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To celebrate 40 years as a chapter, on August 28th we launched the Women in Leadership Speaker Series. The business commuunity, women and men alike, are welcome to join in and talk with women making a difference on the islands. Date: The 4th Tuesday of each month. Time: Networking starts at 11:30 AM, with lunch, speaker, and discussion noon - 1:00 PM. Location: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel, 33957.
GLORIA GARRETT is a new-comer to ABWA and is delighted to bring her corporate and consulting experience to the Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Gloria believes the exceptional concentration of women in leadership on the islands makes it an ideal location for ABWA to thrive. Gloria runs HMG, a company that specializes in helping small businesses innovate and grow.
KIRA DWORKIN brings four years ABWA experience to the Executive Board. Kira is the creative and entrepreneurial engine of the leadership team. She owns KMGems, is a professional jewelry designer by trade and performance artist by training. Kira will drive the efforts of the Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter towards, growth, best practices, and new ideas to keep the chapter energized as it enters the next phase.
GABRIELA (GABY) BELL, is the Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter Woman of the Year. Gaby agreed to serve a second term as Treasurer this year, making it her second year in an ABWA Executive Board position. Gaby is a three year member of ABWA and is quickly making a mark on the chapter’s future. A resident of Sanibel Island, Gaby is Assistant Manager at the Sanibel Captiva Community Bank.
MARY BONDURANT celebrates her 10th year with ABWA and fourth year serving on the Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter Executive Board. Mary is a multiple year Past President, a Past Woman of the Year and a Top Ten Candidate. Mary is well known and highly regarded in our region, and has been a candidate for regional office. Mary is a 22 year resident of Sanibel Island and leads the Bondurant Realty Group at Kingfisher Real Estate.
In concert with the National ABWA Mission, our Chapter Mission is to inspire each other to learn, grow, and make a lifetime of new connections.
In support of our Mission, the 2018-2019 Chapter Goals are to present a premier year long Women in Leadership Speaker Series and offer the highest quality professional women's networking on the islands.
NANCY BARNES was an early advocate for business women on Sanibel, first joining ABWA in 1984. Nancy served as President of our chapter twice and has played countless leadership roles during her 30-year association with ABWA, including Woman of the Year. Nancy and husband Ed ran Sanibel Island Graphics for decades, and Nancy continues today managing the Sanibel office.
Calli Johnson, Wine Manager of Bailey's General Store, will speak about Family, Philosophy and Wisdom from a Multi-Generational Workforce. Bailey's is one of the earliest busnesses on Sanibel, still thriving today at the crossroads of the island and the heart of the community, This meeting kicks off our 40th year celebration in the most appropriate way -- showcasing a legacy business on Sanibel supporting the development of women in leadership.
Join in the discussion at Sundial Beach Resort and Spa on Sanibel. RSVP at info@ABWASanibelCaptiva.org or register on Eventbrite at
Gloria Garret, President, HMG Consulting discussed networking wisdom and tips for building relationships that can drive business growth. Kira Sonin-Dworkin, owner of KM Gems, led a fun and friendly bling-out session for ABWA badges. Gloria and Kira, the 2018-2019 incming Chapter President and Vic President, enjoyed discussing the chapter's interesests for the coming year with both members and guests.
Jean Baer is the co-owner of Local Roots Farmers Markets. Local Roots, LLC. operates farmers markets throughout Lee County Florida. Each market offers a unique opportunity for local vendors to sell seasonal local fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, nursery stock and other commodities. Jean discussed the launch of Local Roots and lessons learned as a woman entrepreneur.
Captain Nori Ann Reed, US Navy spoke on leadership and country. As a woman leader who rose to the top in a traditional man's world, she has many insights to share. Captain Reed is the first woman to serve as Commanding Officer on three US Navy ships: the USS KISKA, USS WILLAMETTE, and USS DETROIT.
Dr. Hazim is the president and founder of Elev8Life, an educational foundation devoted to enriching the lives of young leaders of middle, high school and college age. She is a leadership trainer, mentor, and coach in both personal and corporate settings. She led a disccuion on discovering identity and purpose in life.
National ABWA Ambassarod Christine Wright shared her experience and knowledge on the techniques, tips, and tools that the American Business Women's Association provides to help ensure chapters remain healthy and thriving. These same tools can be used to organize and focus any business organization or project. Christine is Lawyer/Owner of Wright Law Firm. She was Awarded 2006 Business Associate - Cape Coral Caloosa Chapter of ABWA; 2008 Top Ten Business Woman, ABWA; and 2011 Woman of the Year - Cape Coral Caloosa Chapter of ABWA.
The business plan for MaidPro of SW Florida was originally developed by Spitzer as a homework assignment for a business management class. Spitzer used that plan to create her business from scratch, eventually converting it to a MaidPro franchise. In addition to founding her own company, Spitzer is also one of the founders of MaidPro Cares, a charitable organization that focuses on serving orphanages and underprivileged children.
The Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association was excited to present one of its own members, Valerie Tutor, Realtor with John R. Wood Island Real Estate, as the featured speaker for August 2017. Tutor's presentation will focused on communication in today’s workplace.
Questions or comments? Contact us at INFO@ABWASanibelCaptiva.org
PO Box 1037, Sanibel, FL 33957, US
Meetings: 4th Tuesdays. Networking begins at 11:30 AM, followed by lunch, speaker, and discussion from noon til 1:00 PM.
Location: Sundial Beach Resort and Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Dr, Sanibel FL 33957
Dates 2018: August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27, December 18.
Dates 2019: January 22, Febraury 26, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23.
Lunches are $20. RSVP at info@ABWASanibelCaptiva.org or register for an event at Eventbrite: