Women entrepreneurs from across Tampa Bay are gathering at the Embassy Suites Convention Center on May 17 for the SharpHeels Small Business Summit.   ReEmployAbility is proud to announce that Founder and CEO Debra Livingston will be there to offer her over 20 years of business insight as she participates in a panel discussion regarding growth and innovation.

The one-day event will be an intimate and engaging workshop designed to educate women with a passion for owning their own business. Attendees will be able to network and receive advice from over 20 local small business owners and entrepreneurs about their journey of starting and growing their businesses.

“I am honored to join such an ambitious group of women and I am looking forward to this opportunity to speak to current and future female business leaders,” Livingston said. “As a woman-business owner for the past 15 years, I know how hard it can be to take those initial steps of owning a business and how many obstacles there are to overcome. I hope we are able to comfort any worries and inspire these women who are just starting out.”

Livingston has served in various executive capacities throughout her career, with a concentrated focus on return-to-work programs. With over 20 years of workers’ compensation experience, she started her career as a claims adjuster and moved into various facets of the industry as an account executive for Aetna Property Casualty, a broker consultant for Wells Fargo Insurance Services, and director of claims for a large Florida employer.

Getting injured workers back on their feet and volunteer work are two things Debra Livingston feels good about. That is why as co-founder and CEO of ReEmployAbility, Debra has combined the two concepts and helped transform the way the insurance industry thinks about return to work, by developing and perfecting a program that not only helps insurance companies and workers, but also gives back to the community.

With its network of over 35,000 local and national nonprofit organization partners throughout the United States, ReEmployAbility has been able to quickly and safely return injured workers with modified duty work restrictions to meaningful work. The program provides cost savings to employers and insurance carriers, reduces the average time of the workers’ compensation claim, and helps injured workers get back to work while making a positive contribution to their community.