Women's Exhibit

Empowering Ourselves! Empowering Others!


Friday, March 26, 2010   8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Generously Sponsored by:
Van Dyke Cafe
The Loews Hotel

Miami Beach City Hall

Outside City Commission Chambers 3rd Fl . 1700 Convention Center Drive   Miami Beach

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Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower


Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn

Miami Beach’s First Woman Mayor, Matti Herrera Bower celebrates Women’s History Month and the 90 year anniversary of the woman’s right to vote with an extraordinary panel of women leaders from throughout Miami-Dade County for the Second Annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference at City Hall Friday March 26, 2010 — with a Special Guest from “The White House Project”.  The panel will be moderated by Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn.


Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn speaks on Women in Politics.

Deede Weithorn is a Miami Beach native serving her first term on the City of Miami Beach Commission. Deede and her family have been active in many local organizations, including North Beach Development Corporation and the North Beach Elementary School PTA. Deede chaired the city’s Budget Advisory Committee prior to becoming a city commissioner. Professionally, Deede is a CPA with Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant and she also studied engineering at MIT.

Below are links to learn more about this year’s panelists:

Mayor Susan Gottlieb City of Aventura

Mayor Joyce A. Davis El Portal Village

Mayor Shirley Gibson City of Miami Gardens

Mayor Cindy Lerner Village of Pinecrest

Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman, District 4

Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, District 6

Mayor Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach

Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen, The White House Project

The Mayor’s Panel is Sponsored by:

Florida House Representative Luis R. Garcia, Jr. District 107


12:00 to 1:30 PM

 Featuring Top Women Chefs, Caterers & Restaurateurs

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Drive

$25 Per Person

Sponsored by: The Boucher Brothers

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Miami Beach Convention Center Hall B First Floor

1901 Convention Center Drive



Main Room 2:00 to 3:15 pm First Floor Room B118-B122

Sponsored by Goldman Properties


Author & Historian Doris Weatherford

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Followed by a tribute

To our 2010 Woman In History Month Honoree:

Barbara Baer Capitman

Women’s Exhibit is proud to honor Barbara Baer Capitman; the pioneer who founded the Miami Beach Historic Art Deco District and Miami Design Preservation League. For more about Barbara Capitman click here.

3:30 – 4:20 PM

Individual Room Sessions

“MiVista Marketing Mastermind.

“You: The Online Brand”

When people look for you online, what do they find? These days, it’s likely that before you ever meet someone in person, they might have already sought and found you online. Learn to manage what they see with easy ways to quickly establish a presence for yourself on the internet using only no-cost and low-cost online tools.  Presented by Michelle Villalobos, founder of Mivista Business Skills Training and professional speaker. Michelle delivers practical, skills-building and never-boring workshops, seminars and events to help individuals and organizations become more successful. Her mission is to help professionals, particularly businesswomen adopt the “style, skills and substance of success.” Sponsored by:  MiVista, Inc. Business Skills Training  B -114

Women in Power

Playing with the Big Boys


Ana Rivas Logan, a Hispanic female, lives the American Dream.  She arrived in this great nation as a political exiled child and is a product of the same public school system that she now represents as a Miami-Dade County School Board Member.  Ms. Rivas Logan’s parents and sister fled Cuba in 1960 for political reasons and she and her two brothers were later born in Nicaragua.  Her family arrived in the United States without speaking the language and virtually penniless.  Through her strict upbringing she was able to attend college and completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science and Engineering and post graduate work in Educational Leadership.  Educator and School Board Member Ana Rivas Logan is on her second term on The School Board of Miami-Dade County, the fourth largest school system in the nation.  Ms. Logan was elected to the school board in 2004 and subsequently re-elected in 2008 unopposed. Ms. Rivas Logan is a very proud mother of three children who attended Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Sponsored by: Women’s Exhibit Room B-115





Jo Manning * Ellen Brazer * Trisha Posner

Presented by: Carol Hoffman-Guzman

Jo Manning is a popular romance author of critical acclaim.  Her books include “The Reluctant Guardian” and “Seducing Mr. Heywood – a Booklist Ten Best Romances of The Year.  She is founder and director of the Reader’s Digest General Books Library for over twenty years and divides her time between London and Miami Beach.

