12 Amazing speakers
2 Days of Inspiration and Motivation
Building Your Hive for Sweet Success:
Life and Leadership Lessons for the Queen Bee!
February 17-18, 2017
Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Food Prepared by The Breakers
The Office Depot Foundation’s Third Annual Women’s Symposium brings together hundreds of like-minded women in an engaging, collaborative and positive atmosphere. Participants in previous conferences have come away energized and exhilarated by this motivational two-day event.
Heighten Your Spirit of Community
Using the bumble bee as inspiration, you will learn how to heighten your spirit of community, take better care of yourself and have more meaningful relationships. Dynamic speakers from across the country will generously share their insight and experience to help you bring out your best qualities.
Take Better Care of Yourself
The Symposium will leave you feeling rejuvenated, focused, and inspired. Connect with hundreds of thoughtful, strong, and driven women just like you. Engage in an open dialogue with industry leaders and experts to help you take the steps toward a more purposeful life – inside and outside of your hive.
Have More Meaningful Relationships
"I walked away knowing that I had all the power and strength to make a difference for myself and the world around me."
A Note from Mary

You’ll experience two days full of inspiration, motivation and education at the 2017 Office Depot Foundation Women’s Symposium. With 12 extraordinary speakers, amazing networking opportunities within the group and meals prepared by the five-star Breakers Hotel, the symposium is an exceptional value. Please join us!

Mary Wong, President, Office Depot Foundation

Speakers

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot

Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how. From her experiences, she created a 7-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough ™ Success Plan. She now travels extensively sharing this message through her keynotes, coaching and seminars. Upon completion of two tours in Iraq and leaving the military, Vernice leveraged her “Breakthrough Mentality” mindset and launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. By applying the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Plan to her own company, Vernice produced over six-figures in revenue within the first 12 months! Her passion is helping organizations and individuals create similar results. As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s fresh style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals. Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel. Through her keynotes, executive and group coaching, seminars and executive retreats, Vernice conveys her message of Zero to Breakthrough™ utilizing her unique insight and life strategy: “You HAVE permission to Engage…CLEARED HOT!” An honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred on Vernice from Chancellor University in 2010. She has also received awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team. Vernice’s signature book, Zero to Breakthrough™ (Penguin) is available at ZeroToBreakthrough.com and wherever books are sold online.

Mina Shah

Mina Shah Enterprises

Mina Shah
Owner
Mina Shah Enterprises
Speaker, strategic consultant and founder of the Mina Meetings, Mina Shah has spoken to over 1,400 groups and consulted over 180 business owners. In her interaction with women from coast to coast Mina discovered a real need for an organization focused on sharpening women’s personal and professional skills. To meet this need she launched the Mina Meetings, a yearlong program which empowers women to “Know Their Value & Claim Their Worth.” In this program women learn confidence, communication skills, and how to negotiate to make sure they get what they want out of life, not just what they’re given. Mina believes empowering all women to confidently say “no” to what they do not want, so they can gracefully and unapologetically speak up for what they “do” want, gives them the power to positively impact their own lives, the lives of others, and ultimately the world. Prior to launching her business Mina was the only female speaker on Tony Robbins’ team of speakers who traveled around the county speaking on his behalf. Mina's personal achievements include climbing the highest mountain in SE Asia as well as completing a 12 day trek in the Himalayas.

Luly B.

Luly B. Inc.

Luly B
Owner
Luly B. is a mom, wife, speaker, consultant and author of Amazon best-seller “Balance is Bull$h!t.” After working for over a decade in corporate America for organizations including American Red Cross, Warner Bros. and Florida International University, Luly became an entrepreneur in search of work/life balance. She founded Chispa Marketing in 2006 and within just a few years, the boutique marketing firm was on its way to surpassing a million dollars in revenue and served clients, including the country’s largest college and one of the world’s largest wine festivals. But Luly struggled. Where was the work/life balance? Does it even exist? What does success really mean and who defines success? In 2012, Luly put her passion and family first as she restructured the award-winning boutique marketing firm to work around her life’s priorities. She took those experiences in making tough choices, prioritizing, and being okay with not being perfect and turned it into a movement to help other working women. Through B.inspiration® – her inspirational cards – and her one-on-one coaching, events, mastermind sessions and speaking engagements, she helps women create the life they want by accepting their gifts, living with confidence and perspective, and stepping into their greatness. Her message of empowerment, leadership, and confidence has reached thousands of women, including clients and partners like Macy’s, Procter & Gamble, and Dell.

