*Registration Closes September 30 end of day.*
The Satellite Women’s Conference (SWC) began in 2018 with almost 60 women representing 40 companies, who took a leap of faith to participate in an industry first women’s only event, has now grown by 35% in just three (in person) years with continued enthusiasm and inspiring support. Last year, in 2021, Satellite was honored to host over 80 women from over 50 companies, representing a mix of 60% first time and 40% returning attendees. To fuel this momentum SWC has moved around the country to make it more accessible, going from Minneapolis, MN in 2018 to Scottsdale, AZ in 2019, with a digital event in 2020, and in 2021 hosting its most engaging experience to date in Nashville, TN. Now this year we’re excited to host our 5th annual Satellite Women’s Conference in San Diego, CA, and hope to serve 100 amazing women from an even broader audience.
SWC has evolved into a connected community of strong businesswomen not only within the portable sanitation industry but also beyond our borders, ranging from small and medium sized business to larger, corporate organizations. Decision makers, owners, managers, field technicians and office staff; with seasoned experience, a few years under their belt, or those who just received their business license and are eager to get started!
SWC is an educational event focused on professional development, personal growth, networking, and community. Together we are celebrating five amazing years of building friendships, developing professional relationships, and sharing ideas and skills necessary for running an efficient, relevant, and profitable business while having fun in the process! And we’re not stopping now!
“In the past four years at SWC, I’ve met the most amazing women in the industry who have shared their joys and laughter, their struggles and fears, their stories and passions both in a room full of women and to me personally. Every year I am inspired by this community of strong, smart women who I look forward to meeting for the first time or seeing again. I truly care about and appreciate everyone who I’ve been fortunate to meet and get to know on this journey. And I am humbled by the overwhelming support of our sponsors; their contributions help to keep this event affordable and sustainable.”
– Michelle Amelse, SWC Co-Chair | Satellite Director of Marketing
Sunday, October 23rd
1:30 - 4:30pm
Optional Group Local Excursion*
Legacy Whale Watch
$50 per Person, Payable to Satellite Industries
Snacks and Beverages Available
Legacy Whale Watch Website
Email: Michelle Amelse to sign-up for trip.
5:00 - 8:00pm
Welcome Reception @ Tidal
(Paradise Point Resort)
Monday, October 24th
6:45 - 7:45am
Breakfast with Friends
Welcome and Kickoff
Lead and Communicate with Confidence and Clarity of Message
Keynote & Workshop Sherhara Downing
Co-Founder of SpeakHaus | Public Speaking Coach | Host | Keynote Speaker
Speaker Developing Employees As Your Greatest Asset
Tanis Jamar, Owner of J Bar Enterprises.
In this ultra-competitive job market, companies need to make a conscious effort to keep their employees (even for a short time) and creatively market themselves as a destination employer while communicating their value proposition across different generations. We’ll explore creative strategies in this ever-evolving market.
A facilitated discussion on the practical, economical, and effective ways to assist employees with the "pre-pandemic pandemic" of mental health, the small steps that can be taken to make a company more appealing to potential employees and addressing the "generation gaps" in hiring and recruiting.
Tanis Jamar and her husband David own and operate J Bar. Based outside of Austin, Texas they have spent the last 15 years investing in, and building, J Bar. Previously a Registered Nurse specializing in Neonatal Intensive Care, Tanis is now fulfilling the role as J Bar's Chief Wellness Officer where she is involved on a day to day basis with advancing J Bar's mission of being a people building company. Tanis is a recovering work-a-holic, a mother to 5 ranging in age from 5 to 11, and a budding holistic wellness coach, who believes that everyone wins when the leader gets better!
Session Challenges and Rewards of being a woman in this industry… International Perspectives.
Jacky Ward, Sanitation Services with GFL Environmental in Ontario, Canada & Former co-owner of A1 Sewage Services
Silvia Cassarà, Satellite Europe, SEMEA Area Sales Manager
We are a strong, global sanitation industry and diverse community with shared, yet unique challenges and rewards in our corner of the world. We’ll hear from two experienced women from across the border and across the pond as they share their story, lessons learned, and perspectives. The strength of this industry is in the people, and we’re excited to extend the conversation internationally to gain further perspective, insight, and connection.
Bringing her passion and over 22 years’ experience in the portable sanitation industry, Silvia Cassarà is excited to join this year’s women’s conference from Tuscany, Italy and share her perspective as well as learn from others. She currently serves as the SEMEA Area Sales Manager in Europe for Satellite.
Her long international experience in the portable sanitation industry makes Silvia a true expert in the field. Silvia continues to be an excellent guidance for companies that have known her for many years as well as to new customers entering the market. Her international background and proficiency in several languages (native Italian, English, German, Portuguese, Spanish and French) give her the ability to interrelate with customers to understand their most demanding requirements. Her creativity in finding the best solutions for customers in harmony with the principles of the company is excellent, as well as her outlook for marketing strategies aimed at improving the conditions of the portable toilet industry for the benefit of all the parties involved. Her passion for nature pushes Silvia to always look at crucial environmental aspects.
