WOMEN’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CHAMBER
New: Season, Board, Events, Logo, and the First Ever Male Board Member
West Palm Beach, FL, August 23, 2018 – The Women’s Chamber of Commerce began their new year fiscal year with a statement, “This isn’t your mother’s chamber,” said newly installed chamber board president, LeAnna Carey founder of Women Who Innovate. “It is going to take over 200 years for gender parity to take place, and that is unacceptable. Gender parity is a business issue not a woman’s issue; we need male advocates in our workplaces. The Women’s Chamber looks forward to making our dent, that is why we have elected our first male to the board.”
Since being installed at the Croquet Club in July, the board and members have not looked back. “We must work together to create an environment of equal opportunities…men must be willing to change business cultures and address the barriers that prevent female advancement,” said James Gelfand, executive manager of Sandhill Crane Golf Club, and the first ever man on the board. “Women Mean Business…there is not a better time than now for men and women to work together to create new opportunities and gender equality for future generations. We should utilize all of our human talent to stay competitive.”
The 2018-2019 executive board members are: LeAnna Carey, President Women Who Innovate, Lorin Romeo Romay, 1st Vice President Shaklee, Valerie Dorsey, 2nd Vice President Cruise Planners, Toni May, Secretary MayIMedia, Mary Elias, Treasurer Divine, Blalock, Martin & Sellari, Heather Gray, Immediate Past President Keiser University.
Board of Directors: Kelsey Burke Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, Jessica Gross ServiceMaster Restore of the Palm Beaches, Cynthia Heathcoe Contemporary Living, Dede Lyons Feel Good Express, Amy Murphy Marketing and Communications Specialist, CaraJoy Nash She’s Online, Nicole Rymer The Keyes Company, James Gelfand Sandhill Crane Golf Club
New board members were just the tip of the iceberg for this 24-year-old organization. The first event of the season was a networking mixer at Contemporary Living that revealed the organization’s new logo created by Sallie Colas, and spearheaded by board member CaraJoy Nash of She’s Online. The organization followed up the mixer with a luncheon ‘Understanding the Judicial System and Leadership Journeys’ moderated by Kalinthia Dillard, Deputy Inspector General; and a sold out Dancing With Our Stars featuring dances by Jill and Rich Switzer of Legends Radio, Anne Marie Sorrell of The Mosaic Group, Toni May with MayIMedia, and meteorologist Chris Farrell, who also Emceed the event.
Events scheduled this year include: an update on the Opioid Epidemic with State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Understanding November Ballot Items, a day at Art Basel in Miami, New Year New You cooking demonstrations, Sip and Shops, and the 24th Annual Giraffe Awards luncheon celebrating Women’s History Month in March. For more information about the chamber and events, please visit www.WomensChamber.biz.
The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County was founded in 1994 by businesswomen who envisioned building the Chamber into the leading business organization for women in Palm Beach County. The Chamber fulfills its mission to empower members and to advance women’s leadership in the local economy through networking, professional development, and community engagement.