Feb 21st – Katherine Caskey, Director of Leadership Giving, Everglades Foundation

Katherine Caskey, Chief Development Officer of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, will speak at ABWA Imperial River February 21st, 2018Caskey to present fundraising event strategies at ABWA Imperial River

Estero, FL, Feb 8th, 2018 – The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWAImperialRiver.org) presents a fundraising discussion by Katherine Caskey, Director of Leadership Giving at The Everglades Foundation. The event takes place Wednesday February 21st 2018, 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL.

Caskey’s experience extends from the hospitality industry to the non-profit sector. She will discuss effective strategies, best practices, and trends in event planning and production designed specifically for fundraising.  Caskey’s previous positions in Southwest Florida include roles at The Greater Marco Family YMCA, Riley Philanthropy, and the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. She is also the co-founder of DAB Ventures, delivering high-quality event management solutions. Caskey has served on the boards of a number of local non-profits. These include The Association of Fundraising Professionals (Everglades Chapter), The League Club of Naples, The Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation (CHEF) of Southwest Florida, and Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida.

ABWA Imperial River Chapter welcomes all women interested in professional development. Expect mutually supportive, life-long relationships with powerful professional women. Men are also welcome.  Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner. For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

Feb. 9th – Cocktails & Cruising, Networking & Fundraising Event

ABWA Imperial River Chapter presents Cocktails and Cruising, February 9th 

 

Estero, FL, Jan 04, 2018 – The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWAImperialRiver.org) presents “Cocktails and Cruising”, February 9th between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Oasis Restaurant and Lounge, Holiday Inn Fort Myers Aiport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL. Free pasta and jazz music, cash bar. Donate $25 for a chance to win a cruise for two aboard Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas, May 4th-7th, 2018. 

“This is cruising for a cause – education!” says Chapter Vice President, Gloria Baker. “Donations will support women’s professional development, and the winner gets to explore and learn at several ports of call. It’s a win-win for education”.  Donations can be made online in advance, (CLICK HERE) or at the February 9th event. Winners must be: 1) 21 years old; 2) a United States Citizen; and 3) must call Debonair Concierge Travel Services at (239) 288-7554 by 02/12/2018 to confirm cruising reservations. Need not be present to win. Please visit http://ABWAImperialRiver.org for more information.

ABOUT ABWA IMPERIAL RIVER: The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except Feb 2018 – will meet on 2/21).  Networking, business dinner and speaker starts at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center. Dinner is $30 per person – TICKETS:  https://ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com   For past events/speakers, click here for our Events page.

Jan 10th – Carrie Kerskie, Director – Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University

Carrie Kerskie, Director - Identity Fraud Institute, Hodges UniversityKerskie to speak at ABWA Imperial River business dinner

Estero, FL, Dec. 28, 2017 – The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWAImperialRiver.org) will feature Carrie Kerskie, director of the Identity Fraud Institute at Hodges University, Wednesday January 10th 2018 5:30 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL.

Kerskie is a highly sought-after national speaker, trainer, author. She is a consultant on the topics of identity theft, fraud and data privacy. She authored the book, Your Public Identity; Because Nothing is Private Anymore. Kerskie is also a contributing writer for Agingcare.com and Naples Daily News. She is frequently quoted in numerous publications such as Real Simple magazine and TechRepublic.com. She appears regularly on NBC-2, ABC-7, Fox 4, NPR and WINK News.

In 2014 Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart lauded Kerskie with a Congressional Record for her work on identity theft. In 2015 Carrie was the driving force behind strengthening Florida’s identity theft laws including making business identity theft a crime in the state. She was Woman of the Year at the ABWA Neapolitan Chapter in 2011.

ABWA Imperial River Chapter welcomes all women interested in professional development. Expect mutually supportive, life-long relationships with powerful professional women. Men are also welcome.  Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner. For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

ABWA Imperial River meets requirements for new chapter installation

ABWA Imperial River Chapter (in formation) - gathered for the 2016 Holiday Quarter Auction, December 14th 2016ABWA Imperial River meets requirements for new chapter installation

ESTERO, FL – ABWA Imperial River Chapter “in formation” has successfully met the requirements for new chapter installation in the American Business Women’s Association. Women of the organization attended a formal installation ceremony and celebration on Wednesday December 13th at at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport

Erin White, President & CEO of Paradise Coast Consulting LLC
Erin White

Nearly two years ago, a half-dozen professional women from existing ABWA chapters in Southwest Florida realized that a growing area of the region was underserved by the organization. “We had chapters in Fort Myers and in Naples, but nothing in between,” says Erin White, Vice President of the Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter, and owner of Paradise Coast Consulting in Fort Myers. “We knew that professional women in Estero and Bonita Springs deserved an opportunity to develop and grow in a nurturing, supportive environment”.

