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2022 Orlando Women in Leadership Symposium

2022 Orlando

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

"Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration & Reemergence"

2021 RECAP

March 31, 2022
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (ET)

10100 International Dr
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Theme
Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration & Reemergence
More Information

#WomenRise | #Paragon2022

Sponsored By

Enterprise HoldingsRepublic Services

The Women in Leadership Symposium is designed to bring together a diverse mix of successful c-suite/VP level women leaders in medium-large sized companies who, through the discussion of topics relevant to today’s issues, educate, inspire and encourage women to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to move higher in their organizations. The goal of this event is to be the premier resource for women to be able to network, mentor and participate in professional development programs geared toward helping them rise in their careers.


Panelists

Rachna Atwal
Rachna
Atwal
Vice President, Operations for Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando Health
Rachna Atwal
Rachna Atwal
Vice President, Operations for Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center
Orlando Health

As vice president of operations for Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), Rachna is responsible for driving operational performance and executing strategic initiatives to position Orlando Health ORMC as a tertiary and quaternary statewide leader. Rachna joined Orlando Health Medical Group (OHMG) in 2016 and had operational responsibility for adult medicine and surgical service lines. In 2017, she was named Vice President, Orlando Health and Chief Operating Officer for OHMG. In that role, she had operational oversight of Orlando Health’s medical practices with a particular focus on patient access, patient experience and clinic workflow optimization. Prior to joining the organization, Rachna served in progressive leadership roles at Wake Forest Baptist Health System, Emory Healthcare and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. She earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina, is Six Sigma Green Belt-trained and is a certified project management professional.

Maria Cherjovsky
Maria
Cherjovsky
Vice President of Operations
Coalition for the Homeless in Central Florida
Maria Cherjovsky
Maria Cherjovsky
Vice President of Operations
Coalition for the Homeless in Central Florida

Maria Cherjovsky, MA, CDP is the President of Florida Abilities and Inclusion Network and Vice President of Operations for the Coalition for the Homeless. She is an executive with a success record of over 25 years in the fields of nonprofit, workforce development, social services and higher education, where she led initiatives in support of non-traditional student groups and diverse demographics. She was also a college professor for 10 years, a career coach, project manager and consultant for 15+ years both domestically & internationally. She’s held executive roles with local nonprofit organizations as Vice President of Mission Services and Workforce Innovation for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, President of the Florida Diversity Council, and President of the Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce, which she helped transition to what is now the Florida Abilities and Inclusion Network, a nonprofit organization that leads advocacy and employment efforts for traditionally marginalized populations while assisting organizations develop their own diversity plans and strategies as part of becoming inclusive employers providing access and opportunities for all. Her work in Diversity and Inclusion has been recognized by numerous organizations. Most recently by the Orlando Business Journal which, in 2020, awarded María with the inaugural “Diversity in Business” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Andrea Guzman
Andrea
Guzman
VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University of Central Florida
Andrea Guzman
Andrea Guzman
VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University of Central Florida

Dr. Andrea Guzmán joined UCF as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in July of 2021 where she serves as a member of the executive leadership team and is responsible for leading the development of a comprehensive strategy that champions evidence-based practices in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a multi-campus university. Prior to this, she served as Associate Vice President for Student Outreach and Diversity at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) since 2014. In this role, she led efforts to provide a campus climate that supports diversity and inclusion, student success, personal development, and integrated student learning experiences. In addition, Dr. Guzmán assisted the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in implementing continuous improvement efforts, goal setting, strategic plans, assessment, and professional development programs within the division. While at FAU, she also developed three university-wide centers including the Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy. Within each center, she developed a number of student success programs for marginalized populations and several symposiums to advance and sustain diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for faculty, staff and students. Prior to joining Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Guzmán worked for Wayne County Community College District in Detroit, Michigan for 12 years, where she last served as Chief Academic Officer and Provost of Health Sciences.

