2019 Monthly Meetings

ABWA Imperial River Chapter

2019 Monthly Meetings & 

Professional Development Programs

Our 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 5:30 PM, followed by dinner and speaker/activity. 

All meals include a pre-set salad and dressing w/ rolls and butter and Chef’s Choice Dessert, water/iced tea, coffee/tea. Cash bar in lobby.  Visit our Eventbrite page to reserve your seat and dinner ($35). 

GOT A SUGGESTION for speakers or topics? 

Email us at Info@ABWAImperialRiver.org


December 11th, 2019 – Imperial River Holiday Party & Networking

One of our best-loved “let your hair down and kick back” meetings of the year. CELEBRATE our 2 year anniversary as an officially chartered chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

  • DONATE your gently used business clothing and accessories to Dress for Success.
  • DONATE a bottle of wine for our Mystery Wine Raffle.
  • BRING A GIFT for our gift exchange.
  • CLICK THE FLAMINGLE BANNER above to see more details.

DINNER: Choice of Filet Medallions or Grilled Salmon w/ Baked Potato & Vegetable Medley

COMING UP in 2020:

January 8, 2020 program: Lois Margolin from the Coral Springs Chapter of ABWA will be speaking about self esteem
February 12, 2020 program: Barbara Evans – Chief Development Officer for the Harry Chapin Food Bank – 239-334-7007


January 9th 2019 -Gary Eskin from Eskin Business Solutions.

Gary Eskin (Eskin Business Solutions) helps local companies increase revenue and employee satisfaction by training them to create, drive and maintain high performing cultures.  He’ll tell us about that, as well as his contribution to the Fusion PointMentoring Group. Dinner: Chicken Marsala

February 13th, 2019 -Nella DeCesare, owner / operator of WBN Marketing LLC.

Nella DeCesare (WBN Marketing LLC) has worked in the advertising and marketing for 24 years, specifically within digital advertising for 14 years. Nella will speak about “Beginners Guide to Blogging”.  DINNER: Gulf Coast Pasta

February 21st, 2019 – Membership Party! With “Tell Mel”

ABWA Imperial River Chapter invites one and all to come party with us! Mix and mingle with our membership and find out more about ABWA. With special guest “Tell Mel” Melanie Payne, Investigative Reporter for the News-Press.  R.S.V.P. by February 10th; free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.

March 13th, 2019 – Speed Networking comes to the Imperial River Chapter!

When networking feels good, it’s called “a great conversation” or “a lovely experience”.  We’re going to have a “so good getting to know you!” time at this event!  Speed Networking is loosely based on the concept of speed dating. Participants gather to exchange information about their professional backgrounds and business goals, within timed intervals. If you’re looking to expand your business OR personal network, then this is the event for you!  DINNER: Corned Beef & Cabbage St. Patrick’s Day Themed – Buffet Dinner

April 10th, 2019 -Dallas Vasquez, iGPS Watch

iGPS is the leading provider of parent-controlled smart watches that monitor children’s safety. The company was founded by CEO Dallas Vasquez right here in Lee County, and named one of the nation’s 15 most promising wearable tech startups.  DINNER: Pork Tenderloin w/ Apricot & Dried Cherry Sauce – Plated Dinner

May 8th, 2019 – Dr. Debbie Psihountas, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Florida Southwestern State College

Dr. Psihountas leads the largest School at FSW, with a variety of academic programs at the certificate, Associate, and Baccalaureate levels, including Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, RiskManagement and Insurance Management, PublicSafety Administration, Architecture and ConstructionTechnology, and a number of technical and more traditional Business and related disciplines.  DINNER: Eggplant Parmesan w/ Pasta & Marinara Sauce & Garlic Bread – Plated Dinner

June 12th, 2019-Stacey Adams former Anchor for Wink TV, NBC and CBS.

Stacey Adams is an Emmy-nominated former journalist and TV anchor turned financial representative with Alliance Financial Group  .  Gulfshore Business recently reported that, “Adams created her own brand, RICH (Retire In Confidence and Harmony), saying that she wants females to “own” the word “rich.” Stacey will speak about the courage it took to leave a 24-year Award winning TV News Career to transition to a new career. She will also talk about Branding Your Business.  DINNER: Chicken Forrestiere – Plated Dinner

Cartoon ladies seated at a table having coffeeJuly 10th, 2019 – “Getting To Know You” Night

This is the meeting where we let down our hair and have a night out with the girls. Join us! We will play some Q&A-format “Getting To Know You” games over dinner, sure to inspire conversation and spark new relationships. DINNER: BBQ Chicken/BBQ Themed – Buffet Dinner

July 26th – BEER for a CAUSE – JOIN US!

Beer Benefit at Palm City Brewery! 
For every SAN CARLOS PROPER or LAST LAUGH sold on July 26th, Palm City Brewery will generously donate one dollar to the Imperial River Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association to fund the professional development of local business women.

Let us know you’re coming – REGISTER NOW!

August 7th, 2019 – Imperial River Awards Night

Member recognition, including the Protege Award. DINNER: 3 Cheese Ravioli w/ Marinara & Garlic Bread


August 24th, 2019 – BINGOPALOOZA!

Bling, Booze, Bags, Bingo, and Brunch! 
Mix and mingle, meet new people, win fabulous prizes – support the professional development of local business women by attending this super-fun-raising event! To be held at Corkscrew Shores Clubhouse in Estero.  $40 gets you brunch and 5 bingo cards – REGISTER NOW! 

Cocktails and Cruising August 30th, 2019 – Cocktails & Cruising Networking Event 

Friday evening, free pasta, free musical entertainment, and a chance to win a cruise – what’s not to love?  Join us for networking and a prize drawing for a 5-night Caribbean Cruise, supporting women’s professional development.  Purchase raffle at event, or online – need not be present to win (but we would LOVE to meet you!).  PURCHASE RAFFLE ONLINE: $25.00 – Click here | FREE event registration – click here!  

September 11th, 2019 – Nola Theiss, Human Trafficking Awareness Program

Former mayor of the City of Sanibel and 2015 WGCU “Maker”NOLA THEISS is the Executive Director and founder of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc. DINNER: Chicken Tierra


Tammy E Lynn, Regional Director – Southwest Florida Make-A-Wish Oct 9th – TAMMY LYNN, Regional Director, Southwest Florida Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.  In her role, Tammy Lynn oversees the fund-raising, awareness and medical/community outreach in Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties.  With the help of roughly 90 volunteers and a 12 member Advisory Board, the Southwest Florida team granted the wishes of 68 local children last year.

DINNER: Pulled Pork Tacos w/ Coleslaw & Potato Salad

Christine F Wright, ABWA Imperial River Treasurer, 2019-2020Nov. 13th, 2019 – ABWA & Me with Christine Wright

Current Imperial River Chapter treasurer and former ABWA District 1 Vice President CHRISTINE WRIGHT will provide an overview of what ABWA is all about, the history of the organization, and the resources and benefits available to members.  DINNER: Thanksgiving Themed Dinner – Turkey, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans & Pumpkin Pie