Cheryl Wood

Keynote Speaker | Empowerment Champion | Author | Leadership Coach

As an award-winning international speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur, Cheryl Wood impacts audiences around the world with her bold and audacious approach to living life. Individuals and corporations have been impacted by her relevant, relational, and riveting message of unleashing your personal power to excel at your next level. She trains audiences to overcome self-limiting thoughts of doubt and fear by giving strategic steps to help them ultimately reach their goals. Cheryl is the CEO of Personal Power Enterprises, LLC and founder of the Play Time Is Over Women in Business Conference.


Angelyn Treutel Zeringue

Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, CPA, PWCAM, is a Trusted Choice independent insurance agent and President of SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast and AST Solutions, Inc. (Accounting, Systems, Technology). Treutel Zeringue has been awarded One Coast Top Community Leader, Person of Passion for Hancock County, Hancock County Citizen of the Year, National Top Women in Insurance, and America’s Elite Women in Insurance.  She has served as President/Chair/Treasurer for Hancock County Chamber, National Agents Council for Technology, Applied Systems Interface, Women's Leadership Roundtable, Hancock Resource Center, Rotary Club, and more.  Treutel-Zeringue is a prolific public speaker on technology, insurance and business issues.  She graduated Valedictorian at Our Lady Academy and Cum Laude at Ole Miss.  Treutel-Zeringue is married to Mickey Zeringue, is the daughter of Loislyn & A.J. Scardino, Jr., is the eldest of 10 children, and is the proud mother of Trey (married to Joy Buckley Treutel) and Alex.

According to Angelyn, “My life motto is "To whom much is given, much is asked."  The mission I strive for will be achieved by working tirelessly to make our community and Coast a better place to live, work and play.  And my most passionate objective is to "Aspire to Inspire".  Through my work activities and community service, I focus on mentoring other women and young people to encourage them to lead and bloom where they are planted”.


Stephanie D. Barnes, PhD

Dr. Stephanie D. Barnes is the CEO of The Fruition Group, LLC, a company that specializes in personal excellence, leadership and strategic planning solutions.   She is a Harvard educated attorney and former general counsel in the health care industry. During her tenure as a corporate executive, she acquired skills that have enabled her to personally develop leadership skills in aspiring leaders and professionals. Throughout her vast career, she has gained experience in organizational and leadership development, project management and corporate strategic planning activities. Her passion is to inspire excellence in others. Stephanie is a woman who sees the possibility in life and embraces the opportunity to excel. She has a proven track record of coaching and transforming employees into high-producing leaders. Stephanie is the Founder of the C-Suite Women’s Movement—where women are the CEO of their lives! She equips women to navigate a clear path for their career progression, revenue acceleration and elevate their influence as a leader in the marketplace and community. Stephanie primarily works with high-powered professionals who are ready to take their lives to the next level! She offers one-on- one coaching, self-guided online coaching programs, and live coaching events. Dr. Stephanie D. Barnes is also a published author and has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Personal Excellence Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She is an internationally recognized speaker and leadership expert and TEDx presenter. More information regarding her books and blog series can be found at www.drstephaniedbarnes.com.


Christy Pickering

Christy Pickering obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1983. Pickering has had her CPA practice for 25 years.  For the past sixteen years, Ms. Pickering has served as a Director of Hancock Holding Company.  She has also served as a Director for Mississippi Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, for the past nine years.  In 2008, Governor Haley Barbour appointed her to the state college board (Institutions of Higher Learning) to oversee the eight state universities.  In the past few years on that board, Ms. Pickering has worked with the Title IX coordinators to implement the new changes mandated by the Violence Against Women Act.  This work, along with her first-hand knowledge from living in an abusive relationship for 21 years, has led her to the point where she feels compelled to share her story about the mistakes she made and the lessons she learned.


Carrie Duncan

Meteorologist/TV personality
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Dorothy Wilson

Publisher/editor of Gulf Coast Woman magazine
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Connie Rockco

Community leader/public official
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Kathy van Zutphen

Business/elder law attorney
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Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith

Commissioner of Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
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Angie Juzang

Business development/community leader
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Julie Couret

Management coach/CEO
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