Our Speakers

Akila Raman-Vaseghi
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Akila Raman-Vaseghi Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Akila Raman-Vaseghi is a managing director in the Americas Financing Group within the Investment Banking Divis

Amanda Mickelson
Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad
Amanda Mickelson Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad

Amanda Mickelson is proud to be a woman, a scholar, and an activist. As an independent educator, she aims to p

Amber Yang
Physics Phenom
Amber Yang Physics Phenom

Amber Yang is a 17-year-old innovator and scientist who attends Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, FL.

Annmarie Cardona
Major, North Miami PD
Annmarie Cardona Major, North Miami PD

Annmarie Cardona’s public service dates back to 1989, when she began her law enforcement career with the City

Betsy Nilan
President, Get in Touch Foundation
Betsy Nilan President, Get in Touch Foundation

Betsy Nilan graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She

Bridgette Morphew
Founder and Creative Director, Morphew Concept
Bridgette Morphew Founder and Creative Director, Morphew Concept

Bridgette Morphew is a creative entrepreneur with unparalleled aesthetic instincts. Her expansive understandin

Celeste Blackman
Co-founder, Green Zone Culture Group
Celeste Blackman Co-founder, Green Zone Culture Group

Celeste is an international consultant and co-founder of The Green Zone Culture Group, a consortium of radical

Christina Norman
CEO of Media Storm
Christina Norman CEO of Media Storm

With nearly two decades of excellence in media and recognized as one of the industry's most creative business

Deepa Gandhi
Co-Founder and COO, Dagne Dover
Deepa Gandhi Co-Founder and COO, Dagne Dover

Deepa is Co-founder and COO of Dagne Dover. She began her career at Lehm

Dr. Charles Bruce
Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures
Dr. Charles Bruce Associate Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Ventures

Charles Bruce, M.D., serves as the Associate Medical Director for Mayo Clinic Ventures, as well as Director fo

Dr. Christyl Johnson
Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investment, NASA
Dr. Christyl Johnson Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investment, NASA

Dr. Christyl Johnson joined NASA Goddard as Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments in

Dr. Elana Schrader
Chief Medical Officer, Florida Blue
Dr. Elana Schrader Chief Medical Officer, Florida Blue

Dr. Elana Schrader, an internal medicine physician by training, is the Chief Medical Officer of GuideWell

Dr. Olenda E. Johnson
Professor of Strategic Leadership & Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College
Dr. Olenda E. Johnson Professor of Strategic Leadership & Leader Development, U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Olenda E. Johnson is Professor of Strategic Leadership and Leader Development at the U.S. Naval War Colleg

Elizabeth Thompson
Vice President, Talent and Development, Southeastern Grocers
Elizabeth Thompson Vice President, Talent and Development, Southeastern Grocers

Elizabeth is a Human Resources Vice President with a track record at some of the world’s most admired brands i

Gabriela Perez
NextGen Venture Partners
Gabriela Perez NextGen Venture Partners

Gabriela Perez is currently a partner with NextGen Venture Partners, and since 1990, Gabriela has been startin

Heidi Hanna
CEO, Synergy
Heidi Hanna CEO, Synergy

As an experienced speaker, Dr. Hanna has been featured at many national and

Ita Ekpoudom
CEO, Tigress Ventures
Ita Ekpoudom CEO, Tigress Ventures

Ita Ekpoudom is the Founder & CEO of Tigress Ventures, an advisory and consulting firm with a mission to e

Joanne E. Cohen
​VP , Community Foundation of NE Florida​
Joanne E. Cohen ​VP , Community Foundation of NE Florida​

Joanne E. Cohen is the Vice President of Philanthropic Services for The Community Foundation for Northeast Flo

John Matthews
Principal, KPMG Strategy
John Matthews Principal, KPMG Strategy

Background John is a new Principal at KPMG where he leads the healthcare strategy practice. In this

Jonathan Miller
Partner, Advancit Capital
Jonathan Miller Partner, Advancit Capital

Jonathan Miller is a Partner at Advancit Capital with Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of CBS and Viacom. Advancit C

Joyce Russell
President, Adecco Staffing US
Joyce Russell President, Adecco Staffing US

Joyce Russell is president of Adecco Staffing USA, one of America’s biggest employers and the go-to workforce

Justin Leedy
Senior Director of Customer Strategy at Web.com
Justin Leedy Senior Director of Customer Strategy at Web.com

Justin Leedy is the Senior Director of Customer Strategy at Web.com.  He joined Web.com in March of 2012 and h

Kara Ross
Founder & CEO, UNLEASHED
Kara Ross Founder & CEO, UNLEASHED

Kara Ross fell in love with the art of jewelr

Kelly Wallace
Digital Correspondent and Editor-at-Large, CNN
Kelly Wallace Digital Correspondent and Editor-at-Large, CNN

Kelly Wallace is a digital correspondent and editor-at-large for CNN, focusing on family, career and work/life

Kym Seavey Dunton
Senior Consultant Women’s Health Strategy, Baptist Health
Kym Seavey Dunton Senior Consultant Women’s Health Strategy, Baptist Health

Kym Dunton, RN  is the senior consultant for the Women’s Health Strategy for Baptist Health working with women

Laura Bunso
Owner, Smart Body Physical Therapy
Laura Bunso Owner, Smart Body Physical Therapy

After an extensive career as one of the leading physical therapists at the Mayo Clinic, Laura established Smar

Lisa Shalett
Advisor, Angel Investor and Board Director
Lisa Shalett Advisor, Angel Investor and Board Director

Lisa Shalett is a retired Goldman Sachs Partner, who is now an Advisor to startups, an Angel Investor, and a

Melanie Lawson-Minor
Journalist, WJXT, Jacksonville, FL
Melanie Lawson-Minor Journalist, WJXT, Jacksonville, FL

Melanie Lawson-Minor is an Emmy nominated journalist at WJXT in Jacksonville, FL. She is the earliest riser o

Melinda Wolfe
Chief Human Resources Officer, Pearson
Melinda Wolfe Chief Human Resources Officer, Pearson

In September 2013, Melinda Wolfe joined Pearson, becoming the company’s first Chief Human Resources Officer ch

Michelle E. Cook
Director of Patrol and Enforcement, JSO
Michelle E. Cook Director of Patrol and Enforcement, JSO

Michelle began her career with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a Patrol Officer.  She was promote

Nina Tandon
CEO & co-founder, EpiBone
Nina Tandon CEO & co-founder, EpiBone

Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company grow

Patrick J. Geraghty
CEO, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue and GuideWell Group, Inc.
Patrick J. Geraghty CEO, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue and GuideWell Group, Inc.

Pat Geraghty is Chief Executive Officer of GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, a $14 billion, not-for-profit

Sadie Darnell
Sheriff, Alachua County
Sadie Darnell Sheriff, Alachua County

Sheriff Darnell was sworn in as the first female Sheriff of Alachua County on November 14, 2006.  She was re-e

Shelley Wright Brindle
Founder, Brindle and Associates
Shelley Wright Brindle Founder, Brindle and Associates

Shelley Brindle is the Founder of Brindle and Associates, a media and leadership consulting firm focused on as

Taylor Richardson
Astronaut StarBright
Taylor Richardson Astronaut StarBright

Taylor Denise Richardson is a 7th grader at The Bolles School who has aspirations of becoming a scientist, eng

Vera Bumpers
METRO Police Department, Chief of Police
Vera Bumpers METRO Police Department, Chief of Police

In November 2014, Vera Bumpers was appointed as the first woman Chief of Police at METRO. As Chief of Police,