2016-2017 President

Chadia Ghanem

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.”  Sitting Bull- The famous Indian Lakota chief
Spring begins in March and "springtime" refers not just to the season but also to renewal and rebirth whether for the blooming flowers or ideas, or as the gentle beauty in a blossoming friendship or love.  We are pretty fortunate to be living in South Florida at this time of the year.  The weather is pleasant, our evenings are filled with a mild breeze and all around us is beauty in every form. We are also fortunate to be members of a club whose vision is to connect fellow executives in a relaxed space to network and create and develop friendship. Some friendships become more beautiful over time… I know that the relationships I have developed over time with the WEC ladies have added color, value and meaning to my life and for that I am grateful.
I encourage the new and existing members to reach out to one another this month and every month… because we are here to support each other, to bring a smile or to tend a helping hand to others. 
This month, l would like to feature the GEM Lunches.  GEM stands for Greet, Eat and Meet.  It is coordinated by the wonderful Liz Mendel.  Liz works tirelessly in making sure that we are all included and are part of the GEM lunches.  GEMS are usually hosted by an established member.  The GEM hostess chooses a nice restaurant in an intimate setting with a smaller group of the WEC members which allows the members to better know each other and their professions (5-8 ladies).
It is important for the new and existing members to attend the GEM lunches because we can always learn something new about a fellow member and thus, may allow us to take that acquaintance to the next level into a friendship…

As for this month’s luncheons at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, Do we have a treat for you? We have a dynamic, highly recognized and sought after speaker and business consultant in the South Florida Region- Stella Tokar.  Stella is currently the President / CEO of B.O.L.D. Consulting, LLC.
With 30 years of experience, whether speaking, consulting, training or coaching, Stella supports professionals and their businesses, assisting in the process to  “Build, Organize, Lead and Discover” their path in reaching that next level. Her business was recognized by the Broward County Commission initiative, “Broward Means Business” as a successful small business adding to the economy and quality of life.  Stella is a power house whose gift of giving earned her the respect of academics and business professionals regionally and internationally.

You will thoroughly enjoy her presentation.
Also for this month’s Book Club being help on March 28th at Judge Eileen O’Connor’s home, the ladies will enjoy appetizers, wine and a book discussion.  The Book Club just like the GEM lunches and the Canon Circle (The board is planning an exciting event for this month, we will keep you posted), this is a member only event. 
Hoping this day holds all the warmth, contentment, and love of a wonderful and happy spring!

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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2016-2017 Theme of the Year

WEW Scholarship Winner Announcement!

WEC is proud to announce the first woman veteran to receive the WEW Scholarship.

Christina Montalvan

Christina is a retired Coast Guard Lieutenant. She will be attending FIU, she's been admitted to study a Masters of Liberal Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies.

Her goal is to study women in the military and their use of leadership, Christina plans to use this to help retired women integrate themselves into society.

Thank you to one of our special WEC sponsors!

Please be sure to visit them:www.floridaqualityroofing.com


J. D. Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. This is a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.

Please bring:Apps, or dessert Only, Eileen is providing refreshements!


Mary Adams, JD

WEC Member Spotlight

Mary Adam, JD

Mary is Principal Consultant and Owner of local Employment Law Compliance Consulting Firm, The Employee Relations Group (TERG.com); www.terg.com

As a former national and global corporate Human Resources Director, Mary provided HR Generalist support for over 15 years and 100s of employees in companies, including: IBM Corp., DellComputer, Google/Bertels-mann, Start-Up and Venture Capital firms. Along with a Doctorate of Law, Mary is uniquely qualified in the researching and drafting documents for: commission plans, wage & hour, job descriptions, employee handbooks, owner partnership agreements along with mediating and helping to create a compliant and knowledgeable work environment. TERG's client base are small businesses in all industries, with an average of 3-30 employees but no more than 49 employees. Mary’s career record and her firms’ of zero legal claims, along with expediting and negotiating very low damages of existing claims for new clients, is a record the firm works hard to maintain. The Employee Relations Group® prides itself in having a mobile office that saves their clients time and costs of doing business with TERG®.

Community involvement is very important to Mary, her community volunteerism include:

Riverwalk Trust – Board and Executive Committee member
Meals on Wheels of South Florida – Board and Vice Chair
Children Diagnostic Treatment Center – Transformer
Downtown Board of Governors – Board member
Women Leading Broward/Leadership Broward – Program Facilitator (2014-Present)
Tower Club Professional Women’s Luncheon – Chair (2014-Present) 
As well as a member of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Women Executive Club and the American Business Women’s Association.


February 2017
Thursday 16th
11:30am February Luncheon
Tuesday 21st
6pm FEBRUARY CANNON CIRCLE: What's Your Passion?
Thursday 23rd
March 2017
Tuesday 28th
6:30pm March Book Club
Wednesday 29th
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