The Women Empower Expo, focused on assisting entrepreneurs, go-getters, executives and all others with a dream to turn their plans to reality, will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

The expo will provide women the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, learn from female leaders and discover strategies to take their business to the next level. The event will include 70 speakers, 30+ keynotes, panels and workshops, 80+ vendors, action plan coaching and meet-and-greet sessions.

“We are expecting around 3,000 people for this upcoming event,” said Alexa Carlin, founder and CEO of the Women Empower Expo. “We will have panels about personal branding and how to promote your business on Instagram, how to transition from a [typical day] job to being CEO, how to create more abundance in your life and how to ask for a raise and get that executive position.”

Carlin launched the Women Empower Expo in 2016; it quickly became one of the largest events in the country for female entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur and a nationally renowned public speaker, Carlin shares her story and experiences with people worldwide. 

“In 2013, right before I was set to graduate college, I had this crazy near-death experience,” said Carlin.

“My body was going into septic shock, they had to induce me into a medical coma and the doctors told my family that I had 24 hours to live.” 

A CEO at age 17 and nearly losing her life at age 21, she has chosen to use her story to empower and teach women how to achieve their dreams. 

“This experience completely changed my life. Here you are one day as this young go-getter, working so hard and in college with all of your dreams right in front of you, and then it feels as if everything is simply taken away from you,” she said.

After this experience, Carlin felt inspired to share her story with others and began her journey as a public speaker. Her life-changing past is considered by many to be a true inspiration for all women worldwide. 

“You can really create a connection with top female leaders in different industries at the event,” said Carlin. “Women are one connection and one conversation away from changing their entire lives, and this can help them do just that.” 

Carlin strongly encourages college students to attend the expo as a way of forming different connections and discovering various opportunities to become successful after college. Following Carlin’s mission of making a difference in at least one life each day, the event is sure to leave a lasting impact on attendees.

Discounted tickets for students are available for the Women Empower Expo at bit.ly/wexftl18 using the promo code student.

Nicole Cleri

Nicole Cleri, a 19-year-old from Port St. Lucie, is a sophomore/junior in the 3.0 program. She aspires to become a journalist beyond college. When not at school, Cleri loves to be with her friends and family, or working at one of her three jobs.

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