2016 Conference Speakers

2016 Conference Speakers 2017-07-21T14:08:31+00:00

2016 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Our speaker lineup is phenomenal. This year, we have a team of A-list leaders and game-changers ready to help us broaden our perspectives, tune our skills and enhance our lives.

Blanche Williams
Blanche Williams
The power of possibilities has fueled the multi-faceted career of Blanche A. Williams, MS, former National XM Satellite Radio Talk Show Host, President/CEO of Greatness By Design, LLC, Author, Founder of the National Black Women’s Town Hall (NBWTH), Palm Beach State College Adjunct Professor…
Cathy Hughes
Cathy Hughes
Cathy Hughes is a dynamic, media pioneer who demonstrates the power of one – one woman, one vision, one company – Radio One. As Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African-American owned and operated, broadcast company in the nation, Hughes’ unprecedented career…
Jocelyn Carter-Miller
Jocelyn Carter-Miller
Jocelyn Carter-Miller is President of TechEdVentures and SoulTranSync, which specialize in the development and marketing of high performance educational and self-empowerment programming. Priviously, Jocelyn was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot, Inc.
Bentina Terry
Bentina Terry
Bentina C. Terry is Vice President – Customer Service and Sales for Gulf Power Company, a Southern Company subsidiary headquartered in Pensacola, Florida. In this role, Terry is responsible for the company’s marketing, customer service and community and economic development organizations.
Dr. Anique Bryan
Dr. Anique Bryan
Dr. Anique Bryan is Family Physician who specializes in the care of Acute and Chronic illnesses with a special interest in Women’s Health and has practiced medicine in Miami for the past 20 years. Dr. Bryan completed her primary and secondary education in her family’s country of origin: Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Linell King
Dr. Linell King
Amazon best-selling author, physician, international speaker, health recovery, and weight loss specialist Dr. Linell King believes the solution to preventing illness is empowering each of us to take responsibility for our own health. A renowned internist featured on ABC, NBC, and FOX, Dr. King received his medical degree…
Dr. Susan A. MacManus
Dr. Susan A. MacManus
Dr. Susan A. MacManus is a Distinguished University Professor at USF in the Department of Government and International Affairs. She directs the annual USF-Nielsen Sunshine State Survey—the state’s most extensive annual public policy survey of adult Floridians (sunshinestatesurvey.com).
Simone Arnold
Simone Arnold
Simone Arnold is a vice president of operations for Payments Acceptance at First Data Corporation (FDC) based in Coral Springs, Florida. In this role, Simone leads a hybrid team with operational oversight for American Express and Discover Payment Network Acceptance relationships processing $47 billion…
Osamudia James
Osamudia James
Professor Osamudia James received a B.A cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, a J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2004, and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a William H. Hastie Fellow from 2006 to 2008.
Deborah Owens
Deborah Owens
Deborah Owens is a financial expert, author and former financial executive who is on a mission to teach people how to turn their income into wealth. She can be seen nationally on TVOne’s News One Now Program as “America’s Wealth Coach.”
Rebecca K. Roussell
Rebecca K. Roussell
Rebecca K. Roussell is Senior Director of Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series, which is part of Nielsen’s Thought Leadership group under its Global Marketing Communications umbrella. In this role, she is responsible for managing and creating the annual Diverse Intelligence Series reports…
Robbin Simmons
Robbin Simmons
Robbin Simmons returned to WSVN to co-anchor the weekend editions of 7 NEWS at 5, 6, & 10PM. Robbin was an anchor/reporter at WDIV-TV in Detroit since 2004. Prior to WDIV, Robbin spent three years at WSVN as a general assignment reporter and was quickly promoted to Saturday morning weekend anchor.
Kathryn DePalo
Kathryn DePalo
Kathryn DePalo received her Ph.D. in political science from Florida International University in 2006. Her book, The Failure of Term Limits in Florida was published in 2015 from the University Press of Florida and examines the effects of term limits on Florida’s state legislature. She also holds a Master of Arts degree…
Evett Simmons
Evett Simmons
Evett L. Simmons is a shareholder and Chief Diversity Officer of Greenspoon Marder, a full-service law firm with nearly 200 lawyers with offices in Florida, Nevada, New York, Colorado, and California. She primarily concentrates her practice in the areas of probate and guardianship administration, Wills, Trust and Elder Law.
Judge Michelle Childs
Judge Michelle Childs
Judge Childs was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in August 2010. She holds a B.S. in Management from the University of South Florida Honors College, a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, a Masters in Personnel and Employment Relations…
Bob Swindell
Bob Swindell
Bob Swindell was named President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance in November 2009. He joined the Alliance as the Senior Vice President of Business Development in 2003. Bob and his team market and promote Broward County as a highly desirable location to do business…
Eugene Pettis
Eugene Pettis
Eugene K. Pettis, co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, leads a trial practice representing an impressive list of corporate, public sector and individual clients in civil trial matters. He has over 30 years of experience handling a range of complex cases for defendants and plaintiffs in the areas of medical malpractice…
Robyn Fern Perlman
Robyn Fern Perlman
Robyn Fern Perlman is a principal partner of CoreStrategies for Nonprofits Inc. The company is a full service consulting firm specializing in all aspects of philanthropy and social investment. Perlman has traveled and trained large numbers of organization leaders both nationally and abroad.
Jim Kane
Jim Kane
Kane is the founder and chief pollster of the independent political research and survey organization, The Florida Voter. Established in 1994, The Florida Voter provides independent political research exclusively on Florida elections and demographics. Kane, a graduate of George Washington University’s political science program…
Marie Waugh
Marie Waugh
Marie C. Waugh serves as senior vice president of human resources and environmental, health and safety for SUEZ in North America. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s North American human resources and environmental, health and safety strategies and programs.
Howard Saltz
Howard Saltz
Howard Saltz was named Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Sentinel Media Group in March, 2016. In this new role, he’s responsible for content in all products, in all formats, in a platform-agnostic newsroom. He’s also responsible for the day-to-day business of the company, including overseeing Directors from each division.
Shiree Woody
Shiree Woody
Shiree Woody is a News Management Executive and Multimedia Specialist, Women’s Conference Facilitator, Spiritual Life Coach and Meditation Leader. Shiree manages the ABC 7 News Team at WZVN, Waterman Broadcasting in Fort Myers, Florida. She oversees news coverage, executes strategic vision and focuses on growing the ABC 7 Get More brand.