Thirteen years ago, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce organized an innovative organization for women in the workplace when they were struggling for equality and expanding their influence in the business world. Winning Opportunities for Women became a way to connect.

Today, Winning Opportunities for Women still exists, but has evolved as women in the workplace have.

On Friday, March 20, the Chamber will host the 13th annual WOW conference at Northern Essex Community College's Technology Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Each year is more of a celebration of how far we've come," Chamber Vice President Leanne Eastman said.

This year's conference, designed to engage everyone from entry-level to executives, will focus on the Law of Attraction, a principle in life about how to take control of one's feelings, bodies and actions. Lauren DiBiase will lead the exercises and presentation to the crowd of about 100 to 150 women expected to attend.

DiBiase has been a student of team building, personal development and leadership training for the last 15 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in mental health counseling and is a certified coach. In addition, she has been working with life coach Bob Proctor, a featured expert in the movie "The Secret," for many years. She is licensed to represent his organizational and training material.

In addition to her work as a coach, DiBiase has also had success in building a host of other business ventures. Most recently, she started a real estate development and property management firm.

Assisting DiBiase will be Nicola Woodhouse. Woodhouse is a lifelong student of human development and holistic health. She terms the last 15 years as a "conscious journey for abundant living."

Poet Paula Esteys will read a poem about personal responsibility and leadership. WOW committee members and elected officials will also participate.

Guests to the conference will receive a packet of materials, Law of Attraction-themed conference gifts, continental breakfast provided by Corporate Chefs and lunch provided by Simply Elegant Catering. The conference is sponsored by Rockingham Toyota.

Tickets are $69 per person. Each additional attendee from one company may receive the group rate of $59 per person. Scholarships for students and nonprofits are available by contacting the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce at 978-373-5663 or by e-mailing Jen Cantwell at jen@haverhillchamber.com. Participants may register online at www.HaverhillChamber.com.

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