In concert with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the mission of the WBEC-East Council is to fuel economic growth regionally by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses.
Committees have been established to advance the mission through the CORE platform as established by WBENC: Certification, Opportunities, Resources, and Engagement.
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- State of Delaware
- Southern New Jersey Counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.
Committee members are either certified WBEs (Women's Business Enterprise) or members of our Council of corporate and government professionals.
Responsible for reviewing and establishing the awards categories, criteria and award winner selection committee.
Chair: Amy Holland, The Day & Zimmermann Group
Vice Chair: Peggy Del Fabbro, M Davis & Sons, Inc.
Mission: The Awards & Recognition Committee encourages the Engagement of WBEs and Council Members by honoring organizations and individuals who help reduce barriers for women owned businesses and fuel local and regional economic growth. The Awards & Recognition Committee establishes recognition categories and criteria, reviews nominations, and selects the winners.
The Team of Judges is appointed by the President of WBEC and the Chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee and consists of WBEC-EAST Board Members, Awards & Recognition Committee Members, and appropriate Council and WBE appointments. The Team of Judges is appointed on an ad-hoc basis and serve during the appointed calendar year only.
Meeting Schedule: The Awards & Recognition Committee generally meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1 PM. Members are able to participate in person at the WBEC office in downtown Philadelphia or by conference call. The Team of Judges meets to review nominations and score applications monthly between June-August on an annual basis.
Committee Membership: The Awards & Recognition Committee maintains membership of between eight and fifteen members. Members are asked to serve a minimum term of two years.
Responsible for reviewing appeals at a local level.
Chair:Ann Kraemer, UPS
Vice Chair: Cindy Towers, JURISolutions Inc
Mission: The Appeals Committee ensures compliance with WBENC-Certified standards and procedures. The Appeals Committee is responsible for reviewing any Certification appeals within the WBEC-EAST region.
Meeting Schedule: The Appeals Committee meets on an as-needed basis.
Committee Membership: The Appeals Committee maintains a minimum of five members. Members are asked to serve a minimum term of two years.
Responsible for rendering a recommendation of certification or denial to the President of WBDC.
Chair: Kari Donovan, Precis Commissioning, Inc.
Vice Chair: Clarissa Todd
Mission: WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned business in the United States; WBEC-EAST administers the WBENC-Certified Certification process. The Certification Committee validates that the business applying for WBENC-certification is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. The Certification Committee is responsible for rendering a recommendation of certification or denial to the WBEC-EAST President. Members serve as File Reviewers, Site Visitors, or both.
Meeting Schedule: The Certification Committee generally meets to review files the first and third Friday of each month. Committee Members who serve as File Reviewers are asked to participate in a minimum of six of the Certification Committee meetings on an annual basis.
Committee Membership: The Certification Committee is comprised of a minimum of 25 members, which includes Committee Members who serve in the capacity of Site Visitor and/or File Reviewer. Members are asked to serve a minimum term of two years. Membership is recommended by the WBEC President and will consist of individuals from Council organizations, WBEs, and related partner organizations with appropriate training and expertise.
Chair: George Ehrgott, CTDI
Vice Chair: Carol Philp, CTI Creative
Mission: The Conference Committee ensures WBEs and Council Members take advantage of the Opportunities offered through WBENC’s Summit & Salute and National Conference and Business Fair and facilitates on-site networking.
Meeting Schedule: The Conference Committee meets once per month, generally from January through May.
Committee Membership: The Conference Committee maintains membership of between five and eight members. Members are asked to serve a minimum term of two years. Membership is recommended by the WBEC President and will consist of individuals from Council organizations, WBEs and appropriate designees.
The Envoy Committee is comprised of appointed WBENC certified women business enterprises. The Envoy Committee's role is to be WBEC ambassadors and help WBENC certified women business enterprises learn how to leverage the organization and their certification.
Chair: Jayshree Moorthy, Frontier Technologies
Vice Chair: Barbara Bosha, Bosha Design+Communications
Mission: The Envoy Committee enhances the value of membership by increasing member engagement. Envoys build connections for WBEs and helps them leverage their certification, connect with corporations, and learn from each other.
Meeting Schedule: Envoy Training is held once per calendar year. Envoys are required to serve in the ambassadorship role at a minimum of 50% of regularly scheduled Program events.
Committee Membership: Envoys are recommended by the WBEC President from WBENC-certified WBE organizations and must be the owner or in a senior leadership position. The Envoy’s company must have been WBENC-certified for a minimum of three years. There is a specific and detailed application process for appointment to the Envoy Committee.
If you are interested in becoming an envoy please review and fill out the following forms:
Responsible for overseeing and creating WBEC programs and events to reach our goals.
Chair: Vivian Isaak, Magnum Group, Inc
Vice Chair: Heather McCreary, Henkels & McCoy Group
- NextGen Initiative
- Chair: Marian Nielson, Abator
- Women of Color Initiative
- Chair: Vernice Lewis, PECO Energy
Mission: The Programs Committee creates Opportunities and provides Resources to the WBEs and Council Members by developing relevant programs and ensuring all constituent groups are effectively served.
The Women of Color and Next Gen Teams create Opportunities in line with WBENC strategies to address the unique programming needs of different WBEs.
Meeting Schedule: The Programs Committee generally meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Committee Membership: The Programs Committee maintains membership of between eight and fifteen members. Members are asked to serve a minimum term of two years. Membership is recommended by the WBEC President and will consist of individuals from Council organizations, WBEs and appropriate designees.
Julie Copeland, Arbill; Karen Primak, iPAK, Inc.; Peggy Del Fabbro, M Davis & Sons, Inc.; Cindy Towers, JuriSolutions, Inc.; Michelle McHenry, Laser Lab, Inc.; Judy Zimmermann, Artcraft & Foremost, Inc.; Mary Fox Donnelly, Encompass Elements; Maureen O'Connor, LEM Products, Inc. , Vivian R. Isaak, Magnum Group, Inc., Carol Philp, CPI Creative, Inc.; Lisa Frederick, Unity Printing Co., Inc.; Jayshree Moorthy, Frontier Technologies, Inc .; and Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, Commonwealth Capital Corp.