THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2021




Prepare now for the transition from student to working professional. Join us as Wendy Clark, Global CEO of dentsu international, and other top women executives share lessons learned from their own career experiences. Come learn how to master the skills you need to advance. Hosted by the Florida State University College of Business, the half-day Summit for the Advancement of Women in Business provides students the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals who are passionate about supporting women in business.

  • Open to all FSU students
  • Priority given to seniors
  • No cost to attend

Register to attend the entire conference, or sign up to attend the keynote presentation only.



Thursday, September 30

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center - 505 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Time Event
9:00 - 9:30 AM Morning Networking/Meet & Greet
9:30 - 9:40 AM Opening Remarks
9:40 – 10:30 AM Keynote Speaker
Wendy Clark, CEO of dentsu international
"Bravery, Belief and Being Underestimated"
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 – 11:30 AM Breakout Session 1
11:30 – 11:45 AM Break
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Breakout Session 2
12:30 – 12:45 PM Closing Remarks
12:45 PM Lunch with Guest Speakers - optional*
Participants can choose from five speakers to join for lunch. Lunch with Gold sponsors Web Benefits Design and Enterprise Holdings is by invitation only.
*Lunches will be boxed and can be eaten onsite with speakers or taken to go.

Register to attend the entire conference, or sign up to attend the keynote presentation only.


Breakout Sessions

Participants will choose to attend two sessions from the below topics:

Negotiating Your First Job Offer & Beyond
Cultivating successful negotiating skills can be valuable, particularly for those in leadership positions. This session examines strategies for effective negotiating.

Facilitated by Illeanne Rukes, Chief Human Resources Officer, Rialto Management Group

Corporate Culture & Finding the Right Fit
Once you have your first job offer, how will you decide whether to take it or not? In this session, learn how to assess corporate culture to determine if you’re a good fit within a particular company.

Facilitated by Christina Casey, Senior Human Resources Manager, Danfoss

Managing Work & Life
These days the work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat. In this session, discover methods for successfully managing your work and life demands.

Facilitated by Jennifer Durden, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, FSU Credit Union

Navigating Office Politics
Office politics are a fact of life in any organization. In this session, discover how to promote yourself and your cause, as well as how to navigate diverse personalities and working styles while maintaining team effectiveness and cohesion.

Facilitated by Bethany Schenk, President & CEO, Web Benefits Design

Effective Networking & Finding Mentors/Sponsors
As a working professional, you must learn to advocate for yourself, but successful people often rely on a support system. This session examines strategies for building a network of champions — including mentors and sponsors.

Facilitated by Melanie S. Griffin, Counsel, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and Founder, Spread Your Sunshine

How to be Strategic with Your Career Goals & Experiences
By thinking strategically about your career, you need to choose the best resources for helping you achieve your goals. In this session, learn methods for thinking strategically about your career goals and experiences, and how to get started today.

Facilitated by Colleen Dean Miller, Senior Vice President and Manager of the Funds Treasurer’s Office, PIMCO


Keynote Speaker

Wendy Clark

Wendy Clark, CEO of dentsu international
Wendy Clark is the global chief executive officer of dentsu international, a leader in media, customer experience management and creative solutions. Clark also is an executive officer of Dentsu Group Inc. and a member of the dentsu international board. Appointed in September 2020, Clark is leading dentsu’s transformation to become the most integrated network in the world, operating across 145 global markets and employing more than 45,000 talented people. Before joining dentsu, she served as the CEO for DDB Worldwide, as president of Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing for Coca-Cola North America and as senior vice president of Advertising for AT&T. Called “one of the most important women in advertising” by Advertising Age, Clark has earned numerous recognitions throughout the course of her career, which include receiving the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications and being named She Runs It’s Advertising Woman of the Year and being named the Brand Refresher on Fast Company’s Top Ten list of Innovative Business Disruptors. Clark's professional efforts have been formally recognized upon her induction into the 2007 American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, being named the 2017 Executive of the Year by Advertising Age and her induction into the 2019 Marketing Hall of Fame of New York. Clark also sits on the board of luxury jewelry brand David Yurman.

Breakout Session Facilitators

Christina Casey

Christina Casey, Senior Human Resources Manager at Danfoss
Christina Casey is a human resources professional with 12-plus years of experience specializing in employee relations, leadership development, management training/coaching and employee engagement. In 2008, Casey graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and in 2015, she graduated with her Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. In 2015, Casey also achieved her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and in 2018, she received her Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. In her current role, Casey is the senior human resources manager for Danfoss, LLC, a global company widely focused on creating sustainable solutions in the cooling, heating and power solutions segments. Casey is a leadership team member at the Tallahassee facility, which is a manufacturing and innovation hub for the HVAC industry.

