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!”
White is a former vice president of information security and risk management at JPMorgan Chase. Recession layoffs led to her departure from that organization and the creation of her consulting business in Fort Myers, where she helps small businesses and non-profits to use technology to improve their web presence, communications, and business processes. Among her nonprofit clients is the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation, where she serves as Executive Director. Her primary areas of focus are women in the workplace, outdoor recreation, and environmental education.
White is a graduate of Dowling College in New York and earned her Florida Master Naturalist certification from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). She uses her Master Naturalist training to promote the benefits of conservation and environmental education for Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 program. She has served as the Board Chair for the Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism, as Programs and Communications Chair for the Southwest Florida Friends of the Master Naturalist Program, and is a two-time nominee for Lee County, Florida’s Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Award. Other certifications include Social Media from FGCU, Certified Guest Service Professional from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and Natural Resources Advocacy from UF/IFAS.