Sep 7, 2017

The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) and the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism are pleased to announce the fourth annual Wyoming County Women's Business Summit to be held Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Beaver Hollow Conference Center/Biggest Loser Resort Niagara, 1083 Pit Road, Java Center, NY. The theme of this year’s summit is “Close to Home.”


The daylong summit co-sponsored by the Beaver Hollow Conference Center/Biggest Loser Resort Niagara; Women’s OB-GYN of Warsaw; and Silver Lake Brewing Project, will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and will feature local business owner and entrepreneur Keirsten Schaffer of Lila Pilates as Keynote Speaker. Participants will also attend several break-out sessions, a luncheon of locally sourced foods, and a panel discussion featuring Wyoming County business women. General admission is $80.00 per person; $70.00 for ACWC and Chamber members.


"We are very pleased to co-host the fourth Women's Business Summit with the ACWC at Beaver Hollow,” said Wyoming County Chamber President Scott Gardner. "Our continued goal is to bring women business owners, professionals, and entrepreneurs, a unique opportunity to hear from dynamic presenters on a wide range of issues relevant to the personal and professional lives of Wyoming County’s professional women in business."


"Every year we incorporate the ACWC’s year-long theme into the Women’s Summit, and the theme for this year is “Close to Home.”  I am eager to hear the different interpretations regarding close to home within the context of our women owned businesses or women in the work place. I am especially eager to hear how our keynote speaker Keirsten Schaffer will weave her information about the human body into the theme,” said ACWC Executive Director Jacqueline Hoyt.


As a twenty-year resident of Wyoming County, Keirsten Shaffer is the owner of Lila Pilates in downtown Perry, New York. She is dedicated to working locally and supporting her community. Her early career consisted of community and economic development in Livingston and Wyoming Counties. In 2001, she cofounded the Perry Farmers’ Market. She also spent four years as a healthcare marketing consultant for the Wyoming County Community Health System. In 2006, Keirsten was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, which eventually led her to a dedicated study of bodywork, movement, and wellness. At the Women’s Business Summit, she will take you through her journey to wellness and how she found movement and massage therapy to be the key for her overall health and ultimately improve or enhance your work performance.


Other presenters will include breakout session speakers featuring:

  • Negotiating Skills: Victoria Reynolds, Deputy District Director, US SBA
  • Multi-Generational Workplaces – Finding the Strengths: JoBeth Rath, Trainer/Goodwill Industries
  • Personal Branding: Kelly Tracy, Recruiter, Pioneer/Navient
  • Social Media, Where do You Want to Be?: Jessica Seymour, Partner MOTIV Digital Media


Panel Discussion featuring the following panelists:

  • Sarah Keeler, owner / instructor - Genesee Dance Theatre, Perry
  • Lisa Seewaldt, owner - Ash-Lin’s Elegant Rose Florist and Gift Shop, Warsaw
  • Laura DeBadts, Independent Senior Sales Director for Mary Kay, Warsaw
  • Sarah Billings, owner / Lead Stylist slb salon & boutique, Inc., Perry
  • Sandra Pirdy, owner, Creekside Fabrics, and motivational speaker/ instructor, Arcade


To receive more information or to register for the Summit, please email Kelly Ashcraft at or call the Chamber office at (585) 786-0307. Seating is limited.


The Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) and the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism are both leaders in the field of services they provide in Wyoming County.


The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism is the leading membership organization for local and regional growth, advocacy, and connection for Wyoming County’s business community. The Chamber & Tourism’s mission is to serve the members and community; promote and grow the area’s economic and tourism assets; and work collaboratively to create an environment that leads to the success and economic prosperity of Wyoming County. For more information or to become a member please call 585-786-0307 or visit the website at


The Mission of the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) is to bring art to the people and people to the arts, which is being accomplished by their vision to enable unlimited opportunity for artists to create, and for the community to engage in, the arts. The ACWC provides funding to artists and non-profit organizations in Wyoming County, primarily through the Community Arts Grant program funded by the New York State Council on the Arts. The organization is home to two year-round galleries on Main St., Perry, NY, and supports 12 satellite galleries throughout Wyoming County as well as presenting the Annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show with over 300 artisans, and an audience of over 90,000.  For more information about the ACWC or to become a member, please call 585-237-3517 or visit the website at


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