#IWBCC 2020
3rd Virtual Event
December 12th-14th 2020
On Demand Track Available
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Welcome to the International Women Build Confidence Conference page. My name is Dr. Allana Da Graca  and I am the Founder of Turning On the Lights Global Institute and the author of Tomorrow Can’t Wait. Did you know that a recent study showed that womenpreneurs and new business owners struggle with procrastination that stems from having the IMPOSTER SYNDROME? 

The Harvard Business Review, reported that  "Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence."

Turning On the Lights Global Institute LLC., is proud to announce that we plan to dispel this syndrome by offering our participants practical skills to overcome this challenge! We will begin our #IWBCC pre-launch in October and kick-off this revised event in December.

We are excited that you will join us for this growing event. Get ready to step into massive action as a leader and entrepreneur. Gain excitement from our speakers, authors and experts as you say "I will upgrade my life," this year!

I would love for you to hear what others are saying about this transformative event. Watch this Youtube video:


#IWBCC ™History

The International Women Build Confidence experience began in 2016 when seven women dared to dream. Women from Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, California, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, England, Germany, Jamaica, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago came together to create relationships, and opportunities of personal and professional growth.  Our #IWBCC tribe

has over 9000 followers and we are ecstatic about this.


#IWBCC is an extension of Turning On the Lights Global Institute. Turning On the Lights Global Institute began in 2014 with the goal of helping individuals reach personal and professional goals. 

We provide womenpreneurs, start-ups and international executives communication and ideation strategy to leverage business success.  The #IWBCC conference occurs in Boston and online in the spring. Due to COVID our 2020 and 2021 experiences will be virtual. We hope you will invest in yourself as you UPGRADE in your personal and professional goals. Please email us directly for scholarships to attend the conference.


Q: Where is the International Women Build Confidence Virtual taking Place?

A:  IWBCC will take place online

Q: What is the International Women Build Confidence Conference?

A: At the #IWBCC online conference TEDx speaker and world-renowned persistence GURU, Dr. Allana Da Graca, will provide laser coaching, persistence strategy and mindset mastery concepts that will give you the winning game plan you need to UPGRADE every area of your life. 


Say I will “UPGRADE MY LIFE!” Say this to yourself by attending this virtual event, and you’ll leave with action steps of transformation, interact with like-minded women who are ready to SOAR in their personal and professional lives and elevate your personal principles for personal and professional success.

Q: Where can I learn more information about this event? 

A: Please join #IWBCC on facebook


Q: How do I access the Online Conference

A. Please come back to the site for the Agenda!


December 12th, 2020

8:30 am to 9:00am

Morning Networking

9:00am am to 10:00am

TOLGI WELCOME, Ilissa Cunningham

Mark Hutchins

The Courage to Begin

Dr. Allana Da Graca

Story Of Courage Interlude

Victoria Baylor

How to Upgrade Your Mindset and Brand to Magnify Your Income

10:00 am to 10:30 am


10:30 am to 12:00 pm

 Dr. Robin Rosenberg

Walk into my Shoes: How Understanding Other People’s Lived Experiences Furthers Inclusion

