Southwest Florida Council ABWA

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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. (

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

Southwest Florida Council 2020 WOY Luncheon

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Holiday Inn Town Center/Fort Myers Airport

Keynote Speaker:
Diane Kliem, 2020 American Business Woman

Presentation of the 2020 SWFL Council Woman of the Year by Lynda Rubenstein-SWFL Council 2019 Woman of the Year

ABWA SWFL Chapters

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

Imperial River Chapter

The 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. 

2019 Executive Board/Officers

Chair:  Betty Castillo

Vice Chair: Toby Ferrel

Communications Chair: Alexia Martin

Financial Officer: Carolyn Graves

Past Chair: Vinnie Treppiedi

2019 SWFL Council Woman of the Year: Lynda Rubenstein – Imperial River Chapter

2019 SWFL Council Lifetime Achievement: Audrey Muccio – Punta Gorda Chapter