• Join us for our 7th Own it! Women's Conference:

    Thursday, March 21st

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Radisson Hotel Corning

    $75 per person

    Please register no later than Friday, March 15

    Register online here


    Presented by


  • Our 2024 program theme is "Own Your Peace"

    Sessions include:
    How Can We Define & Cultivate Inner Peace, Renae Carapella-Johnson, LMHC, NCC
    Protecting Your Inner Peace, Chelsea Ambrose, LCSW
    I Am Enough!, Judith Rowe & Kristen Morseman
    STOP Giving Away Your Peace, Pamela Porter


    When we launched in 2017, Own it! was chosen as as our name because we wanted everyone to leave the conference inspired and empowered, with the knowledge of something they wanted to do for themselves, and a plan to make it happen.
    This year, our conference program theme is "Own Your Peace".  We all have so much going on: from the roles we play, demands on our time, physical, mental and emotional health, and what's going on in the world around us.  How do you find - and hold on to - balance, or inner peace, or your sense of self in the midst of all that?  For our 2024 conference,  we're building our program to help each attendee identify, cultivate, protect, and own their peace - whatever peace means to each individual.


    The program includes:

    • Networking (optional) - The conference will kick of at 10:00 am, and you are welcome to gather early for time to mingle and talk with other attendees.  Additional networking time is optional following the program
    • Sessions, breaks and a buffet lunch - if you have special dietary needs, please include that in the Comments when you register online, or send an email to jbmorgan@corningny.com
    • Attendees are encouraged to bring a personal care item to donate to The Potter's Hands.  See the wish list here


  • More about the sessions


    How Can We Define and Cultivate Inner Peace - Renae Carapella-Johnson, LMHC, NCC
    “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” ~Eckhart Tolle
    In this reflective workshop we will explore the definition of inner peace and how to cultivate this sacred space.  Through storytelling, reflective exercises and engaging discussion, Renae will guide women to a shared understanding and personal definition of inner peace.  The second half of this workshop will include practices and strategies to support cultivating this peaceful state, particularly in times of stress and overwhelm.  

    Protecting Your Inner Peace - Chelsea Ambrose, LCSW

    In this transformative session we will explore the power of focusing on what is genuinely within our control – ourselves. Through engaging discussions and activities, we'll delve into the distinctions between rules and boundaries, helping you establish healthy frameworks for personal well-being. Moreover, we'll navigate the nuanced landscape of expectations, understanding how managing them effectively can shield us from unnecessary disappointments. Discover practical strategies to cultivate and safeguard your inner peace amidst life's challenges, empowering you to navigate with resilience and mindfulness.


    I Am Enough! - Judith Rowe & Kristen Morseman

    Who do you think you are? How do you think about yourself? How do others see you? Are you good enough? Most people ponder these questions at various times in their lives…and sometimes suffer in silence about the negativity associated with these feelings. This may be Imposter Syndrome and you don't have to do this alone! In this interactive session the speakers will share their own stories as well as engage you in defining Imposter Syndrome and share ideas about what to do when it appears!


    STOP Giving Away Your Peace - Pamela Porter

    We don’t need anyone to tell us the importance of inner peace. We know that our lives are out of balance when we prioritize others over ourselves and set boundaries that we consistently violate. Yet we find ourselves in a cycle that seems difficult to get out of. We can STOP giving away our peace if we are willing to do the work and be intentional. This session will help us take actionable steps to maintain inner peace, balance, and well-being.


  • About our speakers:


    Renae Carapella-Johnson, LMHC, NCC, is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.  She serves as a licensed mental health counselor and owner of Ray of Light Counseling and Consulting in Savona, New York.  Renae is committed to supporting people on their journey of healing, hope and recovery.  She believes that we each have an innate inner wisdom and in her clinical work she strives to support people in connecting with this wise self.  Renae is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and specializes in the treatment of trauma.  She has provided numerous trainings and workshops on mental health topics to community members and mental health professionals.  She is also a part-time instructor at Alfred University in their Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program and deeply enjoys serving as a teacher to future counselors.  When she isn’t working, she loves to read, write, travel, and spend time with her friends and family.   


