A Year in the Life: Women’s Business Council 2017

From the desk of Kate Renna, Development & Marketing Specialist at Whitney Young Health.

Can you believe 2017 is almost over with?

From guest speakers, to a panel discussion and to special events like the Women of Excellence Luncheon and Bold in Business, it has been an eventful year filled with lots of learning, networking and memories shared. With 2017 coming to a close, let us reflect on the incredible year the Women’s Business Council has had and all of the wonderful experiences we all shared together.

January 10th: New Year’s Resolution – Health & Well-Being First

The WBC  started the year off on a high-note with a presentation from Leigh Stringer, author of ‘The Healthy Workplace.’ The event highlighted the importance of businesses investing in health programs and healthy building to reduce stress and encourage healthy eating and exercise of their employees.

February 14th: The Evolution of Women in Business


In February, the WBC had the pleasure to hear from Joanne Kugler, Paula Stopera, Marcia White and Benita Zahn, four remarkable women and former Women of Excellence recipients, who shared their wisdom and expertise on how to be successful in the workplace, no matter what industry you work in.

April 11th: Improving Your BATing Average – Behaviors, Attiudes & Techniques


In March, Lorraine Ferguson, author of ‘Improving Your BATing Average,’ discussed with the WBC on how to not let your behavior, attitude and technique affect your professional and personal life.

May 16th: Inclusion Revolution

In May, the Inclusion Revolution took over! Sujata Chaudhry from Tanigble Development LLC spoke about how the meaning of inclusion in the workplace is rapidly changing due to the rise of millennials joining the workforce and how accepting all forms of diversity inspires creativity.

June 1st: Women of Excellence Luncheon

The biggest event of the year! The Hon. Victoria Graffeo, Suzie Mookherjee, MS, MD, FACC, Danielle Merfield, Kathleen Pingelski and Sarah Bowman, women from various walks of life, who have made incredible strives in their careers and the organizations they work for, were honored in front of friends, family and fellow colleagues.

September 19th: Women of Excellence Unplugged

After the awards were given out and we were able to get to know the five WOE award recipients the month prior, it was time for these women to share their stories on what inspires them, who are their role models and how they got where they are today.

October 4th: Member-Rita

When National Taco Day and networking come together, it brings the Member-Rita! This fun event was an opportunity for potential WBC members to connect with current ones while eating some great Mexican food and seeing fellow WBC member, Alissa Quinn show off her salsa skills!

October 13th: Bold in Business Annual Forum


We had the pleasure of Regina Calcaterra, author of ‘Etched in Sand’ and ‘Girl Unbroken,’ shared inspiring stories from her gut-wrenching childhood and how she was able to overcome and become an attorney, Executive Director of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption and a New York Times Bestselling author.

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Check out more photos from WBC events from the past year above!

It’s safe to say this year was a great success for the Women’s Business Council! There is still time to join in on the WBC fun before the start of 2018. The Adopted Nonprofit Holiday Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, December 12th at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. Get all of your holiday shopping done by taking part in the silent and live auctions, a wine pull, and a chance to win the Gift Card Tree with over a $1,000 worth in gift cards. All proceeds from the event go to Whitney Young Health, the Women’s Business Council’s 2017 Adopted Nonprofit.

You don’t want to miss this event! Buy your tickets here.

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