2019 CWE WBLC - Special Thanks

Thanks to all who supported and attended the CWE Women Business Leaders Conference on Friday, October 4, 2019!  It was a day of learning, reflection, and connections.


This year's conference drew more than 350 business professionals dedicated to empowering women in business, and featured workshops and roundtables led by industry experts, a WBENC Corporate Speed Fair, and CWE's annual awards luncheon honoring friends & clients of CWE for their commitment to supporting women in business.

We were thrilled to have Stacy Madison, Founder of Stacy’s Pita Chips, Stacy’s Juicebar, and now Co-Founder of BeBold bars and Sandy Lish, Principal & Co-Founder, The Castle Group open the conference with an inspirational fireside chat.

The thought provoking afternoon keynote panel moderated by CWE President & CEO, Gaby King Morse, featured: Betty Francisco, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Business Executive, Attorney and Community Leader; Kip Hollister, CEO & Founder, Hollister Staffing and Hollister Institute; and Heather Jenkins, Chief of Staff & Equity, uAspire discussing “Intersectionality and Entrepreneurship.”

Special thanks to our sponors, donors, partners, volunteers and Planning Committee and all those who generously donated their time and expertise to help make this conference a great success.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

WBLC Photo Album

Congratulations to the 2019 CWE Award Winners

Heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and corporations recognized for their outstanding efforts in helping break down barriers and empower women to become economically self-sufficient and prosper through business and entrepreneurship. 

This year a special award was created and presented to Susan Rittscher, former CWE President & CEO, the CWE Leadership Award 


Cheryl Watkins Snead Woman – Owned Business of the Year 
Sandy Lish, The Castle Group

Corporation of the Year

Community Partner of the Year
City of Providence

Advocate of the Year
Janet Dunlap

Volunteer of the Year
Daylana Ervin-Parker

Supplier Diversity Team of the Year
Retail Business Services

Our Speakers and Presenters

Our deepest appreciation to the speakers and presenters who donated their time, shared their experience, knowledge and expertise with our participants. 

Jennifer Cohen
Co-Founder, Seven Stones

Dr. Susan Duffy
Executive Director
Babson College Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership


Kate Ferrara
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Donna Latson Gittens
Founder & CEO
MORE Advertising

Jill Lacey Griffin
Director of Workforce, Supplier and Diversity Development
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Liveda Clements Johnson
Founder and CEO

Gina LaRoche
Seven Stones

Juliette Mayers
Founder and CEO
Inspiration Zone LLC

Katie McDonald
Founder & CEO

Angela Miele
Chief Credit Officer
Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)

Beth Milkovitz
Vice President, Private Wealth Management
Brown Brothers Harriman

Susan Loconto Penta
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Tracy Pitcher
Senior vice President, Greater Boston Region

Louise Pordage
DirectorEmerging Technology Risk

Linda Rossetti
Entrepreneur, Author, Coach and Thought-Leader on Women's Transition

Jacqueline (Jackie) Shoback
Financial & Consumer Executive - Independent Board Member

Susan Terzakis
Terzakis & Associates

Stephanie Thompson
Founder and Owner
Warrior Runners

Sarah Travers

Diana Ubiñas
Program Manager
Foundation for Business Equity

Natalia Urtubey
Director of Small Business
City of Boston

Catherine Friend White
Managing Director
Golden Seeds

Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham
Promoting Good LLC

WBLC Planning Committee

Sandy Lish, WBLC Chair
Principal & Co-Founder
The Castle Group

Derek E. Brooks

Janine Brown
Owner and President
J. Brown Partners

Louise Leduc Kennedy, J.D.
Business Law Attorney & Founder
West Hill Technology Counsel

Wendy Pease
Rapport International

Stephanie Paré Sullivan
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Charlesbank Capital Partners

Gaby King Morse
President & CEO
Center for Women & Enterprise

Susan Rittscher
Strategic Advisor
Center for Women & Enterprise

Melinda Leon
Manager - WBENC & Special Projects
Center for Women & Enterprise

Michelle Miller
Director - CWE Central MA
Center for Women & Enterprise

Mickey Riendeau
VP Operations, Technology & Marketing
Center for Women & Enterprise