The new formation team busied themselves with building monthly professional development programming, presented in a relaxed dinner-and-networking setting. Early support and enthusaism from the management at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport contributed greatly toward the success of the new formation. Local luminaries such as Tiffany Esposito (Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce), Connie Ramos-Williams (Conric PR & Marketing), and Suzanne Specht (Small Business Development Center at FGCU) were among the Imperial River Chapter’s earliest speakers. More recently, speakers have included Jason Dolle of Testimonial Tree, Jude Griffin (CEO, Southwest Florida Transportation), and Melanie Payne of the News-Press (formerly known as “Tell Mel”).

Shelia Bedwell
Shelia Bedwell

Shelia Bedwell, long-time member of the Palms of Edisonia Chapter in Fort Myers, eagerly lent her wisdom and expertise to the formation of the Imperial River Chapter. “The members of Imperial River are the most gracious, caring ladies and are constantly lifting each other up,” Shelia says. “We are an awesome group!”

Debra Lee Nashed
Debra Lee Nashed

Debra Lee Nashed is the owner of Debonair Concierge Travel, and the current ABWA Southwest Florida Council “Woman of the Year”. Nashed states, “It was quite an accomplishment to enroll enough new members to become an official chapter of ABWA! We have a wonderful group of women supporting each other.”

Lynda Rubenstein
Lynda Rubenstein

The formation team was led by former Lee County Guardian Ad Litum, Lynda Rubenstein, a veteran past officer of several ABWA chapters, and the current Vice President of ABWA’s Southwest Florida Council. “My mood brightens when I enter the meeting room and am greeted by the incredible women of the Imperial River Chapter of ABWA,” says Rubenstein. “Their diverse professions and personalities have meshed like a beautiful symphony. I am so proud to have been a member of the formation team that successfully created our Chapter”.

Christine F Wright
Christine F Wright

The new formation attracted more ABWA star power in the form of Christine Wright, attorney and owner at Wright Law Firm, P.A. in Cape Coral. Wright serves on the ABWA National Ambassador Steering Committee, and guided the Imperial River formation every step of the way. “As the ambassador adviser to the Imperial River Chapter formation, I have had the pleasure of working with a dynamic group of women,” says Wright. “Working together as a team, we have continued the mission of ABWA, by bringing women together and providing opportunities for them to grow through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition”. Wright conducted the installation ceremony on behalf of ABWA’s national organization.

ABOUT ABWA: The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Oct 11th – Investigative reporter Melanie Payne, f.k.a. “Tell Mel”

ABWA Imperial River presents investigative reporter Melanie Payne, f.k.a. “Tell Mel”

ABWA Imperial River Chapter will present investigative reporter Melanie Payne, formerly known to News-Press readers as “Tell Mel”, Wed Oct 11th, 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers FL 33913. Networking, speaker, and plated dinner by the incomparable Chef Murray, $30 at ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Melanie Payne is an investigative reporter for Southwest Florida’s News-Press. For the last 11 years, she has been known as “Tell Mel”, writing a consumer advocacy column at the News-Press. While “Tell Mel” ended in July 2017, Melanie’s work at the News-Press continues. She’s covering state and local investigative stories in partnership with Gannet colleagues across Florida. 

Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner. For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

CANCELLED – September 13th – Jude Griffin, Southwest Florida Transportation Group

MEETING CANCELLED –

ABWA Imperial River is canceling our September 13th meeting in deference to the probable impact of Hurricane Irma. Jude Griffin has been rescheduled as our speaker for December.

We have instructed Eventbrite to send refunds to everyone who prepaid.

Please keep us in mind for next month’s meeting, when we will feature “Tell Mel” from the News-Press.

STAY SAFE, EVERYONE. Best Regards, Erin White

Jude Griffin, Owner/President, Southwest Florida Transportation Group, Inc.September 13th – Jude Griffin

Judith Griffin, Owner and President of the Southwest Florida Transportation Group, will speak at the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Imperial River Chapter’s monthly business dinner, 6:00 PM Wednesday September 13th at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport. Griffin will discuss her journey as a woman business owner, as well as the impact of interrupters such as Lyft and Uber on the taxicab industry.

Born in McMinnville, Tennessee, Griffin’s family impressed upon her a strong work ethic, which influences the way she conducts business to this day. Her grandfather owned a taxi company in Tennessee. “I guess one could say the transportation industry runs in my blood,” she says.

