Celebrate Us

Donna Orender to Speak at NDMU
December 7, 2016Donna Orender to Speak during Notre Dame's 2017 Busta Lecture in Business     Notre Dame's 2017 Busta Lecture in Business -an annual event honoring leading female professionals-welcomes former WNBA president Donna Orender. She is the founder and CEO of Orender Unlimited and a distinguished trailblazer in women's athletics. Having earned all-star status as a player in the Women's Professional Basketball League, Orender served from 2006 to 2011 as president of the WNBA, and previously as executive director of the PGA Tour. She is also the founder and CEO of Generation W, a non-profit aimed at promoting the development of the world's next female leaders. Click here to register for the event to be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00 PM.
Tiffany Dufu Authors New Book
December 7, 2016Former Generation W speaker Tiffany Dufu launches new book     Congratulations to former Generation W speaker Tiffany Dufu on the launch of her book Drop the Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less. Tiffany recently talked about her new book in an article for Fortune. "Drop the Ball is the story of my three-year journey to answer that question [How can I manage it all?]—to figure out what really mattered to me, how to achieve it, and what support structures I needed to put in place to make it possible."  Click here to read her Fortune article.      
Shelley Diamond Leads New Y&R Social Impact Practice
December 7, 2016Shelley Diamond to lead Y&R Inspire Change, a global impact practice     Y&R has launched a global social impact practice, Y&R Inspire Change, geared towards both nonprofit organizations and brands incorporating social purpose strategies. The new practice is led by former Generation W speaker Shelley Diamond, Y&R’s chief client officer, and begins with two current agency clients, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and Special Olympics. “Our research shows that the lines are blurring more than ever between nonprofits and corporations," says Diamond. "To succeed today, nonprofits need to think and act more like corporations to grow and innovate, and businesses have a mandate from their consumers to think as much about compassion and purpose as they do about commerce.” Click here to read the official press release announcement.
Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company Honored by FABI
December 7, 2016Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company's Blood Orange Juice Receives FABI Award     Generation W Catering Partner Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company's Blood Orange Juice has won a prestigious Food and Beverage Industry Award (FABI) at the annual competition hosted by the National Restaurant Association.  Each year, the Associations’ FABI Awards honor the year’s most delicious, unique and exciting food and beverage products.“It’s a special honor to have leaders in the food and beverage industry recognize our company-wide commitment to quality and award one of our juices with a FABI," says Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice’s Director of Marketing, Natalie Sexton. Click here to read the official announcement.    
Amanda Mickelson named to All-Academic Team
December 7, 2016Generation W speaker Amanda Mickelson named to San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team       Congratulations to Generation W speaker Amanda Mickelson for being named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team. The All-Academic Team honors juniors and seniors who participated in a California Interscholastic Federation-approved varsity sport and maintained a cumulative, weighted grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Click here to see the entire list of honorees.
Carolyn Buck Luce Cracks the Code on Winning Female Health Consumers
December 7, 2016Carolyn Buck Luce authors new books to help healthcare companies become "gender smart"     2013 Generation W speaker Carolyn Buck Luce is the author of a new book, Reimagining Healthcare: Through a Gender Lens, that will help healthcare companies become "gender smart" and build trust with female health consumers. "The 'SHEconomy’ is thriving. Women control $29 trillion in worldwide spending and account for 80 percent of healthcare purchases,” says Carolyn Buck Luce. "The healthcare industry has the opportunity to connect with this huge consumer segment and create better healthcare outcomes for women and their families at an economic benefit for both their bottom line and the health of our society.”  For more information click here.          
Generation W Speaker Featured in Teen Vogue
December 7, 2016Great to see Generation W speaker Amber Yang featured in Teen Vogue!     Generation W speaker Amber Yang has developed an "outer space GPS system" to catalog, track, and prevent collisions with space debris and eventually make space travel safer.  And she's passionate about inspiring other girls in STEM. "It’s the little comments that people make and the feeling of being alone in science that can really add up and affect young girls,” Amber said in an article for Teen Vogue.  Be sure to see Amber during this year's Generation W.  Click here for tickets.  
Dr. Pam Chally to Become Interim Provost at UNF
December 7, 2016Congratulations to Dean Chally now Provost Chally at UNF!     Dr. Pam Chally, the dean of the Brooks College of Health (BCH), has been selected to become the interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs for the University of North Florida. Pam has been with UNF since 1993, working her way up from associate professor to dean. In her time with BCH, she raised more than $30 million, and since 2009, has worked to increase enrollment by 23 percent. Pam's experience in accreditation and the Quality Enhancement Plan will be very valuable over the next two years as the University searches for a permanent provost and vice president. She will start the interim position October 1.
Kara Ross Honored by Museum of Arts and Design
December 7, 2016Generation W speaker Kara Ross to receive the LOOT Award on April 3!     Congratulations to Generation W speaker Kara Ross, jewelry designer and UNLEASHED founder, on being honored at the Museum of Arts and Design's LOOT 2017 Opening Benefit to be held on April 3, 2017. The LOOT Award is presented to luminaries in the field of jewelry, including artists, collectors, and designers and keeps with the long-standing commitment of the Museum of Arts and Design to present jewelry as an art form. Click here to learn more about this event and its honorees.        
Dr. Elana Schrader on WJCT
December 7, 2016

Dr. Elana Schrader featured on WJCT's "First Coast Connect"

Dr. Elana Schrader joined Donna Orender on WJCT's "First Coast Connect" to discuss what's on tap for this year's Generation W and how innovation isn't just about "the next shiny new coin", but it is also about finding new ways to approach problems. Listen to the interview here.

Melinda Wolfe featured in Harvard Kennedy School Mag
December 7, 2016Generation W 2017 speaker Melinda Wolfe featured in Harvard Kennedy School Mag!     Generation W 2017 speaker Melinda Wolfe, chief human resources officer and member of the executive committee at Pearson, was recently interviewed by Harvard Kennedy School Magazine on how she is leveraging her Kennedy School education to address the financial needs of cities and states and expand opportunities for individuals in the workplace and around the globe. “Institutional change is needed in many places across the globe, in fundamental areas such as day care and parental leave in addition to overall representation. We need more role models, people out there advocating," says Melinda.  Read her entire interview here.    
Taylor Richardson Featured as Real Life Powerpuff by Hulu
December 7, 2016Gen WOW Girl Taylor Richardson featured as #RealLifePowerpuff by Hulu!     We couldn't be more proud of Generation WOW girl and aspiring astronaut Taylor Richardson (aka Astronaut StarBright) on being featured as a Real Life Powerpuff by Hulu.  This 13-year-old "agent of STEM", who hopes to someday become an astronaut, raised $17,000 to send 1,000 students to see the movie "Hidden Figures." In a recent Forbes article, Taylor said that in the movie, “the visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big” and instilled in her a lesson to never give up, even when it seems like the odds are against you. Click here to see her #RealLifePowerpuff video and click here to read her feature in Forbes. Taylor will be joining us at this year's Generation W on March 31st.  Click here for info & tickets.  
Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton featured in Folio Weekly
December 7, 20162015 Gen W speaker Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton featured in Folio Weekly!     "I’m trying to change the world, at least the tiny part that I know,” said Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton from the Generation W stage in 2015.  Jacksonville radiologist Pearson Peyton was recently featured in Folio Weekly, giving insight into what has driven her to give women better access to their mammograms.“I knew from years of experience that we could significantly improve breast cancer screening and detection just by improving patients’ access to prior mammograms for comparison,” she says in the interview. Click here to read the entire interview.  

