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Central Florida SCORE Presents

Women In Business

Fifth Annual Symposium

Friday, September 16, 2022

8:00 AM - Noon 

Catapult Lakeland

502 E Main St, Lakeland FL


Individuals - $40

Our 2021 event was a huge success with over 150 powerful, professional women in business.


Single admission are available now and are projected to sell out quickly! Don't miss your opportunity to attend and Secure Your Spot Today!

Our lineup of insightful and inspiring women speakers will empower you, motivate you, encourage you and enable you to break barriers in your business and career.

Hear first-hand the challenges and successes from powerful women in business leadership roles.

Network with other professional women, building your confidence toward leadership and experience different styles and practices.

Event Registration & Pricing

individual registration

Register yourself to attend the event.

$40

per person

  • Includes Breakfast
  • Keynote & Workshop
  • Open Panel Discussion
  • Networking
  • Door Prizes
Nicole Welch

Nicole Welch, MS

Get Heart Media as Founder and Guarantee Realty Manager and Florida Southern College as Adjunct Professor 

Meet Your Keynote Speaker

  • Born in Orlando, Florida
  • Wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.
  • Attended the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida, and Troy State University, Troy, Alabama.
  • The most valuable lesson she’s learned in school was that she will always be a student in life.
  • The scariest decision she ever made was selling all her belongings and moving to a developing country.
  • Her greatest professional accomplishment is being able to care and treat the mentally ill in the community and inpatient (PRC and LRMC).  The experience she has gotten doing therapy for over 22 years is invaluable.
  • She will soon be receiving her Phd. in psychology.

  • Nicole’s presentation will be on Face it 'Til You Make It.

    Nerissa Lamison

    Nerissa Lamison

    HCC Digital TV, Radio Film & Media Production

    Meet Your EMCEE

  • Emcee for Event
  • Works for Hillsborough Community College
  • Born in San Francisco, California
  • Wanted to be a TV news anchor when she grew up.
  • Attended California State University, Long Beach, California, and Columbia University, New York City, New York
  • The most valuable lesson she’s learned in school is you have to make it happen!  You are the managing director of your destiny.
  • The scariest decision she ever made was moving away from her family.
  • Her greatest professional accomplishment is continuing to be a working Mom and wife.
  • She still wants to keep doing what she is doing as long as she is able to do so.
  • Meet Your Workshop-Entrepreneur

    Dr Sallie Brisbane-Stone

    Dr. Sallie Brisbane-Stone

    Founder and CEO, The Well

  • Born in Shirley, Massachusetts – Fort Devens Army Base
  • Wanted to be a Marine Biologist when she grew up.
  • Attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • The most valuable lesson she learned in school was that everything you learn, both good and bad, will be valuable information at some point in your life.
  • The scariest decision she ever made was becoming an entrepreneur.
  • Her greatest professional accomplishment was inspiring her daughter to pursue a career in digital journalism – Dr. Brisbane-Stone’s first career.
  • She would love to be a professional speaker and share the amazing journey she has been blessed to travel – the good and bad, the happy and sad.

  • Dr. Brisbane-Stone’s presentation will be on Now That's A Stretch 


    Get To Know Your Panel

    Stephanie Bernal

    Stephanie Bernal

    Creater and Director at Buena Market

    • Born in Austin, Texas
    • Wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.
    • Attended Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
    • The most valuable lesson she learned in school was that it wasn’t the best use of her time.
    • The scariest decision she ever made was moving away from home.
    • Her greatest professional accomplishment was the size and significance of the creative community that Buena Market has created space for.
    • She would still like to develop a grant program.
    Ms. Blake

    Ms. Blake

    Owner Blue Velvet Cupcakes

  • Born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Wanted to be a singer and dancer when she grew up.
  • The most valuable lesson she learned in school was to always pay attention, stay consistent, and that hard work pays off.
  • The scariest decision she ever made was to leave her career to start her own business and marriage.
  • Her greatest professional accomplishment is owning her own business.
  • She would still like to open a baking school for all ages.
  • Karen Spencer

    Karen Spencer

    Owner of Tiana's Bowtique

    • Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Wanted to be a model, then a nurse, and to join the military when she grew up.
    • Attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida
    • The most valuable lesson she learned in school was discipline and organization.
    • The scariest decision she ever made was at 16 years old, to have her daughter and raise her alone.
    • Her greatest professional accomplishment is being recognized in her community as a business owner that works hard to help others.
    • She wants to continue to grow her business so she can hire a team and offer the best job and work family.

    Kari Ann Gomez

    Owner of Home Instead - Lakeland Office

  • Born in Albany, New York
  • Wanted to work with seniors (thanks to her grandfather) when she grew up
  • Attended Radford University, Radford, Virginia
  • The most valuable lesson she learned in school was learning the value of understanding and appreciating the challenges others may have.
  • The scariest decision she ever made was buying her own business.
  • Her greatest professional accomplishment was buying her own business.
  • She would love to expand within her franchise area so they can serve more seniors.
  • Dorcas Crumbley

    Dorcas A. L. Crumbley, M.A., MHRM

    President & CEO of Essential Catering Solutions

    • Born in Lakeland, Florida
    • Wanted to be an obstetrician when she grew up.
    • Attended Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, and Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • The most valuable lesson she learned in school was how far education can assist you in conquering your goals and aspirations.
    • The scariest decision she ever made was riding on Busch Gardens’ Manta Ray (lol!).
    • Her greatest professional accomplishment was expanding their philanthropic footprint in their community.
    • She would still like to expand their inside food management concept through a national and international franchise.

    Event Schedule

    Time

    Activity

    8:00 AM

    Door open for registration, breakfast and networking

    8:30 AM

    Nerissa Lamison, EMCEE

    Opening Remarks & Introductions

    8:45 AM 

    9:15 AM

    Q&A Session

    9:30 AM

    Break

    9:45 AM

    10:30 AM

    Break

    10:40 AM 

    11:20 AM

    Closing Remarks; Door Prize

    11:30AM

    Networking Opportunity

    12:00 NOON

    Symposium Adjourned. Enjoy Your Day!

    About Central Florida SCORE

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