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Game On! The Power of Women – It’s Our Time to Lead!

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An estimated 200 women will gather on Thursday, March 9, 2017, for a content rich day of nationally renowned speakers and First Coast executive leadership who will contribute their insights and experience during engaging discussions and interactive panels. The Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum’s (JWLF) will hold its 6th annual assembly at the U.S. Assure Club at Everbank Field. The theme for this year’s forum is “Game On! The Power of Women – It’s Our Time to Lead!”

Mayo Clinic will host a networking event the evening prior to the forum, Wednesday, March 8th in the Kinne Auditorium on the Jacksonville Campus.  In attendance, will be JWLF forum attendees along with medical experts who specialize in women’s services.  It’s a casual and fun gathering where JWLF guests can mingle, network and “Ask the Experts” at Mayo Clinic about important health care initiatives, preventative care and Mayo Clinic’s Executive Concierge service that caters to busy professionals.

Susan Packard, a founding visionary network executive behind CNBC, HGTV, Food Network and other popular cable channels will jump start the forum the following day. Packard will share her approach to leadership right out of her new book, “New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace”.  She will be followed by a diversely represented panel, titled “Leveling the Playing Field: Cultivating Gamesmanship to Achieve Leadership Diversity”, featuring John Hirabayashi, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community First Credit Union of Florida; Megha Parekh, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Jacksonville Jaguars; Darnell Smith, Market President, North Florida Region, Florida Blue; and Katy Thompson, Chief Accounting Officer, Fidelity National Information Services.

Go Red For Women, is the select charitable beneficiary of the 2017 JWLF. “This year we chose Go Red For Women as our charitable partner to emphasis the importance of making sure we as women are prioritizing our health as much as we are our careers and families,” said JWLF Board Chair and Holland & Knight partner Christina Schwing. Go Red For Women will showcase a convenient and easy to use blood pressure cuff during the luncheon break and feature an award winning video produced by actress Elizabeth Banks.

The afternoon will resume with a panel discussion, “Fit to Lead: Conditioning the Mind, Body, and Soul”.  Insigniam Consultant, Ashley Tappan, will serve as moderator to tackle the tough topic of finding the often-elusive career and life balance with select women who face that challenge through their professions, personal choices and often public achievements. The notable lineup includes innovative developer, Lisa Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Analytics Partners, Olympic gold medalist in women’s swimming, Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Chief Executive Officer, for Champion Women, Carolyn Landolfo, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic; and 2016 PLAYERS Champions Tournament Chairwoman Michele McManamon, Vice President, Sandler Training.  The day will wrap up with a scientific approach on creating and developing leaders.  TEDx speaker and award-winning Psychologist Dr. Alloway, with engage attendees in a hands on exercise during the presentation of her latest research on how to “Train Your Brain for a Competitive Advantage”.

Major sponsors confirmed to date include: Acosta, The Adecco Group, Black Knight Financial Services, CSX, Holland & Knight, The Jacksonville Jaguars, JEA, KPMG, Landstar, Mayo Clinic, Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park along with Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville,PRI Productions, Regency Centers, TD Bank, and TEA.

A limited number of individual tickets are available. For information go to

About JWLF: The Jacksonville Women’s Leadership Forum (JWLF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 2012. The purpose of JWLF is to enhance leadership skills, broaden professional networks, provide career development and educational advancement. JWLF is led by a board of directors and a steering committee dedicated to providing strategic collaborative programming to help support and advance the next generation of female leaders within our organizations and business communities.