Paula Liang Named Women of Vision Honoree
December 7, 2016Congratulations Paula Liang for being a Women of Vision Honoree!     Paula Liang, longtime advocate for women and girls in Jacksonville, will be the Women of Vision Honoree during Girls Inc. Jacksonville's first annual Women of Vision Celebration fundraising luncheon.  The luncheon will be held on April 18th at WJCT and, in addition to celebrating the achievements of women and girls in our community, will also serve as a way to raise awareness about global, national and local girls' issues and challenges. Liang will be joined at the event by keynote speaker Arun Gandhi and National Girls Inc. CEO Judy Vredenburgh. Click here for more info.  
Jacksonville Teen Pays It Forward
December 7, 2016Great job, Taylor Richardson for inspiring Jacksonville girls!       Gen WOW Girl Taylor Richardson, aka "Astronaut Star Bright", was so inspired after watching a private screening of the movie Hidden Figures (a private screening at the White House, nonetheless) that she launched a GoFundMe campaign to send 100 girls in NE Florida to see the movie too.  Her goal was to raise $2,500, but her efforts netted more than $14,000 in fundraising dollars--allowing even more girls to share in the Hidden Figures story.   In an interview with First Coast News, Richardson said she wants to "show girls that they are strong, intelligent and can be whatever they want to be with faith, hard work and support." Way to go, Taylor! Click here to read the entire First Coast News story.        
Mary Kelli Palka becomes Editor of Times-Union
December 7, 2016Congratulations to Mary Kelli Palka on being named the first female editor of Times-Union!     Mary Kelli Palka has been named the editor of Florida Times-Union and Jacksonville.com.“I’m excited about this opportunity to lead Times-Union and Jacksonville.com journalists in covering the people, places, businesses and issues important to Northeast Florida,” Palka said in a recent Times-Union article. “Our focus will remain on increasing our watchdog and investigative journalism, as well as continuing our tradition of strong storytelling.” Palka, who will be the publication's first female editor, will be taking the helm after editor Frank Denton steps down on January 1st.  Denton will become editor at large and remain responsible for the editorial page and other duties.  He will also continue as vice president for journalism at Morris Publishing Group. She begins her new position on January 1st. Click here to read the entire story.    
Rear Admiral Mary Jackson Appointed to Vice Admiral
December 7, 2016Congratulations to Rear Adm. (lower half) Mary M. Jackson on being appointed Vice Admiral

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today that the president has nominated Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Mary M. Jackson for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and assignment commander, Navy Installations Command, Washington, District of Columbia. Jackson is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Southeast, Jacksonville, Florida.Vice Admiral Jackson, who was a speaker during Generation W and co-moderated our Mission to Serve: Women on the Front Lines program, assumed command of Commander, Navy Region Southeast in July 2014.  Her personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and various unit citations and campaign medals. Click here for the official press release announcement.

Ellen Wiss Becomes President of Women's Giving Alliance
December 7, 2016WGA Incoming President Ellen Wiss begins two-year term Tuesday!     Congratulations to Ellen Wiss who will soon begin her two-year term as president of the Women's Giving Alliance.  Wiss presented outgoing president Paula Liang with 'thank you' gifts during the group's annual meeting on Wednesday. Her term officially begins on Tuesday, November 1st.  Founded in 2002 the alliance is a group of 400 women who pool their philanthropic giving under the auspices of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Each member contributes $1,500 annually to participate in collective grant making as well as building an endowment. As Ellen begins her new term, the organization will shift its grant focus towards breaking the cycle of female poverty. Click here to read the full story from the Times-Union.        
JaxCoE Distinguished Speaker Series: Donna Orender
December 7, 2016Donna Orender will be part of the JaxCoE Distinguished Speaker Series       Donna Orender will be speaking at Unity Plaza on November 21st as part of the JaxCoE Distinguished Speaker Series. A recognized leader, game changer and business executive, Donna has dedicated her career to assisting companies and people in navigating unchartered waters and blazing new, innovative paths and solutions while building teams and belief systems around success. She has been honored for her dedication to community development, diversity and leadership and is a sought after speaker on issues such as teamwork, motivation, gender/diversity and leadership. Click here for more information & to register for this free event.
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville Moves into New Offices
December 7, 2016Can't wait to visit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville's new offices!       Girls Incorporated of Jacksonville recently relocated to new offices within the WJCT building directly across from EverBank Field.  The new office space gives access to much needed resources that will support their ability to work more collaboratively both internally and with their many partners, grow their programs and services to serve more girls in the community and accommodate new staff members to better serve their donors.  Want a tour? Contact Amanda Padgett at padgetta@girlsincjax.org.
Cathy Chambers Named Chair of FEDC
December 7, 2016JAXUSA's Cathy Chambers is New Chair of Florida Economic Development Council       Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, was elected Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) Chair for the fiscal year 2016-17. As chair, Chambers will lead a 22-member board to educate, advocate for and connect Florida’s economic development stakeholders. Additionally, in her role as chair, Chambers will serve as an ex officio member of the Enterprise Florida Board, led by Gov. Rick Scott. Chambers has been a member of FEDC for more than seven years and has previously served as a regional director and on the Board of Directors as Vice Chair of Finance. She has more than 20 years of experience working for Chambers of Commerce, regional economic development organizations and city government. Click here to read more about Cathy and this new position.
Ita Ekpoudom to Keynote Innovation Connection Conference
December 7, 2016We can't wait to see Ita Ekpoudom as keynote for the Innovation Connection Conference     While we are already excited about the inaugural Jax Innovation Week, we are especially excited to see Generation W speaker and friend Ita Ekpoudom as one of the keynote speakers for the Innovation Connection Conference, the centerpiece event of the week taking place Saturday October 15 from 9am-5pm at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville. In addition to providing the closing Keynote for this event, Ita will also be participating in the Featured Panel, How to Grow Our Startup Ecosystem. Ita founded Tigress Ventures to help women entrepreneurs, professionals and investors help themselves and each other. She always combines her passion for people with skills honed working in the financial services and technology sectors at Fortune 100 public companies Goldman Sachs and American Express as well as private equity owned TravelClick.  We can't wait to hear her speak on October 15th.  Click here for more information about the Innovation Connection Conference.
KPMG's Lynne Doughtie joins LUNGevity Board
December 7, 2016KPMG Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie joins LUNGevity Foundation Board       LUNGevity Foundation, the nation's leading lung cancer-focused organization, announced the addition of KPMG Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie to its Board of Directors. Doughtie joins a board composed of global leaders who lend their proficiency, knowledge, and passion to further LUNGevity's work to change outcomes for people with lung cancer through research. "We are honored and thrilled that Lynne has agreed to serve on our board," said Andrea Stern Ferris, President and Chairman of LUNGevity Foundation. "Her outstanding record as a business leader and her unique, strategic perspective will benefit the Foundation and allow us to increase LUNGevity's impact on behalf of the lung cancer community." Click here to read the official announcement.

