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Wonder Women

March 21, 2017
6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Don Taft University Center, Performing and Visual Arts Wing
Third Floor, Room 309 

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Moderator: Dr. Leslie Tworoger, NSUDr. Tworoger is a Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship of Nova Southeastern University. She teaches various management courses including Organizational Behavior and Leadership Theory and Practice. Her research interests include leadership, creativity and innovation in organizations, organizational change and managing virtual teams. She previously served as the faculty advisor to the Graduate Business Student Association. 

She was the co-owner of Ft. Lauderdale Showcase, a meeting planning company, with clients such as Westinghouse, Ryder Systems and American Express, for eleven years prior to its sale in 1993. She has served as a marketing consultant to the School Board of Broward County charged with developing a plan for the under enrolled schools in the county. 

She is a past Chairman of the Board of the Community Foundation of Broward. She previously served on the boards of the Museum of Art, the Museum of Discovery and Science, Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Outreach Broward, Family Central, Jack and Jill Children's Center, ChildNet, and the Children and Family Leadership Association. She is currently on the board of FLITE a center for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. 

She has been recognized by the Philharmonic Society, the March of Dimes, and Leadership Broward for her long time community service. She also received the President’s Award from the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for her role in co-founding the Partners in Education program. 

Dr. Tworoger has an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. and a D.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. 

Dr. Tworoger was awarded the Huizenga School's "Excellence in Teaching Award" in 2007, was selected as the Huizenga School's "Faculty of the Year" for 2014 and was a finalist for "Professor of the Year" for NSU's Student Life Achievement Awards in 2015. 

Taryn Powell AguasTaryn Powell Aguas is a principal with over 15 years of technology and management consulting experience in cyber risk, IT strategy and architecture, and project management. Taryn has driven numerous strategic project initiatives from cyber risk program development, threat intelligence, data privacy and protection, identity management, technology and organizational resiliency, service management, IT governance and portfolio management. She has also been responsible for leading the program management office, and risk and security threads of large, global enterprise transformation projects.  Taryn has both a strong leadership and technical background, with proven success in identifying and mapping core business requirements to global IT solutions that create additional business value and reduce risk.

In addition to Taryn’s specialized client experience, she has served as the Chief of Staff for Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services practice, has driven research and released articles on the needs of today’s CIOs and CISOs, and led the development of Deloitte’s CIO and CISO Transition Labs, and the Next Generation CIO Academy.   

Taryn received a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of Florida. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Shawna CartwrightShawna Cartwright is the Head of Transformation for the Ryder Systems Inc, Information Technology organization.  She joined Ryder in August of 2015, starting her career as the Senior Director, Application Strategy & Development, leading the Central Support organization.  In this role Shawna was committed to managing over 60 key legacy systems leveraged to preform cross divisional business management; including functions such as Finance, HR, Risk, Audit, Tax, and Legal. In addition to management of support for these core systems, the role also included management for all new system implementation programs and projects within the same functional areas across the organization globally.   In May 2016, Shawna transitioned into her current role as Head of Transformation where she is driving the creation and implementing the short and long term transformation strategy for Ryder.  The Ryder Transformation includes identifying opportunities to support Ryder’s business strategy through modernization of legacy systems, platforms, and tools leveraging innovation, process improvement and performance management, while reducing risk and complexity.

Shawna has over 15 years of experience in ERP System Implementations, Shared Services, Business Transformation, Continuous Improvement, and Project Management.  She has worked across multiple industries including Consulting, Logistics, and Insurance; with a key focus on optimizing and transforming Finance and HR processes, organizations and solutions.

Prior to joining Ryder, Shawna led key transformational initiatives at both DHL and Aon. During her two years at Aon, she designed and implemented Service Catalogs and Frameworks across four key shared services functions (HR, Finance, IT, and Real Estate).  Additionally, she was the owner of process governance on the Global HR Workday implementation including consolidation of two global PeopleSoft platforms & 100+ HR Systems. 

At DHL she defined and executed the overall Shared Services Strategy, including the transition and buildout of the Finance and HR Services (FHS) Shared Service Center in San Jose, Costa Rica, resulting in an annual cost reduction of over $10M with estimated process efficiency savings of ~30%.

