The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will host its fifth annual Women Symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.
Presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, the theme of “Empowering Women” is expected to bring a packed house with a number of widely accomplished guest speakers, networking, enrichment courses focused on empowering women professionally and personally, and entertainment.
This year attendees will have the opportunity to hear two national keynote speakers, Angela Brown and Sue Mosby, and three enrichment speakers, Terri Fedonczak, Anita Skipper and Amy Giles.
Brown is the founder and president of Empowering Actions LLC. Her company provides leadership coaching and training to organizations and individuals worldwide. Brown is a certified John C. Maxwell international leadership coach, speaker and trainer and also serves as leadership coach for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University for their Global Executive MBA students. She has trained more than 1,700 business owners and executives in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia, teaching leadership, sales and communication skills.
Mosby is the founder and CEO of Infinium, an innovation consultancy. For more than 30 years, she has helped senior leaders envision strategic direction, capture new growth opportunities, imagine new products and service lines, and build innovation competency in their organizations. Her unique ability to merge creativity and design thinking enables her clients to build the mindset, skillset, toolset and process to succeed.
As executive director of Find Your Pride Foundation, Fedonczak coaches individuals and groups to reduce stress and improve their quality of life through the foundation’s two businesses: Girl Power Station Women’s Wellness Destination and 850 Elite Volleyball Academy, where her mission of empowering girls of all ages is put into practice.
Skipper is a retired United States Air Force officer with more than 25 years of acquisition and leadership experience. She was a career contracting officer holding positions as an unlimited warranted contracting officer, procurement analyst, executive officer, instructor and training manager for the contracting career field.
Giles is the founder of Wardrobe Made Simple, a business developed to help women and men take an organized approach to fashion and feel more confident through personal style. Giles’ affinity for fashion and history of helping friends and family with styling needs led her to create the Santa Rosa Beach-based company in 2015. While Giles’ home base is Walton County, she is known to travel to assist clients from all over the southwest. Services include wardrobe evaluation, personal shopping, packing services and professional speaking engagements.
Between breakout sessions and the keynote presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to browse 40 local vendors centered around women’s needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a VIP giveaway, plus many more surprises.
Registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m. with a coffee bar and light breakfast fare. The fifth annual Women Symposium will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with welcoming remarks from Walton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Megan Harrison. Lunch, provided by Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Early bird registration is open until Aug. 10. Early bird pricing is $85 for chamber members and $95 for non-members. After Aug. 10, registration prices are $100 for chamber members and $110 for non-members. Interested individuals can register for the event by visiting bit.ly/WACC2017Symposium or by calling 850-892-3191.