2016-2017 President

Chadia Ghanem

As my tenure as the WEC President comes to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the members especially my board members for bringing their skills, experience and resources to the table.  It is this group effort that moves every organization forward.  I am deeply grateful for all the knowledge, support and love you bestowed upon me, for giving me the tools to serve WEC and to lead this organization and impact change in my community.

A special thank you to a few special members who individually and collectively touched my life in ways I cannot express. You have been someone I could count on for cheering me on.  What means the most to me is your positive, encouraging words, your love and trust in my talents…  After a chat with you, I always felt more confident and capable, and for that I will always be grateful.

This was the “Year of Distinction”, our organization accomplished the following:
-       The lunch meetings were moved to the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club.
      -     As incoming president, I raised $17+ K for the Corks & Forks fundraiser   aimed to fund the WEW scholarship program and to support the PACECenter for Girls- on 2016.
-         Inducted 10 new members
      -     Hosted one of the largest Memberfest Lunch Meetings in October 2016.
      -     Held multiple Table Topics during our monthly lunch meetings so
            members can have an opportunity to network and better know each other.

As a president, my goal was to continue promoting values of excellence, leadership development, philanthropic involvement, and establish bridges and opportunities for the members to flourish; and to create a bond among members that will last beyond the boundaries of our lunch meetings and the social events. 

In closing, I sincerely hope that each of you will continue to support WEC, bringing your own unique talents, perspectives and passions to expand upon the momentum to take this Club to the next level.  Use your voices to empower, support and encourage existing and new businesses, and create opportunities for future growth and development. 
I have been fortunate to be a part of this collaborative journey.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you. I am looking forward to continue being of contribution and service to you, WEC, and the community. Thank you for the privilege and honor to serve.
Once again, my heartiest congratulations to our new officers and especially to our newly elected President- Diana Fairbanks- a consummate professional with a heart- who already started working hard to planning an exciting year for WEC and its members.
"It is everyone's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what they take out of it.” - Albert Einstein

WEC 2016-2017 Officers


Chadia Ghanem


Past President:

Michelle Case-Anderson


President Elect:

Diana Fairbanks


VP Membership:

Rosana Calambichis


VP Finance:

Ila Bennett


VP Internal Involvement:

Cheryl Freniere


VP Corporate Records:

Carolyn Zaumeyer


VP Communications:

Karen Dudden-Blake


VP Community Involvement:

Nathalie Sloane

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2016-2017 Theme of the Year


Still Life by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. 

Still Life introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces---and this series---with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

When: Monday, July 17th from 6:30-9:30

Where: Cheryl Freniere's home

            2525 NE 15th St

            Pompano Beach, 33062

Please bring: appetizers, dessert, or wine


Bring Your Friends and Celebrate 
Summer With The WEC!

Wednesday, July 19th 

5:30-7:30 p.m.

4405 W Tradewinds Ave 

Lauderdale By The Sea

This is the perfect opportunity to share the fun and
camaraderie of the Ladies of the WEC. 

This gorgeous venue overlooking the water 
is a beautiful reminder of why we live in paradise.


August Luncheon Presents Cyber Crime Prevention

David Bennett is the president of Connections for Business, which specializes in being the IT Department for businesses in South Florida. Serving his clients since the age of 12, David literally grew up in the IT industry. For the past three decades, David has tirelessly pursued his passion of helping firms implement their computer networks. His driving force is to increase his client’s profits by reducing their headaches, through the implementation of reliable networks at an extremely affordable cost. Having worked in almost every position at Connections for Business, David has built an organization that mirrors his own passion for client service.

David is in an elite group – a native Floridian. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Barry University while simultaneously managing the Engineering Department of Connections for Business. He took over as President of the firm in 2003 and has the primary responsibility for sales and finance within the company.

Are YOU a Cyber Crime Target? 

No doubt, you have been hearing a lot of buzz about "Cyber Security". Cyber Crime is the fastest growing and costliest criminal activity on the planet! The revenue from Cyber Crime eclipses even the drug trade. Join Connections for an engaging and sometimes scary exploration of the world of Cyber Crime.

Best of all, it's in Plain English with No Geekspeak!

During this workshop you’ll discover:

  • What is Cyber Crime? 
  • Why Cyber Criminals attack and how they pick their targets?
  • Why you and your business are targets for Cyber criminals?
  • What Cyber Crime is costing you?
  • Simple steps to protect your personal identity, credit and money.

You’ll also receive an Action Guide with practical tips to help secure your business.

WEW Scholarship Winner Announcement!

WEC is proud to announce the first woman veteran to receive the WEW Scholarship.

Christina Montalvan

Christina is a retired Coast Guard Lieutenant. She will be attending FIU, she's been admitted to study a Masters of Liberal Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies.

Her goal is to study women in the military and their use of leadership, Christina plans to use this to help retired women integrate themselves into society.


June 2017
Monday 5th
Friday 9th
Thursday 15th
11:30am June "Under Cover" Luncheon
Wednesday 21st
July 2017
Monday 17th
Wednesday 19th
5:30pm July Summer Social
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