We will be using Whova again this year to host our virtual conference! Prior to the conference, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the tool, connect with others & create your schedule.
Andy joined the University of Florida in 1999 and has over twenty-five years of conference and special event planning experience. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of South Carolina in 1987 and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University in 2012.
Andy served twenty-seven years in the United States Navy, serving on various ships and shore assignments. Since 1996, he served in the Coastal Riverine Force providing anti-terrorism force protection for forward deployed ships in the Middle East. Andy made multiple deployments following the September 11, 2001 attacks and retired as a Captain in 2015.
He earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification in 2007 and his Certified Meeting Manager (CMM) certification in 2015. Andy is an active member in Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and served as President for the 2014-2016 term with the Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).
Andy has been a diehard Miami Dolphins fan since 1972 and enjoys going to sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family.
Antonio Farias joined the University of Florida in 2018 as its first chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president. He oversees university-wide efforts to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion and to establish a new standard of inclusive excellence. He was previously vice president for equity and inclusion at Wesleyan University and, before that, the inaugural chief diversity officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He has also held positions at Mercy College, Hunter College, and Colgate University. Farias has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of fine arts from the University of California, Riverside. He believes trail running, fly fishing, and big dogs soothe the soul.
Naz Erenguc was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. She earned all three of her degrees from the University of Florida, a Bachelors in Health Science Education a Master of Science in Health Education, and her PhD from the College of Health and Human Performance.
During Naz’s tenure at UF she has worked as an undergraduate academic advisor for both the College of Health and Human Performance and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As of 2011, she changed her career focus to graduate admissions and has been working at the UFMBA program as the Associate Director of Admissions for the Professional MBA programs, including our Executive, Online and Professional options. In addition to her role as an administrator she has also taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses she is the current president for the Association of Academic Women and has served on the executive board since 2014.
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Nikki Larchar, SHRM-CP
We all know that feeling we get in the pit of our stomach when someone crosses the line and makes us feel uncomfortable, but for many of us, speaking up in tricky situations can be difficult. Join Define the Line co-founder, Nikki Larchar, during an interactive presentation to learn how you can spark change by speaking up and defining your line. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how harassment affects the workplace, how we can each be advocates for ourselves and each other, and walk away with tools to help feel empowered to speak up, define the line, and create workplaces that are safe and secure for everyone.
This interactive presentation will offer participants the safe space to explore their own identities (gender, race, sexuality, age) and how they intersect. Within the heart of the intersections lies experiences of unconscious bias and the built up of micro-aggressions. Each participant will leave feeling inspired given the space to unpack some of these experiences and empower to professionally interrupt these unconscious biases in themselves and others.
Claudia Cometa, PharmD
Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Claudia Cometa will highlight the importance of approaching wellness from a holistic approach of mind, body, and spirit. As she reviews core concepts of wellness and how this shows up in our personal and professional lives, Claudia will engage the audience with thought-provoking video clips, discussions, and a guided meditation. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of wellness as well as a tangible assessment of their own wellness quotient.
Dr. Theresa Beachy
Meeting the challenges of individual work while leading a team, organization, or mission is difficult. In this workshop, I will focus on three challenges that women encounter in the process of Working While Leading. Through a dynamic discussion using personal experience and relevant research, participants will be given the opportunity to identify work priorities as a leader, the balancing act of personal and professional time, and how to engage in community collaboration from the leadership chair.
Based on her book, The Protégé Paradox, author and speaker, Edith Gandy discusses the value of mentoring in helping women to navigate everything from office politics to work-life balance and looks at the “why” behind women’s reluctance to ask for and offer mentoring. The session provides practical advice on how women can get and give the mentoring needed to help one another succeed.
This presentation takes the fear out of dealing with budgets, investments and planning for retirement. It’s all about changing your habits, changing your mindset to achieve financial wellness. Galia GIchon’s 20+ years’ experience in the financial services industry has helped her work with thousands of women make changes in their finances and overcome obstacles to see money changes right away!
Erica Betz, Alexandra Simon, M.Ed.,Ed.S., & Julia Vollrath
Getting a promotion is very exciting, but also comes with unexpected social consequences. As a new leader, you expect to have to learn the tasks within your new role, but what may be unexpected is navigating leading a group of your former peers. In this session, you will hear from three University of Florida midmanagers who will share their stories and provide examples of how they have developed their professional voices and overcome hurdles of role transition in the workplace. Challenge your fears of becoming a leader among your peers, provide tips to elevate your professional brand, and share tactical tools to feel confident in owning your leadership style.
Tara Blythe, Ed.S., SPHR
Today’s workforce requires leaders to invest in diversity. Inclusion is a business strategy that drives innovation, employee engagement and organizational performance. A diverse workforce is better equipped to respond to today’s everchanging market. Yet many experts claim that the generational divide in the workplace, and society, has never been more evident than it is today. As technology advances, we see 5 generations, AI and robots working side by side. Understanding the differences and intersections in values, behaviors and communication have become a business imperative.
Dawn MacLaughlin, PhD
In this powerful conversation, you will discover: 1) the one thing you’ve been doing “for your health” that’s robbing you of energy, increasing your stress, sabotaging your leadership, and making your health worse; 2) how you can gain back 10 hours or more of productivity each week without any special food, energy drink, time management program, or any of that other stuff you already know doesn’t work; and 3) three steps to discovering your own personal nutritional blueprint – your unique guide to long-term vibrant health so you can be a more impactful leader while looking and feeling fabulous in your body and being more present in your own life.
Anita Anantharam, PhD, MBA, Tara Blythe, Ed.S., SPHR, Eric Godet, Sr., Stephanie Marchman, & Barzella Papa, CFRE
Diversity and Inclusion have become recognized as drivers of innovation and increased profitability in organizations of all types. The intentional creation of policies, procedures, and practices that engage a wide range of voices increases creativity, complex problem solving, job satisfaction and higher productivity. Panelists will discuss their organizations efforts to bolster equality across all areas of diversity; including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.