Renewal Summit 2024: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

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Anne Akers and Cheryl Benton welcome you to our seventh Renewal Summit, at the beautiful Scandinavia House in midtown Manhattan. It is an exciting and inspiring all day event of outstanding panels, speakers, exhibitors, and connecting with other fabulous women. This year’s theme is the perfect motivation for living your best life. We will be updating the program shortly, but here’s what’s in store for you so far.  Get your tickets now!

Date: Friday May 17, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Venue: The Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NYC (between 37th & 38th Streets, just 4 blocks from Grand Central)

Tickets:  PRICE $130 (Includes snacks, lunch, panels, speakers, exhibits, and wine reception.) GET TICKETS.

Note: lunch will be on the second floor with the exhibitors and there will tables to sit at and a beautiful outdoor terrace. CLICK HERE.


The Program 

Check-in – 9:15 to 10:00

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome

Co-Host Anne Akers, Health/Beauty Editor The Three Tomatoes; Founder/Editor Glow Magazine, Health & Wellness Editor NY Lifestyles Magazine

Co-Host, Cheryl Benton, Founder The Three Tomatoes and The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing, author, public speaker

10:20 – 11:05 Don’t Give Up on Love

It’s never too late and you are never too old to find love.

Moderator: Dr. Robi Ludwig, Psychotherapist, award winning reporter, Author of ‘Your Best Age Is Now’


  • Kailen Rosenberg, founder of The Love Architects and My Love Design, a luxury, online dating, lifestyle, and wellness platform. Author of “Real Love, Right Now.” She was Oprah’s Love Ambassador and co-host of Love Town USA.
  • Ann Louden, aka Kate Somerset author of “Mom, You Just Have To Get Laid.” She is a seasoned executive in the nonprofit world and founder of a strategy and consulting firm.
  • Nancy White,  author of “It Could Happen to You. ”  She is certified life coach specializing in relationships with a focus on self-worth and self-love.
  • Dr.. Nan Bauer-Maglin, co-editor “Gray Love: Stories About Dating and New Relationships After 60.” She is Professor Emerita at the City University of New York.


11:10 to NOON.  Alternative Medical Treatments

This panel will explore some of the latest alternative medical treatments including holistic practices, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, regenerative medicine and psychedelic therapies.

Moderator: Beatty Cohan, psychotherapist, sex therapist, author, national speaker, radio host, “Ask Beatty”


    • Roberta Mittman, holistic life coach and Chinese medicine practioner. She has over 25 years of experience as a board-certified acupuncturist and holistic life coach.
    • Dr John Kennedy is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and is the Chief of the Division of Foot and Ankle Surgery at NYU Langone Health. He is a pioneer in the realm of ortho-biologics and regenerative medicine.
    • Ronit Kishon, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology, Columbia University. She is trained in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY Steve Schalchlin songwriter, actor and musician.


1:35– 2:20 PM Tips for Happy, Healthy Living At Any Age

Fitness, nutrition, and bone health experts will motivate us on how to achieve optimal health…it’s never too late.

Moderator: Joan Pagano, is the author of best-selling fitness books, an informational speaker on health and fitness topics and the owner of Joan Pagano Fitness in New York City. She is an authority on the benefits of exercise for menopause, osteoporosis and breast cancer.


  • Heidi Skolnik, author, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. A thought leader in nutrition, she has influenced millions through her work.
  • Joyce Shulman, author, “99 Walks that Will Change Your Life.” She is an idea junkie, entrepreneur, community builder, writer, speaker, podcaster, walker.
  • Claire Gill, CEO, Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation. She is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of diverse experience in nonprofit and for-profit businesses.


2:25-3:10. How to Get Unstuck

A panel of experts will motivate you to discover what you are passionate about and how to achieve your goals.

