Take Action: 9:00 – 9:45 am breakout sessions

Perform at Your Peak
How your body can impact both your work and personal life. 

Lee O'DonnellLee O’Donnell manages and directs the overall activities of the Prevention and Wellness Initiative at Orlando Health. She serves as the key personnel for this clinical initiative at Orlando Health that includes interacting with senior executives, physicians, healthcare workers and community leaders. In addition, Lee manages partners and proactively works to positively build the Prevention and Wellness Initiative and the reputation of Orlando Health among team members, the healthcare community, Central Florida community and business leaders.

doc_hardingDr. Deborah Harding pioneered and developed the Harding Medical Institute and its subsidiary Harding Anti-Aging Center. Her vision is to provide clients with innovative, proactive, preventive healthcare combined with the future benefits of anti-aging medicine. She is board certified in internal, sleep disorder and anti-aging medicine, and is certified by Cenegenics Medical Institute.

Deborah_Linden_headshot_high resDeborah Linden has been an innovative entrepreneur her entire career. Through Linden Investments, she works with start-ups and nonprofits in business strategy, negotiation, cross-industry partnerships and financial planning. She owns The Vitality Center Orlando, which offers personalized wellness programs that focus on nutrition and a balanced lifestyle to help maximize energy, boost immunity and combat disease. This holistic approach is also emphasized at her wine bar and healthy bistro, The Vineyard, which offers nutritious foods and dietary boosters. The two brands provide coaching, education and social engagement services geared toward personal improvement through daily lifestyle alternatives. 

Get Involved
How to be more politically active and impact the community. 


LindaLinda Chapin has served in many roles in the Central Florida community over the years. Elected to the county commission in the 1980s, Linda then served as the first elected mayor of Orange County from 1990-1998. After leaving office, she joined the University of Cen-tral Florida where she founded the Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies, which focuses on issues facing the region, primarily in areas of growth, the environment, and transportation. Today, she serves on a number of civic and community boards, and recently completed two terms as chairman of the Orlando Health board of directors.


Shelley LautenShelley W. Lauten s the CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, as of October 2017. The Commission is a tri-county organization whose mission is to eradicate homelessness across the region. Prior to the Commission, Shelley was a founding partner of the consulting firm triSect; served as president of myregion.org, a seven-county strategic planning initiative; and held senior executive positions at Walt Disney World and the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company. A native Floridian, Shelley has been married to her husband for 34 years and has called Orlando home for most of those years. They have two grown children, a son-in-law and a granddaughter.

new head shot copyHelen Martinez, CEO of Skilled Shift, is an attorney and entrepreneur who founded her company in late 2015 after recognizing an intense demand for technical contract labor.  Skilled Shift connects vetted tech contractors with businesses that need web, software and design development. She previously built a SaaS-based company focused on the financial due diligence sector of law. Helen worked for nearly a decade in private practice and as in-house counsel. She is active in the community and has served on many boards including the advisory board for ATHENA International.  Helen lives in Orlando with her husband and two children, Virginia (5) and Tindal (3).

AnnaEskamaniAnna Eskamani is a Florida native and first generation Iranian-American, she serves as the senior director of public affairs and communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She is also a PhD student and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF). A feminist and millennial, Anna is committed to building collective power to lift community efficacy. She has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel has one of the most 100 influential people in the region and has recently been honored as one of UCF’s “30 under 30” awardees. Most of Anna’s family lives in Iran.

Embrace Bold Strategies
The last marketing plan you’ll ever need


SheaGlennyDanya Shea Glenny is by trade a chief marketing officer driven by financial outcomes and high-impact collaborations. She is guided by a deep understanding of the new rules of the new economy, and is an advisor for economic growth through entrepreneurship. If you need actionable insights into your customers, market dynamics and key partners She systemati-cally leverages technology, empathy and influe.nce to gain this insight, drive revenue and chart sustainable growth. 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.

Take Action: 10:00 – 10:45 am breakout sessions

Lead In Your Own Style
You don’t have to follow all the standard rules. Succeed by making your own. 