Ribault Senior Named to espnW HoopGurlz Super 60
December 7, 2016Rennia Davis is No. 16 prospect in espnW HoopGurlz Super 60     Ribault senior Rennia Davis is the No. 16 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2017 class.  Last year, she led her team to a state title and then the championship of the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Ribault finished 30-1, and Rennia was the MVP of the Dick's tournament. With a 3.8 GPA and--thanks to Ribault's early-college program--entering college with an associate's degree and a two-year head start on most freshman, Rennia seems ready to succeed as a student-athlete. She plans to finish a bachelor's degree and start wok on a masters in business and restaurant management. Click here to read more about Rennia from espnW.    
The Sisters of St. Joseph Celebrate 150th Anniversary
December 7, 2016The Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine celebrate 150 years of service     This week marks the 150th anniversary of service for the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine. According to the St. Augustine Record, their ministry began with just eight sisters who taught freed slaves after the Civil War.  The ministry has continued to flourish through teaching in schools, working in heath care and in social services. "They began a mighty wave that would stretch from Pensacola to Fernandina, flowing all the way down the state to Homestead," said Sister Jane Stoecker, general superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph. “It is not just about the ‘first eight’ and that is that. It is about the ordinary women who had the greatest riches that they lavishly passed on."  Click here for more of their story.    
First Woman to lead Jacksonville FBI Set to Retire
December 7, 2016The first woman to lead Jacksonville division of FBI will retire in September     Michelle S. Klimt, the first woman to lead the Jacksonville division of the FBI, has announced she will retire in mid-September. “I am equally proud of the strong working relationships that we have developed with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” Klimt said in an interview with the Times-Union. “I retire with the utmost confidence that this team will continue to build those partnerships to ensure safer communities across North Florida.” Klimt took over the division in 2013 after serving 24 years in the agency. Click here to read more about her service.    
Ponte Vedra Teen Joins USA Surf Team
December 7, 2016Way to go Braidyn Cunningham on being named to USA Surf Team!       Fifteen-year-old surfer Braidyn Cunningham just became the first female from Ponte Vedra to be accepted onto the Surfing America USA Surf Team. She is only one of five girls in the country on the Under 18 team. “I felt accomplished to achieve a goal I set so long ago,” Braidyn said in an interview with the Times-Union. “The past three years of training and working hard actually paid off." Surfing America selects two people to represent the country during global competitions and with surfing coming to the Olympics in 2020, the organization will more than likely be the ideal place for talent scouts to begin their search for new Olympians. Click here to read the full story about Braidyn. TWEET THIS       
TEDxJacksonville Announces Diverse Group of Speakers
December 7, 2016Donna Orender, Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, Hope McMath & Madeline Scales-Taylor will be part of TEDxJacksonville     TEDxJacksonville has announced speakers for the 2016 conference, “Fear Less,” on Oct. 22 at the Florida Theatre. "We had our most diverse and deepest pool of TEDxJacksonville applicants ever, and we loved how challenging it was to choose our speakers,” said TEDxJacksonville Executive Producer Sabeen Perwaiz in an interview with News4Jax. “We're thrilled that eight of our 12 speakers are women, and we have such a diverse group overall for the conference." Gen W speakers Donna Orender and Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder are both part of this year's speaker lineup and two other Gen W community members--Hope McMath, director of The Cummer Museum (she was recently the moderator of our TRUST event), and Madeline Scales-Taylor, trustee of the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida--will be the conference co-hosts. Click here to see the entire list of speakers for the October 22nd event. TWEET THIS        
Jennifer Wolfe Leads "Bold New Writing Scene" in Jacksonville
December 7, 2016Jennifer Wolfe is a leader of the "bold new writing scene" in Jacksonville!       We loved reading more about Gen W community member Jennifer Wolfe in a recent First Coast Magazine feature regarding the "bold new writing scene" in Jacksonville.  "As an agent of change and growth in Jacksonville's writing community, Jennifer Wolfe is certainly doing her part," writes the magazine.  "The idea of hospitality plays an important role in the culture of the group, so Wolfe hosts many of the classes in her Riverside home."  Click here to read the entire story.
Meet the 2016 Women of Influence
December 7, 2016Congratulations to the 2016 Women of Influence Honorees!       The Jacksonville Business Journal recently announced the 25 women who will be honored as Women of Influence during a luncheon on August 24th. This award recognizes the women who have helped shape Jacksonville’s business community and the region overall by their involvement in businesses, nonprofits and the public sector. This year's winners: Lisa Almeida, Jennifer Chapman, Charmaine Chiu, Kaycee Gardner, Cynthia Haines, Holly Howanitz, Mary Anne Jacobs, Whitney Kantor, Julie Lamey, Mary Claire Menze, Tina Meskel, Dawn Motes, Janet D. Owen, Sabeen Perwaiz, Caroline Ritchie, Dr. Chris Sapienza, Elana Schrader, M.D., Christina Schwing, Kelly Smith, Cecily Sorensen, Marybeth Tita, Jenny Urcan, Susan Verbeck, Anita Vining, and Christina Zorn. Click here for more information about this year's honorees.
Angie Orth Makes Today Show Debut
December 7, 2016Great job on the Today Show, Angie Orth!       We loved flipping on our TV this morning to see Jacksonville's Angie Orth (Angie Away) giving Today Show host Tamron Hall and her nieces advice on getting the most out of their Universal Orlando experience.  As a travel expert--and a lover of all things Universal Orlando--Angie offered great tips for visiting the park with kids, especially on how using the park's app can not only save you time, but save your good vacation vibe.  Click here to see Angie in action.
Lauren Zalaznick Joins GoPro Board
December 7, 2016Lauren Zalaznick becomes first female board member for GoPro       Former NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick has been added to the board for GoPro, making her the brand's first female board member.  “I see GoPro as a global change agent in evolving how people tell and experience the stories that shape their lives,” said Zalaznick in a blog post. “GoPro also represents what excites me in any modern company — the recognition they need to embrace, empower and promote diversity, in the company and in their customer base.” According to a Recode.net, the longtime media pro also serves on the boards of Nielsen, Shazam and Penguin Random House and is an adviser to Greycroft Partners and Refinery29. Click here to read the entire Recode.net article.
Lori Boyer Becomes Jacksonville City Council President
December 7, 2016Congratulations to Lori Boyer on becoming Jacksonville City Council president     "Be bold. And dream big," said Lori Boyer, a two-term City Council member who became the Jacksonville City County president yesterday.  According to a Times-Union article, Boyer has a reputation for "diving into painstakingly mundane and meticulous challenges", but is looking at the bigger vision when it comes to her new role, including helping council members understand the distinct and collective challenges in neighborhoods across the city.  "We can do more for you if we know how," said Boyer.  Click here to read more about her installation and list of appointed committee chairs.      
Overholt Named One of the Most Powerful Women in Sports
December 7, 2016Congrats to Alison Overholt on being named one of the Most Powerful Women in Sports!   Generation W speaker Alison Overholt was recently named one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in Sports by Adweek. Alison became the first woman editor in chief for ESPN The Magazine, concurrent with her role as ranking editor for espnW.  According to Adweek, since joining ESPN in 2005, Alison "has been instrumental in shaping its content, first for the magazine, as both a reporter and senior editor, and then moving on to assist in getting espnW off the ground as founding editor." Click here to read the entire story.  

