Author trumps Trump, encourages women’s success

TV personality, mother, businesswoman and author. Other women have juggled these roles, but few as publicly as Carolyn Kepcher.

Kepcher, former star of Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice, will speak today at the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Department’s fund-raising luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa.

Before being fired by Trump in late August, Kepcher was a judge on the hit reality series and executive vice president for the Trump Organization. She started in the business world selling Avon products door to door and worked her way up the corporate ladder.

In addition to the luncheon, the WLPD will host a round-table discussion and a signing of her book, Carolyn 101. Attendees will include university leaders, scholarship recipients and Gayle Sierens of WFLA, who will be the master of ceremonies for the event.

The WLPD is designed to empower women to become successful leaders and philanthropists who will impact the community. The department awards scholarships annually to students at USF, such as Cheeroke Townsend, Crystal Johnson, Elizabeth Reichwald and Dalia El Bannan, who will all be attending the luncheon.

Johnson, a single mother, USF student and scholarship recipient will be attending and is excited to see a high-profile woman such as Kepcher fundraising for the department.

“When you have inspirational, powerful women together, the outcome will only promote success,” she said.

The WLPD is celebrating its first year and already has more than a hundred members who will be in attendance tomorrow, including USF President Judy Genshaft and department founder and philanthropist Carol D. Morsani.