Dana Bledsoe cropDana Nicolson Bledsoe, FACHE, MBA, serves as president of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City. She assumed leadership of the 100-bed academic medical center in August 2015 and is focused on building and expanding world-class programs at Nemours to provide the best possible care for the most-complex pediatric cases. Previously she served as president of Children’s and Women’s Hospital, part of the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loretto Heights College (now Regis University) in Denver, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the Univer-sity of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.   


AC_0310edit-3in (1)Judi Awsumb, president, Awsumb Enterprises, a strategic solutions consulting company has over 30 years’ experience leading successful growth strategies for both the corporate and entrepreneurial environments. Her business acumen helps companies achieve maximum growth to attain short and long-range goals. Most recently through her company, she has worked with EarthLinked Technologies and is currently serving as division president of ETI, a company that provides renewable energy to commercial businesses. Throughout her career, she has served on various boards and is currently serving on the ATHENA PowerLink governing board for seven years, chair of CVC Hospitality Advisory board, member of Florida Executive Women and serves as guest faculty for Rollins College CEO Business Accelerator Program. 

1505.Sandy_Hostetter-9575-Edit-(ZF-9340-82882-1-001)Sandy Hostetter, first senior vice president and Central Florida regional president of Valley National Bank, Florida Division, formerly CNLBank, has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CNLBank in 2002,  she spent seven years as the Chief Executive Officer of Florida Community Partners. From 1982 to 1992 she was vice president of Corporate Banking for Barnett Bank of Central Florida. She has earned numerous community awards during her career and today represents Valley National Bank in various organizations within the Central Florida community. Sandy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Masters of Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business, Rollins College.

Donna BestDonna Best, president, Merit Fasteners Corporation, a wholesale distribution company of industrial supplies, has over 30 years’ experience in the successful growth of Merit Fasteners. Her experience in growing and reinventing a 40-year-old business has led to the doubling sales and profit in 2016. Most recently through her company, she won $6 million in contracts working on the largest projects in Central Florida including the SunRail, I-4 Ultimate, Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Daytona International Speedway. Her first project win was the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. Donna was an ATHENAPowerlink graduate in 2015. She was the recipient of the 2016 I-4 Business Magazine Leaders of the Year Legacy Award.  Donna recently founded Heart-n-Sol, a foundation for giving.

Prepare for the Unexpected
How would you handle a loss and how would it impact you financially?


Stanley-FFNorma Stanley, is board certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts & Estates and is a partner with the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.  where she specializes in estate planning, family wealth preservation planning, business succession planning, charitable planning, federal taxation, probate, guardianships, trust administration and elder law. With more than 20 years of legal experience in wealth transfer, business succession, sophisticated tax, trust and estate planning, estate and trust administration, and family office creation, Norma represents a myriad of clients, including high-net-worth individuals and their families, beneficiaries of trusts and estates, fiduciaries of trusts and estates, and small business owners.

OWC17_0317.inddSindy Canizales Waltersis 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, she 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. With the encouragement and mentorship of her leaders, Sindy cultivated a strong business, a 25-person multicultural financial representative team, and has earned many professional accolades. 

Pursue a Passion-Driven Career
Get inspired to avoid burnout and boredom, and do what you love every day.


CariCoatsCari Coats is a business advisor, leadership strategist, certified executive coach and speaker. Cari is co-founder and managing partner of Accendo Leadership Advisory Group, a leadership strategy firm offering advisory services for the full spectrum of strategic leadership development specifically focused on executive coaching, leadership strategy and high-performance team development. Cari is also executive-in-residence, focused on entrepreneurship and leadership, at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. Additionally, Cari is president of C2 Advisors, Inc., providing advisory services that leverage her extensive professional network and knowledge of strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, family enterprise, social innovation and the capital markets.


lheimer headshot cropped (1)Leslie Waters Heimer is the EVP of CFO Strategic
Partners, a boutique financial consulting firm supporting the
country’s fastest growing entrepreneurs and most innovative businesses. Leslie earned her undergraduate degree from UF and a master’s from UMUC. She credits having owned her own business at the tender age of 21, as her most valuable education. She took it from five employees to over 50 before a lucrative acquisition in 2008 when she was recognized on the cover of FOCUS magazine. Her next position was in DC managing the federal contracts division of an IT firm on Capitol Hill for the Department of Defense. Currently, Leslie serves on nonprofit boards and enjoys volunteering for women and children’s issues while balancing mom duties with two rambunctious (and sometimes smelly) boys.

