EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionOverview / Orientation: Motivation + Momentum = Magic Welcome by co-founders, sponsors, and partners celebrating big anniversary dates Presenters:
EAST BALLROOM General SessionKeynote: Resilience is the New RealitySpeaker: Lisa Kaiser Hickey, DPrint, Lakeland, FLWomen are tough. As owners of about one-third of all businesses worldwide, women play a crucial role in the global economy. And even in times of economic crisis, women show outstanding resolve and strength. Why? Because women are generally optimistic and willing to re-invent themselves and their businesses to create new opportunities. Whether they are business owners, corporate executives, government officials, or leaders of military or nonprofit operations, women are savvy at making deals, building relationships, communicating frequently and effectively, and delivering A+ customer service. Learn whether you possess the six elements of leadership women employ that lead to improved business performance.Sponsor: DiVerse Media
EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionPanel Discussion: Secrets to a Stronger, More Diverse Supply ChainWhat are corporate and government entities looking for today in suppliers, and why is a diverse supply chain important to them? If you’re a supplier, what do you need to know to excel in today’s business climate? A panel of corporate and government representatives will discuss factors affecting the supply chain this year, including global relations, cybersecurity, sustainability, legal compliance, pricing, technology, and more.Sponsor: Aztec Promotional Group
Moderator: Benita Fortner, Consultant, Los Angeles, CA
Special Presentation: Legacy Partners – Go for the Greens recognizes sponsors and partners that have been with the organization since its inception 10 years ago.
Special Presentation: Mary Schnack Award – Go for the Greens co-founders, along with the 2016 recipient, recognize someone whose work supports women and their businesses.
EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionPanel: Fast Growth Calls for Adaptability: Thriving Through ChangeWomen whose companies are among the fastest-growing in the United States according to the Women Presidents’ Organization share their experiences. How have their organizations coped through major change? What advice have they received along the way? What steps did they take to spur growth in their companies? They speak about what has motivated them and how they adjusted when they realized their momentum had put them on a path to rapid growth.Sponsor: Women Presidents’ OrganizationModerator: Camille Burns, Women Presidents’ Organization New York, NY
EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionPanel Discussion: Expanding Your Market through Global CommerceHow are women-owned companies making a difference worldwide by expanding the reach of their customer base across borders? Learn about initiatives from government agencies, corporations and public policy champions that are helping pave the way for the special role women business owners play in today’s global economy. What lessons have been learned along the way, which tools have been the most effective, and what are the best methods for establishing relationships that help meet the objectives of global expansion?Sponsors: UPS, Canadian Government Moderator: Romaine Seguin, UPS Americas Region, Miami, FL
SALON 1 BREAKOUT SESSION 1Panel: Funding Innovation You’re ready to grow your business to a new level, and that’s going to take money. What are today’s options, and how can you plug into them? Join this discussion about funding, sustaining and growing your company, featuring experts who are working with cutting-edge solutions every day.
Moderator: Retu Jalhan, RMP Group, Orlando, FL
EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionWorkshop: Women as Game-ChangersOn January 21, 2017, an estimated 4.5 million women across the globe marched to protest a world that is changing fast. This effort took a mere 74 days to organize globally. Behold the power of the feminine. We are reaching a tipping point where this untapped, unwavering, fierce feminine energy is rising. Experience a unique and scientific-based model for women entrepreneurs and leaders. This presentation will give you a taste of the future of leadership that acknowledges and celebrates how women think, feel and lead today. Presenters:
EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionWelcome and Announcements Special Presentation: Partners in Trade – Hear from the Canadian Minister of International Trade, The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, about how global trade affects the economy and your organization. Presenters:
Special Presentation: Successful Business Matchmakers – Business owners talk about successes from Go for the Greens connections.
EAST BALLROOM General SessionPanel: What You Need to Know to Thrive in the Circular EconomyWhere do all the materials go when you throw out pieces of equipment and other items that have outlived their usefulness, including simple garbage? Some companies and organizations have put that question to the test and are creating what is known as “The Circular Economy,” taking waste out of the equation. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation defines a circular economy as one that relies on system-wide innovation and aims to redefine products and services to minimize negative impacts. One of its foundations is a transition to renewable energy sources, but it goes much deeper than that. What is your business already doing to contribute to the circular economy, and what more can you do? Our expert panel will discuss why this is important to your customers, your vendors, your shareholders and your bottom line.Sponsor: BSI Biodegradable
Moderator: Tim Center, Sustainable Florida, Tallahassee, FL
Spotlight: Businesses Making a Difference
Fireside Chat: Making a Difference in Your Community and Our WorldModerator: Tim Center, Sustainable Florida, Tallahassee, FLPanelists:
Interactive Workshop: Trends in ‘Green’ Business PracticesIf you’re not marketing your company as a business that is in the know about sustainability, you might be missing the boat. Corporations and government agencies are increasingly insisting that their vendors follow best practices in sustainable business, partly fueled by demand from their customers. What are large and small organizations doing today, and what does the future look like in sustainability for businesses?Sponsor: Sustainable FloridaModerator: Tim Center, Sustainable Florida, Tallahassee, FL
EAST BALLROOM BREAKOUT SESSION 5Panel: Capitalizing On the Encore Entrepreneurship TrendThere’s a growing wave of entrepreneurship coming, and it’s about to create a whole new set of needs in the business world. Baby Boomers retiring from what might be the last generation to receive true pensions will be looking for something to do with their time and expertise, and many of them will join the ranks of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and consultants. How can you capitalize on this trend as a business owner in construction, real estate, healthcare, marketing, hospitality, technology, and other industries? Or if you are part of this wave, what can you do to prepare yourself for an encore career? Hear results of a groundbreaking new study, and participate in research that will help shape tomorrow’s entrepreneurial landscape. Moderator: Lisa Dilts, Compspring, Orlando, FL
EAST BALLROOMGeneral SessionKeynote: Drive Determines Distance: How Far Are You Willing to Go?Speaker: Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk, Calgary, CALisa is a peak performance specialist and will share her journey with you, how she went from a high handicap recreational adult golfer to being ranked second in the world and one of the longest hitters on the planet. She will help you find clarity in the areas of:
Sponsor: Banneker Industries
Matchmaker Lounge One-on-One Matchmaker Sessions (Prescheduled, by appointment only)Sponsor: Women’s Business Development Council of Florida and WBENC
General SessionActive Workshop: Golf Techniques for Any Skill Level (Even None!)Learn from our group of experts everything from beginner moves — such as how to hold a club, tee off, and putt — to advanced skills—such as chipping, improving your stance, and hitting a longer drive. Visit the interactive stations to brush up on your favorite skills and you’ll be ready to play in the Go for the Greens events on Saturday, or at least talk about golf at the office next Monday. Sponsor: EWGA
Moderator: Jane Geddes, Executive Women’s Golf Association, West Palm Beach, FL
EAST BALLROOMMentorship Power RoundsYoung women students meet in informal roundtable sessions with women business owners and leaders from corporate, government, military and nonprofit organizations. Tables will be grouped by industry, topic or interest. Participants should bring business cards. Sponsor: TREC
EAST BALLROOM General SessionConference Wrapup and Prize DrawingsPresenters:
BOARDWALK CONVENTION CENTERGolf awards, silent auction and lunchSponsor: Merck
Moderator: Josh Ferguson, Enterprise Holdings, Tampa, FL