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2023 Conference Agenda


8- 9 a.m. Registration
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome
  • Conference Chair, Sherry Hartnett  (UWF) 
  • Dean Rick Fountain (UWF) introduce Stephanie White
  • Stephanie White, Welcome Remarks (Berkowitz & White PLLC & UWF BOT)
  • In-Person Emcee: Kristie Tobias (Huron Group) 
9:15- 10 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker
  • Siri Lindley (world champion triathlete) — Topic to be determined
10-11 a.m. Panel: Leadership - Lessons Learned in a Traditionally Male-Dominated Arena
  • Moderator: Nicole Bastian (Lt. Col, USMC) 
  • Sandra Stotz (Vice Admiral, Coast Guard, Ret) 
  • Ann Burkhardt (Rear Admiral, Navy,  Ret) 
  • Leslie Maher (Brigadier General, Air Force, Ret) 
11-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Advocacy: for Yourself, for your Company, for Causes you Care About
  • State Rep. Michelle Salzman interviewed by Sandra Donaldson (D-Edge Consulting CEO/president)
12-1 p.m. Lunch (see round table discussions below)

1:15 -2:15 p.m. Panel: Topic to be determined
  • Moderator: Kara Bloomberg (LandrumHR) 
  • Kara Cardona (Navy Federal) 
  • Dr. Lusharon Wiley (Innisfree) 
  • Jill Stinemetz (Cox) 

2:15-2:45 p.m.Heartfelt Leadership: Inspiring Passion and Engagement

  • Deb Boelkes (Author)
2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-3:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker
  • Fran Maniella (former and first female director of the U.S. National Park Service) — Topic to be determined
3:45-4 p.m. Closing Wrap-up and Adjourn

Lunch: 20 Round Table Discussion Leaders (in the Auditorium)
  • Topic 1: (4 tables) Balance or Integration—the many demands of parenthood/caretaking, career and life.
  • Topic 2: (4 tables) Career Pivots—managing shifts and milestones in your career progression.
  • Topic 3: (4 tables) Prioritizing Professional Development—how to put you first.
  • Topic 4: (4 tables) Courageous Conversations in the Workplace.
  • Topic 5: (4 tables) Advocating for Yourself—how to negotiate and advocate for your compensation.

"I got much more than I originally thought. The speakers were diverse in the experiences, they were forthcoming with information relating to their field of expertise, and I enjoyed their presentations."

Conference attendee