Shawna holds a BS in both Accounting and Management Information System from Kansas State University.  She is also a certified PMP and leverages her Six Sigma Black belt training and certification regularly.   She lives in Plantation, FL, with her husband, David, and three children.  She and her family enjoy swimming, biking, skiing, and traveling.

Degrees and Certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management Information System – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • Certified Scrum Process Owner – Scrum Alliance
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) – 2013 through 2019
  • First Choice – Senior Advisor – Six Sigma Black Belt Equivalent – DP DHL
  • Managed Change Agent Certification – Lamarsh Global
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certified – Florida Atlantic University 

Tracy West HernandezWhen all is done, Tracy West Hernandez wants to be the woman who had it all!  Tracy is a mom, a wife, a world-traveler, an MBA, a triathlete, and a sponsor of girls’ scholarships.  She also has over 20 years experience driving innovation for technology companies.  Her life and work success are driven from a shared value system that honors transformative growth, deep connection, achievement, inspiration, and respect.

Tracy was born in Louisville, Kentucky to parents who told her to be a star, and were proud when she was the first girl in her region to go to rocket camp.  As she grew up, she found she was constantly at the intersection of many different disciplines and never quite knowing which way to go, but always able to see connections.  After completing her B.A. in History from the University of Kentucky, she found herself in Washington D.C. at the beginning of the dot-com boom.  Using the mind of a critical thinker, she found herself working for PeopleSoft (Oracle) helping customers design custom applications.  She learned real innovation happens when problems get solved.

Tracy honed her passion for listening, understanding, and connecting-the-dots, and developed hard skills and expertise in

  • Design Thinking
  • Data Modeling,
  • P&L Management,
  • Market Research, Segmentation, Industry/Competitive Analysis,
  • Product Design, Usability
  • Product Development and Life Cycle Management,
  • Go-to-Market Pricing and Marketing
  • Learning, Certification, and Content Management
  • Technical Market expertise (Cloud, IT, Apps, Networking), B2B and Consumer

Now she has launched hundreds of products and services, for notable companies like EarthLink and Citrix, and is responsible for lines of business totaling more than $65million in revenue at Kaseya.  She has attended Stanford, Emory, and Georgia Tech.  

Regardless of her accomplished resume, she believes her real achievements are her firefighter husband and beautiful son, with whom are the meaning behind it all.

Peggy Meyers is the Senior Vice President of Supply for World Fuel Services.  She has worked in the energy complex for over 25 years with experience in the US, Europe and Latin America. Peggy has an outstanding track record of performance for domestic and international trading. 

Peggy upon graduating from university served as a City Council member for 5 years in Lake Stevens Washington.    She Studied Political Science and Economics and Western Washington University in Washington State. 

Dr. Allison Rand Dr. Allison Rand completed her undergraduate education at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller
School of Medicine and completed a postgraduate internship in internal medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rand went on to complete her residency in ophthalmology at the State University ofNew York, Downstate in Brooklyn. She completed a fellowship in cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where she studied under the mentorship of Penny Asbell, M.D.

Dr. Rand is the director of Ocular Surface Diseases at the Rand Eye Institute. She is experienced in the treatment of dry eye disease, especially those patients who have been unable to have symptom relief with traditional therapies. She is well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious corneal diseases. She has significant knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of all stages of keratoconus and forms of irregular astigmatism. While at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, she was a primary investigator in the FDA clinical trial evaluating
the safety of corneal collagen cross linking, a novel therapy for keratoconus.

Dr. Rand specializes in cataract surgery for the correction of astigmatism and presbyopia, laser vision correction with No-flap LASIK and advanced surface procedures, corneal
transplantation including penetrating, DSEK, and lamellar keratoplasty, pterygium surgery, and anterior segment reconstruction. She maintains a dedication to international surgical efforts, and participated in a mission to Vietnam in association with the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, where she performed adult and pediatric corneal transplants and taught advanced surgical techniques to local ophthalmologists. While in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Dr. Rand also lectured at the First Joint Meeting Cornea Subspecialty Day at the Vietnamese American Ophthalmology Symposium.

She is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New York and Florida. She is fluent in English and Spanish. In her free time she enjoys ice skating, downhill skiing,
and international travel.

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