Awards & Recognition CommitteeAppeals CommitteeCertification CommitteeConference CommitteeEnvoy CommitteePrograms CommitteeWBEs Serving on the WBENC National Forum

Mission

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.

Our Regions

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The State of Delaware
  • Southern New Jersey Counties:  Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

Committee Eligibility

Committee members include certified WBEs (Women’s Business Enterprise), members of our Council, corporate and government professionals as well as individuals with specific skills & expertise appropriate to advance the objectives of the committee. Council Members are expected to participate individually or by way of a designee in a minimum of one WBEC-East Committee.

Learn more about becoming a Certified WBE

Learn more about becoming a Council Member

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Awards & Recognition Committee

Chair: Peggy Del Fabbro, M Davis & Sons, Inc.

Vice Chair: Erica Patterson, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

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.

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Certification Committee

Chair: Kari Donovan, Precis Commissioning, Inc.

Vice Chair: Jessica Millsip, Henkels & McCoy Group

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.

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Conference Committee

Chair: George Ehrgott, Communications Test Design, Inc.

Vice Chair: Carol Philp, CPI 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.

Complete our online Committee Application

 

Envoy Committee

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:

Envoy Guidelines

Envoy Application and Commitment Form

 

Program Committee

Chair: Michelle Morin, Corteva Agriscience

Vice Chair: Vicki Lam, Promo Victory

  • 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.

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NextGen Initiative

Chair: Marian Nielson, Abator

Vice Chair: Ashley Frederick, Unity Printing

Mission: The NextGen Committee is an extension of the Program Committee, which was created in alignment with WBENC strategies to provide Opportunities to Business Owners and Supplier Diversity professionals within the WBENC network under the age of 40.

Meeting Schedule:  The NextGen Committee meets on an as-needed basis, as well as during WBENC’s Summit & Salute and National Conference & Business Fair.

Committee Membership:  The NextGen Committee maintains membership of between five and ten 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.

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Women of Color Initiative

Chair: Vernice Lewis, PECO Energy

Vice Chair: Sharon Manker, American Water

Mission: The Women of Color Committee is an extension of the Program Committee, which was created in alignment with WBENC strategies to provide Opportunities and Resources to firms owned by women of color. The Women of Color Committee focuses on development and outreach to provide these firms with the tools and information they need to help them strengthen their business ecosystem, while focusing on the following components: access to capital, access to business and personal development, understanding the corporate supply chain, access to social and business networks.

Meeting Schedule:  The Women of Color Committee meets on an as-needed basis, as well as during WBENC’s Summit & Salute and National Conference & Business Fair.

Committee Membership:  The Women of Color Committee maintains membership of between five 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.

Complete our online Committee Application

 

WBEs serving on the WBENC National Forum  

Peggy Del Fabbro, M Davis & Sons, Inc. – 2nd Vice Chair
Cindy Towers, JuriSolutions, Inc. – Forum Leadership Team

Carol Philp, CPI Creative, Inc.
Ginny Heron-Doerr, G2J, LLC dba Proshred Security
Jayshree Moorthy,
Frontier Technologies, Inc.
Judith Zimmermann,
Artcraft Promotional Concepts/Artcraft Health
Julie Copeland
, Arbill
Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott, Commonwealth Capital Corp.
Lisa Frederick, Unity Printing Co.
Mary Fox Donnelly, Encompass Elements
Vivian R. Isaak, Magnum