Announcing our 2013 Keynote Address!!

2013 Keynote Address: Pam Iorio

Pam_IorioPam Iorio is the former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida who has launched a second career as a leadership speaker and author.  Successfully leading the vibrant and growing city of Tampa for two terms, she grappled with change, goal-setting, compromise, and adversity.

Now as a leadership speaker for corporations and trade associations she delivers an inspiring and empowering message about straightforward leadership – the importance of leading yourself well so that you can effectively lead others.

Her leadership book Straightforward: Ways to Live and Lead (2011) was called “the best business book of 2011” by Florida Trend magazine.

As mayor of the nation’s 54th largest city Pam’s tenure was marked by a revitalized downtown, a massive investment in infrastructure, economic redevelopment through Community Redevelopment Areas, a commitment to the arts, an emphasis on neighborhood improvements, an unprecedented reduction in crime, and fiscal soundness, with financial reserves tripling even during a recession. She left office in 2011 with an 87% approval rating.

First elected to public office at age 26, she was the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, Florida. At age 27 she was selected as Chairman of the Board.

In 1992 she was elected for the first of three terms as the county’s Supervisor of Elections. In 1999 she served as the president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections, where she served as spokesperson for the organization during the highly publicized 2000 presidential election in Florida.

In addition to her Leadership Speaking, Iorio is the Leader-in-Residence at the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. She serves on the Advisory Board for Celestar Corporation, a fast growing knowledge and technology consulting company.

She also serves on the Board of the USF Foundation and the USF Health System Board. Iorio holds a BA degree in Political Science from The American University and a MA degree in History from the University of South Florida.


Kathy Swanson[1] (2)Kathy Swanson, President, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies

Kathy will introduce some exciting new women’s initiatives at Winnie Palmer, including the recently launched, a blog and interactive women’s health forum.


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Only 10 Exhibitor Spaces Left!!!

Don’t miss your opportunity to reach Orlando’s women leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners.

The Citrus Grove (exhibit area) will feature a wide variety of exhibitors
from retailers and nonprofits to medical professionals and
attorneys – fun and informational. Each exhibitor will also have
the opportunity to provide a giveaway or prize drawing. The Citrus
Grove will be perfectly located in between the main session hall
and the individual session halls to keep the traffic flowing throughout
the day. It’s where you’ll find your morning coffee, end-of-day
cocktail and opportunity to connect with hundreds of attendees,
speakers and special guests.

For exhibitor info please email

Participating Exhibitors:

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Bajalia Trading Company
Casa Del Rio Collection
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Central Florida Women’s League
Chloe Lane Boutique
Eric Green Collection
Financial Advisory Institute
Hunter Vision – The Exclusive Provider of 3D Lasik
Old Florida National Bank
Origami Owl and Lilla Rose Hair Clips Independent Consultant
Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida
Rodan + Fields
SaJune Institute
Silpada Designs
Software Resources
The Bar Method
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The Spa at the Peabody Orlando
Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center
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Registration is now open!!!


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Save the Date!

The 2013 Orlando Women’s Conference will take place Friday, April 26 at The Peabody Orlando. Stay tuned for more details!!

For sponsorship or exhibitor information please email

2013 Orange Sponsor

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There’s still time to register!!!

We’re only 3 days away from the 2012 Orlando Women’s Conference. Don’t miss out this day of information, inspiration and empowerment. There’s still time to register. Do so here!

OWC 2012 sponsors

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Only 10 More Days!!!

Hi folks,

We’re counting down the days to the Conference, which is only 10!!! Don’t forget to register if you haven’t already done so! Click here. Be sure to arrive at The Peabody by 8:15 am on Friday, April 27 so you don’t miss our exhilarating opening session led by Coach Jenn Lee. PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL $10 SELF-PARKING FOR THE DAY.

We have an exciting array exhibitors lined up, from health experts and professionals to non-profits and retailers (so be ready to shop!) They include: 100 Women Strong and Venture Philanthropists, Advanced Urogynecology, Bajalia Trading Company, Central Florida Women’s League, Cheri’s Art Uncorked, Chloe Lane Boutique, ConferenceDirect, DeNeff Gallery, Financial Advisory Institute/KM Jackson Law Firm, Flourish Floral Productions, Karen Smutz Photogrpahy, Mais Oui Fashion Accessories, NYR Organic, Orange Appeal, Orlando Aesthetic Institute, Orlando Health, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, ReDermaNu, Rodan + Fields, SCORE Orlando, Silpada Designs, The Bar Method, The Bougainvillea Clinique, The Peabody Orlando, Tupperware and Working Women of Central Florida. WE’VE HAD TWO EXHIBITOR SPACES OPEN SO E-MAIL KATE@ORANGEAPPEAL.COM IF YOU’RE INTERESTED.

