The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) will hold its 2nd annual spring conference for women business owners on April 30, 2003 at the Best Western Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme is, “Spring into Action: Leading Your Business with Creativity.”The conference will begin with on Friday at 11:00 am and run until 5:30 p.m. Registration fees are $39 for members, $54 for non-members, and $139 for new members (includes 1 year of dues).The conference will feature a business expo for members and sponsors. The sponsors include: Key Bank, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Woman, Vermont Times, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Athena’s Day Spa, & Kinkos.According to Meredith Martin Davis, Executive Director of WBON, “The fall conference allows women business owners to learn from other successful business women though the stories of the keynote speakers, through networking with each other, and through interactive sessions that allow attendees to reflect on creativity in their own lives and businesses and discuss decisions that will impact their future.”The keynote speakers are: Linda Kelliher, of Kelliher Samets Volk Communications, Judi Danforth, co-founder of Danforth Pewter, and Lyn Severance, illustrator and graphic artist best known for her work with Ben & Jerry’s.Linda Kelliher is the founder of Kelliher Samets Volk, the vibrant Vermont brand relationship firm. Linda is a painter, a creative director, and a wise and wonderful entrepreneur. Firmly rooted in reality, Linda draws on her experience as a mother and a business leader to deliver a healthy dose of common sense and inspiration. Linda is the CEO of SheClicks.com, a web site devoted to helping savvy, busy women make the most of the Internet. Linda is also involved in keeping the conversation aloft with the benefits of the creative class to Vermont.Judi Danforth and her husband Fred founded Danforth Pewterers and began designing their holloware line in Woodstock, Vermont in 1975, reviving a family tradition of pewtersmithing started by Fred’s great great great great great grandfather between 1755 and 1782. They moved to Lincoln, Vermont in 1978 and for ten years developed their pewter line in their mountain workshop. In 1988 the company moved to its current workshop in Middlebury, Vermont, where Fred now designs and creates the holloware line while Judi focuses her energy on designs for the cast line. The Danforth name enjoys a unique recognition among both antique and contemporary pewter collectors.Lyn Severance grew up in Burlington and Colchester and is a native Vermonter. After Burlington High School, Lyn went to Parsons School of Design in New York City and focused her studies in graphic design and illustration. Immediately following Parsons, Lyn returned to Burlington to work as a designer. Her clients included start-up businesses (like Ben & Jerry’s) and non-profit organizations (like the Vermont Symphony Orchestra). After ten years Lyn took her first full-time job as Creative Director at Ben & Jerry’s where she oversaw all the graphics and visual look of the ice cream business. In 1997, Lyn left Ben & Jerry’s to pursue other projects. Recent projects have included identity and packaging work for Gateway computers, Fat Cat Inc., VerMints, Parmalat, and others; and designing and illustrating three childrens books Cow, Ice Cream, and Pig.The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is an association serving Vermont and New Hampshire that provides the opportunity for women in business to share experiences and learn from one another. Since 1984, the organization has been offering a forum for members to exchange information and resources in an atmosphere of candor, humor and mutual respect.The Women Business Owners Network is over 140 women strong. There are monthly chapter meetings in Brattleboro, Montpelier, Rutland and Burlington, and Hanover, NH, as well as conferences and social events throughout the year.For more information on the fall conference go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.