Keynote Speakers

Keynote Luncheon

Photo Sep 05, 4 01 38 AMDr. Romie Mushtaq, MD, ABIHM
Physician, Speaker, Mindfulness Teacher, Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine, Orlando

Dr. Romie is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in Integrative Medicine. After undergoing life-saving surgery, she traveled around the world learning mindfulness-based techniques and now helps individuals achieve brain and mental health holistically at the Center for Natural & Integrative health holistically at the Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine in Orlando. Dr. Romie’s expertise has been featured on TED talks, Fox News, NBC, NPR, The Huffington Post, and dozens of other national media outlets. Dr. Romie combines her unique expertise in neuroscience and mindfulness as a highly sought-after speaker to teach stress management and mindful leadership to Fortune 500 companies, universities and groups around the country. She is currently writing her first book on bringing Western medicine and Eastern wisdom together for a Busy Brain Cure.

Florida Hospital Luncheon Speaker

Kim Dawson_2018-4x6_7591Kimberly Bell, Assistant Vice President, Cardiovascular Institute at Florida Hospital

Kimberly Bell (Dawson) is the assistant vice president of The Cardiovascular (CV) Institute at Florida Hospital. In this role, she oversees a network of care for heart, lung and vascular services across the Orlando and Central Florida region, encompassing 8 facilities. Kimberly has more than 20 years’ experience within advanced cardiac and vascular specialties within academic medical facilities, community and tertiary care centers.

Prior to joining Florida Hospital, Kimberly was the administrator of the Cardiovascular Product Line for Sentara Heart in Norfolk, VA, overseeing 12 facilities across three states for cardiovascular care.

Kimberly has a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Health Systems Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives; member of the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators; former board member of the Virginia Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative; and Eastern Region Lead of the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition. Kim has collaborated in several publications and is a valued member of the American Heart Association.

Special Luncheon Program

Melanie PaceThe Mall at Millenia presents Style at Work in 10 Easy Steps

Join wardrobe stylist Melanie Pace to learn the 10 essential steps needed to create the ultimate workplace wardrobe. Whether in a corporate or business casual environment, Melanie will provide helpful insight on the essential pieces that are absolute must-haves for the workplace today. She’ll share a stylists’ perspective to help make shopping decisions, like choosing from multiple variations of a silk blouse, selecting the right colors and cuts to complement your individual style, and the importance of choosing a perfume scent that won’t overpower. 

FSU graduate and Orlando native, Melanie’s work includes wardrobe styling for Giuliana Rancic of E! News, Ricky Fowler, Greg Norman, Kevin Nash and numerous personal clients. She has produced, styled and provided creative direction for Fashion Week at The Mall at Millenia for 11 years. Melanie has styled fashion shows for Ferragamo, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, among many others. She serves as a fashion expert and guest host for on-stage and on-screen appearances for Amazon’s Style Code Live, Fox35 News, Orlando Women’s Conference, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and The America’s Cake Fair, just to name a few. She has partnered on a variety of projects with brands such as: Cartier, People’s Style Watch magazine,, MAC Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell, Tous and many more.    Follow her on Social Media: @MelaniePace  

Orange Appeal Live!

Hosted by Annetta Wilson 

Annetta Wilson - full shot (1)Annetta Wilson is president of Annetta Wilson Media Training & Success Coaching. Her expertise is in media training; presentation and communication skills; coaching for executives, entrepreneurs and subject-matter. She is the creator and author 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. cities. 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 North America, a certified master coach and certified trainer, and is a member of the International Association of Coaching. She also serves on the boards of directors for Give Kids The World and Heart of Florida United Way and is a summa cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University.

Conversations with….

CAheadshotChristi Ashby always had a passion for magazines. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida, but she did not start her publishing career until she was 30. After creating and managing more than 10 different magazines, for three different companies, she had an epiphany in 2007 and decided to start her own publication focused on Central Florida women. Launched in 2008, Orange Appeal is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. She and her daughter, Kate, started the Orlando Women’s Conference in 2010 and launched Interior Appeal magazine in 2014. She still loves her job.

Ann McGeeDr. E. Ann McGee never dreamed she would be in her current position for 22 years, but it’s not surprising considering her deep passion and unwavering concern for her students – all 30,000 of them. Because of her own educational experience, Ann also has a unique understanding of community colleges and their focus on the community. As Seminole State College’s second president since its founding in 1966, she has led and overseen tremendous growth during her tenure – from one campus to four offering 200 degrees and programs, including seven bachelor’s degrees. In August, Ann will be stepping down as president. In her impressive 46-year career, she has been honored with numerous awards for her exceptional work in education and leadership, as well as community concerns and causes.

wigginsMelissa Wiggins, a passionate, humble, fashionable, Scottish mom of four did not expect her life to turn out this way. Melissa’s journey began when she and her husband, Michael, found out their 20-month-old son, Cannon, had stage IV Neuroblastoma cancer. At the time, she was 10 days away from delivering twin boys, Arran and Gray. Cannon was given a 50/50 chance of survival and Melissa and Michael witnessed the horrific effects of cancer treatment on a child. Determined to positively impact pediatric cancer treatments and funding so that other children did not have to suffer as their child did, Melissa and Michael started Cannonball Kids’ cancer (CKc) Foundation in June of 2014, shortly after Cannon had completed his treatment. 

PomaBarbara Poma has recounted many times, Pulse nightclub was much more than a business. It was founded as a refuge and place of fun for the LBGTQ community and in honor of Barbara’s brother John who had died of AIDS. After the tragedy, difficult decisions had to made about what to do with the property and how to properly honor those who lost their lives there. After much debate, Barbara ultimately decided not to sell the site to the city and instead, create the onePULSE Foundation, acquire community input, and guide the process of building a permanent memorial and museum. She is on a mission to gather as much information as possible – from holding town hall meetings and sending out surveys in Central Florida to visiting other organizations formed after their own community tragedies and is determined to make this a memorial that not only reflects the past but offers education and promise for the future.

Opening Session

The Empathy Framework by Danya Shea, CEO & Founder of FervorWorks

Shea is a framework innovator and market strategist driven by financial outcomes and high-impact relationships. When you’re ready for actionable insights into your customers, talent, and key partners Shea will help you leverage technology, empathy and influence to gain insight, drive revenue and chart sustainable growth. She is guided by a deep understanding of mental models, change management, and is a sought-out advisor for women’s advocacy. In the community, she is known as a trusted ally in the fight for equality for marginalized groups. Other favorite geek-out topics include her kids, travel, horses and scotch.

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