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WPO May/June 2015 Newsletter

Monday, June 15, 2015  
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Women Presidents' Organization

 


Upcoming Programs

Recruiting Event:


Woodlands, Texas
July 20, 2015

Events:

Google Headquarters: Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google

June 9, 2015

Click Hereto Register

WPO 19th Annual Conference
April 7th to April 9th, 2016
Baltimore, MD
Save the Date

 


WPO Honor Roll
Member Referral Program


Cathy ArevianreferredJudy Zakreskito the Northern Virginia chapter


Sharon KleinbergreferredIvy H. Menchelto the New York V chapter


Desiree WatsonreferredTracy Grayto the NJ 6: Essex chapter

 

Kitt GarrettreferredDawn Aldrianto the Tampa Bay chapter


Laurie BroccoloreferredMelissa Gesketo the Rochester I chapter


Lori PecorillireferredMichelle Cottonto the Edmonton chapter


Michele BaileyreferredKarey Davidsonto the Toronto I chapter


Rene BangelsdorfreferredRebecca Contrerasto the Austin chapter


Renee FraserreferredJennifer Freundto the Los Angeles II chapter

 

See Us Grow

 

Alumna

Sheri Orlowitz, Founding Partner of Artemis Holdings

Atlanta I, GA

Shelley Foland, CEO of Boxercraft

Atlanta II, GA

Leslie Kuban, President of FranNet of Atlanta

Austin, TX

Rebecca Contreras, President/CEO of AvantGarde LLC

Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group

Baltimore I, MD

Linda Gail Cromwell, Founder/Owner of Being There Senior Care

Bellevue, WA

Shelley Stewart, President of Red Promotions Inc

Calgary, Canada

Kerry Brabant, Managing Partner of Skyline Concrete Services Ltd

Susi Hately, CEO/Principle Instructor of Functional Synergy, Inc.

Cape Town II, South Africa

Maggie Baleta, Director of Klein River Cheese

Charlotte, NC

Fern Ingber, President/CEO of America's ToothFairy Nat'l Children's Oral Health Fndn

Michelle Coffino, Owner of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage

Chicago II, IL

Sara Mey, President of Golf-Mil Veterinary Hospital

Columbus II, OH

Megan E. Horvath, Executive Director of Ohio Chemical Services, Inc.

Lisa Armitage, Owner of Goldfish Swim School - Dublin

Edmonton, Canada

Michelle Cotton, President/Senior Environmental Scientist at Solstice Canada Corp.

Los Angeles II, CA

Jennifer Freund, President/Founder of Corporate Impressions LA, Inc.

Los Angeles III, CA

Alexis Tate, Founder/Managing Partner of Yellow Bus Express, LLC

Olivia Leslie Roth, Owner of Max Industries, Inc.

Risa Goldman Luksa, President of Goldman Marketing Group

Member at Large

Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources

Kathryn O'Dwyer, Chairman/CEO/Owner of The Matcom Group

Minneapolis II, MN

Kate McRoberts, Senior Partner at Evantage Consulting

Renee Ernste, President/COO of Orange Tree Employment Screening

Minneapolis IV, MN

Maggie Johnson, Co-Owner of Sojourner Farms, LLC (Sojos)

New York III

Tobey Pino, Owner of Taylor Made Furnished Apartments, Inc.

New York V

Ivy H. Menchel, CFP, CDFA

Sally Anne Hughes, Founder of Hughes Klaiber LLC

New York VI

Denise Hunter, CEO of Destinations Link Hospitality

Elisabete Miranda, President/CEO of CQ Fluency, Inc.

New York VII

Kati Curtis, Principal at Kati Curtis Design

NJ V: Somerset

Mary O'Mealia, President of O'Mealia Signature Events

Rosario A. Suriano, Partner at Meyner and Landis, LLC

NJ VI: Essex

Anne Anquillare, CEO/President of PEF Services, LLC

Tracy Gray, Tech/Education Entrepreur of Tracy Gray, Tech Ed

Northern Virginia

Elizabeth Moffett, Partner at Burdette Smith & Bish LLC

Judy Zakreski, Vice President, U.S. Operations of Chindex Medical Limited

Oklahoma City, OK

Robin Smith, COO/Co-Founder of WeGoLook.com

Orange County I, CA

Amy Williams, Owner of Devon Design (W Industries)

Phoenix, AZ

Doreen Drew, President of Coldwell Banker DMRE

Mary Ellen Franz, Managing Partner of Touchstone Solutions Group

Sharon Thompson, Physician/Owner of Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pittsburgh II, PA

Susan Weinzierl, President/Owner of Professional Graphic Communication

Platinum V

Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources

Princeton, NJ

Gina Liebhauser, Managing Member at Piemonte & Liebhauser, LLC

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Rochester I, NY

Melissa Geska, President of US Ceiling Corp.

