About She Leads With

#SheLeadsWith

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. 

Meet Our Inspiring Leaders

Phoebe Miles

Creator, Innovator
Founder and President, Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

For Phoebe Miles, what started out as a project to build a museum to honor her father--famed Gatorade inventor and scientist Dr. James Robert Cade--has grown into a mission to ignite and nurture an inventor mindset in all children. This way of thinking, characterized by an insatiable curiosity about the world and a desire to solve problems while embracing failure as part of learning, exemplifies Phoebe’s own leadership style at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention.

Phoebe Leads With An Invention Mindset

Nona Jones

Empowerer, Communicator
Head, Global Faith-based Partnerships, Facebook

Nona Jones has led teams in diverse industries and served on the boards of dozens of community organizations. Her secret to motivating people to perform at the top of their game is to infuse humanity and gratitude into every interaction, every day. “People may have to work for you,” says Nona, a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, and named one of Under 40 Women to Watch by ESSENCE Magazine in 2014. “But they don’t have to bring their best to you.” When you affirm people and set clear goals for success, she says, they shine.

Nona Leads With Gratitude

Heather Santiago

Vulnerable Warrior
Resource Center Manager, Wounded Warrior Project

Like the veterans she serves at the Wounded Warrior Project, Heather Santiago recognizes that there are times when you just can’t go it alone. It takes courage to admit you don’t have all the answers and you need help, says Heather, but learning to show vulnerability makes you a better leader in the long run. The reward is watching her team grow and evolve to become great employees who are committed to helping veterans as they transition back into civilian life and get ready for their next mission.

Heather Leads With Vulnerability

Phoebe Miles

Creator, Innovator
Founder and President, Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

For Phoebe Miles, what started out as a project to build a museum to honor her father--famed Gatorade inventor and scientist Dr. James Robert Cade--has grown into a mission to ignite and nurture an inventor mindset in all children. This way of thinking, characterized by an insatiable curiosity about the world and a desire to solve problems while embracing failure as part of learning, exemplifies Phoebe’s own leadership style at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention.

Phoebe Leads With An Invention Mindset
She Leads With Love

She Leads With Love

“Give your best to your best” is the mantra by which Natalya Bannister, Executive Director of the PACE Center for Girls inspires her team to solid successes that include award-winning youth programs, a new 3500 square foot “gathering space” and soon-to-be health clinic, and a twofold increase in the number of girls served by the PACE Center in the last four years. Still, Natalya says her proudest moment by far is hearing one of her students say, “I want to be just like you when I grow up”.

Natalya Bannister
Role Model, Guide
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Executive Director, PACE Center for Girls

She Leads With Inclusivity

She Leads With Inclusivity

Faculty senate chair Dr. Katie Vogel Anderson is the voice of 5000 faculty at the University of Florida (UF) in all matters of campus-wide policy and programs, and works with administrators to help UF grow in size, stature and capacity while sustaining academic excellence. Serving others is also at the heart of her pharmacy practice, and as a professor and mentor, she empowers her students to “practice at the top of their license” by providing the knowledge, resources and support they need along the way.

Dr. Katie Vogel Anderson
Servant Leader, Mentor
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Associate Professor/Faculty Senate Chair, University of Florida Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine

She Leads With Passion

She Leads With Passion

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.

Sherry Houston
Champion, Change Agent
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Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities North Central Florida

She Leads With Ambition

She Leads With Ambition

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
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President, Blakeland Construction Services

She Leads With Strength

She Leads With Strength

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.

Kathey Porter
Entrepreneur, strategist
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Director, Small Business and Vendor Diversity, University of Florida


She Leads With Service

She Leads With Service

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
Servant Leader
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Vice President for Enrollment Management and Associate Provost, University of Florida

She Leads With Positivity

She Leads With Positivity

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, Dr. 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
Phoenix, Optimist
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Executive Director, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network Inc.

She Leads With Care & Compassion

She Leads With Care & Compassion

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
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Vice President for Student Affairs, Santa Fe College

She Leads with Heart

She Leads with Heart

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.

Tara Blythe
Inspirer in Chief
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Vice President | Talent, Strategy & Communications, Info Tech

She Leads with Vision

She Leads with Vision

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.

Jane Muir
Visionary, Innovator
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CEO, Muir & Associates Consulting LLC

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