GENERAL AGENDA 2019-09-18T12:47:36+00:00

Agenda

Agenda

Go for the Greens 2019
The Power of the Future: What’s Next!

12 Years of Success Through Synergy

Conference Schedule

Note: Topics, times and presenters are subject to change

BUSINESS MATCHMAKING AGENDA

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Speakers and Sponsors Reception (invitation only)

7:00 pm to 8:30pm

Canadian Delegates Reception (invitation only)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

7:00am to 5:00pm

CONFERENCE CENTER LOBBY
Registration

7:00am to 8:00pm

EAST BALLROOM
Breakfast and Networking

8:00am to 8:30am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Welcome / Overview / Orientation: The Power of the Future: What’s Next

Presenters:

  • Cindy Chace, Go for the Greens Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Diane Sears, Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL
  • Susan Harper, Consulate General of Canada, Miami, FL
  • Christina Sanchez, UPS, Miami, FL
  • Camille Burns, Women Presidents’ Organization, New York, NY

8:30am to 9:30am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Keynote: The Power of Me!

Keynote: Introduction: Amy Courter, Women in Defense Kalamazoo, MI
Speaker: Natalie Pace, Earth Gratitude, Santa Monica, CA

Natalie Wynne Pace is an advocate for sustainability, financial literacy and women’s empowerment. She is the co-creator of the Earth Gratitude project and the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Gratitude Game, The ABCs of Money and Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is (aka You Vs. Wall Street in paperback).

Sponsor: Imagen

9:30am to 9:45am

Break / Networking / Social Time

9:45am to 10:30am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Workshop: Strategic Planning for Your Business – Being a Leader

Speaker Introduction: Beth Gitlin, Women’s Business Centers, Melbourne, FL
Speaker: Susan Mazza, Clarus Consulting Group, Vero Beach, FL

What are the three questions you must answer to be strategic versus opportunistic? Learn how to use strategic planning to become an even better leader than you are today. You’ll also learn the one thing you must do before you take action if you want to work smarter, and you’ll walk away with a simple framework you can use over and over to get clear, stay focused and work smarter in anything you do.

10:30am to 11:00am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Fireside Chat: Being the Best Damn Leader You Can Be

This is a humorous session about reflecting as a manager or leader. We will review and analyze WHY employees do things to drive us crazy. Hint: It is most likely their manager using ineffective strategies of (1) clear two-way communication, (2) training and development methods, (3) making assumptions about their skills, (4) forgetting that it is 2019 not 1990 and (5) not engaging employees effectively.

Speakers:

  • Karen Gregory, HRSS Consulting Group, Cocoa, FL
  • Wendy Sellers, The HR Lady, Wildwood, FL

11:00am to 11:15am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Fireside Chat: Inside the Minds of Buyers

Procurement leaders from the Walt Disney Company and UPS share what they look for from new and continuing suppliers. What should small businesses know if they want to get in the door?

Speakers:

  • Diane Sears (moderator), Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL
  • Moe Kashi, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Latasha Griffin, UPS, Atlanta, GA

11:15am to 12:15pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: Supplier Diversity: Small Businesses, Big Contracts

What are the current trends you need to know in corporate and government spending that will affect whether you can expand your business in the next three years with larger contracts? Our panel of experts will share what’s happening behind the scenes, what kinds of opportunities are out there, and how your company can be the most competitive in today’s business climate.

Speakers:

  • Patty Winstanley (moderator), Winstanley Consultants, Dallas, TX
  • Iranetta Dennis, Central Florida Expressway Authority, Orlando, FL
  • Clayton Judge, Nike, Beaverton, OR
  • Kris Oswold, UPS, Atlanta, GA
  • Marisol Romany, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL
  • Leonard Spencer, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Bonnie Yauilla, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa, FL

Sponsors: ICON Information Consultants and Orlando Health

12:15am to 1:00pm

EAST BALLROOM
Lunch and Networking
Special Presentation: Mary Schnack Award –
Go for the Greens co-founders and the previous recipient recognize someone whose work supports women and their businesses.

