A synopsis of keynote speakers for the 2017 Working Women Conference, from the WWTB website:
2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr. Williams earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from
Emily Ley is a dreamer. Her bestselling Simplified Planner® and hugely successful line of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts that are sold worldwide, began with a dream to help women simplify their lives. Now the proud bookworm and woman who majored in English and creative writing in college has another dream coming true – writing a book. In her highly anticipated first book Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, entrepreneur, mother, wife, and Gerber and Shipt spokesperson Emily Ley is giving women the permission they so desperately desire to let go of the guilt and chase of perfection, in order to embrace the good.
Dawna Stone is an author of 5 books, entrepreneur, self-made millionaire and motivational speaker. Dawna believes her Wall Street finance experience and Fortune 500 Consulting background helped catapult her entrepreneurial success. Dawna launched the award-winning national magazine, Women’s Running, in 2004 and the Women’s Half Marathon Series (5 events across the country—San Diego, CA; Nashville, TN; St. Petersburg, FL; Minneapolis, MN and Scottsdale, AZ) in 2009. She sold both companies to the industry leader in 2012.
In 2015 Dawna launched the St. Pete Wine & Food Festival and LocalsDISH magazine. The festival became a huge success with over 10,000 participants and local and national sponsors.
Secily is the mother of 2 daughters, a Telly Award winning broadcast journalist, media communications professional, Mrs. Florida International 1999 and founder of her own non-profit WOW Legacy Group Inc. its mission is to educate, empower and educate women facing life adversities to live life to it’s fullest potential mind, body and spirit. For more than 20 years Secily delivered hard hitting, inspiring and entertaining reports in news, lifestyle, art and entertainment. She covered the Bay Area as a Fox 13 News anchor and reporter. Over the years, Secily has interviewed notables like Oprah, Civil Rights icon Andrew Young, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, former CNN anchor Soladad O’Brien and many others.
DR. TONJUA WILLIAMS
Dr. Tonjua Williams became St. Petersburg College’s seventh president on July 3, 2017. A St. Petersburg native, Dr. Williams began her tenure with the college in 1986, rising through the ranks in a variety of academic and administrative roles.
Prior to becoming President, Dr. Williams was Senior Vice President for Student Services from 2013 to 2017. She has served in nearly every area of the college: Provost, Associate Provost, Director of Special Programs, Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor, Recruiter, Senior Accounting Clerk and Adjunct Faculty.
Sierra Bender is the best-selling author of Goddess to the Core, an internationally renowned speaker and presenter, and creator of Boot Camp for Goddesses—a women’s fitness and empowerment event—and the Sierra Bender Method for Personal & Professional Empowerment.
She is also an award-winning nonprofit advocate and a leader in the female empowerment movement for more than 25 years. She presents workshops at internationally renowned institutions such as Kripalu Center and Omega Institute and has been featured across the media, including on Oprah Radio and CBS, as well as in USA Today, Marie Claire, Shape, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Destiny, and Natural Awakenings.
DARCIE GLAZER KASSEWITZ
Darcie Glazer Kassewitz has been the driving force behind many of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ innovative, forward-thinking fan engagement and community outreach initiatives, retail activation, and facility design. She is focused on ensuring that the Buccaneers and the Glazer Family Foundation create a lasting positive impact on the Tampa Bay community.