July 20, 2015
Google Headquarters: Margo Georgiadis, President of Americas, Google
June 9, 2015
WPO 19th Annual Conference
April 7th to April 9th, 2016
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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
Sheri Orlowitz, Founding Partner of Artemis Holdings
Shelley Foland, CEO of Boxercraft
Leslie Kuban, President of FranNet of Atlanta
Rebecca Contreras, President/CEO of AvantGarde LLC
Tanya Hall, CEO of Greenleaf Book Group
Linda Gail Cromwell, Founder/Owner of Being There Senior Care
Shelley Stewart, President of Red Promotions Inc
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
Fern Ingber, President/CEO of America's ToothFairy Nat'l Children's Oral Health Fndn
Michelle Coffino, Owner of Queen City Metal Recycling & Salvage
Sara Mey, President of Golf-Mil Veterinary Hospital
Megan E. Horvath, Executive Director of Ohio Chemical Services, Inc.
Lisa Armitage, Owner of Goldfish Swim School - Dublin
Michelle Cotton, President/Senior Environmental Scientist at Solstice Canada Corp.
Jennifer Freund, President/Founder of Corporate Impressions LA, Inc.
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
Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources
Kathryn O'Dwyer, Chairman/CEO/Owner of The Matcom Group
Kate McRoberts, Senior Partner at Evantage Consulting
Renee Ernste, President/COO of Orange Tree Employment Screening
Maggie Johnson, Co-Owner of Sojourner Farms, LLC (Sojos)
Tobey Pino, Owner of Taylor Made Furnished Apartments, Inc.
Ivy H. Menchel, CFP, CDFA
Sally Anne Hughes, Founder of Hughes Klaiber LLC
Denise Hunter, CEO of Destinations Link Hospitality
Elisabete Miranda, President/CEO of CQ Fluency, Inc.
Kati Curtis, Principal at Kati Curtis Design
Mary O'Mealia, President of O'Mealia Signature Events
Rosario A. Suriano, Partner at Meyner and Landis, LLC
Anne Anquillare, CEO/President of PEF Services, LLC
Tracy Gray, Tech/Education Entrepreur of Tracy Gray, Tech Ed
Elizabeth Moffett, Partner at Burdette Smith & Bish LLC
Judy Zakreski, Vice President, U.S. Operations of Chindex Medical Limited
Robin Smith, COO/Co-Founder of WeGoLook.com
Amy Williams, Owner of Devon Design (W Industries)
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
Susan Weinzierl, President/Owner of Professional Graphic Communication
Jillian Gibbs, Global CEO/Founder of Advertising Production Resources
Gina Liebhauser, Managing Member at Piemonte & Liebhauser, LLC
Linda Craft, CEO of Linda Craft & Team, Realtors
Melissa Geska, President of US Ceiling Corp.
Laureen A. Burke, President of Partner's in Womens Health
Rachel Christenson, President of Energy Efficiency Funding Group
Kathy Conley-Jones, President of The Conley Financial Group
Dawn Aldrian, President/Owner of MIP (Meeting & Incentive Professionals)
Karey Davidson, President/CEO of RSR Global
Katherine Pollock, Partner at Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP
Mary Strazzeri, President of Safety First Consulting Professional Corp.
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.
Nuran Evrensel, Architect at Sel Proje Ltd. Sti.
Sinem Ersen Kardes, Chairman of the Board at SKC Karbon San. Ve Tic. A.S.
Letter from the President
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.
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
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
WPO Columbia Chapter Member, JoAnne LaBounty, President, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co, Inc., was featured inUS Business Executive
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