The 2018 Woman Up Conference was recently held at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, N.Y. Emily Gumkowski from our Grand Island office attended the event, which was themed “The Future of Work.” Sessions were held around the influence and impact on women of all generations. Woman Up was founded by Joan Graci, Owner and President of APA Solutions, in an effort to bring women of Buffalo together under one roof to discuss, support and learn from one another, maximizing “the educational and empowerment opportunities that shape area women of today, tomorrow and beyond.”

It was a room full of “disrupters” — leaders ready to impact the future of work and bring something new to the table. Sheri Sullivan, VP of People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, was the keynote speaker and provided tools necessary to implement the material and strategies discussed. Sheri spoke about leadership in the digital era and how to leverage it — and not avoid it. To round out the day the group broke into several different sessions covering everything from entrepreneurship to emotional intelligence. The event was not only inspiring and empowering but it provided a wealth of knowledge and insight about the future of the workplace. It is amazing what can be achieved when you bring a group of talented, strong and motivated women into one space.