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Women's Leadership Summit

FICPA Womens Leadership Summit

The 2017 Women's Leadership Summit will be held at Mega CPE Conference on June 15, 2017, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando. The summit provides Florida businesswomen of all industries with opportunities to network and advance their leadership skills.

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Women's Leadership Summit – 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Women are emerging as the next generation of business and community leaders. Within organizations everywhere, one can sense their driving force to create a culture of openness and innovation.

The Women’s Leadership Summit supercharges these strides with leadership training that takes you to the next level. Join us in recognizing the Women to Watch Award winners and grow your network with leading women from all industries.

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CPE Credit


This conference qualifies for 1 Technical Business (TB) hour and 6 Behavioral (BE) hours of CPE credit and is subject to change.  CPE credit is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Conference Schedule

Women to Watch Awards

WLS Registration & Continental Breakfast

Mega Opening Remarks & Women to Watch Awards Presentation

Joey Epstein, CPA, CGMA

2016-17 Council Chair | Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra | Ft. Lauderdale
Don't miss the Women to Watch Awards presentation honoring women who exemplify leadership excellence in the field of accounting.

Mega Keynote (Credits: 1.0 TB)

Women’s Leadership Summit Opening Remarks
9:25 – 9:30 a.m.

Liz Frisbie, CPA
2016-17 Chair | Women in Leadership Committee

Women’s Leadership Summit Welcome
9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Deborah Curry, CPA, CGMA
President/CEO | Florida Institute of CPAs

Networking Activity Introduction
9:45 –
10:05 a.m.

Finding Authentic Boldness & How to be an Effective Self-Advocate (Credits: 2.0 BE)

Deborah Knupp
Managing Director | GrowthPlay | Chicago, Ill.

At a time when women are leaning in to find their optimal professional voice, there is a vast amount of confusion (and sometimes isolation) regarding what authentically works and how to implement without alienating those around you.  Finding Authentic Boldness is about effective self-advocacy and becoming your own agent.  It is about authentic communication and confidence that brightens your light and helps professional women get what they really, really want for their careers and lives. It is about becoming the best version of yourself to grow your practice, clients and business generation confidence.

Lunch & Networking
12 – 12:45 p.m.

Are You a Woman Who Doesn't Prioritize her Retirement? (Credits: 1.0 BE)

Christina L. Worley, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFA
Castle Wealth Management
West Palm Beach

Statistically women make less than their male counterparts; they also live longer and take more time off work for family care issues. What are concrete steps and actionable investment ideas that women can take to help grow and prioritize their investment savings, to secure a safer retirement for themselves?

How to Be a Better Mentor and a Better Protégé (Credits: 1.0 BE)

Ellen L. Joseph, CPA
Managing Member / Ellen L Joseph CPA Chartered

This presentation discusses the characteristics of a good mentor and a good protégé, as well as the dos and don'ts of how to have a successful mentoring relationship.

Networking Activity, Wrap Up & Prizes
2:40 – 2:55 p.m.

Millennials & Others Bridging the Gap (Credits: 2.0 BE)

Deborah L. Leonard, CPA, CFP
Shareholder, Tax Service Department / Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA
Sheri F. Schultz, CPA, ABV, CFF
Co-Managing Director / Fiske & Company

Allison J. Harrell, CPA
Audit Senior Manager / Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA
Natasha L. Novikov, CFE, CFF, CPA
Forensic Accountant / FBI

This presentation is a panel consisting of past FICPA Women to Watch award winners. The panelists will share some of the characteristics and interests of millennials and how to work together.

Closing Remarks
4:35 – 4:50 p.m.

Tavara Andrews, CPA
2016-17 Vice Chair | Women in Leadership Committee

Conference Site & Accommodations

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© Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 W Osceola Pkwy
Kissimmee, FL 34746
FICPA Room Rate: $180 single/double

Hotel Cutoff Deadline: Friday, May 26, 2017
Reservations made after the cutoff date will be subject to availability and current room rate.
To make reservations at any time, visit

This link is exclusively for FICPA MEGA CPE attendees. If you prefer to call, the reservation office number is (407) 586-2000. Please mention the FICPA to get the Mega CPE hotel rate.

CPE Policies You May Need to Know


CPE policies may be found on our website at, or on the registration confirmation sent upon completion of registration.

Conference Materials


We are going green, so there will not be printed materials available onsite. Conference materials are available electronically as PDFs, making them easily available to view on your personal tablet or e-reader. Download the materials in advance and enjoy the convenience of going paperless. Electronic materials will be available through your online FICPA personal accounting seven (7) days before the conference.

Registration Price  

WLS17                   $129.00

2017 Conference Sponsors

Juda Eskew
Withum Smith & Brown

The FICPA offers several different sponsorships levels for the Women in Leadership Summit that can help increase visibility and exposure of services and products. Conference sponsorship options include table-top booths, and exclusive sponsorship of lunch, breakfast and/or breaks.

For more information on how to become a sponsor for this conference, please contact the FICPA at (800) 342-3197, (850) 224-2727 or email Debra Kelly at