Generation W Profiles

  Friday on “First Coast Connect” was are weekly Media Roundtable with Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, blogger Fred Matthews and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and U.S. Naval War College professor of strategic leadership and leader development Olenda Johnson about next week’s conference. We spoke with Washington correspondent for The Economist James Astill about the rise of modern India, and we spoke with the star of the play “Fences” Shauntel Robinson and director Jereme Raickett. 


Generation W Profile: Sharry Cramond

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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.


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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women.  


 

In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women

Geraldine Laybourne used her passion for youth education to forge a career in children's television with the Nickelodeon and Disney networks. She is also a creator of the women's network Oxygen.

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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

Melinda Wolfe is the Chief Human Resources Officer at education company Pearson. A Harvard University graduate, she has worked for elite companies including American Express and Bloomberg.

 


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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women.

Tina Lifford is an actress, author, and founder of The Inner Fitness Project. You might know her from roles on “Scandal,” “Parenthood,” or several other television shows and movies.

Lifford says acting continues to be a passion even after being in show business for 25 years.

“The passion that I have for acting is equal to my passion that I have for my community building and life transforming project called the The Inner Fitness Project,” she says.

Lifford speaks about the project around the country.

Lifford says, “The Inner Fitness Project was birthed out of my desire to literally speak to inner fitness in a way that we now understand physical fitness in a well-understood, applicable way to healing and strengthening ourselves on the inside.”

She says she has always envisioned herself happy and joyful while doing what she loves.

“I discovered that the inner work was a part of that,” she says. “So now that I have the career, but I’ve also got the inner experience of myself that fully allows me to not just have success, but success and happiness.”


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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”


Sheila Spivey

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women.

Sheila Spivey is the director of the University of North Florida’s Women’s Center.

Spivey says she started out as a college student trying to figure out how she could utilize her educational experience in a way that help people. She says she wanted to give back to the community so she started volunteering at a rape crisis center and from there she became more involved in women’s issues and women’s rights.

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.

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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.

Pam Paul

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women. 

Pam Paul is co-chair of the New Town Success Zone. Paul also wants to get more women elected to Jacksonville City Council.

Paul moved to Jacksonville in 1959 and  almost immediately got involved in volunteer activities. She says she went on a tour of Northwest Jacksonville, and it resonated with her that maybe someday she could get involved with helping rehabilitate neighborhoods, and in particularly help children.

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women. The project is a collaborative effort between WJCT and the Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference.

Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women. The project is a collaborative effort between WJCT and the Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for April 4, 2014.

Gerri Elliott is Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the CEO of Juniper Networks.

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Generation W Profiles is a series highlighting influential women on the First Coast. The project is a collaborative effort between WJCT and the Generation W Women’s Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for April 4, 2014.

Karen Brown is a partner at Ernst & Young.

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