Speakers 2019-07-25T19:12:13+00:00


2019 Speakers and Presenters



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Laura Lane joined UPS in November 2011 as President, Global Public Affairs, where she is responsible for all worldwide government affairs activities for UPS among the more than 220 countries and territories the corporation serves. Prior to joining UPS, Laura was Managing Director and Head of International Government Affairs at CitiGroup; and VP for Global Public Policy with Time Warner.

Laura previously worked in the U.S. government, where she was responsible for bilateral trade affairs with the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries at the United States Trade Representative (USTR). There, she also negotiated market access commitments on trade in services with China as part of its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and served as U.S. negotiator for the WTO Financial Services negotiations, which resulted in a first-ever global agreement in 1997.

Laura served in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1990-1997. She worked in the Trade Policy and Programs office in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 1995-1997. She served as the State Department representative on the U.S. Basic Telecommunications negotiating team, which concluded the first-ever global agreement on basic telecommunications in 1996. She also worked in the State Department Operations Center from 1994-1995 as watch officer under Secretary Warren Christopher. In her State Department career, she was the recipient of two Superior Honor awards and a Meritorious Honor award.

In her overseas assignments, Laura was the economic and political-military affairs officer at the American Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, from 1993-1994. She led the evacuation effort of American citizens from Rwanda in April 1994 with the outbreak of the civil war and returned in August as political advisor to U.S. forces providing humanitarian relief to Rwandan refugees. She also served as consular officer in Bogota, Colombia from 1990-1992.

Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, she has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean.

Romaine delivered a TED Talk in 2016 on global trade and is a frequent speaker at community and business events internationally. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work in the international business community.

Romaine began her career with UPS in the Missouri district in 1983 as a part-time hub supervisor. She held a variety of operational and management roles in Missouri and was later promoted to hub manager. In 1989, she accepted a five-year assignment in Europe and lived in both the UK and France. She returned to the U.S. in 1994 as controller for the air district, based in Louisville, Kentucky. She held several posts in Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota before moving to Milan, Italy, as managing director of UPS South Europe. She was promoted to chief operating officer for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2010, Romaine was promoted to her current position, which is based in Miami.

Romaine servess on several boards, including the Florida International University (FIU) School of Business Dean’s Council, the board of trustees of William Woods University, the United Way of Miami-Dade board, the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Compañías Express board – Latin America Conference of Express Companies, and the World Trade Center Miami board, which she currently chairs. She is a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee.

Susan Harper is the Consul General of Canada in Miami. Prior to moving to Miami, she held two consecutive positions in Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa: Director General and Senior Arctic Official (2013-16) and Director, Trade Controls and Technical Barriers (2009-13). In 2004, she had been posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., where she became Minister (Economic) in 2008. She had previously been Ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay (2001-04), after having held trade positions in Yaoundé, Paris and Buenos Aires. Before joining the Government of Canada, Susan taught at both Cambrian College in Sudbury and George Brown College in Toronto.


Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in three years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s first African-American female combat pilot. When she returned home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how. She created a seven-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Plan and now travels extensively sharing this message through her keynotes, coaching and seminars. She is also the author of Zero to Breakthrough and the founder and chief breakthrough officer of VAI Consulting and Training LLC. She has been featured on Oprah, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others.

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). The ABCs of Money remained at or near the #1 Investing Basics e-book on Amazon for more than years in its vertical, with over 120,000 downloads and a mean 5-star ranking. The 2nd edition of The ABCs of Money was released in 2018. The Earth Gratitude Project features sustainability tips from the most respected experts and visionaries on the planet, including His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, Elon Musk, The Duchess of Northumberland, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, the Earth Day Network, the NRDC, Global Green, Unify, Ron Finley, Lynne Twist, Green Our Planet, Living Homes, Master Sha and more. As a strong believer in giving back, Pace has been instrumental in raising millions for public schools, financial literacy, the arts and underserved women and girls worldwide.