TABLE SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR $1,000. They include 10 conference registrations, reserved seating at the luncheon and listing in conference materials. RESERVE BY THURSDAY IN ORDER TO BE LISTED IN CONFERENCE PROGRAM! Pay by PayPal or e-mail to reserve.
Thank you to our table sponsors to date: Mears Transportation, The Bougainvillea Clinique, Foley & Lardner LLP/Larsen Allena, Nemours, Fifth Third Bank, CNLBank, WBQ Design & Engineering, Sanford-Burnham Institute, Florida Hospital, Orlando Magic, Diane Meiller & Associates, SeaWorld and Pearls for Women.

We’re excited about all our sessions and speakers lined up for this year. Check out our updated schedule.

Finally a big thank you to all of our sponsors!

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Christi and Kate


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Early Bird Pricing Closes Today!!!

We are roughly three weeks out from our 2012 Orlando Women’s Conference and are getting excited!!! A couple of updates and announcements…

TODAY is the last day to take advantage of EARLY BIRD PRICING OF ONLY $95! The price will then increase to $110. Register now here! (Registrations includes access to all-day sessions, keynote luncheon, exhibitor and end-of-day power reception)

We have added some updates to our speaker sessions, and will continue to update as the Conference nears. Check out what’s new here

TABLE SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR $1,000. The sponsorship includes 10 all-day registrations, reserved seating for 10 at the keynote luncheon and listing in conference materials (program, website, etc.) Thank you to our table sponsors to date: CNLBank, Diane Meiller & Associates, Florida Hospital, Fifth Third Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP/Larsen Allen, Mears Transportation, Nemours, Orlando Magic, Sanford Burnham Institute, The Bougainevillea Clinique and WBQ Design & Engineering.

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Christi and Kate 


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Speakers and Sessions

We are working hard to finalizing our speakers and sessions, but we have posted the updated list  and schedule. Take a look and don’t forget to register by April 5 for early pricing of $ 95!!!

We only have 10 exhibitor spaces left!!! E-mail to reserve your  space. Join our amazing line-up of diverse exhibitors: Allegra Printing, Bajalia Trading Company, Central Florida Women’s League, Cheri’s Art Uncorked, ConferenceDirect, Financial Advisory Institute, KM Jackson Law Firm, Flourish Floral Productions, Mais Oui Fashion Accessories, NYR Organics, Orlando Health, Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Rodan + Fields, The Bougainvillea Clinique, The Peabody, Women’s Center in Philanthropy, Zou Zou Boutique and more!!!

Keep checking back for updates to our speaker list and session schedule.

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Chugging along…


We wanted to share some exciting updates on the 2012 Orlando Women’s Conference. 

 - Get your nominations in for the first annual AthenaPowerLINK Woman Business Owner of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at the Conference luncheon. Nominate or learn more at

 -Since the event takes place on a Friday this year, The Peabody Orlando is offering attendees special overnight packages, including drinks, prix fixe menus and spa treatments. See details in our previous post.

- Our speaker schedule is almost all set, so stay tuned for an update! Our tracks this year include philanthropy, entrepreneurship, community leadership and personal development.

 - MARCH 15, 2012 is the deadline for early bird pricing on exhibitor booths. Join one of the many diverse exhibitors: Allegra Orlando, Central Florida Women’s League, Cheri’s Art Uncorked, ConferenceDirect, Financial Advisory Institute, KM Jackson Law Firm, Mais Oui Fashion Accessories, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida, Rodan + Fields, Zou Zou Boutique and more! E-mail Kate at for more information.

 - TABLE SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR $1,000. Includes 10 conference registrations, reserved seating at the luncheon and listing in conference materials. Thank you to our table sponsors to date: CNLBank, Florida Hospital, Foley & Lardner LLP/Larson Allen, Mears Transportation, Nemours, Sanford Burnham Institute and WBQ Design & Engineering. 

- Early bird pricing is available through April 5 for $95. Purchase here!

-Finally thank you to our title sponsors!

Title Sponsors

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Announcing Exclusive Specials for Attendees at The Peabody Orlando…

The Peabody Orlando invites Orlando Women’s Conference attendees to continue the good vibes of the day with an overnight stay at the hotel. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, complimentary cocktails, special prix fixe menu and spa specials!
Peabody Specials
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