Karen Pfeffer

Fire Power Seminars

Karen Pfeffer
Co-Founder
At age 15, Karen came to the U.S. from Venezuela. With a father from Kansas and a mother from Puerto Rico, Karen has a unique cultural mix that has inspired her to challenge stereotypes and “push the envelope” at every opportunity. Karen entered the male-dominated field of banking and became the first woman president of the Florida Bank Marketing Association. In 1991 she founded a full-service marketing and advertising agency, What a Concept!. As the agency grew, it expanded the range of services offered and market segments served to encompass a wide range of industries. In 2002 the agency changed its name to Pfeffer Marketing Group, providing a broad range of strategic and creative marketing for local, national and international clients. In 2006, Karen co-founded Fire Power Seminars, providing communication, empowerment, team building and transformation seminars that provide high-impact experiences designed to attain and maintain extraordinary levels of performance. Karen received her business degree from Florida Southern College in 1979. She was certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Karen is also a PSYCH-K facilitator and offers Breakthrough Coaching for those interested in breaking through limiting beliefs and unproductive patterns, assisting individuals, executives and companies to increase their effectiveness.

Lina Acosta Sandaal

The Nest: Stop Parenting Alone

Lina Acosta Sandaal
Owner/Founder
The founder/program director of The Nest: Stop Parenting Alone, Lina began her career at Vista del Mar in Los Angeles. There, she developed expertise in child and adolescent development and early childhood mental health, while strengthening her resolve to support families. She has trained and participated in research studies with Yale’s Minding the Baby, The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Child Trauma Research Program of San Francisco. In 2015 she was named Mujer Legendaria de Ford for quality in her field.

Sherry Watson

The Power of Purpose

Sherry Watson
CEO
Sherry Watson is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in the world of nonprofit organizations. Sherry has nearly 30 years of experience in the nonprofit industry; she has generated over $130 million in funding and has led movements that changed policies at the local, state and national level and impacted and improved the lives of millions. Sherry has designed and launched several successful organizations and corporations focused on social and economic value creation and strategic planning. Sherry utilizes her expertise in business planning, strategic planning and grant writing in her consulting work with entrepreneurs. She works with organizations and corporations in all phases. Her clients range from small start-up entities to business ventures to large corporations. Sherry is nationally recognized as a leader of a movement that is out to change America for good; that means for the better and it means forever. She’s renowned for unleashing the power and passion of America’s nonprofit corporations and socially conscious entrepreneurs with a clear purpose: to harness the power of the people and aim it straight at the chronic problems we currently face today. She’s fueling the movement with The Power of Purpose, a movement throughout the United States in partnership with investment funds and angel investors to build a coalition around passion and power of difference-makers from coast to coast.

Kavita Sahai

Growth & Turnaround Strategist

For the last 15 years, Kavita has been on a mission to help entrepreneurs build and grow profitable companies. She is a leader in the field of strategy, culture and business model innovation. Kavita is also a big advocate for women entrepreneurs and has launched the Palm Beach chapter of NAWBO to help propel women into economic, political and social spheres of influence. Her work experience includes over $800 million in successful capital transactions as a professional investor and investment banker. She also has operating experience and has grown companies from zero to over a million in revenue. Her diverse experiences working with publicly traded giants to start-ups to being a mom has given her a unique perspective on planning and resourcefulness. She graduated with a BS from the University of Florida and received her MBA as a Haas Merit Scholar from UC Berkeley.

Shivani Gupta

Fusionary Formulas

Shivani Gupta
Owner/Founder
A mother, an entrepreneur, an educator, and a practitioner, Shivani Gupta has made a name for herself as a true leader in the health and wellness world. As the owner and founder of Fusionary Formulas, a line of supplements that bridges the gap between Ayurvedic and modern medicine, Shivani remains committed to bettering the lives of others. A testament to her giving and loving nature, Shivani leaves her mark everywhere she goes, as she continues on her quest to making the world a healthier place. Shivani’s work has been published in The Huffington Post and featured in Vanity Fair, Parents Magazine, and Psychology Today. She is currently working towards earning a PhD in Ayurvedic Medicine, and regularly presents to audiences around the country.