Presenters:

  • Cindy Chace, Go for the Greens Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Diane Sears, Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL
  • Nancy Allen, Women’s Business Development Council of Florida, Miami, FL
  • Pamela Rogan, Rogan Marketing and Communications, Orlando, FL

Lunch Sponsor: 317 Virtual Services

1:00am to 1:15pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Health and Wellness Break

  • Malina Jewell, MJ Vitality LLC, Orlando, FL

1:15am to 1:45pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Fireside Chat: Making Trade More Inclusive: Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment through Trade Agreements

  • Susan Harper, Consulate General of Canada, Miami, FL
  • Laura Lane, UPS, Atlanta, GA

1:45pm to 2:45pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: The Power of Exporting – The Next Step to Growing Your Business

Studies show women-owned businesses that export employ more people, generate more revenue, and are more productive than women-owned firms that do not. Learn how to take your business to the next level by exploring new markets outside of your country. The panel includes government officials from both the U.S. and Canada who will highlight services offered to women business owners. We will also hear from UPS and its Women Exporters Program with information on e-commerce, packaging and supply chain solutions, and the session will address potential tax implications for exporters. Learn all about the benefits of exporting your products and services and how your federal government is available to assist you with market information, connections to local partners, opportunities and financing programs.

Speakers:

  • Ximena Pauvif-Machado (Moderator), Consulate General of Canada, Miami, FL
  • Maria Luisa Boyce, UPS Global Public Affairs, Washington, DC
  • Jennifer Cooke, Export Development Canada, Ontario, Canada
  • Kate Fishers, Ferrell & Kelly, CPAs, Winter Park, FL
  • Mindi Hertzog, U.S. Commercial Service, Orlando, FL
  • Elizabeth Reid, Global Affairs Canada, Ontario, Canada
  • Toya Woods, Export-Import Bank of the U.S., Washington, DC

Sponsors: UPS, Government of Canada, Export Development Canada, and Nova Scotia Business Inc. 

2:45pm to 3:00pm

Break / Networking / Social Time

3:00pm to 5:00pm

SALONS I-III | B2B Matchmakers

3:00pm to 3:45pm

ST. JAMES AND BALLROOM
Interactive Power Workshop: Design Your Own Itinerary
Select From Multiple Professional Development Sessions Listed Below

WORKSHOP 1: Sustainability
Facilitator: Tara Dodson, Keepers of the Coast, St. Augustine, FL

WORKSHOP 2: What’s on your mind? Tips for Recognizing and Instantly Shifting a Negative Mindset.
Facilitator: Karen Pelot, Perspectives LLC, Orlando, FL

Did you know your mind is predisposed for certain reactions, understandings and beliefs? Did you know this predisposition often dictates how you feel about, well, everything? You know what else? You have the power to choose between being bogged down by an unproductive, negative mindset or lifted up by a creative, empowering, positive one. But there’s a catch – you have to be able to recognize what’s on your mind before you can change it. This session teaches you how to quickly recognize when your mindset could be working against you and your team, and instantly shift it to one that truly supports your priorities and achieving your goals. Bonus! This workshop is equally beneficial for you professionally and personally.

WORKSHOP 3: Be Ready! Be Vigilant! Be Safe!
Facilitator: Jessica Bennett, Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL

3:45pm to 4:00pm

Break / Networking / Social Time

4:00pm to 4:45pm

ST. JAMES AND BALLROOM
Interactive Power Workshop: Design Your Own Itinerary
Select From the Above Sessions

4:45pm to 5:00pm

Break / Networking / Social Time

5:00pm to 5:15pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Day One Wrap-Up

  • Cindy Chace, Go for the Greens Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Diane Sears, Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL

5:15pm to 6:15pm

FREE TIME
Relax and change clothes for the evening festivities

6:30pm to 7:30pm

RECEPTION AND BUFFET DINNER

Meet by the Quiet Pool for a light buffet, cash bar and a casual networking event as we prepare to gather to walk to Epcot as a group.

Note: Casual summer attire and comfortable shoes recommended.

Sponsor: ICON Information Consultants

7:15pm

Meet on the lawn for group photo and Epcot passes

7:30pm to 9:30pm

FRENCH PAVILION IN EPCOT
Lakeside Dessert and Fireworks

Note: Casual summer attire and comfortable shoes recommended.

Sponsor: Walt Disney World

Friday, September 20, 2019

7:00am to 5:00pm

CONFERENCE CENTER LOBBY
Registration

7:00am to 7:45am

EAST BALLROOM
Breakfast and Networking Hosted by Canadian Delegation

Thinking about doing business across borders? The Canadian delegation of women business owners will be hosting the breakfast tables and invite all attendees to come and expand their network, share best practices and discuss business opportunities.

