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June 15, 2013
CFAWL, OCBA host networking, lifestyle enhancement program

In May, more than 80 young lawyers, professionals, and students gathered at the Orange County Bar Association in downtown Orlando. The event “Developing Distinction in Women: Progressing as a Professional, Networking, and Staying Safe, Healthy and Sane Along the Way” was co-hosted by the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Orange County Bar.

At first, the guests were seated in rows of chairs as Jessica Thomas, the event chair and CFAWL Young Lawyers director, along with Kristyne E. Kennedy, OCBA president, welcomed attendees and introduced the speakers, including Calvin and Theresa Curameng from College Park Yoga, Deputy Melissa Belmont from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick Faulk from Florida Hospital’s Healthy 100 Institute, Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell, Judge Faye L. Allen, Dr. Heather Crider from Mid-Florida Medical Group, and Barbara Leach from Barbara Leach Law, PL.

The occasion was not an ordinary networking event, as within minutes after the introduction, the teachers from College Park Yoga had the guests off their chairs and on their feet, challenging them to an interactive workshop where guests learned corrective breathing, balancing techniques, yoga poses, and core workouts. The Curamengs addressed the idea that people can tackle any challenges or stressors in our lives with a “confident, strong, and vibrant mindset.”
Faulk also discussed coping with stress management and ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Crider provided gave helpful tips to thrive and remain healthy, such as replacing caffeine with vitamin B12 and soaking almonds in water to effectively obtain more nutrients when consumed. Deputy Belmont spoke to the group about tips to spot suspicious activities, to be more aware of your surroundings, and ways to prevent violence in mediation.

Commissioner Russell and Judge Allen discussed how important it is to create an action plan and put dreams into motion. Leach presented tips for effective networking and encouraged guests not to be afraid to be themselves.

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[Revised: 03-31-2017]