Cary Caster

21 Drops

Cary Caster
Founder
Cary Caster (BS, LMT, CCA) Botanist, Licensed Massage Therapist and Clinically Certified Aromatherapist, pursued her education in botany and the study of plant based medicine, earning academic and clinical degrees in anatomy, physiology, and blending from institutions in the US, UK and France. Her expanded knowledge and passion for aromatherapy and medicinal plants and their effects on the body chemistry includes an understanding of Eastern medicinal practices and the healing abilities of The 5 Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She worked in her own private practice on clients, family and friends and decided five years ago to developed 21 Drops®, a line of therapeutic quality essential oil blends for both the professional and consumer markets. She believes that people can take their health and wellness into their own hands by incorporating the healing benefits of these oils. Cary shares her devotion to healing by sitting on the board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists for over six years. She has been featured as an essential oil expert in the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living, among others, as well as being a contributing editor to every issue of Yoga Digest magazine. Cary has offered continuing education classes in Aromatherapy at the University of Miami’s iCAMP program and throughout the country.

Jacqueline Pfeffer

Juice Buzz

Jacqueline Pfeffer
Owner
Jacqueline Pfeffer is the sole owner of JuiceBuzz, Delray Beach's first dedicated organic and cold pressed juice and smoothie bar. Jacqueline graduated from the University of Florida in 1999 where she studied travel and tourism with a minor in business. Her professional journey has taken her from working at small bars and restaurants to large hotel chains like Hilton, Westin, Sheraton, and last at The Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach. The hotels offered her different experiences through her hotel career from front desk clerk, to food and beverage supervisor, to public relations coordinator. Jacqueline is also a 500 RYT certified yoga instructor, and has been teaching throughout Palm Beach County since 2008. Both her path in the hospitality industry and the practice of yoga have offered many opportunities for her to express her passion for life, love of people, service and spirituality.

