Orlando — The Florida Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. (BPW/FL) will host its annual state conference June 27-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Sea World. This event features a variety of seminars, key note speakers, election and installation of new state officers and the awarding of the prestigious Glass Ceiling Award at a Saturday luncheon event.
Founded in 1919, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (and later known as Business and Professional Women/USA – BPW/USA) has been promoting equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. “My personal goal is to be a catalyst, facilitator and leader to Florida’s BPW members by focusing on the building blocks of success: communication, collaboration and connection,” said Christy Crump, BPW/FL President. “The annual state conference is an opportunity to do just this – bringing women together to enhance their knowledge through informative seminars and making business & personal connections.”
The Friday, June 27, conference seminars feature experts on identity theft as well as highly acclaimed motivational speaker Almon Gunter, CEO and President of Almon Gunter Motivates, Inc. Presented as the noon keynote luncheon speaker in addition to an afternoon break-out session speaker, Gunter, a two time U.S. Olympic Trial Qualifier in track and field, is a highly acclaimed motivational speaker, author and consultant. He authored two books: Focus on the Final Seconds and Win the Game of Life, a how-to book on achieving both mental and physical fitness success in life, and The Super Freak Way: Focus To Win, which analyzes the personal traits needed to build a strong foundation for success. He is speaking at the noon Friday luncheon on Focus to Win and 1:30 p.m. afternoon breakout session on Working the Super Freak Way.
As a world-class athlete, Gunter ran the qualifying time to compete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials for 200 meters. At the height of his career, he was ranked the 13th fastest runner in the world for 200 meters and competed internationally in over 15 countries. He uses these experiences and success on the track to help others reach their maximum velocity performance in the game of life. Gunter’s background in training and development, senior management and athletics provides a unique perspective on life. It is his desire for all individuals to possess the drive, dedication and determination to succeed in achieving their goals. His formula for success involves die-hard dedication, never-ending enthusiasm, hard work, heart and hustle, with the end result of becoming a MVP in the Game of Life.
The Friday morning session begins at 10:30 a.m. with Jeffrey Holt, Vice President and Healthcare Business Consultant at PNC Bank, speaking on “Identity Theft.” He will be joined by IRS Supervisory Special Agent Candace Kowal and Lauren Parrish, a PNC Vice President Business Banker and Women’s Business Advocate in Orlando.
Holt has been with PNC Bank for 28 years with the last eight years servicing only health care clients focusing on revenue cycle review and enhancement and practice transition support. His practice area covers West Central Florida from Orlando to Gainesville. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. His Medical Practice Executive Certification from the American College of Medical Practice Executives is in process.
Agent Kowal joined the IRS Criminal Investigation Division in 2001 and works in the Tampa Field Office where she supervises a field group of criminal investigators as well as a money laundering task force. She is a former member of the Financial and Electronic Crimes Task Force, Identity Fraud Task Force and SAR Review Team. Ms. Kowal previously spent 15 years in the financial services industry as an investment consultant and later as an operations & compliance manager for a bank broker-dealer.
Open to the public, advanced registration is requested for the Friday seminars and luncheon. Cost is $60 for BPW members and $65 for non-members. Registration information is available at www.bpwfl.org or by email to ChristyCrumpBPW@gmail.com.
BPW/FL maintains Local Organizations (LOs) throughout Florida which host monthly meetings and several events throughout the year. The meetings and events raise awareness of working women in their communities including networking opportunities and career development programs. For more information about BPW/FL, to find a BPW Local Organization near you and to register for the conference, visit www.bpwflorida.org.