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 in-person events per year including: 1-2 Educational Lunches (or an after hours Connect Event), the Annual Tea in April, and the Annual Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon in October/November; as well as rotating bi-monthly virtual events: the S.H.E. Seminars (Smart. Honest. Effective) and The Woman Effect. At every in-person WIB event, the Council encourages men to attend while the virtual events are exclusively for women (via Zoom).

Recent Activity

Their Woman of the Year Award event is to recognize a woman in the community who demonstrates leadership and has positively impacted the growth of the Palm Beach North community.


October 2021 - The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce thanks all who nominated a Woman of the Year. Join us on October 29th at the Wyndham Grand in Jupiter, FL. This year's Finalists are:
Michele Jacobs - Economic Council of Palm Beach County
Susan Kaplan - Fuoco Group
Rudina Toro - Hanley Foundation
Jennifer Sardone-Shiner - JSS Marketing and PR
Wendy Sartory Link - Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
Emily Pantelides - Pantelides PR & Consulting
Valerie Staggs - Ryan William's Agency
Krissy Webb - Student ACES
Lisa Collum - Top Score Writing, Inc. and Coastal Middle and High School
Tamra Fitzgerald - Venue Marketing Group
Jessica Steier - Vital Statistics Consulting/Unbiased Science


September 2021 - The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce thanks all who nominated a Woman of the Year. Judges are reviewing all applications and the finalists will be announced on October 1, 2021. Join us on October 29th at the Wyndham Grand in Jupiter, FL.


All recipients for this award must meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate leadership that benefits the Palm Beach North community by creating or contributing significantly to the success of one or more local organizations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Palm Beach North community by inspiring community-wide support.
  • Exemplifies the highest standards of business and community leadership.
  • Positively impacts the growth of the Palm Beach North Community.

January 2020 – The Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Kelly Smallridge for her accomplishment as the 2020 Woman of the Year.


Mentorship Bootcamp started Fall 2020, Continuing into Fall 2021
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 Bootcamp, Presented by Lickstein Plastic Surgery, is an opportunity for women facing challenges affecting their career or business to grow personally and professionally. The three-month Bootcamp 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. Deadline has passed, but see more info here.


Virtual Events - still going strong!
The Women In Business Council's rotating bi-monthly virtual events, the S.H.E. Seminars (Smart. Honest. Effective) and The Woman Effect, are active and waiting for YOU to join us! The S.H.E. Seminars are the Women In Business Council's open forum discussion with women business leaders who share ideas on ways to manage business successfully. Topics rotate every other month. The Woman Effect is 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 entire event will be one hour. The first 30-minutes will be the guest telling her story on FB Live while the second 30 minutes will be an intimate discussion with up to 20 women "offline" in Zoom. (These events are exclusively for women (via Zoom) while the in-person events encourage men to attend as well!)


WIBC Mentorship Bootcamp, Presented by Lickstein Plastic Surgery


To offer growth and support to a female businessperson.  We will:

  1. Identify career inhibitors in her life and work
  2. Create a strategy to overcome the various career inhibitors
  3. Help her develop leadership skills for advancing her career
  4. Acquire concrete, technical, computer and presentation skills to either re-enter the workforce or build her business skills
  5. Instill confidence and provide a business support network
  6. Help her reach their 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 Bootcamp, Presented by:


  • In-Person Kickoff – Tuesday, August 31st from 4:30 – 6 PM (location: Venture X Palm Beach Gardens: The Future of Workspace) MASKS ARE REQUIRED
  • Three Part Virtual Boot Camp: 2nd Tuesday (subject to change) from 12 - 1:15 PM
    • September 14th - Building Your Road To Success, Supported by: n2 architecture + design
    • October 12th - How To Be A Power Networker, Supported by Synovus Bank
    • ​November 9th - Building Your Career Through Community Involvement, Supported by Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, Inc.
  • In-Person Final Date/Presentations: Monday, November 15th from 4 - 6 PM (location Lickstein Plastic Surgery Medical Spa)
Council Chair

Angel Adams

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries


Belinda Brendler
Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center, a Dignity Memorial provider
Jessica Clasby
Florida Sugar Cane League
Cindy Crawford
Greenspoon Marder LLP
Anné Desormier
Elder and Estate Planning Attorneys PA
Cindy Giles
Florida Weekly
Nicole Holland
Kitchen Concepts and More
Elizabeth Houlihan
Keiser University
Katie Klause-Newitt
A-1 Moving & Storage/Atlas Van Lines
Lisa Lickstein
Lickstein Plastic Surgery
KaShamba Miller-Anderson
City of Riviera Beach
Daisy Nelson
Coldwell Banker Realty
Nancy Mobberley
Financial Investment Network, Inc.
Niki Norton
n2 architecture + design
Emily O’Mahoney
Gentile Glas Holloway O’Mahoney & Assoc.
Sharon Quercioli
Our Wonderful World Media
Chelsea Reed
City Council, Palm Beach Gardens
Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
JSS Marketing and Public Relations
Joan Scirrotto
Blue Gorilla Digital - A Digital Advertising Agency - Jupiter, FL
Alex Slaton
SpeedPro Imaging – North Palm Beach
Rhea Slinger
PGA Commons
Virginia Spencer
Illustrated Properties Real Estate - Corporate Office
Katie Spitzig
Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Inc

Explore Member benefits


Scheduled bi-monthly by council members.


Council membership is by invitation-only. The council is limited in size to 25 members with a maximum of 3 consecutive years.

Staff Contact

Brittany Cartwright

Director of Membership Development


(561) 748-3952