WPPW gives women the opportunity to not only cultivate relationships with peers, but also hear from inspiring speakers. Topics include personal branding, business solutions, relevant community issues, sales techniques, and many more.
Keynote Speaker: Christi Ashby
Keynote Topic: Be Prepared & Manage Your Expectations
Christi Ashby is the editor and publisher of Orange Appeal, a magazine for women she founded in 2008 to create a sense of community and promote local women, their interests and non-profit organizations. Prior to that she developed Orlando Leisure and was the editor and publisher for nine years. She founded the Orlando Women’s Conference in 2011 with her daughter, Kate Slentz.
The mission of her company, Appeal Media and Events Group, is to connect people with their community. In the past 12 years, they have sent out more than 300 e-newsletters, each promoting nonprofit and charitable events. In addition, the company has donated more than $850,000 worth of print advertising to nonprofits.
Christi is celebrating 34 years as a publishing and media professional this year having managed and operated more than 10 different national and regional publications. A proud graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism, she was on the board of directors of the Florida Magazine Association for 12 years, serving as president of the organization twice.
She has assisted dozens of non-profit organizations and has served on the boards of Shepherd’s Hope (chair), the Central Florida Women’s League (board member 2011-present) and Orlando Ballet (vice-chair), the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Circle, Florida Hospital Foundation (chair). She recently joined the board of Support Our Scholars.