Presenter Bios 

Opening Keynote on March 15

Madeleine Wolczko 

Keynote: A Mariner's Journey from Shipboard Restrictions to Cinematic Exploration
Madeleine, a 2015 graduate of CMA, embarked on a remarkable journey after joining MMP (Masters, Mates, and Pilots). Over the past 9 years, she has sailed on both liner and tramp ships, earning the status of an A Book member in the Union and holding an Unlimited Chief Mate's license.
 In the face of global shipboard restrictions affecting crews worldwide, Madeleine found herself confined to one vessel for an astounding 217 days, half of which were spent living with her crew in a shipyard in Shanghai, China. During this challenging time, she, with unwavering support from her crew, created the acclaimed docuseries "Restricted to Ship," garnering international attention.
 Following a year of recovery, Madeleine was inspired to establish a production company dedicated to showcasing the work lives of mariners. Recognizing the power of cinematic storytelling, she believes it can bring much-needed attention to an industry often overlooked. Her mission extends beyond increasing awareness; she aims to attract more individuals to the maritime industry and improve support systems for current mariners by sharing their experiences.
 Under the banner of her company, "M. Leine Productions, LLC," Madeleine continues to ship out, upgrade her license, and document the maritime world. Discover the captivating media created by M. Leine Productions on YouTube and Instagram. 
 Join us as Madeleine unfolds her captivating journey and shares the untold stories of those navigating the seas. Get ready to be inspired, empowered, and equipped to foster an environment where you can truly thrive.

Opening Keynote on March 16

Embark on a transformative journey as we kick off Day Two of the conference with an empowering panel session brought to you by Marathon Petroleum. Immerse yourself in a compelling narrative as our esteemed panelists share their personal and professional stories, aiming to inspire, empower, and guide you towards thriving in both your personal and career endeavors.
Inspiration: Immerse yourself in the inspirational stories of our panelists as they recount their journeys, from overcoming obstacles to achieving remarkable milestones. 
Empowerment: Gain valuable and practical insights into the art of self-empowerment and learn how to extend that empowerment to others within your environment. 
Thriving Strategies: Acquire relevant and actionable tips on thriving in your personal and professional journey.

Closing Speaker on March 16

Navigating the Balance between Personal and Professional Challenges
 In today's fast-paced world, women often find themselves juggling multiple roles, from career pursuits to family responsibilities and personal aspirations. Captain Bannister's talk is a reflection of her experience at sea and aims to provide practical strategies and insights on acknowledging and prioritizing your efforts to strike a balance.


Session Panelists Bios

March 15 Panelist Bios

March 16 Panelist Bios