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Every year, You Can’t Fail, Inc. looks forward to continuing its tradition of providing unforgettable, strategically designed leadership development experiences for multicultural groups of women leaders!

You Can’t Fail Conference Workshop Topics

Each year, the conference is attended by more than 150 women who want to improve their leadership and expand their networks. Annually, workshop topics are selected to align with the conference theme, current trends in women’s leadership, and attendee feedback. These are some of the workshops that have been featured at the conference in the past:

  • Developing the Leader in You
  • Being a High-Trust Woman Leader
  • Thriving Through Seasons of Change
  •  Effective Decision Making and Execution
  • Understanding Leadership Styles
  • Setting Personal and Professional Goals
  • Financial Literacy
  • Sistering in Black, Brown and White
  • The Art of Sistering: Dealing with Difficult Situations
  • Leaned In from a Sisters Point of View

Below is a chronological look at the You Can’t Fail Conferences, offering an overview of its development over the years:


October 6, 2016

Conference Theme: Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Millennial Women Making Moves

You Can’t Fail Conference held at the Doubletree Hotel in East Syracuse, New York. Panel topics and speakers included:

  • Berenice Bonilla
    Executive Presence Matters: 3 Tips for Developing a Personal Brand
  • Tonia Butler
    Build your Career with Style
  • Adri V. The Go Getta
    Achieve Your Goals with a “Go Getta” Attitude
  • Angela Tatem
    The Personal is the Political: Emerging Women Leaders and Community Engagement

October 30, 2015

Conference Theme: Celebrating the Unexpected Leader: Women Leading with Passion & Strategy

You Can’t Fail Conference held at the Doubletree Hotel East Syracuse, New York. Panel topics and speakers included:

  • Johnnie Hill Marsh, Consultant and Chaplain Syracuse Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    Framework Area: Living My Mission
  • Alyssa Whitfield, Executive Director, Rochester Affiliate Dress for Success Worldwide
    Framework Area: Living My Vision
  • Marisol Hernandez, Editor in Chief CNY Latino and Founder of WISE Latina
    Framework Area: Living My Values
  • Nicole Hawkins, Nicole Hawkins Communication Washington D. C.
    Framework Area: Living a Focused Life
  • Melanie Littlejohn, Regional Executive CNY National Grid
    Framework Area: Living My Strategic Priorities

November 14, 2014

Conference Theme: Celebrating the Unexpected Leader: Skills to Help You Excel in leadership.

You Can’t Fail Conference held at the Doubletree Hotel East Syracuse, New York. Panel topics and speakers included:

  • Karen Oxenreider, M&T Bank
    Being the First and Only
  • Evelyn Carter, Wegmans
    Gaining and Sustaining Credibility as Woman Leaders
  • Shannon Magari, Colden Corporation
    Paying It Forward: Keeping the Door Open for Unexpected Leaders Following You
  • Caeresa Richardson, Eaton Corporation, Crouse Hinds Division
    Being Unexpected and a Young Professional

November 5, 2013

Conference Theme: “In Her Footsteps”

You Can’t Fail Conference held at the Doubletree Hotel East Syracuse, New York featuring opening remarks from “Harriet Tubman” portrayed by children’s book author and motivational speaker Jaqueline Grace in honor of the 100th commemoration of Harriet Tubman’s death. Conference centerpiece was a panel discussion and Workshops to support Leaned In from a Sister’s Point of View, to enable attendees to discuss connections between Harriet Tubman and contemporary women of color. Panelists:

  • Michelle Jones Galvin, Harriet Tubman’s great, great, great grandniece
  • Nasha Barnes, CEO and President of Aim Higher En-terprises and Author of Worth 6 Digits and More
  • Sharon Contreras, Syracuse City School District (SCSD) Superintendent and First Afro Latina woman in NYS to serve as Superintendent of Big 5 district;
  • Jackie Robinson, first African American woman TV Anchor at WSTM, in Syracuse, NY.

September 14, 2012

Conference Theme: Take Charge of Your Success

You Can’t Fail Conference held at the Doubletree Hotel East Syracuse, New York featuring Emmy Award-winning writer and critically acclaimed author of the Little Black Book of Success Elaine M. Brown.


September 16, 2011

Conference Theme: Honoring the Queen I Am: Making My Life a Royal Experience!

You Can’t Fail Conference held at the Doubletree Hotel East Syracuse New York featuring keynote speaker and author Rachel JC Bellamy, The Queenpreneur.


September 17, 2010

You Can’t Fail Conference held at Crowne Plaza Hotel Syracuse, New York featuring OWN Television Star, author and spiritual educator Iyanla Vanzant as conference keynote speaker.


September 18, 2009

Inaugural You Can’t Fail Conference held at Crowne Plaza Hotel Syracuse, New York. Featuring local women leaders as workshop facilitators.