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Thursday, May 19

Stories of Her WILD Life: An Evening with Cheryl Strayed

Tampa Theatre

Cheryl Strayed

Author of Best-selling Memoir "Wild"


Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch.

The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Wild stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother, Bobbi.

Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus.

Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.



Friday, May 20

Women's Conference of Florida 2016 Main Event

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Main Stage KEYNOTE Speakers



Leslie Morgan Steiner is a frequent speaker about family violence. Her TED Talk has been viewed by over three million people. She is a regular national TV and radio guest.


Kim Lear is a trend spotter and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce. She is the founder and content director of Inlay Insights.

Anna Maria Chávez

A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award-winning community leader, Anna Maria Chávez developed the leadership skills that propelled her to CEO of GSUSA.

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV.

Kellyanne conway

Founder and president of the polling company, inc./ WomanTrend, a corporation that tracks social, cultural, financial, professional and health trends influencing and influenced by women.

Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson, a journalist who spent the last 17 years at The New York Times, was the first woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, and Managing and Executive Editor.

tracy mcmillan

Tracy is a television writer, relationship expert, and author, whose credits include "Mad Men." Her viral TedX Talk, "The Person You Really Need to Marry," has more than two million views.


randi zuckerberg

Randi, the former director of market development and spokesperson for Facebook, is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated.


breakout session Speakers & panelists


rafaela amador

Rafaela Amador leads all public affairs efforts for the Tampa Bay Rays, and seeks to increase the visibility and enhance the business image of the organization.



Jewel Burks is co-founder and CEO of Partpic, an Atlanta-based startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using "computer vision technology."


christy crump

Christy heads a team of 35 statewide trainers who specialize in regulatory hospitality training as well as professional development training.


linda figg

Linda Figg is President/CEO and Director of Bridge Art for FIGG Bridge Group, an international family of companies that exclusively specializes in bridges. 


darcie glazer kassewitz

Darcie is co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation and developed RED: The Buccaneers Women's Movement.


yadira holmes

Ms. Holmes brings extensive experience and a vast political knowledge to the team at Coca-Cola Beverages Florida.


julia l. johnson

Julia is the president of Net Communications, a firm specializing in regulatory policy and analysis, public affairs and advancing diversity.


kelsey lehtomaa frouge

Kelsey Lehtomaa Frouge is the co-founder and managing partner of Conversa, a women-owned, full-service communications firm.


tracy mcmillan

Tracy is a television writer, relationship expert, and author, whose credits include "Mad Men." Her viral TedX Talk,
"The Person You Really Need to Marry," has more than two million views.


deborah pond

Ms. Pond currently serves as General Counsel for Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. She first joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1996, and since then has supported a wide spectrum of the Coca-Cola business.


ann shaler

Ann is currently responsible for the strategic planning, coordinating and leveraging of Bank of America, Tampa
Bay Market’s local philanthropic contributions, managing events and sponsorships, and facilitating relationships
with community and opinion leaders.


Julie smith

Julie Smith is vice president of external affairs - south area
for Verizon. She is responsible for managing Verizon's philanthropic giving in the south as well as government
affairs activities.



anne bauer

Anne is a Girl Scout Senior who served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Council. She was the voice for over 19,000 girls. 


brandy carlson

Brandy Carlson is the Vice President of Programs at the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) where she works with advocates for survivors of domestic violence and oversees a number of statewide projects.


jennifer diaz

Jennifer Diaz is a Board Certified International Attorney, professor and professional speaker, and considered an expert in her field by the Florida Bar.


ashley glass

Ashley Glass is an anchor for Tampa’s ABC Action News during its 4-5 p.m. weekday newscast, and works on the station's domestic violence awareness campaign. 


jillian hasner

Jillian is president and CEO of the statewide nonprofit Take Stock in Children. She leads all facets of the organization.


joni james

Joni James is CEO for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. The nonprofit group is dedicated to project-based economic development.


marty lanahan

Marty Lanahan serves as Regions' area president for West Florida and city president for Tampa Bay. She oversees banking operations including retail, commercial and small business from Naples to Lakeland.    


kimberly maki

As Bright House Networks corporate vice president for communications, Kimberly Maki currently oversees a fully integrated communications function.


karen mincey

As Chief Information Officer and vice president of Information Technology & Telecommunications at TECO, Karen leads a team of technical professionals responsible for TECO Energy's corporate computing systems. 


shannon reid

Mrs. Reid joined Raymond James in June 2007 to lead the redesign of Raymond James' cash management services.
She also built the Private Client Group Strategy & Planning team where she led strategic development, marketing and project management.


kathleen shanahan

Kathleen M. Shanahan is currently Chairman and CEO
of Ground Works Solutions, Inc., a Florida-based
company focused on soil stabilization and densification
for infrastructure rehabilitation.


michelle winokur

Michelle Winokur is a two-time graduate of the College
of Communication at Florida State University and earned
a Doctorate of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Florida A&M University. She serves as Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Florida Department of Financial Services. 

Previously announced speaker Lori Greiner will unfortunately no longer be speaking at the conference due to a change in the “Shark Tank” production calendar.