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Historical village executive director to speak at ABWA meeting

By Staff | Dec 9, 2019


The Sanibel Captiva Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will host its monthly luncheon on Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

The guest speaker is Emilie Alfino, executive director of the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. She will discuss “The Roundabout Way to Directorship If That’s What This Is!,” which will explore the humor and irony of what a career path is – and is not – all about.

“My role encompasses everything from setting strategy to changing the toilet paper roll in the public restrooms,” Alfino said. “We use the title executive director, but I believe the responsibility stretches far beyond the traditional job description.”

“I took a non-traditional route to executive directorship,” Alfino continued. “My message to others is to stay open to future opportunities. Experience shows that a traditional path is not always necessary to achieve your dreams.”

Hailing from the Syracuse area in New York, she – like many vacationers from the north – longed to live on the islands. In 2002, Alfino finally moved to Sanibel, joining teams at the Island Reporter and the PURRE Water Coalition before starting as a manager at the museum.

“I know now Sanibel was always my destiny,” she said. “I work for a meaningful organization, live in a terrific house on the island thanks to CHR and have been married just 1 1/2 years to the wonderful husband I met here.”

Alfino’s enthusiasm for the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is contagious.

“Our goal is to bring the cherished history of the island into focus,” she said. “We believe Sanibel is a much more interesting place if you know how it began.”

“Emilie’s presentation will be fun, but also delivers a great optimistic year-end message,” ABWA chapter President Gloria Garrett said. “I’m delighted that she will also include an overview of the museum today and touch on her close relationship with island patriarch Francis Bailey.”

The chapter meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, at 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and a speaker from noon to 1 p.m. The cost for lunch is $25 per person. The meetings are open to the public.

To RSVP, email info@ABWASanibelCaptiva.org or visit abwasanibelcaptiva.org.