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Women’s Leadership Initiative Lecture Series

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Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Boulevard South

Lucas Center

Fort Myers, FL 33965

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Women’s Leadership Initiative:

Goal: To develop a supportive and inclusive community in which all interested persons may freely engage in and learn from discussions about the role of gender in leadership, equity, and access to upward mobility and career advancement in higher education and the professional workforce, especially as is relevant for women.

Lecture Series:

These lectures examine a variety of leadership topics, especially as related to women and those who support them. All who seek a better understanding of the leadership issues women face in higher education and the workforce are encouraged to attend.

Location: Lucas Center

Time: 12 - 1p.m. -- brown bag lunch encouraged

  • Thursday Oct. 24th- Kristie Scott, Esq. Knott, Ebelini, Hart Law firm- “Maximizing Success & Ethics in your Career.” Ms. Scott will discuss her career journey with the objective of (1) helping participants create a vision and mission statement for their careers, (2) understanding their principles, values and goals, and (3) discussing strategies to reach their definition of success. Donations for the FGCU Food Pantry will be collected at this event.
  • Thursday Nov. 21st- Gail Markham, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, CFP®, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. “Understanding the female brain, and using it to your benefit.” Discussion loosely based on the book The Female Brain, written by Louann Brizendine, MD.
  • Thursday Dec. 12th- Yaro Garcia, PhD, LMHC, Therapy Treatment Team, Clinical Operations Director. “Conflict Resolution” This topic will assist on this engaging technique and maintaining Mental Health when experiencing a conflict with another person, partner, or coworker.
  • Thursday Jan. 16th- Vee Leonard, JD, FGCU Vice President and General Counsel - "Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” A focus on the journey to a more fulfilling and complete life.
  • Thursday Feb. 20th- LaShaun Collier, SBDC - "Fierce, Fabulous & Fulfilled: Catalyzing Feminine Leadership as a Pathway to Living Your Best Life." An interactive examination of the characteristics and competencies of feminine leadership: You’ll leave this workshop understanding how to functionally express the healthy aspects of feminine leadership, as well as, the know-how to tap into its ability to make an extraordinary impact on your life, at work and at home. It’s both practical and poetic.
  • Thursday Mar. 19th- Dr. Ashley Mandeville, LCOB Faculty “I am a Superwoman, and I am tired.” Superwoman syndrome is a term in sociology that refers to a woman who works hard to manage multiple roles and is constantly striving for perfection in each role played. Unfortunately, the outcomes of playing the Superwoman for extended periods of time can have a negative impact on women and their work. This interactive session includes a discussion on the various roles women play, the superwoman syndrome, and on creating a work-life balance that enhances our whole self and won’t lead to mental and physical exhaustion.
  • Thursday Apr. 16th- Erica Castner, Founder, The Queen of Results. “Communicate with Confidence: How to Enhance Your Professional Relationships.” Attendees will learn: How to communicate more effectively with your team, clients and peers; Simple steps to boost your energy level to attract more of what you want; Strategies to help you "honor your time" and gracefully say "no"
  • Thursday May 7th- Sarah Owen, president & CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “Doing Well and Doing Good.” Doing well in your career and business and doing good in your community and the world are not mutually exclusive. How can women develop their platforms to create vibrant careers while creating change in their communities? In today’s philanthropic landscape, women have the unique opportunity to structure their professional and personal lives to address a triple bottom line. In this presentation we will explore current trends in philanthropy including B corps, corporate social responsibility, selecting board positions, and the myth about overhead in nonprofit organizations.

Tickets for each event will be available approximately one month prior to event. Space for Lecture Series events held in the Lucas Center are limited to 25 attendees.

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