Lisa Wexler, popular Connecticut radio talk show personality and host of “The Lisa Wexler Show”, will host a workshop, “Are You Laissez-Faire or a Dictator? Exploring Your Leadership Style” during the 2011 Business Women’s Forum® (BWF®) on Tuesday, October 18 ( in Hartford, Connecticut. The BWF is Connecticut’s largest and longest-running full-day annual conference for women and men and will be held Tuesday, October 18th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The theme of the 2011 Business Women’s Forum will be “Power, Passion, Purpose” and the full day of professional development workshops, networking and motivational speakers will feature radio/TV personality and author of “10 Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd”, Connie Podesta, plus TV actress and Special Olympics Advocate, Susan Saint James, and Special Olympics Champion, Loretta Claiborne.

    Celebrating 29 years of success in 2011, The Business Women’s Forum is a program of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Waterbury, Connecticut, and led by 35 female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women. The BWF is sponsored annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration and supported by numerous local, regional and national companies. “During the past 28 years,” explained Lynn Ward, a 2011 BWF director and president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, “the BWF has generated in excess of $140,000 in scholarship funds for female Post University students to pursue a business education. For 29 years, the mission of the non-profit BWF is our continual commitment to equality of opportunity and advancement for women in business.”

    The Business Women’s Forum executives anticipate more than 800 business people from across Connecticut, New England, and New York State will attend this annual mega-business event. Bernadette Graziosa, owner of The Grotto & Mrs. G in Waterbury, CT, and chairperson of the 2011 BWF Workshop Committee, explained, “Participants can choose from eight different workshops. Four will run concurrently in the morning between 10:30 and 12:00 noon, and four will run concurrently between 2:30 and 4:00 PM. Each workshop will feature acclaimed speakers and trainers who will educate and inspire attendees on professional and personal levels.”

    Connecticut and New York Metropolitan Area radio host Lisa Wexler ( stated she is, “Devoted to speaking for and to ‘the Great Thinking Middle’. Wexler identifies herself as an advocate, attorney, author and inquirer. She stated, ‘If it is making news, my mission is to find out “WHY?”. Co-author of the award-winning book, “Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Family, Real Love” with her mother, Gloria Kamen and sister, Rhony Jill Zarin, Wexler frequently appears on radio and television shows in Connecticut and the New York metropolitan area. Her radio show, “The Lisa Wexler Show” airs 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Mondays through Fridays on 1400 WSTC AM/1350 WNLK in Fairfield County, Connecticut reaching the New York City metro area. Lisa has been voted the Gold Coast “Best Radio Personality” for the last three years and The Lisa Wexler Show was awarded Top Prize by the Connecticut Press Association as the Best Radio Show in Connecticut.  She was named one of the 2010 “Movers and Shakers” by the CT Jewish Ledger.

    Lisa Wexler is known to comment publicly on her views about current news, political and cultural events. Guests on her radio show have included Dr. Maya Angelou, Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Larry King, and many other influential newsmakers and celebrities. Co-founder of Women in Power to inspire, educate and empower women, Wexler recently moderated events that included “Brand Me”, “The Art of the Sale”, and “Hire Me! Fire Me!”

   Barbara White, chairperson of the 2011 BWF and a marketing professional with Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Lisa Wexler to this spectacular annual event. For the past 28 years, the BWF has provided attendees with access to phenomenal speakers, networking opportunities and diverse training. Every year participants have told BWF organizers that they benefit greatly from this very informative and wonderfully exciting day.” Annually, the Business Women’s Forum has featured such prominent, high-profile keynote speakers as Paula Abdul, Robin Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Suze Orman, Jane Seymour, Ann Curry, and Faith Popcorn.

   Lisa Wexler’s workshop during the October 18, 2011 BWF, “Are You Laissez-Faire or a Dictator? Exploring  Leadership Style”, will run concurrently with three other workshops scheduled between 10:30 and 12:00 noon. Dr. Elisa Benzoni of Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury will conduct a workshop on “You’re All Woman: Keeping Healthy and Vibrant At Any Age”. Life purpose coach, Barbara Scala, will present “Re-invent, Re-brand, Re-design Your Career: Putting Your Authentic Self First”. Attorney Daniel A. Schwartz with Pullman & Comley, LLC, will present, “To Friend or Not to Friend: Latest Trends of Social Media in the Workplace.”

   Concurrent afternoon workshops during the October 18, 2011 BWF will include “The Power to Connect: Use the Temperament Quadrant System to Facilitate the Most Productive Interviews” presented by Polly Merritt Maglio, vice president global accounts, SpeedReading People, LLC. Comedienne and professional speaker, Michelle Gotay, will present “Losing Your ‘P’ – Power, Passion, Purpose – It Happens to the Best of Us’. Susan Lapine, academic program manager for the MBA program at Post University in Waterbury, CT will present “The Engine of Success: Communicating Effectively for the Results You Want”. Rose Gaidos, Webster Bank Senior Vice President Director of Bank Operations and Security, will present “Piloting the Perils of Financial Fraud Today”.

   Tickets for the 2011 BWF are $175/person for workshops, speakers, continental breakfast, lunch, wine and networking cheese reception. Tickets can be obtained by visiting Participants can join in discussions on, and