5 Powerful Orlando Women: 2020 Women Who Move The City
Meet some of the business, civic and educational leaders who work to bring about positive change and enhance the quality of life in our community.
Broker & Owner | Kelly Price & Company
Kelly Price, an entrepreneurial icon and one of Florida’s preeminent brokers, has made herself into a household name in the Orlando real estate industry. Having lived in Winter Park since she was twelve years old, Kelly is a proud Winter Park High School Wildcat, a University of Florida Gator, and an MBA graduate of Rollins’ Crummer School of Business. Over the years, she developed an astute and competitive eye for real estate which has been fostered by passion for her community.
When she launched her company in 2002, the mantra that she built it upon was “Integrity, loyalty, and unwavering enthusiasm”. Her main focus was to guarantee her clients a new level of exceptional professionalism unsurpassed by any other in the real estate industry. Backed by a group of dynamic agents, Kelly Price & Company offers steadfast commitment to clients, swift communication, and positivity, all blending together to provide award-winning service.
While quarantines, stay-home orders, and social distancing have become today’s norm as the world attempts to flatten the curve, these changes in behavior have not reduced the amount of work getting done. Kelly Price & Company remains a leader in the community thanks to its top notch agents and use of technology. Although they may not be able to interact with their clients in person, the agents continue to creatively find alternative ways to offer home buying and selling options. The company will continue to proactively follow guidelines from the CDC and take preventive measures on an ongoing basis to maintain a safe environment for all involved. With the support of Kelly’s personal family and her ever-growing family at Kelly Price & Company, nothing can stop her!
Kelly will always claim Winter Park as her home and is dedicated to limitlessly serving not just her immediate community, but also Central Florida as a whole. She is a charismatic ambassador and local advocate, proudly representing Central Florida’s most distinguished homes for more than 30 years. Although the use of technology has helped the company continue to move business forward, she can’t wait for things to get back to normal and have face-to-face interactions with her clients who become friends, and friends who become family.
243 W. Park Avenue | Winter Park, FL 32789 | Phone: 407-645-4321 | KellyPriceAndCompany.com
CEO | Young Innovators Academy and Childcare Network
Marnie Forestieri had been trying to solve one problem for years: to improve the salaries of early-childhood teachers. A former childcare franchisee and franchisor, she was unable to find the solution within the franchise model—a business model that takes up to 10% of the total revenue of an operator not leaving room for a pay increase or career advancement opportunities. As an educator, she was concerned about the high teacher turnover rate of the industry and was aware of the importance of providing young children with a stable and trained workforce during the most critical years of brain development.
That’s when she decided to start looking outside the industry for a solution. Forestieri’s new brainchild, Young Innovators Academy, is an alternative business model that aims to compete with established childcare franchises by offering future childcare entrepreneurs a lower market entry and simple licensing contracts. Her platform streamlines all the services needed in childcare operations so new providers can compete with existing childcare brands. But it’s not just about operations: the real differentiator of Young Innovators is their curriculum—one that aims to give children “the Innovation Advantage.” Through a preschool curriculum inspired by the design-thinking process from the Stanford University and Harvard University’s maker centered learning, the company hopes to prepare children for the careers of the future.
The team was right on target to roll out the first childcare centers powered by their technology platform this year when Covid-19 happened. To support their parents during the crisis, the Young Innovators team decided to take on a new mission. Forestieri drew from her previous experiences as a TV producer to turn the company’s lab school into a professional TV Studio featuring a daily circle time on YouTube and weekly lesson plans for parents. During the process, her staff transition from teaching positions to on-camera, curriculum development, and social media roles. Forestieri believes that infusing the maker mindset at a young age allows children to become agents of change and that teachers practicing the maker mindset is a precursor to teaching Innovation principles.
163 E. Morse Blvd. | Suite 230 | Winter Park, FL 32789 | Phone: 407-988-0230 | younginnovatorsacademy.com
Executive Director | FAIRWINDS Foundation Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs, FAIRWINDS Credit Union
Elisha González has been a positive agent for change throughout her professional career, which has spanned more than 25 years. “I’ve found that a willingness to embrace change is critical for success. Change is a constant, no matter the industry, success depends on how you adapt.”
González is a connector and relationship builder who has long been recognized for her leadership, business acumen and commitment to community. Her background includes working for the Orange County Public School system, the U.S. Senate, Valencia College, Duke Energy and now, Fairwinds Credit Union as Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs. She also serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit Fairwinds Foundation, where she leads the effort to bolster organizations that advocate financial literacy and volunteerism by working with Fairwinds crew members in community outreach.