Nancy Allen is the president and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council of Florida/Her Company Inc., a not-for- profit organization whose mission is to certify, connect and champion women in business. The WBDC/Her Company is the Florida regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which certifies that businesses are owned, operated, managed and independently controlled by women. Certification opens the door for national and federal contracts as well networking opportunities with powerful and successful women business owners. Over the years, Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards, and she is an award winning international speaker on women’s issues. Nancy’s most coveted honor is the Mary Schnack Award, which she received from the Go for the Greens Foundation in 2016 for her work in helping the global women business owner community. Nancy recently achieved certification as an Energy Leadership Master Practitioner from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. This distinction, combined with her many years of business development expertise, enables Nancy and her team to coach and consult women business owners through all phases of their lives. Nancy is a founding member of the Go for the Greens Board of Directors and serves on the Go for the Greens Executive Planning Committee, where she serves as Procurement Chair

Debbie L. Berry works with Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions as a senior staff analyst in the business development organization and as business development manager of the Innovation Demonstration Center. She has supported both domestic and international opportunities for the company as a systems engineer, project engineer and program manager. Debbie has 32 years of experience in the simulation and training industry spanning product design through delivery of fixed and rotary wing simulators, tank gunnery trainers, battle management training devices, instrumented training range systems and reconnaissance systems. As customer engagement liaison, she is responsible for management of capabilities demonstrations, business development and strategies. Debbie is a founding member of the Central Florida Chapter of Women In Defense and served as the inaugural chapter president. She served as president for the Central Florida Chapter of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and for the Association of the U.S. Army Sunshine Chapter. Debbie currently serves as a WID CFL Advisor, CFL NDIA Director, and Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation board member. She was conference chair emeritus for I/ITSEC 2001 and ITEC 2009, and she is a charter member of the Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification Commission (CMSP) and an alumnus of Leadership Orlando (Class 78). She serves on the I/ITSEC Council of Chairs, the I/ITSEC STEM Committee and the ITEC Conference Committee. Her credentials include lifetime memberships in NDIA, WID, Navy League of the United States, and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA). In recognition of her distinguished service, Debbie is the second recipient of the prestigious NDIA Silver Medal. She has been awarded the AUSA Sunshine Chapter Royal of the Flamingo medallion and is the inaugural recipient of the CFL WID Debbie L. Berry Legacy Award. Debbie is a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee.

Tim Center is an attorney and statewide leader focused on building better communities. He serves as the executive director of Sustainable Florida, which promotes sustainable practices in Florida that protect natural resources, strengthen the economy and improve quality of life. Tim is also the CEO of the Capital Area Community Action Agency, a $9 million nonprofit that helps people who have the will to move out of poverty positively change their lives. He also operates Centerfield Strategy, a consulting firm. A fourth-generation Floridian, Tim received the 2014 Hero of Service Award from City Year and is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Tallahassee. He is a founding member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee and a member of the Go for the Greens Board of Directors, where he is chair of the Governance Committee.

Cindy Chace is the director of sales for the government sector at UPS, where she has worked for 31 years. She is active in the corporation’s Congressional awareness program, working with elected officials who have included Robert Wexler, Ted Deutch and Clay Shaw, all of South Florida. Cindy represents UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for the Cuban American National Council and served on the President’s Advisory Council at Radford University, her alma mater. She actively participates in activities with minority and women’s business organizations, including The International Alliance for Women, which recognized her as a Leader in Global Development in 2012, and the National Association of Women Business Owners, which recognized her work in presenting UPS with the 2008-09 National Chapter Corporate Partner of the Year Award. In 2014, Cindy was recognized with the Corporate Advocate Award for the WBE Hall of Fame. Cindy is co-founder and co-chair of the Go for the Greens conference and is a founding director of Go for the Greens Foundation Inc. She chairs the sponsorship committee and serves on the golf, mentorship, finance and programming committees.

Josh Ferguson is the director of sales and operations for the West Coast of Florida at Enterprise Holdings, where he has worked for the last 10 years. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates offer extensive car rental, car sharing, truck rental, fleet management, retail car sales and other transportation services. The company operates 9,600 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations worldwide. Josh actively participates in the corporation’s formal mentoring program. After several years of participating in the Go for the Greens conference golf event, Josh joined the Executive Planning Committee in 2017. He serves as co-chair of the golf committee.

