Lead with Heart


February 24-25, 2022



Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay



Join FASA and WE LEAD for the first educational leadership conference for women in Florida. Sessions will touch your heart with topics to support you in everyday living and striving for a healthy work-life balance. Speakers will feature Florida and national leaders in education and business to leave you inspired and refreshed.


Registration is now open!



There has never been a more important time to take care of yourself and refill your cup so you can continue to serve others around you. Join your fellow colleagues to explore what makes your heart beat.


Featured Speakers

"Love Your Day"
Dr. Dutchess Maye
Dr. Dutchess Maye is the CEO and founder of eduConsulting Firm. Formerly, a high school English teacher and Fellow for Instructional Design with the North Carolina Teacher Academy, Dr. Maye has spend over two decades designing and facilitating training for thousands of K-12 teachers and administrators.  Known for her quirky, down-to-earth, and humorous training style, Dutchess’s ultimate goal is to build a brand and cultivate a company culture that advocates for practical, real-time approaches towards school improvement.


"Factory Worker's Daughter"
Christina Winters
From her Celebrating Diversity Cable TV show and former Ms. Biz Radio Show to educational workshops for women about finance, Christina Winters focuses on educating strategic retirement moves. She participates on several of the region’s largest non-profit investment advisory committees and has worked with Texas Legislators to ensure the retirement benefits for educators. Winters has been opening doors to a better financial future for her clients for more than 30 years. For 8 years she conducted an elective course “Straight Talk” for at risk girls, in 2 Dallas middle schools, Comstock & Spence Middle Schools. She holds an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF ®) and Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFATM) certification. Christina is a cervical cancer survivor since 1988 and she has written a book “For the Sake of You” about her journey.

"Leading with Heart"
Julie Stapp
Julie began her work with the Flippen Group team training educators across the United States, and in 2013, was named National Director for Leadership Development. Julie has a long history with the Flippen Group. In 1995, she served as a mentor and teacher in the Teen Leadership after-school model and began teaching Teen Leadership the following year at Marcus High School in Lewisville ISD, Texas. In addition to teaching, she was a high school varsity basketball coach for fourteen years and was named District Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995. Julie was also recognized by Fox sports network as coaches who make a difference.


"Warming Your Heart"
Arasi Adkins
Arasi has worked in K12 and higher education human resources for over 20 years. Prior to independent consulting, she served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Durham Public Schools, NC. She became interested in helping school districts recruit and retain the right people in healthy working environments. Arasi is also interested in mindfulness and meditation and during the most stressful times in her career – especially and including during this COVID crisis. She’s interested in helping other busy women take practical steps to improve their overall health and well-being through mindfulness, meditation, and simple breathing techniques and exercises.


"What Makes My Heart Beat"
Erica Turner
Ericia Turner currently serves as the Director of Athletics for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Prior to this she was the principal of Rocky River High School and represented NC as the Southeastern NC Regional Principal of the Year.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a full basketball scholarship.  In 1992, she transferred to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Physical Education and a MS in Physical Education. She continued her education at Gardner Webb University and received her degree in School Administration and she obtained her  Ed.S from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She taught Health and Physical Education in the Winston Salem/Forsyth County and Charlotte Mecklenburg School Systems and also coached Basketball, Football (Wide Receivers Coach), Track, Volleyball, and Softball. 

"Diversity Dig: Get to the Heart of It" Panel Discussion
Dr. Stella Arduser, moderator
Stella started her career as a teacher at Eastside High School in Gainesville, Florida. After seven years of teaching and serving as a team leader and Activities Director for the Eastside Rams, she became a teacher specialist–district mentor coach for beginning teachers and worked with over 60 beginning teachers in a three-year span. She was then offered an administrative position at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at the University of Florida and served as the Assistant Principal of Academic Advisement and School Counseling while supervising the Exceptional Student Education and Admissions departments for two years. Stella also served as an Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Santa Fe High School. After two years at Santa Fe High School, she was appointed to her first principalship at Archer Elementary School in Archer, Florida. She served as principal for three and a half years before becoming a district supervisor. She currently serves as a district supervisor for teacher learning resources and instructional materials.


Registration Rates

  • FASA Members (before 2/1/22) - $150 ($190 after 2/1/22)
  • Future Members (not current members before 2/1/22) - $170 ($210 after 2/1/22)

​*Registrations include the evening reception, beverage breaks and lunch on Friday.



Hotel Reservations:

Upon registration, you will be provided a link to the FASA group rate of $199/night at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Please register first.


Conference Agenda:

Thursday, Feb. 24  
1:00 p.m. (EST) Registration Open
2:00 p.m. Opening Session and Keynote
3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5:30 p.m. Reception Sponsored by Leonard's
Friday, Feb. 25  
7:30 a.m. Morning yoga/walk (optional)
8:30 a.m. Opening Keynote
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:15 p.m. Lunch social
1:00 p.m. Keynote & Panel Discussion
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


Conference Safety Plan:

Masks are required for unvaccinated attendees.


Cancellations must be in writing before 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, to receive a refund of your registration fee, minus a $30 processing fee. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after Tuesday, February 1, 2022 or for no-shows. Substitutions must be submitted in writing.


Thank you Sponsors:



Looking to Sponsor? Contact David Higgins or call the office at (850) 224-3626.