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Women’s Business Council

The Women’s Business Council mission is to empower, recognize and inspire women in business and the community in the Lehigh Valley.

The Women’s Business Council provides information and a networking forum for women in management, professional and private enterprise. Monthly luncheons rotate between networking sessions and educational programs. Luncheon topics include health issues, sales and marketing strategies, personal growth and professional development.
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2014 ATHENA Award (Seasoned Leader) Nomination Form
• 2014 ATHENA Young Professional Award (Emerging Leader) Nomination Form

Photo 1: Attendees at the Women’s Business Council January event enjoy a great panel discussion on branding.  Panelists included Stephen Wilson, Easton Hospital; John Mulder, President, Lehigh Valley Ad Club; and Lenore Mohr, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (pictured) and it was moderated by Joseph Facchiano, JoFash Enterprises (not pictured).

30 Years of ATHENA from ASR Media Productions on Vimeo.

Photo 2: American Hairlines staff shoosh and beautify guests at the Women’s Business Council annual holiday fundraiser.

Photo 3: Christine Stazo; Scholarship Committee Chair, Jennifer Ceneviva; Arlene Peltola; and Sharon Laudone.

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Discover the many opportunities to get involved with one of the WBC's active committees.
Email Danielle Joseph for more information.

Lehigh Valley Women's Summit 2013 from FireRock Productions on Vimeo.

2013 WBC Scholarship Recipients:

WBC Scholarship Recipients 2013 from FireRock Productions on Vimeo.

2013 Excellence In Business Award Recipients:

Future Leader of the Lehigh Valley Award Recipient: Marie McConnell, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C.

Video: Golden Pepper Productions, Inc. / www.goldenpepper.com

Outstanding Business Woman Award Recipient: Denise Maiatico, Hyatt Place

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Company (1-25 employee) Recipient: Boyle Construction

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Company (26-100) Recipient: HindlePower, Inc.

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2014 - 2015 Board

Darlene Pors- President
H.T. Lyons, Inc.
610-530-2601, Ext 101

Laura Azzalina- First Vice President
Firstrust Bank

Christina Acerra
Bershire Hathaway Home Services

Christine Brown

Iron Lakes Country Club
610-395-3369, Ext 232

Jennifer Ceneviva
Edward Jones

Melissa Fritzinger Gerhardt
Legacy Planning Partners
484-765-9100, Ext 304

Dorota Gasienica-Kozak- Immediate Past President
King,Spry,Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC

Kelly Gooley
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

Carla Hickey- Vice President of Engagement
Girl Scouts of Eastern PA
610-791-2411, Ext 1505

Annette Kaiser
Lehigh Valley Media Group
The Express-Times powering lehighvalleylive.com
610-258-7171 Ext. 3135

Debra Khateeb
Cedar Crest College
610-606-4666, Ext 3318

Ruth Kuhns

Sharon Laudone- Vice President of Marketing
Working Dog Press

Hope Pearson
New Tripoli Bank

Christine Stazo
Farmer's Insurance

Nina Tulio
Anthony Ashley

Julia Urich
FireRock Productions

Gladys Wiles- Vice President of Programs
Snyder & Wiles, PC



Women's Business Council Committees:

Lehigh Valley Women's Summit:
You've seen us in the news, so join the committee behind one of the best women's conferences in the state! This committee helps coordinate the annual event, from selecting speakers to marketing the event. New volunteers are welcome to contribute.

Scholarship Committee: This committee plans what many members proclaim to be the most dynamic holiday event of the Chamber calendar year. With Chamber members selling holiday gift items, to the fabulous gift raffle benefiting our scholarship programs, this is a great committee in which to participate. This committee plans a spring fundraising event, as well as updates scholarship applications, distributes scholarship applications to local high schools and chooses the WBC scholarship recipients.

Marketing Committee: This committee develops effective communications for our members and the community. It helps to promote the WBC’s mission, goals, accomplishments, events and programs. Look for The Networker, our monthly newsletter, distributed at each luncheon.

Program Committee: This committee plans the monthly luncheons providing networking opportunities for women, and it also plans various programs to promote growth and development.

Membership Committee:
This is the welcoming committee for the Women’s Business Council. This committee greets and orients new attendees at the luncheons; brainstorms ways to better serve the membership and implements the new methods.  The membership committee contacts new members of he Chamber to inform them of the WBC.