The WBE Voice within the WBENC Network

The Women’s Enterprise Forum (the Forum) is a select group of WBENC-certified WBEs that are nominated by their  Regional Partner Organization (RPO) and appointed by WBENC.  Forum members serve on business-focused Teams where they share their expertise and knowledge with each other. Forum members are recognized as the voice of the WBEs within the WBENC network.  All WBEs are invited to attend Forum sessions at our national events.

 

Why Participate

Benefits of Serving on the Forum

Serving on the Forum has several benefits, including:

  • Network-building with highly successful women business leaders
  • Opportunities for leadership within the WBENC network
  • Increased access to WBENC Corporate Members
  • “Forum First” insights into upcoming WBENC events, programs and opportunities
  • Ability to share and trade business knowledge and expertise across the WBENC network
How to Join

Forum Appointee Criteria

WBEs who are nominated by their RPO Leader (every other year) for appointment are among the most successful, most engaged women business leaders in the WBENC network, and those who have demonstrated their commitment to helping WBENC further the efforts of women in business. In selecting WBEs for appointments, these factors are considered:

  • Number of years in business
  • Number of years WBENC-certified
  • Level of business expertise and industry knowledge
  • Participation in regional and national events
  • Participation in regional and national programs
  • Demonstrated commitment of time and resources regionally and nationally
  • Recognized as a leader in their industry or by other organizations

How to Get Involved

It starts with regional engagement:

It includes national engagement:

  • To learn more about this group, all WBENC-certified WBEs are welcome to attend the open Women’s Enterprise Forum events that precede WBENC national events.

Forum Events & Meetings

The Forum meets regularly throughout the year. Each quarter, the Forum hosts meetings for the membership and each Forum Team hosts meetings for their members.

Forum programming includes Team discussions and planning, keynote speakers, Corporate guests, and specialized Team activities and events.

Contact us for more details on how you can get involved with the Women’s Enterprise Forum.
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Leadership of the Forum

Patti Massey
Women’s Enterprise Forum –  Chair
MYCA
Cincinnati, OH
Industry: Training & Development
RPO: ORV-WBC

Peggy Del Fabbro
Women’s Enterprise Forum – 1st Vice Chair

M. Davis & Sons, Inc.
Wilmington, DE
Industry: Construction
RPO: WBEC – East

Hannah Kain
Women’s Enterprise Forum – 2nd Vice Chair
ALOM
Fremont, CA
Industry: Supply chain, technology, logistics
RPO: WBEC-Pacific

Forum Teams

The Forum is comprised of five Forum Teams each with their own Team Focus:

Domestic Team
Team Focus: Leverage the Network Domestically

Engagement Team
Team Focus: Engagement as a Growth Strategy

Global Team
Team Focus: A Catalyst for Global Growth through Education, Support, and Resources

Government Team 
Team Focus: More Federal Business for More WBEs

Marketing Team 
Team Focus: Raise the Profile of the Forum and Its Members

Team representatives share their expertise and knowledge with each other for the purpose of supporting business growth. Teams use this accumulated knowledge to share with the broader WBENC network via activities, events, and information.

Forum Leadership Team

Joan LaGrasse
Domestic Programs Team – Chair
Imagen, LLC
Nashville, TN
Industry: Exhibits and Branded Spaces
RPO: WBEC South

Lilian Radke
Domestic Programs Team – 1st Vice Chair
Unic Pro Inc.
Shrewsbury, MA
Industry: Janitorial Services
RPO: CWE

Molly Zraik
Domestic Programs Team – 2nd Vice Chair
The BAZ Group
Toledo, OH
Industry: IT & Telecom
RPO: WBEC ORV

Caren Schweitzer
Marketing Team –  Chair
Creative Resources Agency
Hopkins, MN
Industry: Advertising, Promotional, Experiential
RPO: WBDC-Midwest

Biddie Webb
Marketing Team – 1st Vice Chair
Limb Design
Houston, TX
Industry: Marketing
RPO: WBEA

Kimberly Meek
Marketing Team – 2nd Vice Chair
Hacha Products Corp.
Wheaton, IL
Industry: Distribution
RPO: WBDC-Midwest

Imelda Alejandrino
Global Programs Team – Chair
AP42
San Ramon, CA
Industry: Marketing and Technology
RPO: WBEC-Pacific

Kelly Kolar
Global Programs Team – 1st Vice Chair
Kolar Design, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH
Industry: Graphic Design
RPO: ORV-WBC

Rashmi Chaturvedi
Global Programs Team – 2nd Vice Chair
Kaygen
Irvine, CA
Industry: Technology
RPO: WBEC-West

Lianne Lami
WBE Engagement Team –  Chair
Bocci Engineering, LLC
Houston, TX
Industry: Engineering & Construction
RPO: WBEA

Michele Adams
WBE Engagement Team –  1st Vice Chair
Levy Marketing + Awards
Tampa, FL
Industry: Recognition
RPO: WBDC of Florida

Dee Marshall
WBE Engagement Team –  2nd Vice Chair
Diverse & Engaged
Newark, NJ
Industry: Professional Services
RPO: WPEO – NY

Barbara Wichmann
Government Programs Team – Chair
Artemia Communications, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Industry: Advertising, PR and Marketing
RPO: WBEC-Pacific

Janice Migliore
Government Programs Team – 1st Vice Chair
PALCO
Huntsville, AL
Industry: Technology/ Reverse Logistics
RPO: WBEC South

Doreen Blades
Government Programs Team – 2nd Vice Chair
US Eco Products Corporation
Haverhill, MA
Industry: Wholesale Supplier
RPO: CWE

Contact Information

Please contact wbeforum@wbenc.org for more information on the Women’s Enterprise Forum.