FIU's Power Up

 

Power Up 2022
September 30, 2022

Kovens Conference Center
FIU Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151 St.
8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

2020 Recap Video

The theme for Power Up 2022 is Shifting Gears. The world of work has been transformed, and workplace norms have shifted. Flexibility, agility and individuality are what define the new business landscape for women entrepreneurs and other professionals. It’s time to shift into high gear as we navigate the new roads ahead.

Join Florida International University’s College of Business and Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management for South Florida’s premier women’s leadership event. The candid conversations, game-changing solutions, insightful panels and networking opportunities will keep you engaged. Connect with other like-minded women, foster powerful collaborations, and harness your drive to accelerate success!

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01.

Empowerment

  • Take your leadership journey to the next level.
  • Push your own potential.
  • Get what you want in the workplace and in life.
  • Be blown away by our inspiring speakers.
  • Feel energized about your career and your sense of self.

02.

Connections

  • Hear from strong, successful women about their journeys.
  • Come away with real-life tools to put more zing into your career.
  • Get concrete strategies, great food for thought, and inspiration all rolled into one!
  • Create lasting connections with women leaders, build your professional network, make friends, or even find a mentor!

 

2022 Event Schedule

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. | Kovens Center, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus.
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Main Lobby

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Exhibition Floor Networking Opens
9:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. | Main Ballroom

Opening Remarks and Kickoff

William Hardin, Dean, FIU College of Business
Diann Newman, Vice Dean, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Ebony Smith, Founder, Ebenum Equation

9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. | Main Ballroom

Keynote Speaker – Rita Ferro (MIB ’03) Embracing Flexibility and Change

Rita Ferro’s career journey is a fascinating one - navigating through a male-dominated industry to rise to become one of Disney’s top executives. Ferro will share her insights on her path to success, why she’s stayed at Disney for 25 years, and how her role continues to evolve. In this inspirational keynote address, she uses experiences from her storied career to discuss the importance of agility and flexibility for women leaders, how to embrace change, and the power of individuality.

Keynote Speaker – Rita Ferro (MIB '03), President, Advertising Sales, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. | Break and Exhibition Floor Networking
10:55 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. | Breakout Morning Sessions

Session #1
Gen Z and Millennials in the Workplace

There is a lot of buzz around Millennials and Gen Z, but little research as a combined workforce bloc. Yet this group will influence the future of business and management for decades to come. Maribel Diz, senior vice president of the People Team at Visa Inc., will discuss how managers can connect with this critical group of employees in ways that differ from previous generations and leverage insights for a workplace that optimizes and retains talent and share her research findings on several disconnects between what managers think this combined bloc wants from their leaders and what they are actually looking for.

Maribel Diz (DBA '21), Senior Vice President Human Resources, Visa

Session #2
The 5% Shift that will Transform 95% of Your Life

Working on hybrid teams has become the norm, yet it’s often challenging to build a positive team culture and lead meetings with teammates on different schedules and in various offices around the country. We’ll show you how to strengthen your hybrid team, build trust, and communicate effectively while helping others nurture resilience, practice empathy and demonstrate adaptability.

Ebony Smith, Founder, Ebenum Equation

Session #3
Positive Mindset: How to Boost and Accept Your Body


This breakout session will focus on a topic most women obsess about: Body Acceptance. WSVN and Deco Drive Anchor, Lynn Martinez, will delve into this psychological topic, how a woman can accept their body. Lynn will show us techniques and tips learned from her own experiences and work with her personal trainer, Massi Miranda. Massi will join Lynn to teach attendees ways to reach self-acceptance, working with what you have, having a good mindset, and not comparing yourself with others.

Session #4
Shifting Diversity into High Gear

Diversity contributes to the creativity of the workplace and to innovative solutions to troubling problems. How can executives work with diverse teams to encourage that creativity? Two South Florida female executives share personal experiences on how they dealt with barriers to diversity, their top tips on how to expand diversity and inclusion, and the best ways to promote a diverse hiring pool.

Gimena Basauri, International Business Development, Baptist Health
Dineen García, Esq. (She/Her/Ella), Co-Founder, Chief Operation & Inclusion Officer Inclusent
Carla Harris, Managing Director, The People Institute (Moderator)
Cathy Pareto, Founder and President, Cathy Pareto and Associates

11:55 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. | Lunch and Exhibition Floor Networking
1:10 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. | Main Ballroom

Rev Up and Stretch Out

Samantha Reynolds leads a 15-minute stretching session. Reynolds is a lifestyle architect, international yoga teacher and creative entrepreneur. She transformed her career from working in international development with orphaned youth and education in the Czech Republic and Rwanda to health and wellness. Reynolds has more than seven years’ experience working in the wellness industry and some of her clients include PMG, Capital One and Body Glove.

Samantha Reynolds, Lifestyle Architect, International Yoga Teacher

1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. | Keynote Panel Main Ballroom

Employee to Boss: Accelerate Your Move to the C-Suite

Women comprise 67% of students in university hospitality programs, but only 11% of hospitality C-suite executives. This disparity is true in many other industries. What key factors can kick your career into high gear? Four female executives share stories about what has contributed to their successes, their approach to overcome challenges, building a support system, and what drives and inspires them. They’ll talk candidly about managing work/life balance, taking risks, overcoming obstacles, and learning to advocate for themselves. From their stories, you’ll gain insights into their professional philosophy and hear the advice they would give their younger selves about moving into C-suite positions.

