The Women’s Alliance of McKinney (WAM) is excited to announce the speakers for its 2018 McKinney Chamber Women’s Conference.  This annual event, presented by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen, is to be held on September 13, 2018, at Piazza on the Green. The lineup of speakers - Judy Pogue, Kathy Seei, Connie Kercher, Sheila Steinmark and Erin Botsford, will present on topics that support WAM’s mission “Fostering Relationships that Empower, Promote and Support Women In Business”. 

Lisa Hermes, President of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce says, “For the 2018 WAM Conference, we worked hard to find top-notch speakers and facilitators to present inspiring and thought-provoking subjects. Our speakers this year come from a variety of backgrounds, each pushing the envelope on what it takes to succeed.”

Erin Botsford, the keynote speaker, built a seven-figure firm from scratch and shares with other women how she did it.  As one of the top financial advisors in the country, she is the founder and CEO of the Botsford Financial Group, which has nearly $1 billion in assets under management. She has appeared on Barron’s list of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors and Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors multiple times. And she’s also an author who released her second book, “Seven Figure Firm.”  But maybe more impressive than Erin’s resume is the hardship she had to overcome to get where she is today. 

Judy Pogue is a third-generation Texan who is passionate about sharing the message of hope and restoration.  Judy is an author, sought-after speaker and motivational coach to business and ministry leaders, as well as popular Bible teacher to many. Each year, as an ambassador for Pogue Construction, a successful construction company she co-founded with her husband Paul, she travels to countries around the world leading business and women’s conferences in order to equip and inspire others to become Kingdom leaders and to fulfill their destiny.

Kathy Seei is a well-known public and private sector innovator and leader. During her six-year term as Mayor of Frisco, TX, the municipality grew by 300 percent to become the fastest growing city in the U.S. Kathy formerly served as Vice President of Corporate Development for AECOM, a large global technical design firm, where she aligned business development services to connect strategic clients with the best service teams. Kathy also founded SEEI3, LLC to create and deliver interactive planning/learning experiences in a variety of business areas including strategic planning, corporate security and diversity.

Connie Kercher served at Gannon University as Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership Development before opening Switchboard Networking Boutique in Westminster, CO in September 2016. Her passion for intentional, engaging event development and Collaboration Strategies was launched from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, a membership organization for corporate, association and independent meeting planners, where she was education manager. Connie previously served in multiple capacities at Texas A&M University-Commerce, including director of the Leadership Engagement and Development (L.E.A.D.) program, leadership and student organizations coordinator and a member of the adjunct faculty in the university's Regent Scholars Program.

Sheila Steinmark is the Managing Partner of Marketing Operations Group and a retired-Army veteran. Sheila works with some of the largest consumer brands and possesses a unique skill set in branding, operations, logistics, leadership, and problem-solving, showcasing these skills as a published author, speaker and marketing expert.

Come to hear them share their stories and insights.

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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE OF MCKINNEY (WAM) Created in 2004 to help female professionals build relationships, grow in their careers and make an impact on their community.   WAM is an established group of professional women that focus on pursuing our vision of empowering, promoting and supporting women in business. It works to foster this with professional development, events and socials.  Learn more at