The Lakeland Downtown Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association Presents:

7th Annual

Women’s Leadership Symposium

Friday, April 1st, 2022


Join us for

Learn, Rehearse & Master

Find the Leader in YOU!

The Club at Eaglebrooke

1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33813

Friday, April 1st, 2022

9:00AM – 4:00PM

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Begins at 8:00am

Our 2022 Line up of Speakers Present Impactful and Inspirational Presentations

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Dr. Melissa Furman

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Leading for Today and Tomorrow:

Organizational leaders have been navigating uncertain times for over a year and many changes have occurred at an accelerated pace. As a result, leaders need to evaluate their leadership abilities to continue to successfully lead their organizations through this new era of uncertainty and constant flux. This engaging and interactive session will provide recommendations and strategies for navigating ongoing challenges such as generational preferences, innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and workforce development to name a few.

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April D. Murdaugh

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Helping women Navigate the Financial Maze

April D. Murdaugh is a Financial Adviser at Woman To Woman Financial in Jacksonville, Florida. Her practice helps women and their families create and grow generational wealth

She has worked in the financial services industry for a number of years and is passionate about financial literacy for all women.  She has taught financial education programs in churches, libraries, and private organizations in both South Carolina and Florida. 

In 2015, she founded a non-profit organization, The Economic Empowerment Center, Inc., dedicated to providing financial education programs for High School and College students.

Her signature workshop, The Five Biggest Mistakes Women Make With Their Money, outlines the many financial struggles she’s had to manage her finances to help eliminate the stigma and shame many women feel about their financial situation in hopes of getting them to act.

April is a former college administrator and full-time professor of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University, a Master of Science in Management degree from Southern Wesleyan University, and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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Patricia Rossi

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Mastering Social-ability Skills

Global change and distraction have taken center stage for some time now, leaving leaders eager to find new and innovative ways to help you navigate steep learning curves, lean into new communication channels and practices, and deliver tools to create a competitive edge. In this next level session, Communication and Etiquette Expert and Business Keynote Speaker Patricia Rossi helps your team re-calibrate goals and skills, reconnect with each other and their own uniqueness, and put in place the business etiquette and global branding strategies that can skyrocket productivity, social presence, and positive customer relationships.

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Dr. Sallie Brisbane-Stone

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When an Opportunity presents itself Do Not be afraid to Take it.

Dr. Sallie Stone is a consummate professional with over twenty years of experience in educational leadership and management. She is the founder of The Well and new Co-working Space in Lakeland. And, founder of Compass Smart Solutions educational consulting providing training, professional development, business coaching and motivational speaking for diverse groups around customized themes. As the owner of Well-done Events! multi-media services Dr. Stone has established a solid reputation for helping businesses and organizations promote their message through digital marketing and branding strategies.