Working Women of Florida Announces Speakers for State Conference on Sept. 8-9

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Jessica Rivelli: 888-WW-UNITE

Marsha Strickhouser (727) 242-0770


Working Women of Florida Announces Speakers for State Conference on Sept. 8-9

TAMPA, FL (July 15, 2016) –  Working Women of Florida announces its first round of speakers for its fourth annual Working Women State Conference, to be held Sept. 8-9, 2016, at The Straz Center, Tampa.

More than 300 professional women and entrepreneurs from the area will gain leadership advice, career guidance, and empowerment from leading women speakers from around the country in this two-day conference designed specifically to motivate, educate and inspire.  The event will bring authentic business building where women can connect, collaborate and create while learning real-world strategies.

“The speakers will be invaluable on many levels and will resonate with the working women and entrepreneurs at the conference,” said conference organizer and CEO and Founder of Working Women of Tampa Bay, Jessica Rivelli.

“Ultimately, this program is about the women attending – connecting, moving their vision forward and finding real solutions to the challenges they as working women face every day,” said Rivelli. This is the fourth year for the conference and the seventh year of rapid growth for her group, which harnesses the collective power of these women’s talent, energy and vision.

The current line-up includes:

  • Lissette Campos,anchor with Positively Tampa Bay, emcee;
  • Brandi Kamenar, national branding and image management expert, morning keynote speaker;
  • Alexis Carra, actress from Recovery Road, Grey’s AnatomyCastle, Major Crimes, The Mentalist andAnger Management: lunch keynote speaker;
  • Pina DeRosa,  Author and TEDx speaker, empowering individuals to live their fullest potential;
  • Cary Carbonaro, aka The Money Queen,  nationally-known personal finance expert;
  • Melissa Wandall, inspirational speaker, active safety & childhood grief advocate and president National Coalition for Safer Roads;
  • Melissa Dohme, domestic violence prevention advocate;
  • Anna Eskamani, women’s rights advocate;
  • Tracey Metzger, founder of For the Girls International
  • Dr. Shirley Davis, aka The Success Doctor.

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The conference will begin Thursday night with registration at the Straz Center and a networking reception at Maestro’s from 6-9 p.m. The conference will be held Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ferguson Hall.

Attendees can expect:

  • Dozens of smart, savvy speakers on topics such as empowerment, leadership and branding
  • Networking opportunities over breakfast and lunch
  • An opportunity to visit exhibitors from Tampa Bay and beyond
  • Swag bag filled with goodies from our sponsors


To purchase tickets for the event, please visit

About Working Women of Tampa Bay

We are a diverse blend of like-minded professionals who inspire one another and form solid connections against the backdrop of contemporary and traditional networking opportunities. As the fastest growing network of women in the Bay area, Working Women of Tampa Bay (WWOTB) recently celebrated its seven year anniversary and is 700+ members and 25,000 social media fans strong. Our goal is to help educate, motivate and inspire female professionals and women business owners.




About marsha strickhouser

Plate Girl, or Marsha, is not a girl, but a full grown woman who has been collecting dishes - yes, dishes - since I was a little girl. My grandmother was a newspaper food editor, my mother was a teacher and later an antiques dealer. I am guilty of reading Southern Living magazines ... just to look at the PLATES the recipes were served on.  I have more dishes than I need, and I promise I have given plates and sets of dishes to many, many people over the years. I believe setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable. I live in Tampa Bay were I set my table (and the tables of as many others who let me), as well as visit restaurants, hotels and beaches where I admire and photograph all things I think are pretty.  I have my degree in journalism from the University of Miami and have worked in public relations for more than 20 years. To contact me about about a blogging relationship, please email me at

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