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Women's Leadership Summit

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Women's Leadership Summit

FICPA Womens Leadership Summit

The 2015 Women's Leadership Summit will be held at Mega CPE Conference on June 11, 2015, at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando. The summit provides Florida business women of all industries with opportunities to network and advance their leadership skills.

Women to Watch Awards

Women to Watch Awards

The Women to Watch Awards presentation that honors women who exemplify leadership excellence in the accounting field will be presented by the FICPA Chair Jeff Barbacci on June 11, 2015, during the Women’s Leadership Summit.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success

Please bring your nearly new apparel to donate to Dress for Success Greater Orlando. Just drop it off when checking in for the Women’s Leadership Summit at Mega CPE Conference and we will take care of the rest.

Donation Tips

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Thursday, June 11, 2015


7:00-8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks and Women to Watch Awards Presentation
Jeff Barbacci, CPA
2014-15 Chair, Florida Institute of CPAs

Women to Watch Awards presentation honoring women who exemplify leadership excellence in the field of accounting presented by FICPA Chair of the Board, Kenneth Strauss.

8:15-9:05 a.m.
Mega Keynote Address
Keynote Address: Professional Issues Update (1 TB)
Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA
President & CEO / AICPA
New York

Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President & CEO of the AICPA, will provide an overview of the key forces driving change for the CPA profession today and in the future. He also will cover key AICPA initiatives focused on supporting members in an ever-changing profession.

9:35-9:45 a.m.
Women’s Leadership Summit Welcome

Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA
President/CEO of the Florida Institute of CPAs
Tallahassee, FL

9:45-10:35 a.m.
Women's Leadership Summit Keynote Address

Tommye E. Barie, CPA
2014-15 Board Chair of the AICPA
Brandon, FL

10:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Is Your Real Self Boiling Away One Degree at a Time in the Pot of the Workplace?
Sharon Hoyle Weber
Cohasset, MA

Discover your greatest asset! Wake up to the insidious boiled frog syndrome, take your authenticity temperature, and start living your extraordinary self!

As you are laughing at Sharon’s popular “post it story” you will relate to feeling suffocated in the cubicle jungle.  But don’t worry, she will wake you up and shake you up to living your true extraordinary self and see your whole world come alive!

12:15–1:20 p.m.
Lunch with Fashion Show – (12:40 – 1:10 p.m. Fashion Show)
The FICPA Women in Leadership Committee will present a fashion show and this year’s theme “Professional on a Budget”.  Attendees will see practicable applications for creating professional outfits for various business activities within various budgets. 

1:20-2:35 p.m.
The Story of Relationships and Where They Can Lead You
Laura Spencer, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.

Connecting with people can take your career in directions you have never envisioned—new sectors, opportunities, and roles that boost your professional experiences and enlighten your personal journey. In this interactive session, we will explore the power of intentional networking.

2:35-3:50 p.m.
Five Keys to Success through Values-Centered Leadership
Lisa Huetteman
Managing Partner
Black Diamond Associates, LLC
Brandon, FL

Lisa has distilled the essential ingredients for building long-term business success through values-centered leadership.  She will share how successful organizations create a winning culture that leads to exceptional performance and five keys for you to achieve the same results.


Conference Sponsors

Averett Warmus Durkee
Bessemer Trust
Crowe Horwath LLP
James Moore
The FICPA offers several different sponsorships levels for the Women in Leadership Summit. For more info on how to become a sponsor for this conference, please contact the FICPA at (800) 342-3197, (850) 224-2727 or