Lee Immerzeel

How to Believe In Your Worth

Caryn Schneider

Panel I

Victoria Baylor, Dr. Robin Rosenberg, Lee Immerzel, Kendra Porter

 Ilissa Cunningham, Mark Hutchins,

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


2:20pm to 3:30pm

Dr. Allana Da Graca

Ready to Upgrade My Life

Van Lai Dumone,

Stronger together

3:30 pm to 4:15pm

Panel II

How to Pivot in a Global World

Manuel Da Graca, Van Lai Dumone,  Gina Gardener, Katie Conroy

4:30pm to 5:15pm

WBC TRIBE Networking and Dialogue

December 13th, 2020

8:00am to 9:15am

Paula Webster Reardon

Mindfulness Workshop

Success Team Welcome

Panel I

 Leah Marone, Paula Reardon, Caryn Schneider, Shelly Berman-Rubera

9:30am to 10:30am

Dr. Allana Da Graca

Story of Courage

Networking-Success Team

10:35am to 11:35am

Gina Gardiner

Business Success

Shelly Berman-Rubera

The Truth About Succeeding in Small Business Results


11:40am to 12pm

Lunch Break


 Caryn Schneider

Leah Marone & Dr. Allana 


Janet Zaretsky



Panel II

Ariene Bethea, Janet Zaretsky, Van Lai Dumone, Dr. Gregory Silverman


Dr. Gregory Silverman & Dr. Allana Da Graca Fireside Chat

Staying in Motion: The Gift of Art as Inspiration

 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Tribe &VIP

December 14th


Incubation Accelerator

Business Track and Personal Development Track





VIP Morning with Dr. Allana


Incubation Accelerator Part I

Understanding Your Why

Disciplines of Becoming a Digipreneur

Kickstart Your Biz Part II






Incubation Accelerator II

Panel II


VIP Follow-Up TBA









































About our Spotlight Speakers & Panelists

* Shelly Berman-Rubera

The Truth About Succeeding In Small Business This program is designed to break through frustrations and understand what it takes to succeed in today’s world to achieve growth for your business. Using powerful, contemporary strategies and tools, it focuses on navigating multiple priorities, key revenue sources, and marketing indicators to make sure you stay on the right track.


*Gina Gardiner

 is a No 1 International Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Empowerment, Relationship and Strategic Business Coach, with over thirty years experience, helping people transform their lives by recognizing their true worth.


Van Lai-DuMone

This inspiring talk is a call to action for each of us to follow our curiosities to create possibilities seen and  unforeseeable. Van shares the story of how her mom and 19 other Vietnamese refugee women, with the help of a movie star - followed their curiosity to trail blaze what is now the $8.3 billion dollar manicure industry in the United States. 

Janet Zaretsky

People who stand in their true power and know who they really are, get noticed and get ahead in the world while everyone else continues to wait for the "right" moment, while opportunities pass them by. After this interactive presentation you will know what to do to get noticed, get heard, get valued and get ahead in your career without compromising your values.  

Dr. Robin Rosenberg

In this talk, I discuss what I’ve learned as a psychologist, and what the research says, about the emotional power that comes from being able to understand deeply someone’s lived experience. The ability to take another person’s perspective can transform information we “know” to information we “feel.” I discuss different types of empathy and their applications to inclusion work. I also talk about the role that virtual reality (VR) can play in conveying lived experience—its advantages and limitations. 

Van Lai-DuMone

This inspiring talk is a call to action for each of us to follow our curiosities to create possibilities seen and  unforeseeable. Van shares the story of how her mom and 19 other Vietnamese refugee women, with the help of a movie star - followed their curiosity to trail blaze what is now the $8.3 billion dollar manicure industry in the United States. 

Lee Immerzeel

. In this talk you will learn tips and life lessons that will empower you to believe in yourself, how to get rid of the habit of overthinking and how to implement daily habits that will sustain you on your journey of achieving your dreams and goals.

Victoria Baylor

The year 2020 has hit many women in business like a rogue wave. For some they have been able to surf it while others have been overcome by the deluge. Despite the challenges that CO-VID and many other parameters have brought, there are many unprecedented and looming opportunities that lie on the horizon if you are positioned to take advantage of them.

Leah Marone

Multitasking helps us achieve more and therefore be more successful right? Wrong! Unfortunately, multitasking creates stress, negatively impacts our relationships, and encourages burnout. We are constantly stimulated and instantly gratified which leads to a decrease in our ability to focus and 'just be.'

Kendra Porter

Fashion is for the masses.  Style is for the individual.  Learn what your image says about you? This workshop teaches participants how to use your wardrobe to communicate to the world. 

Flex Fit

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