Ann W. Madsen is Executive Director at the Centre for Women. Ann is the driving force behind this unique multimillion dollar organization whose core mission is to help women in the Tampa Bay Region to succeed both personally and professionally. Ann has more than 30 years experience in leadership capacities across corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors. She began her career as a journalist and later was one of the first women editors for the Gannett Newspaper Group. As an entrepreneur, Ann grew two businesses through effective business planning, creative sales techniques and innovative marketing. A seasoned advancement professional and national award-winning marketing expert, Ann has held senior-level positions at Mutual of New York, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting of Central New York, Cazenovia College, Cornell University and Catholic Charities.
Ann holds a BA in History from Trinity College; civic and community activities include: The Athena Society; Women of Influence Committee, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce; WEL (Women’s Executive Leadership Group), Tiger Bay; and Working Women of Tampa Bay.
A native of Massena, New York, she resides in Apollo Beach, Fl.
Martha Ocasio is the Program Coordinator for the Women’s Business Centre. After volunteering for a local non-profit, she discovered a passion for making a difference. She has a determination to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and succeed in life. Martha attended the University of Phoenix online, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and is currently attending Florida Institute of Technology to complete her Marketing Master’s Degree. She credits having been born to Hispanic parents, along having been raised as an Army brat with making her extremely adaptable. A native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, she is bilingual (Spanish) and currently resides in Tampa, Florida.
Summer 1975. Gerald Ford was the president and Muhammad Ali was set to take on Joe Frazier in The famous Thrilla in Manila. But in a small Arkansas town an 11-year-old girl was trading in summer break trips to the corner store for a job selling burial insurance door to door with her funeral home owner father. It was the first job “in business” for Stephanie McNeal-Brown. It was one that taught her the importance of service, structure and leadership. Now after two decades in the world of business and marketing, she continues to employ those same values.
If you ask Stephanie about her family, healthy relationships or entrepreneurship, you’ll get a mile-wide grin and a lively discussion about either of them. These three have been her passion for as long as she can remember. Self-proclaimed “Florida girl,” she's been in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years pursuing those very passions. She is thrilled to join the team as a Business Counselor at The Women's Business Centre at The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. Her background, experience and passion lies in helping women to succeed in life and business. Before joining the Women's Business Centre, she was working as a Life & Business Coach with her own company, Grow Women that she founded in 2012. Grow Women's mission aligns perfectly with The Centre for Women.
Stephanie holds both a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing. She is also very active with volunteering with Safe Harbor in St. Petersburg, caregiving for her Mom living with Alzheimers and cheering her athletic children in their various sports.