2024 Keynote Speakers – To Be Announced
Thanks Again to our Amazing 2024 Speakers:
2024 Panel Speakers – To Be Announced
Thanks Again to our Amazing 2023 Panelists:
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kawanza Humphrey serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for VyStar Credit Union. In her role she is responsible for leading the credit union’s human resources efforts, including talent acquisition, employee relations, organizational performance and development, compensation, benefits and culture and belonging.
Since joining VyStar in 2021, Kawanza and her team have prioritized their efforts around talent acquisition, compensation and benefits offerings, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She has helped lead the growth of over 10 employee resource groups, called VyStar Resource Groups (VRGs). These efforts display Kawanza’s passion for creating positive change in the work environment and in the community.
In addition to her role at VyStar, Kawanza is passionate about volunteerism and economic development. She is a member of the Board of Directors for READ USA, Inc. and the University of North Florida’s Foundation Board. She has volunteered with several nonprofit organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Sisters Hospital Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Program Committee. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Bold City (FL) Chapter of The Links, Inc. Kawanza was named to Buffalo Business First’s Power 200 Women and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence, a 40 under 40 recipient and a Black Achiever in Industry.
Kawanza has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Most recently, she served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for the Eastern Region of KeyBank. Prior to joining KeyBank, Kawanza held several leadership positions at HSBC Bank USA, including Retail Management, after completing the organization’s Executive Development Program.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English/African American Studies from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in Executive Leadership and Change from Daemen University. She is a Phi Beta Kappa.
President and Partner of WRW International, LLC
Wyman Winbush is the President and Partner of WRW International, LLC, a company specializing in leadership training, high-performance coaching, and DE&I enablement. As a former 31-year sales leader/instructor with IBM and a 30-year retired naval officer, Wyman leverages his extensive military experience, volunteer service, fortune 50 corporate savvy, and spiritual insights to inspire thousands to exceed their natural abilities and to “Think & Act Big” while enjoying their journey to success. While in the Navy, he served as a helicopter pilot, flight instructor, leadership instructor, and Commanding Officer, among other roles. As a community steward, Wyman served as a Trustee at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (2 yrs. as chairman), a Director at JEA (Jacksonville Electric Authority), and as an Elder in his church.
Wyman continues to serve his country as a member of the Yellow Ribbon Cadre of Speakers, where he is a featured speaker at Pre/Post deployment briefings for our nation’s reservists and National Guard. As at 25+ year member of the National Speakers Association, Wyman has been able to share his professional speaking abilities with recognized companies across the nation.
A native of Kissimmee, Florida, Wyman is a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 1989 MBA graduate of Jacksonville University. He has also earned a Certified in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and is a Certified EQ-I 2.0 Assessor/Evaluator.
Wyman and Rosemary have been married for 34 years and have three adult children.
Theodore B. “Ted” Phillips
JEA Chief Financial Officer
Theodore B. “Ted” Phillips joined JEA as Chief Financial Officer in August 2021 and has served in the not-for-profit utility sector for more than 30 years.
Before joining JEA, Mr. Phillips worked for 10 years with Huntsville Utilities, (Huntsville Alabama) leading teams in Finance/Accounting, MIS, Technical Services, Purchasing, Stores & Warehousing, Fleet, and Facilities. Previously, Mr. Phillips spent 20 years in the public sector in North Carolina and Missouri working for the City of Shelby, the City of Monroe and Mecklenburg County, N.C., and the State Auditor’s office in Missouri.
Mr. Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He is an active member in his community, currently serving on The Salvation Army advisory council and has served on the boards of the United Way and The Schools Foundation in Huntsville, Ala., and was a long-term leader in the Boy Scouts of America.
Ted has been married to his lovely wife Carol Rhea Phillips for 25 years. The have two son Ryan (24) and Evan (20).