August 11, 2021

Casandra Matej

President & CEO
Visit Orlando
The Official Tourism Association® of Orlando

Join us via ZOOM at 12 pm EST


Casandra Matej (MAH-tay) is the president and CEO of Visit Orlando, The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States, and Theme Park Capital of the World®. She is responsible for leading the branding, marketing, and selling of the Orlando destination globally to drive Central Florida’s $76 billion tourism industry.


Matej holds over two decades of experience in the tourism industry including serving as president and CEO of Visit San Antonio, as well as leadership roles at VisitDallas, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and Hyatt Hotels. 


Her immediate focus is spurring recovery of the powerful Orlando tourism industry, which draws over 75 million visitors to the region and supports 41% of the local workforce.


For more information on Visit Orlando, click here!






Women's Executive Council Sisters

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. 

One way that we can do that is to donate the amount of money you would normally spend on our luncheons directly to our scholarship fund.  Please do this by clicking the DONATE NOW button.  Thank you. 


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  • October 13: Elisha Gonzalez, Vice President Government Affairs & Community Relations | Fairwinds Credit Union & Executive Director | FAIRWINDS Foundation
  • November 10: Business Luncheon / Elections
  • December Holiday Party





  • 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





  • 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