Stacy Silver, President, Silver Hospitality Group (Moderator)
Frances Gonzalez, Vice President, Radisson Hotel Group
Lani Kane-Hanan ('87, MS '04), Executive Vice President and Chief Development and Product Officer, Marriott Vacations Worldwide
Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global Chief Executive Officer, JLL Hotels & Hospitality

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Break and Exhibition Floor Networking
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Breakout Afternoon Sessions

Session #5
Slowing Down to Speed Up for Success

Buzz words like “productivity”, “resilience”, “being-busy”, and even “success” have taken on entirely new meanings for all of us since the global health crisis. This high-energy and interactive session will be a space for participants to check-in with themselves, reflect on the present moment, and to incorporate Dale Carnegie’s timeless principles to refocus on the mindset and toolset necessary to get to success.

Christine Ramirez, Managing Partner, Dale Carnegie Training, Southeast Florida

Session #6
Wine Down at Power Up

Learn the tricks of the trade and begin to taste wine like a sommelier. We’ll learn the basic steps of professional wine tasting. We’ll also discuss the dos and don’ts of ordering from a restaurant wine list.

Stephanie Honig (BA ’97), Director of Communication, National Sales and Export, Honig Vineyard & Winery

Session #7
The Drive to be Different: How to Stand Out

Inspired by the “Ser Diferente Es Ser Fuerte” chapter of Jefa in Training, audiences will leave with the knowledge to be able to define the unique value they bring to the table as well as the inspiration on how to use this unique perspective to their advantage in their careers and businesses.

Ashley Stoyanov Ojeda, Author and Business Development Coach

Session #8
Need to Shift Gears? Put HR in the Driver’s Seat.

This panel brings together human resource leaders to share successes and lessons learned over the past two years. What new employee needs emerged? How did they get a seat at the key decision-makers' table? What can others—both inside and outside HR—do to help their organization's leadership see the important strategic role that HR can play in the new shifting work environment?

Maria Fico, Director, HR Business Partner CSL Behring
Yvonne Alfonso Santana (MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP), Vice President, Human Resources Kingsway America Inc.
Brooke Buckman, Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor, FIU Business (Moderator)

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Main Ballroom

Interactive Q & A / Closing Remarks

An interactive conversation with our college leaders to reflect on the day’s activities, key takeaways and new connections.

William Hardin, Dean, FIU College of Business
Diann Newman, Vice Dean, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Ebony Smith, Founder of Ebenum Equation

4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. | Terrace

Networking Reception - Beer, Wine, Specialty Bacardi Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

 

2022 SPEAKERS

Rita Ferro
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rita Ferro
(MIB '03)

President of Advertising Sales
Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED)

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Frances Gonzalez
KEYNOTE PANELIST

Frances Gonzalez

Vice President
Radisson Hotel Group

LinkedIn

Lani Kane-Hanan
KEYNOTE PANELIST

Lani Kane-Hanan
('87, MS '04)

Executive Vice President and Chief Development and Product Officer
Marriott Vacations Worldwide

LinkedIn

Gilda Perez-Alvarado
KEYNOTE PANELIST

Gilda Perez-Alvarado

Global Chief Executive Officer
JLL Hotels & Hospitality

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Ebony Smith
MASTER OF CEREMONY & SPEAKER

Ebony Smith

Founder
Ebenum Equation

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Brooke Buckman
MODERATOR

Brooke Buckman

Assistant Teaching Professor
FIU Business

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Alex Finnie
KEYNOTE MODERATOR

Alex Finnie

Anchor/Reporter
Local 10 News (ABC)

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Stacy Silver
KEYNOTE MODERATOR

Stacy Silver

President
Silver Hospitality Group

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Yvonne Alfonso Santana
SESSION SPEAKER

Yvonne Alfonso Santana (MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP)

Vice President - Human Resources
Kingsway America Inc.

LinkedIn

Gimena Basauri
SESSION SPEAKER

Gimena Basauri

International Business Development
Baptist Health

LinkedIn

Maribel Diz
SESSION SPEAKER

Maribel Diz (DBA '21)

Senior Vice President Human Resources
Visa

LinkedIn

Maria Fico
SESSION SPEAKER

Maria Fico

Director, HR Business Partner
CSL Behring

LinkedIn

Dineen García
SESSION SPEAKER

Dineen García, Esq. (She/Her/Ella)

Co-Founder, Chief Operation & Inclusion Officer
Inclusent

LinkedIn

Carla Harris
SESSION SPEAKER

Carla Harris

Managing Director
The People Institute

LinkedIn

Stephanie Honig
SESSION SPEAKER

Stephanie Honig (BA '97)

Director of Communication, National Sales and Export,
Honig Vineyard & Winery

LinkedIn

Lynn Martinez
SESSION SPEAKER

Lynn Martinez

WSVN Anchor & Co-Host
"Deco Drive"

LinkedIn

Cathy Pareto
SESSION SPEAKER

Cathy Pareto

Founder and President
Cathy Pareto and Associates

LinkedIn

Christine Ramirez
SESSION SPEAKER

Christine Ramirez

Managing Partner
Dale Carnagie Training, Southeast Florida

LinkedIn

Samantha Reynolds
SESSION SPEAKER

Samantha Reynolds

Lifestyle Architect and International Yoga Teacher

Website

Ashley Stoyanov Ojeda
SESSION SPEAKER

Ashley Stoyanov Ojeda

Author & Business Development Coach

LinkedIn

 

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