Gender, Labor and Leadership discussion kicks off 2022-23 Speaker Series

Monday, September 19, 2022
Written by: Mark Richardson

A "Roundtable on Gender, Labor and Leadership" will kick off Seminole State’s 2022-23 Speaker Series. The panel, featuring local women who have found success in business and lead within our communities, will discuss the impact, struggles, experiences, challenges and equity issues/non-issues of women in the community with respect to labor and leadership. 

  • When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Building C or watch live via streaming video 

Seminole State English professor Dr. Fankie Huff will serve as the moderator. Dr. Huff has been part of the Seminole State College faculty since 2003. Her passion for education and equity run hand in hand. Dr. Huff believes when people are seen and treated equitably, they can reach their greatest potential. She strives to create that kind of space in her courses and on campus.

The panelists are:

Christi Ashby, Founder, Editor and Publisher, Orange Appeal 

With over 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, founder, editor and publisher of Orange Appeal Christi Ashby wanted a magazine to call her own that was not only informative and entertaining but also delivered the highest quality content and design.

Trina Gregory-Propst, Chef/Owner, Se7enbites

The path to the perfect biscuit can be long & winding, but for Trina Gregory-Propst, chef/owner of Se7enbites, her Grammie showed her the shortcuts. From that close childhood bond with her grandmother, Gregory-Propst would go on to have such a love for delicious comfort fare and well-appointed meals that she’d spend all her free time experimenting with recipes, while still whipping up the classics she was taught. 

Virginia Poe, Public Art Commission of Sanford (Chair), Member of Florida Cultural Alliance 

Virginia Poe is a 30-year resident of Seminole County. Poe has had a career in the graphic arts/publishing industry and holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. She recently has taken drawing, painting and printmaking classes at Seminole State College. Poe is a working artist with a studio in Historic Downtown Sanford and site on the Board of Trustees for the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park. Virginia is the chair of the Public Art Commission of Sanford and is also a member of the Florida Cultural Alliance, which liaisons with the Florida Legislature.

Dr. Laine Powell, Founder and Executive Director, Tech Sassy Girlz

Powell is the Founder and Executive Director of Tech Sassy Girlz, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring underrepresented girls in middle and high school to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Taking on the challenge head-on of addressing the notable shortage of girls and women in STEM fields, Dr. Powell created the organization in 2012 to address the critical shortage of women and minorities being represented in high-tech STEM careers. She firmly believes that leveraging technology is an opportunity for girls to be content creators and makers.

Shelly Weir, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA)

Shelly Weir is president and chief executive officer of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA), the statewide professional association for certified public accountants (CPAs) in Florida. In this role, Weir serves as secretary-treasurer of the FICPA and FICPA Scholarship Foundation and works in partnership with the FICPA Council to develop and execute the institute’s strategic vision. Weir leads a staff of 40 professionals responsible for carrying out the missions of the FICPA and FICPA Scholarship Foundation.   

The views expressed by speakers are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Seminole State College of Florida, its Board of Trustees, employees, students, alumni or partners.

This event will be held in building C on Seminole State’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A period and a reception immediately following.

Seminole State's Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Addition Financial. For more information, please call 407.708.2776. You can also view a list of previous speakers at Seminole State.


About Addition Financial

Founded in 1937 by 23 educators, Addition Financial serves more than 150,000 members. With more than $1.74 billion in total assets, Addition Financial offers its members an array of financial products and services at 22 full-service branches, nine high school branches, and more than 40 ATMs. Anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake Counties may become a member. Qualified businesses and other entities may join as well. Addition Financial is the Official Financial Institution of the UCF Knights and owns the naming rights to the Addition Financial Arena on the University of Central Florida campus. Addition Financial is also the Preferred Credit Union for Seminole State College.

About the Speaker Series

Each year, the Seminole State Speaker Series welcomes speakers representing diverse views and interests. The Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Addition Financial. For more information and view a list of previous speakers at Seminole State, visit seminolestate.edu/community/speakers.

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