Recognizing the unique roles women face in the professional workforce, Jewish Federation and Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) have joined together to create this insightful and informative half-day program to be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Jeri Muoio

The event features keynote speaker, Laurie Silvers, SyFy Channel Founder, lawyer, mom and philanthropist, the symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School in Palm Beach Gardens and includes complimentary STEAM-inspired enrichment activities for children of conference participants ages pre-K through fifth grade for the duration of the program. Former West Palm Beach Mayor, Jeri Muoio, will moderate the day, including the panel.

Symposium co-chairs are Paula Newmark, Phyllis Shuster and Lauren Stuhmer.

The robust agenda includes an impressive panel with experts in the fields of law, human resources, and pay equity, as well as speakers who will focus on self-care and empowering women to step into who they are meant to be. Guests will also enjoy networking opportunities, breakfast, lunch and more.

Featured speaker, Laurie Silvers, is a prominent entrepreneur, philanthropist and speaker who will share her philosophies on business/life balance during the event. Silvers founded SyFy Channel, which is now owned by Comcast, and is also a lawyer, philanthropist, wife, mother and grandmother. One of South Florida’s most notable residents, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami, recently served as Vice Chair of the Board of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and is Past Co-Chair of South Florida PBS, among many other volunteer and philanthropic efforts.

The event also will include a panel discussion moderated by former West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, and will address many of the most prevalent topics for professional women: legal issues, pay equity and more.


The panel includes:

  • Anisley Tarragona, founder of BT Law Group, PLLC, where she primarily focuses on workplace and business disputes, including issues arising out of the Civil Rights Act, American with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and state employment laws.
  • Takeata King Pang, who focuses her career in the areas of advocacy, government, and communications, and is currently the Chief Program Officer for the Women’s Foundation of Florida.
  • Ilene Passler, HR Director for Johnson-Davis Inc., a specialty construction company; Passler has more than 15 years of experience in human resources, management and leadership training.

Guests will also hear from two dynamic speakers in the areas of self-care, goal setting, empowerment and more:

  • Rachel Needle, a licensed psychologist, certified sex therapist, professor and frequent expert source for national news outlets, will speak to attendees about the importance of self-care and finding time for yourself.
  • Alyson Seligman, a blogger at the personal growth and style site, The Modern Savvy, as well as a Public Relations consultant and motivational speaker, will share with guests her inspirational journey and key ways women can find their passion and step into who they are meant to be.

The event fee is $36 and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, click here.