March 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Message

Welcome Spring!  What a wonderful time of year to start anew and clean out our closets.  This is meant not only literally but also figuratively. It’s a great time of year to get rid of those things that don’t move us forward towards achieving our goals.  By doing so, we are able to focus on the year ahead and make sure that our time, energy and resources are spent advancing our personal and professional endeavors.

I am proud to share that the JWN Board is hard at work on our strategic priorities.  All committees have met and determined their key initiatives for the year.  We will be making improvements this year that will add significant value to your membership. 

Finally, our Annual Speakers Forum took place on February 28th  and it was a success!  Attendees described the event as a “fun night” and a “fantastic event”. There was a last-minute cancellation by Dr. Natalie Stavas due to illness and we wish her well. We were very fortunate that our Speakers Bureau found a replacement that was an amazing woman of influence.  Siri Lindley, a World Champion Triathlete who was described as a “legend” by one of our members, shared her story and the many challenges she had in life because she chose to be herself.  Siri delivered an inspiring story and we should all strive to have the courage to be our authentic selves and dare to achieve that which on the surface appears to be out of reach.  Our next program will be in April and I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Warmest regards,



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Committee Updates

A Lunch Ladder Success Story

Kudos to Jackie Glass, Director of Procurement Services for the Jacksonville Port Authority!   She organized an incredible lunch ladder that included Jennifer Holland, CEO of Holland People + Brands, Linda Kelso, retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP and Dale Beaman of Beaman Coaching and Company, a new member.  This lunch ladder exemplified par excellence!  This is what a networking lunch is all about!

Jennifer made sure all participants summarized their backgrounds and careers with a lively and enjoyable discussion.   After getting to know each background, Jackie was asked by Jennifer to participate in a vendor event for the JPA and reported later that Jackie’s presentation was a huge hit. 

Linda asked Jennifer and Dale to serve on JWN’s Membership Committee. Dale got an opportunity to become active in JWN as a brand new member.

This is what networking is all about!!!

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In the News

Congratulations to Barbara Goodman on starting her new position as Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Congratulations to Alberta Hipps for being honored as an outstanding community trustee for Leadership Jacksonville!

Brenda Simmons-Hutchins was honored by the Best Society USA at their annual gala on February 17th.  Congratulations Brenda!

Mary Fisher is celebrating 30 years in business with her company, Fisher Design, Advertising and Public Relations.  

Pegine Echevarria is listed as #1 among Top 100 Diversity and Inclusion Keynote Speakers by the Washington Speakers Bureau DirectConnect division. Congratulations Pegine!

Congratulations to JWN Members Sabeen Perwaiz, for being named Jacksonville Business Journal's 40 under 40! 

Kudos goes out to JWN Members Sara Alford, Martha Barrett, Debbie Buckland, Jill Dame, Nancy Dreicer, Mary Ann Jacobs, Lynn Sherman, Ellen Sullivan and Ann Sabbag for being named 2019 mentors for the Jacksonville Business Journal Bizwomen Mentoring Monday.

Congratulations to Helen Jackson for being named as an honoree for the 2019 Jacksonville Black History Calendar and being named a Volunteer in Medicine 2019 Women with Heart advocate.

If you have news to share about yourself or another JWN member, please email Kristin Thompson, JWN Administrator at

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Upcoming Events

JWN Member Donna Orender announces the Generation W event taking place on April 5th.  Details can be found here.

JWN Member Janet Reagor with the Sanctuary on 8th Street announces a special event.

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Newsletter Submission Guidelines

This is an exclusive e-newsletter for and about Network members and upcoming JWN events. We welcome items about your personal and professional achievements, and any projects you would like to promote to members of JWN. Please include photos, preferably in JPG format.  Please email all submissions to JWN Administrator, Kristin Thompson.

We are also seeking members who would like to be spotlighted in our monthly newletters.  This gives other members a chance to get to know you better both personally & professionally.  If you are interested participating, please answer 5 out of 10 of the following questions.  We look forward to getting to know everyone!

Member Spotlight

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