7:45am to 8:00am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Welcome Back / Day Two Overview

Presenters:

  • Cindy Chace, Go for the Greens Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Diane Sears, Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL
  • Jennifer Cooke, Export Development Canada, Ontario, Canada
  • Karen Williams, Nova Scotia Business, Nova Scotia, Canada

8:00am to 9:00am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Keynote: Cleared Hot! You HAVE Permission to Engage

Keynote Introduction: Camille Burns, Women Presidents’ Organization, New York, NY
Speaker:
Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, VAI Consulting and Training LLC, Washington, DC

Employee engagement, customer engagement, team engagement, personal engagement. No matter what area an organization is strategically trying to improve, individuals have to be engaged and execute in order for the plan to move forward. The key is giving permission to engage from the inside out. Once that happens, your organization will be CLEARED HOT! There’s no secret … a solid flight plan is the key. Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became the U.S. Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot and then America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. After two tours in Iraq, she left the military and launched VAI Consulting and Training LLC, and she now speaks around the world.

Sponsor: Women President’s Organization

9:00am to 9:15am

Break / Networking / Social Time

9:15am to 10:00am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: Permission to Grunt

Women traditionally have been raised to be the gentler gender and to behave politely, especially in mixed company. Forget that. Right here, right now, we are giving you “permission to grunt.” Active participation in sports has taught our expert panelists that success and failure are both acceptable. In life, the limitations we place on ourselves and the stories we often tell ourselves of what we’re capable of aren’t necessarily true. When we PLAY (sports or any other activity), we transcend those self-imposed limitations and raise our confidence levels, increase our communication skills, develop as leaders, and learn to overcome obstacles. You will leave the session with new understanding, new ideas and new ways to incorporate PLAY that will foster a more positive and satisfying experience for you and your career growth.

Speakers:

  • Beth Gitlin (moderator), BJG Global Consulting, Melbourne, FL
  • Jeanne Hess, Kalamazoo College Volleyball, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Shelly Rood, Mission: Ambition, Detroit, MI
  • Charlene Curtis, Charlene Curtis Basketball Camps, Kernersville, NC

10:00am to 10:45am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: I am Number One!

Moderator Introduction: Karen Fray, Women in Defense, Orlando, FL

We all have personal experiences that take a toll on our mental, emotional, physical and physiological well-being. It’s important to understand your body’s signals so you know when to look into your symptoms and seek medical attention or emotional support. Your life may depend on it — and your business, too.

Speakers:

  • Desiree Hanson (moderator), Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
  • Martha Lopez-Anderson, Parent Heart Watch, Orlando, FL
  • Debbie Setuain, Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, North Miami Beach, FL
  • Kristin Woodling, Pamper Your Mind, Melbourne, FL

10:45am to 11:45am

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: Sustainability and Your Bottom Line

Moderator Introduction: Stephanie McFee, WBDC-FL, St. Augustine, FL

As the focus on environmental concerns continues to grow, and major corporations and government agencies are being judged by a world audience, how will this trend affect your business? Join us for a lively discussion on what your company will need to do to meet the requirements of the sustainability movement in order to do business with corporations and government agencies as your customers. Learn how you can lean into your values to grow your business and start with simple measures to add a sustainability strategy to your company.

Speakers:

  • Tim Center (moderator), Sustainable Florida, Tallahassee, FL
  • Doreen Blades, US Eco Products, Haverhill, MA
  • LaKay Cornell, Champagne Hippies, St. Augustine, FL
  • Tara Dodson, Keepers of the Coast and Full Circle Resource Management, St. Augustine, FL
  • Andrea Ruiz-Hays, Eco Strategies Group, Orlando, FL

11:45pm to 12:00pm

Break / Networking / Social Time

12:00pm to 12:45pm

EAST BALLROOM
Lunch and Networking
General Session
Special Presentation: Cancer Survivor Award

Presenters:

  • Cindy Chace, Go for the Greens Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Diane Sears, Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL
  • Dein Spriggs, Florida Amateur Drivers Association, Fort Lauderdale, FL

12:45pm to 2:45pm

SALONS I-III | B2B Matchmakers

12:45pm to 1:30pm

SALONS IV-VI
Power Workshops: Design Your Own Itinerary
Select From Multiple Professional Development Sessions Listed Below

WORKSHOP 1: The Art of an Elegant Transition
Facilitator: Nancy Allen, Women’s Business Development Council of Florida, Miami, FL
Are you at the crossroads with your business, trying to decide whether to take on investors to expand? Are you looking to become a business owner after a areer as a corporate executive? Are you going through a change in your personal or professional life, such as marriage, divorce, menopause? Are you becoming a new parent, an empty nester, or a sandwich generation woman who is caring for aging parents in addition to your own family? Learn to master the five key elements of a successful transition: acknowledgment, adaptability, accountability, acceptance and authenticity, and awareness. Whatever your transition, this tried-and-true process will help you navigate it with grace and style.

