2016-2017 President

Chadia Ghanem

Happy New Year to you!

As the flurry of culminating experiences and celebrations from 2016 came to a close, and as New Year’s Resolutions swim in our heads as we prepare to have a “better” year than the last; we are reminded that we are blessed in so many ways.  We- as business women/wives/mothers/sisters- have each other at the WEC… We also have families that care, careers that are successful and are full of hope for a better tomorrow.

I love taking this time to reflect upon the wonders of the New Year.  It is like a blank page ready to be filled with goals, aspirations and promise of a brighter future.
My personal goal this year is to find balance between my personal and professional life, to spend more time with family and friends and to learn how to say “NO” more often.

Statistics have proven than less than 41% of our resolutions are fulfilled during the year, yet People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't … So, here I am announcing it to the world that I will laugh more, play more and hopefully get to relax, live in the present and enjoy the gentle moments in life.   My wish to you, my friends, time to enjoy life’s precious moments and to tell your loved ones that you care!

Now, That 2017 is upon us, we are back to the swing of things- we already have an excellent speaker for our January Luncheon : Attoney Peter Siegle-with Greenspoon Marder- speaking about the top 10 ways to avoid employee lawsuits in today’s litigious world.   Also, for the Business Showcase, Vicki Abernathy will share with us a bit about her personal and business life.  The lunch is always the 3rd Thursday of the month- January 19th at the Lauderdale Yacht Club.

That same evening, the bookies will meet at Myriam Cohen’s home in Davie.  Myriam  is hosting the Book Club. This month’s book is: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown- The bookies meet monthly over good food, delectable wines and great book discussions and interesting life conversations.

The Cannon Circle this month will be tropical… Ladies, get ready to take a walk on the wild side… Yes, our own Communications Chair- Karen Dudden Blake- is our host on Thursday, the 26th at her Palladium office at 3900 SW 30th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. 
Karen will share her Secret Paradise. So plan on attending while wearing your most comfortable flat shoes and she will be taking us on a stroll through the bamboo gardens while sipping wine and relaxing on the swings under the ficus trees.
I would like to close with this quote from Author Neil Gaiman:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.” 

Love and Gratitude,
Chadia Ghanem.

WEC 2016-2017 Officers


Chadia Ghanem


Past President:

Michelle Case-Anderson


President Elect:

Pending Membership Vote


VP Membership:

Rosana Calambichis


VP Finance:

Ila Bennett


VP Internal Involvement:

Cheryl Freniere


VP Corporate Records:

Diana Fairbanks


VP Communications:

Karen Dudden-Blake


VP Community Involvement:

Nathalie Sloane

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Kick off your high heels and
don your best tropical attire.

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 6pm - 8pm

Location: Palladium's home at 3900 SW 30th Ave Fort Lauderdale FL 33312

Karen Dudden-Blake would like to share their 
Secret Hideaway right here in South Florida.

Drinks (wine and soda) along with finger foods will be served as you stroll through the bamboo gardens or relax on the swings under the huge ficus trees.

Flat shoes are recommended.


Celebrate the holiday of LOVE
with your favorite red outfit!

February 16th at the 
Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club

Featured Guest Speaker 

Doreen Christensen, staff writer for Sun Sentinel
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Christensen, a 37-year veteran of the newspaper, is an award-winning senior columnist covering consumer news in the newspaper's Money section.  Christensen also writes the award-winning Shop-O-Matic savings blog and is a regular contributor on WLRN Public Radio. She produces Doreen's Deals, a Sun Sentinel Originals video series airing on SunSentinel.com and other Tronc websites, as well as Hulu.com.

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Our new WEC Communications Chair!

Please join us in congratulating Karen Dudden-Blake on her new position as the WEC Communications Chair!  This is a big position as she is in charge of our emails, website, messaging and visuals, and all update requests to be sure we all stay in the loop!  

A little about Karen:

Karen is the Co-Owner and Executive VP of Palladium Technologies, a leader in the Marine industry with innovative software and hardware solutions. Karen oversees the day to day operations which also include; Marketing and Human Resources, to name a few. She has had the pleasure of being involved with the marine community since moving to Florida in 2004 with various associations such as the U.S. Superyacht Association, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, NOVA Ambassadors and local charities, namely: Kids in Distress and Marine Industry Cares Foundation.

She is married to a wonderful man, Mike with whom she traveled with on a 70’ sailboat, which they built, from 1996 until 2008. They are child-free and currently have a home in Hollywood with 2 Yellow Labs!  Karen loves exploring new places and learning about people and their cultures. Being around water, photography and working with her hands are passions as well.


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