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Meet the 2020 Women of Distinction Keynote Speaker


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Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is gearing up for its 29th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 19, 2020 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. This event honors and celebrates local women, linking leaders of today with future women leaders we are developing through Girl Scouting.

Each year our keynote speakers provide us unique insights, powerful messages of hope, and some great anecdotes, too. This year’s keynote speaker is Susan Bennett.

Susan Bennett is The Best Known Unknown. Oh, you know her, you’ve heard her voice a million times, and now you probably have her in the palm of your hand, literally. She is Siri.

Behind the groundbreaking technology of Siri, there is a real woman. Eight years ago this voiceover actor laid down recordings for an unidentified client. She had no idea she would someday be speaking to more than 100 million people worldwide through a not-yet-invented phone that would revolutionize technology.

Susan has a fascinating story to tell: the history of Siri, the voiceover business, and the impact of the internet and technology on all of our lives and businesses. Plus, she has several other voices to share with you, as well as anecdotes about Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other icons who have changed all of our lives.

Susan has seen the business from inside and out. She started out as a singer, recording hundreds of radio and TV commercials, including her first appearance as a machine, Tillie the All Time Teller for First National Bank, and performing onstage with musicians such as Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison, as well as with her own band, “Interactive!” She then started doing voiceovers, everything from promos and narrations to character voices and digital assistants, which she has been doing for decades now.