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"Carla Maldonado, Director - Business Intelligence Broward Alliance"OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dr. Carla Maldonado, Director – Business Intelligence, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Topic –
The Economy and Business Intelligence – South Florida
About Dr. Carla:
Dr. Carla Maldonado is Director of Business Intelligence for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, official economic development organization for Broward County. The Alliance focuses on creating, attracting, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in high value targeted industries, developing more vibrant communities, and improving the quality of life for our area’s citizens.

Carla holds a BA in Business Administration, MA in Organizational Leadership, MA in Contemporary Diplomacy/International Relations and a PhD in Political Economy. Before joining the Alliance, she worked for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in the area of Creative Economy. She has previously worked for the Trade Office of Peru in Miami, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC and the Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia. Carla has global experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Areas of specialty include international trade and investment, economic cooperation, SMEs, trade promotion, innovation and entrepreneurship, creative economy, urban development policies, return on investment, diplomatic protocol, economic impact analysis, business-to-business integration and data governance.

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MODERATOR – Multicultural Marketing Panel 
Rosana Santos Calambichis, President & CEO Big Chef Gourmet

About Rosana: Rosana is the CEO of Big Chef ~ Global Ambassador to Brazil and President of the South Florida Chapter of Women in Ecommerce™
Rosana’s drive to become a successful entrepreneur began as a young girl. A Brazilian native raised in the metropolis of Sao Paulo, she obtained her degree in Family Law at PUC-SP. Believing in education beyond the classroom, she traveled, residing in Cali, Colombia and Angola, Africa. In 1991, Santos moved to Florida. Ultimately, her understanding of different cultures enhanced her knowledge of international business and fed her appreciation of world cuisine.

Inspired by her mother’s accomplishments as an award-winning chef and published cookbook author and her father’s successful attitude and leadership; Santos decided to combine her business expertise and food interest with Calambichis, her partner, restaurant and people experience; leading to the acquisition of BigChef in 2003. By 2004, she obtained an MBA in Global Business Management at UOP in Fort Lauderdale.

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Multicultural Marketing Panel – Topic: Marketing to the LGBT Market

About Angela:
Angela Daniels-Lewis is corporate vice president in New York Life’s Target Markets Department, where she focuses on recruiting activities and the development of unique programs and materials to target the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community (LGBT) and Women’s markets. Daniels-Lewis is responsible for the development of the company’s LGBT Market, which began in 2008 with programs in Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston, and is now nationwide.

Daniels-Lewis has also been a panelist or featured  speaker at events such as the Women of Excellence Conference, 12th Annual “Rainbow Push” Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Start Over Smart Divorce Expo, and Speaking of Women’s Health Conferences. She was listed as one of the “100 Women We Love” in GO magazine and featured in the NGLCC_NY (National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Newsletter.

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"Evie Hernandez Promote and Prosper 2018"WORKSHOP PRESENTER Topic: How to Leverage Video to Market Your Business
Meet Evie Hernandez, President XoomIM
About Evie:
Evie Hernandez is known as The SMarketing QueenTM because she effectively Integrates Sales with Marketing to get measurable results. She teaches business owners how to generate client leads with the XoomIM Inbound SMarketing System at Colleges, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE Chapters, Associations and businesses throughout Florida.

Evie is the Chief Marketing Officer of XoomIM, LLC, the founder of HispanaPreneurTM, a sales and marketing professor at Broward College and BizniversityTM, a Google GYBO speaker and the Author of the upcoming book, “Secrets to Attract, Capture and Retain Loyal Affluent Clients”. As an Inbound Marketing Expert, a Certified Business Coach and a Certified Solution Provider for Constant Contact, Evie is a much sought-after speaker because she is considered a subject-matter expert on Small Business Marketing.

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"Woodie Lesesne, Lesesne Media Group"Multicultural Marketing Panel – Topic: Black Buying Power

About Woodie:
Woodie Lesesne is a multi-media entrepreneur whose career success spans more than two decades and who has led cutting edge innovations in both traditional, non-traditional and new media. As co-founder and publisher of IN FOCUS Magazine, she guided the print property to an unprecedented 19-year success in the South Florida region. President and COO of Lesesne Media Group, Mrs. Lesesne has led dramatic transitions from print media to web tv and film.

The top production executive for LMG Films, Mrs. Lesesne has produced two features films, three documentaries, and several short film over the last six years. Woodie is as comfortable in front of the camera as an actor and host, as behind the camera, producing/directing and greenlighting the company’s independent projects. In November of 2012, Woodie led the launch of LMG TV, one of the first woman-owned and black-owned Web TV channels in the region. Today the channels can be found at, and  with all original content.

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"Claudia Ruiz Levy, President CRL Media"Multicultural Marketing Panel – Topic: Hispanic Marketing
About Claudia:
Claudia Ruiz Levy is always juggling numerous projects for her CRL advertising and public relations firm clients and the numerous non-profits that her efforts help support.

A graduate of Manizales Catholic University with a B.A. in advertising and a B.A. in journalism from the the Autonoma University of Occidente, this Colombian-born dynamo continued her studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Claudia’s career began in Colombia working for a South American branch of McCann-Erickson, one of the world’s largest ad agencies. Her clients included companies such as Bayer, Goodyear and Gillete. She moved to Publiplan Advertising working as a copywriter and creative director for clients such as Ford Motors, Bayer, B.D.F. Healthcare, Piaggio and other major accounts before moving to the greater New York metro area in 1998. There she wrote for publications such as “El Globo” newspaper where she was the entertainment editor and had the opportunity to rub elbows with Latin stars such as Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Ricky Martin just to name a few.

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"Suzzette Turnbull, Promote and Prosper Presenter"WORKSHOP PRESENTER Topic: How to Set Up Effective Facebook Ads that Deliver Results!
Suzzette Turnbull, Founder and CEO of Uncommon Marketing
About Suzette:
Suzette uses social media to make your dreams a reality. An accomplished business expert, she knows your brand is everything. Using media and brand management, marketing and social media, she expands your brand.

Suzzette is also the author of The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Getting Started with Social Media. She holds a BS in Business Management, an MBA in Management, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of the Rockies pursuing Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Social Media and Technology.

Suzzette specializes in helping public figures, entertainers, and small to mid-sized businesses establish a strong online presence and increase brand exposure. She is passionate about social media and showing others how to apply the latest tips and tricks.

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"Kate Volman, Marketing Strategist"WORKSHOP PRESENTER Topic: Now Go Live: Build Your Brand & Grow Your Business with Live Video
Kate Volman, Marketing Strategist, Podcaster, Content Creator
About Kate:
Kate Volman helps brands & companies create engaging content to expand their online presence, build community and grow their business. Through her coaching services, workshops and video series, she simplifies online marketing and provides the tools and information needed to take action and get results.

She co-created and co-hosts Delray Morning Live, a weekly live morning show and Trajectory, a weekly podcast sharing ideas and resources for small businesses. She is an Network Partner, video contributor for and GoDaddy’s online publication, The Garage.

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