Rochester II, NY

Laureen A. Burke, President of Partner's in Womens Health

San Francisco, CA

Rachel Christenson, President of Energy Efficiency Funding Group

St. Louis II, MO

Kathy Conley-Jones, President of The Conley Financial Group

Tampa Bay, FL

Dawn Aldrian, President/Owner of MIP (Meeting & Incentive Professionals)

Toronto I, Canada

Karey Davidson, President/CEO of RSR Global

Katherine Pollock, Partner at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

Mary Strazzeri, President of Safety First Consulting Professional Corp.

Toronto II, Canada

Charline LeBlanc, President of The Placement Office

Jennifer Gourley, President of Harding Fire Protection Systems Co. Ltd

Marcie Pollack, President of Marketers on Demand Inc.

Tania Bortolotto, President of Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.

Istanbul, Turkey

Nuran Evrensel, Architect at Sel Proje Ltd. Sti.

Sinem Ersen Kardes, Chairman of the Board at SKC Karbon San. Ve Tic. A.S.

 

 

May/June 2015


Letter from the President


Marsha Firestone, Ph.D

DearWPOFamily,

 

The past few months have been quite a whirlwind of activity. Here is a brief recap.


We hosted one of the largest annual conferences in our organization's history in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore (April 30th - May 2nd). The conference attracted 830 attendees, andWPOmembers traveled from around the world, representing eight countries -- including Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and Croatia.


For those of you who completed the conference evaluation, we thank you for your valuable input. Your feedback helps us plan for next year's conference.

 

Publicity about the50 Fastest Women Led/Owned companiessponsored byAmerican Express Global Corporate Payments, announced at the conference continues to be generated in the nation's media. Extensive coverage has already run in high-visibility business publications in Los Angeles, Houston and Kansas City. Rawn Shah attended the conference, interviewedWPOmembers and our keynote speakers, and wrote an extensive story onForbes.com. The complete list of this year's 50 Fastest winners can be foundhere.

In addition, the five New York awardees appeared in theNew York Postin a round-up piece that included quotes from the business owners (Rebecca Cenni of Altrium Staffing; Elizabeth Elting of TransPerfect Translations; Moira Moser of M Moser Associates; Leslie Firtell of Tower Legal Solutions; and Jacqueline Wilson of American Fashion Network). We are very grateful toAmerican Express Global Corporate Paymentsfor sponsoring the event.

As we begin planning for the 2016 conference, the Baltimore Sun printedmy letter to the editorannouncing that it will be held in Baltimore. Per our discussion at the Board of Directors meeting, we thought it was important to send a message of solidarity to the Baltimore business community that women entrepreneurs have had and will continue to have a significant impact on the city's economy. I know you share my goal of making the 2016 annual conference the most successful one in our history and to continue to stand strong with Baltimore.


Finally,WPOmembers have an opportunity to attend an extraordinary event at Google Headquarters onTuesday, June 9th.Margo Georgiadis, Google's President of Americas, who leads the company's commercial operations in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, will share insights on what she has learned about leading in this transformational era, at an event called "Re-Imagine Everything." This event is open to allWPOmembers in good standing. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests at this time.

Warm Regards,

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D.

President & Founder,

WPO

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors





IBM

Prudential 12/11


Canadian National Sponsor



 

Congratulations

 

WPO New York IV Chapter Member, Linda Hamilton, Partner, Linda A. Hamilton, CPA LLC, was recently recognized by the New York Women's Agenda

WPO New York II Chapter Member, Julie Levi, President, Progressive Promotions, Inc., was recognized as one of 2015 PPB Best Companies to Work For Award

WPO Raleigh-Durham Chapter Member, Monica Smiley, Publisher, Enterprising Women Magazine, was named one of Folio Magazine's Top Women in Media

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, President & CEO, LLE Construction Group, LLC, was a recipient of the 2015 South Carolina Leading Lady award at the Women's Empowerment Summit and South Carolina Leading Ladies Award luncheon

WPO Birmingham, UK Chapter Member, Jenny Hooper, Independent Freight Solutions Ltd., was been named as a finalist in the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

WPO Los Angeles III Chapter Member, Katherine McCune, Owner, Grant McCune Designs, was named the 2015 SFVBJ Woman In Business by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

WPO Chicago Downtown Chapter Member, Victoria Rock, President, Victoria Court Reporting & Transcription Services, Inc., was honored with the NAWBO Corporate Woman of Achievement Award

WPO Syracuse Chapter Member, Laura Serway, Co-Owner, Laci's Ventures, LLC, was named the winner of the Ann Michel Award at the WISE Symposium

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Christie Wilson, President, The Wilson Group Real Estate Services,was honored by the Nashville Post as one of Nashville's Women of Power. She was also honored by the Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Rhonda Marko, CEO & Presdient, Destination Nashville, was named one of the "Best Place to Work in Nashville" for the 5th consecutive year by The Nashville Business Journal. The business was placed in the "Hall of Fame."

