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Women's Success Summit, Miami, November 10th & 11th, 2011 - The theme: RISKY BUSINESS!

November 10 & 11, 2011 

"Prepare to push boundaries, take leaps of faith, raise bars and take yourself, your business or your career to a whole new level, while being surrounded by hundreds of Miami's most ambitious, successful women. In honor of our new venue, Gulfstream Park, the theme of this fourth Summit is Risky Business: Going All In."
- Michelle Villalobos, Founder

Miami's largest 2-day business conference for women is heading up to Gulfstream! Over 700 women – Miami's smartest, coolest, most impressive professional women – gathered at the last sold-out, standing-room-only Summit. On November 10th & 11th, THIS is where you should be. 


☞ DayOne ☜

Thursday, November 10, 2011
(Speakers & sessions are continuously being added and updated)

1. 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Welcome! Pushing Boundaries, Challenging Norms & Dreaming Big... Why "Risky Business" Is The Theme Of The Women's Success Summit IV 

Michelle Villalobos (vee - ya - low - bos)
Women's Success Summit Founder

2. Keynote - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Taking The Leap: Rising Above "I Can't," "I Shouldn't" & Other Beliefs That Prevent You From Taking Necessary Risk

If you know Jessica Kizorek, then you know she tells the raw, uncensored truth and is guaranteed to put you in the best frame of mind to get the MOST out of the entire summit. 

About Jessica Kizorek: Chief Badass at, serial entrepreneur, author, and adjunct professor at the Miami Ad School; founder of, co-owner of; lead author of Badass Business Women: The Manifesto; co-creator of Make Them BEG: Stop Selling & Start Seducing With Your Irresistible Personal Brand.

Spotlight - 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM

Case Study: Dawnna St. Louis
Speaker, Coach, Author of YOLO


Spotlight: 11:15 PM to 11:30 AM

Case Study: Jay Jiggins
Founder, IronFlower Fitness

5. Presentation - 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
Who Needs A Runway? Take Off From Where You Are! 

 Americaʼs First African American Female Combat Pilot, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, takes you on an amazing journey through her life experiences and, most importantly, the lessons learned. Unleash the personal leadership power needed to ignite your spark and realize your dreams. 

About FlyGirl: Featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour was the United States Marine Corps' first female African American fighter pilot. Now she inspires others with her programs on leadership, teamwork and personal responsibility. Just a few of her accomplishments include: 
- Completed 2 tours of duty in Iraq
- Named on the Naval Air Station’s prestigious Commodore’s List
- Received the Academic Achievement Award (she was the top graduate in her class)
- Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Chancellor University
- The first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad
- Author of Zero to Breakthrough™” (Penguin)

LunchBreak - 12:15 to 1:15 PM *

6. Panel - 1:15 AM to 2:00 PM

Buzz Worthy: How To Leverage Your Personality, Reputation & Expertise to Land a Spotlight In The Media

Let's face it, we all know that one moment in the spotlight can change our lives. Get the inside scoop on how you can get your face and your name out on traditional media like magazines, TV and newspapers... without spending a fortune on PR.

About our Panelists:

Laurie Jennings: Main Anchor Local 10 News

Amara Sohn: Anchor/Reporter (NBC News)

Nikki Novo: Fashion & Beauty writer (DailyCandy, Allure,

Jenny Starr Perez: Fashion Director, A20 Magazine (Apples To Oranges), Celebrity Stylist

Julia Wakefield: 
Public Relations Professional specializing in Corporate Commercial Real Estate and Law, past President of The Association for Women in Communications (South Florida Chapter)

Migdalia Figueroa: Senior Vice President of Content and Brand for the Telemundo Station Group

7. Presentation - 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Going Viral: Why "Personality Marketing Is The Latest Trend in Branding in an Era Of Information Overload, Virtual Relationships & ADD 

These days, everyone wants their marketing to "go viral." What makes something go viral and how can YOU do it? Learn the 5 key factors for creating campaigns that seduce.... and spread.

