The Best of Generation W 2014

So much to celebrate, so much gratitude–it’s a great way to end one year and begin another.  As you prepare to ring in the New Year with family and friends, here is a look back at some of our top stories from 2014.


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One Word Inspirations for 2014
We challenged our Generation W community to stop the resolution list and instead focus on one word that will inspire, motivate and empower you to be all you can be in 2014.  Here are some of the one-word resolutions from our Generation W community—maybe adopt them for 2015?

Jacksonville’s New Initiative: Nine in 15
A grass-roots drive to encourage more women to run for local office was kicked-off by PBS Newshour’s Judy Woodruff.



 Seeing Women Differently: Partners with Getty Images
The partnership resulted in a new library of photos showing professional women as “surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters” as well a “girls riding skateboards, women lifting weights and fathers changing babies’ diapers.”

Donna Orender Inspires Students to Adapt to Change
Generation W’s very own Donna Orender inspired more than 180 attendees as she presented to students of the PGA Golf Management University Program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS).



wboGirl Scouts Honor Jacksonville Role Models
Nearly 600 gathered to honor these women for their professional and civic accomplishments and contributions during the 25th annual Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Women of Distinction Awards.

Nancy Hogshead-Makar & Patti Hughes Honored by WBO of North Florida
Nancy Hogshead-Makar and Patti Hughes were honored for their entrepreneurial leadership during the 2014 Women in Business Awards hosted by The Women Business Owners of North Florida.




One-Spark-logoThe Steps Going Forward for Women of Jacksonville (infographic)
A great infographic showing how Jacksonville businesses are working hard toward narrowing the wage gap–and paving the way for a bright future for both women & men.

Generation W Celebrates Female One Spark 2014 Creators
Generation W celebrated four outstanding female creators from Jacksonville that were participating in this year’s One Spark.




texas_am_vs_kentucky_sec_womens_final-300x199SEC Women’s Basketball Headed to Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Sports Council announced it will bring the 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament to town in March 2016.

Top 50 Business Influencers List includes 2014 Gen W Speaker
Advantage Business Magazine’a Top 50 Business Influencers in Jacksonville was an impressive list of business owners, community leaders and all-around change makers including Generation W 2014 speaker Sandy Bartow.




promo_MarilynOlin_0Donna Deegan Returns to Jacksonville TV
Donna Deegan, who has spent nearly 30 years in broadcast journalism, was named the anchor for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s “Making Moves” television show.

Jacksonville Woman Honored for 50 Years of Teaching
Marilyn Olin was honored in a surprise ceremony for being a teacher in the Duval County School System for 50 years–the last 19 of those have been at Paxon School for Advanced Studies.





14-woi-promo-headerThree Jacksonville Entrepreneurs Take on D.C.
Hester Clark, Founder and CEO of Hester Group; Anne Urban, President and CEO, Destination Planning Corp.; and Melissa Hong, President and Founder of Visual Solutions Inc. were the driving forces behind the National Minority Enterprise Development Week Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jacksonville Business Journal Announces Women of Influence
Jacksonville Business Journal announced its 2014 Women of Influence. Twenty-seven women were recognized for achievements and involvement in the Northeast Florida community over the past year.



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Actress Tina Lifford brought THE CIRCLE to The Alhambra Theatre last August with proceeds from tickets sales benefitting women and girls in the greater Jacksonville community by way of the events held by Generation W and Generation WOW.

Andrea Mail Shares Details from her Trip to Israel
Despite the violence in Israel, Jacksonville-native and friend of Generation W, Andrea Mail, decided to make the trip with the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP).




R & A Votes YES to Accept WomenGirls Inc. of Jacksonville Women of Vision Luncheon
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville honored 13 women for making a notable impact on the city of Jacksonville.

Royal and Ancient Golf Club Votes YES to Women
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club voted overwhelmingly (85%) to admit women as members.  “This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” said Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club



non-profit-iconRethreaded is American Made Finalist
Our good friends at Rethreaded, Inc made it into the finals of the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 competition.

Jax Women’s Business Center Celebrates 10 Years (OCT)
In October, we celebrated the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center 10th Anniversary.





Carla Harris on MAKERSCarla Harris Shares Why You Need a Sponsor—Not Just a Mentor
“You can survive a very long time in your career without a mentor, but you will not survive without a sponsor,” Carla Harris said during a presentation for Wake Forest University Business School.

Donna Orender Stops by The Chat
Did you miss Donna Orender on The Chat in November? Here are a couple of clips from her conversation with the ladies from The Chat.



Gifts to give & receiveDelores Barr Weaver Establishes $4 Million Endowed Fund
Delores Barr Weaver established a $4 million endowed fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to support nonprofit organizations in presenting their premier fundraising event.

Top Gifts our Gen W Community Likes to Give (& Receive)
We asked our Generation W community to share with us what gifts they love to give and receive during the holiday season.