    Chelsea Ambrose is a holistic counselor, coach, leader, and healer.  Chelsea has a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and has clinically focused on working with people  dealing with major life transitions including grief, chronic illness, trauma, LGBTQ+, and women’s issues.  Additionally, she holds expertise as a Reiki Master and Certified Sound Healer, emphasizing the integration of body, heart, mind, and spiritual connections as crucial elements of comprehensive well-being. After 10+ years in executive non-profit leadership she has recently transitioned to running her own small business, Beauty Way.   Chelsea is committed to living a life of service, developing strong collaborative partnerships that enhance our community, and helping individuals tap into the strength and resilience that lies within all of us.




    An experienced coach, trainer, and facilitator, Judy Rowe is the principal of Judith A. Rowe Consulting, LLC. Her approach to working with her clients is to help them to discover their strengths, define a vision and create a pathway toward that vision for success.
    Judith has a career spanning more than 30 years with experience working with fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and non-profit and government organizations. During her 27-year career with Corning Incorporated, she held a wide range of roles, including product engineer, sales engineer, customer service supervisor, supervisory effectiveness trainer, human resources manager, quality training coordinator, and Performance Excellence facilitator. She earned dual undergraduate degrees in civil and industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and a master’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is also certified as a Six-Sigma Green Belt, as well as StandOut and People Skills trainer.
    Judith lives with her family in upstate New York and enjoys serving on non-profit boards and volunteering for community-based activities.


    Meet Kristen Morseman, a seasoned Sales & Marketing Manager at Express Employment Professionals with an inspiring journey that spans 18 years in the hospitality industry.  Transitioning seamlessly into her current role, she brings a wealth of experience and a genuine passion for making meaningful connections.

    With a heart dedicated to helping people of all ages, she believes in the transformative power of kindness and strives to support others on their unique life journeys.  Family and friends are at the core of her world, providing the foundation for her boundless love and commitment.

    Graduating from Genesee Community College with a business degree, she has honed her skills to perfection.  A Certified Professional Bridal Consultant, she adds a touch of creativity to her professional repertoire.  Her commitment to community shines through her roles as a board member for the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the PTA, where she champions the importance of collaboration and community engagement.

    As a mother of three and a loving wife, she understands the delicate balance between work and family.  Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in fitness, exploring culinary delights, and savoring the simple pleasures of life.

    Armed with outside sales certifications, she transforms challenges into opportunities, bringing her unique blend of expertise to the staffing industry.  With her warm-hearted approach, dedication to kindness, and a robust background, Kristen is not just a Sales & Marketing Manager but a guiding force, enriching both her professional and personal spheres.


    Pamela W. Porter is a corporate leader, public speaker, preacher, mentor, and coach. She is passionate about helping women and young people live their dreams and advance their careers. She also supports several educational and community-service programs. She is a member of the board of directors for Women Reaching Women Global, a non-profit organization that facilitates the guidance, support, and education of women and girls to help them and their families achieve better economic, physical, and social wellness. 

    She is a member, past president, and former chaplain of the Ithaca Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She has also served as a member of the Southeast Steuben County Library board of directors.  Pamela is also an ordained minister who has participated in church-sponsored missions trips to Liberia, Ghana, and Haiti. 

    As the director of Corporate Marketing and Communications, Global Operations for Corning Incorporated, she leads communications for the Chief Operating Officer and several global functions that report to him. She also manages communications teams in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and India. In her 23 years with Corning, she has held a variety of leadership roles across the company.  

    Prior to joining Corning, she was a producer at “The Early Show” on CBS in New York City, where she had a successful 14-year career in broadcast journalism.  Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Pamela graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. She is the very proud mother of four children: Daevon, Alexis, Gabrielle, and Douglas.


    Thank you to our Sponsors!












    What we did in 2023:

    Conference Program

    Registration opens at 11:00 am  -  Conference Kick off & Welcome at 11:30 am

    Session 1: Using Money Psychology as Self Care, Kelly Lewis CFP, JD, LLM

    Buffet Lunch

    Session 2: How to Make Your System Less Nervous: Strategies to Calm the Mind & Body, Renae Carapella-Johnson

    Session 3:  Nourishing Your Whole Self, Panel Discussion, Moderated by Susan Bull & Judy Rowe

    Stretch Break with Marla Wilson-Doan

    Session 4:  Professionalism & PowHER, Pamela Porter

    Wrap Up & Closing Remarks  


    Download a pdf with the program to remember or share


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  • Own it! Vision

    Empowered women
    Empowering women


    To create an inclusive community which supports and empowers every woman to build the best version of herself