The Sharp Woman Leadership Series

The Sharp Woman Leadership Series is a luncheon sponsored by Wells Fargo in which we ask a national or international leader to share her inspirational story. This program of networking luncheons will provide participants networking leads, mentors for life and great ideas to promote economic empowerment.

We have been honored to hear from inspirational women who are making a difference in our community.


Melissa Stockwell - ´╗┐Friday, May 3, 2013 - "From Baghdad to Beijing and Beyond"

Melissa Stockwell graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as an Army Second Lieutenant in the United States Army’s transportation corps. One month after her deployment to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, her HUMVEE was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee and she became the first female soldier to lose a limb from the war in Iraq. For her courageous service, she was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Following her retirement from the Army, athletics became a way of life for Melissa. In the 2008 Paralympics, she traveled to Beijing to compete on the U.S. Swim Team and she was selected to carry the American flag in the Beijing closing ceremonies. Melissa turned to the sport of Paratriathlon in 2009 and is the current three-time Paratriathlon World Champion.

She will complete her first Ironman in 2013 and hopes to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where Paratriathlon makes its debut. She has also completed the NYC marathon, learned to ski, and does motivational speaking in hopes of inspiring others to overcome obstacles that come their way. Melissa is a level 1- certified triathlon coach and is a co-founder and coach with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club ( She also organizes Chicago Blade Runners, a running group for all abilities ( Melissa serves on the Wounded Warrior Project board of directors. Melissa loves the USA and all that it stands for and looks forward to what the future will bring.

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Lynne Strynchuk - June 14, 2012 - "Preparing for Life's Surprises"

Lynne Strynchuk has advised clients on their investments and guided them in financial planning for over twenty years. Lynne is a former stock analyst for a major regional brokerage firm, and served as the resident financial and investment planner for the Space Coast’s largest CPA firm for ten years. Ms. Strynchuk earned an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University. She is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™. The focus will be on financial planning for uncertain times and sudden events such as divorce, loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one.

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Margaret May Damen - Thursday, May 17, 2012

Margaret May Damen, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CDFA, CAP® is founder of the Institute for Women and Wealth, West Palm Beach, Florida and Planned Giving and Endowment Officer at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach, Florida. In her 35-year career in finance and wealth consulting, she is recognized as a thought-leader and change agent for issues related to women and wealth. Her focus on women’s financial and philanthropic issues began in 1990 with the publication of her book Money$ense for Women. Today, her renowned workshop series, “The Life You Live is the Legacy your Leave” and “You are the Pebble in the Pond,” inspire and empower women and men to identify and embrace the psychological and emotional essence that enables them to excel in meaningful individual and family wealth creation and philanthropic giving. She created the 10 Steps to Living the Three Principles of Abundance as part of her mission to empower women and men to fulfill abundantly their wealth legacy of values and valuables. She is co-author of Women, Wealth and Giving: The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation, published by John Wiley and Sons NY (2009). Margaret is a graduate of Boston University, a member of the prestigious national board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, honored by “Who’s Who in Finance” and a frequent speaker at international conferences.

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