Jacksonville's Katherine Way Listed as "Top Merchandise" at U.S. Open
December 7, 2016Congrats to Katherine Way Collections for making "top merchandise" list at U.S. Open!     According to a recent article from Jacksonville Business Journal, Katherine Way's designs have been featured in Golf Digest's recent list of best merchandise available at the 2016 U.S. Open. Her designs were described as colorful, versatile and sport-friendly, as well as a good fir for the U.S. Open.  Way's clothing is featured in 300 boutiques across the U.S. with a flagship store in Jacksonville Beach.  Click here to read the entire article from Jacksonville Business Journal. [TWEET THIS]  
Jacksonville Ranked Tops for Female Entrepreneurs
December 7, 2016Way to go, Jacksonville--ranked high for female entrepreneurs!   According to a recent Times-Union article, Jacksonville as the 21st best metropolitan market for female ownership of entrepreneurial businesses in the list of top 30 cities. Jacksonville had 28,749 female entrepreneurs, the second most in Florida. “We’re seeing real momentum with entrepreneurs here in Jacksonville. It is critical that everyone is experiencing the growth, so it is encouraging to see that women-owned businesses are strong here,” said Audrey Moran in a recent Times-Union article.  Click here to read more.
Happy 99th Birthday Fran Kinne!
December 7, 2016Happy 99th birthday to one of our favorite Jacksonville community leaders Fran Kinne!     Jacksonville University's past president and Generation W speaker extraordinaire Frances Bartlett Kinne turned 99 on May 23rd.  JU kicked off Kinne's centennial year with a birthday party Sunday afternoon that included two-plus hours of performances and homages from friends and former students. Fran served as president of JU from 1979 to 1989.  According to WJCT, her list of accomplishments at the school includes starting JU’s executive MBA program, the baccalaureate Nursing Program, and the aviation program. Click here for more about Fran and her birthday celebration.    
Geraldine Laybourne to Receive Honorary Degree from Bard College
December 7, 2016Congrats Geraldine Laybourne for receiving an honorary degree from Bard College!     Generation W speaker Geraldine Laybourne will be awarded an honorary degree from Bard College during the school's commencement ceremony on May 28th.  She will be joined by other honorees including geneticist Jennifer A. Doudna; historian William Chester; law professor Elisabeth A. Semel; editor Robert B. Silvers; and Harvard law professor and author Randall Kennedy, who will also be delivering the commencement address. Click here for more information.
Donna Orender Kicks Off Women's Wednesdays Series
December 7, 2016Donna Orender to kick off Women's Wednesdays in June!     Generation W's Donna Orender will be the keynote speaker for She Is Fierce's Women's Wednesdays Opening Night on June 1st in St. Augustine.  Every Wednesday in June, Bozard Lincoln and She Is Fierce are presenting an opportunity for women to be inspired and make connections at The Treasury on the Plaza in downtown St. Augustine.  A full list of the June speakers can be found here.  To purchase tickets for Donna's presentation, please click here.    
Congratulations EVE Nominees 2016
December 7, 2016Congratulations to the 2016 EVE nominees     Congratulations to the 11 outstanding women who have been chosen as 2016 EVE finalists: Norma Jean Basford, Susan Chace Caven, Kathy Christensen, Barbara Drake, Nadia Hionides, Patricia Houlihan, Marnie Jones, Sherry Magill, Chevara Orrin, Kathryn Pearson Peyton and Linda Stein. These women have made significant impacts on our communities and will be honored during a luncheon on Thursday, June 2nd, where three winners will be announced.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.              
Ita Ekpoudom to Entrepreneurial Event
December 7, 2016Ita Ekpoudom to keynote "Mad, Bad & Dangerous" entrepreneurial event in Knoxville   Generation W speaker Ita Ekpoudom, founder and CEO of Tigress Ventures, is set to be a keynote speaker at an entrepreneurial event in Knoxville, TN, that will focus on empowering women and girls to "ditch expectations and start something."  The event will be held on May 7th and in addition to keynote speakers will include educational workshops, hands-on STEM activities, a showcase of women-owned businesses and the 24Hour Generator, a pitch competition for students presented by KEC and the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. Click here for more information.    
Sharry Cramond to Speak at JAMA's Marketing Breakfast
December 7, 2016Gen W speaker Sharry Cramond to speak at next JAMA Marketing Breakfast       We are looking forward to hearing Sharry Carmond, CMO of Southeastern Grocers, speak during Generation W and at the American Marketing Association--Jacksonville Chapter's next Marketing Breakfast to be held on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 AM.  Sharry will be the keynote speaker for this event which will be held at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville.  Click here for more information.  
Dr. Richard Lapchick to Keynote Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon
December 7, 2016Dr. Richard Lapchick to keynote Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon       Generation W speaker Dr. Richard Lapchick will be presenting the keynote address during the 23rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon and Conference:  Connecting the Dots to Prevent Child Abuse.  Presented by the Exchange Club Family Center of Northeast Florida, this event will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at the Marriott Jacksonville.  Dr. Lapchick is the endowed chair and director of DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF and, as a world-renowned human rights activist, will be joining experts in Human Trafficking and Child Welfare to discuss the links, explain the signs, and show how to put a stop to child human trafficking. Click here for more information.      
Teresa Miles Named Executive Director of Women's Center of Jacksonville
December 7, 2016Teresa Miles Named Executive Director of Women's Center of Jacksonville       Coming to Jacksonville to continue Shirley Webb’s legacy at the Women’s Center brings Teresa Miles back to her roots. In college, while working towards a degree in Social Work, Teresa experienced her first opportunity to help women in need, and the desire to support and protect women’s rights remains a part of her personal mission. Over the past several years she has donated her time to serve women as a sexual assault victim advocate through the State Attorney’s Office. She also serves as the Vice Chair on the East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force. The opportunity to become the next Executive Director of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville was one she knew would be the perfect fit. “I’m looking at this next part of my life and saying, ‘How do I really want to end my career?’ and I knew I wanted to go back into women’s services.” Click here for more information.  
GenW Well-Represented during WGA Panel
December 7, 2016Love seeing so many of our GenW leaders on the Women in Leadership panel!   Today, Audrey Moran will be moderating a panel of women leaders including Generation W founder Donna Orender and Gen W speaker Madeline Scales-Taylor during the Women's Giving Alliance Women in Leadership event.  The panelists will share research, perspectives, and insights about the contributions, values, importance and relevance of women in leadership.  Click here to register and to get more information about WGA.
Goop's Lisa Gersh named Top Women in Retail
December 7, 2016Congratulations Lisa Gersh for being named one of the Top Women in Retail!   CEO of Goop Lisa Gersh, who was a Generation W speaker in 2013, was recently named one of the Top Women in Retail for 2016.  In an interview with Total Retail, Gersh mentions women who have been her mentor including Gerry Laybourne, who will be back on the Generation W stage in April.  "I always look to great leaders for mentorship and advice, regardless of what industry they’re in. Gerry Laybourne has been my mentor in business since 1998, and I’ve been lucky enough to have Karen Mills, former head of the SBA, as a mentor for almost 30 years. I’ve also gotten amazing advice from women in the media industry throughout the years, like Abby Raven, Dawn Ostroff, Bonnie Hammer and Pat Fili-Krushel." Click here to read her entire interview.
Chiney Ogwumike Co-Hosts New ESPN Radio Podcast
December 7, 2016Congrats to Chiney Ogwumike on her new ESPN Radio podcast!       Last week the voice of women's college hoops joined ESPN Radio.  "Around the Rim" is a weekly podcast covering the hottest topics in women's college basketball and is co-hosted by LaChina Robinson and WNBA's Chiney Ogwumike. Click here to listen to this week's podcast where LaChina and Chiney weigh in on Championship Week, SMU coach Rhonda Rompola's remarks, coach of the year candidates and more.  Plus, the two are joined by Women's basketball Hall of Famer coach Lin Dunn and espnW's bracketologist Charlie Crème. Chiney will be participating in the panel on Women, Sports and the Media during this year's Generation W. Moderated by CNN's Kelly Wallace, Chiney will be joined on the Gen W stage by Alison Overholt, Editor-in-Chief of espnW and ESPN The Magazine. Click here to register.        
Melissa Ross to Keynote Women, Words & Wisdom Event
December 7, 2016Excited to hear Melissa Ross keynote Women, Words & Wisdom    

WJCT's Melissa Ross will be the keynote speaker during the 6th Annual Speaker Event Women, Words & Wisdom on Tuesday, May 17th at the Riverside House.  Presented by the Women's Center of Jacksonville, this event will not only feature keynote speaker Melissa, but will recognize ten "Unsung Sheroes and Heroes" nominated by community organizations.  The reception begins at 5:30 pm with the lecture starting at 6:30 pm.  The ten “Unsung Sheroes and Heroes” will be recognized and presented with awards following the lecture. Click here for more information.

