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FEATURING NEW YORK TIMES<br />

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR<br />

JEANNETTE WALLS<br />

AGAINST<br />

ALL ODDS<br />

OCTOBER 19, 2018<br />

VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR: MEDIA SPONSOR: MARKETING SPONSOR:


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ABOUT WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP<br />

& PHILANTHROPY<br />

Dear Members, Partners, and Friends,<br />

Founded in 2005 by a small group of individuals and a<br />

handful of Tampa Bay area corporations, <strong>WLP</strong> advanced a<br />

vision shared by noted philanthropist Carol Morsani and USF<br />

System President Judy Genshaft to create the first women’s<br />

philanthropic organization in the Tampa Bay region focused<br />

on developing the intellectual and leadership potential of<br />

women through the promotion of mentorship, philanthropy,<br />

community engagement and scholarly excellence. Fast<br />

forward 13 years and <strong>WLP</strong> - now numbering more than 350<br />

individual and 22 corporate members strong - has helped<br />

stimulate numerous transformational gifts to benefit the<br />

USF System; has directly raised well over $5 million; and<br />

has invested more than $1 million in grants, scholarships,<br />

and programmatic funding to assist female students, faculty<br />

members, and women in the Tampa Bay region. These<br />

achievements are a clear sign that USF <strong>WLP</strong> is a trailblazer<br />

in advancing women’s leadership and philanthropy in our<br />

communities and is fulfilling the vision of our founding<br />

members.<br />

Throughout the past decade, <strong>WLP</strong> has awarded more than $1<br />

million in scholarships and devoted mentoring hours to 635<br />

scholars, and has provided research awards to 29 female<br />

faculty members. <strong>WLP</strong> presents a wide variety of educational<br />

and leadership development programs annually at all three<br />

USF System institutions and in our surrounding communities,<br />

and has formed formal mentoring partnerships with USF<br />

Health, USF’s Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement,<br />

Office of Veteran Success, Athletics, Transitional Advising<br />

Center, the Honors College, USF St. Petersburg and<br />

USF Sarasota-Manatee, among other entities.<br />

the <strong>WLP</strong>/WISE Advisory Council, we developed and<br />

launched the USF System’s first student-led leadership<br />

symposium in spring 2017, and continued with another<br />

successful WISE Student <strong>Symposium</strong> in March 2018.<br />

The continued success of <strong>WLP</strong> is the result of the<br />

collective generosity of all of our members, who<br />

lend their time, talent, and treasure to make <strong>WLP</strong> the<br />

impactful organization that it has become. We thank<br />

our Founding, Lifetime, Corporate, and Individual<br />

members for their engagement and continued<br />

leadership and support, and for each of you for your<br />

attendance here today. Together we are truly making<br />

a difference.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

In 2016, in partnership with Valley National Bank (formerly<br />

USAmeriBank), <strong>WLP</strong> formed the WISE (Women Who Ignite<br />

Student Engagement) Advisory Council. Together with<br />

the <strong>WLP</strong> Mentoring and <strong>Program</strong> Committees and with<br />

CAROLYN HOUSE STEWART, ESQ. ’74<br />

Chair, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Lifetime Member<br />

To learn more about how you can make a difference<br />

visit USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>.<br />

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SPECIAL THANKS<br />

TO OUR 2018<br />

SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS<br />

PRESENTED BY<br />

VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR<br />

MARKETING SPONSOR<br />

MEDIA SPONSOR<br />

SWIMDIGITALGROUP.COM<br />

NETWORKING<br />

BREAKFAST SPONSOR<br />

STUDENT<br />

RECEPTION SPONSOR<br />

CONCURRENT SESSIONS SPONSORS<br />

BENEFACTOR SPONSORS<br />

USF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY • USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>


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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE<br />

SESSIONS<br />

8:00 - 8:45 AM<br />

Networking Breakfast<br />

GALLERIA<br />

9:00 - 10:00 AM<br />

Let’s Talk About ALICE<br />

PALMA CEIA<br />

Let’s Talk About Passion and Purpose<br />

UNIVERSITY CLUB<br />

Let’s Talk About #TimesUp, Time for a Solution<br />

ESPLANADE<br />

10:30 - 11:30 AM<br />

Let’s Talk About Diversity<br />

ESPLANADE<br />

Let’s Talk About Self-Care<br />

PALMA CEIA<br />

Let’s Talk About Women in the C-Suite<br />

UNIVERSITY CLUB<br />

12:00 - 1:30 PM<br />

Luncheon with Jeannette Walls<br />

BAYSHORE BALLROOM<br />

1:45 - 2:30 PM<br />

VIP Reception (Invitation Only)<br />

PALMA CEIA<br />

2:45 - 3:30 PM<br />

Student Reception<br />

ESPLANADE<br />

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II<br />

ESPLANADE<br />

IV<br />

EXIT<br />

EXIT<br />

CONVENTION<br />

REGISTRATION DESK<br />

V<br />

CORRIDOR<br />

VI<br />

I<br />

I<br />

VII<br />

I<br />

Freight Elevator<br />

to Street<br />

GALLERIA B<br />

II<br />

BAYSHORE BALLROOM<br />

IV<br />

III<br />

ADMINI STRATION OFFICES<br />

SERVICE<br />

PALMA CEIA BALLROOM<br />

GALLERIA A<br />

Networking Breakfast<br />

SERVICE<br />

SERVICE<br />

YBOR<br />

II<br />

III<br />

CHANNELSIDE 2<br />

ESPLANADE FOYER<br />

ESPLANADE SUITE<br />

III<br />

IV<br />

EXIT<br />

SERVICE SERVICE<br />

HYDE<br />

PARK CHANNELSIDE 1<br />

ATRIUM<br />

III<br />

II<br />

I<br />

GARRISON<br />

PAGE 5<br />

Bayshore Ballroom<br />

Esplanade<br />

Galleria<br />

Palma Ceia<br />

University Club<br />

Networking Breakfast<br />

Escalator to 1st Floor<br />

211 Restaurant &<br />

Guest Registration<br />

To the<br />

University Club<br />

USF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY • USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>


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KEYNOTE SPEAKER<br />

JEANNETTE WALLS<br />

New York Times Best-selling Author<br />

From the pages of her celebrated memoir, Jeannette Walls moves<br />

you to realize the power of the human spirit as she inspires courage<br />

in the face of new and longstanding fears, and reveals how our flaws<br />

can be our greatest assets.<br />

A celebrated journalist and author, Jeannette is best known for<br />

her New York Times best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, which<br />

details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her<br />

emergence from it, AGAINST ALL ODDS. Named by Amazon as one<br />

of the top 10 books of the decade, in August 2017, her inspiring story<br />

was brought to the big screen in a highly-anticipated major motion<br />

picture starring Oscar nominees Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts<br />

as her parents and Oscar winner Brie Larson as Jeannette.<br />

On stage, Jeannette takes audiences inside her hard-fought journey,<br />

delivering a compelling first-person testament of the various<br />

struggles and long-lasting emotional burdens of destitution. She<br />

ignites our innate belief in possibility as she reveals how unyielding<br />

determination and hope for the future enabled her to overcome<br />

unimaginable obstacles.<br />

Audiences are captivated as she reveals bittersweet anecdotes<br />

from her past that often exemplify grander truths about courage and<br />

the positive rewards that come from confronting challenges. With an<br />

unforgettable story of triumph over unrelenting adversity, Jeannette<br />

inspires the realization that we’re all stronger than we think, leaving<br />

listeners emboldened to face the demons in their lives.<br />

MEET OUR TEAM USF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY<br />

KRISTI LARIBEE<br />

Advancement Administrator<br />

INDIA WITTE<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Executive Director<br />

KATE EVANS<br />

Assistant Director<br />

(813) 974-9894<br />

klaribee@usf.edu<br />

(813) 974-1886<br />

iwitte@usf.edu<br />

(813) 974-6996<br />

carodi@usf.edu<br />

Those interested in learning more about membership in <strong>WLP</strong> should contact our team at (813) 974-1810 or via email<br />

at wlp@usf.edu.<br />

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2018 LUNCHEON PROGRAM<br />

11:30 AM<br />

Luncheon Seating Begins<br />

12:00 PM<br />

Welcome<br />

CAROLYN HOUSE STEWART, ESQ. ’ 74<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Chair<br />

Introductory Comments<br />

DR. JUDY GENSHAFT<br />

USF System President<br />

The Pamela Muma Women’s Health Center<br />

PAMELA MUMA<br />

Community Leader & Philanthropist<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Community Leadership Award<br />

LIZ KENNEDY ’ 80<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Lifetime Achievement Award<br />

LIANA FERNANDEZ FOX, PHD, ’ 80, ’98<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Impact<br />

INDIA WITTE<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Executive Director<br />

Personal Testimony<br />

SHARI ZAMANI<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Endowed Scholarship Recipient<br />

Speaker Introduction<br />

AMY RUTH<br />

Chief Human Resource Officer, Florida Blue<br />

12:45 - 1:30 PM<br />

Keynote Speaker<br />

JEANNETTE WALLS<br />

“Against All Odds”<br />

Concluding Comments<br />

INDIA WITTE<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Executive Director<br />

USF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY • USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>


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<strong>WLP</strong> SCHOLAR SPOTLIGHT<br />

During the 2018-2019 academic year, almost 9,000 students in the USF System applied for scholarships through the<br />

Women in Leadership & Philanthropy scholarship program, and <strong>WLP</strong> was pleased to provide a record 161 awards to<br />

talented women throughout the USF System. We invite you to meet a few of these outstanding young scholars.<br />

VALERIA<br />

PEREIRA MARTINEZ<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Florida Blue Leadership<br />

in Healthcare Scholarship<br />

TIANA<br />

HILL<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Bank of America<br />

East Tampa Scholarship<br />

TIGRA<br />

LOPEZ<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Vincent Zecchino M.D.<br />

Dream Givers USA Scholarship<br />

First-year medical student in the<br />

Morsani College of Medicine’s<br />

CORE program. Valeria is a<br />

first-generation college student.<br />

She graduated from USF<br />

with a dual degree in Public<br />

Health and Chemistry, with<br />

an emphasis in Biochemistry.<br />

As an undergraduate at USF,<br />

Valeria dedicated a great deal<br />

of her free time volunteering for<br />

the BRIDGE Clinic, a studentrun<br />

free medical clinic, and<br />

working as a tutor for USF’s<br />

Center for Migrant Education.<br />

Through these positions, Valeria<br />

found her passion for serving<br />

underserved populations. Her<br />

goal is to continue to serve<br />

people throughout her medical<br />

career by supporting clinics that<br />

focus on aiding those with the<br />

greatest needs. She also plans<br />

to be involved in research and<br />

academic medicine throughout<br />

her career. In her free time,<br />

Valeria enjoys drawing, painting,<br />

reading, and dancing.<br />

Junior, majoring in social work. Tiana,<br />

the first in her family to attend college,<br />

has chosen to pursue a career in social<br />

work because she is passionate about<br />

improving her community and youth<br />

development. Tiana’s goal is to work with<br />

Children’s Board of Hillsborough County –<br />

an organization that invests in partnerships<br />

and quality programs to support the<br />

success of all children and families in<br />

Hillsborough County. Tiana is dedicated<br />

to teaching children the importance of<br />

defining their own success and striving<br />

to be their best. She volunteers with<br />

Junior Achievement Village, Hillsborough<br />

Education Foundation and the Collegiate<br />

100, and is a proud member of Sigma<br />

Alpha Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, and the<br />

Black Leadership Network. Tiana enjoys<br />

spending time with guidance counselors<br />

and teachers from schools in the Tampa<br />

Bay area, attending church services at<br />

House of Prayer Eternal Ministries in Palm<br />

River, and spending quality time with her<br />

family.<br />

Senior, majoring in elementary<br />

education. Tigra’s goal is<br />

to finish her final year as an<br />

undergraduate in strong<br />

fashion and make her family<br />

proud. As a single mother and<br />

the first in her family to attend<br />

college, graduation will be a<br />

major accomplishment. Tigra<br />

brings her son to campus<br />

and USF events as much as<br />

possible so he knows college<br />

is attainable. After graduation,<br />

she plans to enroll in a master’s<br />

degree program to become<br />

certified to teach interns. Tigra<br />

is passionate about building<br />

connections with students in<br />

the classroom and making a<br />

difference through parental<br />

involvement. She wants her<br />

future students to know it<br />

doesn’t matter what family they<br />

come from, how different they<br />

might look, or what obstacles<br />

are thrown at them, anyone can<br />

succeed and do great things!<br />

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YOANNA<br />

GUEORGUIEV<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Nancy Schneid<br />