Whanadi-Ann Sobrevilla

Affinity for Wellness

Whanadi-Ann Sobrevilla
Founder
Whanadi, the creator of Affinity For Wellness, is a warrior and always has been. At 16, she summited Mount Kilimanjaro (which she affectionately refers to as “Killy”) and when she was diagnosed with ADD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut, stage four Adrenal Fatigue, and a host of other “syndromes” in her mid-20s, she approached the challenge with a similar attitude. She embarked on a journey to heal herself and in the process, discovered a fundamental truth: that food is medicine; how we choose to nourish ourselves has a direct impact on the quality of life we enjoy (or don’t enjoy). She was able to heal herself, and soon after decided that her mission in life was to keep others from the same illnesses that she herself had overcome. Whanadi’s trek to well-BEing, and her innate commitment to service and health inspired her to acquire two degrees in communication and certifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Health Coaching and Yoga.
“This Women’s Symposium was powerful and life changing. It was filled with really valuable substance!”
Women's symposium agenda
Friday, February 17
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome
A heartfelt welcome from Mary Wong expressing what you can expect as takeaways from this two-day event.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Coming Home - Understanding the Journey to Success
Mina Shah teaches you how you can implement with ease the life skills that you need to get ahead.
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Responsive Participant Interaction
Each table will have a facilitator to engage the group in meaningful dialogue.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Power of Purpose
Are you living your purpose? Are you living your passion? Learn from Sherry Watson, the national nonprofit expert on how to leave a legacy and do well by doing good.
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Food catered by the 5-star Breakers Hotel. Opportunity for extraordinary networking created by you.
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
BEE Positive
Mary’s personal story of “Never, never, never give up!”
1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Responsive Participant Interaction
Each table will have a facilitator to engage the group in meaningful dialogue.
2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Draw Your Future - Find Your Tribe
Kavita Sahai presents an interactive talk on the power of planning and resourcefulness. The session will cover how to find the right networking groups, capital and mentors to help you succeed, case successes to emulate and failures to avoid. Attendees will leave the session with a mini vision board and roadmap to the resources they need to achieve it.
3:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Networking
Take advantage of the divine destiny of interacting with like-minded, thoughtful, and driven women.
4:10 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Who Needs a Runway? Take Off from Where You Are!
A battle-tested speaker, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished. From the moment she leaps into the audience, she shows attendees how to go from “Zero to Breakthrough” and create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life!
5:10 p.m. - 5:40 p.m.
Welcome to Sweet Success
The importance of recognizing, appreciating and celebrating your successes.
Women's symposium agenda
Saturday, February 18
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
What’s the Buzz?
Mary Wong captures the power of yesterday and the dynamism of today.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Redefining Superwoman: The Super Traits to be Successful Without the Cape
It feels like everywhere you turn, you are reminded that you need to be a Superwoman! The thought of being perfect, being everything to everyone, and doing it with grace can be exasperating. But have no fear, Luly B. is here! And she will share with you her take on the REAL modern SUPER woman and provide tips on how to give yourself permission, prioritize, and plan to have the life you want and deserve. She also provides perspective on how you can pursue your passion and experience more joy at home and at work...because capes are oh so overrated!
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Responsive Participant Interaction
Each table will have a facilitator to engage the group in meaningful dialogue.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Without the Queen Bee, There is Not a Hive: Mindful Wellness and a Healthier You
An interactive panel discussion on the importance of nurturing and taking care of yourself.
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Food catered by the 5-star Breakers Hotel. Opportunity for extraordinary networking created by you.
1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
BEE Grateful
Mary Wong shares her philosophy on being grateful as a vital ingredient in experiencing success.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
“Hanging at the Hive” Live Show
One guest in the audience will be chosen to be featured on Hanging Out At The Hive live. The guest will be interviewed by Mary Wong and Kate Volman. The guest will have the opportunity to feature a business, ask one specific question or discuss one topic. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity.
2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Responsive Participant Interaction
Each table will have a facilitator to engage the group in meaningful dialogue.
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Our Emotions: How They Work for You or Stop You
Our emotions help us to perceive, understand, and effectively manage our decisions and relationships. Emotions help us to read subtle cues and relate empathically to the feelings of others. Without the management and understanding of our emotional world our mental health, academic, professional and social functioning suffers. Join Lina Acosta Sandaal to discover how you are using or misusing your emotional experience and attain tips on expanding the gifts your emotions can give you.
4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Step Into Your Power
No matter how accomplished you are or how much personal work you have done, you'll experience occasional doubt… and that doubt could mean the difference between success and failure. Join Karen Pfeffer to bust through barriers and move forward with 100% determination, focused on what you want.
5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Thrive at the Hive
Mary Wong presents a discussion on continuing to build your community after the symposium through “Hanging Out At The Hive,” Wing Women Wednesdays, the retreat and the Difference Maker! Movement.
Register now
Register today for the Office Depot Foundation Women's Symposium! The cost to attend is just $299 for regular admission; $399 for admission plus the VIP dinner; and $100 for the VIP dinner alone.
V.I.Bee Dinner

In conjunction with the Third Annual Office Depot Foundation Women’s Symposium, the Foundation is thrilled to present a special “VIBee” Dinner and Motivational Concert on the evening of February 16. This delightful event will feature hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as well a full dinner catered by the five-star Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. The highlight of the evening will be an extraordinary motivational concert by popular South Florida singer Adrianna Foster − a pioneer in merging personal development with live music concerts. This spectacular evening sets the stage for the inspirational and motivational tone of the entire Women’ Symposium.

Tickets to the “VIBee” Dinner and Motivational Concert cost $100 and can be purchased along with early bird and regular admission to the Office Depot Foundation Women's Symposium.

Sponsorships
Becoming a sponsor of the Third Annual Office Depot Foundation Women’s Symposium is an extraordinary opportunity – and a smart business decision. The event attracts high-powered, well-educated and affluent women who come together for inspiration, motivation, education and exceptional networking. As they enjoy the engaging, collaborative and positive atmosphere that the symposium creates, they represent a tremendous marketing opportunity for your company or organization.
Accommodations

Office Depot Foundation is pleased to offer Women's Symposium Attendees a special group rate of $239.00 USD per night at the West Palm Beach Marriott. The rate is available from 2/16/17 through 2/18/17. Book your reservation now! The last day to book is 1/16/17.

Please use the reservation link below or call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or (561) 833-1234 and ask for Office Depot Attendees Block.

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