Alison Overholt becomes First Female Editor of ESPN The Magazine
December 7, 2016Congratulations to Alison Overholt, first female editor of ESPN The Magazine!   Congratulations to Alison Overholt on being named the first female editor of ESPN The Magazine.  Alison will continue in her role as editor of espnW.  This appointment makes Alison the first woman editor of any major sports magazine in the US and we are beyond thrilled to have her joining us on the stage during this year's Generation W. Are you registered? Click here for more information about Alison and her new position.  
Gen W Speaker Susan Michal Interviewed on WJCT
December 7, 2016It was great hearing upcoming Generation W speaker Susan Michal on WJCT yesterday!   Susan has spent over 20 years as a working photographer and is a respected leader and lecturer in the photography industry. She first picked up a camera while touring as a musician and knew she had found a new passion. “I always knew that a lot of musicians had some visual talent. But I didn’t know what mine was; I knew I couldn’t draw. One day, as I was getting ready to go out of the country on a cruise, I wandered into a pawn shop, saw a camera and bought it. After the first roll of film, I knew that that was for me,” she said.  Click here to listen to her entire WJCT interview.
Mammosphere Joins lifeIMAGE
December 7, 2016So excited for Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton and the Mammosphere team!     As of January 1, 2016, Mammosphere has formally become part of lifeIMAGE, the most utilized network for medical image exchange in the country. lifeIMAGE has the industry leadership position, the credibility, the resources and the motivation to support the achievement of Mammosphere’s vision: creating a patient-focused network that connects all MQSA-certified breast centers with the ultimate goal of improving cancer detection rates, saving lives, managing treatment costs and reducing false-positives. lifeIMAGE intends to expand the Mammosphere service to its entire network, which consists of more than 700 facilities and 90,000 clinical users who are currently exchanging medical images to improve patient care. By expanding to these users, we can dramatically increase the volume of mammography exams available on Mammosphere and providers will have even more comparison studies available to them to improve outcomes for women all over the country.   Mammosphere's founder and chief medical officer Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton will be joining lifeIMAGE as the head of its women’s health and imaging advisory committee where she will help take Mammosphere to the next level and advise on other women’s health initiatives.
Congratulations Jax Women of Influence!
December 7, 2016Congratulations to the women named JBJ's 2015 Women of Influence!     The Jacksonville Business Journal recently honored their 2015 Women of Influence, women who have "used their skills and talents to create change, lead businesses and make a difference" this year.  This year's honorees represent a variety of industries and positions including nonprofits, healthcare and banking. Click here for a full list of this year's honorees.
Melissa Ross to Guest Host National Public Radio Show
December 7, 2016Can't wait to hear Melissa Ross as guest host for "The Diane Rehm Show"!   National public radio icon Diane Rehm is an inspiration to Jacksonville's Melissa Ross.  "I admire her on a number of levels," Ross said in a recent interview with Jacksonville.com.“She’s unfailingly dignified, civil and polite. She is respectful of her guests, and respectful of her listeners. That’s always important, especially now, when we’re debating so many difficult issues.”  Ross will be getting a chance to fill the shoes of the woman who inspires her when she guest hosts the national public radio show "The Diane Rehm Show" Wednesday through Friday of this week.  The two-hour program, which is produced at WAMU near the American University campus and is broadcast live from 10 a.m. to noon on WJCT, currently averages 2.5 million listeners every week. "It's a big honor," Ross told Jacksonville.com.  "I admire her on a number of levels." Click here to read the Jacksonville.com interview.      
Congratulations to New JAX Chamber Board Members
December 7, 2016JAX Chamber announces its 2016 Board of Directors, which includes Gen W's Donna Orender! Audrey Moran, senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy for Baptist Health, will lead the board as Chair in 2016. Darnell Smith, Market President, North Florida for Florida Blue, has been named Chair-elect and Board of Governors Chair.         Other members of the JAX Chamber 2016 Board of Directors include:
  • Greg Anderson, Jacksonville City Council
  • Ken Babby, Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club
  • Cynthia Bioteau, Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • John Bottaro, RS&H
  • Michelle Braun, United Way of Northeast Florida
  • Henry Brown, Miller Electric Company
  • Debbie Buckland, BB&T
  • Ed Burr, GreenPointe Holdings LLC
  • Mike Butler, JPMorgan Chase
  • Rose Conry, StaffTime
  • Tim Cost, Jacksonville University
  • Rena Coughlin, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Inc.
  • Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber
  • John Delaney, University of North Florida
  • Ray Driver, Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne, P.L.
  • Paula Drum, Interline Brands
  • Heather Duncan, AT&T
  • Roseann Duran, com
  • Fred Eliasson, CSX Corporation
  • Nathaniel Ford, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • Fred Franklin, Rogers Towers, P.A.
  • Mark Frisch, Beaver Street Fisheries, Inc.
  • Nat Glover, Edward Waters College
  • April Green, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
  • Eric Green, JAXPORT
  • Dane Grey, Elite Parking Services of America
  • Abel Harding, IBERIABANK
  • Robert Hill, Acosta Inc.
  • John Hirabayashi, Community First Credit Union of Florida
  • Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, S. Navy
  • Matt Jenkins, Citi
  • Barbara Johnston, Regency Centers
  • Ashley Smith Juarez, Duval County School Board
  • Matt Kane, Greenshades Software
  • Andrew Kisz, Deutsche Bank
  • Mark Lamping, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Eric Mann, First Coast YMCA
  • Paul McElroy, JEA
  • Hope McMath, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
  • David Miller, Brightway Insurance
  • Audrey Moran, Baptist Health
  • Dan Murphy, Fidelity National Financial, Inc.
  • Donna Orender, Orender Unlimited/Generation W
  • Robert Palmer, Saving Thousands Radio Network
  • Lynn Pappas, Gunster
  • John Peyton, GATE Petroleum Company
  • Matt Rapp, THE PLAYERS Championship
  • Ann Sabbag, Health Designs
  • Jamie Shelton, bestbet Jacksonville
  • Linda Sherrer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Florida Network Realty
  • Misty Skipper, The Dalton Agency
  • Leslie Slover, Deutsche Bank
  • Greg Smith, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Darnell Smith, Florida Blue
  • Kelly Smith, Wells Fargo
  • Scott Snyder, Compass Consulting Group
  • Kerri Stewart, City of Jacksonville - Mayor's Office
  • Cindy Stover, TD Bank
  • Ellen Sullivan, The BairFind Foundation
  • Tom Van Berkel, The Main Street America Group
  • Denise Wallace, BCM Services
  • Terry West, VyStar Credit Union
  • Jeff Whitson, TECO Peoples Gas
Susie Wiles Joins Monique Burr Foundation Board
December 7, 2016Welcome to The Monique Burr Foundation Board of Directors, Susie Wiles!   The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. has announced that Susie Wiles has joined its Board of Directors. "Susie's extensive experience throughout Florida will contribute to our mission as we continue our statewide expansion," said Ed Burr, chairman and founder of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. "I look forward to helping the Foundation prevent child abuse," said Wiles. "I admire the work of this Foundation and its research based program, MBF Child Safety Matters™." Click here to read the official press release of her appointment.  
Sulzbacher Center Celebrates 20 Years
December 7, 2016Congratulations to our friends at the Sulzbacher Center on serving our community for 20 years! They will mark this special occasion during their 17th Annual Transformations benefit to be held Thursday, October 15th at the Times Union Center Moran Theater.  During this event, Center residents--past and present--will share their success stories of how they have been able to restore self-sufficiency to their once broken lives. “Transformations is an amazing opportunity for us to put a face to the statistics,” said Cindy Funkhouser, Sulzbacher president/CEO, in a recent Times-Union interview. “We can say that we put 509 people into permanent housing last year, but when you actually learn the personal stories it is so much more impactful."  Click here for more information or to purchase tickets for this event.  
Elana Schrader Named Chief Medical Director
December 7, 2016Congratulations to Dr. Elana Schrader for being named Chief Medical Director for Florida Blue. Elana has successfully transitioned from practicing internal medicine to launching a career on the insurance-side of healthcare, serving as VP of Product and VP of Marketing for Florida Blue.  Click here for an interview with Elana on why being vulnerable is liberating--it is part of the Women in Leadership Podcast Series from Florida Blue.
Mary Kelli Palka becomes Times-Union Managing Editor
December 7, 2016Congrats to Mary Kelli Palka on being named the managing editor of the Times-Union and Jacksonville.com. According to a recent T-U article, Palka has led news-gathering efforts for more than two years overseeing metro, business, life and regional news.  She is now adding copy desk, sports, photo, graphics and digital departments to her responsibilities.  “Mary Kelli Palka has been one of the people most important to our investigative and watchdog journalism of the past couple of years and her leadership in this new structure will ensure that we’ll be able to continue with that important work,” said editor Frank Denton in the article.  Click here to read the entire article.  
Donna Orender Receives Jacksonville Film & Television Achievement Award
December 7, 2016Donna Orender to be presented with 2015 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Achievement Award!    

During this year's Annual Jacksonville Film Industry Reception, Generation W's own Donna Orender will be presented with the 2015 Jacksonville Film and Television Industry Achievement Award.  Orender is being recognized for her expansive accomplishments as a leader in the sports industry and innovative business executive. “Working in film and television is very much a team sport,” said Orender. “This recognition is very much about honoring a team of great and talented people who set a high bar for programming and creativity in the sports industry. I am grateful to have been on the PGA TOUR Productions team and to be fortunate to have a proud body of work and innovation.” Click here for more information about this event and award.

