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Donna Orender to Speak at the Dave’s House Leadership Seminar March 16, 2018
She will address the driving forces of effective leadership, drawing from her sports business management expertise

For Immediate Release | January 19, 2018 (Orlando, FL) – Donna Orender, recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of Newsweek’s 100 Most Influential People in Sports, will speak on the driving forces of effective leadership at the Dave’s House Insights That Inspire Leadership Seminar. The breakfast seminar is on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 8-10 am at Rosen Centre, 9840 International Dr. Tickets are $45 and $30 for students and non-profit staff. Tickets at www.daveshouse.org. Details: 407.968.3508

Drawing from her expertise in sports business management, Orender will share insights from being one of the first women pro basketball players to her C-suite roles with the WNBA and the PGA TOUR.

About the Seminar
The annual breakfast seminar is attended by over 300 Central Florida community and business leaders. They attend to gain game-changing professional insights from a proven business innovator. Proceeds benefit Dave’s House programs to end homelessness for individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring disabilities.

“This seminar is our forum to help build an even healthier Central Florida community,” said Pam Gould, CEO of Dave’s House. “We are fortunate to have incredible thought leaders like Donna Orender donate their time and insights to help our supporters improve themselves while supporting our program efforts,” she said.

Donna Orender Career
As CEO of Orender Unlimited, Orender guides companies in creating positive and inclusive cultures and leveraging successful growth and brand strategies. She also works with the equity community in identifying new opportunities.

She is also the founder of Generation W®, an action-oriented community that embraces the guiding tenets of education, inspiration and connection – and the power of women’s leadership. In her 2016 TEDx Talk Jacksonville, Orender focused upon how girls excelling and women rising begins with one simple question: “Why not?” It’s a question she believes females must embrace in the interest of personal growth, transformation and broader social opportunities.

Orender served as President of the Women’s National Basketball Association for six years. Overseeing operations, she increased TV ratings, digital growth and merchandise sales. She revitalized the brand’s value and relevance, resulting in the league experiencing four years of consecutive attendance growth, after many years of decline. During her 17 years at the PGA TOUR, she led the negotiating team that changed the paradigm for how PGA TOUR golf was packaged and sold for TV, resulting in significant growth. She developed strategic direction across all business lines; she directly oversaw brand management, advertising and digital strategy. Prior to moving into the Office of the Commissioner, Orender directed the TOUR’s global TV and production businesses. Orender’s business career began after playing three years in the Women’s Professional Basketball League, the WBL, where she earned All-Star status. She worked in network TV sports at ABC and later at SportsChannel before forming her own production company.

Photo | Donna Orender

Editorial | Donna Orender is available for phone interview, on topics including the impacts of Generation W upon women in business and the creation of positive and inclusive business cultures.

Press Contact | Pam Gould | 407.968.3508 | pam@daveshouse.org

About Dave’s House | Founded in 2009, Dave’s House is the Central Florida leading provider of affordable permanent supportive housing for individuals with serious mental illness. Working with partners at the local, state and federal levels, the non-profit contributes to the building of the Central Florida community’s health by developing homes based upon innovative and effective best practice models. These housing models combine a solid foundation of affordable and stable housing, accompanied by managed mental health care, provided by behavioral health service partners. Dave’s House also coordinates with other well-being service providers to assist residents. Dave’s House has developed nine single site homes in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Fairfax, Virginia, as well as multiple Dave’s Housing First homes, providing permanent supportive housing for 86 individuals who are living productive lives in an atmosphere of mental wellness, safety and stability. Duke Energy, Tupperware Brands and Wells Fargo are Major Program Supporters of Dave’s House.

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