LaShea Reaves
LaShea
Reaves
Vice President & Sr. Diversity and Inclusion Manager
First Horizon Bank
LaShea Reaves
LaShea Reaves
Vice President & Sr. Diversity and Inclusion Manager
First Horizon Bank

Lashea Reaves serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sr. Manager for First Horizon. Within this role, she executes the DEI strategy into actionable programs, talent initiatives, community partnerships, and expanding revenue opportunities through inclusion banking. An avid banker, Lashea has worked in various departments such as Commercial, Wealth Management, Retail Banking, and Talent Acquisition since starting her career with Regions Bank within the Management Development Program. Lashea is a graduated of Florida A&M University and Nova Southeastern University receiving a B.S. degree in Business Management and Masters degree in HR Strategic Development. Serving on several community-based and national based organizations, she is a board member of the Council for Economic Education, DEI Council for HR Florida, 8 Cents in a Jar, and Talent Acquisition Leadership Keynote (TALK) Florida.


Moderator

Kristen Stone
Kristen
Stone
Lead Talent Acquisition Partner - Southeast
Republic Services
Kristen Stone
Kristen Stone
Lead Talent Acquisition Partner - Southeast
Republic Services

Kristen Stone has many years of experience in Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion. In her current role, Kristen leads a Talent Acquisition team in shaping organizational development and hiring top talent across the Southeast for a Fortune 500 company. She is also a long-standing member of the Orlando Chapter Advisory Board for the Florida Diversity Council and Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Mustard Seed of Central Florida. Kristen was born and raised in Central Florida. She began her career in Human Resources, with a focus on Talent Management and Organizational Development, while working in the field of Education. Kristen managed a local branch of a tutoring company for many years before she accepted a role in Human Resources leadership with Florida Virtual School. From there, she transitioned to working in the waste and recycling industry in 2015 with Republic Services, a garbage and recycling company that is known as one of Forbes Most Innovative Companies and Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Companies. Kristen has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida. She also holds certification as a Black Belt in Recruitment and a Black Belt in Diversity & Inclusion through the Social Talent Network. Kristen is an amateur artist, a foodie, and an avid at-home chef who loves to entertain family and friends. She lives in Winter Park with her husband Justin, Humanities and Philosophy Professor at Valencia College, their precocious daughter Reagan, and their rambunctious pets Steve and Finnley.


Awardee

Malika Harrison
Malika
Harrison
Director of Social Responsibility
Orlando Magic
Woman of the Year Awardee
Malika Harrison
Malika Harrison
Director of Social Responsibility
Orlando Magic

With nearly 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, integrated communications, public relations, event planning, diversity, equity & inclusion, and business strategy, Malika Harrison leads the Orlando Magic’s community relations, multicultural affairs, volunteering, disaster relief, cause marketing, and civic engagement. She also oversees the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, including strategic grantmaking and fundraising. Additionally, Harrison manages the Magic’s community efforts for the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in hundreds of hours of volunteering and more than $500,000 in donations to local nonprofits. As a mission-driven, solutions-oriented leader, Harrison also represents the Magic on community-wide initiatives such as: Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ appointee to the Orange County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, and Board Member for ELEVATE Orlando, Holocaust Memorial Resources and Education Center of Florida, and United Arts of Central Florida. Prior to relocating to Orlando, Harrison served as Director of Corporate Responsibility for S&P Global and Vice President of S&P Global Foundation in New York City. She led the development of a Center of Excellence to redefine the Company’s corporate responsibility strategy, enhanced internal and external communications, and managed a global multi-million grant portfolio. She also held various roles at Alcoa Foundation, including Community Engagement Manager and Communications Manager, as well as Chairman of the African American employee resource group. Committed to change and a passionate advocate for the advancement of educational opportunities, equity and inclusion, youth and women’s empowerment, Harrison’s leadership-in-service includes: AmeriCorps, Leadership Orange - Class VIII, Leadership Orlando - Class 98, member of the inaugural onePULSE Foundation Legacy Scholarship Committee, member of the Central Florida Urban League - Young Professionals, life member of National Council of Negro Women, Inc., and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In 2017, Harrison received New York University’s Bart Lawson Award for Distinguished Public Service. In 2018, she was recognized as an Emerging Leader Honoree by the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Central Florida Chapter. For her continuing work in the community, in 2020 she received a SPORTYS Award for Best in Social Responsibility from the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, was selected to Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and named a Deeva to Watch by Women on the Rise. In 2021, Harrison was listed as Women on the Move by ONYX Magazine, National Diversity Council as a Top 50 in Corporate Social Responsibility, and as Women of the Year by Orlando Magazine. Harrison holds a master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Florida A&M University. She also has a certificate of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida.


Award Nomination

Woman of the Year.

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