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WPEO-NY & DC Are RPO Host Councils for 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

WPEO-NY & DC Are RPO Host Councils for 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

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NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is pleased to announce that its New York and Washington, D.C. offices are the Regional Partner Organizations serving as host councils for the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair. A signature WBENC annual event, it is the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S. and will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, June 25 – 27, 2019.

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Attendees will include Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC's vision of expanding women's business opportunities in the marketplace.

The theme of this year's conference is Ecosystems: Connect. Grow. Thrive. and promises full immersion into a dynamic network of entrepreneurs and professionals, all dedicated to increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses.

The 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair Host Committee is co-chaired by Jennifer Collins, President & CEO of JDC Events and Lynne Marie Finn, President & CEO of Broadleaf Results, Inc. Host Committee members are WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) from a multitude of industries representing the Host Councils. The objective of the Host Committee is to represent WBENC as the official ambassadors, providing information about the conference, its goal, mission and content. In addition, they serve as spokespeople on behalf of the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair to local, regional and national media outlets, to reach prospective constituents with interest in the development of WBEs.

Host Committee Members

  • Kathleen Benson – CEO, ORI Results
  • Loren Breslow, President, Command Marketing Innovations
  • Jacqueline Cleary - CEO, Atlas
  • Lois Gamerman – President & CEO, Soft Stuff Distributors Inc.
  • Bev Gray – President & CEO, Exhibit Edge, Inc.
  • Kay Hamilton – President & CEO, The Hamilton Group
  • Gia Machlin – Founder & CEO, Ecoplum Inc.
  • Dee C. Marshall – CEO, Diverse & Engaged
  • Jayne Millard – Chairman & CEO, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
  • Carol Muszynski – President, Eighth Day Design
  • Sharon L. Olzerowicz – President & CEO, Hired by Matrix
  • Hetal Parikh – President, Rangam Consultants Inc.
  • Avis Yates Rivers – CEO, Technology Concepts Group International LLC
  • Hallie Satz – CEO, Managing Partner – HighRoad Press, LLC
  • Jackie Smith – President, New Kent Coatings, Inc.
  • Susan Wright – President, Marlboro Group International LLC

"We are very proud to host the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair. The Ecosystems theme is a provocative one, given the critical importance of interconnectivity and cooperation in today's business landscape. For an ecosystem to thrive, all participants need to dynamically interact with each other, through both competition and cooperation, to jointly adapt to external disruptions," said Marsha Firestone, President and Founder, Women Presidents' Educational Organization, NY and DC.

Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO – DC said, "Women's Business Enterprises are stronger together than apart to address the rapidly changing business marketplace. We need to adapt and evolve as a community to continue to be a powerful force in economic growth."

To learn more about the conference and to register, please go here.


WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 15,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more about WBENC. Check us out on LinkedIn and Instagram. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

About The WPEO

The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's premier third-party certification organization for Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs). The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide full service, third-party certification to women entrepreneurs in areas that include New York, Northern New Jersey, Southern Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization.  For more information please visit  or call (212) 688-4114. Follow us on Twitter @WPEONYDC. Like us on Facebook @TheWPEO


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