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    • February 20, 2013 in Education

    Nation’s Top Women in Business to Share Expertise with USF Students

    TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 20, 2013) – Aspiring business leaders from the University of South Florida will get an opportunity to work directly with some of the most successful women executives in the country during an event on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

    About 20 CEOs and other top executives from the Committee of 200 will share their expertise during a reachout from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at USF’s College of Business, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, located west of the Sun Dome across USF Maple Drive.

    The event comes as Catalyst, a nonprofit organization researching women in business, reports less than five percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by female CEOs and more than a quarter of those companies have no women in executive positions.

    USF students will hear from CEOs, as well as participate in panels and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from “The Recipe of the female CEO” to “Women who are Leaders in a Global Marketplace.”   USF President Judy Genshaft will open the reachout by delivering the keynote address.

    The event is open to all USF students, regardless of gender, academic level, or area of study.

    The Committee of 200 is an invitation-only organization of leading women in business dedicated to fostering growth and increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders worldwide.  C200 members employ more than 2.5 million people and generate more than $200 billion in annual revenues.  The organization chose USF for the reachout event.

    In 2012, USF’s graduate entrepreneurship program was ranked 11th in the nation by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.  USF is the only Florida program included in the annual rankings.

    In addition, C200 will award three USF MBA students with $10,000 scholarships at a private luncheon earlier in the day.  The scholarship winners and panel participants will be available for interviews the day of the event.

    Executives scheduled to attend include:

    ·         Roz Alford, Principal, ASAP

    ·         Ginger Cannon Bailey, President & CEO of Racemark International and CEO ofGGBailey.com

    ·         Laurie Brlas, Executive Vice President, President – Global Operations, Cliffs Natural Resources

    ·         Elizabeth Fago, Principal, Palm Health Partners, LLC

    ·         Sally Guthrie, Chairman, J.T. Walker Industries, Inc.

    ·         Laura Herring, Chairwoman, IMPACT Group

    ·         Candace Kendle, Retired Chairman and CEO, Kendle International Inc.

    ·         Diane McCue, Former General Manager, Printing Plates, Graphic Communications Group & Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company and CEO & Founder, Savvy Girl Golf

    ·         Susan Nethero, CEO/Founder Emerita, Intimacy Management Company

    ·         Georgianna Nichols, Former President and COO, CenterPoint Energy

    ·         Flori Roberts, Co-Founder, Smart Cover Cosmetics

    ·         Antonia Shusta, Private Investor

    ·         Rebecca Smith, President and Founder, The A.D. Morgan Corporation

    ·         Margie Tingley, President, Tingley Systems

    ·         Janice Van Dyke-Zeilstra, Chief Executive Officer, Darwill, Inc.

    ·         Monica Wooden, CEO & Co-Founder, MercuryGate International, Inc.


    The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.