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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.
Emily and the Emily Ley brand have received numerous accolades, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show and a Top 10 Designer to Watch in 2015 by Stationery Trends Magazine, and been featured in Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Weddings, Domino, Glamour.com and more. Her beloved line of products gives women the tools to simplify and make margin for what matters and now her book, Grace, Not Perfection, gives women – single or married, working or stay-at-home – the techniques to do so. “I know there are so many women out there who, like me, have become stuck on the hamster wheel of trying to do it all,” Emily writes. “I’m sharing my story alongside tips and lessons I’ve learned to help them regain control and jump off that wheel, as well as to help them know that there are others who have been right where they are.”
Emily lives with her husband and three children in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please visit www.EmilyLey.com.
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.
In additional to speaking all over the country about business success, as a certified health coach, Dawna also appears regularly on local and national television for her health and wellness knowledge. Dawna has appeared on The Today Show, MARTHA, MSNBC, Bethenny, HSN, and morning news programs on all four major networks—NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX. She also hosted her own segment on FOX called “Healthy Living with Dawna Stone” and her own radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio called “Health & Fitness Talk with Dawna Stone.” Dawna regularly writes for popular magazines and websites.
Dawna is a highly sought after speaker and has done speaking engagements for an ever-growing list of corporations and non-profits including Chobani (Women’s Leadership Summit), American Heart Association, Mass Mutual, Wharton Business School, Women’s Entertainment Television, PGA Tour, Disney, Super Bowl Leadership Forum, Susan G. Komen, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Women in Philanthropy, Bay Care Health Systems and the Snowmass Wellness Expo to name a few.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dawna was a Financial Analyst for Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley, a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting, the President of a $20 million sports nutrition company, the Senior VP of Operations at a large dot.com and Chief Marketing Officer for a $700 million dollar publicly traded company.
In 2005, Dawna appeared on and won NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.” She spent the following year working closely with Martha Stewart developing a variety of projects for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Dawna is about to launch her latest book, Book Accelerator—How to Write a Bestseller in 16 Weeks: Boost Your Business, Increase Your Income and Get Noticed! The book is part of an online and group-coaching program designed to help people publish a book that will take them to the next level in their life and careers.
Dawna has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Dawna is also an avid runner and triathlete having competed in every distance from a 5k fun run to the Hawaii Ironman. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband, nine-year-old daughter, eight-year-old son and 17-year-old “puppy.”
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.
Secily has the ability to connect with audiences, viewers and listeners alike . She has a commanding presence and the ability to light up a room without saying a word. Her transparency allows others to see that beyond the name recognition, cameras and makeup she is relatable. Secily made her debut as the Red Carpet correspondent at the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards the Tom Joyner Morning Show, BET and Centric TV.
She is passionate about issues like stroke awareness and domestic violence. Secily is often found giving back to her community, spreading awareness and volunteering. She received her broadcast journalism degree from Valdosta State University, is a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc.
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.
Dr. Williams earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Barry University, a master’s degree in Counselor Education from University of South Florida, and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Humanities from Clearwater Christian College.
Recently, she was awarded the “Passing the Torch Leadership Award” by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. In 2016, Dr. Williams accepted to the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, making her part of the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows. She is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, Leadership St. Pete, the Chancellor’s Leadership Program and the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Florida.
She is a strong believer that by respecting our past, looking beyond the present, and building better circumstances for our future, we can overcome the barriers to success and achieve our wildest dreams.
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.
Sierra’s extensive clientele include Harvard Law School, the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and Olympic athletes. She has worked with Wall Street and Fortune 500 executives from companies like Time Warner, Revlon, American Express, Morgan Stanley, and the NHL.
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.
In recent years, Kassewitz has implemented initiatives designed to strengthen the organization’s connection with all segments of its fan base. In 2015, she introduced the Women of RED, a pioneering program focused on enhancing and improving the fan experience. In its highly-anticipated debut season, Women of RED was called “the tipping point for a genuine connection to fans”, attracting thousands of women to major events that offered a wide variety of interactive experiences, exclusive behind-the-scenes access, and opportunities to interact with Buccaneers players and legends and current executives.
Established in 1999, Kassewitz leads the Glazer Family Foundation by identifying and creating programs that sustain positive social and economic development for families in underserved Tampa Bay area communities. Through a lead gift, the Glazer Family Foundation provided the funding necessary to open the world-class Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa as part of the Foundation’s ongoing dedication to children and families.
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Working Woman of Florida is holding a women’s state business leadership & entrepreneurs conference in St Petersburg Florida. Registration is open to working women living throughout the state of Florida including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Brandon, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Naples, West Palm Beach, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Ocala Panama City, Jacksonville & Sarasota.