2019- “Be Fearless! Influence, Innovate, and Inspire!”
2018- “Charting Your Career Path: The Art of Navigation and Negotiation”
2017- “Game On! The Power of Women – It’s Our Time to Lead!”
2016- “Traits of Resilient Leaders”
2015- “Elevating your Game: Strategies to Build Your Brand, Raise your Confidence and Maximize your Network!
2014- “The Way Women Lead”
Dr. Leigh Thompson Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
Dr. Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is the director of the Kellogg Team and Group Research Center, the Kellogg Leading High Impact Teams Executive program, and co-director of the Constructive Collaboration Executive program and the Negotiation Strategies Executive program. In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Northwestern.
Her research focuses on negotiation skills and strategies, group decision making, creativity, and analogical reasoning. Her most recent research projects include investigations of divergent versus convergent thinking on negotiation performance; mindfulness and negotiation performance, gender and the use of ethically-questionable negotiation strategies, embarrassment and pride and their effects on creativity; and how analogical reasoning improves negotiation performance.
She has published more than 130 research articles and chapters in edited books. She has authored 9 books: Stop Spending, Start Managing (Harvard Business Review, 2015); Making The Team (6th edition, Pearson); The Mind and Heart of the Negotiator (6th edition, Pearson, 2015); Creative Conspiracy The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration (Harvard Business Reveiw, 2013); The Truth About Negotiations (2nd edition, Pearson 2013); Shared Knowledge in Organizations (with David Messick and John Levine); Organizational Behavior Today (2008); Negotiation: Theory and Research (2006); and The Social Psychology of Organizational Behavior: Essential Reading (2003).
Author & Professional Public Speaker
Jan Hargrave is an expert on nonverbal communication. She presently the CEO of Jan Hargrave and Associates, a Houston-based consulting firm, and continues to provide many of today’s leading corporations such as Merrill Lynch, Rockwell, El Paso Energy, Exxon, Chase Manhattan Bank, and NASA with seminars and specialized training in how to take advantage of nonverbal communication. She has been a guest on many shows, including but not limited to The Maury Povich Show, The Ricki Lake Show, The Gayle King Show, Talk Soup and The Learning Channel.
Corinne Costa Davis
Former CHRO E*Trade Financial Services
Ms. Corinne Costa Davis is an experienced Corporate Executive who held leadership roles as a Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She has worked with global organizations in multiple industry sectors including banking, asset management, financial services, telecommunications, insurance, healthcare and philosophy. Her expertise is in driving productivity and bottom line results through the transformation of Corporate Functions (Human Resources, Technology, Operations, Finance, Procurement and Marketing) from traditional infrastructure models into best practice providers of products and services.
She has chaired Corporate Giving, Health & Welfare Benefit ad 401k Committees for publicly traded companies. Additionally, she has worked closely with Independent Board of Directors in the development of Compensation Plan Design and Succession Planning Processes. She has advised Executive Teams and External Boards as they managed significant operating model ad organizational structure transformation.
Corinne holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from Steton Hall University. Additionally, she is a professionally trained modern dancer who continues to practice this performance art.
Corinne sits on the Board of Directors of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation and is the Chairperson of the Foundation’s Development Committee.
Dr. Tracy Alloway
Award Winning Psychologist
Dr. Tracy Alloway is an award winning Psychologist, TEDx speaker and author. Dr. Alloway’s research has contributed to the scientific understanding of working memory, specifically in relation to education and learning needs. She has shared her research with organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities, The Japanese Society for Developmental Psychology and the Individual Development and Adaptive Education of Children At Risk in Germany, among others. In addition to more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, 7 books, and 2 standardized test batteries on the topic of working memory, her work has also been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and Newsweek, to name only a few. Dr Alloway also blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post.
Dr. Helen Fisher
PhD biological anthropologist
Dr. Helen Fisher is an American anthropologist who specializes in the evolution, biology, and psychology of human sexuality, monogamy, adultery and divorce, gender differences in the brain, and the neural chemistry of romantic love and attachment. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University as well as a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. Prior to her work at Rutgers she was a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She is a contributor on ABC News as well as at the 2006 and 2008 Ted Conferences.
Chief Leadership Officer for Levo
Tiffany Dufu is a nationally recognized expert on women’s and millennial leadership, and the author of “Drop the Ball: Achieve More by Doing Less.” In 2012, she was named one of Huffington Post’s 19 Women Who Are Leading the Way. Tiffany was featured in The Seattle Times, The New York Times, NPR and Bloomberg for raising over $20 million toward causes for women and girls. She is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and nonprofit fundraising, recently presenting at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit and TEDxWomen.
Fawn Germer is a four time Pulitzer Prize Award Nominated Author and is one of the nation’s most sought after motivational speakers and corporate trainers. Oprah featured Germer and her book Hard Won Wisdom on her award winning talk show. Germer has personally interviewed more than 300 of the most accomplished leaders of our times, including Olympic athletes, CEOs, prime ministers, presidents, Academy Award winners and many others who shared with her their secrets of true success.