Allison Walsh 2016 Allison, Kreiger Walsh, JD, is the VP of business development and branding for Advanced Recovery Systems, a national behavioral healthcare company. In 2001, she founded Helping Other People Eat, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the prevention of eating disorders. H.O.P.E. served as Allison’s platform during her year as Miss Florida and she’s since raised more than $2 million for various eating disorder organizations. Allison serves on the board for the National Eating Disorders Association and several local nonprofit organizations. She’s personally spoken to over 85,000 people and millions more through national media outlets. 

Take Action: 11:00 – 11:45 am breakout sessions

Manage Your Mind
Clear the clutter and get on a path to a calmness and clarity. 


Dr Romie Mushtaq headshotDr. Romie Mushtaq 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 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.

Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate
Learn how to ask for what you want and need, without hesitation.


Karen KeeneKaren Keene is the president of ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership, Inc., the umbrella organization of the Women’s Leadership Luncheon, ATHENA NextGen and the $100,000 endowed scholarship at UCF. Karen co-founded ATHENA PowerLink Central Florida in 2005, a program dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs elevate business growth and profitability. She is the Florida representative on the ATHENA International board of directors. Additionally, Karen is director of marketing and business development at Dean Mead, a statewide corporate law firm. She has over 23 years of experience coaching professionals on client development, marketing, branding and strategic planning. She was awarded the Women’s Resource Center Summit Award in 2016.


Jill Schwartz, photo by Roberto GonzalezJill S. Schwartz is managing partner of Jill S.
Schwartz & Associates, P.A., an AV-rated labor and employment law firm. She has extensive experience
representing both management and employees. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Maryland School of Law, Jill is also a Florida Supreme Court certified civil mediator and arbitrator. In 2005, Jill became the first female attorney from Florida to be inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and has served as the president of the Federal Bar Association, Orlando Chapter.

HopeNewsomeHope Newsome currently serves as general counsel of Triloma Financial Group and secretary and chief compliance officer of Triloma EIG Energy Income Funds. Previously, she spent four years as chief compliance officer of The Newport Group, a FINRA registered broker-dealer and SEC registered investment advisor. Hope has also held the positions of general counsel and chief compliance officer at International Assets Advisory, LLC. In 2014, she received the First Chair Award for Top Compliance Counsel and was invited to attend the inaugural Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women: Next Gen Summit in San Francisco, CA. She serves on the boards of the ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership and Rescue Outreach Mission, and on the professional ethics committee of The Florida Bar.

Communicate Effectively


Shannon Gravitte_5363Shannon Gravitte serves as vice president of public affairs for Florida Hospital’s Central Region, where she leads government relations, community impact and communications. As part of the senior leadership team, she assists with the overall strategic direction of Florida Hospital, particularly as it pertains to the public, media, charitable giving, community impact and governmental affairs. With more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, Shannon brings a depth of understanding of the critical integration of health care with government and social responsibility.  Prior to joining Florida Hospital, she served as vice president of government and community Affairs for Mears Transportation Group. She previously worked in the public sector as an advisor for elected officials and as a Capitol Hill press secretary.

SaraBradySara Brady established Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc. in 2010 and has earned a reputation for effectively leading communication strategies in high-profile matters ranging from litigation, hostile corporate takeovers, mass shootings,
disruptions in municipalities and law enforcement agencies, and national cable programming news and controversies. She began her career with the Orlando Sentinel where she covered the police and court beats. Sara was named PR Professional of the Year in 2012 by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), has received two FPRA awards and was named one of Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando for four consecutive years. She is a frequent resource for national news media on issues of crisis communication.

Susan ConnellySusan Connelly was named senior vice president, communications, and corporate affairs for Darden Restaurants in August 2015. She is responsible for corporate and brand communications, government relations and public policy, philanthropy, and the company’s community engagement strategy and sustainability initiatives. Previously, Susan served as vice president, government relations where she led the government relations, community affairs and sustainability functions for Darden. She was responsible for developing external engagement strategies that aligned with ongoing business objectives. Prior to joining Darden, she was government relations manager for McDonald’s USA where she directed state and local advocacy for the Eastern United States. legislative and regulatory advocate in the Northeast.

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