Women EmPOWERed

A closer look at some of the most influential, inspiring
and innovative women of the Suncoast.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, not sure what you’re doing with your life, or already on your way to the top, prepare to be inspired by Women EmPOWERed – a FREE lecture series at Goodwill. Join us to hear from eight of our community’s most successful women as they share their stories of overcoming obstacles, breaking barriers and defying expectations to get to where they are today.

The lectures are FREE but registration is required.

All lectures will take place in our Lakewood Ranch Community Room located at:
8750 E State Road 70, Bradenton, FL, 34202

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Veronica Brandon Miller, Vice President, Goodwill FoundationVeronica Brandon Miller, Vice President Foundation, Goodwill Manasota
Balancing Work, Play, and Philanthropy in Every Day Life

Tuesday, May 2nd | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Veronica has devoted herself to worthy causes both professionally and personally.  For more than 25 years, she has helped nonprofits enhance and advance their mission. In her current role with Goodwill she has used her talents to re-brand their image, create an award-winning Goodwill Ambassador program and help raise significant funds to provide more mission programs. Veronica is also an active Rotarian and serves as Chair of the Board for Project 180, as Vice-Chair of the Board for the Child Protection Center, is on the board for Ave Maria Preparatory School and is on the Manatee Chamber Leadership Alumni Board of Directors. She has been recognized for her business savvy and community involvement numerous times in recent years. Register now!
Carolyn J. Mason, Director of Donor Engagement, Harvest HouseCarolyn J. Mason, Director of Donor Engagement, Harvest House
Adversity:  Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
Tuesday, May 9th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Carolyn J. Mason, a Sarasota native, served 8 years on the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners and retired in November 2016. She was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 with no opposition, Mason is also a former City of Sarasota Mayor and Commissioner. She is the mother of 3, grandmother of 14, great grandmother of 6 and is currently the Director of Donor Engagement at Harvest House Transitional Centers in Sarasota. Register now!
Chris Voelker, Proprietor, State Street Eating HouseChris Voelker, Proprietor, State Street Eating House
When the World Hands You Lemons, Make a Lemon Drop Martini!
Tuesday, May 16th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chris started life in a Los Angeles barrio in a house with a dirt floor. Living with an abusive mother and step-father and in a neighborhood where she was easily kidnapped, she could have become a perpetual victim of society. But instead, Chris rose above her background to become a successful business woman and entrepreneur.  Come hear about how she created the life of her dreams despite the barriers in her way. Register now!
Dr. Kevan L. Main, Senior Scientist and Director of Mote Aquaculture Research ParkDr. Kevan L. Main, Senior Scientist and Director of Mote Aquaculture Research Park
My Journey as a Woman in Science:  Opportunities and Challenges
Tuesday, May 23rd | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dr. Kevan Main has been a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory since 2001, and she also serves as the Director of Mote’s 200-acre aquaculture research field station. Dr. Main and her team are developing sustainable ways to farm seafood and to restore declining fisheries.  Before joining the science staff at Mote, Dr. Main worked in the American Pacific Islands and numerous countries throughout Asia to expand the US aquaculture industry. Dr. Main was the first director of the USDA regional aquaculture center in Hawaii – the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture. She served as President of the World Aquaculture Society in 2012-2013 and was inducted as a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society in 2016. Dr. Main was recognized in October 2016 by the White House as a Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood. Register now!
Linda Gould, Colonel, US Army (Retired)Linda Gould, Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Challenges and Opportunities within the US Military and Successful Transition into the Civilian Community
Tuesday, May 30th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Retired Army Colonel Linda Gould had a very successful 29+ year career rising through the ranks in the US Army. During this career she broke through the glass ceiling and served as the first female Army Commander of US Military Group in Latin America from 2006-2009. Since retiring in 2011 and moving back home to Sarasota, Linda has gotten involved in many volunteer and outreach opportunities while searching for how to best integrate back to civilian life and make a difference in her community. Register now!
Kathryn Shea, LCSW, President & CEO, The Florida Center for Early ChildhoodKathryn Shea, LCSW, President & CEO, The Florida Center for Early Childhood
Confessions of a Revolutionary
Tuesday, June 6th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kathryn is a licensed clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience in infant and early childhood mental health and non-profit administration.  She is passionate about social justice, children’s issues, and traveling.  She is an ordained Roman Catholic woman priest, actively engaged in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP), promoting spirituality rooted in social justice and equality for women in the church. Register now!
Lee-En Chung, P.E., Construction Consulting Engineer & Founder of Ivy VenturesLee-En Chung, P.E., Construction Consulting Engineer & Founder of Ivy Ventures
How to Reinvent Yourself: Personally & Professionally
Tuesday, June 13th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lee-En Chung is a female engineer, award-winning entrepreneur, occasional actress and Huffington Post blogger. Lee-En Chung, P.E., LEED® AP is a pioneer in construction – first female in Florida to be licensed as both a certified general contractor and a registered professional engineer. Celebrating 25 years in business with Ivy Ventures, she inspects jobsites (hotels, office buildings and ballparks) and provides Owner’s Representative services. Register now!
The Women of Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’sThe Women of Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s
Robyn Faucy, Executive Director; Sara Weinberg, Operations Manager; Carisa Campanella, Program Manager; Jennifer Williams, Care Advisor; Karla Brody, Care Advisor
Women Empowered - The Team Approach
Tuesday, June 20th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s team is comprised of 5 women who work together to advance the mission of their organization. They have diverse professional backgrounds that allow the team to synergize and complement one another’s strengths. Register now!

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Please note, all lectures are free, but registration is required. Attendance is limited to the first 50 people who register.