Women in Business Council

Promoting networking and education for professional women

This is a working council that promotes networking and education for professional women and women entrepreneurs while highlighting the women leaders in the community. The group holds four events per year including: the Annual Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon in October/November, a kickoff event to the Woman of the Year prior to the event, the Annual Tea in April, and one Educational Lunch in June. As for programming, the WIBC rotates quarterly programs with the S.H.E. Seminars (Smart. Honest. Effective) and The Woman Effect along with a 6-month mentorship program, the Mentorship Academy. Men are encouraged to attend the WoY events, Tea and Luncheon while the Mentorship Academy, the S.H.E. Seminars and The Woman Effect are exclusively for women to provide a more open, honest conversation amongst women in business.

Thank You to Our 2023-2024 Sponsors!

Series Sponsor

Official Health & Safety Sponsor

Centerpieces Provided By:

Lickstein Plastic Surgery

The Woman Effect Sponsors

SHE (Smart. Honest. Effective. ) Seminars Sponsor

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Mentorship Academy Presented By:

Lickstein Plastic Surgery

WIBC Mentorship Academy Alumni Group Presented By:

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Recent Activity

2023 Woman of the Year Luncheon presented by The Markarian Group and Palm Beach State College

Produced by our Women in Business Council, our Woman of the Year Luncheon is one of our most popular events of the year! For the last 2 years, the energy in the room was electric. Congratulations to our 2023 Woman of the Year, Julia Dattolo and all of our amazing finalists. See the rest of the photos by Capehart here.


Be on the lookout for our 2024 nominations in July 2024! Check our Facebook for more information! 


Mentorship Academy, Presented by Lickstein Plastic Surgery - started Fall 2020, Continuing into Spring 2024.
The Women in Business Council continues to be dedicated to bringing educational and enlightening programs to female professionals in Palm Beach North. Women in Business Mentorship Academy, Presented by Lickstein Plastic Surgery, is an opportunity for women facing challenges affecting their career or business to grow personally and professionally. The six-month Academy will offer one-on-one mentorship paired with a virtual classroom. The program, along with the mentor, will provide guidance on numerous aspects of career exploration, work-life balance, and community knowledge as well as help set career goals and develop interpersonal skills. Upon the completion of the course, participants will have gained valuable knowledge and skills to advance their careers while building a network of personal and professional contacts. Stay tuned for updates on the Spring 2024 program. We will also be looking for Mentors--learn more here! See full program details and updates here: https://www.pbnchamber.com/wibc-mentorship-academy/


Are you a former Mentee or Mentor of the program? Find out more about our NEW WIBC Mentorship Academy Alumni Group, which started October 2023.


Virtual Events* - Now Hybrid and Still Going Strong!
The Women In Business Council's rotating quarterly hybrid events, the S.H.E. Seminars (Smart. Honest. Effective) is the Women In Business Council's open forum discussion with women business leaders who share ideas on ways to manage business successfully. Topics rotate and are based on feedback of current and previous attendees.


The Woman Effect started as a virtual podcast-style interview with women who have made it, in a male dominated industry. Guests will be CEOs and/or executives from various industries all over the US. The WIBC is working dilligently on our Spring 2024 TWE event--stay tuned!


*These events are exclusively for women while the quarterly events, men are encouraged to attend as well! Check out our most recent updated schedule here.



We offer you growth and support by:

  1. Identifying career inhibitors in your life and work
  2. Creating a strategy to overcome the various career inhibitors and helping you grow
  3. Helping you develop leadership skills for advancing your career
  4. Instilling confidence and providing a business support network
  5. Helping you reach her fullest potential 

Who can participate?

WHO can participate?

  • Woman member (or future member) of the PBNCC must have at least 2 of the below:
  • Women-owned business
  • Younger Woman/Young Professional beginning her career or business
  • Women reentering the workforce
  • Women wanting to advance her career
  • Women leaders working in the nonprofit sector

WIBC Mentorship Academy, Presented by:


The Mentorship Academy, Presented by Lickstein Plastic Surgery starts in the Spring, from April - October. Various socials are scheduled throughout the year, before, during and after the program.

See full program details and updates here:

Council Chair

Alex Martinez Slaton

Team IP
Elizabeth Houlihan 1
Council Co-Chair

Elizabeth Houlihan

Keiser University


Angel Adams
Education Foundation of Palm Beach County
Cindy Crawford
The Law Office of Cindy A. Crawford, PLLC
Anné Desormier
Elder and Estate Planning Attorneys PA
Daniela Hansen
Elle Harrigan
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Inc.
Katie Klause-Newitt
A-1 Moving & Storage/Atlas Van Lines
Gillian Ebanks Knowles
JPMorgan Chase
Lisa Lickstein
Lickstein Plastic Surgery & Lickstein Plastic Surgery Medical Spa
Paula Mangar
Helping Hearts at Home, PGA
Emily O’Mahoney
2GHO, Inc.
Sharon Quercioli
Our Wonderful World Media
Desiree Reavis
Chelsea Reed
Mayor, Palm Beach Gardens
Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
JSS Marketing and Public Relations
Rhea Slinger
PGA Commons Art & Dining District
Virginia Spencer
Illustrated Properties Real Estate - Corporate Office
Valerie Staggs
Ryan William's Agency
Katie Spitzig Thompson
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Inc
Florencia Ziemke
Evexia Medical

Explore Member benefits


Scheduled monthly by council members.


Council membership is by invitation-only. The council is limited in size to 25 members.

Staff Contact

Brittany Cartwright

Senior Director of Business Development


(561) 748-3952