When smart entrepreneurs gather, we multiply each other’s talents.

When smart entrepreneurs gather, we multiply each other’s talents. This year the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is hosting their fifth annual women’s event, G.L.O.W. which stands for growth. leadership. ownership. well-being & wealth.

Today’s G.L.O.W. Schedule
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7:00 – 8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast | Headshots/ 5/3 Bank, FGCU Catering,
Photo Vendor
8:00 – 8:10 AM
SBDC Welcome: Dorian Zwierewicz, LaShaun Middlebrooks Collier
8:10 – 8:30 AM
5/3 Bank / Esther Marshall & 5/3 Bank Team
8:30 – 9:15 AM
Keynote + Q&A / Melanie S. Griffin, Secretary of the Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation & Owner,
Spread Your Sunshine
9:25 – 10:00 AM
Elevate your GLOW Interactive/ Christin Collins
10:00 – 10:50 AM
GLOW Panel / 5/3 Bank Rep, Marilyn Santiago, Marie Grasmeier,
Shontra Powell, Pamela Belford, Stephanie Ahasic
11:30 – 11:50 AM
5/3 Bank Scholarship Presentations/ Esther Marshall & 5/3 Bank Team
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Networking | Headshots | Vendors in Cohen 201

keynote speaker

Melanie griffin, Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Melanie S. Griffin, Esq. serves as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to head the agency beginning January 1, 2022, Secretary Griffin leads Florida’s regulation of more than 1.6 million licensees across more than 30 fields of industry.

In 2019, Secretary Griffin joined Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, an Am Law 200 firm that is the largest law firm in Tampa Bay, as an of counsel attorney, and Shumaker Advisors as a senior advisor, business-to-business relationships. Previously, Secretary Griffin honed her business, legal and entrepreneurial skills for 13 years at a prominent Florida corporate law firm, where she served as a law clerk and then attorney from 2006-2019, the last five years of which she was an equity shareholder and the Tampa office managing partner. A commercial litigation and employment law attorney, Secretary Griffin has advised and represented businesses of all sizes and types in a wide range of matters, from simple breach of contract actions to complex commercial cases involving intellectual property issues, real estate actions, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference with contracts and business relationships, and substantive employment law issues such as harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Read More.

Glow Panelist: Stephanie

Dr. Stephanie Ahasic

Owner, Synergy Health, https://synergynaples.com/

When Stephanie was practicing as a chiropractor alone, she quickly realized she didn’t have all the answers when it came to her patients. So she decided to add a few more experts to the mix and that is how Synergy Health came about.

By having a physical therapist, a medical professional, a massage therapist, a chiropractor along with other professionals all in one place, she feels confident in coming up with a unique solution for each individual patient no matter what the problem is.

Glow Panelist: Pam Belford

Pamela Belford

Banker turned business owner of PMB Homegroup, https://pmbhomegroup.com/

Pamela Belford is a licensed mortgage loan originator at PMB Home Group by Security Mortgage corporation. Prior to being a licensed Loan originator, Pamela worked in the finance sector as Licensed Banker/Brokerage Associate for seven years.

Christin Collins

Interconnected Wellbeing Advocate | Speaker | Author | Global Thought Leader | Executive Coach | Purpose Practitioner | Podcaster, www.christincollins.com

Christin Collins is a magnetic, thought-provoking influencer, a certifiedworkplace mindfulness facilitator, andan executive coach. As a certified holistic coach, author and national speaker, Christin supports the journey toward optimal wellbeing by shedding light on the mind/body connection, the effects of trauma healing, and the toxicity stress has on the physical body.She shared this message at the 2022TedX Westshore conference in Tampa,Florida.A former healthcare executive, Christin served as System Director of Health &Wellness and Senior Director ofDevelopment at a Southwest Florida healthcare system. She also served as vice-chair of the Global Positive HealthInstitute Board of Directors and was a former member of the AmericanCollege of Lifestyle Medicine Happiness Science & Positive Health Committee.

Marie Grasmeier

Combining more than 20 years of experience in accounting, business consulting, and real estate investing with her twin passions for empowering businesswomen and guiding international businesspeople through the complex and ever-changing regulatory world, Marie Grasmeier, CPA, CMA, CGMA, TEP guides her clients with confidence.

Shontra Powell

Author of “Proven ot Perfect”.  Former VP at Hertz, now co-owner of RedZone Fleet Services, https://redzonefleetservices.com/

Shontra Powell has crafted leadership and general management skills throughout her 28-year career in business. Shontra commands a unique skill to develop commercial business strategies for growth, particularly in times of business transformation and change. Shontra assesses the situation, identifies the problem to solve and delivers ideas that are supported by the business operating system and goals.

Marilyn Santiago

Partner, CMO of manufacturing company, Creative Architectural Resin Products, CARP, https://carpusa.com/

Marilyn Santiago is a force of nature. She started as a radio DJ and after nearly two decades, Marilyn reinvented herself, launching Sunshine Integrated Solutions, a venture that leveraged her expertise in branded content, promotional campaigns and artist management to foster connections with Hispanic consumers across the U.S. While tremendously successful, this was a period of incubation that allowed her to transition into something entirely new and an industry with very few women, let alone Latinas: Construction.

Alongside her life and business partner, Steven Russel, Marilyn launched Creative Architectural Resin Products, CARP. Through this entrepreneurial venture, Marilyn and Steven offer excellence in built-to-order fabrications to some of Florida’s largest construction firms.

Jessica Tressler Fifth Third Bank

Jessica Tressler

Vice President & Retail Small Business Sales Effectiveness Manager, 53.com

Jessica Tressler serves as Vice President and Retail Small Business Sales Effectiveness Manager.  She is responsible for developing the Small Business Strategy across the Retail line of business as well as supporting the execution of business banking sales and service performance across the company.  Prior to this role, Jessica successfully led 5 Retail regions between North and South Florida.  Jessica is passionate about building cohesive teams with a strong group identity that work as a unit to produce results  Before joining Fifth Third, Jessica was the Director of Brand Marketing for HSN with various other roles in the company.  She possesses over 25 years of Sales Management and Effectiveness experience.

Making the most of your GLOW experience? DId you get your swag bag? Did you take your headshot? Don’t forget to network!

Yummy Nosh: Breakfast & Snacks

Free Headshots

Swag bags

chance to connect with SWFL’s biz mavens and makers

Impact-worthy Aha Moments

A fresh boost of business inspiration

5/3 BANK IS GIVING AWAY 2 $530 BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIPS (must be present to win)

REGIster for 2023 g.l.o.w