After selling their businesses in North Carolina, Griffin and her husband Phillip relocated in 1993 to his home state of Florida. They settled in Southwest Florida and purchased the small but well-known Blue Bird Taxi of Fort Myers. Over time, they acquired other cab companies, eventually forming the Southwest Florida Transportation Group.

Griffin has been heavily involved with the Transportation, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA), serving on the Steering Committee, Women in Transportation Committee, and the Mentoring Committee. She has been recognized as the 2017 TLPA Taxicab Operator of the Year, and recently became a member of the Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner.  For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

August 9th – ABWA Imperial River Awards Night

ABWA Imperial River Chapter Awards Night 2017August 9th – ABWA Imperial River Awards Night

ABWA Imperial River Chapter invites you to Awards Night, Wednesday August 9th at 6:00 PM.

The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association invites you to our FIRST annual Awards Night!

It’s scientific!

Studies by well-respected academic institutions show a direct correlation between work satisfaction and productivity. Expressions of appreciation can boost morale and happiness, resulting in a better-performing organization.

Living The Mission

The American Business Women’s Association so strongly believes in the value of recognition that they’ve included it in their mission statement. ABWA provides opportunities to serve the community, practice new skills, and help one another to learn and grow. Awards Night ensures that everyone who has contributed to the success of a project, the chapter, or another member receives the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

JOIN US, Wednesday August 9th 2017 for a laid-back evening of fun and joy as we celebrate one another’s accomplishments!

Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner.  For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

July 12th – Amy Genzlinger, “Art From The Heart”

Amy Gentzlinger, Art From The Heart, at ABWA Imperial River July 11th 2017July 12th – Amy Genzlinger, “Art From The Heart”

ABWA Imperial River Chapter presents Amy Genzlinger, “Art From The Heart”, Wednesday July 12th at 6:00 PM.

A professional artist, interior designer, speaker, and trainer, Amy Genzlinger works with people to help them create environments where they feel peaceful, joyful, and inspired. In February of 2015, Genzlinger awoke from open heart surgery only to discover that she had lost her voice. Amy Gentzlinger, Art From The Heart, at ABWA Imperial River July 11th 2017Vocal cord paralysis is a common by-product of neck surgery, but less common among heart surgery patients. “I felt utterly disheartened and depressed,” says Genzlinger. “My only comfort was art”. Genzlinger found that art provided an expressive outlet that her vocal cords no longer could. “Collage art allowed me to communicate in a new and powerful way,” she says. “Being creative helped me refocus my purpose and appreciate my life again!”.

Additional surgery has resulted in the return of her vocal ability, and Genzlinger is now focused on facilitating alternate means of expression for others. “I want to give people the opportunity to practice another form of communication and expression,” she says. Genzlinger’s art parties are for participants of all ages. “If you can glue it, you can do it!”, she declares.

JOIN US, Wednesday July 12th 2017

Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite, which includes dinner.  For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

 NOTE: To participate in the collage party portion of the evening, pay an additional $15 at the door for materials. 

June 14th – Ita Neymotin, Second District Court of Appeal

Ita Neymotin, Second District Court of Appeal

Ita M. Neymotin of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, will speak at ABWA Imperial River Chapter’s monthly meeting, Wednesday June 14th at 6:00 PM.

Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $30 at Eventbrite. For more information, email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

BIOGRAPHY: Ita M. Neymotin is is the youngest attorney and the first female appointed in the State of Florida as Regional Counsel. She is currently serving in her second term as Regional Counsel for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Second District Court of Appeal. In 2011, Ms. Neymotin was nominated by the Supreme Court of Florida Judicial Nominating Committee, appointed by Governor Rick Scott, and confirmed by the Florida Senate. As Regional Counsel, she manages 140 attorneys and staff throughout the fourteen counties of the Second District of Florida. Ms. Neymotin is a death penalty litigator and tries death penalty cases in the Second District.

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May 10th – “Secrets of Longevity” with KATE WALTER

Kate Walter to speak about "Secrets of Longevity" at ABWA Imperial River May 10th 2017Secrets of Longevity, with Kate Walter, Engagement Lead for Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida

 

Beginning as a National Geographic research study that found locations around the world where people were living significantly longer, Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida takes these secrets of longevity and applies them locally. Learn how Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida is working to transform well-being in our community.

 

ABOUT KATE WALTER

Kate Walter, MA, APR is the Engagement Lead for Blue Zones Project Southwest Florida. As a veteran in the public relations agency setting, Kate now manages the strategic marketing and public relations efforts of Blue Zones Project and also works with organizations to foster Blue Zones Project participation.

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