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The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's clubs (NFBPWC) develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through education, advocacy, networking, mentoring, skillbuilding and economic empowerment programs and projects.

nfbpwC executive committee 2016-2018

 

President - Elizabeth Benham

Email:president@nfbpwc.org

  • President NFBPWC - USA ( 2013 - 2018)
  • National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs of the United States of America
  • Treasurer CoNGO (2013-2014) (2014-2018) Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations 
  • President Sel Group International, Inc (1988-2016)
  • Past President (2008-2011) International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW)
  • President Sunny Seaside LLC ( 2015- present)

Elizabeth “Liz” Benham is the president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, (NFBPWC-USA 2013-2018). She served as International President of IFBPW 2008-2011 and IFBPW Vice President of Membership 2005-2008. Liz was appointed in 1997 as a permanent delegate of IFBPW to the United Nations, New York and is serving as Treasurer of CoNGO (Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations) 2012-2018. Liz has been a BPW member for 29 years.

Her achievements were acknowledged by the "Woman of the Year" award from BPW New York, the "Lena Award" from NFBPWC, proclamations from the Council of New York City and the United States House of Representatives recorded in the 111th Congressional Record of Congress.

Liz's career began as a nurse Midwife in Obstetrics and then transitioned ambitiously into her own business in the construction industry. Having over 25 years of import, export, sales, marketing and  management experience, serving major retailers and wholesalers across the USA and Canada she generated incremental annual sales revenues up to USD 22 million. Her newest business, Sunny Seaside LLC, based in Florida, handles real estate management and consultancy.
Liz also trademarked and patented an invention called “the Footle” for sliding screen doors.  While working in the industry and living in a beach home she recognized a need and created a solution. The Footle, www.thefootle.com, is a hands-free attachment for sliding screen doors.

Liz’s hobbies are multitudinous. She was a fun skydiver for many years and an enthusiastic international skydiving judge, having participated in world championships in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Canada and the USA. In addition she holds an airplane glider pilot’s license. She is a music lover, a passionate reader, a horseback rider and a favors walking on the beach , swimming and gardening.

1st Vice President for Membership - Megan Shellman

Email:  vpmembership@nfbpwc.org

Megan Shellman lives in Arvada, Colorado with a packed household: husband, two young children, two cats, two dogs, many houseplants and an organic vegetable garden. She was born and raised in Southern Colorado, but has found a home in Boulder, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, France and Sanborn Western Camps.

Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts, communication major, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science, organizational leadership major, from Colorado State University. Megan has more than 20 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines. She brings her former experience in the entertainment industry, strategic and green event planning, advertising sales, print and digital marketing, retail sales, publication and book production, nonprofit leadership, business development and operations management to bear as the owner of her own company: Simple Synergy Consulting. She offers concierge business consulting services to nonprofits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Megan is an accomplished change agent with a skill for connecting people in the face of adversity.

2nd Vice President for Advocacy - Linda Wilson

Email: advocacy@nfbpwc.org

Linda Wilson joined BPW in 1972 in Belle Glade, Florida. She has belonged to Clubs in Bakersfield, Crookston (MN), San Diego, Merced and now in East Los Angeles-Montebello. At the Club level she has held every Chair and Office. At the California State Level, she has been President, President-Elect and Public Policy, Bylaws, Young Careerist and Foundation Chairs. She is currently assistant Webmaster.

She is a native of Minnesota. Her B.A. degree is from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Her M.A. in Library Science is from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in libraries in Crookston (MN), Belle Glade (FL), Riverside, Bakersfield, San Diego, Merced and Monterey Park. In 2009 she retired as Monterey Park City Librarian. She is a member of the American Library Association, Public Library Association and California Library Association having served on and chaired various committees. She is a member and Past President of Monterey Park Rotary, Secretary of the MERCI (adult daycare) Board of Directors and on the San Gabriel Valley Family Promise (helps homeless families find employment and more permanent housing) Fundraising Committee. She is also a member of the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce.

She is single, likes to read and travel.

Secretary - Sandra Thompson

Email: secretary@nfbpwc.org

Sandy is a native Californian and still resides in her family home with her two cats Rocky and Lily.  She has been a member of the BPW Burbank Club for 35 years and has held every position on the E.C.  She is a Past State President of the California Federation. Sandy has also served on International Committees.

Sandy graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Social Science and a MA in Special Education and has a Life Time Teaching Credential. She was employed by Amtrak for 35years where she held a variety of positions, including being a Train Manager responsible for the on board services of three trains, Manager of Union Station in Los Angeles and Director of Operations Management dealing with finances. 

Since her retirement she has been volunteering at the Library bookstore, assisted in writing the history of her church and serves as the Chair of the Church Council.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Burbank Coordinating Council as Auditor. She is active with Family Promise of the Verdugos where she was one of the founding members.

Sandy is also a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Treasurer - Gloria Flores

Email: treasurer@nfbpwc.org

Gloria R. Flores was born in El Paso, Texas were she currently lives with her husband Daniel. They have two children, Ivan Miguel and Ana Luisa and have four beautiful grandchildren, Carlos, Celeste, Brianna and Julian.

Raised in Juarez Mexico where her mother was a professional photographer in her own studio called Studio Star, she had four brothers and two sisters. Gloria studied in Mexico and started school in El Paso after elementary school.

After a few years of marriage her husband joined the military and they lived in various locations: New Mexico, Georgia and Germany. Gloria spent her five years in Germany learning and volunteering for different clubs. After a military career of 10 years they moved back to El Paso where they started and operated their own business for 25 years, Flores Gas Co. Gloria was able to use her business administration skills while assisting the different communities in El Paso through work and volunteer efforts.

Gloria loves to read, travel, decorating, and volunteering in community functions.

She has found, through the years, that as long as you set a goal in life, nothing is impossible.



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Equal Participation of Women and Men in Power and Decision-Making Roles.
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