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Inspired by 100 Women Strong’s 3-year focus on Women’s Economic Empowerment, we invite you to our 2023 ELEVATE Summit: Unleashing the Economic Potential of Women. In addition to incredible keynote speakers and engaging panels, ELEVATE Summit attendees will engage in interactive discussions and meaningful networking, along with a catered lunch and information session to get to know the 100 Women Strong mission even better. This event is not only for women looking to be empowered and to empower others; we welcome allies to join us on this day of enrichment to help in elevating the lives of women and children across our region.


Engage in collaborative conversation and meaningful networking with other changemakers who care about closing the wealth and wage gap for women.


Tune into insightful panels with industry experts to discuss root causes, attainable solutions, and how to rally allies. Plus, learn more about the 100 Women Strong strategic giving circle and its mission.


Change doesn't happen sitting still - and this Summit will give you the opportunity to insert yourself into the discussion. Get involved with interactive activities throughout the day.


Two incredible keynote speakers will equal parts inspire you and advise our attendees with inspiring and educational talks all centered around women's economic wellness.

Your hosts

We’re thrilled to announce that Emmy award-winning journalist and WFTV anchor, Daralene Jones, will be the ELEVATE Summit emcee,
along with a welcome from our current leadership team, Jessa Rohloff and Mumtaz “Taz” Tharoo.


Morning Keynote Speaker

Arlene Blake

As a seasoned entrepreneur and the founder of Women on the Rise International, Inc., an organization with a vision to provide educational empowerment to women, Arlene Blake prides herself on offering a platform where women can network, volunteer, and grow. During the last six years, she has dedicated her time to make this organization a pathway for women to recognize their talent and make advancement in their respective careers. A seasoned speaker, Arlene has facilitated several workshops and seminars for small to large groups on topics such as communications, resilience, workplace, and organizational effectiveness including career building, diversity and more.

In 2020, Arlene was featured in the Orlando Business Journal as a Woman Who Means Business, considered one of the highest honors in the Central Florida Business Community. In 2021 she was listed as One of the Most Influential People in Orlando and was selected to be in the centennial class of Leadership Orlando, selected to be a part of Leadership Orange and most recently recognized as a 2022 Women of the Year by Orange Appeal Magazine. While she has only just begun, Arlene hopes to one day expand the mission of Women on the Rise International, Inc. to inspire, motivate, and empower women to break the glass ceiling and accomplish their personal goals across the globe.

Morning Panel

Exploring the Factors Contributing to Disparities

Listen in as industry experts discuss contributing factors that lead to women’s economic disparities,
including the areas of pay equity, financial assistance, education fairness and work-life balance.


Afternoon Panel

Engaging Allies to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment

Hear from allied voices across industries discuss how to engage with others to further the work in closing the wealth and wage gap.



CLOSING Keynote Speaker



Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, bestselling author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning television show. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known successful startups, including, and more.

Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa, and Asia. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis. He is the Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, which works with entrepreneurs in 180 countries, as well as being a founding board member of The Unreasonable Group. He supports the White House, the State Department, the United Nations, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 60 countries. He speaks on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership, and is the author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis.

Jeff was honored with the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase and Citibank, as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced TV shows, has produced movies in Hollywood, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, Boyz II Men, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.