Scholarship<br />

FREA’DRIKA<br />

CURRY<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Endowed<br />

Scholarship<br />

MARILLULY<br />

PERAZA<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> First Generation<br />

Scholarship<br />

Senior, double major in marketing and<br />

finance, with a minor in business analytics<br />

and information systems in the Muma<br />

College of Business. After completing her<br />

undergraduate degree at USF, Yoanna<br />

plans to apply for graduate school at<br />

NYU to pursue a specialized MBA in<br />

Fashion and Luxury Brand Marketing.<br />

Her goal is to work as a brand manager<br />

in the entertainment and theater industry.<br />

She believes that nobody’s education is<br />

complete without the arts and she hopes<br />

to combine her passion for marketing<br />

and theater. Currently, she is a member<br />

of the co-ed business fraternity, Delta<br />

Sigma Pi, as well as a student lead with<br />

the USF Digital Media Commons. When<br />

she is not working, Yoanna studies hard<br />

to maintain her 3.85 GPA. In her free time,<br />

Yoanna volunteers as a graphic designer<br />

for the Laboratory Theater of Florida, a<br />

progressive community theater that shines<br />

light on important contemporary topics and<br />

creates outreach programs for the LGBT+<br />

community of Southwest Florida. She is<br />

trilingual, speaking French, Bulgarian and<br />

English.<br />

Sophomore, majoring in health<br />

sciences with biological and social<br />

and behavioral health concentrations,<br />

and a minor in forensic behavioral<br />

health. Frea’Drika is from Jacksonville<br />

and is the first of her family to graduate<br />

from high school, and also the first<br />

to attend college. With her degree,<br />

Frea’Drika plans to attend medical<br />

school and become a doctor in the<br />

field of Obstetrics/Gynecology, with<br />

the goal of providing women with the<br />

health education and support that<br />

they need. She also plans on opening<br />

a non-profit organization for youth<br />

and offer specific programs within the<br />

organization to work with students<br />

individually and as groups. Frea’Drika<br />

sees herself as a role model for her<br />

family and for younger girls who do<br />

not have anyone to look up to. She is<br />

currently the External Vice President<br />

for the Black Female Development<br />

Circle for the 2018-19 year, a member<br />

of the National Society of Collegiate<br />

Scholars, and a member of Sigma<br />

Alpha Lambda Honors Society, and<br />

plans to be involved in much more.<br />

Senior, majoring in international<br />

affairs and economics, with a minor<br />

in French. Marilluly plans to pursue a<br />

career as an attorney and specialize in<br />

immigration law. Last summer, she had<br />

the amazing opportunity to participate<br />

in an internship with Arias Law Offices<br />

in Orlando. As an intern, Marilluly<br />

was able to work closely with the<br />

paralegal assistants and the practicing<br />

attorney on real cases at the office. For<br />

Marilluly, this internship highlighted the<br />

importance of being fluent in Spanish,<br />

English and French. This summer she<br />

studied abroad in Nice, France in order<br />

to further develop her skills in the French<br />

language. As a senior, this will be the<br />

perfect experience to complement her<br />

undergraduate career and she could<br />

not be more thankful! Marilluly expects<br />

her international experience to support<br />

her academic goals by acquiring<br />

new perspectives needed to solve<br />

real-world problems as a lawyer; her<br />

professional goals by allowing language<br />

to spark great passion for her career;<br />

and her personal goals by allowing her<br />

to communicate to others that they have<br />

a chance for greatness.<br />

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2018-2019 <strong>WLP</strong> SCHOLARS<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Ann McKeel Ross<br />

Scholarship in Visual Arts<br />

Jailyn Jones<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Anne Marie Campbell<br />

Scholarship<br />

Vanessa Belcher<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Bank of America<br />

East Tampa Scholarship<br />

Tiana Hill<br />

Jasmine Trejo<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Berkman Family<br />

First Generation Scholarship<br />

Ella Bojanic<br />

Kristine Caraig<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Berkman Family Scholarship<br />

Ashley Pierre<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Betty Castor Scholarship<br />

for Global Initiatives<br />

Priscilla Francois<br />

Carine Kambou<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Bob & Liana Fernandez Fox<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Daisy Solis<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Carolyn A. O’Steen Memorial<br />

Scholarship<br />

Gretchen Stewart<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Carolyn House Stewart<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Lynecee Romelus<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/CREW Tampa Bay<br />

Scholarship<br />

Ana Mary Novo Contreras<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Deborah Eaves<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Cheriann Baker<br />

Laura Cadenas Sainz<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Donald & Ruth Anderson<br />

Memorial Scholarship<br />

Crystal Williams<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Dorothy L. Morgan Endowed<br />

Scholarship in Marine Science<br />

Makenzie Burrows<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Dorothy Warren Burke<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Xenia Sailors<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Elicia Renee Byrd<br />

Endowed Service Scholarship<br />

Jasmine Burnett<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Elsie A. Moore<br />

Memorial Scholarship<br />

Alaina Faustini<br />

Jacquelyn Redrup<br />

Mariana Suarez<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Esther Schneid<br />

Memorial Scholarship<br />

Cassidy Hinson<br />

Indira Ranaweera<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Florida Blue Leadership<br />

in Healthcare Scholarship<br />

Valeria Pereira Martinez<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Geraldine Twine<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Jadorah Saint-Leger<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Jessica Stands with Girls<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Anne Bauer<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Judith Bryan Darsey<br />

Scholarship<br />

Kali Lower<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Linda Blume Award<br />

Sarah Ford<br />

Jessica Smolen<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Martha Hodge<br />

Memorial Scholarship<br />

Julia Sadoyan<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Nancy Schneid Scholarship<br />

Yoanna Gueorguiev<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/National Mah Jongg League<br />

Foundation, Inc. Scholarship<br />

Dominika Borakiewicz<br />

Bianca Velez-Lugo<br />

Brianna Waldrep<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/New American Scholarship<br />

for Women of Excellence<br />

Naya Sayegh<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Ouyang Yu<br />

Memorial Scholarship<br />

Emily Palumbo<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Pam Iorio<br />

Leadership Scholarship<br />

Jasmine Green<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Philip & Ellen Asherman<br />

Scholarship<br />

Jasmine Banchs<br />

Alexandra Chacon<br />

Valeria Cifuentes Gutierrez<br />

Alexis Esparza<br />

Damien Imeh<br />

Kaleigh Marquis<br />

Hannah Pierle<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Ruth Earle & Yuko Yongue<br />

First Generation Scholarship<br />

Daniela Farias<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Tampa Palms<br />

Women’s Club Scholarship<br />

Ashley Mason<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Triad Foundation<br />

& Academy Prep Center<br />

of Tampa Scholarship<br />

Sheriean Carroll<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Valley National Bank<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Monica Olender<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/USF Sarasota-Manatee<br />

Scholarship<br />

Natalie Jaskolski<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/USF St. Petersburg<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Maribel Cantero<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Valerie D. Riddle M.D.<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Emma Rivas<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Vincent Zecchino, M.D./<br />

Dream Givers USA Scholarship<br />

Tigra Lopez<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Virginia Gregory<br />

Endowment in Entrepreneurship<br />

Jayde Stewart<br />

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<strong>WLP</strong>/Waller-Witte<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Odette Rosales<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Wilma Fowler<br />

Endowed Scholarship<br />

Sherika Dixon<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Wilma Fowler<br />

Scholarship for USFSP<br />

Elise Hummel<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/WISE<br />

“Students for Students”<br />

Scholarship<br />

Karlene Williams<br />

Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Endowed Scholarship<br />

Ashley Abbondandolo<br />

Rebecca Klarer<br />

Gentry Allen<br />

Caitlyn Lutz<br />

Aleah Ataman<br />

Maggie Lyons<br />

Monica Banerjee<br />

Tatiana Matos<br />

Joannie Bewa<br />

Jessica Nguyen<br />

Neto Coulibaly<br />

My Nguyen<br />

Frea’Drika Curry<br />

Jessica Nida<br />

Hala Daou<br />

Kalyn Nylander<br />

Mikhaela Dieudonne<br />

Crystal Ortiz<br />

LeeNor Dikel<br />

Gabrielle Piloto<br />

Alexis Garcia<br />

Xigrid Soto<br />

Sara Hostelley<br />

Sajedah Taher<br />

Wainella Isaacs<br />

Jhulianna Vivar<br />

Alyssamarie Jessen<br />

Waverly Wahome<br />

Sabrina Khalil<br />

Shari Zamani<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> First Generation Scholarship<br />

Lauren Adkins<br />

Linda Alvarenga<br />

Asia Anderson<br />

Martha Balleza<br />

Andrene Baxter<br />

A’Yonna Bryan<br />

Allice Campbell<br />

Danielle Card<br />

Skylar Clements<br />

Cassandra Degaetano<br />

Shaienne Demerieux<br />

Jasmine Duong<br />

Melissa Durkin<br />

Shamara Ebanks<br />

Chelsea Engel<br />

Mayra Espinosa<br />

Adriana Garcia<br />

Annalieth Garzon<br />

Natalie Gaudet<br />

Shasline Gedeon<br />

Alexis Gulli<br />

Alexys Gurreri<br />

Rachel Hendel<br />

Kayla Heredia<br />

Sophia Hymes<br />

Ciara Jackson<br />

Nia Jackson<br />

Urja Kaushik<br />

Zaheera Khaleel<br />

Kelly Korpela<br />

Samantha Laguerre<br />

Mariah Laudenslager<br />

Victoria Lee<br />

Savanna Lewis<br />

Romy Lisse<br />

Marissa Martinez<br />

Brianna Mathews<br />

Destiny Miholics<br />

Sofia Morinelli<br />

Carolina Neyra<br />

Mary Ann Nicholas<br />

Toneshea Noel<br />

Nevada Norris<br />

Angie Ocampo<br />

Duaa Omari<br />

Carly Parks<br />

Marilluly Peraza<br />

Alyssa Persad<br />

Bria Pitter<br />

Candace Powers<br />

Netzy Preciado<br />

Karin Claire Prins<br />

Stefanie Ramotar<br />

Haley Rivera<br />

Marangelis Rivera<br />

Vivica Roberson<br />

Jessica Rodriguez<br />

Erin Rogers<br />

Kelsey Rogers<br />

Jasmine Sanchez<br />

Karen Sanchez<br />

Monica Santana<br />

Natalie Santana<br />

Zipporah Snell<br />

Nia Thomas<br />

Lisa Thompson<br />

Janessa Toledo<br />

Alexandra Torres<br />

Daniela Vergaray<br />

Leah Vidal<br />

Claudia Young<br />

Makenzie Young<br />

Demi Zeper<br />

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DR. KATHLEEN MOORE FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARD PROGRAM<br />

2018 RECIPIENTS<br />

AWARD SPOTLIGHT<br />

DR. SYLVIA THOMAS<br />

USF Tampa Faculty Award<br />

Dr. Sylvia Wilson Thomas is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the<br />

University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and former Assistant Dean in the College of<br />

Engineering at USF. She holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt<br />

University, where she was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. Dr. Thomas received her PhD<br />

in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, was a NSF Materials Research Center<br />

of Excellence Fellow and was a National Science Foundation (NSF) research engineer in<br />

Korea at Chonbuk National University during her doctoral program. Dr. Thomas leads the<br />

Advanced Materials Bio and Integration Research (AMBIR) laboratory at USF. Her research<br />

and teaching endeavors are focused on advanced materials for alternative energy sources,<br />

sustainable environments, aerospace, and bio-applications from the micro to the nano scale.<br />

Her research explores the synthesis and device integration of inorganic and organic thin films<br />

and nanofibers. In addition to these efforts, Dr. Thomas is a motivational speaker/consultant<br />

for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, continued/graduate<br />

education, K-12 efforts, career transitioning, mentoring and professional development, and she<br />

provides inspirational lectures to community organizations and professional societies. She is<br />

also an advocate for women in engineering and serves on the inaugural Board of Directors<br />

for Black Girls Code and frequently speaks for Girls Scouts, the Great American Teach-In, and<br />

teacher and parent organizations.<br />

DR. LINDSEY RODRIGUEZ<br />

USF St. Petersburg Faculty Award<br />

Dr. Lindsey Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida<br />

St. Petersburg. She received her PhD in 2014 from the University of Houston. Very generally,<br />

her research program focuses on how close relationship processes interact with addictive<br />

and other health-risk behaviors. This includes how concerned partners communicate their<br />

concern to their partner (with regard to addictive behaviors or communication patterns), how<br />

those in struggling relationships manage their stressors (relationship-related or otherwise),<br />

and how addiction, stressors, and relationship problems influence mental and physical health.<br />

