October 13, 2021
Connector - Influencer - Leader
Educator & Public Affairs Executive - FAIRWINDS Credit Union
Vice President, Government Affairs - FAIRWINDS Foundation
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Elisha González is a connector and influencer and has been recognized for her leadership, business acumen, and her commitment to the community. She has been active in the community throughout her career, committed to making it a great place to live, work and play.
Elisha is an Educator and Public Affairs Executive and represents FAIRWINDS Credit Union nationally as the vice president of Government Affairs and Community Relations and executive director of the FAIRWINDS Foundation. González has been instrumental in the new, unified vision for the FAIRWINDS Foundation, where she leads the philanthropic effort to bolster organizations that advocate financial literacy, education, and volunteerism by working with FAIRWINDS crew members in the community. She oversees government affairs, community relations, philanthropy, and corporate giving. Most recently she was the lead consultant for the Central Florida collective impact initiative, Project Opioid in association with Change Everything Inc. González led the government and community relations efforts for Duke Energy Florida, a Fortune 150 company. Elisha’s focus was the company’s east coast operating area encompassing Seminole, Volusia, Flagler, and Brevard counties. González served as Duke Energy’s leader in this region for local governments, civic partnerships and was responsible for government relations, philanthropy, community engagement strategy, and social responsibility.
González served as director of community affairs for Valencia College and executive director of Valencia Promise/Orange County Take Stock in Children. González successfully re-launched the program in Orange County providing college scholarships, mentors, and hope to economically disadvantaged youth locally, and was responsible for financial management, educational partnerships, community relations, marketing, branding, corporate partnerships, fundraising, and business operations. She previously served in the Orange County public school system where she held roles as principal, assistant principal, dean, and high school teacher. She served as the instructional leader, led faculty development, curriculum delivery, student achievement, and led its financial and facilities operations.
In addition to her experience in education, González worked as the Central Florida regional director for the United States Senate.
Elisha serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations, including her gubernatorial appointment to Career Source Florida State Board and is the Vice-Chair of the Finance committee, United Arts of Central Florida, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way Board Member, and 2021 Women United Chair and 2019 Campaign Chair. Board Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando, Orlando Economic Partnership - Investor Relations committee, and the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando - Government Affairs committee.
She recently concluded her second term as a board member of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and also served on the Seminole State College Foundation, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, Past Board President of Art & History Museum – Maitland, 2019, Seminole Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, Leadership Seminole Board, Seminole County Homelessness Action Board, Kids House of Seminole Inc., Florida Executive Women Board and Investor Relations Team Volusia Economic Development Commission.
She has also served on the boards of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, City Year Orlando, Orange County Government Minority/Women Enterprise Advisory Committee, Orange County Government Children and Families Board, Women’s Resource Center of Central Florida, and Orange County Government Arts and Cultural Affairs Board.
González is also a member of Leadership Florida and Leadership Orlando Class 83. González also served on the gubernatorial appointed state board, Equity in Educational Opportunity Task Force and the senate appointed Florida’s Partnership for School Safety and Security Task Force.
Elisha has been recognized for her community work and leadership with numerous honors, including 2020 Women Who Move the City, Orlando Magazine, 2019 Women of the Year, Orange Appeal, 2018 Orlando Business Journal’s, (OBJ), Women Who Mean Business Executive of the Year Honoree, 2018 Orlando Magazine Women of the Year Honoree, 2015 Mexican Consulate Women of Distinction Award, 2014 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando 25 Most Influential Hispanics in Central Florida, 2014 Association of Fundraising Professionals, (AFP), - Embraced By Grace Champions for Children Award, 2014 La Prensa Women of Distinction Award, and Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award. In 2014, she received the prestigious Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando/ Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Don Quijote Professional of the Year Award.
González earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration in Education from Nova Southeastern University. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, González earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Central Florida. She resides in Central Florida with her husband Kevin Bonnewitz and their daughter.
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As the world has been impacted by COVID-19 and our normal monthly luncheons have been replaced with online meetings, the need in our community for scholarships still remains strong. Central to the core mission of the Women's Executive Council, we believe in education, and every year since 1987 we have provided scholarships to women in our community. This year is no exception. Now more than ever, WEC is committed to continuing to help those in need.