 

WPO Atlanta Chapter Member,Sheila Benson, CEO,Employment Screening Services,was named as a finalist for theErnst & Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year awards

 

WPO Baltimore II Chapter Member, Joan Floura, President, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Inc., was awarded with theSmart CEO Baltimore Washington Skyline Award

 

WPOin Pictures

 

WPOMember-at-Large, Francine Farkas Sears, President & Owner, Fabrique: Francine Collections/Women in Business being honored at the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York Luncheon

 

Keynote Speaker, Genevieve Bell, Vice President & Fellow, Corporate Strategy Office, Intel at the 2015WPOConference

 

Nina Vaca, President & CEO of The Pinnacle Group was the number onewinner of the 50 Fastest Women-Owned/Led Companies sponsored byAmerican Express Global Corporate Payments

 

Georgia Chrome performing at the 2015WPOAnnual Conference

 

Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, Popeyes giving her keynote address at the 2015WPOConference

 

The winners of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.Click hereto view the complete list of winners.

 

WPOMembers at the Dine Around Dinner Event at El Chorro during the 2015 conference in Arizona


WPO Birmingham, UK Chapter Chair, Karen Traceywith the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron

 

WPOLos Angeles II Chapter with conference Keynote Speaker, Genevieve Bell

 

In the News

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, JoAnne LaBounty, President, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co, Inc., was featured inUS Business Executive

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Pamela Eyring, President & Director, The Protocol School of Washington, was featured inReutersand inEnterprising Women Magazine

 

WPO Portugal Chapter Chair, Mariana ABRANTES de Sousa, was featured onCapital Humano

 

WPO Board Member & Member-at-Large, Beth Bronfman, Managing Partner, the VIEW, was profiled in1010ParkPlace

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Marilyn Becker, CEO, Transfer Point, Inc., was featured inThe State

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Lorie Gardner, CEO, Mad Monkey, Inc., was featured in the April issue of Columbia Business Monthly

 

WPO Los Angeles III Chapter Chair, Vicki Unger and all of the Los Angeles Chapterswere featured inLos Angeles Magazine

 

WPO New York II Chapter Member, Marilyn Grabowski, Managing Partner, Atlantic InfraTrac LLC, was featured onNJBiz.com

 

WPO Syracuse I & II Chapter Chair, Anne Messenger, President,Messenger Associates, Inc.,andWPO Syracuse Chapter members: Zina Berry, President, Berry Good Dental Care, P.C.andMadelyn Hornstein, CEO, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC;AndWPO Syracuse II Chapter Members: Jessica Sloma, President, Ultimate Arrival and Josephine Yang-Patyi, Counselor at Law, Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C.were featured inSyracuse Woman Magazine

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Ginger Jones, Owner & Director, Jones Therapy, was featured onNewsChannel 5and the full video can be foundhere

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Marjorie Feltus Hawkins, Principal, FH Design, LLC,was featured inNashville Business Journal

WPO Nashville Chapter Chair, Pat Shea, CEO & President, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, wasfeatured in theTennesseanandThe Nashville Business Journal. She also gave a powerfulTEDx Nashvilletalk to a sold-out crowd at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center




 


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Women Presidents' Organization

 


Upcoming Programs

Recruiting Event:


Woodlands, Texas
July 20, 2015 

Events: 

Google Headquarters: Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google

June 9, 2015 

Click Here to Register

WPO 19th Annual Conference 
April 7th to April 9th, 2016 
Baltimore, MD
Save the Date 

 


WPO Honor Roll
Member Referral Program


Cathy Arevian referred Judy Zakreski to the Northern Virginia chapter

  
Sharon Kleinberg referred Ivy H. Menchel to the New York V chapter


Desiree Watson referred Tracy Gray to the NJ 6: Essex chapter

 

Kitt Garrett referred Dawn Aldrian to the Tampa Bay chapter


Laurie Broccolo referred Melissa Geske to the Rochester I chapter


Lori Pecorilli referred Michelle Cotton to the Edmonton chapter


Michele Bailey referred Karey Davidson to the Toronto I chapter


Rene Bangelsdorf referred Rebecca Contreras to the Austin chapter


Renee Fraser referred Jennifer Freund to the Los Angeles II chapter

 

See Us Grow  

 

Alumna

Sheri Orlowitz, Founding Partner of Artemis Holdings

Atlanta I, GA

Shelley Foland, CEO of Boxercraft

Atlanta II, GA

Leslie Kuban, President of FranNet of Atlanta

Austin, TX

Rebecca Contreras, President/CEO of AvantGarde LLC

Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group

Baltimore I, MD

Linda Gail Cromwell, Founder/Owner of Being There Senior Care

Bellevue, WA

Shelley Stewart, President of Red Promotions Inc

Calgary, Canada

Kerry Brabant, Managing Partner of Skyline Concrete Services Ltd

Susi Hately, CEO/Principle Instructor of Functional Synergy, Inc. 