The ultimate goal of her research is to find insightful, practical, cost-effective ways to help<br />

individuals who are struggling with any of these problems find constructive responses to them<br />

rather than destructive responses such as drinking, gambling, or taking illicit substances.<br />

When Dr. Rodriguez isn’t engaging in research, she can be found outside — likely by a body of<br />

water — with her yellow lab Bentley.<br />

DR. VALERIE LIPSCOMB<br />

USF Sarasota-Manatee Faculty Award<br />

Dr. Valerie Lipscomb is an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida<br />

Sarasota-Manatee, where she teaches British and American literature. Her scholarship<br />

focuses on the performance of age in dramatic literature. In 2016, Palgrave Macmillan<br />

published her book, Performing Age in Modern Drama, the first monograph to examine age<br />

and aging as performance in contemporary plays. Her co-edited collection of essays, Staging<br />

Age: The Performance of Age in Theatre, Dance, and Film, also was published by Palgrave.<br />

Dr. Lipscomb’s articles have appeared in such journals as Modern Drama, Comparative<br />

Drama, the International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, and the Journal of Aging Studies.<br />

A native of Iowa, she earned a PhD from USF Tampa with concentrations in modern literature<br />

and teaching composition. Dr. Lipscomb serves on the Executive Committee of the Modern<br />

Language Association’s Age Studies Forum and as Treasurer of the North American Network<br />

in Aging Studies.<br />

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Dr. Cheryl Vamos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health<br />

and a Fellow with the Chiles Center for Women, Children and Families in the USF College<br />

of Public Health. Her research focuses on the translation of women’s health research into<br />

practice for providers and patients through employing health literacy, implementation science,<br />

and technology approaches. Past and current research projects have focused on family<br />

planning/contraception; prevention of HPV-associated outcomes; sexual and reproductive<br />

health literacy; prenatal oral health; and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) quality improvement<br />

projects. She has been the recipient of several internal and external grants to support her<br />

research. Dr. Vamos is also committed to teaching, continuing education, and technical<br />

assistance activities. She serves as the Director of the MCH Pipeline <strong>Program</strong>, a 5-year training<br />

grant funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s/Health Resources and Services<br />

Administration (MCHB/HRSA), which aims to recruit, train and mentor undergraduate students<br />

from under-represented backgrounds who seek graduate training in a variety of health-related<br />

fields. She also serves as a Co-Investigator for the Center of Excellence in MCH Education,<br />

Practice and Science, a 5-year training grant, which aims to provide leadership training in MCH<br />

and promote health equity through an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach. She has<br />

disseminated her work at local, state, national and international conferences, in peer-reviewed<br />

scholarly journals, and to community stakeholders. Dr. Vamos is also active in institutional,<br />

professional and community service, such as serving on the Health Literacy Advisory Board<br />

for the Hillsborough County Health Department, and Co-Chairing the Perinatal and Women’s<br />

Health Committee within the American Public Health Association.<br />

DR. CHERYL VAMOS<br />

Valerie D. Riddle, MD Award in Health<br />

Dr. Giti Javidi received her BS degree from University of Central Oklahoma and MS and<br />

PhD degrees from University of South Florida, Tampa. A long-time advocate for increasing<br />

participation and retention of women in STEM, Dr. Javidi has worked tirelessly on a number<br />

of projects in this domain for many years. She serves as an active member of the National<br />

Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) to increase girls’ and women’s<br />

meaningful participation in computing. Dr. Javidi is also a member of several other national<br />

organizations with the mission of advancing gender equity in STEM. At the national level, she<br />

has worked to develop new curricula and programs for computer science education with the<br />

goal of engaging a wider audience, particularly women and minorities. In the area of STEM<br />

education, Dr. Javidi’s research is focused on critical analysis of the issues related to biases<br />

and barriers to participation and success of minorities and women in STEM. Her work has<br />

been published in national and international journals and she has presented her work in<br />

significant venues, conferences and summits. Dr. Javidi has been the recipient of a number<br />

of prestigious Google, MSEIP (Minority Science and Engineering Improvement <strong>Program</strong>), NSF<br />

(National Science Foundation) and NASA grants. In her first year at USF Sarasota-Manatee<br />

(USFSM), she was named a “Woman of Influence 2017” by Sarasota Magazine. Prior to joining<br />

USFSM’s Information Technology program, Dr. Javidi was a Professor of Computer Science<br />

at Virginia State University, where she played a pivotal role in developing and promoting a<br />

gender responsive pedagogy to recruit and retain girls in Computer Science.<br />

DR. GITI JAVIDI<br />

USF Junior Faculty Award<br />

Liz Kicak received her MFA in Creative Writing from USF in 2011 with a focus on poetry. She has<br />

worked at the USF Humanities Institute for seven years and currently serves as the Institute’s<br />

Director. Additionally, she teaches courses in creative writing and literature for the Department<br />

of English. Her poetry often engages with issues of ecology and eco-feminism, exploring the<br />

dynamics between humans and their environments, the cultural tradition of nature as a site<br />

of spiritual refuge, and the roles of feminine and feminist identities in poetry. Her work has<br />

been published in over a dozen journals and magazines including the New York Quarterly, the<br />

Tulane Review and WomenArts Quarterly. Kicak is also a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.<br />

LIZ KICAK<br />

USF Instructor Award<br />

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2018 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY<br />

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> honors visionary leaders and philanthropists throughout the community doing extraordinary things to make<br />

the Tampa Bay region a better place for women to live and work. The Community Leadership Awards program<br />

celebrates the immense contributions and achievements of women in our communities with the intent of raising public<br />

awareness and inspiring the leadership and service potential of current and future generations of women.<br />

LIZ KENNEDY, ’80<br />

Elizabeth (Liz) Kennedy has made a substantial mark on our region by helping to improve the lives of women, children and<br />

families through her professional, volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. The graduate of Plant High School, who earned<br />

her bachelor’s degree at Duke University and master’s degree at USF, has been involved in a wide array of social service<br />

initiatives. She was a founding board member and past president of the non-profit Child Abuse Council (now known as<br />

Champions for Children or CFC) from 1976-2001. Since 2011, she has been on staff with CFC, which provides support and<br />

education for some 40,000 people throughout the region.<br />

Through the years, Kennedy has made an impact on many other social service programs as well. She was a founding board<br />

member and chair of Hillsborough Kids, Inc.; a past board member of Healthy Start Coalition; and co-founder of the Baby<br />

Bungalow, a resource center for parents. She founded Ophelia Project-Tampa Bay through the Tampa Metro YMCA, serving<br />

as director from 2002-2009, and she helped create Layla’s House, a Sulphur Springs early childhood development center<br />

that provides free programs and services focused on helping newborns and children through age 5. Kennedy also made<br />

her presence felt at USF, where she served on the College of Education Development board. Her passion for community<br />

service also led her to establish Bridge Builders, an interfaith women’s group focused on creating stronger relationships<br />

through conversation and open dialogue. A tireless servant, Liz still volunteers roughly 100 hours each month, just as she<br />

has done for the past two decades.<br />

The issue of child abuse remains a driving force for Kennedy – some 40 years after she launched the Child Abuse Council<br />

with a seminar stage with the Junior League of Tampa. Last year, she set out to shine the spotlight on the problem once<br />

again by staging another seminar called “Community Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.” Kennedy has been named<br />

a Lightning Community Hero (2013), a Civitan Citizen of the Year (2006) and a Bank of America Local Hero (2005), among<br />

many honors for her invaluable, impactful work.<br />

PAST RECIPIENTS<br />

Debbie Sembler (2017), Elaine Shimberg (2016), Hon. Pam Iorio, ’01 (2015), Elizabeth Fowler (2014),<br />

Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy ’78, ’83, ’91 (2013), Susan W. Leisner (2012), Dr. Mona Jain, ’84 (2010),<br />

Carol D. Morsani (2008),Pamela S. Muma (2007), Dr. Kay Glasser (2006). (Not Awarded in 2011 and 2009).<br />

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2018 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY<br />

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD<br />

The <strong>WLP</strong> Community Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award is presented on a special basis to an<br />

outstanding leader whose life’s work has demonstrably improved our communities and has contributed to the<br />

advancement of women.<br />

LIANA FERNANDEZ FOX, PHD, ’80, ’98<br />

Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox was a fixture as a mathematics professor at Hillsborough Community College for 33 years, working<br />

at USF simultaneously for nearly half of that time to help freshmen meet their math requirements. She made it possible<br />

for countless students to excel, chaired numerous college committees, was elected president of HCC’s faculty union and<br />

also found time to earn her master’s and PhD from USF. For much of that time, some 30 years, she remained highly active<br />

with the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County, serving as president for a stint, and helping produce some<br />

150 town halls and debates (including the much-publicized 1994 showdown between Florida governor Lawton Chiles<br />

and challenger Jeb Bush).<br />

Fox, whose childhood was rooted in old Ybor City, became a member of one of USF’s early classes and remembers the<br />

impact the young institution had on her life. “If this university hadn’t been built when and where it was,” she says, “an<br />

entire generation – especially Latin women – wouldn’t have gone to college.” Fox eventually graduated from Florida State<br />

University, where she became engaged to and married fellow Tampa native Bob Fox – beginning a 50-year adventure<br />

together that included endowing a <strong>WLP</strong> scholarship last year to help promising female students from HCC successfully<br />

matriculate to USF.<br />

PAST RECIPIENTS<br />

Ann McKeel Ross<br />

2017<br />

Hon. Betty Castor<br />

2016<br />

Hon. Jan Platt*<br />

2015<br />

Lee Leavengood<br />

2014<br />

Louise Lykes Ferguson*<br />

2013<br />

*Deceased<br />

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY<br />

COMMITTEE STRUCTURE<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Executive Committee<br />

Provides guidance in the planning and execution of <strong>WLP</strong> initiatives, and serves as advocates and spokespeople on behalf of the membership.<br />

Members are either officers, committee chairs, or at-large regional institution representatives.<br />

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq. ’74, Chair<br />

Anila Jain, MD ’79, ’81 Immediate Past Chair<br />

Carol Morsani, Honorary Chair<br />

India Witte, Executive Director<br />

Moira Burke, MD<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Awards Committee<br />

Lauren Hartmann ’15<br />

Maja Lacevic ’09<br />

Lagretta Lenker, PhD ’92<br />

Claire Lessinger<br />

Jessica Muroff ’01, ’02<br />

Valerie Riddle, MD ’84, ’89<br />

USFSM Representative<br />

Debbie N. Sembler<br />

USFSP Representative<br />

Barbara Sparks McGlinchy ’78, ’83, ’91<br />

Anne Strozier, PhD<br />

Collaborates with <strong>WLP</strong> staff on advertising and selecting recipients for <strong>WLP</strong> Awards (Faculty Excellence, Community Leadership, etc.) and<br />

identifying and nominating <strong>WLP</strong> members, <strong>WLP</strong> scholars, and other key USF partners for community awards programs.<br />

Lagretta Lenker, PhD ’92, Co-Chair<br />

Anne Strozier, PhD, Co-Chair<br />

Kate Evans, Staff Liaison<br />

Marquita Armstead<br />

Kathy Bradley-Klug<br />

Wendy Brill<br />

The Honorable Betty Castor<br />

Robin DeLaVergne ’74<br />

Ruth Duncan Bell ’88<br />

Yvonne Fry<br />

Alicia Rossiter, DNP ’96, ’15<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Membership Committee<br />

Arlynn Haarer<br />

Olivia Hodges, EdD<br />

Anila Jain, MD ’79, ’81<br />

Giti Javidi, PhD ’96<br />

Jamie Jenkins ’98<br />

Patricia Kruk, PhD<br />

Karla Mastracchio, PhD ’03<br />

Melissa Mora ’02<br />

Stephanie Morge ’06<br />

Kathleen Moore, PhD ’90<br />

Julie Perrelli<br />

Rebecca Puig, PhD ’08, ’10, ’15<br />

Audrey Schreier ’13<br />

Amanda Stevens<br />

Hannah Veitkus ’16<br />

India Witte<br />

Laura Woodard ’89<br />

Develops and implements strategies for recruiting new Lifetime, <strong>Annual</strong> and Corporate members to <strong>WLP</strong> and supports the operations,<br />

programming, and activities that promote member engagement, participation and retention. The committee also assists in the planning,<br />

development, and implementation of external communications and marketing of the program.<br />

Jessica Muroff ’01, ’02, Chair<br />

Kate Evans, Staff Liaison<br />

Kelly Addington<br />

Connie Bladon<br />

Wendy Brill<br />

Jennifer Carpenter<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Mentoring Committee<br />

