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Welcome To The

Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum

 The Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum is the premiere organization on the First Coast that empowers women to successfully navigate the unique terrain of the corporate workplace and nurture their personal development.  JWLF will help transform the way participants approach leadership, networking, career advancement and life balance.  Through annual Forums and Educational/Networking shops throughout the year, you will gain insights from other smart and successful women all focused on tackling the issues that challenge women working their way to the top.

“Thank you again for the opportunity to experience the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum. I learned some great things about negotiating, met some very interesting women, ate well, and most of all, came to work today refreshed and recharged. How did I live in Jax all these years and never know about this? No more!”
Marisa Carbone, Manager of Multimedia Production, JEA
“I want you to know that I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness in inviting me to the Women’s Leadership Conference. It was such an important connection for me and one I would greatly value maintaining being new to JEA this year. Thank you for the extraordinary model you are. “
Vicki Nichols, JEA

Ready to take your career to the next level?  Then Join Us!  

About JWLF

The purpose of the Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum is to help support and advance the next generation of female leaders within our organizations and business community.

We serve to enhance leadership opportunities for
future female executives in an exclusive peer to peer setting. Let JWLF expand your career potential, develop critical skills, and set career objectives that are both attainable and sustainable.

We strive to broaden the individual’s professional network and visibility in the local Jacksonville business community. JWLF will help you maximize your networks and leverage their influence.

We provide opportunities for career development through mentorship and continuing education. Learn how to leverage your unique value proposition to advance your career.

We help you find that elusive life balance that every professional woman desires. Learn new techniques and tips on finding what works best in your busy life. Obtain practical advice on balancing personal success while growing your professional brand.

The Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

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Upcoming Forum Events

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Upcoming Forum Speakers

Libby Gill
Libby GillLeadership Expert

Helping you be your most fearless self in work and life, Libby Gill guides your group of emerging and established women leaders to challenge limiting assumptions, take bold risks, and support each other on their journey to success. She looks at issues we continue to struggle with, despite our growth and gains, including career advancement, wage inequality, gender bias, and work/life balance.

In her dynamic interactive keynote, Libby shares leadership strategies as well as scientific data on hope theory to show participants how to link beliefs and behaviors to create a powerful future-focused vision. They’ll leave your event feeling renewed purpose, recharged passion, and reinvigorated commitment to excellence.

The former head of communications for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, Libby is the CEO of Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and consulting firm. She has been featured on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. Libby has delivered keynote presentations for women’s leadership events including ADP, AMC Networks, EY, Genentech, Intel, Microsoft, Safeway, Urenco Nuclear, Wells Fargo, Viacom, Zurich Insurance, and many others.

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Tammy Heermann
Tammy HeermannKeynote Speaker and Leadership Development Expert

Tammy Heermann is a sought-after advisor who helps individuals and organizations get serious about leadership. She has developed pioneering and multiple award-winning programs aimed at changing mindsets to achieve high performance. Passionate about advancing female leaders, she is specifically sought out by Fortune 500 companies for her expertise in gender diversity and programs that accelerate female talent around the world.

While having significant impact in the C-Suite, she is happiest when pushing up-and-coming leaders to break through organizational and self-imposed barriers to reach their potential. With real-world stories of her own journey from Senior Consultant to Senior Vice-President, people express the value of Tammy’s down to earth, practical style in creating an environment of trust in a room of strangers.

Tammy sits on the Women’s Leadership Advisory Committee for Women in Communications and Technology. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a Master of Science degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She lives in Toronto with her daughter Ava and husband Thomas.

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Meet Our

2018 / 2019 Officers

Chris Schwing
Chris SchwingChairwoman & President
Holland & Knight LLP ​

Chris Schwing is the President and Chairwoman of Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum. She is a partner with the law firm Holland & amp; Knight, where she practices high stakes commercial trial litigation and class action defense. Chris represents clients in a variety of industries who are facing bet-the- company litigation.  She serves on the board of advisors for the Pre-Law Society at the University of North Florida as well as a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Chester Bell American Inn of Court. From 2005-2009, she served as secretary of the Executive Committee for Ability Housing of Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Business Journal selected Chris for both its 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence awards in 2016. She is
a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2015 and lists the Judge Irving Cypen Award among her many career achievements. 

Every year, Chris spends several weeks volunteering at animal shelters around the world, where she has worked with dolphins, lions, tigers, elephants, orangutans, cheetahs, hippos and sea lions.

Cindy Rose
Cindy RoseVice President & Vice Chair

Cindy Rose, Vice President and Vice Chair of Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum, is an audit partner in the Jacksonville, Florida office of KPMG LLP. Cindy has over 20 years of accounting and auditing experience with public and private entities. Cindy also has considerable due diligence experience. Cindy’s clients are primarily in the consumer market, technology, and business services industries.

Prior to KPMG, Cindy worked with Andersen in the Northern Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida offices.

Jennifer Lusk
Jennifer Lusk Treasurer
Landstar – Logistics and Supply Chain

Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum treasurer, Jennifer Lusk, is the director of internal audit at Landstar System, Inc. Prior to her 12-year career with Landstar, Jennifer spent more than five years in various accounting and finance roles at Tree of Life, Inc.  She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Jennifer is a member of the Jacksonville ISACA chapter and the Northeast Florida chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), where she also serves on the board of governors. 

She lives in St. Augustine with her husband and their twin daughters and enjoys family time and volunteering at the girls’ elementary school. 

Jackie Love
Jackie LoveSecretary
Acosta Sales and Marketing

Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum board Secretary, Jackie Love, is the director of product management at Acosta Sales and Marketing. Outside of work, Jackie is strongly involved in the charitable community through Melting Barriers and Network of Executive Women (NEW), as well as serving as the trustee for the Yaklich Educational Trust. Her commitment to excellence earned her five consecutive Chairman’s Awards for Integrity, Teamwork and Results at Acosta Sales and Marketing.

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Over 200 executive women, from various large, locally-based companies attend the annual Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum networking events and Forum, and receive world-class leadership training in the process.


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