President, Women's Business Council
The Women’s Business Council’s mission, to provide a supportive environment for business professionals to network, achieve personal growth, and contribute to the community’s betterment
One can experience a great amount of negativity when trying to navigate the business world, which to me is why the Women’s Business Council is so crucial. By holding fast to our mission, we can create a bigger, stronger network of local professional women who hold each other up, also giving women just starting out in the workplace a resource; mentors they can look up to and seek advice from, ultimately strengthening our local businesses.
Our programming focuses on shedding light on relevant issues that affect our local businesses here in Long Beach, subject matter that is intriguing and important to all valued members of our community. Adding onto that, we want to be sure to create a positive, welcoming environment for ALL members of our community, not just for women, but also the men who support our role in the business world. In the past few years, the Women’s Business Council has striven to diversify our event programming, to bring a male perspective, a male voice, to our event discussions.
In the year ahead we will also be adding philanthropic events into our calendar year of programming, ensuring that as an important resource to our community, we also take the time to give back to our community.
Women's Business Council of Directors
Megan Christensen, Able ARTS Work
Immediate Past President
Erin Suarez, Epson America, Inc.
Candice Callahan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sharon Peterson, 10,000 Small Businesses, LBCC
Vice President Programs
Jackie Tan, Hotel Maya
Vice President Communications
Alison Vaught, Epson America, Inc.
Vice President Membership
Heather Summers, LBS Financial Credit Union
Kathryn Atkins, Writing World LLC
Chris Brown, Opus Bank
Kat Davis, Long Beach Affordable Housing
Maryam Diaab, Power 4 Youth
Francesca Douglass-Franco, Humansave
Susan Malecki, Susan Adair Malecki, MBA
Aimee Mandala, Environ Architecture, Inc.
Diana Rodriguez, Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai
Sue Snead, YMCA of Greater Long Beach