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Correction WPO February 2015 Newsletter

Thursday, February 05, 2015  
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Upcoming Programs

Recruiting Event

WPO 18th Annual Conference
April 30th to May 2nd, 2015
Phoenix, AZ
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WPO In the News

Haute Living


WPO Honor Roll
Member Referral Program

Beth Kieffer Leonard referred Bonnie Blumenthal Stein to the Minneapolis VI chapter

Camille Thomas referred Carla Grafstrom to the Minneapolis I chapter

Caren Schweitzer referred Bonnie Blumenthal Stein to the
Minneapolis VI chapter

Desiree Watson referred Diana Polack to the Essex County chapter

Elizabeth Doran referred Molly S. Simmons to the Minneapolis I chapter

Genie James referred Debbie James to the Nashville chapter

Katherin Nukk-Freeman referred Wendy Shen to the Platinum I chapter

Krista Mitzel referred Teresa C. Mason to the San Francisco chapter

Monica Bonakdar, MD referred Dr. Bahar Sedarati to the Orange County I chapter

Phyllis Newhouse referred Britnie Turner to the Platinum V chapter

Robin Lieberman referred Marianne Steiner to the Bergen County chapter

Sarah Robertson referred Caroline Adillon to the Platinum IV chapter



See Us Grow

Atlanta II, GA
Lizz Patrick, Founding Attorney at Patrick Law Group, LLC

Bellevue, WA
Mary Burris, CEO of Sisadmin

Bergen County, NJ
Marianne Steiner, President of Steiner Industrial Inc.

Birmingham, UK
Deborah Leary, CEO of Forensic Pathways Ltd.
Jayne Morris, Director at GSA Techsource Ltd.
Jenny Hooper, Independent Freight Solutions Ltd.
Ruth Forster, Founder of Wagstaff Recruitment

Boston II, MA
Mary Beth Busa, Owner/Managing Partner at Naplex Construction LLC

Chicago III, IL
Joanna Sobran, President/CEO of MXOtech, Inc.

Cleveland, OH
Kathy Pierce, President of Designer Walls, Inc.

Denver, CO
Carolyn Joy, President of Joy Wine and Spirits

Essex County, NJ
Diana Polack, Artware For Good
Katherin O'Hara, President of The O'Hara Project
Maria Rollins, CPA/Firm Member at Kreinces Rollins & Shanker, LLC

Las Vegas, NV
Brenda Vicente, President of BLV Consulting
Janet L. Clark, President/CEO of Jantec, Inc.

London, UK
Simone Peppi, Managing Director of Electric Systems LTD

Member at Large
Caroline Adillon, President of Viking Residential

Minneapolis I, MN
Carla Grafstrom, COO of Banner Engineering Corporation
Molly S. Simmons, Acting President/Chair of the Board of Directors at Birch Coulee Direct

Minneapolis VI, MN
Bonnie Blumenthal Stein, CEO of Bees Industrial Services LLC
Melissa Veeser, President/CEO of Jeanie Premium Products, Inc.
Renee LeJenne Hallberg, Owner/Principal Designer at RLH Studios
Stacey Finnegan, Owner/CEO of MINQ
Tanya Korpi Macleod, President/CEO of Macleod & Co.

Nashville, TN
Debbie James, President/CEO of Vivere Health, LLC

Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Maria French, President/CEO of Terra Nova Trancription Inc.

Northern Virginia
Joanne Vatz, President of Cirdan Group, Inc.

Orange County I, CA
Dr. Bahar Sedarati, MD at Bahar Medical Group/Vital Urgent Care

Pittsburgh I, PA
Sherri Hewitt Laird, President of Caring Mission Home Care & TCM Home Health

Platinum I
Wendy Shen, President/CEO of Nygala Corporation dba FLOMO

Platinum IV
Caroline Adillon, President of Viking Residential

Platinum V
Britnie Turner, CEO/Owner of Aerial Development Group
Lani Hay, President/CEO of LMT, Inc.

