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2023 Conference Agenda


8- 9 a.m. Registration
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome
  • Conference Chair, Dr. Sherry Hartnett, Author, Professor, University of West Florida; and Founder, College of Business Executive Mentor Program
  • In-Person Emcee: Kristie Tobias, Author, Coach, Consultant, National Speaker and Trusted Mentor
  • Virtual Emcee: Mollye Barrows, Investigative Journalist, Pensacola News Journal; Author, Television News Contributor, Podcaster, "Gulf Coast Confidential" 
  • Dr. Richard Fountain, UWF College of Business Dean
  • Welcome Remarks: Stephanie White, Founding Attorney, Florida Adoptions, Stephanie S. White, PLLC; UWF Trustee
9:15- 10 a.m. Morning Keynote Speaker: Winning Big and Living Fearlessly
  • Siri Lindley, World Champion Triathlete, Author, Speaker, Coach, Sirius Athletes Inc.; Cancer Survivor
10-11 a.m. Panel: Leadership Lessons for Success
  • Moderator: Nicole Bastian, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps 
  • Sandra Stosz, Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.; Founder, Sandra L. Stosz, LLC 
  • Ann Burkhardt, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Ret.; Executive Consultant, Dynamic Integrated Services
  • Leslie Maher, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, Ret 
11-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Fireside Chat with State Representative Michelle Salzman
  • interviewed by Sandra Donaldson, D-Edge Consulting CEO/President
12-1 p.m. Lunch
  • Half the Attendees in the Auditorium (with Roundtable Discussion Moderator Madrina Ciano, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist)
  • Half the Attendees in the Argo Galley (Networking on their Own)
1:15 -2:15 p.m. Panel: Keys to Success: Understanding Yourself and Using Your Insights to Build Your Future
  • Moderator: Kara Bloomberg, Chief Operating Officer, LandrumHR 
  • Kara Cardona, Executive Vice President of Greater Pensacola and Contact Center Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union 
  • Dr. Lusharon Wiley, Vice President of Corporate Culture, Innisfree Hotels 
  • Jill Stinemetz, Associate Vice President of Field Operations, Cox Communications 

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

  • Deb Boelkes, Leadership Expert, Award-winning Author, Keynote Speaker
2:45-3 p.m. Break

3-3:45 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Three C's of Leadership
  • Dr. Fran Mainella, 16th Director, National Park Service; Visiting Scholar, Clemson University 
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