8. Power Panel - 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM

Social Is The New Business: Three Networking Divas Discuss How To Build a Social Network That Drives Business – Both Online & Off

The irony of how much of our relationships are now conducted online means that personal, one-to-one interaction is more important than ever. Meet these ladies who have the whole formula figured out to perfection – and are ready and willing to share their secrets with you. 

About Our Panelists:
Maria De Los AngelesBlogger, Sex And The Beach & Wily Wordsmith, @vicequeenmaria on Twitter
Ana Cecilia Velasco: COO of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Agustina Prigoshin: Co-Founder of Social Media Club South Florida, Orange Events Calendar and Meet South Florida.

Break 3:15 to 3:45 PM *

9. Panel - 3:45 PM to 4:15 PM
My Way: Meet 3 Women Who Pushed The Envelope, Struggled, And Made It... Their Way

About our Panelists:

Dr. Sonjia: Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at UM Miller School of Medicine; “America’s Sex Educator” & Weekly Columnist For Miami Sun Post

Portia: Founder, BellyMotions Franchise, Named One Of Miami Herald’s 2011 “Top 20 Under 40”

Alison Thompson: Activist, Documentarian (recently featured at Tribeca Film Festival) & Author of The Third Wave

Interactive Workshop - 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM

Healthy Growth: Jody Johnson (AKA "The Velvet Hammer") 
Facilitates Live 
Business Coaching Onstage 
Risk is a healthy and a necessary part of growing a business. However, risk can be anticipated and mitigated so as to minimize its potentially adverse impact on your business. If you're going to jump out of an airplane, you manage risk by packing your parachute and checking it. Most businesses face risk in 3 key areas: Time, Team & Money. Jody Johnson ("The Velevet Hammer") will coach audience members live from the stage to diagnose your exposure in these key areas so be prepared with your toughest business challenges and hope Jody calls your name!.

Party Time! 
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Badass Business Women
The VIP & Speaker Cocktail Party
Downstairs At The Fountain

 DayTwo ☜

Friday, November 11, 2011
(Speakers & sessions are continuously being added and updated)

1. 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Quickie Workshop: Deploying Your Personal Brand To Get Noticed, Respected & Hired (For What You're Worth)

Michelle Villalobos 
(vee - ya - low - bos)

Women's Success Summit Founder, Business Consultant & Personal Brand Strategist

2. Brief Interlude

Meet Shelby: On Her Decade's Worth Of Networking Experience

2. Interview: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Big Risk, Big Returns: 
Interview with Shauna Mei
Founder & CEO of

Recently described by the Huffington Post as "a formidable force in the luxury e-tailer space", Mei's 2-year old company "" is the perfect example of crazy-idea-cum-phenomenal-success. Get ready to be blown away by this world-traveling, whirlwind, wonder-woman... and learn why she calls "educated risk-taking" her #1 secret to success.

About Shauna Mei: Mei studied studied computer science/electrical engineering and Management at MIT then worked at Goldman Sachs, providing luxury marketing advice to Neiman Marcus, before co-founding a luxury investment boutique with Jeffrey Aronsson (former CEO of Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta). After running Swedish activewear brand, Casall for a time, she then founded, which offers hard-to-find items from around the world curated by influential tastemakers like Tim Gunn, DVF, Daniel Boulud, Tina Brown, Carmindy, Bobbi Brown, and other influential tastemakers. She raised capital from a group of influential angel investors and launched with a splash during September's fashion week.

4. Panel - 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Leverage: Building Scalability, Growth and BIG Success Into Whatever You Do

Research indicates women avoid borrowing, financing, raising funds and hiring employees to grow their businesses, thus limiting growth by not planning for the long-haul. What's an ambitious woman to do? Learn about securing grants, funding, getting loans and hiring effectively for any business or professional goal.

About our Panelists:

Esther Monzón Aguirre: President and Senior Project Manager of EV Services; Esther teaches small businesses how to land government grants and contracts.

