Business Summit at Florida Tech

The Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech in Melbourne is hosting a Business Leadership Summit on Friday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.

More than 300 C-level executives, small business owners and other professionals are expected to attend the event.  There are still sponsorship opportunities for Diamond ($3,000); Emerald ($3,000); Ruby ($1,500) and Sapphire ($500) levels.  Current sponsors include: Wells Fargo, Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, everythingbrevard, CareerSource Brevard, Space Coast Daily, SpaceCoast Business Marketing, Florida Today and TD Bank, among many others.

The Keynote Speaker is Sarah Lewis. A bestselling author and art historian, she  has served on President Obama’s Arts Policy Committee. She was selected for Oprah’s “Power List” and is a faculty member at Yale University, School of Art in the MFA program. This fall she will be at Harvard University as a Du Bois Fellow.

Her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery (2014) looks at how innovation, discovery and the creative process are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from the improbable, the unlikely, even failure.

Lewis received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s in philosophy from Oxford University and her doctorate from Yale Universty. She resides in New York City.

The day-long program includes:


* Erin Andrew, Director, SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership

MAKE YOUR MARK: Unleashing Creativity and Innovation

* Michelle Royal, Founder , Royal Innovation Design Group

LEADERSHIP:  Confidence + Humility = Greatness

* Wise Women Panel:

Mary Spio, President/CEO, Next Galaxy Media

Michelle Naberhaus, Law Office of Michelle L. Naberhaus

Shawna Vercher, Executive Diector, My America

Moderator: Leslie Hielma, VP, Florida Institute of Technology

This panel session focuses on businesswomen in the media. ‘The Confidence Gap” – is it real or is it hype?

Lewis gives her keynote address at 1:15 pm, entitled, “Transformational Change through Creatiity, Innovation and Mastery.”

Lunch is included in the per person price of $85.  For more information contact the Women’s Business Center, Florida Tech at (321) 674-7007 or email: