Women of Excellence & Leadership Conference
We are already busy making plans for our next Conference. We are working on the roster of amazing speakers for this year's conference, promising to make our next Women of Excellence and Leadership Conference another successful and rewarding event.
Susan B. Anthony Nomination
The recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award is recognized for her passion, courage and leadership to impact the lives of others.
Susan B. Anthony was a woman who displayed each of these attributes through her courage, passion and leadership to impact a movement giving all women a voice and the right Vote! We must remain courageous and vocal towards creating our desired legacy with a blazing path!
Our last Conference was a huge success with many guests leaving empowered, inspired and hopeful of their own future. Below is a description of the speakers we were fortunate to hear. We will post our next speaker list just as soon as it is formalized.
Previous Conference Speakers & Topics
Janet Perez Eckles, Keynote Speaker
WOEL Vice President of Strategic Programming
“ The Treasure Within You”
You will discover the gems you possess when you…Learn the secret to triumph over dark valleys.
Learn the path to true success. Find triumph through the gift of gratitude. Relish in the richness of life.
Phyllis Horton-Mack, Speaker
WOEL Founder & President
" Pressures of Life – Like The Creation of Diamonds"
Phyllis will share a message on how to turn the dark void times of your life into a sparkling message with all the beautiful facets the pressures of life creates. Like the creation of the most valuable multi-faceted diamond has a story, so do we. She will emphasis the fact that you are a beautiful, sparkling treasure with value beyond measure!
Angela Daniels, Speaker
Corporate Vice President
Cultural Markets, New York Life Insurance Company
" Building a Career Without Barriers"
Walk away with tools you need to begin your journey of discovering a career that fits who you really are inside. Angela will help you think way out the box and beyond barriers you may have place on yourself. Learn how to set SMART goals and be accountable to yourself.
Diane Vivian, Speaker
Freelance Graphic Designer and Vice President of Creative Design, Marketing & Branding, WOEL
“ Fall in Love with your Brand - YOU!”
Diane shares practical tips to move you forward in your personal brand as well as your business brand. Diane offers insights and education in what branding really is and how important it is to you personally and professionally.
Diane has been a freelance graphic designer in the Orlando area for over 20 years. She loves the connections she makes through her business and thoroughly enjoys the process in helping her clients achieve greater success and confidence through the development of their professional brand in the marketing materials and websites she designs.
Carmen Luciano, Speaker
Financial & Consulting Services
“ Living Behind a Mask”
Many times in life we are challenged to put on a public face to mask a part of our lives we don't want people to see. These masks tend to hide the true beauty and essence of who we really are. Masks create an isolation and separation from our true identity, hindering others from seeing the authenticity of who we are. It is time to remove the Mask!
“I Survive” Discussion Panel
My name is Donna Ferguson. I was born in Port Jefferson, New York and raised in the small town of Poultney, Vermont. I currently reside in Clermont, Florida. I came to Florida via route of GA, NH, VT and MA. I am the 4th of 5 siblings. I have been blessed with 3 amazing girls, whom I adore, Taliah(13), Bianca(10) and Azaria(1)!
In the field of education, I have 25 years of experience. I earned my Degree in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College of Burlington, Vermont. From there, I relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where I started a family. I am currently the Academic Director for a private Preschool in Windermere, Florida.
Aside from spending time with my family, I love calligraphy and photography and helping others. I serve at my place of worship in the children’s ministry, I am a private consultant with APPLE accreditation and also own my own business which allows me to enrich women’s lives in many ways.
Shydonna Tossie is a graduate of Valdosta State University. She has a Bachelors of Science in Exceptional Student Education. At an early age she knew she wanted to help others, and to this day she continues to mentor teens, children, and adults in her community.
She finds joy in serving others and making an impact on her community in a variety of ways, and without her we’d all be in trouble.
Shydonna Tossie is the Director of The Ampersand School located in Longwood, FL.
“I believe that it is our responsibility as educators to bring out the best in every child, that teachers are the hardest working people that I know, and that supportive and involved parents make a school even better.”
She encourages her students to pursue their passions and challenges them to explore opportunities outside of their comfort zones.
Shydonna also serves on the Board of Directors for Worship Leader's Association International, An organization that
provides an atmosphere where worship leaders can be developed, empowered and refreshed on a regular basis.
She has the opportunity to travel, sing, and develop worship leaders around the world.
"Remember that every moment you are given is precious. Each decision that we make doesn't simply just affect you. It has the potential of affecting everyone connected to you. Therefore, it is important to choose your words carefully, let your character shine forth through your actions, and don't be a afraid to be an atmosphere changer."
Andrea is a member of the speaker's bureau for S.E.S.A.M.E., a national organization dedicated to preventing sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and school staff. She has also recently joined the ranks as an instructor with the non-profit organization, KidSafe. Andrea is thrilled to educate parents, mentors, and teachers about different ways to protect our kids from abuse. Andrea received her master's degree from Boston University in clinical social work and has spent the majority of her career working in higher education. For the past ten years, she has been speaking with students, teachers, parenting groups, and others, educating them about educator sexual abuse through sharing her story.
Andrea continues to invest time and energy ensuring schools can be safe environments for our children - free from harassment and abuse.