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Nearly 500 attend ninth Virginia Women’s Business Conference in Lansdowne

Keynote speaker, New York storyteller Faye Lane.Courtesy photo/Sean O’Rourke Photography
Nearly 500 business women -- and a handful of men -- gathered at Lansdowne Resort and Spa Friday for the ninth annual Virginia Women's Business Conference.

The event featured innovators from a variety of backgrounds and focused on numerous themes, from business development to wellness advice.

Tammy Darvish, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of PenFed Credit Union, was the opening keynote speaker.

She spoke about “never putting profits before people” and the importance of finding trusting, genuine, loyal people who are both supportive when the “chips are down” and quick to celebrate the good times. Darvish urged the audience to focus on building strengths rather than weaknesses. She also hinted that her name may be appearing on a political ballot in Maryland in the not too distant future.

Attendees chose from a range of workshops, looking at everything from how to make a winning first impression to “maintaining your sanity in a chaotic world.”

More than 450 women attended the ninth annual Virginia Women's Business Conference. Times-Mirror/Chantalle Edmunds


Rita Goodroe, founder of Women's Business Garden and a former attorney, held a workshop giving tips on how to network in a more successful way. She also spoke about her time giving dating advice after going on 35 dates in 35 days to mark her 35th birthday and blogging about the experience, which saw her readership grow from 500 to 50,000.

The lunchtime keynote speaker was Faye Lane. The New York storyteller spoke of gratitude, joy, love and service.

“Customer service is about love and service,” Lane told the Times-Mirror. “I think we are seeing the power of a woman with a voice,” she added.

New for 2017 were roundtable talks, with topics including trademark and copyright and marketing tips that work for any business.

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