Julie Gillespie ’82<br />

Liz Kicak ’05<br />

Lora Kosten, PhD<br />

Lyda T. Lindell, MD<br />

Karla Mastracchio, PhD ’03<br />

Stephanie Morge ’06<br />

Rebecca Puig, PhD ’08, ’10, ’15<br />

Amy Rettig<br />

Natalie Thomas ’95<br />

Hannah Veitkus ’16<br />

India Witte<br />

Serves as the conduit to connect students and <strong>WLP</strong> members in partnership with the USF Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement,<br />

Honors College, Transitional Advisory Center, Veteran’s Services, USF Athletics, and other system-wide partners.<br />

Will work internally on the coordination of a <strong>WLP</strong> Mentoring <strong>Program</strong> for our scholars.<br />

Claire Lessinger, Co-Chair<br />

Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy<br />

’78, ’83, ’91, Co-Chair<br />

Kate Evans, Staff Liaison<br />

Kelly Addington<br />

Annina Donaldson<br />

Roberta Burford<br />

Jennifer Carpenter<br />

Vickie Chachere<br />

Kristin Cunningham ’97<br />

Karen Dee<br />

Patricia Emmanuel, MD<br />

Jessica Fugate<br />

Yvonne Fry<br />

Sandy Goodman, MD<br />

Cindy Haley ’07, ’14<br />

Olivia Hodges, EdD<br />

Justine Hofmann<br />

Cindy Kane ’76<br />

Erin Jackson<br />

Giti Javidi, PhD ’96<br />

Virginia Kalil ’93<br />

Liz Kicak ’05<br />

Jamie Klingman<br />

Grace Maseda<br />

Valerie McDevitt<br />

Kathleen Moore, PhD ’90<br />

Stephanie Morge ’06<br />

Juliann Nichols<br />

Nastassia O’Connor ’11<br />

Betty Otter Nickerson ’76<br />

Amanda Page Zwierko ’09<br />

Julie Perrelli<br />

Carole Philipson<br />

Jyoti Rao<br />

Chris Reyes ’93<br />

Valerie Riddle MD ’84, ’89<br />

Rachel Scalzo, PhD<br />

Dawn Schocken, PhD ’83, ’85<br />

Brigitte Shaw ’83<br />

Patty Soltis<br />

Jeanne Travers<br />

Jeffrie van Loveren<br />

Hannah Veitkus ’16<br />

Christina Wisz<br />

India Witte<br />

Liz Wooten-Reschke<br />

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WISE Advisory Committee<br />

A sub-group of the Mentoring Committee, this body provides guidance to our WISE (Women who Ignite Student Engagement)<br />

Advisory Council and oversight of the planning and promotion of the <strong>WLP</strong> WISE Student <strong>Symposium</strong>, held in the spring of each year.<br />

Lauren Hartmann ’15, Chair<br />

Kate Evans, Staff Liaison<br />

Kelly Addington<br />

Trimeka Benjamin<br />

Roberta Burford<br />

Kristin Cunningham ’97<br />

Ashley Ehrman ’08<br />

Sheau-Lei Ellison<br />

Liana Fernandez Fox, PhD ’80, ’98<br />

Sandy Goodman, MD<br />

Shelby Harris ’16<br />

Fadwa Hilili ’13<br />

Giti Javidi, PhD ’96<br />

Virginia Kalil ’93<br />

Liz Kicak ’05<br />

Jamie Klingman<br />

Claire Lessinger<br />

Esther Marshall<br />

Grace Maseda<br />

Karla Mastracchio, PhD ’03<br />

Betty Otter Nickerson ’76<br />

Carole Philipson<br />

Chris Reyes ’93<br />

Valerie Riddle MD ’84, ’89<br />

Lindsey Rodriguez, PhD<br />

Dae Sheridan, PhD ’94, ’97<br />

Patty Soltis<br />

Barbara Sparks McGlinchy ’78, ’83, ’91<br />

Jessica Thompson ’05, ’07<br />

Carrie Zeisse<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> WISE Advisory Council<br />

A select group of students, chosen through a highly competitive application process, charged with planning and implementing the<br />

annul <strong>WLP</strong>/WISE Student <strong>Symposium</strong> and advising <strong>WLP</strong> on the important issues related to student engagement and student success.<br />

Marlesha Bell<br />

Joannie Bewa<br />

Neto Coulibaly<br />

Augustine Haile<br />

Shana Indawala<br />

Wainella Isaacs<br />

Alyssa Jessen<br />

Holly Lippman<br />

Natasha Ram<br />

Jessica Rodriguez<br />

Elizabeth Seymour<br />

Xigrid Soto<br />

Shari Zamani<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> <strong>Program</strong> Committee<br />

Guides the planning and promotion of the <strong>WLP</strong> <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>Symposium</strong> and other signature annual events, including securing sponsorships<br />

and encouraging attendance and member participation.<br />

Maja Lacevic ’09<br />

Kate Evans, Staff Liaison<br />

Karen Bremer<br />

Lindsey Crawford<br />

Lynn Cristina ’98<br />

Diane Egner<br />

Ashley Ehrman ’08<br />

Liana Fernandez Fox, PhD ’80, ’98<br />

Michelle Hamilton ’04<br />

Shelby Harris ’16<br />

Fadwa Hilili ’13<br />

Cindy Kane ’76<br />

Cynthia Keenan<br />

Maja Lacevic ’09<br />

Alissa Lawver<br />

Karla Mastracchio, PhD ’03<br />

Devin O’Connell<br />

Nevena Pehar ’12<br />

Special Thanks: Vickie Chachere, <strong>Symposium</strong> Communications & Media Relations Coordinator<br />

Carole Philipson<br />

Lori Rabinowitz<br />

Chris Reyes ’93<br />

Debbie Cox Roush<br />

Audrey Schreier ’13<br />

Debbie Sembler<br />

Dawn Shields<br />

India Witte<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Scholarship Committee<br />

Works with <strong>WLP</strong> Staff in the selection process for <strong>WLP</strong> scholarship recipients, assists with donor stewardship, and develops and<br />

implements engagement strategies for <strong>WLP</strong> scholars, <strong>WLP</strong> Members, and <strong>WLP</strong> Scholar alumna.<br />

Moira Burke, MD, Chair<br />

Kristi Laribee, Staff Liaison<br />

Ann Marie Campbell ’96<br />

Kristin Cunningham ’97<br />

Sheau-Lei Ellison<br />

Julie Gillespie ’82<br />

Justine Hofmann<br />

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq. ’74<br />

Anila Jain, MD ’79, ’81<br />

Jamie Jenkins ’98<br />

Cindy Kane ’76<br />

Cynthia Keenan<br />

Jamie Klingman<br />

Rita Lowman<br />

Kathleen Moore, PhD ’90<br />

Maggie McCleland<br />

Judy Mitchell<br />

Melissa Mora ’02<br />

Julie Perrelli<br />

Carole Philipson<br />

Valerie Riddle MD ’84, ’89<br />

Audrey Schreier ’13<br />

Brigitte Shaw ’83<br />

Jessica Thompson ’05, ’07<br />

Jeanne Travers<br />

Hannah Veitkus ’16<br />

Julie Ward ’05<br />

India Witte<br />

Marion Yongue ’91<br />

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TABLE SPONSORS<br />

Ms. Allison Stinson, Dr. Alicia<br />

Mendoza & Dr. Anne Strozier<br />

Anne Marie Campbell<br />

Cindy Kane<br />

Debbie Nye Sembler<br />

Dr. & Mrs. William S. Dalton<br />

Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox<br />

Dr. Valerie Riddle<br />

Heidi Shimberg & Shari Mezrah<br />

Jane Morgan<br />

Keli Mondello<br />

Liz Kennedy<br />

Mrs. Sharon Greenbaum<br />

Mrs. Suzette Berkman<br />

Nancy Schneid<br />

Sheryl Teague<br />

USF Town & Gown<br />

Westchase Book Club<br />

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<strong>WLP</strong> MEMBERSHIP<br />

FOUNDING MEMBERS<br />

Bank of America<br />

Dore Beach, EdD ’70, ’72<br />

Suzette Berkman ’73, ’78<br />

Sharon Blanchard<br />

Linda Blume ’73<br />

Hon. Betty Castor<br />

Cornelia Corbett<br />

Martha Couch<br />

Florida Medical Clinic<br />

Foundation of Caring, Inc.<br />

Keri Gawrych ’87<br />

Judy Genshaft, PhD<br />

Leona Genshaft**<br />

Nancy Howe<br />

Anila Jain, MD ’79, ’81<br />

Mona Jain, MD, PhD ’84<br />

Muffy Longacre<br />

Kathleen Moore, PhD ’90<br />

Ann McKeel Ross ’79<br />

Carol Morsani<br />

Pamela Muma<br />

Michele Norris ’77, ’79<br />

Vivien Oliva<br />

Pallavi Patel, MD<br />

Regions Financial Corporation<br />

Nancy Schneid ’77, ’79<br />

Elaine Shimberg<br />

Linda Simmons ’73, ’75<br />

Anne Strozier, PhD<br />

USF Town & Gown<br />

Erika Wallace<br />

Vincent Zecchino**<br />

CORPORATE MEMBERS<br />

LIFETIME MEMBERS<br />

Ellen and Philip Asherman, ’75, ’76<br />

Rebecca Bast<br />

Hannah Benton ’11<br />

Moira J. Burke, MD<br />

Renée Byrd ’86<br />

Anne Marie Campbell ’96<br />

Grisselle Centeno, PhD*<br />

Ellen Daley, PhD ’00*<br />

Linda D’Aquila<br />

Leslie Dellas<br />

January Dennison<br />

Paula Eaves<br />

Elizabeth Fowler<br />

Liana Fernandez Fox, PhD ’80, ’98<br />

Jamie Goldenberg, PhD*<br />

Sharon Greenbaum<br />

Virginia Gregory ’93<br />

Linda Hartley ’89<br />

Carolyn House Stewart ’74<br />

Hon. Pam Iorio ’01<br />

Patricia Kruk, PhD*<br />

Susan Leisner<br />

Donna Lindsey ’79<br />

Susan MacManus, PhD*<br />

Jody McBrien, PhD*<br />

Jane Morgan<br />

Jessica Muroff ’01, ’02<br />

National Mah Jongg<br />

League Foundation Inc.<br />

Chris Reyes ’93<br />

Valerie Riddle MD ’84, ’89<br />

Barbara Twine-Thomas ’73<br />

Ruth Unger**<br />

Valley National Bank<br />

Linda Whiteford, PhD*<br />

India Witte<br />

Naomi Yavneh Klos, PhD*<br />

Marion Yongue ’91<br />

*Past recipient of the <strong>WLP</strong> Faculty Award<br />

**Deceased<br />

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<strong>WLP</strong> ANNUAL MEMBERS<br />

