2016 Monthly Meetings

ABWA Imperial River Kickoff 2016
Awesome women at our kickoff event, April 2016

ABWA Imperial River Chapter meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33913. Networking starts at 6:00 PM, plated dinner is served at 6:30 PM, and the evening’s speaker/activity begins at 7:00 PM. 

Visit our Eventbrite page to reserve your seat and plated dinner ($30).

2016 Programs:

frosty-the-sandman_editedDecember 14th, 2016:
Frosty the Sandman says we’re going to do “something fun” – a quarter auction with Karyn Brooks!

What’s a quarter auction, you ask? Karyn explains it all on her website article “What The Heck Is A Quarter Auction?

Come and make merry with your ABWA sisters and win fabulous prizes. Oh – and bring lots of quarters!

November 9th, 2016:

Connie Ramos-Williams Conric PRSPEAKER: 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.


Suzanne Specht Assistant Director FSBDC at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityOctober 12th, 2016:  

SPEAKER: Suzanne Specht, Assistant Director and Certified Business Analyst at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center – “Best Kept Secret: FSBDC at FGCU”.

Learn about the resources available to your business through the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University- you will be surprised !!

DSC_6746 EDIT 8x10_SQUARESeptember 14th, 2016:

SPEAKER: Tiffany Esposito, President – Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce – Chamber of Commerce Overview: What does a Chamber of Commerce do? What are the advantages of Chamber membership, particularly for non-profits and small businesses/solopreneurs? How does the Chamber aid businesses on their journey to success?


Traci McKeeAugust 10th, 2016:

DINNER: Gulf Coast Pasta w Chicken | Penne Pasta with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Prosciutto with Alfredo Sauce, served with Grilled Chicken Breast | Chef’s Choice Dessert | Coffee, Tea

SPEAKER: Tracie McKee, Attorney at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A – “Difficult Conversations In The Workplace”

July 13th, 2016: VACATION BREAK!

Since the majority of our members will be taking some well-earned vacation time, we’re cancelling our July meeting.  See you in August!

Bonita Springs Author’s Coach Raven Dodd to speak at ABWA Imperial River Chapter’s June 11th Dinner MeetingJune 8th 2016:

DINNER: Spanish Style Pork Tenderloin | Apricot Dried Cherry Sauce | Chef’s Choice Dessert | Coffee, Tea

SPEAKER: Raven Dodd, Bonita Springs Editor and Author’s Coach at Preserving the Author’s Voice,  – “10 Tips for Creative Writing (Personal & Business)”


TOBYMay 11th, 2016

DINNER: Grilled Chicken Tossed With Oriental Vegetables and Mesclun Greens, Fresh Sliced Orange, Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette Dressing | Chef’s Choice Dessert | Coffee, Tea

SPEAKER: Toby Buerger-Ferrel, Project Manager at Business Dynamics Solutions, LLC, – “Managing The Beast Of Time”

April 13th, 2016

ABWA Imperial River – Initial Membership Kickoff