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Women's Leadership Summit

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Friday, June 13, 2014

FICPA Womens Leadership Summit

This year's Women's Leadership Summit will be held at Mega CPE Conference on June 13, 2014, at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando. The summit will provide Florida business women of all industries with opportunities to network and advance their leadership skills.

Women to Watch Awards

Women to Watch Awards

Don't miss the Women to Watch Awards presentation that honors women who exemplify leadership excellence in the accounting field presented by the FICPA Chair Kenneth Strauss.

All attendees are invited to participate in our Dress for Success Apparel Drive to benefit sites throughout the state.

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

Visit the Dress for Success Website for More Information


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Friday, June 13, 2014


7-8 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8-8:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Women to Watch Awards Presentation
Kenneth Strauss, CPA
2013-2014 Chair of the Board, Florida Institute of CPAs 

Kenneth Strauss, FICPA Chair of the Board, honors women who exemplify leadership excellence in the field of accounting with the Women to Watch Awards.

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Michelle Golden

Mega CPE Conference Keynote
Michelle is a growth strategist. She teaches innovative practice management and marketing strategies to accountants around the world. She's been named among the Ten Most Powerful Women in Accounting and the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today. She's also among CPA Practice Advisor's Top 25 Thought leaders. Recently, she joined Kennedy and Coe after leading her firm, Golden Practices Inc., for over 15 years and is a senior fellow of VeraSage Institute.

8:15-9:05 a.m.
Keynote – Get Better Results: Improve Outcomes with The Result Triangle (1 BE)
Michelle Golden, CPF
Member/Growth Leader / Kennedy and Coe, LLC
Camarillo, Calif.

Think about how often you need the cooperation of others to successfully accomplish something. Let's say that "successfully" means achieving what you want as painlessly as possible – minimizing drama and maximizing results.

Whether it's leading a business project, finalizing a new deal, getting your colleagues on the same page or more personal—urging an elderly parent to see the doctor, persuading your spouse to support an idea or just getting your kid to clean her room—you have to get into people's minds or hearts to do it best. This almost always requires changing how the person views it or feels about it.

Take your interactions to the next level. Learn about The Result Triangle – the tool that unlocks the secrets for inspiring, comforting and energizing, so that you can achieve highly-successful outcomes.

In this session, you'll discover:

  • How to determine what your goals *really* are. Spoiler: it's not always what you first think.
  • Ways to align business partners or teammates, reduce fear and establish realistic expectations.
  • Keys for setting up all of your new initiatives for success while mitigating risks of failure. 
  • Tips for increasing employee engagement and morale to inspire employees to do their best work.

9:20-10:10 a.m.
Getting a Seat at Your Leadership Table: How Women Can Land the Leadership Roles They Want!
(1 BE)
Lynda McDermott, MSOD, CSP
President / EquiPro International, Ltd.
Tampa, Fla.

In this inspirational program, you will learn the must-have leadership skills that women need to continue their career progress toward the positions and roles that are best suited to their skills.

10:10-11:00 a.m.
Delegating Sounds Easy, So Why's It So Difficult? How to Let Go (1 BE)
Michelle Golden, CPF
Member/Growth Leader / Kennedy and Coe, LLC
Camarillo, Calif.

The ability of a business to grow is directly proportionate to everyone's delegating effectiveness. Truly empowering others to grow by entrusting them with responsibility and authority are huge challenges for people who like things done "just so."

CPAs are trained skeptics who are cautious and wary of errors, hunting them down to dissect and correct them. But it's certainly not just accountants who struggle to delegate; many managers and C-suite execs are plagued with an inability to truly let go. How do we overcome this and get the most out of our people? How do we shape up and comers with the skills to advance the business? How can we get passed the need for control and let go of certain work and business relationships?

In this session, you'll:

  • Discover the real obstacles to delegation.
  • Learn the Four Distinctions of Trust and how to repair and regain trust that's been damaged.
  • Learn how to get "delegates" to help you feel more comfortable with entrusting work to them.
  • Be able to determine whether a lack of delegation is the true problem, or if you actually have the wrong people.
  • See how the autonomy that you grant today will impact tomorrow.

11 a.m-12:20 p.m.
Lunch with Fashion Show

The FICPA's Women in Leadership Committee presents the Dress for Success:What to Leave at Home” Fashion Show during lunch. Attendees will see the dos and don'ts of business and casual attire.

12:20-1:10 p.m.
Turn, Pull, Shove and Catch. Creating an Environment for Women to be Successful (1 BE)
Renee Dabbs
Principal / The Voyageur Company
Tampa, Fla.

Women supporting women does not happen by accident. Learn how Renee Dabbs has spent her career working with women on how to support each other. She will talk about her corporate and political experiences. We are better at supporting each other than we think!

1:10-2 p.m.
There's No Working without the Networking (1 BE)
Becca Gilbert
Senior Manager of Marketing & Business Development / Thomas Howell Ferguson
Tallahassee, Fla.

You've heard the story that networking can be a powerful boost to your bottom line. So why are you still avoiding it? Becca Gilbert has built incredible networks from Music Row in Nashville to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. She has experienced firsthand the power of growing small businesses in multiple industries by simply connecting with people. Join us as we learn how to survive and thrive in the world of networking.

2-3:15 p.m.
Differences in the Way Men and Women Think and Process Information (1 BE)
Sarah Cortvriend, Esq.
Shareholder / Carlton Fields, P.A.
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Maria Dolan
Program Manager / Internal Revenue Service
Tampa, Fla.

Kevin Reynolds, CPA
Partner / Daszkal Bolton, LLP
Boca Raton, Fla.

Michael DeSiato, CPA, CFP, CExP
Managing Director / CBIZ MHM, LLC
Miami, Fla.

In this panel discussion, we'll highlight the differences in the way men and women think and process information. We will provide different perspectives and responses to scenarios proposed prior to the presentation.



The FICPA thanks the sponsors of the 2014 Women's Leadership Summit. The following sponsors help make the Summit a success:


Interested in sponsoring this event?


Please contact Debra Kelly for more information at or call (800) 342-3197 ext. 431.

See the 2013 Women to Watch Awards winners.