April 29th – Mimosa Madness: a special brunch with a Florida twist

ABWA Imperial River Mimosa Madness April 29th 2017
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ABWA Imperial River Chapter Presents:

MIMOSA MADNESS: A special brunch with a Florida twist.

The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association invites you to MIMOSA MADNESS: A special brunch with a Florida twist, Saturday April 29th at Artichoke & Company in Bonita Springs. The event time is 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Tickets are $40 per person at ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com . The chapter is raising funds to support the professional development of business women in Southwest Florida.

Enjoy a brunch with specialty mimosas, garnished with Florida fruits.

ABWA Imperial River Mimosa Madness
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Bid on an assortment of silent auction themed baskets – all with a special “5th line surprise”. Bid live auction items that include trips, bakery, art and a special Mother’s Day package. We’ll also have a Little Red Liquor Wagon for Raffle, as well as a “Cruise or Booze” raffle, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $40 per person on Eventbrite. 

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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.

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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.

Nov 9th – Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing

Connie Ramos-Williams Conric PRNov 9th – Connie Ramos-Williams, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing Wednesday Nov. 9th

Business women (and men!) in the community are invited to attend.

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

Connie Ramos Williams, President & CMO, CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing. Connie is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all the Company’s and client’s marketing strategies, marketing communication, and public relations activities, both internal and external. She has become known as the “go to” person for creative and innovative business marketing ideas and solutions that lead to measurable success. She will speak at ABWA Imperial River Chapter’s monthly business dinner meeting. 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 has been 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.

Oct 12th – Suzanne Specht, Small Business Development Center

Suzanne Specht Assistant Director FSBDC at Florida Gulf Coast UniversitySuzanne Specht to reveal SBDC’s “Best Kept Secret” at ABWA Imperial River Wed 10/12/2016

Business women (and men!) in the community are invited to attend.

Eventbrite - ABWA Imperial River - 10/12/2016 - Suzanne Specht, Small Business Development Center

ESTERO, FLORIDA – Suzanne Specht, Assistant Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FGCU, will speak at the next meeting of ABWA’s Imperial River Chapter, Wednesday October 12th at 6:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport @Town Center. Check-in and networking begins at 6:00 PM. Dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Reservations are available for $30 per person via Eventbrite (http://ABWAImperialriver.Eventbrite.com/)

Specht’s presentation, “Best Kept Secret”, is packed with information about the resources available to your business through the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University. Specht promises, “You will be surprised!”

Suzanne Specht is Assistant Director, a professional development, coordinator and a full-time certified business consultant at SBDC, where she has consulted over 2300 small business owners since 1997. Specht’s financial expertise was gained through her career as a loan officer with Barnett and SouthTrust Banks. In 2004, she was presented with the Excalibur Award from the Florida SBDC Network and represented Florida as the Star Performer.

Specht has spent 15,000+ consulting hours with clients assisting them with business plans, financial statements, and loan applications resulting in 198 start-ups and capital formation over $24 million dollars. Her expertise includes SBA loan packages. Suzanne is a tireless networker and works diligently to provide sound and knowledgeable business information for SBDC’s Clients. She’s involved in many community organizations as a board member including Junior Achievement, Access Florida Finance, NAMI, IDS Corp- 504 SBA Lender, Gulfshore Business Magazine, and many chambers of commerce.

In 2012, Specht was named ABWA – Neapolitan Chapter’s “Women Making History” honoree and was also named Gulfshore Business Magazine’s Top 29 Most Powerful Women in Southwest Florida. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys international travel, missions work, and reading.

About ABWA – IMPERIAL RIVER CHAPTER
The newly-established Imperial River Chapter of ABWA has been 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.

Sept 14th – Tiffany Esposito, Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce

Tiffany Esposito, Bonita Springs Chamber of CommerceTiffany Esposito to discuss benefits of Bonita Springs Chamber at ABWA Imperial River, September 14th

Businesswomen and men throughout the community are invited to register

Eventbrite - ABWA Imperial River - 09/14/2016 - Tiffany Esposito, Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce

Estero, FloridaTiffany Esposito, President and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, will present an overview of the Chamber’s purpose, functions, and business benefits at the next meeting of ABWA’s Imperial River Chapter. This event will occur at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, Wednesday, Sept. 14. Registration/networking starts at 6:00 PM, followed by business dinner and presentation. The cost is $30 per person.

Ms. Esposito is the President and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and also serves as the Executive Director of the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council. She began her role in June 2016 and previously worked as the Chief of Staff at the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that she was the Vice President, Director of Operations and Marketing and Communications Manager for the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce over a period of nearly 6 years.

Tiffany is a Lee County native and a proud graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where she received an undergraduate degree in Communications, and a Master of Business Administration. In 2013, she graduated from the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, IOM and in 2014 she became the youngest public relations professional in the state to attain the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation.

Please reserve your seat ($30) via Eventbrite by Sunday September 11th 2016

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About the Imperial River Chapter

The newly-established Imperial River Chapter of ABWA has been 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 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 our events, visit http://www.ABWAImperialRiver.org, or email us at Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org

About ABWA

Founded in 1949, the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds. ABWA has dedicated 60 years to women’s education, workplace skills and career development training.

August 10th – Traci McKee, “Difficult Conversations in the Workplace”

Tracie McKeeHenderson Franklin’s Traci McKee presents “Difficult Conversations in the Workplace”, August 10th

Businesswomen and men throughout the community are invited to register

Eventbrite - ABWA Imperial River - 08/10/2016 - Difficult Conversations In The Workplace

Estero, Florida – The Imperial River Chapter® of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) invites professional women (and men!) in the South Lee County business community to attend its next meeting. Traci McKee of the Henderson Franklin law firm presents “Difficult Conversations in the Workplace”, Wednesday August 10th 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center. Networking, professional development presentation, and business dinner are included in the registration fee of $30 per person.

Traci’s presentation features effective preparation and delivery methods for addressing common communication challenges in the workplace. Attendees can learn techniques and gain skills to help successfully launch and navigate challenging conversations with subordinates, co-workers, clients, and managers.

Traci McKee is a stockholder in Henderson Franklin’s Torts and Insurance Practice department. Although she concentrates her practice on defending professionals in malpractice lawsuits and grievance disputes, Traci also represents individuals, corporations, and governmental entities involved in personal injury, products liability, and toxic tort disputes.

Please reserve your seat ($30) via Eventbrite by Sunday August 7th 2016

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About the Imperial River Chapter

The newly-established Imperial River Chapter of ABWA has been 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 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 Lynda Rubenstein.

About ABWA

Founded in 1949, ABWA provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds. ABWA has dedicated 60 years to women’s education, workplace skills and career development training.