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2014 Women & Technology Conference Breakout Session: Manage Your Money, Manage Your Life

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Laura Howe

Susie Nelson

Susie Nelson

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Gina Fantasia


Learn how to harness financial power and make it work for you at the 2014 Women & Technology Conference.  Financial gurus will lead you through a serious discussion of finances, including personal financial strategies and techniques; finding and securing your value and worth (e.g., how to negotiate a salary); and investing for the common good–or for your own good!

TechConnect is proud to welcome to this panel the following experts: 

Dr. Gina Fantasia, Director of the University Business Center, Fairmont State University

Gina Fantasia has been practicing law for over 25 years, with a focus on real estate transactions and business advice, including business formation, contract preparation and consultation on human resources and employment matters.   In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Fairmont State University, teaching in the School of Business.  Gina serves as a Director of the  West Virginia Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and the Fairmont State College Foundation, and is a former director of several community and civic groups including United Way the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, and Hope, Inc.   She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center, a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from WVU, and a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in Industrial-Personnel Psychology, and a minor in Business Administration from Fairmont State University.

Susie Nelson, Executive Director, Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley

Susie Nelson has served as Executive Director of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) since 2007.  Under her leadership, the assets of the CFOV have increased by nearly 50%, comprising 190 individual charitable funds.  A new initiative under Nelson’s tenure is the Women’s Giving Circle, bringing more than 130 women together to give annually and decide collectively how to make grants that positively impact the lives of women and girls in the Upper Ohio Valley.   In 2013, Nelson was awarded the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for Staff Leadership by West Virginia Grantmakers.  Nelson serves on the board of Philanthropy West Virginia and as Chairperson of the Program and Conference Committee, on the Executive Committee of Downtown Wheeling, Inc., and on the Local School Improvement Council for Middle Creek Elementary School.  Prior to Nelson’s work at the CFOV, she served as the Director of Marketing & Community Relations for the City of Wheeling where she marketed the city for economic development and worked to enhance summer events at Wheeling’s Heritage Port.  A wife and mother of two, Nelson graduated from West Virginia University in 1993.

Laura Howe, Financial Advisor, Huntington Wealth Advisors/Huntington Investment Company

Laura Howe is a Financial Advisor with the Huntington Wealth Advisors/Huntington Investment Company in Morgantown, WV.   She joined the company nearly eight years ago.  She is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and the WVU College of Law.  A native of Morgantown, Laura still resides there with her husband and two daughters, Gigi and Kendall.

Join us for the 2014 Women & Technology Conference at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WV, October 16-17. You can register and visit the conference website here. Sign up today and share this with colleagues who share your interest in encouraging and supporting women and technology! We look forward to seeing you in Wheeling Oct. 16-17! This conference is sponsored by Techconnect WV and made possible by these sponsors: