An inspiring feature of the 2019 event is the incorporation of #SheLeadsWith, a campaign to showcase local women leaders who share their passion and expertise for leading themselves and others. This two-day event will be full of personal and professional development opportunities, as well as fun and engaging ways to connect with other women leaders.
Below are a few examples of how #SheLeadsWith helps in highlighting women in leadership roles:
At every age and in every place, we lead with our strengths, we lead by celebrating our differences, and we lead by lifting one other up. Join us at the 2019 Inspiring Women Leaders conference. Learn from leaders in diverse fields, take part in important conversations, share your stories, ask your burning questions, and network with a vibrant community of leaders.
As head of Ronald McDonald House Charities North Central Florida, Sherry Houston is committed to keeping families close to their seriously ill children when they come to Gainesville for medical care. One of the toughest parts of her job is turning away dozens of families every day because of a shortage of rooms. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Sherry is spearheading a campaign to build a new 46,000 sq. ft. addition to serve 40 more families, and increase the services they receive. Believing deeply in the cause is all the impetus Sherry needs to make it happen.
Champion, Change Agent
Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities North Central Florida
Annette Cornwell Bauer is not afraid to own her ambition. And why not? For the last 7 years, she has put in the work to build a 16-person construction company, and nurture an employee- and client-centered culture that has translated into low staff turnover, word-of-mouth referrals from happy customers, and millions in revenue. Her secret to success is focusing on employee and client satisfaction, and encouraging autonomy, creativity, and risk-taking among her team.
Annette Cornwell Bauer
Risk-taker, Role Model
President, Blakeland Construction Services
Kathey Porter is an accomplished author, speaker, entrepreneur and award-winning advocate for minority- and women-owned businesses looking to boost their bottom line. She has been at the helm of multiple businesses herself, and in her latest book, 50 Billion Dollar Boss: African American Women Sharing Stories of Success in Entrepreneurship and Leadership, and her new podcast, Becoming BusinessFAB – Fearless. Awesome. BOSS., Kathey chronicles the stories of other successful African American women entrepreneurs, who, like her, are making their mark on the world.
Director, Small Business and Vendor Diversity, University of Florida
Diversity at colleges enriches the learning experience, broadens students’ horizons, and prepares young people for adult life and future career success. Through programs like Pathway to Campus Enrollment (PaCE), and the Coalition for College: Access, Affordability and Success, Dr. Zina Evans is working to increase diversity and access to higher education for talented students, recognizing that there are many pathways to university. A leader with a clear vision, Zina inspires the trust of those around her by listening to their voices and mentoring their growth.
Dr. Zina Evans
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, University of Florida
In 2009, a fire destroyed an outreach center for victims of domestic violence run by the Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network. Despite the crushing loss, Theresa Beachy and her team rallied to envision and build a new safe space, the Dutton-Schilling Campus, a 75-bed, 24,000 square foot campus, which opened in 2015, and provides survivors with the support and services they need to rebuild their lives. It’s a remarkable story of renewal that Theresa puts down to positivity, a laser focus on client needs, and big thinking backed by strong community support.
Dr. Theresa Beachy
Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network Inc.
Dr. Naima Brown’s philosophy of life is “putting people first”. At Santa Fe College, Naima puts her principles to work directing programs that propel more than 25,000 students to success. Off campus, her work with local pastors and community leaders in Bradford County is ensuring education equity for underserved youth through programs like Upward Bound, College Achievement Program, and Educational Talent Search. In all things, Naima sets a high standard for herself and her team of making a difference in the lives of others.
Dr. Naima Cherie Brown
Catalyst, Doer of Good
Vice President for Student Affairs, Santa Fe College
For Tara Blythe, people and purpose lie at the heart of any organization’s success. At Info Tech, she inspires greatness in others by nurturing a free-thinking and caring environment, where people share in the open, fruitful exchange of ideas, and love coming to work every day. Now that takes heart.
Inspirer in Chief
Vice President | Talent, Strategy & Communications, Info Tech
Jane Muir has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs in Florida succeed in the startup world through pioneering programs like StartUp Quest™, a bootcamp for new business owners, and Empowering Women in Technology Startups (EWITS™), which equips women in tech with the business savvy they need to launch new enterprises. Her vision and drive led to the creation of the Innovation Hub, a $30-million, 100,000 square foot technology incubator that’s become a catalyst for creativity and innovation in the region.
CEO, Muir & Associates Consulting LLC