González has been instrumental in the new, unified vision for the FAIRWINDS Foundation that wants to help the communities they serve be debt free. “We want our community to save more, eliminate debt, build wealth so that they experience financial freedom and have the opportunity to live generously.”
She is enjoying her latest career transition to the financial sector. Some competencies are not industry-specific, says González. “No matter what business you’re in, people are always at the heart of any industry. Your ability and willingness to develop a deep understanding of customers, co-workers and the business will determine your level of effectiveness within the organization. As someone who enjoys connecting with people, I’m grateful that my career has been characterized by creating meaningful connections on behalf of the organizations I represent.”
González has been recognized for her extensive community work and leadership on the boards of numerous nonprofits that revolve around inclusion, diversity and education. She has a deep commitment to the organizations she has championed, including Heart of Florida United Way, Project Opioid, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, Orlando Economic Partnership, the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando, and CareerSource Florida workforce’s initiatives. “I’m passionate about breaking down inequality, discrimination and barriers to the economic and social prosperity of our community.”
135 W. Central Blvd. | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-277-5045 | FAIRWINDS.ORG/Foundation
Marital and Family Lawyer | Green Family Law
After graduating college with a degree in business and marketing, Caryn Green served as a Guardian ad Litem, a decision that launched her 20+ year law career helping families through difficult transitions. “I was asked to testify at trial on one of my files that involved a potential termination of a parent’s right to see her child,” she recalls. “I was frustrated by how ill-prepared the lawyers were, especially with what was at stake. The combination of gathering evidence and properly presenting it to a court immediately appealed to me. On my way home from court, I stopped by the bookstore and bought an LSAT study guide and immediately signed up to take the test.” Caryn brings a unique perspective in her approach to law and family life. “Practicing law has definitely taught me to compromise. Compromise, respect and support are essential for a healthy, happy family.” She works to resolve family disputes as painlessly as possible, especially for the sake of children involved. Her focus on family helps Caryn maintain balance in her life, and she cites her role as a mother of “two well adjusted, intelligent, kind and thoughtful daughters” as her greatest accomplishment. She encourages her daughters to follow their dreams. “One of my daughters has expressed a desire to be a lawyer, and the other has definitely crossed it off her list.” Caryn was inspired by her law professors and hopes to someday teach at a law school. Caryn continues to serve the people of Orlando, which she describes as “the best city in Florida with wonderful neighborhoods and a vibrant philanthropic community.” After one of her daughters was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes more than 14 years ago, Caryn launched a gala to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “In 2018, our Orlando community rose to the occasion and helped us set a record breaking year, raising almost $1 million in one night,” she recalls.
1000 Legion Place | Suite 1650 | Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-403-5558 | GreenFamilyLaw.net
Founder, President and CEO | Kids Beating Cancer
The tragic death of a little boy in 1992 could have been simply that: a tragic death. Instead, the short life of that little boy inspired Margaret Guedes to turn tragedy into a lifelong mission and keep the memory and legacy of her son, John, alive by helping other children diagnosed with cancer. Kids Beating Cancer is dedicated to ensuring every child who needs a bone marrow or stem cell transplant has access to this life-saving treatment. Margaret’s journey started when she could not find a local transplant facility. She had to displace her family and move to Seattle so that her son could get a much-needed transplant. John lived for four years before succumbing to his disease. Margaret then vowed to make sure no other mother or child had to experience what she and her son went through by bringing a state-of-the art transplant center to Central Florida. Margaret exhibits a mother’s determination to fight for every child who needs a transplant to receive the best care in the best facility. She also works to ensure every family receives support programs to make each day a little more bearable as they navigate the long journey to a cure. Turning personal tragedy into triumph has been the core value that has driven Margaret to overcome years of barriers, ultimately leading to the opening of the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. She built Kids Beating Cancer with all that in mind, knowing how devastating it is to have a family member diagnosed with cancer. The support and engagement of the local community, corporations, private foundations and individual donors has made Kids Beating Cancer what it is today. Through Margaret’s tenacity and leadership, Kids Beating Cancer has become a nationally recognized nonprofit, touching the lives of more than 10,000 children. Children have received millions of dollars in life-saving treatments at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center, which brings the latest treatments to each child’s bedside. Since 1992, Margaret has put more than $22 million back into the community to help every child with cancer or leukemia have the best hope for a cure. She has also started The Science is the Cure Research Grant to fund the cure through innovative and novel research by developing new treatments for blood cancers and cellular therapies.
228 E. Winter Park St. | Orlando, FL 32804 | Phone: 407-894-2888 | kidsbeatingcancer.com