Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

Women's Leadership Forum

April 23, 2018 - April 24, 2018

DLL Headquarters
Wayne, PA

Thank you for your interest in the inaugural ELFA Women's Leadership Forum. This event is now sold out. Stay tuned for other women's leadership and networking events to come!
Be a Force for the Future!

The inaugural ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum will focus on leadership development for women at all stages of an equipment finance career.  
  • Hear from dynamic speakers
  • Network with industry leaders -- build relationships and make new connections!
  • Grow your leadership skills
  • Improve your professional performance
  • Leave the Forum with new insights and concrete action steps you can implement when you return to your office.  
Program Highlights
  • Strategic Networking
  • Effective Communication / Gender Intelligence
  • Persuasion: Communications That Move People
  • Make It Happen With Social Media
  • Networking Luncheon
  • Optional Community Table Dine Around    
Who Should Attend?
This event is open to any ELFA member who would like to attend but registration is limited to 80 attendees. ELFA regular member companies may register up to four representatives from their companies. A wait list will be available for those wishing to register more than four representatives, should space become available. Service provider member companies may register one representative from their company.  

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorships provide invaluable exposure for your company. Contact Steve Wafalosky at 440-247-1060 or if you are interested in supporting the first ELFA Women’s Leadership Forum.            

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
ELFA Members $299.00

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Available Functions

  Dine Around - Community Table Dinner Group


Teresa Boyer

Founding Director, Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership
Villanova University

Dr. Terri Boyer is an innovative leader and advocate for economic and social equity for women. She has focused her work on how gender impacts our experiences in education and the workplace, particularly for women studying and working in nontraditional fields or roles. She has worked with women and the institutions and companies which serve them to build awareness and develop skills to address inequities and advance women in the workplace. She is a sought-after speaker and facilitator on topics related to leadership development, work-life balance, and change agency. Dr. Boyer currently serves as the Founding Director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University.

Amanda Dooley

Digital Communications & Content Partner

Amanda Dooley is a well-versed digital marketer with a passion for content marketing and social media. With a background in ecommerce, marketing technology, demand generation and now the digital communications and content lead at DLL, Amanda’s focus is on delivering exceptional user experiences to drive engagement, leads, sales and loyalty. As an avid user of social media and the manager of many corporate social media channels, Amanda is a strong advocate for LinkedIn, especially in the B2B market, and pushes professionals to embrace this growing channel to drive success in their careers and for their companies.

Lori Frasier

SVP, Strategy and Performance Management
Key Equipment Finance

Frasier is senior vice president of strategy and performance management at Key Equipment Finance. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, market research, client insights, sales performance and analysis, portfolio management, project management, and employee development initiatives. She joined Key Equipment Finance in 2003 in global human resources management.  She served as senior vice president of human resources and administration before being promoted to senior vice president of strategic services in 2009.  Prior to joining Key she held various positions at First Data/Western Union.
Throughout her career, Frasier has been actively involved in a volunteer capacity with ELFA, as the chair of the organization's Financial Institutions Business Council Steering Committee, chair of the organization's Human Resources task force, and member of the Compensation and Diversity Steering Committee.  She is presently a member of the ELFA Board of Directors.

Tanya Menon

Associate Professor, Fisher College of Business
the Ohio State University

Tanya Menon is Associate Professor at Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University. Her research on decision making, influence, culture, teams, and networks has been cited in various media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Times of London (UK), The Guardian (UK), and The Times of India. She has taught courses on Persuasion, Negotiations, Teams, and Organizational Behavior and was the winner of the 2017 Best EMBA professor and 2013 Best Elective Award at the Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business.

As Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, she won the teaching award in 2006 (working professionals) and 2007 (full time MBAs). She has conducted executive programs all over the world.

Prior to graduate school, she was a research assistant in INCAE Business School in Costa Rica and an intern in Morgan Stanley's London office. Menon earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1995, and her Ph.D. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is currently Associate Editor at Management Science Journal. She wrote a book with Dr. Leigh Thompson, Stop Spending, Start Managing: Strategies to transform wasteful habits (2016, Harvard Business Review Press). Her tedxohiostateuniversity talk was recently featured on,’s main site (, reaching over 1.2 Million views.

Ralph Petta

President and CEO
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Ralph Petta is the President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 550+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Mr. Petta leads the organization in executing its mission to foster business development, deliver industry information and analysis, provide educational opportunities and advocate for the industry. He is also President of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring thoughtful innovation and contributing to the betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry.