Center for Women and Business at Bentley University Founder
Betsy Myers is the founding director of Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business. She was also a senior advisor in former President Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign. She served at first as his Chief Operating Officer and then as the Chair of Women for Obama. She also spent several years Harvard’s School for Government, ending as the Executive Director of its Center for Public Leadership. During the Clinton Administration, Myers spent several years at the U.S. Small Business Administration in posts that included; Director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership, President Clinton’s senior adviser on women’s issues and Director of the Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach.
CEO of Team Pegine INC.
Pegine Echevarria is the CEO of the locally based, Team Pegine Inc. and is also a motivational speaker, author, life coach and entrepreneur. Her company Team Pegine ranks amongst the 50 fastest growing businesses in Northeast Florida. Echevarria also created the foundation, Success4Vets, to help veterans acquire leadership skills and settle back into civilian life. She is a Certified Speaking Professional member of the National Speakers Association and is the only Latina inducted into the 58 member Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. She is also the only Latina in the Million Dollar Speakers Group.
Echevarria was also named the “2010 Women in Business Champion of the Year for the North Florida District and the State of Florida.” She has been featured in Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine and was on the cover as a “Woman Who Rocks In Business.” She was interviewed by columnist Devin Thrope in the Forbes article “Renowned Speaker Offers Tips To Women Entrepreneurs”.
Co-founder of Scripps Network
Susan Packard is the Co-founder of Scripps Network Interactive (SNI), the former Chief Operating Officer for HGTV and an Award winning author. She was the second employee of SNI and helped build the company to a market value of more than $10 billion. Under Packard’s helm, HGTV became one of the fastest growing cable networks in television history. She has been widely recognized as an innovator, a role model and mentor for women aspiring to climb the corporate ladder. She received the Woman of the Year award by Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) and was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2008.
Former Senior Manager of Leadership for Bi-Lo Holdings
Pat Baxter was the Senior Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, the nation’s ninth largest grocery chain. Her corporate experience includes functional leadership roles in Citigroup, Sykes Enterprises, Inc., UNISYS, AchieveGlobal, Right Management and The Prudential. Pat holds a doctorate from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership, which she has used to great effectiveness as a consultant and executive coach for firms such as American Express, Dollar General, Sweetbay Supermarkets, Comcast, and Toyota. Dr. Baxter has served on the Advisory Board at the Center for Ethics at the University of Tampa, the Latin Community Advisory Committee (LCAC) at the University of South Florida and as the Education Chair at the Florida Diversity Council, Tampa Bay chapter.
Founder and CEO of eWomen Network
Sandra Yancey is the founder and CEO of eWomen Network, a multi-million dollar
company that helps women across the globe build their businesses. Sandra was
recognized by the International Alliance for Women as one of the world’s 100 Top
Difference Makers and by CNN as an American Hero. She is the bestselling author of Doubt, Fear &
Crisis, which rose to #1 status in five categories at Amazon.com. She is a mentor and example for
women across the globe.
Dr. Lois Frankle
President of Corporate Coaching International
Dr. Lois Frankel is the President of Corporate Coaching International and an internationally known author. Her books Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich, and Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It are translated in over 25 languages worldwide. Dr. Frankel has appeared on the Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN and Fox News and has been featured in USA Today, People Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett Founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation
Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the Founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, a Manhattan-based think tank. She is also the Founder of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC,The co-director of the Women’s Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association.
Hewlett is the author of 11 Harvard Business Review articles and 12 critically acclaimed books. Her writings have been published in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal and she’s a featured blogger on HBR Blog Network and the Huffington Post. She has appeared on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, The Today Show, and BBC World News.
IN 2011 she received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women’s Bond Club, as well as Women of the Year awards from the Financial Women’s Association. In 2013 she received a Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute, and in 2014 she was recognized as the Most Influential International Thinker by HR magazine and was honored by the European Diversity Awards with its Global Diversity Award.
Lender Processing Services Corp.
Acosta Sales & Marketing
Bank of America
JAX Chamber Foundation
World Affairs Council of Jacksonville
E. Denise Lee
Jacksonville City Councilwoman, District 8
St. Johns Town Center
Florida Blue Patrick
Fidelity National Financial
Retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
Dr. Veronica Scott-Fulton
Acosta Sales and Marketing,
Holland and Knight
Baptist Health Jacksonville
Dr. Pat Baxter & Associates
The Clara White Mission
Holland & Knight
Jen Devore Richter
Rock My Image
Community First Credit Union
Florida Blue Market
Fidelity National Information Services
Olympic champion, civil rights lawyer, public speaker, and activist.
Dr. Carolyn Landolfo
Vice Chair of Cardiology, Mayo Clinic.
Sandler Training; ONECORE924
Chief Executive Officer, Intrinio
Senior Vice President of Retail Services, Regency Centers
President, Adecco Staffing, U.S.
Executive Vice President, Black Knight, Inc.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jacksonville Jaguars
Dr. Chris Johnson
Associate Dean of Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida
Chief Human Resource Officer, Florida Blue
Professional Speaker, Jan Spence & Associates
Senior Vice President, Baptist Health
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