It is an honor and privilege to introduce candidates for our incoming WEC Board. Each candidate wrote a short description about herself and her vision for her leadership role. Our official vote takes place at our April luncheon. In the meantime, if you have questions for any candidate, please reach out to her via the email link in our membership directory.
As your incoming president, I promise to build on our mission of friendship. AND it all starts at our retreat on June 8th at Carol Metevier’s stunning party room. Our theme: Girlfriends: Party in Purple.Trina London, Rodica Charles, and I are busily planning a “can’t miss” day filled with things girlfriends love to do together.
Stay tuned for details, but for a sneak peak, what about champagne & chocolate, flowers & food, pictures & presents all kicked-off (literally!!!) by premier performance from our very own EXECUTIVETTES?
I am blessed with extraordinary presidents who came before me. I promise to follow their wisdom, build on their heritage, and offer you the best of ME. Thank you for your trust. I’m excited and humbled.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Michelle received a BS degree in Management from Binghamton University and a M.B.A. degree from Syracuse University in June of 2000. In 2003, Michelle relocated to Fort Lauderdale and joined Smith Barney in 2004. She achieved the Certified Financial Planner status, and currently serves, along with her husband Scott Anderson, as co-manager of the Anderson Group at Morgan Stanley. The Anderson Group serves as advisors to a select group of high net worth families ranging from $1 to $45 million in assets. “We are a relationship-based financial planning team recognized by our individual and corporate clients for quality advice, effective implementation and superior service.” Dedicated to the highest ethical standards, the Anderson Group provides customized multi-generational solutions for the select families we serve. We have a focus on building long- term relationships founded on mutual trust and respect. In today’s volatile market the advice of a trusted professional is more valuable than ever. As your VP of membership, I will work to actively recruit the highest quality new members in the local community.
Susan Kissinger: VP of Internal Involvement
Hello Everyone My name is Susan Kissinger and I have been a member of WEC since 2009. What a difference this wonderful group is from others! While I have been a member of many chambers and organizations, during my careers in Special Events and Equipment Rentals, and then with my own company Kissinger Promotions and Send Out Cards, this by far has been the most rewarding. It's like having 50+ new girlfriends all at once. The first two years I was on the front table checking everyone in so I could learn names and faces! Jump right in and get to know the ladies were my thought, and it worked. I have enjoyed the retreats so much and I love to take pictures and then put them in Send Out Cards then sending to everyone to remember the great time we had.
I am so honored to be the incoming VP of Internal Affairs, I will do my best to continue the smooth flow of the different areas I will cover. Following after Judith will be a blessing as she has created a failsafe road! I see smooth sailing ahead.
I am married to Paul the man of my dreams for 11 years and have two furry family members, Buddy and Trudy T. and am very lucky that we both love to travel and take a pretty exciting trip each year! This year it's off to Madagascar.
Trina London: VP Events
I originally joined WEC because I loved the fellowship and energy of the group. I have received so much more than I could have imagined. The support of other women business owners, the sistership, compassion and love I have received is far beyond what I could have expected. Giving back to the club by being on the board, fund raising for PACE and participating in various events has given me an amazing sense of belonging and community
Kathleen Ryan: VP of Community Involvement
This position oversees: Women Empowering Women (WEW) Scholarships, Future Executive (FX) Mentoring program, ongoing relationship with PACE as WEC designated community charity, special collections of food at Thanksgiving and gifts for PACE girls at December party, and Media and Public Relations.
Quote: “It is my honor to coordinate programs in which WEC members inspire, mentor and support women and girls in fulfilling their educational and career goals. WEC has a proud tradition of “giving back” to our community.”
For the 2013-2014 year I am looking to establish a Media Committee to assist in television and print exposure of WEC and its impact on the community. If interested contact Kathleen Ryan at 954-561-6939 ext. 317.
Christy Sjoblom: VP of Corporate Records
Greetings, Sisters! I've been a member of WEC for three years! I am looking forward to serving you as the Vice President for Corporate Records. I am an independent financial planner specializing in working with women during life changes by day. My 24/7 titles are wife and loving partner of Steve Sjoblom and mommy to Robbie (6) and Johnny (2). I am excited about getting further involved in WEC and helping us all to "Lean In" both personally and professionally.
