the 2019 women’s conference of florida schedule will be posted shortly
Thank you to all our speakers, sponsors, community partners, and vendors who supported us during the 2018 Women’s Conference of Florida. Please find last year’s schedule below.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 | TAMPA MARRIOTT WATERSIDE HOTEL & MARINA
REGISTRATION OPENS, VENDOR BOOTHS OPEN AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BEGINS
Registration will take place in IL TERRAZZO PATIO located on the first floor of the hotel. Once registered, please proceed to GRAND BALLROOM FOYER on the second floor for vendor booths and continental breakfast.
"#METOO: FROM WEINSTEIN TO WORLDWIDE ADVOCACY" KEYNOTE AND Q&A WITH MIRA SORVINO
“At the time I don’t think I even knew that what happened — him using business-related situations to try and press himself sexually on a young woman in his employ — qualified as sexual harassment. But as a woman who routinely advocates for women and girls who have been victimized in my role as Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations, and as a mother of two daughters, I could no longer remain silent.” With these words, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino recounted her personal experiences with Harvey Weinstein in TIME magazine. As one of the earliest and most prominent women in Hollywood to confront Weinstein’s years of predation, Sorvino helped empower a cascade of 90 silence breakers to come forward. Now one of the most passionate and articulate voices in the #MeToo movement, alongside Tarana Burke, Sorvino fights to balance the playing field so that women and girls may pursue their goals without fear of sexual harassment in a true meritocracy, not a quid pro quo antiquated system. Her highly positive and solutions-based talk does not dwell long on the horrors of victimization. Linking #MeToo to the larger struggle of women worldwide and her longtime work fighting human trafficking, Sorvino shares what all men and women can do to end sexual harassment and patriarchal predation. Her inspiring point of view empowers all of us to stand up, speak out and forever end this ages-old injustice against women and girls.
"WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE: SHINING A LIGHT ON THE ELUSIVENESS OF DIVERSITY" PANEL DISCUSSION
For women, the list of problems still present in today’s workplace is overwhelming. Biases abound, particularly as it relates to ethnicity, race, and gender. Hear from our esteemed panelists about their personal experiences in overcoming these all-too-common obstacles and become empowered as a champion for change in your own workplace.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WOMEN OF RED PROGRAM PRESENTATION
MAIN STAGE KEYNOTE AND PANEL DISCUSSION CONCLUDES
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION I – FLORIDA BALLROOM SALON VI
HER VISION HER LEGACY
The financial status of women in the United States is rapidly improving. Today, more U.S. women than men are graduating from college, and about one-third of women earn more money than their husbands. The future looks even brighter: It’s estimated that by 2030 women will account for two-thirds of our nation’s wealth. In her professional career, Stephanie has helped negotiate difficult conversations among family members about how to achieve financial stability, transition wealth, and plan for the unexpected. Since 2017, however, her personal experience has taken on a new dimension. Following the loss of her brother-in-law and mother to cancer within one month, she must now have difficult conversations with her own family about important financial decisions needed to prepare them long term due to a serious diagnosis. Stephanie shares inspiring lessons of financial empowerment to help women manage and grow personal wealth, achieve financial security, and create a legacy for next generations.
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION II – FLORIDA BALLROOM SALON V
WHAT'S THE BEST THAT CAN HAPPEN? BUILDING A BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL LIFE (EVEN WHEN IT SUCKS)
Nora McInerny was a 31-year old mother when her husband Aaron died of brain cancer. There’s no road map to follow when you find your life has fallen apart, but Nora embraced the brokenness and remade her life. She quit her comfortable marketing job, authored a book, "It's Okay to Laugh: Crying Is Cool Too," with HarperCollins, started a non-profit and a podcast titled "Terrible, Thanks for Asking" with American Public Media. Fear, setbacks and loss are a part of life, but they don’t need to be what defines your life.
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION III – MEETING ROOM 5/6
DRUMMING UP CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Gert Garman, owner of Broad Perspective, LLC, teaches participants how to get unstuck and keep things fresh in order to continually innovate by using the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process! Gert’s session will share new tools and behaviors to help you collaborate better – and get those business-changing, disruptive solutions to challenges you are facing.
MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS CONCLUDE
NOON - MAIN BALLROOM
DOORS OPEN FOR LUNCH SESSION
12:45 PM – 1:50 PM - MAIN BALLROOM
"CARLA'S PEARLS OF WISDOM" KEYNOTE AND Q&A WITH CARLA HARRIS
Carla Harris, vice chairman of Morgan Stanley, gospel recording artist, and author of "Expect to Win and Strategize To Win" will use her signature “Carla’s Pearls” to discuss the components of positioning yourself to maximize your success as a leader in your current career environment or the environment that you want. We will explore the concepts of performance currency vs. relationship currency, managing through and creating change and how to be an impactful, and influential leader.
MAIN STAGE LUNCHEON KEYNOTE CONCLUDES
GRAND BALLROOM FOYER
WHY MENTORING MATTERS
Oprah Winfrey once said, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” Today, more than ever, this rings true for women at all stages of their career. As moderator of this panel-style breakout session, Jessica will engage an inspiring group of women leaders who will share their unique experiences to illustrate why mentoring matters, advise how to seek the best mentor for yourself, and help you learn how to serve as a mentor to others.
PANELISTS: Melanie Griffin, Dean Mead’s Tampa Office Managing Shareholder and Founder of Spread Your Sunshine
Alexandria Washington, CEO at Change The Narrative, LLC
Gabby Cruz, Senior at the University of South Florida
(ANGEL) INVESTING IN WOMEN
Creating an environment in which women-owned businesses and investors can thrive is essential to the innovation and diversity of entrepreneurial success. When women begin investing, even in small amounts, they can shift the world. Mary Anderson will educate participants on the steps to take to become investors, how to approach and present to angel investors, and what angel investors look for in a start-up. By supporting the growth of female entrepreneurs and investors as they make their first forays into angel investing we can create a more diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem that green-lights and validates new opportunities for all. In doing so, Mary will elevate participants’ understanding of the investment climate to cultivate the next wave of female angel investors.
THE POWER OF TECH IN TODAY'S INTERNET ECONOMY
The Internet has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives from the way we communicate, share information, learn, advocate and do business. In a world dominated by technology and innovation, it is critical for businesses to have an online presence. The panelists will share how they leverage the power of technology for business growth and provide key takeaways for expanding your customer reach. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with panelists, gain insights and learn valuable lessons designed to add value to their business.
AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION AND BOOK SIGNING CONCLUDES
"DON’T BUY SHOES, BUY BUILDINGS: INVEST LIKE A SELF-MADE WOMAN AND MAKE MONEY WHILE YOU SLEEP"
KEYNOTE WITH NELY GALAN
Whether you are an entrepreneur or work for others, we must all become SELF MADE, by saving, investing, and making money while we sleep. Let Nely Galan show you how! Wealth building is the next frontier for women. It is how we can change our families and the world. Nely is a serial entrepreneur. She has built three separate businesses in media. Yet, the reason she could retire by 45, was not because of her three businesses. It was because while she was building her businesses, she had a double life, a parallel track, “a side hustle” buying buildings; first for her business and then for other’s businesses. From 31- 45, her buildings began making her money while she slept. By 45, her revenue as a landlord allowed me to retire if I wanted to. What those buildings did was give her more freedom and choices for the rest of her life. Nely continues to buy buildings, and she will share step-by-step how she did it in a non-grandiose way with $5,000 at age 31 - and how you can, too! Whether its buildings, stock, franchises, or a tech start-up, we must invest in other things besides our primary business or jobs. Nely will share my latest venture buying a church in Venice, CA and turning it into her next business, as well as Nely's next real estate investment.
"FOUR STEPS TO SUCCESS" KEYNOTE WITH ERIN BROCKOVICH
Erin Brockovich has achieved much to be admired. But it didn't just happen. Hear from Erin her Four Steps to Success which include: -LOGIC: Don't see Logic as only intellect, but use your common sense and listen to your instincts. After all, they are the spouse to logic. -LEVERAGE: Get Your Leverage ON! Don't let this word scare you. Leverage can help strengthen your voice and strengthen you as an individual so that you can be heard! Remember, in mathematics, leverage means 1+1=2. But in principle, leverage means 1+1=1000! -LOYALTY: This is stick-to-it-iveness and is something you must have to see your way to the end. -AND: The burning question we all have..."Why Do I Do This?" Well, it's LOVE, ACTUALLY!
ABUNDANCE CEREMONY WITH NELY GALAN
In this unforgettable 15-minute ceremony, together, we will attract all we deserve and realize more fully why we, as women, have to stick together.