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 have the opportunity to engage with dynamic speakers and attend a wide range of workshops from building successful professional and personal networks to issues of social impact and more.



Guest speakers include:

Yolanda “Lonnie” Ali – Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center – an award-winning museum and multicultural center, philanthropist, Parkinson’s Disease advocate and wife of the late Muhammad Ali.

Kelly Wallace – Award-winning Correspondent and Editor-at-Large for CNN, whose professional focus is on women and female empowerment. She has secured exclusive interviews with powerful women including First Lady Michelle Obama.

Gay Gaddis – Founder and CEO of T3 – the nation’s largest woman-owned advertising agency, Forbes contributor and author of Cowgirl Power: How to Kick Ass in Business and Life.

Pat Geraghty – Chairman/CEO of Florida Blue and multi-award-winning humanitarian and businessman.

Maryam Banikarim – Global Chief Marketing Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, award-winning businesswoman named one of New York Post’s “50 Most Powerful Women in NYC.”

Shellie Pfhol – President and CEO of the United States Center for SafeSport and former Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, appointed by President Barack Obama.

“This will be our seventh year hosting the conference,” said Donna Orender, founder and CEO of GENERATION W. “GENERATION W has become a movement by people, women and men alike, who are interested in thought leadership and putting their new learnings into creating a better community and country.”

Breakout lunch sessions will focus on how to land your dream job, the power of transformational listening, caring for the caregiver and other thought-provoking topics. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Parking and lunch are included with registration. Learn more about the event and how to register at