WORKSHOP 2: Cyber Security Awareness – Yes, the Threat is Real!
Facilitators: Gary Hopewell, FBI, Orlando, FL (1st session) and Matthew Cannon, FAIRWINDS Credit Union, Orlando, FL (2nd session)

WORKSHOP 3: Financial Smarts – Understanding the latest tax changes
Facilitator: Dalia Cantor, CPA Solutions

1:30pm to 1:45pm

Break / Networking / Social Time

1:45pm to 2:30pm

SALONS IV-VI
Power Workshops: Design Your Own Itinerary
Select From the Above Sessions

2:30pm to 2:45pm

Break / Networking / Social Time

2:45pm to 3:30pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: I Am Woman, Hear Me Hoorah, Hooah, Oorah! Roar!

Moderator Introduction: Debbie Berry, Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL

Companies of all sizes can benefit from the expertise and experience of our women military/veteran workforce. Hear firsthand how military service shapes careers, and how people with this background can transform your company for the better.

Speakers:

  • Amy Courter (moderator), Azimuth Centers of Excellence, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, VAI Consulting and Training LLC, Washington, DC
  • Shelly Rood, Mission: Ambition, Detroit, MI

3:30pm to 3:45pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Special Presentation: Mentorship Program Outbrief

Moderator: Billie Bryant Schultz, Cesco, Dallas, TX

Hear from the high school and college students who have attended the one-day Go for the Greens Mentorship Day program.

Sponsors: UPS, Walt Disney World, CESCO, TREC Group, Knock, Creative Communications

3:45pm to 4:00pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Panel: What You Don’t Know About Golf Might Be Hurting You

If you’re not educated about golf etiquette, you could be making some major blunders on the course or even in workplace discussions about the sport. Our expert panel will help you out, providing some fun stories and quick tips on how to present yourself like a pro, even if you’re still not too sure of your swing.

Speakers:

  • Benita Fortner (moderator), BFortner Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA
  • Josh Ferguson, Enterprise Holdings, Tampa, FL
  • Robin Richter, Southern California Golf Association

Sponsors: Banneker, BFortner Enterprises, LPGA

4:00pm to 4:50pm

EAST BALLROOM
General Session
Active Workshop: What Do I Do With This Cub?

Whether you’ve been golfing for years or you’ve never held a club, our activity stations will help you get one step closer to being a dynamo on the golf course. Learn from LPGA professionals and longtime women golfers how you can improve your game or just get started.

4:50pm to 5:00pm

EAST BALLROOM
Day Two Wrap-Up

  • Cindy Chace, Go for the Greens Foundation, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Diane Sears, Go for the Greens Foundation, Orlando, FL

5:00pm to 7:00pm

MARVIN GARDENS HALL
Reception
Happy Feet Happy Hour

Sponsor: UPS

(Open to all full conference or Friday conference attendees. To bring a guest, conference attendees must purchase a ticket in advance of the event. Tickets are available online at www.goforthegreens.org or at the registration desk in the convention center lobby on-site.)

Sponsor: UPS

7:00pm

Dinner On Your Own

Saturday, September 21, 2019

For 18-hole golfers

6:15am

BOARDWALK CONFERENCE CENTER LOBBY
Coffee station

Grab a hot morning beverage and pick up your golf goody bag with water, breakfast snacks and fun golf items before you head to the golf course.

6:30am

Buses start departing to golf courses (2 trips)

7:30am 

MAGNOLIA GOLF COURSE
Golf Networking Event (18 holes) shotgun start

1:30pm to 1:45pm

SHUTTLE BACK TO HOTEL

Transportation back to the BoardWalk (2 trips)

2:00pm to 3:30pm

BOARDWALK CONVENTION CENTER
Golf awards, silent auction and lunch

For 9-hole golfers

8:30am

BOARDWALK CONFERENCE CENTER LOBBY
Coffee station

Grab a hot morning beverage and pick up your golf goody bag with water, breakfast snacks and fun golf items before you head to the golf course.

8:45am

Transportation to golf courses

9:30am

OAK TRAIL GOLF COURSE

Clinic and Golf Networking Event (9 holes)

1:30pm

SHUTTLE BACK TO HOTEL

Transportation back to the BoardWalk

2:00pm to 3:30pm

BOARDWALK CONVENTION CENTER
Golf awards, silent auction and lunch

BUSINESS MATCHMAKING AGENDA