ABWA Imperial River presents Alicia Miller, Executive Director at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center
Estero, FL, June 22nd, 2020: The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will present Alicia Miller, Executive Director at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, Wednesday July 8th 6:30 to 8:00 PM via Zoom. Ms. Miller will discuss the employment of deaf or hard of hearing candidates to enhance your staff and business. This professional development webinar is free, and donations to ABWA are encouraged. Registration and Zoom account are required; for details and registration information, see ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alicia Miller served as Director of Scholarships for Lee County Public schools before joining the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center (DHHC) as their Executive Director in July of 2017. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Florida. She has studied ASL (American Sign Language), and has visited Gallaudet University to experience an all-deaf learning environment. Miller’s primary role at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center is to provide leadership for the organization while executing its mission: the empowerment of Southwest Florida’s deaf and hard of hearing community and their families. The mission is carried out through education, advocacy, and community involvement. DHHC offers ASL classes levels 1 though 6 for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing audiences. Other services include interpreters and Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) testing.
ABOUT ABWA IMPERIAL RIVER CHAPTER
The American Business Women’s Association Imperial River Chapter was launched April 13th, 2016 specifically to serve the women of Estero and Bonita Springs, FL. At that time, other chapters existed in Southwest Florida; however, one were convenient to the business women of the area in between Fort Myers and Naples. ABWA Imperial River Chapter supports the national organization’s mission: 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. Our chapter raises funds to help reimburse our membership, comprised of local business women, for conferences, seminars, continuing education credits and other professional development pursuits.
ABWA Imperial River welcomes Tracy Connelly, VP of Development at Guadalupe Center
Estero, FL – The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association presents Tracy Connelly, Vice President of Development at the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee. Meeting and presentation to take place online via Zoom, Wednesday June 10th. Networking begins at 6:30 PM followed by introductions and speaker. Mr. Connelly will speak about how the Guadalupe Center’s fundraising efforts have helped the students of Immokalee. Zoom account and meeting registration are required by 5:00 PM on Tuesday June 9th; both are free. Register via ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com Zoom information and link will be emailed after registration closes.
ABWA Imperial River Chapter names “Woman of the Year”
Fort Myers, FL, March 13th, 2020 – The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) has named Erin White, owner of Paradise Coast Consulting, LLC, as their “Woman of the Year”. The initial vote resulted in a tie, triggering a run-off, with White emerging as the winner. “I am truly honored to be chosen by my peers in a fair contest,” said White.
White has been a member of ABWA since 2014, when she joined the Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter, eventually serving as webmaster and as Vice President of that Chapter. She has also served as the Finance Officer of ABWA’s Southwest Florida Council, and is the Council’s current Vice President. In 2016, White joined forces with a small group of ABWA members from all over Southwest Florida to create a new chapter formation. While ABWA chapters existed in both Fort Myers and Naples, the Estero/Bonita Springs area lacked an ABWA presence.
“This woman is a visionary,” said Debra Lee Nashed, owner of Debonair Concierge Travel and a former Woman of the Year herself. “She saw a void and used her skill and knowledge to help fill it, to bring the benefits of ABWA membership to women in the southern part of Lee County. She put us on the map and streamlined our processes, bringing us into the 21st century. We are lucky to have her all the way from Wall Street!”
February 12th – Barbara Evans, CDO of Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association presents Barbara Evans, Chief Development Officer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Wednesday February 12th, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913. $35 includes networking, dinner, and speaker at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive Fort Myers, FL. Networking begins at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and speaker. Tickets are available at ABWAImperialRiver.Eventbrite.com