Margarida Couto, Partner at VdA

Princeton, NJ
Megan Buzzetta, President/CEO of Global Planners, Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Teresa C. Mason, Managing Partner at Collins, Mason & Co.

St. Louis I, MO
Lorri Keenum, President/CEO of C2 Service Group, Inc.

Sevim Gural Olgun, Chariman at Bolis Plastik Plastik ve Kimya San. ve Tic. Limited Company




February 2015

Letter from the President

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D

Dear WPO Family,

This week marks the official launch of our newly redesigned WPO website, which focuses on improved user experience, ease of navigation and multi-platform accessibility. One of the key features of the new WPO website is a streamlined annual conference registration process. Many thanks to WPO Seattle member, Rebecca Lyman of The Garrigan Lyman Group for making this happen.

This year's conference, "Innovative Ideas for Today and Tomorrow," will be held at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, April 30th to May 2nd. This year's list of renowned keynote speakers includes Cheryl Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., Genevieve Bell, Director of User Experience Research at Intel Labs, Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code and Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, Institute for the Future. Registration is now open.
Please log in as a member on the homepage to receive the discounted member rate of $400. Do not create a new account.Click here for instructions on how to register. If the system does not recognize your email address, please email Phoebe Hutchins to have it changed.

When registering, be sure to provide us with your twitter handle, as we will be launching a social media campaign in conjunction with this year's conference. Be sure to follow us at @WomenPresidents for announcements and updates. We encourage you to tweet about the conference and use the hashtag #WPOConf to help us build the "buzz."The conference schedule is available on the website.

The WPO is continuing our international expansion with several new chapter launches in the first quarter of 2015, including Australia, Israel, Johannesburg II, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Mexico. We will maintain our domestic growth trajectory as well, with launches in: South Eastern Michigan; Saratoga, NY; Wilmington, Delaware; Essex, NJ; Houston; Minneapolis; and Charleston, SC. Please contact Bari Ray if you know of any qualified women in these areas.

Finally, be sure to sign up for an important WPO webcast underwritten by our corporate sponsor, Chubb, on the critical topic of Cyber Security. The webcast will take place on Wednesday, February 11th at 12 PM EST. Click here to register.

Warm Regards,

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D.
President & Founder, WPO

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors



Prudential 12/11

Canadian National Sponsor


Congratulations to the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners

Over $100 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO Member-at-Large, Beatriz Manetta, Argent Associates

WPO Minneapolis Chapter member, Camille Thomas, JMC Retail Group

Over $25 Million and Up to $100 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO Member-at-Large, Raegan Moya-Jones, Aden & Anais, Inc.

WPO Louisville Chapter member, Diane Medley, MCM LLP

WPO New Orleans Chapter member, Jennifer Jeansonne, Eagle Consulting, LLC

Over $10 Million and Up to $25 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO Nashville Chapter member Britnie Turner, Aerial Development Group

WPO Somerset Chapter member, Hetal Parikh, Rangam Consultants Inc.

WPO Atlanta Chapter member, Sheila Benson, Employment Screening Services

WPO Member-at-Large, Deborah C. Weaver, Midwest Litigation Services

WPO Dallas Uptown Chapter member, Claudia Mirza, Elahi Enterprises, Inc., dba, Akorbi

WPO New York II Chapter member, Marilyn Grabowski, Atlantic InfraTrac LLC

Over $5 Million and Up to $10 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO New York II Chapter member, Carol Fitzgerald, Buzzback LLC

WPO Northern Virginia Chapter member, Tabatha Turman, Integrated Finance & Accounting Solutions, LLC

WPO Dallas Uptown Chapter member, Billie Bryant Schultz, CESCO, Inc.

WPO Columbus II Chapter member, Teresa Sherald, Diversity Search Group

WPO Los Angeles II Chapter member, Stacy D. Phillips, Phillips Lerner, A Law Coroporation

Over $2 Million and Up to $5 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO Member-at-Large Jennah Purk, CPA, MST, Purk & Associates, P.C.

WPO Pittsburgh II Chapter member, Melanie Querry, Beyond Spots & Dots

WPO Miami Chapter member, Ania Rodriguez, Key Lime Interactive

WPO Baltimore II Chapter member, Kathy Palokoff, Firestarter

WPO Fort Worth Chapter member, Reginalea Sturns-Kemp, Kemp & Sons General Services

Over $1 Million and up to $2 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO New York IV Chapter member, Adie Horowitz, Licenders

WPO Central Texas Chapter member, Charmane H. Sellers, ALEON Properties, Inc.

WPO Baltimore Chapter member, Dr. Angela Marshall, Comprehensive Women's Health, Inc.

Up to $1 Million in Annual Revenues

WPO Baltimore Chapter member, Dr. Marlene N. Mahipat, Mediquest, LLC

WPO Baltimore II Chapter member, Sheila Stenhouse Lee, Sheila Lee & Associates, LLC


WPO Baltimore Chapter member, Tracy Balazs, CEO/President, FSR, was named a Future 50- Smart CEO Award Winner

WPO Baltimore II Chapter member, Sonja Hines, CEO/President, H&S Resources Corporation, was named a Future 50- Smart CEO Award Winner

WPO Baltimore Chapter member, Janice Tippett, President,Millennium Marketing Solutions, was named a Future 50- Smart CEO Award Winner

WPO in Pictures

WPO Long Island Chapter member, Fanella Kim, President & CEO, Reliance Star Payment Services, was honored on Thursday Jan 29th at the LIBN "40 under 40" award at Crest Hollow Country Club in Jericho

WPO Platinum II Chapter in Punta Mita, Mexico

WPO Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter member, Patsy Tremblett, Prima Information Solutions Inc., was recognized by PROFIT/Chatelaine as one of Canada's Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs for 2014


In the News

WPO Member at Large, Jodi Pulice, Founder & CEO, JRT Realty Group, Inc., was featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Perspective New York

WPO Bellevue Chapter member, Marla Beck, Founder & President, Andelcare, was featured on Carpe Juvenis online

WPO Las Vegas Chapter member, Chris Harvey, Co-Owner, The Design Factory, LLC, was featured in an article in the Las Vegas Business Press

WPO Baltimore Chapter member Necole Parker, CEO/Principal, The ELOCEN Group, LLC, was featured in an article in the American Express OPEN Insights Guide

WPO Baltimore Chapter member, Nakia Stith CEO/President, Top of the Clock, Inc., was interviewed for the Network Journal

WPO Portugal Chapter member, Rita Maria Do Rosario Nabeiro, CEO, Adega Mayor, was mentioned in an article of the New York Times

WPO Portugal Chapter member, Maria do Rosario Amado Pinto Correia, Chairwoman, Ferreira Marques and Irmao, was featured at the Lisbon Museum of Design

WPO Portugal Chapter member, Margarida Couto, Partner, Vieira de Almeida Associados, was featured on Your Subsea News

WPO Atlanta Chapter member, Joy Lynn Fields, President, Joy Lynn Inc., was featured in an article in Profile Magazine





Sponsor News


The Garrigan Lyman Group (GLG)

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new! "It was our honor to design and deliver a fresh new site for the WPO," said Rebecca A. Lyman, principal of The Garrigan Lyman Group (GLG), " the Seattle and Platinum IV chapters have been very important to my personal growth as a leader and to the health of our agency." GLG is a strategic digital agency with offices in Seattle and New York, specializing in brand strategy, audience engagement, and digital delivery. GLG offers a range of services, including integrated advertising, social strategy, mobile, content marketing, and digital retail, along with innovative web and technology solutions. Celebrating 21 years of success, GLG is a women-owned business helping brands achieve greater awareness, higher rates of engagement, and increased customer loyalty.







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