Cindy Grosso, The Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette
Cynthia R. Grosso is a national etiquette expert, an award winning speaker, columnist, and author who focuses on professionalism, leadership, and the skill of polish. She is the founder of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette.
Ms. Grosso has appeared as an etiquette expert on the Dr. Phil Show, Oprah, and other national TV shows, written about in Woman’s Day Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, BusinessWeek Magazine, Golf Digest, Working Woman Magazine, Women’s World Magazine as well as many others. She has been published well over 100 times and is the author of several books on civility, an audio book and several e-books. She is the host of Your Manners Matter syndicated radio show.
Ms. Grosso is the author of the Professional Savvy Series, an on-line learning program for Professional Table Manners that is the only one of its kind in the world. This program won the bronze medal in the world for excellence in E-learning.
Ms. Grosso is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS degree in Business Administration. She is an award winning adjunct professor of business etiquette and protocol at several local colleges.
Ms. Grosso is active in professional and civic organizations and has received several awards to include the prestigious “Business Person of the Year” award given by the Chamber of Commerce in her area. She has also received the Outstanding American Award for outstanding community service given by the United States Jaycees.
Ms. Grosso focuses on the critical ten percent....”the polish”, needed for business people to compete and grow in the corporate environment.
She speaks to people on an individual, group or corporate level.
Liz Ohrablo, Senior Tax Associate, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
“Liz Ohrablo, CPA, graduated from the Fisher School of Accounting’s 3/2 program with both her Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees in May 2015. Beginning her career in August 2015, Liz is currently a senior tax associate with Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Jacksonville office. Through the firm, Liz has been heavily involved with the campus recruiting team, the social & wellness committee, and the Jacksonville branch of DHG’s Women Forward Initiative. Liz previously served as the Vice President of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (Northeast Florida chapter), a professional alliance committed to providing continuing education, service, and networking opportunities to women in the accounting and finance industries.
While in school, Liz was involved in many Center for Career and Leadership Development programs. Liz was a member of FLA Class VIII, a mentor for Class IX, and an advisory board member for Class X. She was also a founding program coordinator for the Heavener Leadership Challenge, was involved with BUMP and Enactus, and worked as a student assistant for CLP. Prior to starting her career as an accountant, Liz also had the opportunity to serve as a Warrington Welcome instructor.
Outside of work and involvement roles, Liz enjoys brunch with friends, exploring local Jacksonville attractions, and hanging out with her cat, Zoe.”
Jasmin Tahirovic, Capital Markets Associate, MUFG
Cassidy Haack, Client Services Training Program Manager, Fisher Investments
Brandon Harris, Contract Administrator, Northrop Grumman
Alfonso Mejia, Partner Operations Manager, YouTube
Danielle Kambach, Assistant Account Executive, Edelman
Bill Alcorn, Retired Senior Vice President and Chief Purchasing Officer of JCPenney Company (hosted by Dr. Brian Ray, Director of Warrington's POE Business Ethics Center)
Bill Alcorn, upon graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Accounting, went to work for the JCPenney Co. After holding several positions in the auditing area, becoming a Certified Internal Auditor then a CPA and living from east coast to west coast USA, he was promoted into the Controller’s function. He was divisional Controller, then Assistant Controller before being promoted to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for the Company. He was responsible for internal controls, all financial reporting along with the accounting operations for JCPenney including the payroll function, accounts payable and procedures for all accounting related transactions. After seven years, he was promoted to Senior Vice President where he was also the Chief Procurement Officer. His team purchased around $1.5 billion a year of goods and services for JCPenney. Among other teams within JCPenney ,he served on the Company’s Leadership Council, Business Ethics Committee and the Retirement and Benefits Board of Directors. Bill retired in 2008 after 37 years with JCPenney.
Bill was also involved in a number of other organizations during his career. He was the Chair of the North Texas Food Bank, a $65 million organization whose mission is to feed the hungry in the greater Dallas area and after retiring from JCPenney he became the Chief Financial Officer of the NTFB where he served for 3 years. He was also the Chair of the Dallas Zoological Society and the first Chair of the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce. When the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council was formed, Bill was the first Chair of that national organization whose mission is providing opportunity for businesses owned by women to compete for contracts with large national businesses. WBENC annually awards their highest honor, the William J Alcorn Leadership Award, to an outstanding person contributing to the mission of the organization. Bill has been honored with other awards including Financial Executive of the Year by the Institute of Management Accountants, the Applause Award from WBENC, and has been inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame and the Minority Business Owner’s Hall of Fame. Bill served for many years on the Business Consortium Fund Board, some as Chair, where their mission was to provide financing to deserving minority owned businesses.
At University of Florida, Bill and his wife Patti have endowed scholarships in the College of Business Administration and are funders of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarships. He serves on the University of Florida Foundation Board of Directors where he is a life member and he chaired the Audit Committee for several years and serves on the Governance Committee. Bill and Patti have endowed a lecture series in the College of Nursing and also are major supporters of the Archer Family Health Center where UF nursing students get practical experience while providing health care to those less fortunate. They have also funded the purchase of high technology teaching equipment for the College of Veterinary Science. Bill was a long time member of the David Miller Center for Retail Education and Research Advisory Board.
In addition, Bill funded the Alcorn Undergraduate Student Center in Haevener Hall.
Bill and Patti live in Belleair, Florida.
