TAMPA — CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will be the featured speaker at the fifth annual Women of Influence Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, 33634.
Women of Influence Luncheons are a signature event of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Tickets for this year’s event are $75 for members; $90, non-Members; $850 for Member Corporate Table (10), and $1,000, non-Member Corporate Table (10).
Register online or contact the Chamber’s events department at (813) 276-9440. There is a five-day cancellation policy on all reservations, according to organizers.
“In 2007, the Chamber identified a growing demand from our members for programming designed to foster success among female business professionals in the Tampa Bay Region,” organizers said. “Out of this need grew the Women of Influence Luncheon, an annual event designed to offer local women an opportunity to develop relationships and discuss issues specific to women in business.”
The luncheon typically sells out, with an average crowd of 800 attendees, organizers said. Those helping to make this year’s event possible include:
Presenting Sponsor: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.
Platinum Sponsor: Sullivan, a regional employee benefits consulting firm that specializes in the underwriting and implementation of large group benefit plans.
Gold Sponsors: AACSB International, Animus Solutions, Edelweiss Air, Moffitt Cancer Center, Quarles & Brady LLP, Fowler White Boggs, Verizon Communications.
Silver Sponsors: de la Parte & Associates, Florida Bank, Highwoods Properties, Inc.,; Hill, Ward & Henderson, PA; Laser Spine Institute, LLC; M.E. Wilson Co., Inc.; Magnetic; Neiman Marcus; Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Redstone Asset Management Services, LLC; Stellar Partners, Inc.; The University of Tampa
Media Sponsor: The St. Petersburg Times
According to her online biography, Soledad O’Brien came to CNN from NBC News where she had anchored the network’s “Weekend Today” since July 1999. She began her career as an associate producer and news writer at the then-NBC affiliate WBZ-TV in Boston.
In 2010, O’Brien released her memoir “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities,” which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences. That same year, the National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien “Journalist of the Year.”