The brunch was a fitting companion to the virtual Awards & Charities Gala.
The Cannata Report honored Kyocera’s Natalie Cumberbatch, Ricoh’s Heather Poulin, and LEAF Commercial Capital’s Michelle Speranza at our 5th Annual Women Influencers Brunch hosted as a webinar and sponsored exclusively by ESP on Friday, November 6.
Following the premiere of our 35th Anniversary Awards & Charities Gala premiere on YouTube on November 5, we honored our Women Influencers as we traditionally have on the day after our gala. We were thrilled to welcome both women and men to the event and are happy to share a video of it on our website.
The brunch kicked off with introductions by CJ Cannata, president and CEO, followed by welcome remarks from Lauren Simmen, director, marketing, ESP, our long-time partner and sponsor.
In keeping with the brunch mindset, guests were surprised with a “Cooking with Carol” video featuring our own Carol C. Cannata. She welcomed viewers into her kitchen as she prepared a special dish from her family’s recipe collection, her father’s original recipe for savory French toast prepared “Italian” style.
After Carol “served” brunch, albeit via video, The Cannata Report’s Sharon Tosto Esker led Cumberbatch, Poulin, and Speranza in a discussion during where each chronicled the evolution of their distinguished careers. The women shared insights into various subjects, including career fulfillment, team building, collaboration, establishing trust, and fostering motivation, from both a personal and a managerial perspective. Each shared their thoughts on what bravery and authenticity look like in the workplace. The discussion also focused on key topics examined in The Cannata Report’s Women Influencers issue published in October, specifically the importance of diversity of thought among team members.
The women also addressed several questions posed by the attendees that touched on a wide array of subjects. They fielded questions about leading a remote workforce, making the industry more inclusive of women, especially women of color, and how male colleagues can help women grow and meet their full potential in the industry.