Benita Fortner recently retired as director of supplier diversity for Raytheon Company. She served in the supplier diversity space for 28 years. In her previous position as procurement manager at Hughes Aircraft Company, Benita was instrumental in significantly increasing the number of corporate agreements awarded to small, minority and women-owned suppliers, implementing supplier customer feedback sessions and second-tier alliances. Benita is the immediate past chair of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and served in numerous leadership roles with government, industry and advocacy groups focused on business owner diversity in the supply chain. Benita served as the chair of the advisory board for the Tuck Minority Business Executive Education Programs and served on the Tuck School of Business Board of Overseers. Benita has been inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame from the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce and was recognized with a Clarion Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Beth Merrick has been a cast member with the Walt Disney Company for 24 years, including 15 as a recruiter with the Parks and Resorts division. Her story began with her opportunity to work as a tour guide at the Magic Kingdom after college. This was very exciting because her father also worked as a Disney cast member on the opening team of Epcot. Her career has included time in theme park guest relations and resorts concierge, as well as management roles in parks and resorts and workforce management. Some highlights Beth is most proud of include writing and creating the orientation program for the Magic Kingdom cast members, “Once Upon a Time is Now”; opening team for the first “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”; part of the events team for the “Remember the Magic” 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Magic Kingdom; many company and local volunteer events; and being the recipient of the Recruiter of the Year Award for the National Hispanic Corporate Achievers. Beth currently supports recruitment for the sales and marketing and new vacation operations segments.

Josie Mousseau joined Global Affairs Canada in 2003 after working in other government departments and the private sector. She leads a team committed to addressing the specific needs of women business owners and coordinating programs that support and engage women in international trade. Josie is widely recognized as a strong advocate in promoting business women in international trade and played an instrumental role in bringing together partner departments, representatives of women’s business organizations and corporations from across Canada to establish certification for businesswomen in Canada. Under her leadership, the initiatives taken by her division sparked numerous business success stories. She has received numerous awards for her work, including an Excellence in Service Award by the Government of Canada, a 2015 World of Difference 100 Award from The International Alliance for Women, a Leadership in International Trade award from the Toronto Chapter of Organization of Women in International Trade, and the 2014 WEConnect International Supplier Diversity Champion of the Year Award. She was also recognized in the Profiles in Diversity Journal Women Worth Watching. Josie is a founding board member of the Ottawa Chapter of the OWIT and is an active volunteer in her community.

Kris Oswold is a leader in global business process design and organizational transformation. With more than 28 years at UPS, Kris has built a career designing and executing global organizational change. As the director of supplier diversity, she brings a unique perspective to the role. In addition to being passionate about expanding opportunities for diverse suppliers to transact with UPS, Kris brings experience from across the UPS enterprise identifying where results fall short of desires and redesigning metrics, processes and systems to better achieve goals. Prior to her current role, Kris had responsibility to execute, and then to redesign, UPS processes across the globe, including all aspects of customer support, technical support, billing, payment processing, and collections. In addition to pioneering enterprise-level process design and ownership at UPS, Kris has opened and operated UPS offices in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Pamela Rogan is the president and CEO of Rogan Marketing and Communications. She brings with her a depth and breadth of experience that directly benefits her company and indirectly enhances the companies she works with for the past 30 years. Pamela is known by colleagues and clients for her natural leadership ability, team-building skills and a commitment to “Blue Sky” thinking, where ideas can be shared collaboratively without fear of being judged. While working in New York City, Pamela successfully ran two in-house advertising agencies and went on to turn around a third. The final, near-failing agency, was on the verge of losing its key client when Rogan stepped in to purchase the company and completely revamp operations, turning the small design firm into a full-service marketing, advertising and communications company. She successfully ran the agency for eight years, with 11 employees, before closing the company to relocate to Atlanta, where she opened a similar company and then transferred it when she and her husband relocated permanently to Orlando in 2010. Throughout her career, Pamela has been committed to volunteerism. The majority of her efforts have been directed towards encouraging the growth of women and young adults who display entrepreneurial leanings while continuously educating herself in order to best foster diversity and help her clients grow their businesses. In Orlando, she previously served as president of NAWBO Orlando for four years. Her current volunteer efforts include serving on the governing board for Athena Powerlink for seven years and joining the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a board member. Pamela is a member of the Go for the Greens Executive Steering Committee, serving as the marketing chair.