Mildred Acevedo-Duncan<br />

Kelly Addington<br />

Denise Akers<br />

Jo-Ann Alessandrini ’98<br />

Rafaela A. Amador ’04<br />

Marquita Armstead<br />

Jacalin Ascough<br />

Leni Baga<br />

Candace Barber<br />

Cécile Bare<br />

Deborah M. Barnes<br />

Michelle Barry<br />

Trimeka Benjamin<br />

Mardi Bessolo ’98<br />

Kathleen Betancourt<br />

Kathy Black, PhD*<br />

Susan Blackburn<br />

Connie Bladon<br />

Kathy Bradley-Klug<br />

Karen Bremer<br />

Susan Brennan<br />

Angela Brewer ’82, ’84<br />

Wendy Brill<br />

Karen Buesing<br />

Roberta Burford<br />

Stacy Carlson, PhD ’92<br />

Jennifer Carpenter<br />

Heide Castaneda, PhD*<br />

Vickie Chachere<br />

Dara Chenevert<br />

Tiffany Chenneville, PhD ’92, ’96, ’00<br />

Kyoung Cho*<br />

David Christian<br />

Braulio Colon<br />

Tiffany Colucci<br />

Sarah Combs<br />

Cynthia Congelio<br />

Amy Corcell<br />

Debbie Cox-Roush<br />

Lindsey Crawford<br />

Lynn Cristina ’98<br />

Jessica Cross’12, ’14<br />

Laura Crouch ’94<br />

Kristin C. Cunningham ’97<br />

Louise Dahm<br />

Karen Dalton ’07<br />

Kimberlee DeBosier<br />

Karen Dee<br />

Robin DeLaVergne ’74<br />

Jackie Dixon, PhD<br />

Annina Donaldson<br />

Kathleen M. Dumala ’83<br />

Holly Duncan<br />

Ruth Duncan Bell ’88<br />

Diane Egner<br />

Ashley Ehrman ’08<br />

Alissa Ellison<br />

Sheau-Lei H. Ellison<br />

Patricia Emmanuel<br />

Abbe Ensminger<br />

Kate Evans<br />

Irene G. M. Ferguson<br />

Jessica Fugate<br />

Elizabeth Frazier<br />

Yvonne Fry<br />

Dolores (Dee) Garcia ’82<br />

Arty Giallurakis<br />

Cami Gibertini<br />

Julie Gillespie ’82<br />

Stephanie Goforth ’82<br />

Brenda Gold<br />

Sandy Goodman, MD<br />

Melanie Griffin<br />

Pati A. Gross ’76<br />

Arlynn Haarer<br />

Carol Hague ’88<br />

Cindy Haley ’07, ’14<br />

Emily Haly, MD<br />

Michelle Hamilton ’04<br />

Sandra Hanna ’82, ’89<br />

Shelby Harris ’16<br />

Lauren Hartmann ’15<br />

Laura Haubner, MD<br />

Patti Helton, PhD<br />

Fadwa Hilili ’13<br />

Kimberly Hill ’09, ’18<br />

Michele Leo Hintson<br />

Olivia Hodges, EdD<br />

Justine Hofmann<br />

Morgan R. Holmes<br />

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, PhD<br />

Sally Houston, MD<br />

Barbara Izzi<br />

Erin G. Jackson<br />

Molly James<br />

Giti Javidi, PhD ’96*<br />

Jamie Jenkins ’98<br />

Stephanie H Johnson, PhD ’81, ’05, ’14<br />

Virginia Kalil ’93<br />

Cindy Kane ’76<br />

Cynthia Keenan<br />

Liz Kennedy ’80<br />

Lauren Key<br />

Liz Kicak ’05*<br />

Jamie Klingman<br />

Kathleen M. Koszuta<br />

Lora Kosten, PhD<br />

Purnima Kumar<br />

Maja Lacevic ’09<br />

Rhea Law ’77<br />

Alissa Lawver<br />

Lee Leavengood ’73<br />

Blossom Leibowitz<br />

Lagretta Lenker, PhD ’92<br />

Claire Lessinger<br />

Helen Levine, PhD<br />

Lea LeVines<br />

Lyda T. Lindell, MD<br />

Valerie Lipscomb, PhD ’94*<br />

Judy Lisi<br />

Nancy Lockwood<br />

Carol Long ’83<br />

Donna Longhouse ’84<br />

Rita Lowman<br />

Rachel Albritton Lunsford ’94<br />

Catherine Lynch, MD ’90<br />

K. Doreen MacAulay, PhD*<br />

Christina Majeed<br />

Linda Marcelli<br />

Stephanie Marhefka, PhD*<br />

William J. Mariotti ’15<br />

Esther Marshall<br />

Merritt Martin ’04<br />

Shari Martinez<br />

Grace Maseda<br />

Karla Mastracchio, PhD ’03<br />

Kristen McCall<br />

Maggie McCleland<br />

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Suzanne McCormick<br />

Jill McCracken, PhD*<br />

Valerie McDevitt<br />

Shelley McDuff, ’08, ’12<br />

Sally McKee<br />

Jennifer McVan<br />

Jane Messina, MD<br />

Elizabeth Miller, PhD*<br />

Holly Miller<br />

Quinn Kathryn Miller<br />

Rhonda Mims<br />

Christina F. Mitchell<br />

Judy Mitchell<br />

Kelly Mitchell<br />

Debbie Momberg ’78<br />

Joel Momberg<br />

Keli Mondello<br />

April Monteith ’01, ’03<br />

Melissa Anne Mora ’02<br />

Taryn Morgan<br />

Stephanie C. Morge ’06<br />

Hon. Sandra Murman<br />

Jennifer Murphy ’96<br />

Mindy Murphy<br />

Julie Nail<br />

Natasha Nascimento ’07<br />

Ashley Nall ’06<br />

Lyris Newman ’72, ’77<br />

Fawn Ngo, PhD*<br />

Juliann Nichols<br />

Devin O’Connell<br />

Nastassia O’Connor ’11<br />

Sally B. Olsson ’73<br />

Betty Otter-Nickerson ’76<br />

Amanda Page-Zwierko ’09<br />

Sara Palmer<br />

Penny Parks<br />

Nevena Pehar ’12<br />

Julie Perrelli<br />

Susan Perry, PhD<br />

Donna Petersen, ScD<br />

Dawn Phillips ’99<br />

Carole Philipson<br />

Karen G. Pittman ’84<br />

Anne Pollack<br />

Pat Porter<br />

Carole Post<br />

Angela Pottinger<br />

Rebecca Puig, PhD ’08, ’10, ’15<br />

Jo Ann Farrell Quinn ’74<br />

Lori Rabinowitz<br />

Jyoti Rao<br />

Deborah W. Read<br />

Amy Rettig<br />

Sarah A. Ribeiro, EdD ’96<br />

Victoria Rich, PhD<br />

Nancy Ridenour<br />

Abby Ritter ’15<br />

Lindsey Rodriguez, PhD*<br />

Judith Rosenkranz ’63<br />

Alicia Rossiter, DNP ’96, ’15<br />

Howard Rutherford<br />

Julie Scales<br />

Rachel Scalzo, PhD<br />

Meredith Scerba<br />

Sandra Schneider-Wright, PhD<br />

Dawn Schocken, PhD ’83, ’85<br />

Audrey Schreier ’13<br />

Lynn Scully<br />

Debbie Sembler<br />

Julianne Serovich, PhD<br />

Ann Shaler<br />

Brigitte Shaw ’83<br />

Erica Shea<br />

Dae Sheridan, PhD ’94, ’97<br />

Dawn Shields<br />

Lisa Simington<br />

Bemetra Simmons<br />

Debra Sinclair, PhD ’84<br />

Melissa Sloan, PhD*<br />

Rebecca Smith<br />

Patricia Soltis<br />

Marlene Spalten<br />

Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy ’78, ’83, ’91<br />

Sandra Sroka<br />

Jennifer Steans<br />

Amanda Stevens<br />

Allison Stinson<br />

Joann Strobbe<br />

Laurey Stryker, EdD<br />

Stephanie Suarez ’11<br />

Joanne Sullivan<br />

Eileen Sweeney<br />

Tampa Palms Women’s Club<br />

Sheryl Teague<br />

Cindy Terrano<br />

Liz Theofilos<br />

Natalie Thomas ’95<br />

Sylvia Thomas, PhD*<br />

Jessica Thompson ’05, ’07<br />

Karen Tillman-Gosselin<br />

Holly Tomlin<br />

Jeanne Travers*<br />

Bettina S. Tucker ’77<br />

Yvonne Ulmer ’80<br />

Cathy Unruh<br />

Victoria J. Vail ’69<br />

Cheryl Vamos, PhD ’05*<br />

Jeffrie van Loveren<br />

Hannah Veitkus ’16<br />

Lisa Velesko<br />

Cindy Visot, EdD ’00<br />

Beth Walters<br />

Kati Wanek-Forsythe<br />

Julie Ward ’05<br />

Kathryn Weedman Arthur, PhD*<br />

Martha B. Wells<br />

Ivana Djokovic Wendling ’09<br />

Tracy West<br />

Ashley Westfall<br />

Debbie White<br />

Marian Winters<br />

Christina Wisz<br />

Laura Woodard ’89<br />

Liz Wooten-Reschke<br />

Jessica Worley<br />

Carrie Zeisse<br />

* Recipient of the <strong>WLP</strong> Faculty Award<br />

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS<br />

9:00 - 10:00 AM (PICK ONE)<br />

LET’S TALK ABOUT ALICE<br />

Palma Ceia<br />

SPONSORED BY:<br />

ALICE stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. Headlines<br />

often quote the number of people living at or below the poverty line, but those<br />

numbers can be drastically misinterpreted. The recently updated ALICE study<br />

by United Way of Florida and Rutgers University collected data on the cost of<br />

basic needs in Florida such as housing, food, transportation, health, and child<br />

care. The results show that 44 percent of Florida’s population are living with – or<br />

dangerously close to – a financial crisis every day, even when employed. Do you<br />

know an ALICE? You might be surprised that you do.<br />

Liana Fernandez Fox, PhD ’80, ’98<br />

Community Advocate; Professor of Mathematics, HCC & USF (Retired)<br />

MODERATOR<br />

Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox is a native of Tampa and a proud descendant of Cuban and Sicilian cigar makers. She began attending<br />

the University of South Florida in 1964 and received her PhD from USF in 1998. She retired from Hillsborough Community<br />

College as a full professor after 33 years, having served in numerous leadership roles for HCC at the Ybor City campus and at<br />

the University of South Florida. She pioneered HCC’s offering of online mathematics courses. Liana is a graduate of Leadership<br />

Florida, was National President of the USF Alumni Association, and President of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough<br />

County. She is currently a Trustee for the Tampa Bay History Center and board member for Champions for Children. She has<br />

served on the boards of United Way Suncoast and United Way of Florida and has been a member of United Way’s ALICE<br />

Research Advisory Committee for Florida since 2014. Liana is an active member of USF’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy<br />

and the USF Latin Community Advisory Committee. Her advocacy priorities have been improving access and affordability of a<br />

higher education, encouragement of active participation of citizens in government and addressing social justice issues in our<br />

community.<br />

LIZ GUTIERREZ Founder & CEO, Enterprising Latinas<br />

Liz Gutierrez is a community development professional with extensive experience organizing communities<br />

around a vision for community change. Liz has a Masters in Community Economic Development from the<br />

Southern New Hampshire University and has enduring ties with community leaders she likes to take<br />

credit for discovering and supporting through her work in the Northeast and West Coast communities of<br />

Florida. Through Enterprising Latinas, Inc. (ELI), which she founded in 2009, Liz is improving the quality<br />

of life of the Tampa Bay area by promoting the economic prosperity of low-income women, particularly<br />

Latinas. Among her many endeavors as ELI’s CEO, Liz is transforming community challenges like lack of<br />

childcare for children and limited public transportation in the community into new economic opportunities<br />

for women. In addition to her work with Enterprising Latinas, Liz consults with government agencies,<br />

funders, non-profits and allied organizations that are committed to building the capacity of the non-profit<br />

sector so that they can become a united force for community change. As anyone that knows Liz will tell<br />

you, she is a great dancer, terrible cook and adoring mother to her son, Willy!<br />

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PAULA GONZALEZ ‘18 <strong>WLP</strong> Scholar Alumna<br />

Paula Gonzalez was born and raised in Colombia and moved to the United States when she was 10 years<br />

old. She received dual bachelor degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, and graduated from<br />

the University of South Florida with honors in May 2018. Currently, she is applying to medical school<br />

while working as a standardized patient at USF’s Morsani College of Medicine where she plays the role<br />

of a patient in various cases to simulate real-life experiences for medical students. Paula is also a tutor<br />

for the Supporting and Empowering Educational and Developmental Services (SEEDS) <strong>Program</strong>. As a<br />

tutor, Paula helps young students start developing their love for math and reading by doing interactive<br />

lessons. She also helps create a suitable plan so the parents can learn how to best help with their<br />

children’s education. Paula also continues to volunteer at USF’s Free Clinic, Building Relationship and<br />

Initiatives Dedicated to Gaining Equality Healthcare Clinic (BRIDGE) and is continuing doing research<br />

under the health and outcomes department at the Moffitt research center.<br />

JENNA NELSON Executive Vice President, Human Resources; Sykes<br />

Jenna Nelson has been with SYKES since August 1993, supporting SYKES’ dynamic growth in digital<br />

marketing, customer service and as a provider of technical support and services to some of the world’s<br />

most recognized brands. Her career at SYKES has grown as the Company has grown, starting with just<br />

800 employees in the US, growing to more than 50,000 employees worldwide. She has held various HR<br />

leadership positions throughout her 25-year career with responsibility across all areas of HR; including<br />

strategic and organizational planning, talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits,<br />

employment law, HR technology and shared services. In her current role, Jenna is responsible for<br />

developing global policies, managing HR related risk, and developing contemporary people strategies to<br />

successfully support the company’s growing global operations. She leads a team of HR professionals who<br />

help enable the success of their diverse workforce, while supporting them in reaching their professional<br />

goals. Jenna also serves on the board for Feeding Tampa Bay, a branch of the country’s largest charitable<br />

hunger-relief organization.<br />

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS<br />

9:00 - 10:00 AM (PICK ONE)<br />

LET’S TALK ABOUT PASSION AND PURPOSE<br />

University Club<br />

Record numbers of women today are putting their passions into action – as<br />

outspoken advocates, business leaders, and political candidates for local, state<br />

and national offices. How can we encourage more girls and women to develop<br />

an ambitious spirit? And how can we support and empower more women to<br />

take on roles where they can effect change in their communities? Our panelists<br />

will share insights from their personal experiences on being outspoken and out<br />

front. They will discuss how they recognized their personal passions, and how<br />

they took their first steps in starting a business or entering the political arena.<br />

