10:00 am: Registration, Networking and Women’s Wellness Showcase
11:00 am: Educational Breakout Sessions
Hands Only CPR Demonstration and WOW Event
Session 1: 11:00am-11:30am
Session 2: 11:40am-12:10pm
Cooking Demonstration with Chef David Borselle of Park & Oak Restaurant in West
Hartford *Please find David’s biography below
12:15 pm: Go Red For Women Luncheon
2:00 pm: VIP Reception
Includes a meet and greet with Mara Schiavocampo
Mara Schiavocampo is an ABC News correspondent and author based in New York. She reports for all ABC News programs and platforms.
Prior to joining ABC News in February 2014, Mara was a correspondent for NBC News as well as the anchor of “Early Today” on the NBC network and “First Look” on MSNBC.
A two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Mara has covered nearly every major news story of the last decade, including the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, the Occupy Wall Street protests, the Gulf oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the 2008 Presidential election.
Mara has received numerous accolades and awards, including Emmy Awards for her coverage of the Boston manhunt in 2013, and the 2008 Presidential election. She has also been recognized with the National Association of Black Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year Award (the only broadcast journalist ever honored), an astounding seven Telly Awards, and a NY State Broadcasters Association Award for Outstanding Hard News.
Before joining NBC News, Mara worked as an international contributor and commentator for numerous news outlets and websites, including Current TV, Yahoo!, NPR, Ebony magazine, UPTOWN magazine and more. Mara started her career in broadcast journalism at ABC News as a desk assistant at ABC News Radio in 2001 and a producer for “ABC News Now” in 2004.
Mara is also a best-selling author. Her book, “THINspired” shares her story of losing 90 pounds after the birth of her daughter.
Mara has a multi-cultural background. She holds dual Italian-American citizenship and has traveled extensively, residing for a time in Somalia, Italy and the Philippines. Mara speaks fluent Italian, and functional Spanish and French.
Mara received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Mara is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She lives in New York with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog.
Park & Oak Co-Owner & Executive Chef David Borselle, Jr. is a graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Asti, Italy. After studying and working in Italy, David moved back to the U.S. where he worked his way through West Hartford, Connecticut. Shortly after, he accepted a Sous-Chef position at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach Miami, Florida.
David’s career brought him back to the Hartford area, opening Vivo restaurant which earned him many accolades and awards, including Hartford Magazine’s “Best Chef” in 2005 and a feature in Connecticut Magazine as “a rising star”.
In 2007, David accepted an offer from the Connecticut Culinary Institute to open Hartford Urban Ventures, a restaurant and banquet facility that utilized culinary students to execute exclusive events and corporate cooking classes. He also helped develop an exchange program for the Institute which offered culinary students an opportunity to study at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners.
Shortly thereafter, David teamed up with Jean Pierre Vuillermet to open Bar Bouchée in Madison in August 2010 where he was awarded top ratings and reviews from the New York Times and CT Magazine. Bar Bouchee became an instant success, making it one of the hottest restaurants on the CT shoreline.
In addition to his restaurant success, David is committed to supporting local farmers here in CT, such as Field House Farm in Madison, Rebel Farm in Guilford, 4 Mile River Farm in Old Lyme, Rosedale farms in Simsbury and Starlight Garden Farm in Durham, to name a few. Most people think that farms in CT are only seasonal, however many farms here are just as busy in the winter and spring as they are in summer and fall. This is an ongoing commitment to our local farmers and producers here in Connecticut.
In November of 2013 David opened a’vert Brasserie in West Hartford center, CT. After earning excellent reviews from the New York Times, Hartford Courant, CT Magazine, Hartford Magazine and New Haven register, David was invited and honored to cook at The James Beard House in NYC.
In January of 2016, after several years of executing French cuisine, Chef David resigned and decided to travel, get married, spend time with family and continue his work supporting the Farms. In Fall 2016, Chef David announced his plans to open Park & Oak Restaurant on Oakwood Ave in West Hartford, CT. Park & Oak is an American comfort food restaurant committed to seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and warm New England hospitality.