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Inspirational Quotes from Generation W 2018

What a day!  It started as soon as Donna Orender spoke these opening words: “What is it about this concept of RISE & SHINE that makes us smile?  It’s about thinking that tomorrow we get another go at this crazy world, this life that is ours to reckon with, this life to make OUR TIME.  And once we do RISE, there is this optimism that it will be a good day, but more than that, that we have the ability to MAKE it a good day.  We will shine!” The energy of the room was electric... more...

Are you ready for the MAGIC?

This Friday, GENERATION W will be back on the beautiful campus of the University of North Florida with a room full of doers and thinkers who are ready to educate, inspire, and connect you to the endless possibilities we have to make a difference in this world. Click here to grab your tickets now! Excitement is building, momentum is definitely here…. be sure to take a few minutes to check out the program.. the line-up of speakers and topics will make for a powerful day. We have limited tickets... more...

Donna Orender Talks Generation W on First Coast Living

Donna Orender stopped by First Coast Living yesterday to talk all things Generation W. Watch the segment below and then head here to grab your tickets now–they are going fast!  

Congratulations to the 2018 Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts honoring 7 Women of Distinction in Jacksonville     We are looking forward to celebrating with 7 local women who have made significant contributions to our community during this year’s Women of Distinction event to be held on April 19th.  The Women of Distinction is Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s signature fundraising event to honor outstanding women in Northeast Florida for their professional accomplishments, service to others and community impact. This year,... more...

Ita Ekpoudom’s Tip for Raising Seed Capital

Our good friend and Generation W speaker (click here to read her bio!) Ita Ekpoudom contributed a tip for an article on how to raise seed capital. Her tip? Expand those networks, it is important for women founders to network with other women for support and advice. “Other women investors want to invest in other women,” Ita said. She told the story of Amanda Johnson and KJ Miller, founders of Mented Cosmetics. Johnson and Miller, both Harvard University graduates had pitched Mented Cosmetics,... more...

The Seeds of Change

These amazing students who will not be silenced, gathered in cities throughout the world this past weekend, sharing their collective voices demanding change. I watched as the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the Washington D.C. platform and told us of her dream: “enough is enough.” Her words not only echoed through the crowd, but they were streamed, re-tweeted, passed along to others via mobile video. Being able to expand this message beyond the space in which it was shared is... more...

US Women’s Soccer vs. Mexico at EverBank Field

We can hardly wait to watch the matchup between US Women’s National Team vs. Mexico on April 5 at 7:30 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Below are links for grabbing your tickets:   To purchase tickets: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/22005452E0469631?brand=jaxevents#efeat4212 Order form to purchase group tickets: https://fs22.formsite.com/ussoccer/form144/index.html Group FAQs: https://www.ussoccer.com/schedule-tickets/20180408-group-orders-faq  

Making Sure Our Athletes Are Safe

As an athlete who is passionate about the game of basketball, this is a special time of year: March is Madness as the college game puts all of their “dancers” on the hardwood in pursuit of the National Championship. I do have favorites, as I am in continuing awe of Coach Auriemma and what he continues to accomplish at the University of Connecticut, setting a level of unmatched excellence for all men and women who play the game. I feel the same about Coach K, who inspires me with his leadership... more...

Generation W Event Brings Big Names in Leadership to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla (March 13, 2018) – GENERATION W’s upcoming Rise & Shine event is bringing celebrity, community and business leaders from across the country to Northeast Florida. Rise & Shine will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center. GENERATION W’S signature Rise & Shine event is an all-day affair, designed to bring women together, challenge thinking and inspire people to action. Participants will... more...

Caring for the Caregiver

International Women’s Day touched me differently this year. You could feel the urgency to celebrate as the day was filled with gatherings morning, noon and night by organizations and people who wanted to talk about women in the world today. And today, there is a lot to talk about as the ground is shifting and our visions of what can and should be are becoming plans of action. I was surrounded by 250 women at a Girls Inc. event where three remarkable women took the stage: former president of Jacksonville... more...