Workshop Speakers + panelists: Round three
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Communications Coordinator, Jabil
Shayla O'Keeffe is a communications specialist with a passion for writing. Shayla works at Jabil, a global manufacturing services company headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, writing external and internal material for employee programs, culture campaigns, and philanthropic and community outreach. In her spare time, she writes for a personal blog, has published work on The Lady Project blog and is - uncomfortably - sitting on an unpublished book. Shayla's eclectic background includes criminology, law, public administration and marketing, but what connected all of her intersts was her desire to read and write.
CEO & Founder, The Financial Gym
Shannon is a financial planner who left a "traditional" financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help the everyday Jack and Jill who are trying to build assets while also managing debt. Shannon realized that the key to financial success for most people is human contact and not a website or an app. People are more than algorithms and The Financial Gym is putting the personal back in personal finance
Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and her company, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
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Jyoti has been a valued contributor and member of organizations centered around women in philanthropy and leadership since 2007. As an experienced higher education professional, she has built sustainable business partnerships between students, colleges, and universities. Jyoti enjoys a vibrant and sunny lifestyle in Florida, recently named as having the second-highest growth rate in the nation for women-owned businesses.
Director, Small Girls PR
Megan McCourt is a Director at Small Girls PR where she heads a 'Women in Business' hub, promoting the work of female entrepreneurs. She's spent her career as an impassioned storyteller, working on Capitol Hill, for national newspapers and the Girl Scouts of the USA. Her career goal is to be President of the United States.
Ciara N. Jones
Friedman + Huey Associates, LLP
Ciara N. Jones is a passionate and charismatic leader who dedicated her career to motivating students in higher education for nearly twelve years. Now with Friedman + Huey Associates, LLP, Ms. Jones uses her knowledge and expertise to tackle issues and concerns in Human Resources. She proudly continues to utilize her skillfulness and experience to be an asset in the training and development of accounting executives and staff.
Kathryn Rose, founder of wiseHer, a technology platform offering on-demand expert advice for women in business, career and life. She is a serial entrepreneur, former Wall Street sales leader and an author of 9 books. She has been has been featured in CBS Marketwatch, Fox News and more.
Author & Activist
Blair Imani is an author and activist living at the intersection of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity. Imani is the author of Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History. She is the founder and Executive Director of Equality for HER, a nonprofit educational platform for women and nonbinary people.
Kelly Jensen is a former librarian turned editor for Book Riot (bookriot.com). Along with maintaining her long-running YA blog Stacked (stackedbooks.org), she has edited two anthologies for young adults. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is available now, and (Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health will be available in October 2018. In her free time, she teaches and practices yoga and participates in 5K walks.
Leah DeCesare is the award-winning author of Forks, Knives, and Spoons and the nonfiction parenting series Naked Parenting, based on her work as a doula, early parenting educator, and mom of three. Her articles on parenting have been featured in The Huffington Post, Eligible Magazine, Simply Woman, the International Doula, and The Key, among others.
In 2008, she cofounded the nonprofit Doulas of Rhode Island, and in 2013 she spearheaded the Campaign for Hope to build the Kampala Children's Centre for Hope and Wellness in Uganda.
In a past life, DeCesare worked in public relations and event planning. She now writes and volunteers in Rhode Island, where she lives with her family.
Writer + Speaker/Facilitator, SPEAK Educators
Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA.
She is an avid and prolific writer; she writes often for her own blog and contributes on a freelance basis to several publications. Her first book, THE I'S HAVE IT: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs, was released in January 2014; her second, LIGHT IT UP, was released in October 2015. Her third, CULTIVATING CREATIVITY, was released in October 2017.
She speaks on college and university campuses across the country, at regional and national conferences, and has partnered with organizations like HubSpot, Wayfair, Startup Institute Boston, and OviaHealth.
Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter @ammamarfo.