Cape Town II, South Africa

Maggie Baleta, Director of Klein River Cheese

Charlotte, NC

Fern Ingber, President/CEO of America's ToothFairy Nat'l Children's Oral Health Fndn

Michelle Coffino, Owner of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage 

Chicago II, IL

Sara Mey, President of Golf-Mil Veterinary Hospital

Columbus II, OH

Megan E. Horvath, Executive Director of Ohio Chemical Services, Inc. 

Lisa Armitage, Owner of Goldfish Swim School - Dublin

Edmonton, Canada

Michelle Cotton, President/Senior Environmental Scientist at Solstice Canada Corp.

Los Angeles II, CA

Jennifer Freund, President/Founder of Corporate Impressions LA, Inc.

Los Angeles III, CA

Alexis Tate, Founder/Managing Partner of Yellow Bus Express, LLC

Olivia Leslie Roth, Owner of Max Industries, Inc.

Risa Goldman Luksa, President of Goldman Marketing Group

Member at Large

Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources

Kathryn O'Dwyer, Chairman/CEO/Owner of The Matcom Group

Minneapolis II, MN

Kate McRoberts, Senior Partner at Evantage Consulting

Renee Ernste, President/COO of Orange Tree Employment Screening

Minneapolis IV, MN

Maggie Johnson, Co-Owner of Sojourner Farms, LLC (Sojos)

New York III

Tobey Pino, Owner of Taylor Made Furnished Apartments, Inc.

New York V

Ivy H. Menchel, CFP, CDFA

Sally Anne Hughes, Founder of Hughes Klaiber LLC

New York VI

Denise Hunter, CEO of Destinations Link Hospitality

Elisabete Miranda, President/CEO of CQ Fluency, Inc.

New York VII

Kati Curtis, Principal at Kati Curtis Design

NJ V: Somerset

Mary O'Mealia, President of O'Mealia Signature Events

Rosario A. Suriano, Partner at Meyner and Landis, LLC

NJ VI: Essex

Anne Anquillare, CEO/President of PEF Services, LLC

Tracy Gray, Tech/Education Entrepreur of Tracy Gray, Tech Ed

Northern Virginia

Elizabeth Moffett, Partner at Burdette Smith & Bish LLC

Judy Zakreski, Vice President, U.S. Operations of Chindex Medical Limited

Oklahoma City, OK

Robin Smith, COO/Co-Founder of WeGoLook.com

Orange County I, CA

Amy Williams, Owner of Devon Design (W Industries)

Phoenix, AZ

Doreen Drew, President of Coldwell Banker DMRE

Mary Ellen Franz, Managing Partner of Touchstone Solutions Group

Sharon Thompson, Physician/Owner of Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pittsburgh II, PA

Susan Weinzierl, President/Owner of Professional Graphic Communication

Platinum V

Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources

Princeton, NJ

Gina Liebhauser, Managing Member at Piemonte & Liebhauser, LLC

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Rochester I, NY

Melissa Geska, President of US Ceiling Corp.

Rochester II, NY

Laureen A. Burke, President of Partner's in Womens Health

San Francisco, CA

Rachel Christenson, President of Energy Efficiency Funding Group

St. Louis II, MO

Kathy Conley-Jones, President of The Conley Financial Group

Tampa Bay, FL

Dawn Aldrian, President/Owner of MIP (Meeting & Incentive Professionals)

Toronto I, Canada

Karey Davidson, President/CEO of RSR Global

Katherine Pollock, Partner at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

Mary Strazzeri, President of Safety First Consulting Professional Corp.

Toronto II, Canada

Charline LeBlanc, President of The Placement Office

Jennifer Gourley, President of Harding Fire Protection Systems Co. Ltd

Marcie Pollack, President of Marketers on Demand Inc.

Tania Bortolotto, President of Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.

Istanbul, Turkey

Nuran Evrensel, Architect at Sel Proje Ltd. Sti.

Sinem Ersen Kardes, Chairman of the Board at SKC Karbon San. Ve Tic. A.S.

 

 

May/June 2015

 


Letter from the President


Marsha Firestone, Ph.D

Dear WPO Family,

 

The past few months have been quite a whirlwind of activity. Here is a brief recap.


We hosted one of the largest annual conferences in our organization's history in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore (April 30th - May 2nd). The conference attracted 830 attendees, and WPO members traveled from around the world, representing eight countries -- including Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and Croatia.


For those of you who completed the conference evaluation, we thank you for your valuable input. Your feedback helps us plan for next year's conference. 

 

Publicity about the 50 Fastest Women Led/Owned companies sponsored byAmerican Express Global Corporate Payments, announced at the conference continues to be generated in the nation's media. Extensive coverage has already run in high-visibility business publications in Los Angeles, Houston and Kansas City. Rawn Shah attended the conference, interviewed WPO members and our keynote speakers, and wrote an extensive story on Forbes.com. The complete list of this year's 50 Fastest winners can be found here

In addition, the five New York awardees appeared in the New York Post in a round-up piece that included quotes from the business owners (Rebecca Cenni of Altrium Staffing; Elizabeth Elting of TransPerfect Translations; Moira Moser of M Moser Associates; Leslie Firtell of Tower Legal Solutions; and Jacqueline Wilson of American Fashion Network). We are very grateful to American Express Global Corporate Payments for sponsoring the event.

As we begin planning for the 2016 conference, the Baltimore Sun printed my letter to the editor announcing that it will be held in Baltimore. Per our discussion at the Board of Directors meeting, we thought it was important to send a message of solidarity to the Baltimore business community that women entrepreneurs have had and will continue to have a significant impact on the city's economy. I know you share my goal of making the 2016 annual conference the most successful one in our history and to continue to stand strong with Baltimore.


Finally, WPO members have an opportunity to attend an extraordinary event at Google Headquarters on Tuesday, June 9thMargo Georgiadis, Google's President of Americas, who leads the company's commercial operations in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, will share insights on what she has learned about leading in this transformational era, at an event called "Re-Imagine Everything." This event is open to all WPO members in good standing. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests at this time.

Warm Regards,

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D.

President & Founder,

WPO

 

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors


               
                                          



IBM                            

Prudential 12/11            
         

                              

Canadian National Sponsor



 

Congratulations    

 

WPO New York IV Chapter Member, Linda Hamilton, Partner, Linda A. Hamilton, CPA LLC, was recently recognized by the New York Women's Agenda

WPO New York II Chapter Member, Julie Levi, President, Progressive Promotions, Inc., was recognized as one of 2015 PPB Best Companies to Work For Award 

WPO Raleigh-Durham Chapter Member, Monica Smiley, Publisher, Enterprising Women Magazine, was named one of Folio Magazine's Top Women in Media

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, President & CEO, LLE Construction Group, LLC, was a recipient of the 2015 South Carolina Leading Lady award at the Women's Empowerment Summit and South Carolina Leading Ladies Award luncheon

WPO Birmingham, UK Chapter Member, Jenny Hooper, Independent Freight Solutions Ltd., was been named as a finalist in the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

WPO Los Angeles III Chapter Member, Katherine McCune, Owner, Grant McCune Designs, was named the 2015 SFVBJ Woman In Business by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal 

WPO Chicago Downtown Chapter Member, Victoria Rock, President, Victoria Court Reporting & Transcription Services, Inc., was honored with the NAWBO Corporate Woman of Achievement Award 

WPO Syracuse Chapter Member, Laura Serway, Co-Owner, Laci's Ventures, LLC, was named the winner of the Ann Michel Award at the WISE Symposium

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Christie Wilson, President, The Wilson Group Real Estate Services, was honored by the Nashville Post as one of Nashville's Women of Power. She was also honored by the Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee 

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Rhonda Marko, CEO & Presdient, Destination Nashville, was named one of the "Best Place to Work in Nashville" for the 5th consecutive year by The Nashville Business Journal. The business was placed in the "Hall of Fame." 

 

WPO Atlanta Chapter Member, Sheila Benson, CEO, Employment Screening Services, was named as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year awards

 

WPO Baltimore II Chapter Member, Joan Floura, President, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Inc., was awarded with the Smart CEO Baltimore Washington Skyline Award

 

WPO in Pictures

 

WPO Member-at-Large, Francine Farkas Sears, President & Owner, Fabrique: Francine Collections/Women in Business being honored at the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York Luncheon

 

Keynote Speaker, Genevieve Bell, Vice President & Fellow, Corporate Strategy Office, Intel at the 2015 WPO Conference

 

Nina Vaca, President & CEO of The Pinnacle Group was the number one winner of the 50 Fastest Women-Owned/Led Companies sponsored by American Express Global Corporate Payments 

 

Georgia Chrome performing at the 2015 WPO Annual Conference

 

 

Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, Popeyes giving her keynote address at the 2015 WPO Conference

 

 

The winners of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. Click here to view the complete list of winners.

 

 

WPO Members at the Dine Around Dinner Event at El Chorro during the 2015 conference in Arizona 


WPO Birmingham, UK Chapter Chair, Karen Tracey with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron

 

 

WPO Los Angeles II Chapter with conference Keynote Speaker, Genevieve Bell 

 

In the News  

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, JoAnne LaBounty, President, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co, Inc., was featured in US Business Executive 

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Pamela Eyring, President & Director, The Protocol School of Washington, was featured in Reuters and in Enterprising Women Magazine 

 

WPO Portugal Chapter Chair, Mariana ABRANTES de Sousa, was featured on Capital Humano 

 

WPO Board Member & Member-at-Large, Beth Bronfman, Managing Partner, the VIEW, was profiled in 1010ParkPlace 

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Marilyn Becker, CEO, Transfer Point, Inc., was featured in The State

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Lorie Gardner, CEO, Mad Monkey, Inc., was featured in the April issue of Columbia Business Monthly

 

WPO Los Angeles III Chapter Chair, Vicki Unger and all of the Los Angeles Chapters were featured in Los Angeles Magazine

 

WPO New York II Chapter Member, Marilyn Grabowski, Managing Partner, Atlantic InfraTrac LLC, was featured on NJBiz.com  

 

WPO Syracuse I & II Chapter Chair, Anne Messenger, President, Messenger Associates, Inc., and WPO Syracuse Chapter members: Zina Berry, President, Berry Good Dental Care, P.C. and Madelyn Hornstein, CEO, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC; And WPO Syracuse II Chapter Members: Jessica Sloma, President, Ultimate Arrival and Josephine Yang-Patyi, Counselor at Law, Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C. were featured in Syracuse Woman Magazine

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Ginger Jones, Owner & Director, Jones Therapy, was featured on NewsChannel 5 and the full video can be found here

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Marjorie Feltus Hawkins, Principal, FH Design, LLC, was featured in Nashville Business Journal

WPO Nashville Chapter Chair, Pat Shea, CEO & President, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, was featured in the Tennessean and The Nashville Business Journal. She also gave a powerful TEDx Nashville talk to a sold-out crowd at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center




Women Presidents' Organization

 


Upcoming Programs

Recruiting Event:


Woodlands, Texas
July 20, 2015 

Events: 

Google Headquarters: Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google

June 9, 2015 

Click Here to Register

WPO 19th Annual Conference 
April 7th to April 9th, 2016 
Baltimore, MD
Save the Date 

 


WPO Honor Roll
Member Referral Program


Cathy Arevian referred Judy Zakreski to the Northern Virginia chapter

  
Sharon Kleinberg referred Ivy H. Menchel to the New York V chapter


Desiree Watson referred Tracy Gray to the NJ 6: Essex chapter

 

Kitt Garrett referred Dawn Aldrian to the Tampa Bay chapter


Laurie Broccolo referred Melissa Geske to the Rochester I chapter


Lori Pecorilli referred Michelle Cotton to the Edmonton chapter


Michele Bailey referred Karey Davidson to the Toronto I chapter


Rene Bangelsdorf referred Rebecca Contreras to the Austin chapter


Renee Fraser referred Jennifer Freund to the Los Angeles II chapter

 

See Us Grow  

 

Alumna

Sheri Orlowitz, Founding Partner of Artemis Holdings

Atlanta I, GA

Shelley Foland, CEO of Boxercraft

Atlanta II, GA

Leslie Kuban, President of FranNet of Atlanta

Austin, TX

Rebecca Contreras, President/CEO of AvantGarde LLC

Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group

Baltimore I, MD

Linda Gail Cromwell, Founder/Owner of Being There Senior Care

Bellevue, WA

Shelley Stewart, President of Red Promotions Inc

Calgary, Canada

Kerry Brabant, Managing Partner of Skyline Concrete Services Ltd

Susi Hately, CEO/Principle Instructor of Functional Synergy, Inc. 

Cape Town II, South Africa

Maggie Baleta, Director of Klein River Cheese

Charlotte, NC

Fern Ingber, President/CEO of America's ToothFairy Nat'l Children's Oral Health Fndn

Michelle Coffino, Owner of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage 

Chicago II, IL

Sara Mey, President of Golf-Mil Veterinary Hospital

Columbus II, OH

Megan E. Horvath, Executive Director of Ohio Chemical Services, Inc. 

Lisa Armitage, Owner of Goldfish Swim School - Dublin

Edmonton, Canada

Michelle Cotton, President/Senior Environmental Scientist at Solstice Canada Corp.

Los Angeles II, CA

Jennifer Freund, President/Founder of Corporate Impressions LA, Inc.

Los Angeles III, CA

Alexis Tate, Founder/Managing Partner of Yellow Bus Express, LLC

Olivia Leslie Roth, Owner of Max Industries, Inc.

Risa Goldman Luksa, President of Goldman Marketing Group

Member at Large

Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources

Kathryn O'Dwyer, Chairman/CEO/Owner of The Matcom Group

Minneapolis II, MN

Kate McRoberts, Senior Partner at Evantage Consulting

Renee Ernste, President/COO of Orange Tree Employment Screening

Minneapolis IV, MN

Maggie Johnson, Co-Owner of Sojourner Farms, LLC (Sojos)

New York III

Tobey Pino, Owner of Taylor Made Furnished Apartments, Inc.

New York V

Ivy H. Menchel, CFP, CDFA

Sally Anne Hughes, Founder of Hughes Klaiber LLC

New York VI

Denise Hunter, CEO of Destinations Link Hospitality

Elisabete Miranda, President/CEO of CQ Fluency, Inc.

New York VII

Kati Curtis, Principal at Kati Curtis Design

NJ V: Somerset

Mary O'Mealia, President of O'Mealia Signature Events

Rosario A. Suriano, Partner at Meyner and Landis, LLC

NJ VI: Essex

Anne Anquillare, CEO/President of PEF Services, LLC

Tracy Gray, Tech/Education Entrepreur of Tracy Gray, Tech Ed

Northern Virginia

Elizabeth Moffett, Partner at Burdette Smith & Bish LLC

Judy Zakreski, Vice President, U.S. Operations of Chindex Medical Limited

Oklahoma City, OK

Robin Smith, COO/Co-Founder of WeGoLook.com

Orange County I, CA

Amy Williams, Owner of Devon Design (W Industries)

Phoenix, AZ

Doreen Drew, President of Coldwell Banker DMRE

Mary Ellen Franz, Managing Partner of Touchstone Solutions Group

Sharon Thompson, Physician/Owner of Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pittsburgh II, PA

Susan Weinzierl, President/Owner of Professional Graphic Communication

Platinum V

Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources

Princeton, NJ

Gina Liebhauser, Managing Member at Piemonte & Liebhauser, LLC

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team, Realtors

Rochester I, NY

Melissa Geska, President of US Ceiling Corp.

Rochester II, NY

Laureen A. Burke, President of Partner's in Womens Health

San Francisco, CA

Rachel Christenson, President of Energy Efficiency Funding Group

St. Louis II, MO

Kathy Conley-Jones, President of The Conley Financial Group

Tampa Bay, FL

Dawn Aldrian, President/Owner of MIP (Meeting & Incentive Professionals)

Toronto I, Canada

Karey Davidson, President/CEO of RSR Global

Katherine Pollock, Partner at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

Mary Strazzeri, President of Safety First Consulting Professional Corp.

Toronto II, Canada

Charline LeBlanc, President of The Placement Office

Jennifer Gourley, President of Harding Fire Protection Systems Co. Ltd

Marcie Pollack, President of Marketers on Demand Inc.

Tania Bortolotto, President of Bortolotto Design Architect Inc.

Istanbul, Turkey

Nuran Evrensel, Architect at Sel Proje Ltd. Sti.

Sinem Ersen Kardes, Chairman of the Board at SKC Karbon San. Ve Tic. A.S.

 

 

May/June 2015

 


Letter from the President


Marsha Firestone, Ph.D

Dear WPO Family,

 

The past few months have been quite a whirlwind of activity. Here is a brief recap.


We hosted one of the largest annual conferences in our organization's history in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore (April 30th - May 2nd). The conference attracted 830 attendees, and WPO members traveled from around the world, representing eight countries -- including Canada, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and Croatia.


For those of you who completed the conference evaluation, we thank you for your valuable input. Your feedback helps us plan for next year's conference. 

 

Publicity about the 50 Fastest Women Led/Owned companies sponsored byAmerican Express Global Corporate Payments, announced at the conference continues to be generated in the nation's media. Extensive coverage has already run in high-visibility business publications in Los Angeles, Houston and Kansas City. Rawn Shah attended the conference, interviewed WPO members and our keynote speakers, and wrote an extensive story on Forbes.com. The complete list of this year's 50 Fastest winners can be found here

In addition, the five New York awardees appeared in the New York Post in a round-up piece that included quotes from the business owners (Rebecca Cenni of Altrium Staffing; Elizabeth Elting of TransPerfect Translations; Moira Moser of M Moser Associates; Leslie Firtell of Tower Legal Solutions; and Jacqueline Wilson of American Fashion Network). We are very grateful to American Express Global Corporate Payments for sponsoring the event.

As we begin planning for the 2016 conference, the Baltimore Sun printed my letter to the editor announcing that it will be held in Baltimore. Per our discussion at the Board of Directors meeting, we thought it was important to send a message of solidarity to the Baltimore business community that women entrepreneurs have had and will continue to have a significant impact on the city's economy. I know you share my goal of making the 2016 annual conference the most successful one in our history and to continue to stand strong with Baltimore.


Finally, WPO members have an opportunity to attend an extraordinary event at Google Headquarters on Tuesday, June 9thMargo Georgiadis, Google's President of Americas, who leads the company's commercial operations in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, will share insights on what she has learned about leading in this transformational era, at an event called "Re-Imagine Everything." This event is open to all WPO members in good standing. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests at this time.

Warm Regards,

Marsha Firestone, Ph.D.

President & Founder,

WPO

 

Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors


               
                                          



IBM                            

Prudential 12/11            
         

                              

Canadian National Sponsor



 

Congratulations    

 

WPO New York IV Chapter Member, Linda Hamilton, Partner, Linda A. Hamilton, CPA LLC, was recently recognized by the New York Women's Agenda

WPO New York II Chapter Member, Julie Levi, President, Progressive Promotions, Inc., was recognized as one of 2015 PPB Best Companies to Work For Award 

WPO Raleigh-Durham Chapter Member, Monica Smiley, Publisher, Enterprising Women Magazine, was named one of Folio Magazine's Top Women in Media

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Lasenta Lewis-Ellis, President & CEO, LLE Construction Group, LLC, was a recipient of the 2015 South Carolina Leading Lady award at the Women's Empowerment Summit and South Carolina Leading Ladies Award luncheon

WPO Birmingham, UK Chapter Member, Jenny Hooper, Independent Freight Solutions Ltd., was been named as a finalist in the 2015 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards

WPO Los Angeles III Chapter Member, Katherine McCune, Owner, Grant McCune Designs, was named the 2015 SFVBJ Woman In Business by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal 

WPO Chicago Downtown Chapter Member, Victoria Rock, President, Victoria Court Reporting & Transcription Services, Inc., was honored with the NAWBO Corporate Woman of Achievement Award 

WPO Syracuse Chapter Member, Laura Serway, Co-Owner, Laci's Ventures, LLC, was named the winner of the Ann Michel Award at the WISE Symposium

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Christie Wilson, President, The Wilson Group Real Estate Services, was honored by the Nashville Post as one of Nashville's Women of Power. She was also honored by the Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee 

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Rhonda Marko, CEO & Presdient, Destination Nashville, was named one of the "Best Place to Work in Nashville" for the 5th consecutive year by The Nashville Business Journal. The business was placed in the "Hall of Fame." 

 

WPO Atlanta Chapter Member, Sheila Benson, CEO, Employment Screening Services, was named as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year awards

 

WPO Baltimore II Chapter Member, Joan Floura, President, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, Inc., was awarded with the Smart CEO Baltimore Washington Skyline Award

 

WPO in Pictures

 

WPO Member-at-Large, Francine Farkas Sears, President & Owner, Fabrique: Francine Collections/Women in Business being honored at the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York Luncheon

 

Keynote Speaker, Genevieve Bell, Vice President & Fellow, Corporate Strategy Office, Intel at the 2015 WPO Conference

 

Nina Vaca, President & CEO of The Pinnacle Group was the number one winner of the 50 Fastest Women-Owned/Led Companies sponsored by American Express Global Corporate Payments 

 

Georgia Chrome performing at the 2015 WPO Annual Conference

 

 

Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, Popeyes giving her keynote address at the 2015 WPO Conference

 

 

The winners of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies. Click here to view the complete list of winners.

 

 

WPO Members at the Dine Around Dinner Event at El Chorro during the 2015 conference in Arizona 


WPO Birmingham, UK Chapter Chair, Karen Tracey with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron

 

 

WPO Los Angeles II Chapter with conference Keynote Speaker, Genevieve Bell 

 

In the News  

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, JoAnne LaBounty, President, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co, Inc., was featured in US Business Executive 

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Pamela Eyring, President & Director, The Protocol School of Washington, was featured in Reuters and in Enterprising Women Magazine 

 

WPO Portugal Chapter Chair, Mariana ABRANTES de Sousa, was featured on Capital Humano 

 

WPO Board Member & Member-at-Large, Beth Bronfman, Managing Partner, the VIEW, was profiled in 1010ParkPlace 

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Marilyn Becker, CEO, Transfer Point, Inc., was featured in The State

 

WPO Columbia Chapter Member, Lorie Gardner, CEO, Mad Monkey, Inc., was featured in the April issue of Columbia Business Monthly

 

WPO Los Angeles III Chapter Chair, Vicki Unger and all of the Los Angeles Chapters were featured in Los Angeles Magazine

 

WPO New York II Chapter Member, Marilyn Grabowski, Managing Partner, Atlantic InfraTrac LLC, was featured on NJBiz.com  

 

WPO Syracuse I & II Chapter Chair, Anne Messenger, President, Messenger Associates, Inc., and WPO Syracuse Chapter members: Zina Berry, President, Berry Good Dental Care, P.C. and Madelyn Hornstein, CEO, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC; And WPO Syracuse II Chapter Members: Jessica Sloma, President, Ultimate Arrival and Josephine Yang-Patyi, Counselor at Law, Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C. were featured in Syracuse Woman Magazine

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Ginger Jones, Owner & Director, Jones Therapy, was featured on NewsChannel 5 and the full video can be found here

WPO Nashville Chapter Member, Marjorie Feltus Hawkins, Principal, FH Design, LLC, was featured in Nashville Business Journal

WPO Nashville Chapter Chair, Pat Shea, CEO & President, YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, was featured in the Tennessean and The Nashville Business Journal. She also gave a powerful TEDx Nashville talk to a sold-out crowd at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center





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