The Gen W Connection to Miss America
December 7, 2016Congratulations to our new Miss America and her family!       When Betty Cantrell took the crown as Miss America last night, the celebration was especially sweet for a member of our Generation W community. Betty is the niece of Dodie Cantrell-Bickley, former president and general manager for WTLV/WJXX First Coast News-Jacksonville.  Dodie currently serves on the faculty of the Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and is also a partner in Cantrell White Communications, a division of Client Focused Media in Jacksonville.  In case you missed the magical moment last night, click here for a look back at Betty Cantrell's crowning moment.
PGA Execs Serve as Global Mentors
December 7, 2016Congrats to the PGA's Rhona Aime & Angela Schmelzer on being chosen as global mentors!     So excited for Rhona Aime, Chief Financial Officer and Angela Schmelzer, Program Operations Coordinator at the PGA of America on being chosen to serve as mentors to Yasmian Al Sharshani from Qatar for the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. Now in its fourth year, this program supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world, using sports as a vehicle towards greater opportunity and inclusion. The PGA of America is proud to play an important role in engaging, inspiring, and empowering a new generation of female leaders around the world. For three weeks, Aime and Schmelzer will mentor Al-Sharshani, providing her with valuable skills, experience, and access to networks that can lead to future opportunities back in her home community. Aime and Schmelzer will also help to construct a strategic action plan with Yasmian, in an effort to create additional sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in Qatar. Click here to read more about this important initiative
Whetstone Receives Business Ambassador Award
December 7, 2016Virginia Whetstone receives Governor's Business Ambassador Award!         Congratulations to Virginia Whetstone, president of Whetstone Chocolates, on receiving the Business Ambassador Award from Florida Governor Rick Scott. “On behalf of the entire Whetstone Chocolates team, I am honored to accept the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award today,” Virginia said during the ceremony. Whetstone Chocolate Factory on King Street has become a major attraction for tourists and local residents of St. Augustine. Click here to read more about Virginia.
Congrats to Rachel Vitti and GRASP Academy
December 7, 2016Have a great school year Rachel Vitti and the GRASP Academy Team!   As a strong advocate for public education, Rachel Vitti, who is president of the GRASP Alliance, has been working to improve access to appropriate resources for students--especially those with learning disabilities.  And this school year, those efforts have resulted in the opening of GRASP Academy, a choice school that is part of the Duval Public School System serving 2nd through 7th grade students.  GRASP (Guiding, Remediating and Accelerating Student Performance) incorporates project based learning and enrichment with prescriptive structured language instruction and interventions.  This multi-sensory learning environment allows students that show signs of dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia to thrive.  According to a recent Times-Union article, 80 percent of the students who participated in the GRASP pilot program made a year and half worth of progress.  Here's to a great school year!    
Congratulations to Women of Influence Honorees
December 7, 2016We are so proud of this year's Women of Influence honorees!   Congratulations to all of the amazing women who are being honored this week during the Women of Influence Awards on August 13th.  An event that recognizes leaders who inspire, we are grateful for the inspiration, life lessons and legacy these women have given to us and look forward to seeing what amazing things they will accomplish next. This year's honorees: Carol Alexander, MaBu: A Cultural Resource (Formerly Alexander Productions); Sophia Andonisio, Bank of America; Laura Bailet, Phd., Nemours Children's Health System; Beckie Barnes, Ernst & Young LLP; Jill Bechtold, Marks Gray, P.A.; Michelle Calcote King, Reputation Ink; Patricia Calhoun MD, Baptist Health Primary Care; Rena Coughlin, The Non-Profit Center of Northeast Florida; Lara Diettrich, Diettrich Planning, LLC; Teresa Durand-Stuebben, Auld & White Constructors, LLC; Dawn Emerick, Groundwork Jacksonville, Inc.; Holly Finchem, Teach for America, Jacksonville Advisory Board Member; Annie Grogan, The Hispanic Institute for Life and Leadership of Northeast Florida; Cheryl Grymes, Duval County School Board; Jennifer Holland, Holland Creative Services and Holland People+Brands; Kimberly Hyatt, Cathedral Arts Project, Inc.; Ari Jolly, Florida Blue; Cindy Laquidara, Akerman LLP; Audrey Moran, Baptist Health; Joanelle Mulrain, Mulrain Resource Group & Fisher Design; Mariellie Mundy, Miller Electric; Mary M. O'Brien, Advanced Disposal; Meg Rose, Firehouse Subs; Leslie Slover, Deutsche Bank; and Grace Staten, Financial Design Associates.   Jacksonville University's Frances Bartlett Kinne, who spoke during Generation W 2014,  will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kinne was the first woman to serve as a dean of a fine arts college in the U.S., at Jacksonville University and later became the first woman to serve as president of a Florida university when she took the post at JU.  You may remember from her talk during Generation W that she was also the first woman to join the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and to serve as its president--truly paving the way for the women of Jacksonville.  One of her great quotes during Gen W:  "Life isn't about me, it's about others." The Awards Luncheon also includes a panel discussion with past WOI Honorees including Heather Duncan, Audrey Moran, Megha Parekh and Ju'coby Pittman-Peele.  You can follow the activities and discussion via Twitter using hashtag #JBJWOI or by following @JBJEVENTS. Click here for more information.

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville to Honor Women of Vision
December 7, 2016Congratulations to the women being honored as 2015 Women of Vision!   Girls Inc. of Jacksonville is honoring 9 trailblazing women who have outstanding achievements in the areas of academics, arts, athletics and activism.  This year's honorees include: Lisa Avrett, Founder/CEO of Pro Marketing; Mia Jones, Florida Representative/Commissioner of Health for City of Jacksonville; Kristin Keen, President of Rethreaded; Eden Kendall, Morning Show Radio Host for 99.9 Country and Founder of Easy Peasy Foundation; Penny Kievet, CEO of City Rescue Mission; Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited and Founder of Generation W; Janet Owens, Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Barbara Truncellito, Executive Director of Dignity U Wear; and Rachel Vitti, President of GRASP Alliance and Public School Advocate. The women will be honored during the 2015 Women of Vision Fashion Show & Luncheon to be held on September 3 at The Alhambra Theatre.  The honorees will be modeling fashion provided by Krista Eberle and Talbots Town Center.  All proceeds will benefit Girls Inc. of Jacksonville.  Click here for ticket information.
Jacksonville Women Honored for Achievements under Voting Rights Act
December 7, 2016We are so proud of how these women fought to represent our communities!     According to an article in the Times-Union, fifty years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, 14 prominent Jacksonville women were "honored for not only pushing for the abilities given to them and millions of others under the Voting Rights Act, but aiming for some of the highest offices in the city, state and nation." The presentation was part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 held at the Jacksonville Main Library.  We are so very proud of how these women fought to represent our city, state and nation.  Thank you!         The women who were honored: Mary L. Singleton, Jacksonville City Council, passed away in 1980 Sally B. Mathis, Jacksonville City Council, passed away in 1982 Betty Holzendolf, state representative and senator Gwendolyn Gibson, Duval County School Board member Margaret McQueen, Jacksonville Beach City Council, passed away in 2013 Gwendolyn Leaphart, Civil Service Board, passed away in 2013 Corrine Brown, U.S. Congress Gwendolyn Chandler, Jacksonville City Council Pauline Davis, Duval County judge Jackie Brown, mayoral candidate, passed away in 2007 Jennifer Carroll, Florida lieutenant governor (also former state representative) Kimberly Daniels, Jacksonville City Council Brenda Priestly Jackson, clerk of court candidate (also former School Board member) Tracy Davis, supervisor of elections candidate   Click here to read the entire Times-Union story.        