Moderator: Adrienne Garland is the founder of She Leads Media, a media company dedicated to leadership – both professionally and personally – for women


  • Sonia Satra, founder Moticise, motivational speaker, actress, author “What If It Were Easy”
  • Deborah Goldstein, founder CEO, Driven Professionals, executive coach and workshop facilitator with customized live and virtual programming.
  • Janet M. Neal, a writer, certified coach, speaker and a woman living a “should-free” life, author “The Superb Woman”
  • Patricia Kara, actress, model, TV personality (Deal or No Deal), author, “Dream On…Now Deliver”


3:15-3:55. Why Women Owned Businesses Don’t Get funded

This panel of experts includes angel investors and venture capitalists who will share how to get funded and why women should invest in women owned businesses.

Moderator: Jeanne Sullivan, co-founder, NYC tech fund and Chief Investment Officer, Arcview Collective Fund. Named by Forbes as one of the Women “Changing the World” grooming the next generation of female VCs


  • Victoria Pettibone is Managing Director of Astia, a global organization that levels the investment playing field for entrepreneurial teams with women leaders.
  • Angela Lee  teaches venture capital, leadership, and strategy courses at COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL. She is the founder of 37 Angels, an investing network that has invested in 80 start-ups.
  • Tanya Osborne is a community leader, entrepreneur, coach, educator from the Music Industry to Financial Services, Business Coaching and now…Cannabis.


Cheryl Benton will interview Mercedes Ellington, Founder/Artistic Director of the 50lc-3 Duke Ellington Centers for the Arts; Director, Choreographer, Producer, Performer, and Family Historian for her grandfather, the Duke.  A graduate of the Julliard School of Music and an honorary citizen of Paris, she has toured worldwide on behalf of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and with her Tap Dance Company, assisted by Maurice Hines.  A modern day dance pioneer, her earlier credits include being the only June Taylor Dancer of color on the Jackie Gleason Show and she recently has received several awards for her new passion in the world of Ballroom Dance.Truly a lady “living life to the fullest”.

4:15 to 4:30 Presentation of The Three Tomatoes & Glow Woman of Purpose Award

The award, presented by Cheryl Benton and Anne Akers, recognizes inspirational role models who are not defined by age or labels, but are all about living life fully at any age, and as a “Woman of Purpose” projects the inner and outer glow that comes from living a fully integrated life of purpose, service, and humanity.

This year’s recipient is Stacy Francis, founder of Savvy Ladies and CEO Francis Financial. Savvy Ladies is a non-profit dedicated to the belief that all women should have the financial knowledge and confidence to achieve financial empowerment. Stacy is also the Founder, CEO and President of Francis Financial, Inc., a Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm.




We will have 17 wonderful exhibitors….here is who is committed to date.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor, contact


REVITIN, toothpaste, reinvented.

The world’s first prebiotic toothpaste promotes a healthy balance of your oral ecology to support oral health and wellness for whiter teeth and fresher breath! Revitin nurtures and balances the mouth’s natural ecology, the oral microbiome, with prebiotic nutrients for optimal long-term oral health and total body wellness. ~ Dr. Gerry Curatola, Founder


Gabrielle Carlson .Meet designer Gabrielle Carlson who has a  NYC boutique; beautiful clothes in your size designed and made in NYC.

Laura Kass is a NYC jewelry brand best known for its creative fine/demi-fine pieces. Laura uses recycled metals, silk, and 14kgold thread to create one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.

The Three Tomatoes Book Publishing. Meet some of our author’s who published books in the past year.

Sonia Satra is an author, mind/body expert, and CEO of Moticise. Learn about her programs, events, and adventure based activities to help you “get unstuck and into action.

Stress is Gone. Meet Brett Cotter, who has 25-years experience helping people heal emotional pain and find relief from trauma with coaching, 24/7 membership, and retreats at Omega, Kripalu, and Himalayan Institute.

Roman Empire Farms produces seed to shelf hemp products using biodynamic farming principles that adhere to sustainable, holistic methods.

Ever/Body is a cosmetic dermatology destination for every tone, texture, age, gender, and body. They offer expert-led skin & body treatments and prioritize natural-looking results.


Tomato Events

Join The Three Tomatoes at some of our fun events from wine trips, comedy nights, trunk shows, theater, tea at Gracie Mansion and more. Check out 3T Events for upcoming fun.

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