Ellen Brazer lives on South Beach and has authored “Hearts on Fire” and “Clouds Across the Sun” . She received the Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah and has had her short storied published in a Carnegie Mellon anthology.   Her stories are inspired by the people she has befriended over the years: Holocaust Survivors, a Russian Olympic Gold medalist, a founder of a Kibbutz in Northern Israel and a renowned psychiatrist who treated the children of Survivors. These stories, coupled with extensive research are the backbone of her fictional characters.

Trisha Posner is author of “No Hormones, No Fear – A Natural Journey Through Menopause”.  When diagnosed with menopause at 46, and informed by her doctor that in order to avoid osteoporosis and a reduced metabolism, she required immediate hormone replacement therapy–Posner was inspired to use her formidable research skills to look for alternatives and found enough information to design a program to naturally eliminate the negative physical aspects of menopause: hot flashes, diminished bone density and thinning muscle tissue. Posner describes how she successfully experimented with herbs, vitamins, diet and exercise until she found a hormone-free combination that counteracted all these symptoms. The program, she asserts, made her body both leaner and stronger, improved the condition of her hair and skin and restored her libido..  She is also a researcher and Webmaster and has worked with her husband, Gerald Posner on several books.

Carolyn Hoffman-Guzman is the Founding Director of “Arts at St  Johns” founded in 1999 with a mission to encourage, present and provide a forum for all forms of the arts, with a special emphasis on the diverse traditions of our communities in South Florida and also on the newly emerging art forms that represent the blending of cultures, races, beliefs, and ethnicities in our global community. To encourage the arts as a medium for bringing social, spiritual and personal healing, transformation and reconciliation.  She is the organizer of our panel on “Women Authors”.  Sponsored by: Arts at St. Johns — Room B – 116



Presented by Elizabeth Schwartz, Esq.

Elizabeth F. Schwartz is currently in her twelfth year of law practice. Her work includes assisting with the legal aspects of adoption, insemination and surrogacy. Elizabeth’s practice focuses on traditional and non-traditional families, estate planning and probate, as well as divorce and creative conflict resolution. She is a certified family mediator, she treats the law as a therapeutic profession, helping clients protect their families and facilitating relationship dissolution with minimal investment of emotional and financial resources.  With an emphasis on addressing the unique legal needs of the gay community, Elizabeth lectures locally and nationally about family formation issues and the importance of gay couples protecting their loved ones through estate planning and contract.  Among her many professional affiliations, Elizabeth is a chair of the Gay and Lesbian Lawyer’s Association of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Second Vice President of the Miami Beach Bar Association. Elizabeth is also a founding member on the board of the Aqua Foundation for Women (formerly known as the Women’s Community Fund), raising money by and for South Florida’s lesbian community, and the Collaborative Family Law Institute, an organization reforming the divorce process.  A native of Miami Beach, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Miami, in 1997. Sponsor: Miami Dade Commission for Women  Room B -117


(Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange)

Presented by: Retired Miami Beach Police Officer Kelly Reid

Lt. Kelly Reid (retired) is a 23 year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department.  Kelly has been certified as a police trainer in the State of Florida since 1991 and served for the last six years as the department’s Training Unit Commander.  She is a certified defensive tactics and defensive driving instructor, RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor, National Self Defense Institute S.A.F.E instructor trainer, Be S.A.F.E.R. facilitator, among various other training certifications.  She has presented to academy recruits, in-service training classes, and community groups.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University and is currently seeking a Master’s in Public Administration from Florida International University.   As, shift commander, she was assigned to manage the Crime Prevention Unit.  During her career, she was also assigned to the narcotics unit and the police communications unit.   Just weeks after September 11, 2001, she accompanied the N.S.D.I. founder to the I.A.C.P. conference in Toronto to begin the international presentation of S.A.F.E.   Shortly after that, Be S.A.F.E.R was born in the wake of the tragedy.  Kelly believes in both programs strongly and is committed to promoting them for worldwide implementation.   On July 1, 2009, Kelly embarked on her encore career as N.S.D.I.’s Director of Special Projects. Sponsor: Miami Beach Fraternal Order of Police William Nichols Lodge #8 Second Floor Room B-213 3:30 – 5:30 PM


