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ABWA targets June return for meetings, speaker series

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

The American Business Women’s Association plans to resume its monthly lunch meetings and its Women in Leadership Speaker Series in June at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel.

“Our relaunch target is June 23, with inspiring speaker Melanie Holliday, crisis survivor and project manager at Rapid Response Team,” Sanibel-Captiva Chapter President Gloria Garrett said. “Melanie’s message ‘Find a Way to be Your Own Superhero’ is even more relevant now than when we planned it months ago. Although she lives and works on Sanibel, many of us are not aware of her story of courage in the face of daunting odds.”

“This year started with great promise, including two fabulous speakers and plans to commemorate the hundredth-year anniversary of women’s right to vote with Sanibel League of Women Voters during Women’s History Month in March,” she added. “But we’ll be back with gusto, including a shout out to women’s history this fall.”

The series began in January with Laura DeBruce, attorney and owner of Sanibel Carts, and “Lessons Learned from Poker: Know When to Hold ‘Em, Fold ‘Em or Go All In.” DeBruce recapped stories that punctuate her background as an entrepreneur and led her to Sanibel. In February, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey presented “Soaring Flying Thrilled! The Love of Philanthropy.” Hussey explained the allure of conserving wildlife and her journey from a more traditional career in the legal profession.

“Every speaker shares mentoring wisdom and captures the interest of participants with stories from their own career path, often including twists and turns in their personal lives,” Garrett said. “We’ve welcomed close to 300 participants since the speaker series started 18 months ago and hope to pick up where we left off when conditions allow. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers go to everyone.”

For more information and updates, visit abwasanibelcaptiva.org.