Keynote Speakers

Luncheon Keynote Address

Straight Talk from
an Attorney, Mother and Advocate

Mayanne Downs, Shareholder and General Counsel for GrayRobinson

MAYANNE DOWNS is shareholder and general counsel for GrayRobinson. She served as GrayRobinson’s president and managing director from 2016-2019, the first woman to hold that position. She has served as president of the Orange County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and the 100,000-member Florida Bar. She graduated at the top of her class from the University of Florida, and is a member of the University of Florida Hall of Fame.

She is city attorney for Orlando, the first woman to be appointed, and is also a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which disciplines judges. She is proudest of being the first female managing partner of a major law firm in the Southeastern United States and the single parent of Barry, a Nashville musician, and Savannah, a third generation University of Florida law student.

Mayanne served as president of The Florida Bar from 2010-2011. As president, she traveled thousands of miles throughout Florida and the country, speaking to legal organizations and newspaper editorial boards and testifying before the Florida Legislature. She implemented the first direct communication between bar leadership and bar members about legislative matters.

Special Luncheon Speakers

TAKE YOUR OXYGEN FIRST: Protecting Your Health and Happiness

Medical Director, Maturing Minds Program

ROSEMARY LAIRD, M.D., M.H.S.A, is a Geriatrician and joined AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital) in 2015 as the executive medical director, AdventHealth for Seniors.

Dr. Laird received her medical degree with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1991. She completed an Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric Fellowship. Dr. Laird is a recognized expert in diagnosis and care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and led the development of the AdventHealth Maturing Minds Memory Disorder Clinic. Dr. Laird is a passionate advocate for the support of family caregivers and co-authored the book Take Your Oxygen First: Preserving Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Laird is a member of the AdventHealth Medical Group and practices at the Centre for Senior Health Winter Park Dundee.

The Mall at Millenia presents: Expressing Your Personal Style at Work 

Captured by Kartsie Photography.

Join Wardrobe Stylist Melanie Pace for an energetic presentation on how to dress with an innovative perspective and how to create a forward-thinking appearance in the workplace.

Melanie will share ways to create your own trends and feature items that will make a statement for a working woman’s wardrobe. They are dynamic and certain to be disrupters in any environment.

These are fun, vigorously forceful tips that are going to leave you wanting to ditch the old and come in with a whole new look for 2020. Get ready!

An FSU fashion merchandising 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 13 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, BCBG Maxazria and many more.

Morning Opening Session

100 Women Strong, an initiative at Central Florida Foundation, will present an interactive opening session, engaging attendees in important community conversations.

Having a conversation is such a simple act, yet it has the power to spark great change. We don’t have to share the same ideas and affiliations to have a conversation. And when we talk, and listen, deeply, honestly, and with compassion, new ideas come from new understandings, and great ideas can come to life.

Lauren Chianese has been a lifelong advocate for quality education for all children, focusing on equity for children living in low-income communities. Currently Lauren serves as the co-chair of 100 Women Strong at Central Florida Foundation, a women’s giving circle and is working to launch a communitywide initiative – Becoming a K-Ready Community – an effort to bring leaders together to ensure all children in Central Florida have access to high-quality early childcare.

Afternoon Keynote

Orange Appeal’s 2020 Women of the Year: Dynamic Disruptors

These seven ladies are shaking things up, coloring outside of and blurring the lines, and leaving a wake when they leave the room. They are smart, passionate and serious with a side of savvy and a dose of humor. Join them as Dr. Romie Mushtaq moderates the afternoon discussion that will inspire and ignite.

Stepahnie Darden Bennett, President + Chief Creative Officer, Prismatic
Marci Doyle,
Chief Operating Office & Tournament Director, Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard
Rosene Johnson,
Executive Director, Pace Center for Girls, Orange
Whitney Laney,
Realtor & Bahamas Disaster Relief Coordinator
Suneera Madhani,
Founder & CEO, Fattmerchant
Maritza Martinez-Guerro,
Associate Vice President for the Division of Partnerships and Innovation, and Director for the Office of Community Relations and Economic Development at UCF
Romie Mushtaq (moderator), MD, MDIHM, Physician, Speaker, Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality