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Thursday on “First Coast Connect” Florida State College Jacksonville President Cynthia Bioteau talked about a new program that will pay for the tuition of some local students. We also spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and Web.com Senior Vice President Mary Kellmanson about their upcoming conference. We were joined by artist Lauren Fenterstock, whose work will be on display beginning Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Project Atrium. We spoke with Erin Thursby about Saturday’s GastroJax in Hemming Park and Kerry Speckman told us about this weekend’s events.  


       

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed changes at Jacksonville Community Council Inc. with Board Chairman Kevin Hyde. We also heard about an increase in colon cancer in younger people with Dr. Victoria Gomez, gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Elana Schrader, the chief medical officer of GuideWell and Generation W founder Donna Orender joined the show to talk about this month’s Generation W conference, and we met author Abby Vega, who in her book “Sno-cone Diaries,” talks about leaving her high-paying corporate job to own and drive a sno-cone truck. 


We broadcast live from the fifth annual Generation W women's leadership conference. 

Media Roundtable Week in Review

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union columnist; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and WJCT News analayst John Burr.

Topics include Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry's push to have voters decide whether to approve a half-cent sales tax to help pay off the city's pension debt, this week's One Spark event, and more.

Generation W Profile: Sharry Cramond

Mar 30, 2016

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women

Sharry Cramond is the executive vice president of marketing and communication for Southeastern Grocers. Born in the United Kingdom, Cramond has headed marketing for numerous brands around the world, including Kraft foods, Tesco PLC (U.K.) and Coles Supermarkets (Australia). She now lives in Jacksonville, where Southeastern Grocers is based.


County Health Rankings

The healthiest county in Florida is St. Johns, while Duval lags way behind.

That’s according to a study released last week measuring the overall health in almost every county in the United States.

The report, produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, breaks down the numbers into two categories: health factors and health outcomes. Both lists show St. Johns County is the healthiest in Florida.

  A new UNF poll finds that if the Republican primary were held today, Donald Trump would garner 35 percent of the votes here in Florida.

Marco Rubio comes in second in UNF’s new poll- at 28 percent, and Ted Cruz is a distant third.

We speak with Mike Binder, professor of political science at UNF and head of the school's Public Opinion Research Laboratory, about the results.


A raft of death penalty cases across the state of Florida are in limbo after a ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court struck down Florida’s death penalty sentencing system, declaring that it violates defendants’ Sixth Amendment Rights to trial by jury. This means delays for the outcome of many cases, including several here in our area.

About 400 people currently sit on Florida’s Death Row, including the man charged with murdering Jacksonville resident Shelby Farah. Two years ago, defendant James Xavier Rhodes offered to plead guilty to the murder in exchange for life in prison without possibility of parole. Shelby’s mother, Darlene Farah, has urged the State Attorney’s Office to take the plea. However, State Attorney Angela Corey still intends to pursue the death penalty for Rhodes.

We discuss the latest in the case with Darlene Farah, and attorney and former prosecutor Dale Carson, co-counsel on the civil suit for the Farah family.

We also look at how the Supreme Court ruling affects the Florida death penalty as a whole with Ben Jones, campaign strategist for the criminal justice reform organization Equal Justice USA.


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At today's Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr moderated a panel discussion about women in business leadership.

In this Business Brief, he tells News Director Jessica Palombo how the experience changed his view of what it means to be a feminist, what men should do to encourage equality at work and what it means for a business' bottom lines. 

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 We broadcast live from the 2015 Generation W Women's Leadership Conference. Generation W founder Donna Orender joins us to discuss how the conference began and some of its noteworthy guest speakers.

We also look at the week's biggest news stories with our media roundtable. Topics include the mayoral and sheriff's elections, and the Jacksonville City Council rejecting a pension reform deal seven years in the making.

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We speak with independent Jacksonville mayoral candidate Omega Allen.

WJCT President and CEO Michael Boylan joins us with news about everything going on at this station, including a new Ken Burns documentary airing on WJCT TV.

We also speak with Generation W founder Donna Orender and Rebecca Sinclair, senior vice president and chief human resources officer with Bi-Lo Holdings, about next week's Generation W women's leadership conference.

Debra Walton

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women.

Debra Walton is the Chief Content Officer for the Financial and Risk Business at Thomson Reuters.

Walton says there are a number of things that women can do and should do that can really help their success. She says the first thing is to be confident, "And to not pigeon hole yourself into thinking that you are at a disadvantage from where you come from."

Alyse Nelson

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women. 

Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global partnership, says, she does not have a job or a career, she has a cause.

“I have a passion, I have something that helps me get up every day in the morning and makes me want to make the world a better place,” she says.

We speak with Mike Binder and Matt Childrers of UNF’s Public Opinion Research Laboratory about their latest poll on Jacksonville's mayoral, sheriff and City Council elections. The results found that many voters are undecided as election day draws near.

CNN digital correspondent Kelly Wallace joins us to discuss her career. Wallace will be one of the featured speakers at this month's Generation W Conference.

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A town hall meeting on the UNF campus next week with discuss the pros and cons of deepening the St. Johns River. Dredging the channel down to a depth of 47 feet is a major priority for JAXPORT and this area’s business and civic leadership so that the port can attract bigger cargo ships and theoretically create more jobs. But opponents cite issues like environmental concerns and the potential cost of the dredging project, which is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. We speak with Dr. David Jaffee of UNF's Ports Project, and Dr.

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Marty Evans

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women.

Marty Evans has been serving on the boards of publicly traded companies for more than 30 years.

Evans says, “My title is rear admiral, U.S. Navy, retired. Today, I’m serving as a director of several companies including Weight Watchers International, which is a wonderful company that helps people improve their lives by dealing with the food issues. And I’m also the director of a company, the North Highland Company in Atlanta.

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