Break Out Room Sessions

4:30 – 5:20



Presented by: Lisa Sparks – Constant Contact

Lisa Sparks is Regional Development Director, South Florida, Constant Contact

Lisa is a marketing expert with experience developing and implementing marketing communications solutions for small and medium sized businesses. A former small business owner herself, Lisa uses her expertise to teach small organizations in South Florida how to build relationships through the use of email marketing. She is experienced in providing guidance, instruction, and comprehensive planning advice for the development, growth, and expansion of new and existing businesses.  Sponsor: Constant Contact Room B -114


“Caring for Them & Caring for Me”

Striking The Balance in Eldercare

Presented by: Dr. Alice Randolph

Dr. Alice Randolph is CEO and a psychologist with many years experience in geriatric services as well as clinical and administrative hospital work and private practice and presents at many state and national conferences.  She is the past president for the Ohio Psychological Association and currently chairs the Regulatory Committee and Task Force on Prescriptive Authority and has served on the  Board of Directors for the last 9 years.  She has been active in legislature reform of Medicare related issues and advocacy for access and parity for mental health services, especially for older adults. She is a recipient of the Award of Excellence and a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Medicare.   Sponsored by: Dr. Alice Randolph. Room B – 115


Presented by: Dena Stewart

Paula Turk Shirley Henderson   Ellie Schneiderman

Paula Turk is largely a self-taught artist, Paula’s metalworking skills were learned and honed at the South Florida Art Center, Miami Beach, where she exhibited and sold her first piece of metal sculpture: a three-foot high tree entitled “Yearning.”  Since then, Paula’s artwork has been exhibited at juried art festivals and in local galleries. She is a winner of the Audience Choice Award for the “Common Roots” art exhibit in Miami Beach.  Paula serves on the board of The Arts at St. Johns and is a member of The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Business Council, as well as The Aventura Marketing Council. She is a resident artist at The CANDO Arts Co-Op Gallery in Miami Beach.

Shirley Henderson has been welcomed into the courtroom when photographers have been banned. As a courtroom artist for 30 years, Shirley has covered many major Federal trials in the South Florida District, with vivid pastel drawings depicting local and international political intrigue, immigration issues, environmental concerns, white-collar crime, terrorism, police brutality, judicial corruption, drug trafficking, racketeering, and violent murders. Shirley is also a studio artist. Her colorful paintings are in Museum Collections, Institutional Collections, Permanent Collection, as well as in selected Corporate and Private Collections.

Ellie Schneiderman has been a clay artist for over 38 years. Her works have been exhibited in many galleries and museums, and have been bought by prominent art collectors. Parallel to her clay career, Ellie was school director, exhibiting artist, and teacher at the Grove House in Coconut Grove in the 1970s. She was also founder and director of the South Florida Arts Center on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach from 1983-1992; Founder and director of Miami Art Works at Paseos, Coral Way, Coral Gables from 1997-2000; Founder and director of ArtSouth Homestead 2000-2006. She is currently a full-time clay artist and teacher in her studio in Coral Gables.

Sponsored by: Miami Cultural Arts Foundation Room B 117


6:30 to 8:30 PM


Presented and Sponsored by: Miami Beach Commission for Women

Miami Beach Botanical Garden

2000 Convention Center Drive

The Women’s Conference is Free to Public

Valet Parking at Hall B – or Open Air Parking Lot  $15.00

Or New City Hall Parking Garage $1. Per Hour


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