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Author Angelo Mastrangelo Speaker at SPARK Leadership Conference in Watkins Glen, New York

 Watkins Glen, NY – The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the SPARK Leadership Conference 2016 to be held February 22 – 24, 2016 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. SPARK is a three day, intensive conference of speakers, and networking. The conference will offer a fresh take on leadership development to bright, dynamic professionals from all industries across New York State and beyond.

In addition to the conference’s lineup of impressive speakers is keynote speaker, Angelo Mastrangelo, Ph.D. Dr. Mastrangelo comes to the conference with vast leadership knowledge, entrepreneurial expertise, and a keen sense of self. Dr. Mastrangelo holds a Ph.D in Organization Studies from the College of Business Administration at the University at Albany, SUNY. He was the owner and chief executive officer of Adirondack Beverages, Inc. for thirteen years. He has over thirty years of leadership experience. He developed the Entrepreneurship Program at Binghamton University and he was named one of the top Entrepreneurship Professors in the United States by Fortune Small Business Magazine. His book Entrepreneurial Leadership: A Practical Guide to Generating New Business was released by Praeger Publishing in January 2016. For more information about Dr. Mastrangelo, visit http://www.profmastrangelo.com/.


Dr. Mastrangelo offers his thoughts about this Leadership Conference…. John F. Kennedy once said, “ Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” This conference will help you hone and refine your leadership skills to make positive things happen. I am excited about being given the opportunity to open the conference and look forward to my visit to Watkins Glen.

Following the opening reception, there will be eleven breakout sessions. A few topics include CEO’s Lessons Learned, The Power of Imagination and Leadership, and How to Build Success with Changing Times. The slate of programming seeks to engage, encourage, and educate rising leaders, veteran leaders, and the leader in each of us!

The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes has provided a generous donation, enabling the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce to offer a sponsorship registration for the first ten non-for-profit or student attendees who sign-up for the conference!

Sara Palmer, Director of Grants and Communication at The Community Foundation says that that they are happy to provide the grant for scholarships, noting, “The Community Foundation is excited about SPARK and proud to support the not-for-profit community. Workshops like the ones being offered at SPARK are critical to the professionals working within the not-for-profit sector.”

Additional information as well as an application for attendance is available at: www.watkinsglenchamber.com/SPARK. Space is limited and registration closes on February 15, 2016. Please call the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce at 607-535-4300 with any questions.