Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011 Miami Beach Women's Conference & EXPO Open to the Public

Kicking off National Women’s History Month in March, Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and the Women’s Exhibit announce the 3rd Annual Miami Beach Women’s Conference & EXPO, Friday March 4-Saturday March 5.

The 2011 Women’s EXPO will be held all day Friday from 10am-6pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Second Level Hall B, and will be exhibiting women’s businesses, retail, service and nonprofit organizations. The event is free to the public. 

This year’s Women’s History Month Celebration and Miami Beach Women’s Conference & EXPO includes great speakers, a luncheon featuring a fashion show and the extraordinary culinary artistry of women chefs, shopping at The EXPO and a tremendous networking possibilities. 

The conference begins on the morning of March 4 begins at 8:30am with continental breakfast on the 3rd Floor Veranda of City Hall (sponsored by the Loews Hotel, Costco and the Van Dyke Cafe).

The 2011 Mayor’s Panel will then convene in the Commission Chambers with a panel of international women leaders. "Women Leading Globally" will be introduced by Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer Ana Cecilia Velasco. The Panel is Hosted by Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. Panelists include Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Chief Investigative Reporter for WFOR-TV/CBS Michele Gillen, Consul General of Spain in Florida Maria Cristina Barrios y Almazo, Co-Founder and President of Brazil-USA Cultural Center Adriana Sabino and Assistant Director of Political Science for Barry University Leah Hutton Blumenfeld, PhD. The event is free to the public.

One of the highlights of the day is always the annual Lunch in the Garden fundraiser featuring the culinary artistry of top women chefs, caterers and restaurateurs at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (located adjacent to the Convention Center and City Hall). This year the annual luncheon, sponsored by The Boucher Brothers and the MB Botanical Garden, introduces "The Garden Fashion Walk" -- a Spring Fashion Show by Macy’s, Ulta & Sean Donaldson Salon. Luncheon tickets are $25 per person.

The Afternoon Conference Session Town Hall will be at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Second Level, Hall B, featuring a discussion on “The Status of Women in Politics 2011” from 2-4pm. Panelists include Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen from The Political Institute for Women, Kasie Hunt from Politico, Chief of Staff for Florida Congresswoman Frederika Wilson Tasha Cole, Consul General of Germany Eva Alexandra Countess Kendeffy and President of University of Miami Student Government Association Christina R. Farmer. This segment will be produced in partnership with the Political Institute for Women, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training women for careers in politics. The event is free to the public.

On Saturday March 5, the Political Institute for Women will be hosting “Campaign Management 101” a eight-hour comprehensive class for women launching careers in politics as campaign managers. Price is $125.

In her first term as Miami Beach’s first female mayor, Mayor Matti Herrera Bower spearheaded The Miami Beach Women’s Conference to empower more women and girls to roles of leadership. The successful 2009 conference drew more than 700 women to the free open to the public event. It featured a panel of five other women mayors from Miami-Dade County and a full day of speakers on a variety of women’s issues.

In 2010 the event grew to a two-day Women’s Weekend. The Friday Women’s Conference commemorated the 90 year anniversary of women’s right to vote.  Saturday introduced The Miami Beach Women’s EXPO with more than 60 vendors at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Each Year the Miami Beach Women’s Conference highlights the achievements of one special Woman In History. Past years honored Julia Tuttle and Barbara Baer Capitman. This year's Honoree is Mary Brickell

The sponsoring organization Women’s Exhibit, Inc., was founded by SoBe Pioneers Dona Zemo and Wendy Doherty, who with a committee of community volunteers, produce the event in partnership with the City of Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Convention Center and Miami Beach Botanical Garden. A percentage of proceeds benefits local women’s organizations.

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