Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County Elects First Male to Board of Directors
The Women's Chamber of Commerce began their new year fiscal year with a statement, "This isn't your mother's chamber," said newly installed chamber board president, LeAnna Carey. "Gender parity is a business issue not a woman's issue; we need male advocates in our workplaces, which is why we elected the first male to the board."
Since being installed at the Croquet Club in July, the board and members have not looked back. “We must work together to create an environment of equal opportunities...men must be willing to change business cultures and address the barriers that prevent female advancement,” said James Gelfand, executive manager of Sandhill Crane Golf Club, and the first ever man on the board. “Women Mean Business...there is not a better time than now for men and women to work together to create new opportunities and gender equality for future generations. We should utilize all of our human talent to stay competitive.”
The 2018-2019 executive board members are: LeAnna Carey, President Women Who Innovate, Lorin Romeo Romay, 1st Vice President Shaklee, Valerie Dorsey, 2nd Vice President Cruise Planners, Toni May, Secretary MayIMedia, Mary Elias, Treasurer Divine, Blalock, Martin & Sellari, Heather Gray, Immediate Past President Keiser University.
Board of Directors: Kelsey Burke Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, Jessica Gross ServiceMaster Restore of the Palm Beaches, Cynthia Heathcoe Contemporary Living , Dede Lyons Feel Good Express, Amy Murphy Marketing and Communications Specialist, CaraJoy Nash She’s Online, Nicole Rymer The Keyes Company, James Gelfand Sandhill Crane Golf Club.
Events scheduled this year include: an update on the Opioid Epidemic with State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Understanding November Ballot Items, a day at Art Basel in Miami, New Year New You cooking demonstrations, Sip and Shops, and the 24th Annual Giraffe Awards luncheon celebrating Women’s History Month in March.
The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County was founded in 1994 by businesswomen who envisioned building the Chamber into the leading business organization for women in Palm Beach County. The Chamber fulfills its mission to empower members and to advance women’s leadership in the local economy through networking, professional development, and community engagement.