They’ll also discuss failure and how to regroup and recover in order to persist.<br />

SPONSORED BY:<br />

Yvonne Fry<br />

CEO, Fryed Egg Productions<br />

MODERATOR<br />

A native Floridian, Yvonne Fry graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. She owns Lines of Communications, a fullservice<br />

telecommunications management and auditing company and is CEO of Fry Entertainment Inc., holding several companies<br />

including Fryed Egg Productions, a branding, marketing, film, event, and talent management firm.<br />

Yvonne is dedicated to organizations involving women, children, education and political issues. She is a Past Chair for both the<br />

Florida and Hillsborough Commissions on the Status of Women, a member of the BayCare Board of Trustees, Vice President<br />

for the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, Past Chair of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive Committee of the Plant City<br />

Economic Development Corporation, and on the board of Plant City Main Street. She is an Advisory Board Member of The Spring<br />

Tampa Bay, the Junior League of Tampa, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, and the Plant City Board of Adjustment.<br />

Yvonne is a member of the Athena Society, Working Women of Tampa Bay, and USF’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy.<br />

Yvonne was named a Woman of Distinction in 2016 by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, awarded the Plant City Chamber<br />

Chairman’s Award in 2014, and named among Florida International University’s Top 25 Women Entrepreneurs in Florida in 2011.<br />

She previously served on the Plant City High School PTSA and Lincoln IB Elementary PTSA. She is the current Chair of both the<br />

PCHS Raider Champions Foundation Board and the PCHS Business Advisory Board, and serves on the Tomlin Middle School<br />

PTSA Board.<br />

CAMI GIBERTINI Senior Vice President, Director of Women In Business; Valley National Bank<br />

Cami Gibertini is Senior Vice President, Director of Women In Business at Valley National Bank. Formerly<br />

“Women Entrepreneurs,” Cami was a co-creator of this program for female business professionals<br />

launched in 2016.<br />

Cami has more than 28 years of retail banking experience in various leadership roles in Tampa Bay. She<br />

joined USAmeriBank, now Valley National Bank, in 2008 to manage the bank’s Brandon retail branch,<br />

consistently a market leader in deposit growth, loan production and sales and service under her leadership.<br />

Cami holds banking certifications from ABA’s Stonier Graduate Banking School at the University of<br />

Pennsylvania with a Warton Business School Certificate of Achievement, University of Florida’s Florida<br />

School of Banking and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Retail Banking. She attended<br />

University of Central Florida’s RMA Commercial Lending School and is now in the Rutgers Executive<br />

Leadership program with Valley’s “Leaders In Action,” anticipated to complete in early 2019.<br />

An active member of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Cami served as chairwoman in 2016.<br />

She is a graduate and past alumni chair of Leadership Brandon, a graduate of Leadership Tampa and<br />

Leadership Tampa Bay and a past president and current Treasurer of ECHO (Emergency Care Health<br />

Organization) of Brandon. In 2011, she was the Honorary Mayor of Brandon. Cami is on the Board of<br />

Directors of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, which she serves with great pride.<br />

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MAYA BROWN ‘15 Political Consultant, MB Strategies<br />

Maya Brown is the Principal of MB Strategies, LLC – a political and nonprofit consulting and strategy<br />

firm. She is an alumna of the University of South Florida. Brown coordinated Give Day Tampa Bay 2015: a<br />

24-hour online giving campaign that raised $1.7 million for 550 area nonprofits. While at the Community<br />

Foundation of Tampa Bay, she was selected as a Diversity Scholar for the Association of Fundraising<br />

Professionals’ 2016 International Fundraising Conference. Florida Politics recently recognized Brown as<br />

a ‘Rising Star’ for her work with the Hillsborough County Young Democrats as President.<br />

Brown has worked in several senior leadership capacities on Tampa Bay area political campaigns during<br />

the last three election cycles. She is a 2016 Fellow of New Leaders Council – Tampa Bay, and recently<br />

founded Hillsborough Young Black Progressives to identify, recruit, and train millennials of color to run<br />

for office and work on local political campaigns. She serves as a board member of several nonprofit<br />

organizations, and she also holds membership in several community and honorary organizations.<br />

CANDY OLSON Child Advocate<br />

Candy Olson served on the Hillsborough County School Board from 1994-2014, including several years<br />

as chair. In addition to advocating for children and their teachers, she worked with community partners<br />

to preserve Nature’s Classroom and helped develop guidelines for landscaping and preservation of<br />

historic schools.<br />

Prior to her service, Candy reversed a 10% budget deficit for a local non-profit, wrote grants, and chaired<br />

the boards of such organizations as the Spring, SERVE, and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (then the Mayor’s<br />

Beautification <strong>Program</strong>).<br />

She currently serves on the boards of the United Way, Catholic Charities, and Mary Lee’s House, and is<br />

active in her church. Her two daughters, both graduates of Hillsborough County Public Schools, have<br />

grown into accomplished young women.<br />

Candy holds a BA in political science from Newton (Mass.) College of the Sacred heart and an MBA from<br />

the University of South Florida, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business<br />

honor society.<br />

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS<br />

9:00 - 10:00 AM (PICK ONE)<br />

LET’S TALK ABOUT #TIMESUP, TIME FOR A SOLUTION<br />

Esplanade<br />

The current national discussion on sexual harassment and assault in the<br />

workplace began with the #MeToo movement’s “empowerment through<br />

empathy” and this year grew to include #TimesUp, a campaign to identify<br />

solutions to this long-hidden crisis. Nearly half of working women in the United<br />

States say they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, and<br />

many women are calling for a complete cultural transformation to eradicate<br />

sexual assault and harassment on the job. Join a panel of experts who will share<br />

their knowledge on workplace safety and how to address the difficult questions<br />

of workplace culture. You will leave this panel discussion with tools, strategies,<br />

and a new commitment to create a safer workplace environment for all.<br />

SPONSORED BY:<br />

Kelly Addington<br />

Senior Director of Development, USF College of Arts and Sciences<br />

Co-Founder, One Student<br />

MODERATOR<br />

Kelly Addington’s drive and desire to show up for others has been the constant theme in her career. She has nearly 20 years<br />

of non-profit experience, 11 of them in development at the University of South Florida working with alumni and donors to help<br />

advance meaningful research and fund scholarships for students. Kelly is motivated by what her work does for others and believes<br />

that an investment in USF is an investment in the next generation of leaders.<br />

Kelly is an award winning speaker whose message has reached more than 1,000,000 students, activist, advocate, founder of the<br />

non-profit OneStudent.org and creator of Sexversations®. Kelly has worked with nearly 500 universities, military installations and<br />

senior officials at the White House to help reduce sexual assault. She has advised students, policy makers, community leaders,<br />

faculty and staff on how to create a culture of consent and remove the shame and stigma related to sexual assault. Kelly has<br />

developed resources and campaigns utilized by over 60 countries. She is a TEDx Youth speaker and feature of the documentary<br />

film You Are The One.<br />

Kelly does everything she can to ensure the world she hands her daughter is better than she found it.<br />

DAE SHERIDAN, PHD, LMHC, CRC ’94<br />

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, & Certified Rehabilitation Counselor<br />

Dr. Dae Sheridan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist and a<br />

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a private consulting and psychotherapy practice. She serves as an<br />

adjunct faculty member at the University of South Florida, teaching Human Sexuality for over 10 years in<br />

the Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Graduate <strong>Program</strong> and is an assistant clinical professor<br />

at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists.<br />

A recognized speaker and commentator on sexual, mental health, parenting and rehabilitation issues, Dr.<br />

Sheridan regularly presents her research, facilitates psychoeducational seminars and participates as a<br />

featured expert for various professional organizations and media outlets, nationwide.<br />

As an activist and advocate for quality mental health services and sexuality education for all, Dr. Sheridan<br />

regularly volunteers her time, provides pro-bono services and currently contributes as a Board Member for<br />

the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. She has also been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one<br />

of our community’s Healthcare Heroes in the category of healthcare education.<br />

The top two reasons for divorce in the U.S. are money and sex… and she’s no accountant.<br />

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RENA UPSHAW-FRAZIER, ESQ. ‘01 Principal Attorney, Rena Frazier Law, PPLC<br />

Rena Upshaw-Frazier is the principal attorney at Rena Frazier Law PPLC, where she represents<br />

businesses and individuals in a wide range of real estate matters. She previously served as Chief of<br />

Policy and Communication at the Office of State Attorney for the <strong>13th</strong> Judicial District Circuit under State<br />

Attorney Andrew Warren, and formerly a partner at the law firm Quarles & Brady, LLP. Rena is passionate<br />

about and active in the Tampa and Hillsborough County community, serving on a number of boards and<br />

organizations, including the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women, as well as the<br />

Board of the University Area Community Development Corporation and chairing its Affordable Housing<br />

Task Force. She is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life of our fellow citizens.<br />

Rena holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of South Florida and a Law<br />

Degree from Stetson University College of Law. Rena and her husband Anddrikk are the proud parents<br />

of four children ages 4, 9, 14 and 21, and their oldest daughter is a cadet at the US Air Force Academy.<br />

BEVERLY WALDRON Director of Human Resources, Hillsborough County Government<br />

Beverly Waldron is the Director of Human Resources for Hillsborough County Government. The Human<br />

Resources Department is a full service HR department for almost 5,000 employees. Services include<br />

recruitment and hiring; labor relations; performance management; discipline; leadership development<br />

and training; HRIS; benefits (administration and management of self-insured health fund); workers<br />

compensation; leave management; and classification and compensation. She is a graduate of Louisiana<br />

State University and has almost 40 years of human resources experience in the public arena at the state<br />

and local level. The early part of her career was spent in employee assessment. She has been an active<br />

member of the International Personnel Assessment Council having previously served as the editor of<br />

the newsletter for a dozen years, on the Board of Directors and as President of the organization. (She<br />

even met her husband at one of the annual conferences.) She is currently a member of SHRM and<br />

IMPA-HR.<br />

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS<br />

10:30 - 11:30 AM (PICK ONE)<br />

LET’S TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY<br />

Esplanade<br />

Women are free to identify themselves in various ways, and diversity in all<br />

its many forms isn’t just a box to be checked on a form. Learning about the<br />

successes, opportunities, and challenges others have experienced broadens<br />

our understanding of how we can support one another as women. Join us for an<br />

inspiring and interactive panel discussing the overlapping and shifting identities<br />

of race, age, ethnicity, gender and nationality, and how personal storytelling can<br />

become a powerful act of inclusion.<br />

SPONSORED BY:<br />

Amy Ruth<br />

Chief Human Resource Officer, Florida Blue<br />

MODERATOR<br />

Amy Ruth is Florida Blue’s Chief Human Resource Officer and a member of the Enterprise Executive Management Team. Ruth<br />

brings her knowledge of human capital development and talent management to provide leadership in human resources, diversity,<br />

corporate services and strategic facilities.<br />

Prior to joining Florida Blue, Ruth was president of Florida Blue subsidiary, Incepture. Under Ruth’s leadership, Incepture was<br />

recognized by Florida Trend magazine as one of the “Best Companies to Work For.” Prior to Incepture, she held various leadership<br />

roles within TriServ Alliance, InterContinental Hotels Group, Towers Watson and SunTrust Banks, Inc.<br />

Ruth serves on the Board of Directors for GuideWell Source, Inc. and chairs the Personnel & Compensation Committee. She chairs<br />

the Jacksonville 2018 LUNG FORCE, is the immediate past Chair for the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, and was the<br />

Executive Sponsor for Florida Blue’s 2017-2018 United Way campaign. Ruth is a member of the Equality Means Business Advisory<br />

Board and was recognized by the Jacksonville Business Journal as an “Ultimate HR Executive,” as one of Northeast Florida’s<br />

“Women of Influence,” and by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council as a “Woman of Distinction.”<br />

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Kennesaw State University.<br />

JESSICA COSTELLO, ESQ. Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Florida Attorney General’s Office<br />

Jessica Costello is an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor with the Florida Attorney General’s Office. In this<br />

role she manages local, state and federal law enforcement teams in the prosecution of organized crime<br />

throughout the state with a focus on gangs, drug trafficking, human trafficking and fraud. Jessica serves as<br />

Statewide Prosecution’s liaison to Florida’s Counterterrorism Task Force. She also works with community<br />

leaders and nongovernmental organizations to engage and inform the public about issues related to victim<br />

advocacy, crime and our community.<br />

Named Florida’s Gang Prosecutor of the Year in 2015, Jessica was named a Top Government Attorney<br />

by Florida Trend, a ‘Woman of Color Leading Change’ by the YWCA of Tampa Bay, and recipient of the<br />

