Inspire Initiative – Friday, March 22, 2024

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What is Inspire Initiative?
Let’s Celebrate Women!

Welcome to the Inspire Initiative…a movement created by USSA President, Kitty McGowan in 2022 to celebrate, empower, showcase and support the women of the yachting industry.   While often outnumbered by the “boys” in nearly every sector of our industry, we’ve succeeded and grown in numbers….oftentimes doing what we do in high heels and a skirt!

The Inspire Initiative continues to build on its previous success and overwhelmingly succeeds in elevating the experience for USSA members and guests. The variety of keynote speakers and panelists share their tales of breaking through their own barriers and finding their way toward accomplishments. This unique blend of speakers and panelists, allows attendees to walk away feeling strong, dynamic, powerful, intelligent, fun and most importantly…themselves!

The Inspire Initiative is NOT another association to join.  Initiative is defined as: A new attempt to achieve a goal or solve a problem by taking charge with forward steps.  The Inspire Initiative serves as a continuing reminder of our individual and collective strength through a platform designed to unite all of us in the focus of creating something bigger.

With past panelists including to name a few: Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame Sportscaster; Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic champion; Captain Sandy Yawn, Bravo’s Below Deck; Captain JoAnn Burdian USCG Sector Miami; Carolyn Aronson, CEO “It’s a 10 Haircare”; Katheryn Burchett, COO, Safe Harbor Marinas and Rose Damen, Damen Yachts as well as many more talented women from throughout the yachting industry and many others.

The spark that was ignited during our inaugural event last year….has grown into a roaring fire spreading our positive and inspiring message worldwide! We are working to build on previous success…to engage, challenge, educate and encourage all of us to be an inspiration in our own lives.  This year’s program will grow this concept in a more organic approach as we creating a platform that will invigorate and inspire all who attend by bringing together some new assets and including a variety of women who have broken through their own barriers and relentlessly pushed their way to the top.

We have many opportunities to get involved but cannot do it without sponsors.  Please take a few moments to review how you can help join the initiative and be the match that ignites a spark within us as we create a flame in the lives of others.

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Mar 22 2024


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach
380 Trinity Place, W. Palm Beach, FL 33401