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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April 12th – “ABWA 101” Panel Discussion

 April 12, 2017

“ABWA 101” – a team of Southwest Florida’s ABWA leaders will discuss everything you ever wanted to know about ABWA and then some!

Vinnie Treppiedi

VINNIE TREPPIEDI is a member of the Punta Gorda Chapter and is also currently serving as Chair of the ABWA Southwest Florida Council

 

 

Toby Buerger-Ferrel

TOBY BUERGER-FERRELL maintains membership in both the Neapolitan Chapter and the Lehigh Acres Chapter, serving in a variety of roles. She is also active in the Southwest Florida Council.

 

 

Jessica Macera

JESSICA MACERA is a member of the Neapolitan Chapter, and currently serves as their Programs/Professional Development Chair.

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

March 8th – JASON DOLLE, CEO at Testimonial Tree

Jason Dolle Testimonial TreeABWA Imperial River presents JASON DOLLE, Founder & CEO at Testimonial Tree

Jason Dolle, Founder & CEO at Testimonial Tree, will speak at ABWA Imperial River on Wednesday March 8th 2017. Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport.

Testimonial Tree helps businesses to leverage social media for the marketing and promotion of new products and services.  Jason’s presentation will help businesses to learn how to leverage happy customers to generate new business via testimonials, social proof, social media, reputation management, marketing and SEO. 

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

Feb. 8th – ELIANA ZEM, Chief HR Officer at HERTZ

Eliana Zem, Chief Human Resources Officer at HertzABWA Imperial River presents ELIANA ZEM, Chief Human Resources Officer at HERTZ

Eliana Zem, Chief Human Resources officer at Hertz, will speak at ABWA Imperial River on Wednesday February 8th 2017. Registration/check-in and networking starts at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport.

Born and educated in Brazil, Eliana has served in various HR roles of increasing seniority at several international corporations. Her subject matter expertise includes Talent, Compensation, Total Rewards, Planning and Organization Development, as well as senior-level management. We’re excited to have Eliana speak with us about what it takes to make it to the top of a Fortune 500 company.

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

Jan. 11th – ABWA Professional Development Overview with Betty Castillo

ABWA Southwest Florida Council's Woman of the Year, Betty CastilloJan 11th – ABWA Professional Development Overview with Betty Castillo

Eventbrite - ABWA Imperial River Chapter, Estero FL and Bonita Springs FL

ABWA Imperial River Chapter’s first meeting of the New Year will be held on Wednesday January 11th, 2017, where the ABWA Southwest Florida Council’s “Woman of the Year”, Betty Castillo, will introduce the long-awaited professional development portal, Community Connections.

ABWA Community Connections members-only online professional development portalThis members-only portal includes networking opportunities, discussion boards, and free business courses and tools. Perhaps the most highly anticipated feature, the Apex Campus, is home of online courses from the School of Six Sigma and the School of Lean.

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.

Dec 14th – Quarter Auction with Karyn Brooks

ABWA Imperial River Quarter Auction Wed Dec 14th 2016Dec 14th – “Just For Fun” Quarter Auction with Karyn Brooks

Business women (and men!) in the community are invited to attend our quarter auction fundraiser.

Eventbrite - ABWA Imperial River - 11/09/2016 - Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing

karyn-brooksKaryn Brooks of Karyn’s Events will lead a rousing Quarter Auction at the next meeting of ABWA’s Imperial River Chapter. On December 14th, just in time for the holidays, a collection of prizes will be available for raffle that will make lovely gifts.

No idea what a quarter auction is? Not to worry – find out all about it here: What The Heck Is A Quarter Auction? This is an opportunity to bid on some lovely merchandise and help ABWA Imperial River Chapter raise funds for education. Be prepared for some fun! Bring a roll or three of quarters and plenty of friends.

ABWA Imperial River Chapter’s December meeting and quarter auction will be held on Wednesday December 14th. 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.

About ABWA – IMPERIAL RIVER CHAPTER
The newly-established Imperial River Chapter of ABWA was created to serve the growing population of South Lee County, Florida, focusing on Estero and Bonita Springs. We support ABWA’s mission of “changing lives, one woman at a time” by offering opportunities for networking and professional development, as well as recognition for personal and professional growth. The chapter meets at 6:00 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @ Town Center. For more information or to register for one or more of their events, visit http://www.ABWAImperialRiver.org, or email Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

About ABWA
Founded in 1949, the American Business Women’s Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. ABWA brings together women of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.