$mart Women Make Change!


Smart Women Make Change


Presented By

Ring Power



Friday, October 13, 2017

Noon - 1:30 PM

Florida Blue Conference Center
4800 Deerwood Campus Parkway
Jacksonville, FL 32246


Featured Speaker

Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson
Group President, Caterpillar Inc.


Introduced by

Sara Leutzinger
Publisher, Jacksonville Business Journal



$mart Women Make Change!

The annual $mart Women Make Change! is Junior Achievement's signature event to benefit the JA Girl$ program. JA Girl$ has educated more than 19,000 girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship since 2006.

This annual event brings together those in the community whose unwavering support impacts what JA Girl$ and Junior Achievement are able to accomplish now and into the future.


Denise Johnson - Group President, Caterpillar Inc.

Denise C. Johnson is a group president of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois. She has responsibility for Resources Industries, which includes three divisions – Innovation and Technology Development, Material Handling & Underground, and Surface Mining & Technology.

Johnson joined Caterpillar in 2011 and initially served as the general manager of Specialty Products within Caterpillar's Reman & Components Division, where she had global responsibility for wear component products and facilities. She previously had a career with General Motors, where she built deep expertise in operations and product management. In 2012, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Johnson vice president of the Diversified Products Division. In 2013, Johnson was named vice president of Integrated Manufacturing Operations, and in 2014, she was named vice president of Material Handling & Underground Division.

Johnson, a native of Portland, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She earned dual master's degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1997.

Johnson is a member of numerous outside boards, including National Mining Association, National Association of Manufacturers, The Mosaic Company, MIT Leaders for Global Operations Governing Board, Junior Achievement USA, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Community Advisory Board, and The Center for Prevention of Abuse. Johnson also serves as the executive sponsor of the Caterpillar Women in Leadership initiative.



9th Annual Smart Women Make Change




2017 $mart Women Make Change Sponsors


Title Sponsor

Ring Power



Event Sponsor



Inspiration Table Sponsors

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Citi  
Florida Blue Florida Rock & Tank Lines  
THE PLAYERS Wells Fargo  


Impact Table Sponsors

DTCC Hitachi Data Systems Jacksonville Business Journal
PNC Bank Sodexo Suddath


Skills Table Sponsors

121 Financial Credit Union

BBVA Compass

Mary Ann Callahan

CenterState Bank Ernst & Young EverBank
Fidelity Investments Northwestern Mutual Pivot CPAs
  The Quick Law Group  


In Kind


Jacksonville Magazine

Rose of Sharon European Florist UNF Women in Business
    Sight & Sound  



Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund


$mart Women Make Change! is supported by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, est. 2015.

About the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund:
Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund in 2015 to provide a $10,000 grant annually to support a premiere fundraising event in perpetuity at 20 local nonprofit organizations. This grant will provide a permanent source of income for organizations that Mrs. Weaver has generously supported for many years. It is her hope that other individuals will make similar permanent gifts to organizations that have been important to them. This Fund is one of a collection of Funds established by Delores Barr Weaver at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation's history.


Past Keynote Speakers

2016 Sonia Manzano, "Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

2015 Amy DuBois Barnett, Executive Editor, ESPN and Former Editor-in-Chief of 'Ebony'

2014 Danica Patrick, Coca-Cola Racing Family Member

2013 Christina Norman, Media Executive and Strategic Consultant

2012 Kathleen Murphy, Fidelity Investments

2011 Pam Bondi, Attorney General, State of Florida

2010 Jenna Bush Hager

2009 Alex Sink, Chief Financial Officer, State of Florida



JA Girl$

JA Girl$ is a Junior Achievement initiative to educate girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship. Learn more about JA Girl$.






Sabrina Kinslow, JA Girl$ Program Manager
904-398-9944 ext.225