Orender Named a "Wonder Woman" of Jewish Athletics
December 7, 2016Congrats Donna Orender on being named one of the "Wonder Women" of Jewish athletics!     The Jewish Week recently celebrated "female members of the Tribe who have shattered the glass ceiling with their skates, running shoes, and ping-pong paddles."  Among the celebrated is Generation W's own Donna Orender.  Donna was recognized for the contributions she has made on and off the basketball court in helping women succeed in the world of sports.  Other "Wonder Women" include pro-golfer Amy Alcott, table tennis champ Estee Ackerman, figure skater Sarah Hughes, gymnast Agnes Keleti, Olympic swimmer Dara Torres and cross country champion Deena Kastor. Click here to read the entire story.    
Wells Fargo Executive Featured in Fortune
December 7, 2016Great Fortune interview with Jennifer Spratley of Wells Fargo!       As a Generation W partner, we are always thrilled to see Wells Fargo in the news--especially this great interview with their wholesale fraud prevention and authentication SVP Jennifer Spratley.  Spratley and her team protect the bank's customers from fraudsters and while it isn't surprising that security is a big concern for Wells Fargo, it is surprising that the woman leading its anti-fraud efforts has no STEM degree and only an informal technical background. "Indeed, Spratley says she earned two BAs—one in speech communications and one in business psychology," states the article.  "Yet she believes that her background has, in a way, been a competitive advantage. In such a rapidly evolving field, says Spratley, strong leadership skills and an ability to translate tech industry jargon into plain English can be more valuable than technical know-how." Never underestimate the power of good leadership skills.   Click here to read the entire interview.      
Nancy Hogshead-Makar Honored for Gender Equity Work
December 7, 2016Congrats Nancy Hogshead-Makar for receiving Pi Beta Phi's Member of Distinction Award!   Former Gen W speaker and Olympic gold medalist Nancy Hogshead-Makar was recently awarded the Member of Distinction Award from Pi Beta Phi Women's Fraternity.  The biennial award honors a member of Pi Beta Phi who has distinguished herself and who has achieved success and recognition within her profession. Considered one of the foremost authorities on gender equity in sport, Nancy has been heavily involved in Title IX initiatives and enforcement. She currently serves as CEO of Champion Women, a nonprofit leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality, accountability and transparency in sport. Her many initiatives include work as a lawyer, author, professor, public speaker and advocate for women, particularly in athletics. Hogshead-Makar currently serves on the boards of the Association of Title IX Administrators, the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society and the World Olympian’s Association. From 2003 to 2012 she was the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was also elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, and Sports Illustrated magazine listed her as one of the most influential people in the history of Title IX. In December of 2014, Hogshead-Makar received a Woman of the Year award from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “Nancy’s impact on Title IX and women’s equality is truly inspiring,” said Pi Beta Phi President Paula Shepherd in a press release.  “It is with great pride we honor Nancy’s work and achievements. She makes an amazing role model for young women across the globe.” Click here for additional information about Nancy and her most recent honor.    
Carla Harris Joins New Jersey Hall of Fame
December 7, 2016Way to go Carla Harris on being inducted into New Jersey Hall of Fame!   Generation W speaker Carla Harris was recently named New Jersey Hall of Fame's 2015 Unsung Hero.  Carla, who resides in Montclair, NJ, is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She sits on the boards of several community organizations and in August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. Carla joins New Jersey’s Hall of Fame alongside fellow class of 2015 inductees including Jon Stewart, Derek Jeter, Christie Rampone, and Anna Quindlen. “We are honored to recognize this highly distinguished group of inductees,” said Bart Oates, Chairman of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board of Commissioners. “Their achievements and the impact they have made in their respective fields are undeniable. They serve as an inspiration to us all.” The Class of 2015 induction ceremony will take place at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, Thursday, October 22. Visit Carla's website to read her full bio and see a list of 2015 inductees.  
Sheila Spivey Recognized as Unsung Shero
December 7, 2016Congrats to Sheila Spivey for being recognized as an Unsung Shero!   UNF Women’s Center Director Sheila Spivey was recently recognized as one of 20 Unsung Sheroes/Hero by the Women’s Center of Jacksonville during the organization's "Women, Words and Wisdom" event last week.  She received the award for serving as a victim advocate, where her steadfast approach and calmness provide stability, reassurance and comfort to victims.  We interviewed Sheila last year for the Generation W website.  Click here for her story.  
Happy Retirement Shirley Webb!
December 7, 2016Happy Retirement to Shirley Webb!           For nearly 40 years, our good friend Shirley Webb has been a leading advocate for the women in Jacksonville.  She helped found and was the executive director of the Hubbard House, University of North Florida's Women's Center and the Women's Center of Jacksonville and this December she plans to retire.  “It’s been a lot of hard work. ... A wild ride,” she said in a recent interview with the Florida Times-Union. “It seemed like a good time to have a transition happen. You have to pick your time.” “She brings people together, identifies their individual strengths, inspires them to utilize those strengths and builds coalitions,” said Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida in the Times-Union article.  “She has launched numerous projects, seen them through the difficult, financially precarious early years, and then, once they are well-established and self-sustaining, focused on new challenges.” “She has been a leader in addressing issues affecting women in our community. Thousands of lives have been positively impacted by her work,” added Ellen Siler, executive director Hubbard House.   “Jacksonville is a much better place for women and girls because of her tireless advocacy.” Shirley will be honored during the Women's Center of Jacksonville's "Women, Words and Wisdom" fundraiser on July 8th. Click here to read the entire Times-Union article. Click here for more information about the "Women, Words and Wisdom" event.      
Congrats Mary Kelli Palka on Receiving William S. Morris III Dedication Award
December 7, 2016Congrats Mary Kelli Palka on Receiving William S. Morris III Dedication Award     A big congratulations to our friend Times-Union Managing Editor/News Mary Kelli Palka.  She was recently honored with the William S. Morris III Dedication Award for her work in "overseeing some of the paper's best efforts this past year."  The award was presented during the Morris Journalism Excellence Awards last Wednesday. In addition to her individual award, the Times-Union walked away with eight awards from 14 possible categories. “The number and diversity of these awards show the strength and professionalism of the Times-Union’s staff across disciplines of journalism — reporting, writing, photography, editing and community service — we’re very proud of this recognition,” said Frank Denton, editor of the paper, in a recent interview. Click here to read the entire story about all the awards the Times-Union received.  
Gerri Elliott Launches Broadrooms
December 7, 2016Way to Go Gerri Elliott on the Launch of Broadrooms!       Our good friend and former Generation W speaker Gerri Elliott recently launched Broadrooms, a comprehensive resource for executive women who serve or want to serve on boards of directors. Elliott says the site remedies the lack of freely available information on the topic she encountered when she sought board roles following a long career in executive leadership at IBM, Microsoft and Juniper Networks. Elliott hopes the site will help women equip themselves to obtain board seats, especially since 54% of Fortune 500 companies are actively looking for female board members. “There is a heightened focus on diversity on boards,” she said. “Not only should executive women be thinking about board service as a natural extension to our careers, we ought to be more proactive in preparing and heightening our visibility as candidates. Broadrooms is intended to help women do just that.” Click here to read the official launch press release.  We will be interviewing Gerri Elliott later this month for a feature on our site.    
Worthy of Celebration--June 2015
December 7, 2016Our Worthy of Celebration moments for June 2015       Great keynote address from Audrey Moran during the Women As Leaders Luncheon. Audrey is the senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy for Baptist Health and was part of our Generation WE panel during Generation W. Click here for more information about the Women As Leaders Luncheon.           Congratulations to Tina Lifford for her amazing performance in the season finale of ABC’s Scandal. In addition to being part of Generation W, Tina brought “The Circle” to Jacksonville last summer. Read how Tina’s appearance on Scandal caused “exhilarating discomfort.”           Trisha Bailey, COO and owner of Verso Wealth Strategists & Redbird Industries, can add one more thing to her long list of accomplishments—recipient of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award honors those who promote human development and the essence of American life while still honoring their ancestry. When not at her day job, Trisha works with refugees, business leaders and school teachers. Click here to read a feature about her in the Jacksonville Business Journal.           Congrats to Shirley Webb for being recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Honoree by the Women Business Owners of North Florida. She was the founder and executive director of the Hubbard House, the University of North Florida’s Women’s Center and is now focused on the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.   Click here to read more about her honor.         We loved hearing from Patsy Doerr during Generation W and now we can hear her monthly on a new podcast for Thomson Reuters Legal. Mind Your Business is a monthly review on the intersection between corporate responsibility and inclusion and modern business. As the global head of corporate responsibility and inclusion for Thomson Reuters, Patsy is the perfect host. Click here to listen to the latest episode.         Welcome to Karen Barnes, the new director of community engagement at Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. An experienced marketer and community relations professional, Karen has been a key figure in many creative economic development efforts in North Florida including The First Wednesday Art Walk, Jazz in June, Jacksonville Fashion Week and the Jacksonville Film Festival. Click here to read her LinkedIn profile.       Congratulations to Donna Deegan on being named a 2015 Breakaway from Cancer Champion. Honorees are selected from a nationwide search for survivors, patients, caregivers and advocates who have inspired those affected by cancer. Donna, along with other honorees, joined breast cancer survivor and Honorary Breakaway from Cancer Champion Joan Lunden at the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California, America’s largest and most prestigious professional cycling race. Click here to read more Donna and the other Breakaway from Cancer Champions.
Worthy of Celebration–May 2015
December 7, 2016