“Honesty and integrity, along with determination and dedication, are philosophies that I strive for in all aspects of my life. Applying these principles to my way of conducting business, has allowed me to gain the credibility of my clientele worldwide. My background as a Sales Director at the international level has given me a high level of experience in leadership and professionalism. Now as a full-time working mother of 2 twin 8-year-old girls, the way I work and travel has changed a lot.”
Break | Travel
Site Visit Diamond Environmental
Dinner + Group Event
Tuesday, October 25th
6:45 - 7:45am
Breakfast with Friends
Preparing for the Bust?! Strategies to Turn Uncertainty into Competitive Advantage.
Keynote Meridith Elliott Powell
With the mix of uncertainty, fear and opportunity how do you balance the scale between opportunity and security? And how are you positioned to handle the tidal wave that is coming? Evaluating your strategic plan, key indicators, and business acumen to stay ahead of the competition.
Breakout Sessions 4-Rotating Groups (45 minutes each)
PSAI… Your 411. Benefits of being a Portable Sanitation Association International member for your organization and importance in our industry.
Veronica Crosier, Executive Director, PSAI
SpeakerRevolutionizing Wastewater Treatment
CEO and Founder, Aquacycl
Orianna Bretschger received a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Northern Arizona; and after a career in aerospace and government consulting, she completed a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Southern California. In 2008, Dr. Bretschger joined the J. Craig Venter Institute in San Diego where she continued researching electricity-producing microbes during wastewater treatment. In 2016, Dr. Bretschger founded Aquacycl Inc. with her partners to commercially harness microbial electricity production for wastewater treatment. Aquacycl now offers energy-neutral, decentralized wastewater treatment as a service, saving industrial clients 20%-60% on their wastewater management costs; and helping large CPG companies support healthy watersheds and communities world-wide.
Keynote Kay Frances
Closing Remarks & Prizes
*Must be present to receive prizes
Event Registration Cost:
2022 IS GOING TO BE THE MOST DIVERSE & INVIGORATING SWC YET!
If you’ve ever heard Sherhara speak, you've likely been captivated by her skillful ability to connect and entertain. Her list of credentials is lengthy and if she wanted to she could go on and on about her love for speaking and interpersonal communication.
Sherhara Downing the CoFounder and Chief Visionary Officer of SpeakHaus, a training and professional development company dedicated to transforming business and thought leaders into confident and bold speakers. SpeakHaus is the first in the public speaking industry to provide mobile in-person group coaching that goes directly to the homes of leaders, jumpstarting speaking transformation in one workshop.
With over 16 years of coaching and corporate training experience, Sherhara has elevated the speaking skills of leaders from companies like Under Armour, Capital One, Toyota, AT&T and more.
She has a deep passion for facilitating human connection and cultivating community! She loves tacos and remains the world-leading subject matter expert of the cult classic, Coming to America!
LinkedIn: Sherhara Downing
Meridith Elliott Powell
Everything about today’s marketplace is different – your customers, competition, technology, and employees. In a world that has changed so drastically, doesn’t it make sense that you need a new approach to how you sell, how you lead, how you grow your organization?
Sales strategist, leadership expert, Certified Speaking Professional, and award-winning author, Meridith Elliott Powell wants today’s businesses to stop viewing uncertainty as something that prevents them from being successful. This is why her virtual programs, leadership coaching, online courses, and keynote presentations leverage her 9 step formula for making uncertainty your company’s strategic advantage™.
So you can stop letting unpredictability be an obstacle to your success, and start embracing today’s uncertainty to to drive your organization’s growth and achieve phenomenal results.
Website: Meridith Elliott Powell
Motivational Humorist and Author, Kay Frances MBA, has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 49 States and Canada for over 30 years. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a degree in Health and Education.
Kay is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”
When it comes to humor, Kay is the "real deal" having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s “Girls Night Out” and NBC’s “America’s Funniest People”. She also lived and performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”
Kay Frances combines her years of standup comedy, her education and her passion for her message to offer a unique skill set not often found in one speaker. It’s clean, relatable humor-with-a-message at its funniest! Your stress level will thank you!
The Paradise Point Resort & Spa reservation booking link. Satellite Women’s Conference 2022 at Paradise Point San Diego
*The link will remain active until 11:59 PM PST on the cut-off date of Monday, October 3, 2022. Any remaining rooms not reserved by this date will be released to our general inventory. If a guest is needing a reservation after this date, they will have to call our Reservation Department to book, and the rate and room type will be subject to our availability.
Extending Your Stay
Please note, the link will only allow access to the contracted dates and our Lanai Garden King or Lanai Garden Two Queens room types. If anyone would like different arrival or departure dates than those listed in the link or a different room type, please call reservations at 855-463-3361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
When making your reservation, mention you are attending the Satellite Women’s Conference to receive these rates.