Empowering Women Panel


May 17, 2018

Waverly Oaks Golf Club

444 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA 02360

The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 2018 Empowering Women’s Panel Luncheon highlighting the position of women as strong and powerful employees, consumers, and leaders in the workforce. The event will comprise of a designated panel of five influential business women from different industries and professions that will openly discuss how they and others can make a difference in their communities, conquer the workplace and maintain a positive balanced lifestyle. A Women’s Business Showcase will take place before and after the presentation from 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm- 3:00pm.

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  • $55/Members
  • $70/Non Members
  • $400/Tables of 8*

*(Chamber members only- Includes complimentary marketing table at the expo.)

Registration & Expo: 10:30-11:30am

Lunch Start Time: 11:30amregister-button

Panel Discussion: 12:00pm- 1:30pm

Audience Q&A: 1:30pm-2:00pm

Closing Event & Expo 2:00pm-3:00pm








Moderator: Adrienne Baumann

Adrienne Baumann, Director of Marketing & Community Relations for the Cape Cod Children’s Museum and owner of 508 Marketing is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Accredited Solution Provider, and a certified Social Media Manager. She specializes in providing education, training, and strategies for small businesses and non-profits to grow their businesses through email and social media marketing. As a stand-up comic, Adrienne shares her content marketing expertise with a healthy dose of humor!


Michelle Cully, CEO of Xpressman Trucking and Courier

Michelle Cully is the CEO of Xpressman Trucking and Courier. She founded the company in 1993 and now has operations coast to coast with headquarters in Randolph MA. Michelle is one of on a handful of successful female CEO’s in the transportation industry. She built her company from a single person operation to one that employs over 100 people. Michelle is also the survivor of domestic abuse and is writing a memoir about her personal and professional journey. She hopes her book will inspire other women to value their worth and their potential.

Barbara Heinemann

Barbara Heinemann, Executive Vice President of Consumer Banking at Eastern Bank

Barbara Heinemann is Executive Vice President of Consumer Banking at Eastern Bank. She oversees Retail Banking, Mortgage Banking and the Customer Service Center. With more than 30 years of experience in banking Barbara was previously the Executive Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management overseeing Corporate Security, Corporate Compliance, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance, Information Security and Operational Risk Management Departments.  Prior to that Barbara held the title of  Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer at Eastern with responsibilities for the Technology and Operations Divisions and has been a leader in the areas of Technology, Payments, Risk Management and Corporate Culture since joining Eastern Bank in 2001.

Before joining Eastern Bank, Barbara spent more than 13 years with Cambridgeport Bank, where she was Director of Retail Banking and then served as SVP of Technology & Operations for 7 years in addition to managing numerous enterprise- wide initiatives.

Barbara holds Boards seats on the New England Automated Clearing House (NEACH), Burbank Reading YMCA Board of Advisors, North Shore Community College Foundation Board and participates as a member of the Greater Boston YMCA Facilities & Property committee.

Barbara holds an MBA from the University of Maryland, and graduated from America’s Community Bankers’ National School of Banking at Fairfield University, and the Massachusetts Bankers’ Association School of Financial Studies at Babson College.

Barbara has lived in Reading with her husband and 2 children since 1991 and has been a North Shore resident since 1987.


Diane Hollywood, Principal of Hollywood Agency

For nearly 25 years, Darlene has helped consumer goods, business services, technology, and not-for-profits gain visibility with thoughtful marketing campaigns. As principal of Hollywood Agency, which she founded in 2011, Darlene, with a staff of experienced social media and press pros, sets the strategic direction for how clients’ stories are told and measured.

Darlene is a prior president of the Boston Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), one of the nation’s largest chapters. In 2017, the chapter bestowed her with the Diane Davis Beacon Award, its most prestigious honor for extraordinary achievement. That same year, Darlene was nationally recognized as a Champion of PR by PRWeek, the industry’s leading trade publication.

Currently, Darlene sits on the executive committee for the South Shore Chamber, is a member of the British American Business Council of New England, and participates as a cabinet member for the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association. Darlene is a member of Toastmasters International, and holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College.

With her husband Dan, their beautiful teenage daughters Ella and Charlotte, and two dogs and two cats, Darlene calls Marshfield, Mass. home.



Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery

I love just about everything about alcoholic beverages, especially whiskey. I love the complexity, the flavors, the texture of the ingredients, the aromas, the sociability and oh yeah, how it makes you feel!

You could say I have been training my entire life to be founder and CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery. I’ve had a decades-old love affair with alcohol. As a young girl, I started tasting my father’s whiskey and ginger and have been smitten ever since!

My journey began in 1984. Jim Koch inspired me to help him start Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams beer. Little did we know then that it would become one of the most recognized and successful craft beer brands in the US. For 15 years we forged a path that paved the way for the craft beer revolution.

Some of the accomplishments I’m most proud of is being recognized by the Brewer’s Association as “the pioneering woman in the beer industry” thus leading the way for other women to take their rightful place in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Being featured in INC Magazine’s “25 Entrepreneurs We Love (and what makes them great)” along with other luminaries like Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Larry Page/Sergey Brin to name a few was an honor. And, receiving the “Maverick Award” from Beer Business Daily and Draft Magazine Top 10 Innovators award were career highlights.

Ironically, the process for whiskey starts off as beer, so I’ve now come full circle. I’m excited about the future for craft distilled spirits and we are making some of the best in the business at our historic distillery located on Boston’s southernmost waterfront.

When I’m not at the distillery, you can find me at one of the hundreds of places that offer Boston Harbor Distillery products or at one of the thousands that still have yet to discover them, spreading the good word!

I am passionate about paying it forward as well. Currently, I’m chairman of the board of The Jett Foundation, a non profit helping to raise awareness and funds to support those afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I married to Matt Shanley for over 20 years. Both of us are entrepreneurs and lifelong residents of the Boston area. Together we are raising three children — Callie, Alex and Courtney.


Sarah Valentini, President Radius Financial Group

Sarah Valentini is a leading mortgage professional with 21 years’ experience in residential and commercial lending. In 1999, she launched Radius Financial Group Inc., where she serves today as principal and president. Under Sarah’s leadership, radius has grown from a small, local lender to one of New England’s leading, private mortgage banks. Sarah has worked to make radius a model for honest, fair lending practices. By consistently offering a better mortgage experience, radius has earned a solid reputation among individual borrowers and referral partners alike for quality service and integrity. That commitment to excellence has served the company well, ultimately fueling its continued growth and success, despite the industry’s turbulence in recent years.

Over the past few years, Sarah has been prominently recognized for rapidly pushing radius to unprecedented levels of revenue growth, and ranking among “The 100 Most Influential Mortgage Executives in America” by Mortgage Executive Magazine and was recently honored by the RosoffAwards, the region’s premier celebration of diversity within the work place. In 2016, Sarah Valentini was named South Shore Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Chairwoman. Recognized in September 2015, as Stevie Award Winner for Women in Business. She was voted among Banker & Tradesman’s Best of 2015 and in 2014, 2013 one of Banker & Tradesman’s Women of Fire. Sarah ranked 16thamong the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America.

Meanwhile, radius was ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for five consecutive years by Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000. The company was also listed as one of the Top 100 Mortgage Lenders in America 2012 by Mortgage Executive Magazine; and among the Top 100 Women-led Businesses in the area by Boston Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute.

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