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SAVE THE DATE 2021
- November 10: Business Luncheon / President Awards / Elections
- December Holiday Party
SPEAKERS IN 2021
- Secily Wilson, Author, Philanthropist, Broadcaster, Survivor, Motivational Speaker
- Tanya Counter, Area Vice President General Commercial Segment, Salesforce
- Amanda Duffy, Executive Vice President | Orlando Pride
- Karmyn Norwood, Deputy Vice President of Sensors & Global Sustainment, Vice President of Rotary Wing and Ground Programs | Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Diane Diaz, Speaking Coach & Personal Brand Strategist | Speaking Your Brand
- Jo Newell, President | Orlando Chamber
- Casandra Matej, President & CEO | Visit Orlando
- Servola Fraizer, CEO & Founder | Motivate Enterprise, LLC
SPEAKERS IN 2020
- Amanda Douglas, Chief Executive Officer | Celebration Title Group
- Stacy Nadeau, Speaker Consultant, Coach | Women Empowerment Ambassador
- Frances Rios, Chief Executive Officer | Women Who Lead, LLC
- Peggy Hoyt, Attorney, Author, Speaker | The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryant, LLC
- Mayor Buddy Dyer | City of Orlando
- Mary Pigatti | Chief Executive Officer | eMindful
- WEC Panel Discussion
- Catherine A Ni, Director, Advanced Rotary Wing & Ground Systems | Lockheed Martin - Missiles & Fire Control
- Pamela Landwirth, Chief Financial Officer | Give Kids the World
- LaVon Bracy, EdD, Advocate for Social Justice & CoFounder | New Covenant Baptist Church of Orlando
- Romie Mushtaq, MD, ABIHM, Chief Wellness Officer | Evolution Hospitality
SPEAKERS IN 2019
- Heatherann Antonacci | 2018 Women's Achievement Awards Education Honoree, former President, Herzing University
- Cornita A. Riley | Retired, Chief Orange County Corrections, 2016 Women's Achievement Awards Central Florida Woman of the Year
- Kirsten B. Carter, MD | Internal Medicine Physician, Grace Medical Home
- Secily Wilson, | WOW Legacy; Shanta Barton Stubbs, PhD, MA, LMHC | New Image Youth Center; Deanna Snyder, RN | Be Well Essentials
- Karen Willis | Chief Executive Officer, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
- Deborah Barra | Chief Assistant State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney's Office
- Kelly Lafferman | Chief Marketing Officer & Principal, Findsome & Winmore
- Bernadette Spong | Chief Financial Officer, Orlando Health
- Roseann Harrington, Chief of Staff | Orange County Government
SPEAKERS IN 2018
- Eryka Washington | Ninth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney's Office
- Secily Wilson | The WOW Legacy Group, LLC
- Sharon Spano, PhD | Business Strategist, Author & Professional Integral Coach
- Robin Maynard-Harris | Founder, Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation
- Jill Bolander Cohen | Founder, The Lifeboat Project
- Jennifer Foster | Owner & Executive Producer, Foster Productions & Co-Founder, One Orlando Alliance
- Karla Radka | Chief Operating Officer, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida
- Pamela (Sissi) Carroll, EdD | Dean, UCF College of Education and Human Performance
- Peg Cornwell | Associate to the President for College & Community Relations & Micki Meyer | Lord Family Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Community, Rollins College
Aida Lublin | Owner, Brightway Insurance, The Lublin Agency
SPEAKERS IN 2017
- Cyndia Morales Muñiz, EdD, Assistant Director of Multicultural Academic & Support Services | University of Central Florida
- Kari Conley, Director, Community Relations | Orlando Health
- Diane O'Dell, President of Community & Diversity Relations & Executive Director of the Foundation | Universal Orlando
- Maryann Barry, CEO | Girl Scouts of Citrus
- Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, Retired Army, Senior Vice President, Global Partnering, Leadership Development & Health Performance Strategies | Florida Hospital
- Michelle Brady Palmer, Manager, Community Engagement | SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando
- Barbara Jenkins, EdD, Superintendent | Orange County Public Schools
- Joie Cadle, Elected Board Member, Orange County Public Schools, 2017 WEC Woman of the Year