2018 CWE WBLC - Special Thanks

Thanks to all who supported and attended the CWE Women Business Leaders Conference on Friday, October 19, 2018!  It was a day of learning, reflection, and connections.

This year's conference drew more than 400 business professionals dedicated to empowering women in business, and featured workshops and roundtables led by industry experts, a WBENC Corporate Speed Fair, and CWE's annual awards luncheon honoring friends & clients of CWE for their commitment to supporting women in business.

 2018 CWE Women Business Leaders Conference Keynote Speakers, Manisha Thakor, Founder, Money Zen & VP, Financial Education at Brighton Jones, and Nataly Kogan, Co-Founder &  CEO, Happier.
Featured speakers at this year's event included 
Manisha Thakor, Founder, Money Zen & Vice President, Financial Education at Brighton Jones, and Nataly Kogan, Co-Founder & CEO, Happier. 

Special thanks to the Planning Committee and all of our sponsors, donors, and partners who made the event possible, especially Encore Boston Harbor, Comcast, Staples, and Stop & Shop!

We look forward to seeing you again next year – date to be announced! 

WBLC Photo Album

Congratulations to the 2018 CWE Award Winners

Heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and corporations recognized for their outstanding efforts in helping break down barriers and empower women to become economically self-sufficient and prosper through business and entrepreneurship. 

This year CWE established a special award dedicated to the spirit and memory of Cheryl Watkins Snead.  The award recognizes a WBENC certified business owner who is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women.  The recipient of the award reflects the spirit of Cheryl, a pioneering and inspirational person who never stopped giving back.

Cheryl Watkins Snead Woman – Owned Business of the Year
Doreen Blades, US Eco Products Corporation

Corporation of the Year
Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Community Partner of the Year
City of Cambridge

Advocate of the Year
Jacqueline Gonzalez Taylor

Volunteer of the Year
Cristine Hammer

Supplier Diversity Team of the Year
Iron Mountain Inc.

Our Speakers and Presenters

Our deepest appreciation to the speakers and presenters who donated their time, shared their experience, knowledge and expertise with our participants. 

Tammy Bishop, CEO, Avayle CTS, LLC

Kristin Grimm, Founder & CEO, The Evelyn Group

Laurie Halloran, President & CEO, Halloran Consulting Group 

Stephanie Hernan, President, Yankee Trader Seafood

Louise Leduc Kennedy, Business Attorney & Founder, West Hill Technology Counsel

Marianne Lancaster, President, Lancaster Packaging, Inc. 

Donna Levin, Executive Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Judith Maloy, Director & CEO, Polaris Direct LLC 

Lisa Manning Earley, Certified EOS Implementer

Gillian Meek, President, KEDS 

Bob Nelson, District Director, SBA’s Massachusetts District Office

Dmitriy Nikolayev, Policy Director, Supplier Diversity Office, State of Massachusetts

Terry O'Day, Vice President, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, Boston Scientific

Wendy Pease, Owner, Rapport International, LLC

William Schawbel, CEO, Schawbel Group, LLC

Rudi Scheiber-Kurtz, CEO & Founder, Next Stage Solutions, Inc.

Raza Shaikh, Technology Entrepreneur, Board Member & Angel Investor

Cheryl Smith, Supplier Diversity Manager, Retail Business Services- Ahold Delhaize

Ili Spahiu, Assistant District Director for Lender Relations, SBA’s Massachusetts District Office

Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Supplier Diversity/Strategic Procurement Manager, CVS Health

Maria Warrington, Vice President of Finance, KEDS Shoes

Veronica Zsolcsak, President, Schawbel Group, LLC

WBLC Planning Committee

Sandy Lish, WBLC Co-Chair
Principal and Co-Founder
The Castle Group
Tina Benik, WBLC Co-Chair
VP & General Counsel
A.W. Chesterton Company 

Ann Barry

Director, Risk Management
Juniper Networks, Inc.
Wendy Pease
Rapport International

Daylana Ervin-Parker

Director, Financial Analysis and Supplier Diversity
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA
Saken Pillay
Supplier Diversity Manager
Boston Scientific

Gale Golden

G2 Communications
Lilian Radke
Unic Pro

Maureen Joyce

Creative Director, Managing Partner
Twirling Tiger Press
Karil Reibold
Reibold Consulting

Deb Aurelio
Development Coordinator
Center for Women & Enterprise
Mickey Riendeau
VP Operations, Technology & Marketing
Center for Women & Enterprise

Melinda Leon

Manager - WBENC NE & Special Projects
Center for Women & Enterprise
Jessica Yamas
Senior Director - WBENC NE
Center for Women & Enterprise

Michelle Miller

Director - Central MA
Center for Women & Enterprise