Kimball Stadler: VP of Communications
To me, nothing is more important than great communication. My goal is to be sure all WEC members know who is who and what is what. I strive for open and honest feedback as I feel it’s important to hear all viewpoints and then move forward with the best decision for our group as a whole. Keeping up with our website, our events and working with the talented “communication team” of Susan Kingsley and Myriam Cohen will keep us all humming.
Thank you ladies for the opportunity to be of service to this wonderful group!
Catherine Wolfe: VP Finance
I am deeply honored to have been asked to serve on the Board! I look forward to the opportunity to assist our community and will give 100% to the position. Thank you for your confidence.
An unforgettable evening for all involved. Thank you to Trina London, Laurina Anderson, Bill and his staff, evening entertainers and all volunteers attendees for making this happen. The PACE girls will definitely benefit from your generousity.
Heidi Richards Mooney announces the launch of her latest book: Quirky Marketing Calendar. The 7th Edition of QMC - 365 Ways to Promote Your Business Using Zany and Non-traditional Holidays is filled with more than 400 ideas to grow your business using events, celebrations and off-th-wall holidays. Check it out at www.QuirkyMarketingCalendar.com. Members can save $10 when they use code:QUIRKYSAVE$10
Dr. Lenore Alpert organized Florida Oceans Day 2013 (April 4th) for the Florida Ocean Alliance (FOA), a nonprofit organization of industry and ocean researchers. This year's theme "Oceans of Opportunity for Economic Growth" focuses on the importance of oceans and coasts to Florida's economy. The event includes a workshop of experts in the Historic Capitol to discuss their industries and ocean-related exhibits in the Capitol. She and Dr. Bill Stronge have just completed an economic and industry cluster mapping report for FOA. The report finds that the state's coastal counties contribute $584 billion to the economy. This represents 79% of Florida's economy, of which half comes from the economic contributions of those counties along the Atlantic Shoreline. Southeast Florida figures prominently in tourism and seaports, but also includes the marine industry, recreation, and fishing.
BIG CHEF Supports Book Launch of "Little Secret: The Fantastic Life of Kat" With Gourmet Signature Dishes!
Hollywood, FL (March 12, 2013) BIG CHEF™, the company that specializes in gourmet appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and canapés that are delivered to your door is supporting the book launch of “LITTLE SECRET: the Fantastic Life of Kat” by renowned Brazilian (Rio de Janeiro) born author Heloísa Schurmann. The event will take place in Miami, March 20th, at Britto Central - 818 Lincoln Rd. - Miami Beach, FL 33139, at 7PM. All book sales proceeds will be donated to the Kat Institute in Sta Catarina and to Renata’s Christmas in Recife, Brazil. The cocktail party for the evening will have the signature of BIG CHEF™ who will provide delectable gourmet hors d’oeuvres they have become known for including apricot boursin, salmon pinwheel , turkey mandarin and Blossoms veggie and cheese Bouquet – “the flowers they can eat”.
According to Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of BIG CHEF™ "We are supporting the release of LITTLE SECRETfor reasons that, to me, appear to be obvious: this is a story which needs to be told and I am sure it will help and touch a lot of people.” "
About the Author: Heloisa Schurmann, born in Rio de Janeiro, is a writer and a sea-woman. With a degree in English from New York University, she established a language school in Santa Catarina, attended by more than a thousand students. Moved by her love of the sea stories written by Jules Verne, she abandoned her stable career in order to live her dream of sailing twice around the world. together with her husband and four children: Pierre, David, Wilhelm and Kat. Her passion of literature, however, was not lost: she has already published four other books on the stories of the Schurmann family and their travels.
About Britto Cental: Britto Central houses the artwork of Romero Britto. Known for his colorful, black-outlined illustrations, his work can be seen everywhere from Miami Beach City Hall to the White House. His gallery boasts original paintings, sculptures and a shop where visitors can purchase Britto-designed handbags, ties, T-Shirts and more. For more information visit: www.britto.com
About BIG CHEF™: BIG CHEF is a health conscious, lean & green food manufacturer since 1999. BIG CHEF™ offers delectable hors d'oeuvres and canapés, gourmet prepared food and Blossoms fresh fruit & veggie Bouquets – the flowers they can eat, shipped nationwide, delivered locally and catered. R&D kitchen, private label and co-packer. BIG CHEF Gourmet Market is opening at the Broward Plaza, 4811 S State Road 7. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. For more information, visit www.Bigchefonline.com , call (954) 965-2480 or email Rosana Santos Calambichis at email@example.com
Women Empowering Women (WEW) is WEC’s college scholarship program.
