Keynote Speakers

Keynote Luncheon: Take Action with Annetta Wilson and Lauren Popeck

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President of Annetta Wilson Media Training & Success Coaching, Annetta’s expertise is in media training, presentation and communication skills coaching for executives, entrepreneurs and subject-matter. She is the creator of 7 Secrets to Becoming a Media Magnet (how to make the media your marketing machine) and You’ve Got Less than 15 Seconds. Impress Me! (how to attract clients and grow your business from hello). 

During an award-winning career in the broadcast industry, Annetta worked as a television news anchor, reporter, producer, talk show host and writer. She has also held management positions in the broadcast industry as a community affairs director and marketing director.

Annetta was national emcee for the Office Depot Success Strategies Conference for Businesswomen in six major U.S. cites. She is one of eight coaches featured in the book, Coaching for Success (Insight Publishing); she is a Premier Coach for eWomen Network, the complete success system for businesswomen in America, a certified master coach and certified trainer, and is a member of the International Association of Coaching. She also serves on the board of directors for Give Kids the World and BETA Center and is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University. 


 Food as a Medicine
Lauren Popeck will discuss using food to improve your health and increase your energy. Lauren is a registered and licensed dietitian at Orlando Health. She pioneered a new field as an outpatient dietitian for the hospital and currently specializes in internal medicine. With more than 14 years of diverse nutrition experience, Lauren is passionate about helping others understand and incorporate nutrition in their lives. 


Opening Session

OWC17_0317.inddSome of the brightest, most independent women often work with a financial advisor because they don’t know where to start or what to expect. Hear Sindy Canizales Walters speak to you about why this step is so important. 

Sindy is a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor with a passion to help others achieve personal and financial success. As an immigrant by way of Colombia and  Venezuela, Sindy learned valuable business lessons from her entrepreneurial parents. Her mother was a trailblazer in Colombia as a wholesaler in the male-dominated automotive industry. Sindy followed her pioneering example in financial services. Here fervor for her career only grew as she saw the positive impact she was having on  others’ lives. With the encouragement and mentorship of her leaders, Sindy cultivated a strong business, a 25-person multi-cultural financial representative team, and has earned many professional accolades. She and her team also pay it forward as supporters of charitable organizations like Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Special Luncheon Program: The Mall at Millenia and Bloomingdale’s present: A Fashion Evolution 

JenniferBentson1Presentation by Jennifer Bentson

As women we are constantly evolving, therefore our wardrobes should too. Join The Mall at Millenia and Bloomingdale’s as Jennifer Bentson demonstrates how to design a wardrobe that complements all aspects of your life as you adapt, advance and evolve as professional women. 

 Jennifer is public relations manager for Bloomingdale’s at The Mall at Millenia. She serves as spokesperson and trend expert for the Orlando market and has extensive experience styling, producing and hosting fashion shows for various regional organizations in addition to national organizations such as the NFL Players Association. Jennifer also manages all press, in-market promotions, strategic partnerships, corporate alliances and philanthropic initiatives for Bloomingdale’s Orlando. 

Take Action Special Session: Power Panel Discussion

How can we impact our community?

Fennell 2010 smlrCarolyn Fennell, Moderator

Carolyn is responsible for internal and external media and public relations at Orlando International Airport and the Orlando Executive Airport. In her role as primary spokesperson, she oversees all domestic and inernational media relations, including crises communications for both airports. At the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, she was responsible for international marketing, customer service and community outreach. Prior to joining the Aviation Authority, she was production assistant to Peter Jennings for ABC News London and a publicist for Walt Disney World. Among her numerous awards is the Public Relations Professional of the Year by the Florida Public Relations Association.


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Carol Wick started her career working with at-risk children and quickly gained national attention for her ability to create and implement innovation and sustainable solutions to century-old problems. Over the years, she has developed a proven method that can be applied to any organization to help them grow, build their brand, and attract and retain investors. She has over 20 years of executive director experience and is the published author of several evidence-based studies on program effectiveness. Carol utilizes this wealth of experience to assist nonprofit organizations assess their capacity and take their organization to the next level. 

AE Cropped Head ShotAndrea Eliscu serves as president of Medical Marketing Inc., a healthcare marketing and public relations firm she co-founded in 1984. Throughout her career, Andrea has also authored four books, including the recently released It’s Personal: The Art of Building your Practice. With a passion for community, Andrea devotes her leadership, creativity and countless hours to several local organizations. She founded the Orlando Dragon Boat Club and the Dueling Dragons of
Orlando (“cops and kids”) dragon boat team, and also serves on the boards of the Orlando Ballet, OneBlood and the Orlando Rowing Club.

Linda Landman Gonzalez_MasterFinalColor - CopyLinda Landman Gonzalez joined the senior leadership team of the Orlando Magic in 2007. In December 2016, she was named vice president of social responsibility. Linda serves in a leadership role overseeing community relations, government relations, philanthropy, corporate giving, cause marketing and multicultural insights. In addition, she serves as the president of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. She spent nine years as director of diversity and community relations for Darden Restaurants. Prior to that she was vice president of Hispanic sales and marketing for Barnett Bank of Central Florida She is currently involved in several volunteer and leadership activities including board positions.

FloraMariaFlora Maria Garcia has been CEO of  United Arts of Central Florida since 2012, a funding agency serving a four-county region with a budget of more than $6  million, which has invested more than  $136 million, in arts and culture since its inception in 1989. Prior to UA, she served as CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition. She has worked in arts manage-ment for more than 30 years overseeing agencies in Atlanta, Fort Worth, Houston, and the State of Missouri. Her accomplish-ments include: The Missouri Cultural Trust, a $200 million public/private endowment for the arts; a 2% For Art program in Fort Worth, and gaining an additional $1 million per year for arts funding in Houston and Fort Worth, TX.  She holds an MBA and a Masters in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University.   

mayanne-downs-gray-robinsonMayanne Downs was named president and managing director, GrayRobinson, a full-service corporate law firm made up of 300 lawyers and consultants working in 13
offices throughout Florida, in 2016. She was the first female city attorney for the City of Orlando; the first woman to chair GrayRobinson’s litigation department; and served as
president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. In 2010-2011, she was president of The Florida Bar; in 2013 was awarded the Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL); and in 2011 co-founded the nation’s first women’s leadership scholarship at the University of Florida College of Law.



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