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Meet Our Experts

The Power Up team is comprised of a group of talented, motivated and dedicated subject matter experts across a wide range of specialties.  They have gathered their energy  and know-how and focused it in order to help women in career transition successfully land their next dream job. Each of these experts participates in our Power Up Your Professional Image special events. They are also available for hire on an individual basis.

Let’s meet them…

Introducing KATHY MCAFEE

America’s Marketing Motivator and co-founder of Power Up Your Professional Image

Kathy McAfee is a professional speaker, executive presentation trainer and leadership coach. Her mission is to inspire motivated business leaders and professionals of all disciplines and backgrounds to use their more of their energy and influence to create positive changes in the world. Her energetic speaking style and unique ability to engage and motivate her audience to action has earned her the reputation as “America’s Marketing Motivator.” She has expertise in high engagement presentations and effective networking. Her goal is to help people project more of their talent, power and influence when they present themselves and their ideas to others. To learn more, call (860) 408-0033. Visit or join her blog at You can also link in with her at

Introducing JANICE OLSON

Beauty Consultant, co-founder of Power Up Your Professional Image

Janice Olson specializes in teaching professional women how to take care of their skin and how to apply color cosmetics to enhance their natural beauty and put their best professional face forward.  In addition to her expertise in skin care and color cosmetics Janice has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.  This corporate experience gives her the knowledge of what it takes both inside and out to be successful in a highly competitive environment.  Janice lives in West Hartford, CT with her husband Peter. Learn more about her at or call Janice at (860) 810-9455



Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, Life Coach

Marge Piccini is passionate about helping people to unearth their purpose and to celebrate their brilliance. As a professional speaker and life coach she shares her proven strategies for success in business and in life through her ‘Be Brilliant!’ series of keynotes, workshops and seminars. In business, Marge helps business development professionals to profit more and prospect less with expertise she gained over 25 years as an award winning sales professional representing a Fortune 100. In Life, Marge teaches her strategies for creating a life dreams are made of; with meaning, fulfillment and joy! Marge is also CEO of INNER CIRCLE USA; a women’s networking and leadership community, a Certified Dream Coach®, a trained purpose coach and serves of the Executive Planning Committee of the 2010 Greater Hartford Women’s Conference. To learn more, call (860)982.5150 or visit her web site at


Personal Branding and Image Management Consultant

Mallory Mason is founder and president of Mallory Mason Image Management is a personal branding and professional development firm offering individual consultations and corporate workshops on appearance, behavior and communication. She assists her clients with successfully navigating through life passages and transitions.  She focuses on servicing clients who are seeking to refine their image for careers, social events or media appearances; and expand resources for those who don’t have the time, energy, expertise or interest to remain current and shop for the latest fashions and wardrobes. Learn more about Mallory Mason and how her professional development services could benefit your career at her web site

Introducing NANCY WELLS

Specialist in Tailoring Women’s Clothing

Nancy Wells knows how to make you look good and feel good in your clothes whatever your size or shape. It’s all about the tailored fit. Bringing years of experience to the table, Nancy Wells and her company Heirloom & Couture help professional women get the most out of their wardrobe investment through custom tailoring, major and minor alterations, simple repairs and style updates. Based out of Kensington, Connecticut, Nancy makes house calls and will “fit” comfortably into your busy schedule. She can also create custom clothing for you to suit your personal brand or for a special life occasion. Stop tolerating poorly fitted garments that you buy “ready-made” at the store. Even designer brand garments need tailoring in order to fit your body (not the model’s body.) Call Nancy Wells at (860) 828-6451. You’ll be amazed at how good you can look and feel in your clothes!

Introducing BREE GURIN

Resume guru

Bree Gurin 4258 4x5@72Bree Gurin is a professional recruiter/business writer with over 20 years experience in the staffing industry. Reading countless resumes on a daily basis affords her the insight as to why a resume will be read or discarded. During the course of Bree’s career she has written countless resumes, letters, memos and proposals for a broad array of candidates and clients.  Her services include resume writing and design, cover letters, reference lists, salary histories, business documents (memos, letters, and proposals). For more information on Bree and how she can help you, visit her web site


Owner of Touch of Class Consignment Boutique, Simsbury, CT

Nita MacCallum is the proud owner of Touch of Class Consignment Boutique located in Simsbury, CT. A fashionable, business-savvy entrepreneur, Nita is driven to create valuable alternatives to enrich people’s lives. She first opened her women’s boutique in October 2005 where she created a unique environment for socially-responsible shopping for women who are interested in buying and re-selling their high quality, fashion clothing, shoes, jackets, jewelry and even furs. Her success led to the need for more space. In September 2009, she completed an large expansion of her building and now offers even more. Nita and her boutique are re-defining what “consignment” means and are creating an exciting new alternative for women who want to maintain their image, while preserving their budgets. You can visit Nita at Touch of Class Consignment in Simsmore Square, 524 Hopmeadow Street (Route 10) in Simsbury, CT. For directions, click here.

Introducing CYNTHIA A. LANG

Professional photographer

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So what’s does your professional portrait say about you? Cynthia Lang knows how to bring out the best in you and capture you in compelling, authentic and professional looking digital photo. Investing in your future by scheduling a photo session with Cynthia Lang will not only give you a powerful marketing piece that you can leverage on-line (linkedin, facebook, professional bio, etc), but the experience itself can help you discover more about your personal brand. No matter how you feel about being in front of a camera, Cynthia will work with you to make you feel more comfortable, confident and natural. Her compassionate and friendly approach and years of photographic experience will give you what you need to present yourself to potential employers, networking contacts and the world on-line. Contact Cynthia Lang at (860) 953-2299.

Introducing KAREN ROCHE

Hairstylist and co-founder of InnerKur in West Hartford, CT

Karen Roche has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years.  In 1990 she opened her first hair salon which then grew into four salons 10 years later in the towns of Newington, Southington, Kensington, and Plainville.  Karen’s hairstyling expertise has lead her to film projects, photo shoots, hair shows, educating, and much more.  In 2005, she came to the wonderful city of West Hartford to downsize and opened a small, intimate salon call “The KUR” (which stands for Know Who You Are).   With God on her side, she has since grown and established a beautiful fitness and health studio in West Hartford Center called “The Inner KUR” which is dedicated to helping people become healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Karen is also the proud Certified Dream Coachmother of four beautiful children whom she adores more and more each day.  In January 2009 she has become a Certified Dream Coach from her mentor Marcia Weider.  Karen has always lived life with passion and purpose.  She is a firm believer that you can achieve any one of your dreams with perseverance and passion.  Now Karen has the format and strategy to teach others how to achieve their dreams and goals. Check out her fantastic new fitness studio and hair salon located in West Hartford, CT For more information, visit her web site The KUR Personal Health and Fitness.

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