The Chamber offers four women’s programming events throughout the year in addition to the annual Women of Influence Luncheon.

Pearls of Experience

This semi-annual, after-hours program brings an interactive twist to your standard networking event. Hands-on activities are complimented with remarks from a female professional who has risen to the top in her field.

Pearls of Wisdom

These semi-annual luncheons provide opportunities to hear accomplished women share their professional journey and strategies for business success, or to address a topic of relevance to today’s female professional.

Pearls of Experience – The Gaming Industry During the Pandemic


Hear from JC Ayers on how she got to where she is at today, as well as what changes the the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel have had to make to their operations due to the ongoing pandemic.

Juana “JC” Ayers – Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel

Juana “JC” Ayers currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel. Prior to joining the Hard Rock team, JC served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and held senior management positions at MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas and Orange Lake Resorts in Kissimmee. Prior to that, Ms. Ayers was the Managing Partner at HR Management Partners and previously worked for Medical Manager Corp, Darden Restaurants Corporate Headquarters, and David M. Griffith & Associates. She is a certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) as well as the SHRM-SCP.

Ms. Ayers serves on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Bay Chamber, Board of Advisors for the USF MBA Sports and Entertainment Program and for the St. Petersburg College School of Hospitality.

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