Our Worthy of Celebration moments for May 2015

              Way to go Ava Parker on being named the new president of Palm Beach State College. She is the first female president in the history of the college and will be leading Palm Beach State through its plans to open a fifth campus in Loxahatchee Groves. Click here to read about some of the other priorities for Parker in her early days.         What an honor for our friend Kristin Keen on being named one of Jacksonville Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Kristin is the founder and director of Rethreaded and has been working to end the exploitation of women in Jacksonville since 2012. "I can't believe that I was chosen to be in the top 40 under 40! What an honor to be in such esteemed company of some great business leaders in our community.” Click here to see the official announcement on the Rethreaded website.         Margie Arion is doing great things in her new position as chief human resources officer at Acosta Sales & Marketing. In this position, Arion is responsible for the development and oversight of human resources strategy including talent acquisition, performance management, organizational development and learning, human resource systems and employee relations. Click here for her complete bio.         We are sure the room was filled with passion and purpose when Generation W speaker Pamela Culpepper, chief people officer for Golin, took the stage as the keynote speaker at the 2015 ATHENA Grand Traverse Award Celebration on April 29th. The celebration is a community gathering to honor those who have demonstrated a continued desire to create and foster leadership opportunities for women. Follow their Facebook page for great photos from the event.         Our very own Jacksonville International Airport was just ranked the third best airport in North America by the Airports Council International. The award was based on surveys of passengers passing through the airport. In 2012 and 2013, JIA was ranked fifth. You can read more about this honor in the Jacksonville Business Journal.         We are so proud of Generation W speaker Deb Walton, Chief Content Officer, Financial & Risk for Thomson Reuters, on being selected as Thomson Reuters Woman of Vision. This honor is part of the Anita Borg Institute’s Women of Vision initiative that emphasizes the need for women and men to see role models as an example of what’s possible and as an inspiration to excel in their own careers.         As a keynote speaker for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Nancy Hogshead-Makar is certainly in good company. Past speakers include thought-leaders like Chelsea Clinton and Lilly Ledbetter. Hogshead-Makar will be taking the stage on Saturday, May 30th and we are certain everyone will be inspired by her commitment to equality and using sport as a vehicle for social change.        

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Worthy of Celebration--March 2015
December 7, 2016Our Worthy of Celebration moments for March 2015           KAREN FEAGINS has been doing a great job in her new role as Vice President of Content and Operations for WJCT Public Broadcasting. In this role, Karen oversees content and technology teams as well as is responsible for creating programming strategy for radio, television and digital developing multi-platform initiatives and productions. Karen was most recently WJCT’s Director of Programming and News, a position that is now occupied by JESSICA PALOMBO. Click here for the official WJCT announcement.         We are so proud of our friend and Generation W speaker alum (and a graduate of Bishop Kenny High School!) CARLA HARRIS who appeared on the TODAY Show to share tips and insight on how to thrive during any corporate change and get the job you want, whether you are right out of college or making a career change later in life. Click here to view her TODAY Show segment. You can find even more great career tips in Carla’s new book, Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start out, Step Up, or Start Over in Your Career.       Southern Living magazine recently named Generation W team contributor and Jacksonville native ANGIE ORTH one of the top bloggers to follow in 2015. In 2010, Angie quit her PR job in New York and embarked on a perpetual traveling lifestyle and storytelling journey. Click here to follow all of her adventures on her blog, Angie Away.       What a great accomplishment for Rear Adm. MARTY EVANS, U.S. Navy (Retired) Chair, Audit Committee, on being named non-executive chairman of the board for Atlanta-based global management consulting firm North Highland. During Evans’ 30-year career with the U.S. Navy, she was one of only a handful of women to reach the rank of Rear Admiral. Don’t miss hearing her story during Generation W.  Click here to read the full article regarding her appointment as non-executive chairman of the board for North Highland.           Way to go AUDREY MORAN, Baptist Health Senior Vice President for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy, for being honored with a 2015 Humanitarian Award from The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida. The honors are for those “who have demonstrated the highest level of personal and professional integrity, have given generously and extensively and have been dedicated to the improvement of human relations” among the Jacksonville community. Click here for a list of other honorees and you can hear more from Audrey during this year’s Generation W.       Congrats to PATTI MINGLIN, a member of the Generation W team who lives in Chicago, on being named part of the cast for Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) Chicago. LTYM shows in 39 communities throughout the U.S. and gives voice to motherhood—in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor—in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. The Chicago show is scheduled for May 3. Click here for a list of all local shows and their dates.         We will be CELEBRATING US every month in 2015. Click here to send us your WORTHY of CELEBRATION moments!
Worthy of Celebration--February 2015
December 7, 2016We are loving these Worthy of Celebration moments for February       WORTHY of CELEBRATION   Welcome to LESLIE SLOVER, appointed by Deutsche Bank to be the Regional Head of Jacksonville and of Cary. N.C. She has been instrumental in aligning the Jacksonville and Cary service centers to create a structure that consolidates the bank’s tech and operational functions. Deutsche Bank recently received the Governor's Innovators in Business--Rising Star Award.  "We are proud of our growth and excited about the future of Deutsche Bank in Florida," said Leslie Slover.  Click here to read more about their award.         Congratulations to KELLY MADDEN who has been tapped to lead the commercial banking division of Wells Fargo for the state of Florida.   Kelly was previously the executive vice president for Wells Fargo Commercial Banking in North Florida, a division that grew by more than 50 percent since 2010. Click here to read more about her new position.           Congrats to NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKER for being honored by the International Olympic Committee with a 2014 Women & Sports Trophy. Hogshead-Makar was named Woman of the Year for the Americas for her "remarkable contribution to women's participation, both on the field and within sports administration," announced the IOC.  Click here for more about her remarkable contributions to women in sports           Way to go LINDA SHERRER, named Business Person of the Year by the readers of the Jacksonville Business Journal. According to the JBJ article, Linda successfully transitioned her real estate agency over from Prudential Network Realty to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty last January.  "How many times in a lifetime do you get to do everything all over again?" Linda has said.  "I'm more pumped than ever."  Click here to read more about Linda and the other top vote getters.         ANGIE AWAY (aka Angie Orth) was recently invited to attend the first White House Travel Bloggers Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship, an event that was only attended by the top 100 travel bloggers and digital influencers. Click here to read Angie's blog post about her latest adventure at the White House.           We can't wait to see our good friend TINA LIFFORD in the hit ABC TV show Scandal.  As you will recall, Tina brought her one-of-a-kind play, THE CIRCLE,  to The Alhambra Theatre last August.  As a fundraiser, proceeds from ticket sales benefitted women and girls in the greater Jacksonville community by way of the events held by Generation W and Generation WOW. “My sincere desire is that The Circle will be a catalyst that moves our audience into greater self-acceptance and the growing awareness that you are bigger than any challenge you face,” said Tina.   Click here to get a sneak peek of her on the set via her Twitter feed.   We will be CELEBRATING US every month in 2015. Click here to send us your WORTHY of CELEBRATION moments!