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of Southwest Florida

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Experience the Power of Sisterhood

Education, Mentoring, Success


The ABWA Local Experience: Where members have the opportunity to connect, learn and grow!

Network, share professional endeavors, ideas, experiences, resources, products and services, with like-minded professional women within Southwest Florida. (www.abwa.org)

Welcome to the SWFL Council of the American Business Woman's Association!

Southwest Florida Council 2019 Woman of the Year Luncheon

Saturday, February 16, 2019
Holiday Inn Town Center/Fort Myers Airport

Keynote Speaker:
Latorie Walker “Top Ten & WOY Process & Journey”
2019 American Business Woman

Morning Session: Teresa Williams “Women’s Pay Equality”
2017 American Business Woman

Jodi Suskind 2018 SWFL Council Woman of the Year – Presentation of the 2019 SWFL Council Woman of the Year

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

9:30 am Registration
Seminars and Luncheon: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$40.00 per person – Click link above to purchase ticket

Holiday Inn Town Center/Fort Myers Airport
9931 Interstate Commerce Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

RSVP to Carolyn Gravest at graves456@gmail.com by February 8, 2019

Buffet Lunch

Join us for the weekend!
Call the hotel directly at (239) 561-1550 and ask for the ABWA Rate

ABWA SWFL Chapters

See our Chapters below. Click the button under each description to see full profile.

Imperial River Chapter

The newly-formed Imperial River Chapter of ABWA has been created to serve the growing population of South Lee County, Florida, focusing on Estero and Bonita Springs.

Chapter Vision Statement: 

Chapter Location: South Fort Myers, FL

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Lehigh Acres Chapter

Chapter Visions Statement: Lehigh Acres Charter Chapter of ABWA vision is to uplift and empower women by: ..Recognizing and celebrating our milestones ..Supporting the educational growth and development of members and women through scholarships ..Inspiring, developing, and mentoring future leaders ..Nurturing and encouraging the uniqueness of each member ..Supporting charitable organizations in the community ..Having FUN

Chapter Location: Lehigh Acres, FL

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Neapolitan Chapter

Vision Statement: The ABWA Neapolitan Chapter is the preeminent professional development group that empowers women through content-rich programs designed to build business expertise. It’s a place to find positive caring connections and dynamic leadership in a welcoming networking environment.

Chapter Location: Naples, FL

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Palms of Edisonia Chapter

Chapter Vision Statement: Our vision is to recruit, educate and nurture our members by building relationships and guiding them with personal and professional knowledge.

Chapter Location: Fort Myers, FL

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Punta Gorda Charter Chapter

Chapter Vision Statement: We will foster personal and professional growth to our Chapter and our Community through leadership, education, personal development and networking for all women to continue to grow positively.

Chapter Location: Punta Gorda, FL

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Sanibel-Captiva Charter Chapter

Chapter Vision Statement: Collectively, we inspire each other to learn, grow, and make a lifetime of new connections

Chapter Location: Sanibel, FL

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Ms. Castillo stared her journey with ABWA in 2013 as the recipient of the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) scholarship and in December 2014, she graduated from Florida Southwestern Colledge with her BAS in Supervision and Management in 2015. Over the years, Ms. Castillo has been awarded Apex Awards and Certificates of Achievement for her various leadership roles in her League. She has served as the Council Financial Officer in 2015 and 2016, and she is the 2016 SWFL Council Woman of the Year.

Betty Castillo, 2017 SWFL Council Website Chair

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About ABWA

Our Mission

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

About Us

The American Business Women’s Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners.  It is a community where women can be part of a national organization with a local connection, come together to gain career development and pursue business opportunities while being influenced and mentored by like-minded women who really care. 

2017 & 2018 Executive Board/Officers

Chair: Vinnie Treppiedi

Vice Chair: Lynda Rubenstein

Communications Chair: Carol Sinks

Financial Officer: Erin White

Past Chair: Shelia Bedwell

2017 SWFL Council Lifetime Achievement: Shelia Bedwell – Imperial River

2018 SWFL Council Lifetime Achievement: Barbara Jett – Punta Gorda

2018 SWFL Council Woman of the Year: Jodi Suskind – Sanibel-Captiva