Jennifer Durden

Jennifer Durden, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at FSU Credit Union
Jennifer Durden is a proud graduate of FSU’s College of Business. While at FSU, she studied accounting and grew in her love of all things Seminole, especially football. Not wanting to go too far from the garnet and gold, she’s been with FSU Credit Union for 23 years and is currently the executive vice president and chief financial officer. In her early years at the FSU Credit Union, she worked from home while raising three children and growing her career. Durden and her husband, Brian, started their own business in 1999, and she is the CFO for that thriving company, as well. These days she’s still involved with university life, but now as a guest panelist for the FSU Career Center and mom to Chase, who is a sophomore at Troy University. Her home is often filled with many teenagers, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. ‘Work hard, play hard’ is the family motto. Durden has a passion for travel, especially anything tropical. She completed one of the trips on her bucket list in 2019, traveling to Tahiti and Bora Bora. Durden feels family vacations and intentional planning are integral parts to managing a work-life balance.

Melanie S. Griffin

Melanie S. Griffin, Counsel with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and Founder of Spread Your Sunshine
Melanie Griffin is a business litigation and employment law attorney at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, who also has served as president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. She has been an AV-rated attorney since 2010 and has been recognized by Super Lawyers the past 12 consecutive years, Florida Trend Legal Elite for 10 years and Best Lawyers in America the past five consecutive years. As a result of her leadership, Griffin has received numerous accolades and awards. In 2017, she founded Spread Your Sunshine to effect positive change by offering unique inspirational products in the marketplace, consulting to entrepreneurs and small business owners on best practices and delivering high-energy, interactive keynote presentations and training programs. In high demand, Griffin has appeared on national and international stages, including for Fortune 500 companies and several universities and law schools.

Colleen Dean Miller

Colleen Dean Miller, Senior Vice President and Manager of the Funds Treasurer’s Office at PIMCO
Colleen Dean Miller is senior vice president and manager of the Funds Treasurer’s Office at PIMCO in the New York office. She also is the deputy treasurer of PIMCO Managed Accounts Trust, PIMCO-Sponsored Interval Funds and PIMCO-Sponsored Closed-End Funds and an assistant treasurer of the PIMCO Funds, PIMCO Variable Insurance Trust, PIMCO ETF Trust, PIMCO Equity Series and PIMCO Equity Series VIT. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2013, she was a vice president in the investment administration group at Cohen & Steers Capital Management. Prior to that, she was with Franklin Templeton Investment, where she was a manager in the fund accounting group. Miller was a member of Delta Sigma Pi at FSU and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University’s College of Business in 2002. She earned her MBA from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. Miller is a founder of Harlem Girls Cheer, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 2016 to provide a supportive environment that allows young women to build their self-esteem while simultaneously encouraging healthy behavior, teaching accountability, providing leadership opportunities and building character.

Illeanne Rukes

Illeanne Rukes, Chief Human Resources Officer at Rialto Management Group
Illeanne Rukes joined Rialto in 2013 to lead its human capital strategies in attracting, rewarding, engaging and developing top industry talent that delivers Rialto’s strategic, financial and operating objectives. Rukes is an international human resources executive with a 20-year record of success in private equity firms and publicly traded corporations, including Fortune 50, in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout her career, she has consulted to a variety of publicly traded, privately held and non-profit organizations in a broad range of HR specialties. She is an advisory board member of the Center for Human Resources Management at FSU’s College of Business. Rukes holds an MBA and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University, with related coursework at Cornell University. She is also a graduate of the National Academy of Human Resources’ Chief HR Officer Academy.

Bethany Schenk

Bethany Schenk, President & C.E.O. with Web Benefits Design
Bethany Schenk is a graduate of FSU with a degree in risk management/insurance. Schenk worked as a P&C underwriter at Aetna for two years, a sales executive at CIGNA Healthcare for five years, then in 1999, she founded her own employee benefits brokerage - BeneTek Corporation (Benefits and Technology). In 2001, Schenk started a second business and technology team called Web Benefits Design (WBD). WBD provides online enrollment and technology solutions to help consumers enroll in their employee benefits and helps employers with seamless administration, communications, compliance and auto-connectivity to payroll and carrier systems. In 2019, Bethany sold WBD and BeneTek to a publicly traded company and is now responsible for scaling the organization and leveraging insurance sales through technology on a national level. She and her husband live in Orlando and have 4 daughters, ages 17, 16 and 12-year-old twins.



Legacy Gold Sponsor

Jim Moran Institute

Gold Sponsors



Garnet Sponsors

FSU Credit Union


Sponsor in Kind

Melanie Griffin






Cassandra Cole

Dr. William T. Hold Professor in Risk Management & Insurance and Director,
MS-RMI Program
(850) 644-9657

Samantha Paustian-underdahl

Associate Professor of Management

(850) 644-9657

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Our Sponsors

Sponsor in Kind: Melanie Griffin