In celebration of Women’ s History Month, the Florida Diversity Council hosted its 2017 Women in Leadership Symposiums during the month of March in three locations throughout the stateSymposium Panel –Orlando, Tampa Bay, and South Florida. Attendees of the symposiums were exposed to female leaders who shared insights from their personal success and leadership experience as professionals.

Angeles Valenciano, CEO of the National Diversity Council, said of the initiative: “This type of event gives women the perfect opportunity to share in the knowledge and successes of the esteemed panelists, reflect on the development of their own careers, and network fellow aspiring leaders.”

This year’ s event theme was “Be Fearless: Influence, Innovate, and Inspire.” The half-day event featured multiple business leaders from various organizations discussing topics such as “Transforming the Rules of Engagement,”“The Difference ‘ Difference’ Makes – Double Minority Leadership,” and “Lifting up the Next Generation of Women.” The symposiums began with a welcome and formal introduction of the participating panelists. Each panelist was able to address a specific topic of discussion as well as engage with the other panelists and answer audience questions regarding the panel topics.

The Florida Diversity Council would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, speakers and attendees for helping to make the 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium series a great success.

Wils March Madness

Photos and program booklets from the symposiums can be found here

Women in Leadership Symposium Panelists:


Keysa Minnifield
Vice President, Human Resources
Sodexo On-Site Solutions
Kim Matlock
Vice President of Digital Strategy
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Margaret Pittelkow
Vice President
AAA Automotive
Patty Sheehan
City of Orlando
Maria García de la Noceda
Vice President Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando

Tampa Bay:

Ronice Barlow
Sr. Vice President & COO U.S. Advisory Services
Franklin Templeton Distributors, Inc.
Charlene McClain
Chief Talent Officer
Eckerd Kids
Yvette Segura
Vice President and General Manager
Katharine Eagan
Chief Executive Officer
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)
Marguerita Brunson
Sims Senior Corporate
Counsel WellCare

South Florida:

Kim Stone
Executive Vice President & General Manager
American Airlines Arena & The HEAT Group
Lynn White
Senior Vice President
Corporate Human Resources
Bobet Bennett-Marshall
Regional Vice President–Resort Operations
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Brenda Arce
Vice President
Robert Half
Julie Stodolak
Vice President of Stores

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