Revisiting the 17th Annual Women United Luncheon: A Day of Empowerment and Inspiration 

Women United Luncheon Committee with Dominique Dawes

The Hilton Orlando was filled with an electric buzz of anticipation and excitement on April 2 as we hosted our 17th Annual Women United Luncheon, which we are proud to share was a resounding success!  

This premier event brought together more than 600 of Central Florida’s most dynamic women leaders for a day of networking, inspiration, and a celebration of our collective strength. In all, the event raised more than $200,000 for Heart of Florida United Way to support ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families in our Central Florida community. 

Be sure to revisit the fun in our sizzle video!

Dominique Dawes’ Inspiring Keynote 

The keynote address by Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes was a highlight of the day. Dawes, a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and inspiration, shared a powerful message about the importance of family.  

She reminded us that while professional achievements are important, our greatest successes come from the deep bonds we cultivate with loved ones. Her message of finding strength at home resonated deeply with attendees, culminating in a standing ovation. 

A Huge Thank You to Our Sponsors 

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for their unwavering support. Their generosity allows us to empower women and create positive change throughout Central Florida. 

Presenting Sponsor:  

  • Walt Disney World® Resort 

Top Sponsors: 

  • Publix Super Markets Charities 
  • Wells Fargo 
  • Gilbane Construction 
  • VyStar Credit Union 
  • AdventHealth 
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. 
  • Lake Nona and Sunbridge 
  • OUC – The Reliable One 
  • HMSHost 

Event Partners: 

  • ATHENA Orlando Women’s Leadership 
  • Orange Appeal 
  • RICOH 
  • RTW Photography 
  • WUCF 
  • WESH 2/ CW18 

Our Appreciation Goes Out to the Women United Luncheon Committee 

A special thank you to the dedicated Women United Luncheon Committee for their hard work and vision in making this event a reality. Their commitment to excellence is an inspiration to us all. 

Committee Members: 

  • Laura Richeson | Richeson Communications (Chair) 
  • Ana Carolina Salazar | BOLD Hispanic Marketing Agency (Co-Chair) 
  • Kathy Brown | Visit Orlando (Former Chair) 
  • Ana Karina Alejo | Telemundo 31 
  • Jessi Blakley | Lake Nona 
  • Deisamar De Soto | Haciendo Negocios 
  • Lisa Goetzke | Wawa 
  • Jasmyne Henderson | Indelible Solutions 
  • Lynette Jackson | JP Morgan Chase & Co. 
  • Stephanie Kress | Associated Builders and Contractors 
  • Jennifer Marcial Ocasio | Orlando Economic Partnership 
  • Maria Mondaca | FIS Global 
  • Jeannette Rivera-Lyles | Accent Communications 
  • Diane Sears | DiVerse Media 
  • Alicia Talbott | RICOH 
  • Dawn Young | Winter Park High School 

Join Women United in Making a Difference 

Were you inspired by the Women United Luncheon? We invite you to join us in making a difference! Here’s how you can join the Women United movement:  

Together, we are building a stronger and more vibrant community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.  

Looking Forward to Next Year! 

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 18th annual Women United Luncheon! Together, we can continue to empower women and create a brighter future for our Central Florida community.