4th Annual Celebration of Women in Entrepreneurship Event

Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: USF CONNECT - Research Park - Galleria
3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612 (Google Maps)

2018 WiE Save Date

Hosted by USF CONNECT, the 4th Annual Celebration of Women in Entrepreneurship is Tampa Bay's premier forum developed to inspire and empower women to reach their entrepreneurial goals. This year's event is being held on March 8, 2018, International Women's Day, from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Attendees will gain inspiration from a panel of female professionals as they share their experiences and offer insight into the world of business. All professionals interested in celebrating the economic and social achievements of local female entrepreneurs are invited to network with our inspiring female community. This event will offer a variety of helpful insights as well as valuable career advice for all industries.

Register for the 4th Annual Celebration of Women in Entrepreneurship at Eventbrite


Thursday, March 8, 2018
Location: USF CONNECT Galleria
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration, Breakfast & Networking Session
9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:10 – 10:20 am Featured Panelists Session
10:20 – 10:30 am Announcement of Door Prizes
10:30 – 11:00 am Networking



Amy Cross

Amy Cross
Founder & CEO
StillPoint Capital LLC

Amy has been in the securities industry since 1991. For the first 10 years of her career, she worked on the floor of the American Stock Exchange in New York City as an index and equity options specialist and ETF market-maker. During the trading day, Amy was also a Market Correspondent broadcasting for media venues such as CNBC, CNN Headline News, ABC, and various live webcasts reporting on daily trading activity and providing insight as a professional trader from her unique vantage point.

Also while in NYC and trading, Amy entered into M&A and raising private capital for personal business projects as a principal in the transactions.

In 2002, Amy moved to Tampa, Florida and shortly thereafter became the COO and then Investment Banking Senior Associate for Spaulding Group conducting largely domestic M&A transactions in the lower-middle market. She also served the Senior Investment Banker for the broker-dealer Anderen Capital in Clearwater, Florida conducting both private placements as well as M&A transactions in addition to providing compliance support to the broker-dealer.

In 2004, StillPoint Capital was launched (as Stock Sale Compliance, LLC) where Amy built the StillPoint Capital Affiliate Program and has run the program ever since. In addition to obtaining a coveted FINRA Membership Agreement and providing a compliance to the firm's independent Affiliates, Amy enjoys bringing the network of StillPoint Affiliates together to better each individual's practice both with StillPoint and independently.


Sara Moola

Sara Moola
Co-Founder, President & CEO
VATC, Inc.

Sara Moola serves as the President, CEO and Co-Founder of Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting (VATC), Inc., the leading provider of global strategies, joint training and exercise and geospatial solutions for secure operations around the world.
Before founding VATC, Sara served in the United States Peace Corps and built a career in geospatial intelligence. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont and of Clark University, where she earned her master's degree in Geographical Information Systems and International Development.

In addition to her role at VATC, Sara founded Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future, or WOLF, a nonprofit organization that provides college or career-bound children of fallen Special Operations soldiers with a summer leadership program, including résumé workshops and an introduction to industry leaders for mentoring and future career opportunities.

Sara's most recent accolades include being recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Business Woman of the Year Awards for her commitment to community service and her dedication to innovation in military technology. She was awarded the Business Woman of the Year Award in both the Technology and Community Service categories.

Sara currently serves as a director on the board of the Economic Development Council, and previously served on the Small Business Development Council and the Women in Defense (WID) as an advisor. She became a member of the Young Professional Organization (YPO) in 2017 and works with the U.S. State Department in Women and Entrepreneurship, primarily in Africa. She is a proud member of the National Defense Industrial Association and AFCEA.


Susan O'Neal

Susan O'Neal
Co-Founder & CEO

Prior to founding Dabbl, the first-ever attention marketplace powered by consumers, Susan spent 20 years in the fields of consumer research, branding, targeted marketing, promotions, loyalty and digital consumer engagement as a Consumer Analyst, B2B Marketer, Business Strategist, and General Manager at companies including Grey Worldwide and Catalina Marketing. While her professional experience helped her understand what companies need to thrive, it was her experience as an everyday consumer, specifically a single working mother of three young children, that inspired her to find a better way for brands and consumers to collaborate together to create value. "We have to interact with consumers as partners, as peers, and Dabbl is the only place currently where as a marketer you can do that, and consumers respond honestly and enthusiastically."


Sharon Tochterman

Sharon L. Tochterman
Executive Producer
Women's Leadership LIVE

Sharon applies her 26 years in TV Retailing and Event production to the mission of supporting women in business. While attending Arizona State University she became one of the first interns at QVC and quickly learned the business.

In 1995 Sharon took on a full-time role at QVC and eventually became a Coordinating Producer in the Remote Department. She worked on over 35 remote productions a year outside of the main TV network studios for 7 years. She coordinated shows in 47 of the 50 states; Hawaii and Alaska as well as international shows in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and England — including live shows from numerous Super Bowls, two Olympics, and the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2003, Sharon was recruited to join HSN in St Petersburg where she took on the role of Supervising Producer supporting high profile guests. Over the years she has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Maria Carey, Randy Jackson, and Gwen Stefani, as well as the NFL, and all TV Remotes.

In October of 2016, Sharon joined the Women's Leadership LIVE team as their Executive Producer. Her focus with Women's Leadership LIVE is to help amplify the voices of women entrepreneurs through their Shop Main Street America Initiative as well as the company's new partnership with HSN American Dreams. The goal is to champion the entrepreneurial spirit with stories of risk and success, celebrating their triumphs and providing solutions to their obstacles. All in hopes of supporting the American Small Business owner and finding the next big product idea!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Laurie Sullivan
Director, Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

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