University of Florida’s Outstanding Young Alumni award.<br />

Outside of her practice, she has dedicated herself to being meaningfully involved in the Tampa community.<br />

Jessica serves as a director on the boards of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, George<br />

Edgecomb Bar Association, and Community Tampa Bay. She also volunteers her time as a mentor and<br />

speaker throughout the State. As a new mom, her greatest joy is found in spending time with her husband,<br />

Shane and son, Cameron.<br />

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JANE GROUT Vice President, Customer Relationship Management; Coca-Cola Beverages Florida<br />

Jane Grout is a 24-year veteran of the Coca-Cola System who serves as Vice President, Customer Relationship<br />

Management at Coca-Cola Beverages Florida. She leads the Company’s customer development and<br />

relationship management activities with national and regional retail, foodservice and on-premise customers.<br />

She also coordinates with the Field Sales organization to develop sales programs that accelerate local account<br />

development. Additionally, Jane helps to integrate the Customer Management teams in retail and FSOP into<br />

one overall customer management organization. Prior to joining CCBF, she was Vice President Revenue Growth<br />

Management, National Retail Sales. Jane previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the<br />

Indiana/Ohio Market Unit of Coca-Cola Refreshments. She has held various positions across the Coca-Cola<br />

System in customer and commercial leadership, local field sales, foodservice and on-premise sales, general<br />

management and strategic planning. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Public Affairs<br />

from Radford University.<br />

Jane currently volunteers with Metropolitan Ministries and prior to moving to Tampa was a Board of Director for<br />

Dress for Success Indianapolis. She has volunteered on many boards and organizations in the past including<br />

Junior Achievement and the Carmel Swim Club. Jane has been married to her husband, David, for 25 years and<br />

they have 2 children.<br />

SUONG IVES Managing Director for Human Resources, National Collegiate Athletic Association<br />

Born and raised in Vietnam, Suong was a member of the first class of women admitted to the four-year<br />

engineering program at the Phu Tho Polytechnic University in Saigon, Viet Nam. She graduated with a bachelor<br />

of science degree in civil engineering. She and her four siblings arrived in the United States in 1980, after<br />

spending two years in a refugee camp, like many other Vietnamese boat people. She also holds a bachelor’s<br />

degree in business administration and master’s degree in human resources management from Cleveland State<br />

and San Jose State Universities, respectively.<br />

She has more than 20 years of senior HR leadership experience which includes higher education institutions<br />

such as University of California Berkeley, New York University, and Clarkson University. She also served at<br />

world class organizations in human resources, talent and inclusion, such as AT&T, France Telecom, Time Warner,<br />

and Danaher. Presently, she is the Managing Director for Human Resources for the National Collegiate Athletic<br />

Association (NCAA).<br />

Prior to joining the NCAA, Suong held the position of Chief Inclusion Officer with Clarkson University in Potsdam,<br />

New York. She also is the President for the Northeast Chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers<br />

in Higher Education (NADOHE).<br />

Her proudest accomplishments are her 2 children whom she raised as a single mom. Her daughter is a doctor<br />

of veterinarian medicine, specializing in wildlife medicine. Her son is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in<br />

Nursing.<br />

LILA JABER<br />

Regional Managing Shareholder & Practice Group Leader of Government Affairs Law & Lobbying, Gunster Law Firm<br />

In her third decade of regulatory policy and government practice, Lila Jaber leads Gunster’s Government Affairs<br />

practice, as well as serves as the firm’s regional managing shareholder. Notably, Lila is also the architect of the<br />

Florida’s Women in Energy Leadership Forum, a group focused on highlighting the workforce and economic<br />

development contributions of the electric and natural gas industries in the state.<br />

Lila is dedicated to providing strategic and regulatory advice to clients on a number of business and economic<br />

development issues. Her experience ranges from utility specific matters in energy and water, to general business<br />

strategy development and implementation for companies doing business in Florida. Lila’s counsel includes<br />

C-level consulting to clients with priority for growth in Florida. A former chair of the Florida Public Service<br />

Commission, Lila served two terms as both commissioner and chairman, overseeing the state’s implementation<br />

of economic regulatory policy and procedure for the energy, natural gas, water and telecommunications<br />

industries. Lila is passionate about and personally committed to making Florida a great place to live and work.<br />

She is involved at the state and local leadership levels, helping to promote civic engagement, diversity and<br />

inclusion, as well as economic development for all.<br />

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS<br />

10:30 - 11:30 AM (PICK ONE)<br />

LET’S TALK ABOUT SELF-CARE<br />

Palma Ceia<br />

In every corner of the Tampa Bay Region, women are making a difference in their<br />

workplaces and communities while still fulfilling the roles of primary nurturers and<br />

caretakers in their homes. The demanding reality of their modern lives begs the<br />

question: While they are taking care of everybody else, who is taking care of them?<br />

SPONSORED BY:<br />

That answer can be found in our region’s leading healthcare providers at USF Health<br />

and Tampa General Hospital who, through an enduring partnership, are creating a<br />

transformative new approach to providing women’s health care through preserving,<br />

protecting and enhancing women’s physical, mental and emotional wellness at all<br />

stages of life. The 2019 opening of the Pamela Muma Women’s Health Center will herald<br />

a new era of care by creating an environment where a woman’s comprehensive wellbeing<br />

is put first.<br />

This diverse panel of female leaders in healthcare and the community will discuss the<br />

challenges facing women as they work to take care of themselves while balancing<br />

the constant demands on their time and energy, and provide insights into the new<br />

health knowledge, research and strategies that empower women to be their own best<br />

caretakers.<br />

Valerie Riddle, MD<br />

Associate Dean for Alumni Engagement & Assistant Professor<br />

Morsani College of Medicine<br />

MODERATOR<br />

Dr. Riddle was recently appointed as Associate Dean for Alumni Engagement and Assistant Professor at the Morsani College of Medicine. She<br />

began her medical career as an Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease physician at Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, where she<br />

focused on the clinical care of patients with HIV/AIDS. In 1998, she became a physician executive in drug development, joining MedImmune, Inc., a<br />

rapidly-growing biotechnology company before becoming Sr. Vice President and Medical Director at PharmAthene, Inc., leading the development<br />

of the company’s portfolio of biodefense therapeutics. In 2011, she started her own company, BioPharmAdvisors LLC, which capitalizes on the<br />

broad range of skills Dr. Riddle has acquired throughout her medical practice and positions held in the biopharmaceutical industry.<br />

Valerie graduated cum laude from the University of South Florida with a BA in Chemistry in 1984; she received her MD from the University of<br />

South Florida in May 1989. She is Immediate Past Chair of the USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society. She also serves as Entrepreneur<br />

in Residence at USF CONNECT, which houses the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, and is a volunteer leader, serving as a member of the USF<br />

Foundation Board of Directors, a lifetime member of USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy, and as a provider with Tampa Bay Street Medicine.<br />

KELLY CULLEN, RN Executive Vice President & Chief Operation Officer, Tampa General Hospital<br />

Kelly Cullen recently joined Tampa General Hospital as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In<br />

this role, Cullen is tasked with managing partnerships with key constituents, while overseeing clinical and operational<br />

strategies for the organization.<br />

A healthcare leader with a proven track record of developing strong, collaborative relationships at all levels of a highly<br />

complex health care system, Cullen has more than 27 years of experience as a healthcare provider and in healthcare<br />

administration and management. She comes to Tampa General from the BayCare Health System, where she began her<br />

career as a nurse before taking on several leadership roles. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master<br />

of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and has memberships in numerous professional organizations<br />

including the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Florida Hospital Association, and is committed to<br />

leveraging her experience to help Tampa General further its commitment to world-class care.<br />

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PAMELA S. MUMA Community Leader & Philanthropist<br />

Pamela Muma has dedicated her philanthropy to improving the lives of women and children in the<br />

Tampa Bay area and beyond. Pam and her husband, Les, have given more than $56 million to the<br />

University of South Florida, placing them as the highest individual donors in the university’s history. The<br />

namesakes of the Muma College of Business, the Mumas have also given generously to the USF Health<br />

Morsani College of Medicine. In 2006, they established the Muma Chair of Neonatology and the Lisa<br />

Muma Weitz Laboratory at USF and funded the Jennifer Leigh Muma Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as<br />

a partnership between USF and Tampa General Hospital. Pam recently announced the creation of The<br />

Pamela Muma Women’s Health Center, a comprehensive, personalized navigated healthcare practice<br />

focused exclusively on women’s care at USF Health on TGH Campus. In 2012, Junior Achievement<br />

selected Pam from more than 138,000 volunteers to win the Gold Leadership Award, the organization’s<br />

highest award for volunteerism. She is also a founding member of USF Women in Leadership and<br />

Philanthropy, and received its Community Leadership Award in 2008.<br />

VICTORIA RICH, PHD Dean & Professor, College of Nursing; Senior Associate Vice President, USF Health<br />

Dr. Victoria Rich joined the USF College of Nursing in 2015, and was named dean of the USF College<br />

of Nursing and Senior AVP of USF Health in June 2017. Prior to her positions at USF, Dr. Rich was the<br />

chief nurse executive and associate hospital administrator for the University of Pennsylvania Medical<br />

Center and the associate professor of nursing administration at the University of Pennsylvania School<br />

of Nursing. During her tenure at PENN Health System, she helped establish a longstanding partnership<br />

between academia and practice, and helped develop an interprofessional model of team-based<br />

care, incorporating unit physicians, advanced practice providers, nurse clinician leaders, pharmacists<br />

and quality specialists to improve patient care. That model has been replicated both nationally and<br />

internationally.<br />

Dr. Rich earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with highest<br />

honors. She received her master’s degree and PhD in nursing administration from the University of<br />

Pittsburgh. Dr. Rich is nationally known for her work on patient safety and transformational nursing<br />

leadership, and has received the Prism Diversity Award from the American Organization of Nurse<br />

Executives, and the Patient Safety Award from Voluntary Hospital Association. Dr. Rich is a fellow in<br />

the American Academy of Nursing, an ambassador for the National Institute of Nursing Research, is a<br />

member of the Patient Safety Committee for National Quality Forum and consultant for CNO Solutions<br />

and Center for Applied Research.<br />

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS<br />

10:30 - 11:30 AM (PICK ONE)<br />

LET’S TALK ABOUT WOMEN IN THE C-SUITE<br />

University Club<br />

In 2018, a modern society should expect that the demographics of corporate<br />

leadership reflect a civilian labor force that is almost half female and increasingly<br />

racially and ethnically diverse. Yet, the makeup of the C-Suite continues to be<br />

disproportionately male and white. This diverse panel will share the challenges<br />

they have overcome on the path to leading companies; the realities of inequitable<br />

workplaces; and their stories of perseverance in reaching their goals. The<br />

panelists also will share stories of men who have supported and empowered<br />

them throughout their careers, as well as the challenges of remaining their<br />

authentic selves in a male-dominated work environment. Panelists have<br />

been selected from companies who make it a priority to support women and<br />

encourage them to take on C-Suite roles.<br />

SPONSORED BY:<br />

Rita Lowman<br />

President, Pilot Bank<br />

MODERATOR<br />

Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank is a 40-year banker and industry trail blazer. Throughout her career, she has managed 22<br />

acquisitions and played an integral part as COO of C1 Bank as the company went public.<br />

In 2017/2018, Rita became the third woman in 130 years to be Elected Chair of the Florida Bankers Association. She also serves<br />

on the Outback Bowl Board, the Board of Governors for the Centre Club in Tampa, and the Florida School of Banking at UF.<br />

Rita is passionate about our community and through her role as Chair of Cattle Barons’ Ball and Making Strides Against Breast<br />

Cancer, she and her team have raised over $4 million for the American Cancer Society.<br />

Rita has been published numerous times and is a requested speaker on various subjects from Successful Management to Women<br />

in the Boardroom. She has been recognized throughout her career for her impact on Tampa; receiving the Crystal Grenade, the<br />

Florida Bankers Association Chairman’s Award, and the inaugural Rita Lowman Leadership Award, now awarded each year in her<br />

name to an outstanding leader within the Tampa Bay community. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 she was recognized on the Power 100<br />

Most Influential People by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Rita’s book From the Farm to the Boardroom: Leadership Lessons<br />

has received excellent reviews and was recently named the #1 Business Book of 2017 by Richter Publishing. Rita and her husband<br />

have two sons and enjoy relaxing on their cattle farm in Georgia.<br />

RHONDA MIMS Executive Vice President & Chief Public Affairs Officer, WellCare Health Plans<br />

Rhonda is the senior vice president and chief public affairs for WellCare Health Plans, which provides<br />

Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans to more than 4.4. million members<br />

across the country. In this role, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the<br />

company’s corporate communications, public policy and government affairs, corporate social responsibility,<br />

philanthropy, diversity and inclusion, employee volunteerism and brand management.<br />

Rhonda also serves as the chairman emeritus of The Executive Leadership Council, president of the Thirty<br />

Percent Coalition and sits on the board of directors for the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American<br />

Heart Association. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and previously<br />

served on the boards of the Citizens Committee for Children in New York, the Thurgood Marshall College<br />

Fund, America’s Promise, YWCA USA, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Association of<br />

Corporate Contributions Professionals, the UC Berkeley HAAS Center for Responsible Business and the<br />

Woodruff Arts Center.<br />

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MARY VAN PRAAG Brand President, Soma<br />

Mary van Praag serves as Brand President – Soma, having joined the Company in September 2017. Mary<br />

has over 30 years of global, multichannel beauty industry leadership experience. She has a proven track<br />

record of developing brands and executing sales growth strategies. Prior to joining the Company, Mary<br />

was CEO of Perricone MD from 2015 where she was instrumental in driving recruitment and retention to<br />

the prestige brand through digital, broadcast and international expansion. Previously, Mary held several<br />

international and domestic executive leadership roles at Coty, Inc., including most recently serving as<br />

General Manager of OPI Products, Inc.<br />

Prior to Coty, Mary held corporate and regional positions at Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Inc., and other<br />

health, beauty, and personal care companies.<br />

MELANIE WILLIAMS Senior Vice President Operations, Frontier Communications’ South Region<br />

Melanie Williams is the Senior Vice President Operations of Frontier Communications’ South Region,<br />

leading an eight-state organization with 2400+ employees. Her charter is continuous growth and service<br />

delivery excellence for Frontier’s customers. Melanie’s team is top-ranked in Customer Experience and<br />

Broadband Growth. Melanie served as President of Verizon’s Florida Region prior to its 2016 acquisition<br />

by Frontier. Melanie serves as the Co-chair of the Frontier’s Culture and Diversity Council. While with<br />

Verizon, Melanie was a three-time recipient of the National Telecom Leaders Award, and twice served<br />

as a Verizon affinity group President.<br />

A Tampa Bay Business Journal 2017 Businesswoman of the Year finalist, Melanie is very active in the<br />

Tampa Bay community as a member of the University of Tampa Board of Trustees, a Board Member of<br />

the Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development Council; Board of Directors and Executive Committee<br />

Member of the Tampa Bay Partnership; and Executive Cabinet Member for the American Heart<br />

Association. In April 2018, Melanie was named to the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority<br />

Board of Directors by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.<br />

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BECOME A PART OF <strong>WLP</strong><br />

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (<strong>WLP</strong>) program is<br />

focused on engaging and educating its members in support of<br />

women and women’s initiatives throughout the USF System and<br />

in our communities.<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> was formed in 2005 with the leadership of USF System<br />

President Judy Genshaft, longtime USF supporter Carol<br />

Morsani, and Tampa Bay’s leading philanthropists, business<br />

professionals and entrepreneurs to support a common purpose:<br />

promoting the educational and research endeavors of women<br />

throughout the university system. Leveraging the power of our<br />

individual and collective talents and resources, members work<br />

together to affect real and lasting change in the lives of students<br />

and faculty, and enrich the intellectual and societal fabric of our<br />

region. As a member of <strong>WLP</strong>, members have the opportunity to<br />

create bonds with students, faculty and one another and, in the<br />

process, help develop the next generation of women leaders.<br />

<strong>Annual</strong> members ($1,000 per year and $500 per year for those<br />

35 and younger) and corporate members ($5,000 per year)<br />

support <strong>WLP</strong> programmatic offerings and outreach initiatives<br />

and help grow the principal of the <strong>WLP</strong> Endowed, <strong>WLP</strong>/USF St.<br />

Petersburg and <strong>WLP</strong>/USF Sarasota-Manatee scholarship funds.<br />

Members contributing at the endowment level ($25,000 or<br />

above) join our list of lifetime members.<br />

We invite you to join with other <strong>WLP</strong> members, all leaders<br />

and philanthropists in their own right, who are committed to<br />

enhancing opportunities for women. Your unique passion and<br />

experience are certain to improve our ability to fulfill our mission<br />

and to contribute to our local, national and global communities.<br />

Together, we can strengthen opportunities for women and in<br />

doing so, make the Tampa Bay region a better place to live and<br />

work.<br />

To make your gift online, visit http://bit.ly/join<strong>WLP</strong><br />

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP - $5,000<br />

Benefits:<br />

• Membership in USF President’s Council giving society<br />

• <strong>WLP</strong> individual membership for up to 2 representatives<br />

• Mentoring opportunities<br />

• Special University updates<br />

• Opportunity for representative to be featured as a panelist<br />

or speaker at a <strong>WLP</strong> event<br />

• Invitation to <strong>WLP</strong> events<br />

• Preferred opportunity to co-sponsor a <strong>WLP</strong> event<br />

• Recognition on <strong>WLP</strong> website with link to corporate website<br />

• Recognition in <strong>WLP</strong> monthly e-newsletter (circulated to<br />

over 3,000 individuals which include members, prospective<br />

members, USF System and regional leaders, corporate<br />

partners, etc.)<br />

• Recognition from podium at <strong>WLP</strong> events and in<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> Publications<br />

• One corporate table of ten (10) at the annual <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>Symposium</strong><br />

• Recognition in the <strong>WLP</strong> <strong>Annual</strong> Awards event program<br />

For information regarding the <strong>WLP</strong> Corporate Member program,<br />

contact Kate Evans at carodi@usf.edu or (813) 974-6996.<br />

University of South Florida Foundation, Inc.<br />

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ALC100, Tampa, FL 33620-5455<br />

813-974-4070 • wlp@usf.edu • usf.edu\wlp<br />

Thank you for your generous support!<br />

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WHAT WILL YOUR LASTING LEGACY BE?<br />

Whether you give to honor those who paved the way before you or to empower the next generation of women leaders,<br />

your deferred gift – large or small – makes a real difference in the lives of women throughout the entire USF System.<br />

By naming USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy in your trust or will, you are planting a seed for future change<br />

and ensuring the continued success of <strong>WLP</strong>, and the impact of the program for generations to come.<br />

LINDA<br />

D’AQUILA<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/ Linda D’Aquila Endowed<br />

Scholarship<br />

KATHLEEN<br />

MOORE, PHD ‘90<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award<br />

<strong>Program</strong> and Elsie A. Moore Memorial Scholarship<br />

MARION<br />

YONGUE ‘91<br />

<strong>WLP</strong>/Ruth Earle and Yuko Yongue<br />

First Generation Scholarship<br />

To paraphrase the late, great B.B.<br />

King, ‘The beautiful thing about an<br />

education is that no one can take it<br />

away from you.’ The gifts I make in my<br />

lifetime through my <strong>WLP</strong> membership<br />

offers me a tremendous opportunity<br />

to actively promote and support<br />

the education of women who are<br />

destined to transform their lives,<br />

their communities, and the world.<br />

My choice to make a provision in<br />

my estate plan to create the <strong>WLP</strong>/<br />

Linda D’Aquila Endowed Scholarship<br />

ensures that future generations of<br />

women will have continued access<br />

to the transformational power of<br />

education through this impactful<br />

program.<br />

I hope that after I am long gone, my<br />

lasting legacy for generations of<br />

these women – despite the obstacles<br />

they may experience along the way –<br />

will be this: That I helped them proudly<br />

live out one of my favorite phrases:<br />

‘Nevertheless, she persisted.’<br />

I’ve always believed in the vital<br />

importance of <strong>WLP</strong>’s faculty<br />

awards program and continue<br />

to been inspired by incredible<br />

work done by female faculty<br />

members throughout the USF<br />

System. That is why I felt such<br />

a deep responsibility to allow<br />

this amazing program and its<br />

impactful annual research grants<br />

to continue in perpetuity. My<br />

husband, Nicholas Nitch, and<br />

I were so happy to endow the<br />

program with a deferred gift,<br />

guaranteeing that the newly<br />

named Faculty Excellence<br />

Awards program will forever<br />

support such a diverse array of<br />

important projects. The need for<br />

philanthropy is equally critical in<br />

supporting our USF students, and<br />

I couldn’t think of a more fitting<br />

way to honor my mother, the late<br />

Elsie Moore, than by endowing a<br />

named scholarship to open doors<br />

to the future – the way she did<br />

in raising me and my sister by<br />

herself, teaching us to be selfsufficient.<br />

Though she was unable<br />

to attend college, my mother<br />

will now allow many students to<br />

pursue their hopes and dreams.<br />

What a wonderful legacy that is.<br />

It means so much to me and<br />

Evan to endow a scholarship<br />

that honors our mothers, each<br />

of whom sacrificed a great deal<br />

for our respective educations.<br />

My mom was unable to attend<br />

college due to World War II,<br />

marriage and children. She<br />

was born in Japan and learned<br />

English on her own, while my<br />

mother-in-law was a young mom<br />

who devoted her life to raising<br />

her three boys. I thought it only<br />

appropriate that this scholarship<br />

pay tribute to them for all they did<br />

for us, and now many others to<br />

come. Our gifts are in investment<br />

in the future – one student at a<br />

time. We hope that our current<br />

gifts will provide much needed<br />

support today and that through<br />

our estate plans our impact will<br />

last forever. As an alumnus, I’m<br />

just happy to help future Bulls<br />

get a good education. I was<br />

fortunate to receive an incredible<br />

education and the primary reason<br />

I chose USF was the freshman<br />

scholarship I received.<br />

USF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY • USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>


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A NOTE OF THANKS<br />

Dear Members, Partners, and Friends,<br />

As a proud USF alumna, a <strong>WLP</strong> scholarship donor and<br />

an active member, it has been an honor and privilege to<br />

serve as the <strong>Program</strong>s Committee Chair for USF Women<br />

in Leadership and Philanthropy. I am honored to work<br />

alongside a group of exceptional women leaders and the<br />

<strong>WLP</strong> team as we continue to grow our impactful programs<br />

and expand academic, philanthropic and leadership<br />

opportunities for women throughout the USF System and<br />

Tampa Bay community.<br />

The <strong>WLP</strong> <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>Symposium</strong>, now in its thirteenth year, began<br />

as a modest community luncheon and has grown to be one<br />

of our region’s premier leadership events, raising more than<br />

$1 million dollars to directly fund our mission to empower<br />

women to become leaders and philanthropists. The<br />

continued success of the symposium is due to the dedication<br />

of our outstanding individual and corporate members, the<br />

generosity of our sponsors, and the continued support of<br />

the Tampa Bay community and our presenting sponsor,<br />

Florida Blue. A special thank you to the <strong>Program</strong>s Committee<br />

whose tireless efforts surpassed every expectation, brought<br />

together an incredible group of panelists and set us on a<br />

path for a record breaking year. And finally, thank you to my<br />

friends and colleagues at Trenam Law, who has encouraged<br />

and supported me in my role as a volunteer leader for the<br />

symposium, for <strong>WLP</strong>, and for my alma mater. I could not be<br />

more grateful.<br />

issues, learn from thought leaders, become inspired,<br />

and empower each other to lead and give back.<br />

If you aren’t already involved, I encourage you to<br />

consider joining me and my fellow 350+ <strong>WLP</strong> members<br />

(male and female) in our important work to advance<br />

and empower women throughout the USF System and<br />

in the Tampa Bay region. Together, we can strengthen<br />

opportunities for women and in doing so, make Tampa<br />

Bay an even better place to live and work.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

I am continually inspired by our <strong>WLP</strong> Scholars, all remarkable,<br />

driven and accomplished young women who aspire to<br />

change the world with their many passions. USF had a<br />

profound impact on my career and professional development<br />

and <strong>WLP</strong> continues to provide an amazing platform to give<br />

back and continue to grow and develop. <strong>WLP</strong> programs,<br />

including the <strong>Symposium</strong> provide an opportunity for women<br />

(and men!) of all ages to come together to address important<br />

MAJA LACEVIC ‘ 0 9<br />

<strong>Program</strong> Committee Chair,<br />

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy<br />

To learn more about how you can make a difference<br />

visit USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>.<br />

FACEBOOK TWITTER #USF<strong>WLP</strong> • 13 TH<br />

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NOTES<br />

USF WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY • USF.EDU/<strong>WLP</strong>


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NOTES<br />

FACEBOOK TWITTER #USF<strong>WLP</strong> • 13 TH<br />

ANNUAL <strong>WLP</strong> FALL SYMPOSIUM


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