SRQ MEDIA Announces Keynote and Trailblazer Honoree for the 2017 Hear Me Roar Leadership And Awards Luncheon on April 27, 2017

SRQ MEDIA hosts the powerful Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis to recognize exceptional women in the region through the Annual Women in Business competition who have made noteworthy contributions to business, education, philanthropy, culture and health in the community. The Awards Luncheon kicks off with the Keynote Speaker who shares her story of success and the honoring of this year’s recipient of the prestigious Trailblazer Award, a luminary who has cultivated distinguished achievements.

It is our great pleasure to announce the Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award Recipient for the 2017 annual luncheon and awards ceremony: mathematician, classical pianist and child prodigy Keynote Speaker Ria Persad, Founder and CEO of Statweather; and, Trailblazer Award Honoree Nancy Bernardini, General Manager of Gurwitch Products/President of Laura Mercier and RéVive, the global luxury cosmetics and skincare entreprise. Past Trailblazer Award recipients include Adrienne Vittadini (2015) and Pamela Fiori (2016).

“We’re thrilled to host keynote speaker Ria Persad and Trailblazer Award recipient Nancy Bernardini as our honored guests,” says SRQ MEDIA CEO/President Lisl Liang. “Hear Me Roar recognizes the passion within each of us conquer the inevitable challenges in our personal and professional lives. The strong and compassionate women nominated each year are a testament to resiliency, innovation and the spirit of giving back to our community.”

Bio: Keynote Speaker – Ria Persad, Founder and CEO of StatWeather

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Ria Persad is the founding CEO of StatWeather, a weather and climate services corporation specializing in state-of-the-art weather prediction systems for the risk management industry. The company has been recognized as the 2015 Top Data Provider Globally through Energy Risk Awards, Top U.S. Weather Company in Energy Risk Software Rankings 2013, Best Newcomer of the Year 2013, a 2014 Platts Global Energy Awards “Rising Star”, and in the Top 5 Most Innovative Companies in America in 2015 through MeetAdvisor.

Ria was a child prodigy researching under mentor, Eleanor F. Helin at the California Institute of Technology, in asteroid discovery, origin and motion. At the age of 13, she was a research assistant at the High-temperature Superconductivity Lab at Boston University. At the age of 14, Ria developed new methods of numerical integration including the “Method of Polygonal Partitions”, “Vector Approximation Method”, and “Inversion Method” all while taking coursework at Harvard University. Ria studied mathematics and physics at Harvard, Princeton, and Cambridge Universities with doctoral study at Rice University. Her experience in climate modeling began at Lawrence Livermore Lab’s Supercomputer Center in 1991. Persad performed earth and solar system modeling at NASA and went on to model geophysical systems at Bell Geospace.

In addition to her extensive accomplishments in science, Ria is also a classical musician, she was the prizewinner of the 2010 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. She has given numerous piano performances in Italy and throughout the United States, she performs nationally for charities and benefits and made her Carnegie Hall debut in April 2011. In November 2011, O, The Oprah Magazine profiled Carlo’s life as a pianist and her story appears on Oprah Winfrey’s website in a feature on “Turning Dreams Into Reality.” Ria currently mentors technology companies and is the author of the book: All Things Are Possible: Unleashing the Superhuman Within, available on Amazon.

Bio: Trailblazer Award Recipient – Nancy Bernardini, GM, Gurwitch Products
President of Laura Mercier and RéVive


Nancy Bernardini is currently the General Manager of Gurwitch Products LLC, the global luxury cosmetics and skincare enterprise best known for its Laura Mercier and ReVive brands. Most recently she led the Laura Mercier brand to deliver the company’s most successful year ever, outpacing industry growth and increasing overall market share. She is responsible for reengineering the company’s business model to fuel growth internationally. Under Nancy’s leadership, the brand implemented a digitally-led marketing mix to increase brand awareness and reach a broader consumer base. In 2016, she successfully managed the divestiture of the business to Shiseido Americas.

Nancy previously spent 11 years at the Proctor & Gamble Company where she held several positions including serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the Global Fine Fragrance division located in Geneva, Switzerland. Under Nancy’s financial and strategy leadership the business delivered explosive growth in revenue and profitability.

Nancy holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Quantitative Analysis from Saint John’s University. She is married and has three daughters, Isabella (19), Olivia (17) and Grace (10) who are the center of her world.

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank the Women in Business Sponsors for their support of this engaging community platform: Seaside Bank, Barton & Gray, New Balance Sarasota, CS&L CPAs, University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee, Community Foundation of Sarasota, Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Diamond Vault, Gold Star Limo, Muse Salon, Victoria Blooms, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue and CCAV.

To purchase your online tickets to the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit SRQHEARMEROAR.COM.

Event Details: Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:30am-1pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.Registration opens at 10:30am. Join us for shopping during the Pop-Up Boutique from 10:30 to 11:30am. The luncheon program begins at 11am and wraps at 1:30pm.


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