Are you ready to be the next Misty Copeland, Mark Zuckerberg, or Shonda Rhimes? Do you want to elevate your health and finances? Are you ready to take your business to the next (global) level? If so, then you don’t want to miss this summer’s EMPOWERMENT sessions at MegaFest!
Glean meaningful insights from our expert panel of speakers, entrepreneurs, sponsors, and thought leaders from various fields. They’ll uncover how you can successfully scale your network; elevate your health and fitness; receive the enterprise support you need; and more! These transformative empowerment sessions will feature topics, including technology, culture, fashion, healthcare, and fitness, among others.
Some of our phenomenal sponsors, including PepsiCo, Gatorade, MINT dentistry, Toyota, and Chris Howell Foundation will share unique industry insights, so that you can make a tangible impact in your community. We can’t wait to see you empowered this summer. So, what are you waiting for? Register now for MegaFest. This is your year to do BIG THINGS in (insert dream here)!
EMPOWERMENT SESSIONS Speakers
Additional Empowerment Sessions Speakers:
Amber Benton is Senior Director, Global Diversity & Engagement, at PepsiCo. In this role, Amber is a key leader in bringing to life PepsiCo’s global diversity and engagement strategy, with primary focus on providing support to key initiatives that reinforce the Performance with Purpose commitment. Additionally, Amber partners with internal and external stakeholders to ensure coherence with PepsiCo’s strategic initiatives. Amber’s career spans nearly 15 years with Fortune 50 companies in various domestic and global Human Resources roles in a wide array of functional aspects to include policy formulation, organization design, and employee engagement. Since joining PepsiCo in 2007, Amber served as a key partner to senior leaders to achieve business goals while advancing cross-functional teams in both line and operating functions across the country. She holds both her Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Florida A&M University and was recognized by the FAMU National Alumni Association as both a ”40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumni” and ”Distinguished Quasquicentennial Alumni.” An avid supporter of continuous learning and community involvement, Amber served as an advisory board member for the North Carolina A&T University College of Arts and Sciences and is a Board-Member-At-Large for The Pure Foundation. Amber and her husband enjoy spending time with their daughters, extended family and friends.
An accomplished executive and business leader, Fern Johnson is passionate about driving positive change, creating collaborative and inclusive work environments, and building highly effective, high-performance teams. As an IT executive within PepsiCo, Ms. Johnson serves as the Sr. Director/ divisional-CIO for two global functions – Global Procurement and Global Logistics. Her role combines broad technical and functional expertise with global program management best practices and delivery, collaborative senior management partnerships and strong organizational leadership. Today, Ms. Johnson is tasked with driving thought leadership and technical strategy for two different lines of business. Global Procurement develops innovative systems and processes to support a large organization challenged with effectively managing over $20 billion in corporate spending. Global Logistics is equally challenged to transform the movement and logistics of the global portfolio from the ”seed to sell” lifecycle.
Throughout her 20+ year career with PepsiCo, Ms. Johnson has been a driving force behind numerous key technology initiates and programs that have led to significant cost savings, increased productivity, and improved enterprise-wide operations. In addition to her work within the IT organization, Ms. Johnson has been an active participant and champion of PepsiCo’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Since 1995, she has worked closely with a growing number of affinity organizations to create groundbreaking diversity programs. Her efforts in this area have led to best practices and programs in Diversity and Inclusion which have effected positive change, helped to advance the
careers of hundreds of employees, and vastly improved the organization as a whole. She has worked with affinity groups to enhance awareness through educational and community based events, activities, programs, and projects encompassing all dimensions of diversity. She has been recognized for her contributions with three Harvey C. Russell Chairman’s Awards for Diversity.
Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. She currently sits on the board of WiNGS, formerly YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas, and the CH4K organization. She remains active within her local North Dallas community.