​Central Florida SCORE Presents​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Empower Women In Business

​Third Annual Symposium

Friday, September 20, 2019 

​8:30AM - Noon 

​RP Funding Center

701 W. Lime St, Lakeland FL

Individuals - $40

Corporate Table (8) - $2​80

​​Last year's event was a huge success with over 150 powerful, professional women in business. ​

Single admission and corporate tables are available - 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.


​​per person

  • ​Includes Breakfast
  • 3 Presentations
  • ​Panel Discussion
  • ​Networking
  • ​Door Prizes

​Dr. Angela ​Falconetti

​President, Polk State College

​Meet Your Keynote Speaker

​Dr. Angela M. Garcia Falconetti became Polk State College’s fifth president in July 2017.  She holds a bachelor’s degree with specializations in Communications and Education Cognate from New York University. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida with specializations in Instructional Leadership, and Postsecondary Education and Adult Learning.

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​Chrissanne Long

​CEO, ​Maximize Digital Media

​Meet Your EMCEE

Chrissanne Long is the CEO of Maximize Digital Media, a digital marketing company specializing in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs with the creation of measurable, meaningful marketing strategies that keep people at the forefront of every campaign, because, as she frequently reminds the team and her clients –

“Marketing, no matter where it is, is about people. If we forget the people, we might as well forget marketing.”

Meet Your Presenters

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Michelle Ledford

Principal/President, MADE Brands

​As President and a Principal of MADE, Michelle brings 25 years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry. She received her B.S. in Marketing from University of South Florida.  Michelle is currently Board Chair on the Executive Committee for the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.  She was named the first Southeastern University Forum Leader of the Year and received the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award for her contributions to the advertising industry and extensive community involvement.​

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Martha Santiago

Polk County Commissioner

​Dr. Martha Santiago was recently elected to the Polk County Commission, the first Hispanic, and the only woman elected for the Commission.  Dr. Santiago is the small business owner of Leadership Consultants, LLC. aspiring to serve others as a leader. Dr. Santiago holds a doctorate from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree from Florida International University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico.

​Get To Know Your Panel

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​Stacy Butterfield

​Polk County Clerk Of Courts

​Stacy M. Butterfield was elected Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller in August 2012 and re-elected to a second term in 2016. Stacy is the first female elected to serve as Clerk in Polk County.

Clerk Butterfield is a Certified Public Accountant. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Southern College, where she has also served as an adjunct professor.

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​Bretta Christakos

​CenterState Bank  

​Bretta Christakos joined CenterState Bank in 2013 as Vice President and Branch Manager of the Downtown Lakeland office. She was later promoted to Market Manager and currently holds the position as Senior Vice President-Retail Regional Manager for Polk, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota/Manatee Counties.  

Her present role includes Retail Business and Employee Development, Sales Management with a focus on delivering World Class service.

​Eliska Poirier

​Owner/Founder Logo Out Loud

American Business Womens Association

​Eliska Poirier is owner and founder of Poirier Designs, which started in 2007 and is now known as Logo Out Loud, an advertising/branding firm.  

Eliska earned her B. A. in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington.  She has over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing.  

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​Emily Rogers

​First Source Consulting

National Association of Women Business Owners

​Emily E. Rogers is an entrepreneur and Managing Director of First Source Consulting, LLC. She has worked as a project consultant on state and local government contracts providing project management, program support and public outreach services.  She received a B.A. in political science from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Emily is current President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Lakeland Metro Chapter.

​Event Schedule



​8:15 AM

​Door open for registration, breakfast and networking

​9:00 AM

​9:15 AM 

​Dr. Falconetti, President, Polk State College

Women Making A Difference

How Empowered Are We

​9:45 AM

​Michelle Ledford, Princial, MADE Brands

​Building & Navigating Relationships

Making A Difference

​10:15 AM

​15-Minute Break

​10:30 AM

Dr. Martha Santiago, Polk County Commissioner

My Leadership Journey

A Mindset To Inspire Women

​11:00 AM

​11:45 AM 

​Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

​12:00 NOON

​Symposium Adjourned. Enjoy Your Day!

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