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WHVACR 20th Annual Conference


November 6th - 8th
Jacksonville FL

Don’t miss the Women in HVACR 20th Annual Conference! Come and “Go Bold” in Jacksonville, FL! Join us for this exciting event as you reconnect with old friends and network with other women leaders in the HVACR industry.

Why Attend?

We are a national organization of women throughout the HVACR industry. This event offers exceptional opportunities to grow your network and gain knowledge about the industry. Breakouts coming soon!

Who Attends?

  • Field Technicians
  • Contractors
  • Distributors
  • Suppliers
  • Service Providers
  • Manufactures
  • Educators
  • Anyone and Everyone in the HAVCR Industry!

Women in HVACR is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting career growth in HVACR industry. We are proud sponsors women’s education through our scholarship program and our close association with trade schools.

Our success has been, in part, due to support we have received from the HVACR community but also the great value we bring to the individuals, and businesses they serve.

Member Price: $659 - Non-Member Price: $799

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Event Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Mary Kelly

Keynote Speaker
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Amberley Snyder

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Lilah Jones

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Mary Kelly

Author and Hall of Fame Speaker

How to Lead Yourself and Your Teams Through Crisis, Challenge, and Change

Do your people understand the six stages of a crisis?

Do your leaders recognize the stage their people are in and do they react appropriately?

Are your leaders leading, or just hoping for the right outcomes?

  • Understand the six stages of any change, challenge, or crisis.
  • Implement the five ways to P.I.V.O.T. through the crisis.
  • Use the seven leadership reminders to lead out of a crisis.

In order to successfully lead people through and out of a crisis, first, we have to understand the 6 stages of the crisis. Based on her Navy experiences during the first and second Gulf Wars and 9-11, Commander Mary Kelly articulates the reactions of people in various stages of change, challenge, or crisis.

As effective leaders, we have to be able to help our people P.I.V.O.T. through the crisis, by renewing their sense of purpose, influencing and inspiring others to take the right action, assessing the volatility levels, seeing the opportunities, providing the right tools, techniques, and technology that allow people to succeed. Then we can apply Mary’s seven leadership reminders, using the acronym C.L.A.M.P.E.R. so that we are providing the right response to the right people at the right time to achieve the right outcomes.

15 Ways to Grow Your HVAC Business in Every Economy

The economy is constantly changing, and external shocks affect our business. Tax increases, inflation, regulatory changes, supply chain disruptions, cyber hacking and increased competition, changes how we run our businesses. Great leaders need to respond to the current economic environment, market shifts, and customers’ needs.

Audiences use the 12 Months of Business Growth Resource Manual (included) to build and grow different aspects of business in every economy.

In this fast-paced, executive level session, audiences will:

  • Formulate a concise and effective business plan
  • Manage and optimize the strengths and weaknesses of your team
  • Embrace people’s differences, perspectives, and diversity of thought
  • Take action to better engage and motivate others
  • Optimize your business relationships to ensure your career is viable and thriving

Audience members get access to some of Mary’s most popular 5-Minute Business and Leadership Success Plans to fix problems instead of blame, take advantage of diverse opinions and ideas, coalesce teams, align your vision and mission, and get people focused on the strategic vision. Based on the books, Better in 52 Weeks and 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy.

Speaker Bio

Mary is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and she served 21 years on active duty as an intelligence and a logistics officer, mostly in Asia. She earned a PhD in economics, and she taught at the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, and in the graduate school for Colorado State University.

Author of 15 business and leadership books including The Five Minute Leadership Guide, 15 Ways to Grow Your Business in Every Economy, Money Smart, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success, 5-Minutes Per Week, and 52 Weeks to Building a Better Business, and Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy, Mary is usually found around dogs and wine.

Amberley Snyder

Motivational Speaker, Barrel Racer, Author, Actor, Stunt Double

There is no future in giving up

An inspirational message about Amberley’s life journey before and after a tragic accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Her goals in physical therapy were “Walk, Ride, Rodeo.” Her message of faith and determination will open your heart to the possibilities of happiness regardless of your life situation while motivating you to set the goals to overcome the challenges thrown in your path.

Speaker Bio

Amberley was born in California as the second to six children. Amberley fell in love with horses at a young age and began barrel racing when her family moved to Utah at her age of 7. She competed in junior rodeos and up into high school, winning multiple titles and awards. Her senior year she finished as the National Little Britches World All Around Cowgirl. Amberley was also serving as the Utah FFA State President in 2009. In January of 2010, Amberley was involved in a rollover truck accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eighteen months after that day, with a seatbelt on her saddle, she returned to competing in rodeo. She now competes in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association in the barrel racing. Amberley has earned her place competing amongst professional barrel racers and has won multiple awards with the Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fames. In 2018, Netflix released a movie based on her life titled Walk Ride Rodeo where Amberley was able to be her own stunt double for the film. Amberley shares her story of triumph over tragedy hoping she can motivate others to believe in themselves and get back on the horse.

Lilah Jones

Staying Bold: Embrace Your Authentic Self & Unlock You!

In a world that is constantly evolving, it is essential for women to be bold, prioritize themselves, and live fearlessly. This empowering keynote aims to inspire women to embrace their innate strength, prioritize self-care, and fearlessly pursue their goals and dreams. Through captivating stories, practical strategies, and insightful guidance, this keynote will motivate women to step into their power and break through barriers that hold them back. It’s time to ignite the fire within, be bold in prioritizing ourselves and become energized to make our mark on the world.

Speaker Bio

As Head of ISV's & Marketplace Sales - Northam at Google, Keynote Speaker, Adjunct Professor & Lecturer, Lilah Jones is committed to inspiring leaders to create change in their current season and prepare for the next one. Whether she is teaching graduate students, thriving professionals, high-achieving women, or consulting with major corporations, Lilah uses thought-provoking questions and simple strategies to help her audience members cut through the noise and get clear on what really matters.

Lilah is the proud mom of 2 children and cherishes time spent abroad vacationing in Spain with her family. Lilah enjoys the challenge of endurance sports and recently achieved a life long goal of summiting Kilimanjaro.

Schedule at a Glance

Day 1 - Monday 11/6

  • Optional Welcome Activity - 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • First Timers Meeting - 4:30 PM
  • Welcome Reception - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Day 2 - Tuesday 11/7

  • Sunrise Yoga - 6:00 AM
  • Conference Start - 8:00 AM
  • Conference End - 5:00 PM
  • Gala Dinner - 6:30 PM

Day 3 - Wednesday 11/8

  • Sunrise Walk - 7:00 AM
  • Conference Start - 8:00 AM
  • Conference Close - 12:00 PM
  • Optional Excursion Field Trip to St. Augustine - 1:00 - 9:00 PM

Other Speakers


Zachary Perge

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Zachary Perge

Vice President, Distribution Strategies at HARDI

State of the Industry

Zachary will take you through HARDI’s current outlook and future performance of the HVACR industry, and how it will affect your business. He will also take you through the latest legislative and regulatory changes that are reshaping all things HVACR.

Speaker Bio

Zachary Perge is the Vice President, Distribution Strategies at HARDI. He has over a decade of marketing, sales, and finance experience working for global consumer goods manufacturers in the food and personal care space. Prior to HARDI, he worked for Deloitte Consulting in the MARS (Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring, Separation) division focusing on integration, sell side, and cost cutting initiatives. Zachary graduated with a degree in Management from Miami University and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University.

Evening Events

Monday Night Welcome Reception

Tuesday Night Gala

Event Photos

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