Jessica Gendron Williams

Jessica Gendron Williams is the President of The Center for Leadership Excellence. With over 15 years of experience working in leadership development and coaching, human resource consulting, business leadership, and fraternities/sororities, Jessica is a respected and sought out speaker for campus communities and national organizations. She has spent most of her career coaching women and individuals to grow and thrive professionally, but more than anything, she is a fierce advocate for advancing women in the workplace and in leadership.​ She is an award-winning curriculum designer and in 2018 was honored for her contributions to the Fraternity and Sorority Community with the Jack L. Anson Award from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors.

She received a B.A. from Eastern Illinois University and a M.S. in Education from Indiana University – Bloomington.

 

 

Alexa Carlin

At 17, she was a CEO.  At 21 she had a 1 percent chance to live. Today, she is empowering and teaching young leaders how to succeed.

Alexa Carlin is a nationally renowned public speaker, Founder & CEO of the Women Empower Expo (WEX), and Creator of the speaker training program, BeAPublicSpeaker.com. Inspired from a blog she started while in college, Alexa launched the Women Empower Expo (WEX) in 2016 and grew it to become the largest event for female entrepreneurs and change leaders in South Florida and Washington D.C. within its first year.

Alexa has been featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, Cheddar TV and The Oprah Winfrey Network. She was also on the cover of Meetings & Conventions Magazine being named 1 of 15 “Young Millennial Go-Getters To Watch” and named one of the “Most Powerful Women In Fort Lauderdale” by Gold Coast’s Fort Lauderdale Daily.

Alexa’s drive to make a difference was inspired after a near-death experience that happened during her senior year at the University of Florida in 2013 leaving her with a 1% chance of living. This experience inspired Alexa to share her story vulnerably to audiences all over the world through public speaking.

In her keynote, Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities, Alexa will empower members to get started, and challenges their way of thinking and provides actionable tools and steps to turn any idea into reality- regardless of the obstacles they face. You have a goal in mind, an idea you’re passion about, a job to do in your organization, but now what? Where do you start? How do you overcome daily obstacles from performing well in school, being involved, making an impact and having a social life?

There will always be obstacles and challenges that come our way and for our entire lives we are taught on how to “overcome obstacles”, but Alexa has found a better solution.

Our obstacles can do one of two things, they can either stop us or propel us- Alexa wants to ensure you choose the latter. Audiences will learn the framework on how to push through challenges, develop a positive mindset, and create a customized action plan to achieve any goal whether that’s planning a fundraiser for their organization, getting the job of their dreams, or pursuing an entrepreneurial idea.