Peer Mentor Activity: Ethics: A Fireside Chat
Morris Morrison, Motivational Speaker & Leadership Development Trainer
Many people have already experienced Morris Morrison’s highly inspirational message on stage. Now it’s your turn. Get ready to experience the journey of one of America's top influencers that took him from the bright lights of New York City, to a hospital parking lot where a doctor’s words changed Morris Morrison’s life - forever, after loosing his parents in New York City. Some of the top company’s in the world such as Microsoft, GE and many others have witnessed Morris Morrison’s energy live on stage and in his latest book, OVERNIGHT SUCCESS: An Inspiring Story About Culture, Results & The American Dream. His unforgettable message sounds like a Hollywood story that you will never forget, as Morris Morrison uncovers the connection between today’s culture, Netflix, and the #1 topic dominating everyone’s mind today - how to get the results that we want…. faster. Morris Morrison is driven to reignite the spirit of the American Dream in the hearts and minds of everyone, by inspiring individuals and organizations to purse the RESULTS that matter most, one person at a time. Don't miss you chance to experience Morris Morrison live, today!
Michelle Bloom, Director for Undergraduate Business Career Services & CAP Mentors
Michelle Bloom-Lugo is the Director for Undergraduate Career Services for the Warrington College of Business and brings more than two decades of experience in career counseling, executive search and program management to the role. She leads a team of professionals obsessed with helping students connect with employers to leverage their strengths into great job lives. Within the Business Career Services Team, she has coached MBA Executives, Professional students as well as Specialty Masters students.
Prior to joining the University of Florida, Michelle’s career included corporate recruiting for finance, technology and human resources roles. She successfully executed searches for major Fortune 500 companies, including many investment banking firms headquartered in New York.
Michelle is active in both community and professional associations, She is currently a member of The Society for Human Resource Manager (SHRM), and a member for the National Association of Women MBAs. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Peaceful Paths, which provides services to survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, County.
Rachael Keller is an Account Executive at Google Cloud in NYC. She works with C-Level Executives from Fortune 500 companies and their teams to drive innovation through cloud technologies across the suite of Google Cloud Products -- G Suite and Cloud Platform. She anchors the NYC team specializing in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences vertical in New England and NYC Metro area.
Rachael earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Management degree from the Warrington College of Business. While at UF, Rachael was involved in numerous organizations including Florida Blue Key, UF Student Government where she held a Vice Chair position, Florida Leadership Council, and Kappa Delta where she served on the Executive Council. Rachael was also a member of the 2016 UF Homecoming Court. Within Warrington, Rachael served as a Co-Executive Director of the Leadership Ambassadors, a mentor in the Business Undergraduate Mentorship Program, and a mentor and then Advisory Board member of the Florida Leadership Academy.
Rachael graduated from University of Florida in 2016 and started at Google in NYC two weeks later. Outside of work, Rachael serves as a Board Member for the Lower East Side Girls Club among other philanthropic endeavors.
Rachael's presentation is titled, “Sales Careers and Leadership Lessons”
Peer Mentor Group Activity
Mitch started at UF in 2012 as an ISOM major from Port Charlotte, FL, and over the course of his college career held leadership roles in the Freshman Leadership Council and the Florida Leadership Academy. He was also one of the founding members and the first president of GatorTech, an organization for students of all backgrounds who share an interest in technology. Mitch worked for Apple during his sophomore year as a technical adviser, and then joined GE Transportation his junior summer for an internship in Ft. Worth, TX. Upon graduating with a Masters in ISOM, Mitch joined GE full-time in their Digital Technology Leadership Program. Since then, he has done rotations in software development and automation, supply chain IT, field services IT, and cloud architecture.
Outside of work, he loves to try new food around Chicago, geek out at Best Buy, and visit his girlfriend and family back in Florida. His FLA presentation is titled "Careers in IT: Behind the Scenes," in which he wants to share an honest picture of what it's like to work in IT, how technology impacts students of all majors, and offer some first-hand advice to students preparing for life after college.
John Walsh is a Finance Executive with the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and has more than 17 years of experience in Capital Investments, Operations, Financial Planning & Analysis, Global Business Development, Technology, Back-of-House Services, Line of Business and Strategic Planning. Currently, he leads a large team responsible for the financial and business support of all WDW Resort Operations and Global Resort Strategy. John started his Disney career as an intern and quickly progressed through the company in various roles with increasing responsibility to become an executive in less than nine years. He is the executive leader for all recruiting and talent planning strategy for the Parks & Resorts Finance organization and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Walt Disney Company credit union (Partners Federal Credit Union).
John is also an inspirational speaker, coach and entrepreneur with a passion and purpose for making a difference in the lives of other people. Driven by his own courageous journey in life and a bold vision for the future, John works tirelessly to inspire and help others accelerate their potential and achieve their own dreams.
John graduated from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and has an MBA from the University of Florida's Hough Graduate School of Business.
John's topic is, “Standing Out…Be a GEM in Business and Life”
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Kimberly Moore, CEO and Co-Founder of Go Together, Inc, is an entrepreneur completely passionate about children attending the best school for them to succeed in life by removing transportation as the obstacle. Go Together is creating new innovative transportation options for parents to get their children where they need to go to be their best and have fun. At Go Together, we believe in the power of community built between parents and the friendships children make. As CEO, Kimberly brings 25 years of successful strategic sales, channel distribution and logistics experience including 14 years in the wireless industry. A great team builder, Kimberly also believes being a great leader is being a great learner. “Some people may say I'm working. I say I'm coming alive with every conversation with parents and school, interested investors, building our team and every problem we encounter.” CarpooltoSchool, Go Together's first product in the market is in 42 schools across the country. Go Together recently was selected by the Washington Business Journal for 2017 Innovation Award for CarpooltoSchool. CarpooltoSchool was also featured in D.C.'s 2017 SXSW Showcase. Her presentation is titled, "Get Unboxed."
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