Billie Bryant Schultz is CEO of CESCO Inc., an award-winning printing equipment and software solution provider focused on managed document services and sales of copiers, smart multifunctional devices, scanners, plotters, 3D printers and supplies. Since joining the company, Billie has transitioned CESCO from a coin and office equipment service company to one that has extensive experience and knowledge cultivated through partnerships with leading printing equipment manufacturers and software providers, all for the benefit of sustainability and cost reduction in document printing. Those partnerships include Xerox, Lexmark, HP Ricoh, Dell, Epson, Brother and Y Soft SafeQ Software. Billie served on the formation boards of the Women’s Business Council Southwest and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, where she served for 10 years. She was the first chair of the WBENC Leadership Forum and a chair of the certification committee and task force, and she currently serves on the program committee and is a Leadership Forum chair emeritus. Billie continues to serve on the WBCS board of directors, in addition to the board of directors of the American Institute for Diversity and Commerce’s Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame. For her advocacy for women, minorities and small businesses, she has won numerous awards, including the WBENC Applause, WBE Hall of Fame, WBENC Star vendor, WBE WBCS award of the year, TXU/CESCO Star Vendor, EFH CESCO/Xerox Partnership award, Enterprising Woman of the Year. Billie serves on the Go for the Greens Foundation board of directors and is a member of the Go for the Greens conference Executive Steering Committee, where she chairs the mentorship committee and serves on the sponsorship committee.

Diane Sears of Orlando, Florida, is founder and president of DiVerse Media LLC, which assists clients with content marketing projects, including nonfiction books, research, white papers, TED Talks, executive speeches, event planning, media relations, online marketing and social media. The company has coached authors of more than 100 nonfiction books. Diane is the author of Tapping Your Inner Entrepreneur: Making the Move from Employee to Business Owner and Inside AP: A Guide to Today’s Accounts Payable Profession, as well as thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. An award-winning journalist, she has served as editor-in-chief of two business magazines and as a writer and editor for several others. She also served as an editor and news reporter at The Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today newspapers. Diane is the Orlando Chapter chair of the Women Presidents’ Organization, a founding governing body member of Athena PowerLink in Orlando, and the Central Florida regional director for the Women’s Business Development Council of Florida, which certifies companies as
women-owned for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. She was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame in December 2015 by the American Institute of Diversity & Commerce. Diane also was presented with a 2015 World of Difference 100 Award by The International Alliance for Women, and the National Association of Women Business Owners named her National Member of the Year in 2006 and again in 2009. Diane is co-founder and co-chair of the Go for the Greens conference and is a founding director of Go for the Greens Foundation Inc. She chairs the programming committee and serves on the finance, marketing, sponsorship and mentorship committees.

Leonard Spencer leads the supplier diversity function for The Walt Disney Company. In this role within the Sourcing and Procurement organization, he sets the vision and business strategy for the identification and utilization of diverse suppliers that help the company reduce costs, deliver quality, drive innovation and enhance economic inclusion reflective of the guests Disney serves and the communities where Disney operates around the world. In previous roles with The Walt Disney Company, Leonard used his leadership and change management expertise to guide the Strategic Sourcing and Procurement organization’s decision-making with respect to the development, adoption and implementation of best-in-class procurement programs, processes, procedures and tools. His team led the strategic planning and budgeting activities for the Theme Parks and Resorts segment and provided in-depth spend analysis. He provided segment leadership for teams based in Asia, Europe and the United States. Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Leonard held leadership roles with the General Electric Company and the Federal Reserve Bank. He is a graduate of Leadership Orlando and currently serves as treasurer of the East Winter Garden Improvement District and chair of the Florida Supplier Diversity Roundtable. He is a member of the Roper YMCA Board of Directors and the Central Florida Smithsonian Advisory Council. As a dedicated alumnus of Tuskegee University, he is the President of the Central Florida Tuskegee Alumni Club and a member of the Tuskegee University School of Business and Industry Advisory Council. He also is president of the Winter Park Kappa Foundation and a guest lecturer at the Rollins College Crummer School of Business.

Dein Spriggs is president of the Florida Amateur Driving Club, an organization of licensed harness racing drivers who compete on a professional level and donate 100 percent of their race earnings to charity. The organization began partnering with the Go for the Greens Foundation in 2013 to provide an annual donation to help a woman business owner who has survived breast cancer. As a racer, Dein has in excess of 400 wins. When he is not on the horse track, Dein is a real estate consultant.

John Stephenson’s journey with Disney began in the 1980s in what was then known as The Magic Kingdom College Program. His travels with the Walt Disney Company have led him to all 12 Disney theme parks around the world. John has also worked in the company’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif., with Disney Consumer Products. In the early 1990s, he was part of the opening management team of Mickey’s Kitchen, the first Disney restaurant ever opened outside of a Disney theme park. In 1992, John left Disney to pursue a career with the Starbucks Corporation. He was the first recruiter to be hired outside of the corporate office of Seattle, Wash. John recruited for all levels of the organization, including IT, management, sales, marketing and coffee roasters. After 13 years, he returned to Disney. The highlight of his career came in 2005, when he was selected as the recruiter to launch the Disney College Program at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., introducing the Disney College Program to Southern California students who were not aware of it. In 2006 he was awarded the highest honor a cast member can receive: the Spirit of Disneyland award. After the successful launch of the program at Disneyland, he rejoined the cast at Walt Disney World in Florida as a college program recruiter. He has recruited for Disney professional internships since 2013, starting with technology positions and now for sales, service and events.

Monica Stynchula is the CEO and founder of REUNIONCare Inc., located at the Innovation Lab @ Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. REUNIONCare is a healthcare provider portal connecting doctors, agencies and community-based services into one central communication without an expensive electronic health record system. She is a member of the AARP Florida Executive Council and serves on the Florida Agencyfor Healthcare Administration Telehealth Advisory Council to craft recommendations for Florida’s first telehealth law. Monica is the program director of the Caregiver Accelerator, helping new companies enter the $72 billion caregiving marketplace. In 2016, she was a featured speaker representing the USA at the Seoul 50 Plus International Forum in Seoul, South Korea. Monica is a member of the Tampa Bay Bold Goal Elder Hunger Task Force. She is a graduate of the USA Office of National Coordination HITECH health information specialist program.

Elizabeth Vazquez is the CEO and co-founder of WEConnect International, a corporate-led non-profit that helps empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion and is the co-author of Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women’s business enterprises that are at least 51 percent owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers. The WEConnect International eNetwork supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in 100 countries. Elizabeth works with many corporate leaders, including WEConnect International members with more than US $1 trillion in annual purchasing power. She sits on Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative’s International Advisory Council, the P&G Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, and is a Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Jury Member and a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Elizabeth, who was born in Mexico, received the 2018 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award.

Kimberly Wyant is president of UPS Florida, where she directs all staff, departments and operations for 56 package centers, four hubs, six gateways, an air facility, and Trailer Conditioners Inc. Nearly 14,500 UPS employees support UPS’s sophisticated transportation network, delivering approximately 970,000 packages and documents daily. Kimberly began her UPS career in 2000 as a part-time supervisor in the Central Pennsylvania District. She was promoted to business manager in 2003. Following several job rotations in operations, Kimberly was promoted to package division manager in 2005. She accepted the assignment of feeder division manager the following year. Kimberly accepted a similar assignment for the Laurel Mountain District before becoming a package division manager in the Mid Atlantic District in 2008. Kimberly was named Central Plains District Operations Manager in 2011. She accepted a promotion as Central Plains District Manager in 2015. In May 2016, Kimberly accepted her current assignment. Kimberly serves on the Atlanta Federal Trade and Transportation Advisory Council.

Bonnie Yauilla is a business diversity specialist at Tampa International Airport (Hillsborough County Aviation Authority), where she is responsible for actively seeking out women- and minority-owned businesses to introduce them to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program in the state of Florida. She helps businesses understand the benefits of becoming certified and guides them through the DBE application process. Bonnie has more than 12 years of experience and is a passionate and enthusiastic champion for the DBE program. Tampa International Airport’s Business Diversity Office has a reputation of being one of the best in the state. Bonnie oversees the DBE application process and actively participates in the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP). She takes an active role in promoting and representing the airport at events throughout the Tampa Bay area, including Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, Planning Committee for the Tampa Bay Minority Enterprise Development Conference (MED Week), Hillsborough County Open Doors, SBDC Annual Government Small Business Conference, NIGP – The Institute for Public Procurement Annual Reverse Trade Show, and the National Association of Black Women in Construction. The Business Diversity Office at Tampa International Airport received an Award of Appreciation from the Tampa Bay Community Advocacy Committee for its support during the construction of the newly opened $750 million Rental Car Center. About $179.3 million of that project was committed to be spent with more than 145 woman- and minority-owned businesses.