for a tour of Hillside Cottage! A picnic lunch will follow your tour, giving time to refresh and regroup before heading down to the farm's famous Lord and Burnham greenhouse. This spectacular structure was constructed between 1820 and 1870 and was fully restored in 2011. There are only a few of its kind in existence worldwide. 

    What is a day at Hillside Farms without a stop in the Dairy Store? You'll see how we make ice cream and process our exclusive Hillside Gold dairy products. Of course, an ice cream treat will be included!

    Your farm experience wraps up around 3 PM.

    But wait, there's more! Head back home to "defarm" (trust, you will smell like a farm) and freshen up. At 5:30 PM, meet Suzanne at The Westmoreland Club to talk about the day while enjoying a fabulous dinner of your choice.

    To increase chances of optimal weather, this farm experience will take place in either June or early September. 

    About Suzanne:
    Suzanne Kapral is director of Development and Marketing for Hillside Farms. She has served in a fundraising/marketing capacity for 30 years and is registered in Pennsylvania as Professional Fundraising Counsel. In another life, Suzanne was an on-air fundraiser as well as producer/host of State of Pennsylvania for WVIA-TV/FM. In 2014, Suzanne was named one of the "Top 20 Women in Business" by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing and a Master’s degree in organizational management with a concentration in nonprofit. Suzanne is active in Big Brothers / Big Sisters and in November 2018 was sworn in as a Luzerne County Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children. In March 2019, Suzanne will launch her
    much anticipated podcast, "Chanel & Muckboots (CMB). CMB is conversations with extraordinary women who are neighbors, co-workers, family members, and friends. These women are beautiful, wise, badass, resilient, have guts, and get s#!t done.

    An All-Expenses Paid Trip to NYC with Lori Nocito, Executive Director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre!
    Lori is offering a full day, all-expenses paid trip to NYC! She will be working with winner directly to detail out the day. This day trip includes all meals as well as professional and personal development from the women who epitomizes what it means to be a servant leader!

    She has been named one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal, has received a Community Partner award from Luzerne County Head Start, and was named Greater Pittston Person of the Year in 2001. She received the Wyoming Valley Women’s Club Woman of the Year award and the Thomas M. Kobeski Community Spirit Award. In 2013, she received the Luzerne County Dress for Success ‘Sister of Success” award. In 2014, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian American Association of Luzerne County and Community Spirit Award from the YMCA. She is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Athena Award presented by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.

    Lori’s volunteer activities include: Chairperson of the Pittston Tomato Festival and the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network; member of the Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; member of the Luzerne County Bar Association Lay Advisory Board; Luzerne County Head Start Board of Directors; PNC Bank Community Advisory Board; Geisinger Northeast Advisory Board; Circle 200 Executive Women’s Network; National Association of Leadership Programs; member of the International Leadership Association; and she is also a member of the United States Military Academy Selection Board.

    Guest Host Experience with Haley from WBRE's PA Live!
    The details: 
    - Arrive at 3 p.m. 
    - Go over the scripts
    - Guest host the show!
    - Mingle with the guests on the show and see how it all works behind the scenes!
    - Enjoy the food on the show and after
    - Be promoted with pictures/videos on our social media sites


    - A tour of WBRE/WYOU studios and a meet and greet with other anchors/meteorologists/reporters 
    - Watch some of the 5 p.m. news
    - Autographed picture
    - Swag from CBS/NBC shows
    - Leave by 6 p.m. 

    Haley Bianco loves being home in Pennsylvania! She joined the Eyewitness News team in May 2016 as the Schuylkill County Bureau Reporter. In September 2018 she was named a co-host for WBRE’s lifestyle show, PA Live! You can see her on the show Monday through Friday 4 to 5 p.m. The show features community organizations, local bands, area chefs and so much more!

    Haley got her start as a multimedia journalist in Bluefield, West Virginia at the NBC-affiliate, WVVA. Before that, Haley was an intern in Los Angeles. She helped with red carpet events while interning for NBC Universal’s E! News, and covered events as a reporter/producer for Entertainment Scoop. She has also interned for KMIR 6 NBC News in Palm Springs, California. Haley’s first internship was at Blue Ridge Communications, News 13 in Lehighton.

    Dine and Diamonds Experience with Elva Valentine of Valentine's Jewelry LLC
    Your Dine and Diamond experience will begin at 1:00 at Valentine's Fine Jewelry in Dallas. You and Elva can discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur in todays economy. Discover how to deal with the international markets. You will learn how diamonds are graded and what Elva looks for when she purchases items for sale in the store.

    Enjoy the atmosphere of the shop -  feel and touch the jewelry. Learn the current trends and how to invest in the right piece that will withstand the test of time. As a remembrance of your day, you will receive a gift certificate that can be used toward the purchase of a lovely piece of jewelry valued at $50. Your day will end at dinner at a local restaurant where you can share your insights of the day and hopefully, solidify a new friendship.

    Then, on Thursday, October 17, you and a guest will accompany Elva as she hosts Dress for Success Luzerne County's signature event, Diamonds in the Woods. You and your guest will be invited to attempt to select the real diamond from the champagne tower.


    Please join us in collaboration with Dress for Success Luzerne County on International Women's Day 2019 for Your Hour, Her Power, a buffet-style luncheon featuring a Mentor Auction, guest speaker Dr. Lauren Hazzouri, and an opportunity to connect with other incredible women in our region. Register today by clicking here! 

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