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2019 Conference Agenda


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Friday, March 1, 2019


In the Conference Center Building, Second Floor ‌

8 AM - 9 AM

 Registration and Check-In for Conference

9 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks/Welcome- Dr. Martha Saunders, President, University of West Florida
Introduced by Dr. Tim O'Keefe, Dean College of Business, University of West Florida

9:15 AM - 10 AM

Opening Session: Designing a Life Well Lived: Simplifying Work-Life Balance to Cherish What Matters Most
Presented by Emily Ley, Founder and CEO, Simplified by Emily Ley 
Introduced by Dr. Sherry Hartnett, Director, Executive Mentor Program, College of Business, University of West Florida

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Panel 1 Discussion: Permission to Lead, Follow and Thrive

Panel Overview: Accomplished women entrepreneurs share their stories of how they found their passions and turned them into lucrative careers. Many women today have amazing ideas and concepts but struggle with the confidence needed to bring them to life. These panelists will share how building a successful business in today’s world is challenging, but most of all, is possible.

Panelists:
- Jane Birdwell, Founder and CEO, Tablevogue- Moderator
- Katie Garrett, Founder and Owner, Old Hickory Whiskey Bar and The Kennedy
- Shannon Pallin, Owner, Fiore of Pensacola
- Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges, Owner/Physician, Torres Hodges Podiatry
- Debbie Williams, Director of Digital Marketing, Gorilla Group


In the Commons Building, Auditorium & Nautilus Market

11:30 AM - 1 PM

Lunch for all registered attendees  


In the Conference Center Building, Second Floor ‌

1 PM - 2 PM

Panel 2 Discussion: How to Chart a Course for Success in the Corporate World

Panel Overview: Successful female executives from some of the largest companies in Pensacola will share advice on how to navigate through waves of change. They'll pull from their own experiences to highlight the importance of making yourself an invaluable asset in order to rise to the top – not sink – during turbulent times in the ever evolving corporate world.

Panelists:
- Becca Boles, Communications Director, Gulf Power  – Moderator
- Meri Asmar, Director of Human Resources, The Lewis Bear Company
- Kristin Longley, Director of Public Affairs, Cox
- Adetoun Sanders, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Members First Credit Union of Florida
- Stacy Keller Williams, Vice President, Contact Center Operations Member Experience & Training, Navy Federal Credit Union

2:15 PM - 3 PM

              Closing Session: Build Your Winning Career Game Plan
              Presented by Julie Kratz, Author, Speaker, Trainer Founder and CEO, Pivot Point
              Introduced by Melissa Brode, Assistant Dean College of Business and MBA Director, University of West Florida 

3 PM

      Closing Remarks- Dr. Tim O’Keefe, Dean College of Business, University of West Florida


NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

We look forward to your tweets during the conference at:
 2019 WILC twitter hashtag

uwf.edu/executivementor

"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