Felicia Hatcher: “Chief Popsicle” of Feverish Ice Cream, and captain of a fleet of eco-friendly ice cream trucks and carts featuring wacky flavors (like mango chili). Felicia was recently named one of the Top 10 Superstar Entrepreneurs under 30 by and has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, ABC News,, and FOX. 

Annette Gray: Business Development Consultant for the Florida Women's Business Center; specialist in Business Plan Writing.

Megan Tierney: CEO,, teaching businesses about and helping them land Angel Funding and Venture Capital.

Victoria VillalbaFounder, Victoria & Associates Career Services, specializing in the placement of temporary, temporary to hire, direct hire and Executive Search.

LunchBreak - 11:45 to 1:15 PM *

Speed Networking Event For VIP Passholders - From 12:00 to 12:45 PM
Ceci Velasco, Chief Operating Officer, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

5. Interview - 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM

Risky Revelations: New York Times Bestselling Author, Laura Doyle, talks about how the risky move of revealing intimate details of her life and taking a controversial stance on relationships helped her follow her heart, realize her dreams, and achieve success.

About Laura Doyle: Laura Doyle is the author of the book The Surrendered Wife: A Practical Guide to Finding Intimacy, Passion and Peace with a Man (Simon & Schuster 2001), The Surrendered Single: A Practical Guide to Attracting and Marrying the Man Who's Right for You (Simon & Schuster 2002), and Things Will Get as Good as you Can Stand (Simon & Schuster 2004). Her (controversial) books have caught the attention of major media the world over, including Dateline NBC, The Today Show, The View, Montel Williams Show, Politically Incorrect, The New York Times, Marie Claire UK, The London Telegraph and many others. 

6. Presentation - 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM

Going Viral Part II - Case Studies: Social Media, Online & Email Marketing Campaigns That Flourished Using Personality Marketing 

7. Power Panel - 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Going Viral: Social Media & Online Marketing Experts Weigh In On "Going Viral"

We continue the dialogue from above with a handful of well-known Social Media Mavens who know the ins and outs of "virality"... and teach you how to spread ideas like viruses. 

About Our Panelists: 

Brianna Bragg: CEO & Owner at Business Bragg, Digital PR and Interactive Agency
Maria Arguello: Online Editor, Ocean Drive Magazine
Monica Silvestre: Sr. Community Manager at

Break 3:00 to 3:30 *

8. Interview - 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Risky Radio: Julie Guy & Tamara G. from "Those Two Girls In The Morning" Talk About Risk-Taking, Improvising & Speaking Outside The Lines

Julie Guy & Tamara G, "Those 2 Girls in The Morning" on 97.3 The Coast FM

Summit Spotlight - 4:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Case Study: Adam Cronin
Primal Roots

10. Panel - 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM

The Male Panel: Our most popular panel is back for a 3rd go. Meet amazingly successful men who share their thoughts about working with, supporting and sometimes even butting heads (!!) with women. 

About Our Panelists:

Alex De Carvalho: Co-Founder, VoxMed, Adjunct Professor of Social Media, University of Miami, Co-Author, Securing the Clicks, Founder of RefreshMiami, Organizer of The Startup Forum, Social Media Club, BarCamp, and Mobile Mondays 

Spero Canton: Host, Comcast Newsmakers, & Director of Public Relations for Comcast in South Florida, Former President of PRSA Florida

Bruce Serbin: Serbin Media, perhaps best known for the media blitz surrounding the book "Die Fat or Get Tough" which ended up on Good Morning America, NBC's Today Show & CNN

Matt McManus: Veritas Wealth Management, Chosen by The Miami Herald for the 2011 "Top 20 Influencers Under 40" 

Steven Haas: Owner, City Hall Restaurant

Andrew Cass: Internet Marketing & Direct Sales Strategist, Director of the Miami Chapter of Glazer-Kennedy Insider's Circle

Jason Loeb: Founder & CEO, Sudsies Dry Cleaners, Chairman of The Board for The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

Milton Olave: Business Strategist, Consultant and Sales Expert at Milton Olave Enterprises

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