Auburn NY Women's Conference


Online vendor registration has now been closed.  Please check our list of registered vendors for the upcoming 17th annual Room Full of Sisters. You can reach Joann Blake at 315-730-8451 if you need additional information. Guest registration is still available by using our online PayPal system.

Since 1994, Room Full of Sisters has welcomed thousands to this annual gathering that celebrates women and serves “as a container to hold all of who we are.”

Over the years, Room Full of Sisters has grown into a uniquely joyous event that allows each individual guest to feel welcome in a room of people of diverse backgrounds, ages, cultures, races, business-affiliations, economic and education levels, geographic beginnings, work and family lives, and myriad talents and interests. It truly is an event that celebrates differences and honors all who attend.

With heart and soul, Room Full of Sisters encourages networking, social connections, learning, and women in business…but…it is not solely any one of these…it is all of these, all at once!

Each year, event producers Melina Carnicelli & JoAnn Blake welcome over 200 women (and a few men) to the annual gathering, and donate a portion of proceeds to a not-for-profit organization working to uplift the status of women and girls in our communities. And each year, Melina and JoAnn organize the exciting RFOS Marketplace where scores of artisans offer guests the opportunity to shop for unique products and services by and for women.

Guest speakers, live entertainment, a creative luncheon meal, and sage words from women of every decade of life round out the day-long program. Plan to be part of this inspirational conversation, unique shopping extravaganza, and joyous gathering of women. It's a treasure!

Mark your calendars…May 9, 2013

Meet The Producers



Melina Carnicelli is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and retired as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources with the Ithaca, NY City School District. Melina was born and raised in Auburn, NY and began her professional career there in 1970.

Melina has held many volunteer community positions and is a past recipient of various awards and community recognition for her local social justice work. In 2003 she became the first recipient of a local NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major Award for founding the Mayor's Social Justice Task Force in Auburn. She was elected to local level political office in 1995 as a member of the Auburn City Council, and in 1999 was the first woman elected to a 4-year term as mayor of Auburn, NY. Currently she serves as a Governor's appointee to the Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees, and in a volunteer fundraising capacity with the Auburn Public Theater. As co-owner in Metatron Travel, Melina organizes and leads intimate travel groups to sacred sites and energy vortexes throughout the world.

Contact Melina at 315-277-0271 or with event inquiries and for Room Full of Sisters table seating reservations for groups of four or more.




JoAnn Blake is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned her Master's degree in Management from SUNY Binghamton. After 11 years of working as a recreation therapist, she ventured out into the business world and opened the first Diet Center franchise in New York State in 1978. She went on to open six additional locations. During that time, she was a frequent presenter at the company's regional conventions and earned numerous performance awards for her individual centers.

After selling the business in 1992, JoAnn began a weight loss consulting firm, worked with her husband in his appraisal business and wrote a weekly column for The Citizen in Auburn. While contemplating semi-retirement in 1999, she was introduced to CURVES, a fitness program for women, and she opened the first CURVES location in Central New York.

After training in Waco, TX, and writing a column about her week there, she received the "key to the city" from Waco mayor, Michael Morrison. In 2000, she received the "Franchisee of the Year" award from CURVES, International. JoAnn sold the Curves franchise in 2007.

During her 30 years as an entrepreneur, JoAnn served on numerous boards and committees, a few of which were the Leadership Cayuga Advisory Board, and the boards of directors of the Community Preservation Committee, Better Business Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce.

Vendors: Contact JoAnn with inquiries regarding vendor marketplace, at 315-730-8451 or

Contact Us

Event inquiries and table seatiang reservations, contact Melina, 315-277-0271 or
Inquiries regarding vendor marketplace, contact JoAnn, 315-730-8451 or


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