Our 2013 WEW winners are Tamara Chang and Rodica Charles. Tamara is a student in an Associate Degree program majoring in legal studies at Keiser University. Her education goal is to earn a graduate degree in Public Administration. Rodica, a Florida International University graduate with double majors in Finance and International Business, is currently pursuing a MBA with a concentration in Human Resources at Nova Southwestern University. Both women are dedicated students with clear career goals.
A WEW recipient receives up to $2500 for educational expenses and a complimentary WEC membership. There were 15 eligible applicants for the two WEW scholarships. Tamara and Rodica were the unanimous first choices of the Scholarship Committee: Ann Meacham, Chadia Meroueh, Dee Moustakas, Melissa Rapkin and Kathleen Ryan.
For both Tamara and Rodica, being a WEW recipient is both an honor and an entrée into a community of women leaders. When asked what it meant to be a WEW scholarship winner, Tamara Chang responded:
There are many reasons why this scholarship is important to me. While the monetary award
will be pertinent for my school fees and books, the best part is being a part of a dynamic group
that represents women who are powerful in business, the economy and the community. This
experience will assist me in my endeavors to become a leader in my community.
For Rodica Charles: WEW is important to me for many reasons:
-This is the first scholarships I ever won and I will never forget the excitement when I received the call informing me that I was the winner of the award!
-During my preliminary interview, although it was short, and I was bombarded with questions by all the committee members in the room, at the same time it gave me this great feeling, and one thought crossed my mind: “One day I want to be like them, powerful and able to make a difference!”
-The scholarship doesn’t mean only funds to help with my tuition, but it also means one year membership in WEC, where I have the privilege of attending events and meeting some\extraordinary people.
*Featured photo is of Erin and Grammy to be on her wedding day*
An unknown, but very insightful, woman once said, “Friends are like a good bra, supportive, hard to find, and always close to your heart!”
Well, my friends, I’ve found you and now I’m asking you to be supportive in a way that’s VERY close to my heart . . . my daughter Erin and her husband Gabe are ready to adopt a baby into what they call “our forever family.”
I’m learning that the adoption process today is about spreading the good news. So, my friends, if you hear of a birth mother who wants her child to be raised in a loving, lovely family please, please let me know.
The February Cannon Circle was a success held at the Hampton Beach Club. WEC members were treated to red or white sangria, latin sodas like Materva and Ironbeer and fruit juices like mango and guava. Ceviche, 2 salads, turkey picadillo (a ground turkey dish, seafood and chicken paella, black bean soup, and platanos maduros (sweet plantains) followed by latin cookies and guava or mamey (a red fruit similar to papaya) icecream. Zelda, the Palm reader entertained. A tour of Dr. Dora's new beach condo. apt. followed. A great time was had by all and everyone went home with their Valentine's goodie bag. Dr. Dora Vilk-Shapiro, a WEC member since 1996 enjoyed sharing her Cuban heritage with her WEC friends.
I am part of the Coral Springs Leadership program this year and one of our functions is to raise money for the local high schools in our area. We put together a wonderful networking event on March 14th. I invite you to attend and network in a professional yet fun environment. -Kimball Stadler
Marla Jaffe Nassau, Interior Designer and President of Jaffe Design Associates, Inc. has just been appointed as an Adjunct Instructor at the Auto Nation Academy of Art + Design Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University.
NEW COURSE: INTERIOR DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
This New Interior Design Fundamentals course is a unique interactive experience designed for students interested in interior design taught by Industry expert Marla Jaffe Nassau. Focus will be placed on design principles, balance, scale, proportion, color, and texture. Students will learn smart shopping techniques, such as how to save time, money and avoid costly mistakes. Space planning will be discussed as well as practices on how to draw and design a room. Finally, designs become a reality with the implementation of a vision is realized. This 5 week course is open to all levels, no experience necessary. Open house is February 9th 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. and session begins February 19th.
5weeks: $225 + $30 lab fee
Tuesdays: 3pm – 6pm or 6:30pm-9:30pm
Marla has been a presence in the South Florida Interior Design arena since incorporating Jaffe Design Associates, Inc. in 1984. Marla is a Florida State Registered Licensed Interior Designer with the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. An ASID Award Winning Interior Designer known for her diverse non repetitive style. “As a creative Visionary and Industry Expert I always begin with the end in mind….Space is my Canvas.”