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ABWA SWFL Council elects officers, Woman of the Year

By SPECIAL TO THE CITIZEN - | May 12, 2021

Erin White, ABWA Woman of the Year. PHOTO PROVIDED


The Southwest Florida Council of the American Business Women’s Association is back in business.

The organization met in-person for the first time in more than a year last month at a socially-distanced event that included a guest speaker, elections, luncheon and awards, including the announcement of the Council’s 2021 Woman of the Year.

Toby Ferrel, currently serving as president of ABWA’s Lehigh Acres Charter Chapter, was re-elected board chair. at the event held Saturday, April 17, at Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport.

Carolyn Graves, president of the Palms of Edisonia Chapter, moved from Finance Officer to Vice Chair. Moving into the Finance Officer position was Alexia Martin of the Punta Gorda Charter Chapter. Rounding out the team is Krystle Mabery of the Palms of Edisonia Chapter, who will continue to serve as communications officer. 

Southwest Florida’s American Business Woman of the Year is Erin White of Fort Myers.

White is one of the founders of ABWA’s Imperial River Chapter, and was selected in recognition of her contributions toward the professional development of women in business. She has served ABWA in officer positions at both the chapter and Council level. Professionally, White had a long career at JPMorgan Chase and ran Paradise Coast Consulting before joining the development staff at Naples Botanical Garden in November of 2020. “I am an ABWA success story,” said White. “For me, both personally and professionally, ABWA has been all about the sisterhood; the relationships I’ve had an opportunity to develop with the women I have met through ABWA. I am grateful every day for these relationships.”

The last in-person meeting of ABWA’s SWFL Council was in January of 2020, prior to Florida’s COVID-19 shutdown.


About American Business Women’s Association

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.