Friday, April 6, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn, Okaloosa Island | 8:00am - 1:00pm



Arrival/Registration Open




Hormone Balance and Therapy in Women

M. Mitchell Silver, DO


Mindful Eating

Whitney Temple, RD, CNSC, LDN
Registered Dietician, Twin Cities Hospital


Medication Interactions

Frank Materese, BS Pharm., Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy, Twin Cities Hospital


Treatment Options for Heavy or Painful Periods: What’s New and Current?

Diana DeCotis-Smith, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stephanie Caywood, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology




Turn the Radio Down so I Can See...and Other Mid-Life Observations

Karen Mills
Keynote Speaker




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*Agenda is tentative and subject to change.

2014 Archive

Changing the Rules of Engagement:
Past, Present and Future

Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotite

Courage, perseverance and leadership are common traits of veterans who achieve the improbable, the impossible and their bigger dream. LaGuardia-Kotite will introduce a few profiles of inspirational women by telling their unique stories and how they succeeded breaking through barriers, changing the culture, and even some laws or procedures which opened new paths for others to follow.

Their stories resonate across industries, professions, and age groups, serving as an example of how one person can make a difference for others, even save lives—no matter their phase of life—and lead to realizing one’s bigger dream.

During Martha LaGuardia-Kotite’s career in the both the U.S. Coast Guard and as a public relations director in Manhattan, she has appeared on national television and was interviewed by top tier newspapers around the country about Coast Guard rescues and missions and her clients such as IBM.

LaGuardia-Kotite enjoys writing about extraordinary adventures and challenging topics, which, in turn, hope to make a difference through awareness and inspiration. Her books celebrate unsung veterans – men and women who are inspiring and humbling – sharing their stories of courage and survival.

One of her greatest joys she has received from her work is the invitation to lend experience to talk about leadership and lean on her military service insights as a keynote speaker or presenter for schools, book clubs and professional organizations or corporations. LaGuardia-Kotite is excited to share that since being accepted to Harvard University Extension School’s Masters in Liberal Arts for journalism, two of her features were published as cover stories: The Boston Globe ran my travel feature article about the Chatham Lighthouse as their cover for G Magazine and Emerald Coast Magazine ran her story about human trafficking as their top story.

A couple years ago, she moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as the Commandant’s Press Secretary. The bookends of this assignment were the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast seaboard, she responded as the Coast Guard Emergency Preparedness Liaison Coordinator for FEMA Regions II and I (New York and Boston). LaGuardia-Kotite has served 10 years on active duty and now as a Captain in the reserves.

Her first book, So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death (The Lyons Press, 2006 and 2008) won four awards. She also authored Changing the Rules of Engagement: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Leadership from Women in the Military (University of Nebraska Press) in 2012 and that same year, with Trish Marx, they published a tribute to the power and presence of our national flag, MyName Is Old Glory, (The Lyons Press).