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Office Depot Foundation Hosts Third Annual Women’s Symposium

America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot Highlights Dynamic Speakers

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2016-- Headlined by Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour – America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot – the roster of speakers for the Third Annual Office Depot Foundation Women’s Symposium promises to bring women to their feet repeatedly on February 17 and 18, 2017.

Presented by the independent, nonprofit Office Depot Foundation, the Symposium features a dozen extraordinary speakers from South Florida and beyond who are certain to engage and inspire their audience. For the second year in a row, the two-day conference will take place at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The Foundation is the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP).

Tickets are on sale now. Early bird registration costs $299 through Jan. 15, 2017. After that date, the cost will be $399. For an additional $100, participants can attend a VIP Dinner on February 16 that will feature a performance by popular singer Adrianna Foster. To register for the Office Depot Foundation Women's Symposium, please visit

Armour, a former Marine, served two tours in Iraq. She has been out of the military for seven years and is now the CBO (Chief Breakthrough Officer) of her own company. As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s fresh style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals. Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel.

In addition to Armour, speakers scheduled to appear at the Symposium include:

  • Mina Shah - Mina Shah Enterprises
  • Luly B. - Luly B. Inc.
  • Karen Pfeffer - Fire Power Seminars
  • Lina Acosta Sandaal - The Nest: Stop Parenting Alone
  • Sherry Watson – The Power of Purpose
  • Kavita Sahai – Growth & Turnaround Strategist
  • Shivani Gupta - Fusionary Formulas
  • Cary Caster - 21 Drops
  • Jacqueline Pfeffer - Juice Buzz
  • Whanadi-Ann Sobrevilla – Affinity for Wellness
  • Mary Wong - President, Office Depot Foundation

“The Office Depot Foundation's Third Annual Women's Symposium brings together hundreds of like-minded women in an engaging, collaborative and positive atmosphere,” says Foundation President Mary Wong. “Using the bumble bee as inspiration, participants will learn how to heighten their spirit of community, take better care of themselves and have more meaningful relationships.”

About the Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards. For more information, visit

Source: Office Depot Foundation

Office Depot Foundation
Leon Rubin, 561-251-8075 (mobile)
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Bruce Serbin, 954-821-3434