Mr. Petta, an authority in the business of equipment finance, has been with the association since 1987. Before assuming the role of President and CEO in January 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer for six years, providing coordination, direction and oversight of ELFA programs and services designed to add value to the association's member organizations. Prior to that, he served as Interim President. From 1987 to 2010 he was Vice President-Research & Industry Services, managing ELFA's information, benchmarking and market research initiatives. Throughout his career at ELFA, Mr. Petta has assumed leadership roles in virtually all functional areas within the organization, including governance, membership marketing, communications, business and professional development, state advocacy and the association's affiliated Foundation.

He is often quoted in industry trade publications and is a frequent speaker about the role of equipment finance in the U.S. economy and trends and developments in the equipment finance sector.

Mr. Petta is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as well as ASAE's Key Industry Association Committee (KIAC).  He completed the ASAE/University of Maryland College of Business and Management executive development certificate program in association management. He also was selected for and participated in the ASAE Future Leaders Conference. Mr. Petta is a member of the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC.

Before joining ELFA, Mr. Petta worked for nine years in the office of United States Senator Sam Nunn, serving in a variety of professional capacities. He was Senator Nunn's legislative assistant when he left to join the association. Mr. Petta graduated from Syracuse University, earning a B.A. degree in political science.  

Robbie Samuels

Executive Coach and Speaker

Robbie Samuels helps his clients shift their mindset around relationship building, so they discover new connections and business opportunities in the world around them and know how to act on them. He has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark. Robbie is the author of the best-selling business book Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.

A professional member of the National Speakers Association, he has been speaking and coaching on the topic of inclusive networking for over a decade. While practical and filled with easy to implement action steps, his talks are most often described as dynamic, engaging, and funny. He shares small, big ideas, everyday ideas, which are accessible and immediately actionable and have the power to inspire significant change. Tune into On the Schmooze, his weekly podcast on leadership and networking, to be inspired by the talented professionals he interviews. Visit to download 10 Tips for Conference Connections.

David Schaefer, CLFP

Mintaka Financial, LLC

Mr. Schaefer is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mintaka Financial, LLC which was established in 2004 as an investment vehicle to fund small ticket, commercial equipment loans and leases. Dave has over thirty years of experience in the commercial equipment finance industry, including senior management responsibility for treasury, operations, information technology, accounting and portfolio management. David's leadership position with Mintaka includes strategic development, capital formation, and developing a network of affiliate partners whom originate transactions. David is also the founder and CEO of Orion First Financial, LLC (Seattle, WA) a loan and lease servicing company which provides underwriting, contract servicing and collection services to banks and independent financial institutions. Prior to establishing Orion he was president, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Financial Pacific Company. Dave also founded Checkmate Certified Collections In 1975, a consumer and commercial collection agency.
Dave is presently active with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and currently serves on the ELFA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is currently the chairman of LeasePAC, the industry's only federal political action committee. Prior to this, he served on the Board of Directors of the United Association of Equipment Lessors, now the National Equipment Finance Association. He chaired the Small Ticket Business Council of the ELFA in 1999 and 2000. He obtained his CLP certification in 1996 making him one of the industry's earliest Certified Leasing Professionals.
Dave lives in Gig Harbor, WA and Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and four children. They enjoy camping, traveling, hiking and kayaking.


Forum Location
The ELFA Women's Leadership Forum will be held at the DLL headquarters building at 1111 Old Eagle School Road, Wayne, PA 19087-6608. This location is approximately 27 miles from Philadelphia International Airport and approximately 25 miles from 30th Street Station, the main Amtrak railroad station in Philadelphia.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms is being held for attendees of the 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum at the Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge / King of Prussia hotel. A special conference rate of $190 plus tax, single/double occupancy, is offered to attendees. Check in time is 3:00pm, and check-out time is 12:00 Noon. Please call Reservations at (800) 321-2211, provide your arrival and departure dates and mention ELFA Room Block in order to get the ELFA group rate.

Online Reservations
You may also reserve hotel rooms online through the customized reservations link at:

Make Hotel Reservations by Monday, March 26, 2018! Reservations after this date are based on availability and may be at a higher rate.

Free parking is available at DLL headquarters. Attendees who are staying at the Courtyard Philadelphia Valley Forge / King of Prussia across the street from DLL may park at the hotel and walk to the Forum.

DLL Headquarters
1111 Old Eagle School Road
Wayne, PA 19087-1453

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