The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
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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, skill-building and economic empowerment programs and projects.

nfbpwC executive committee 2016-2018

President - Sandra Thompson

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 35 years 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.

1st Vice President for Membership - Megan Shellman

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.

Ms. Shellman has served in leadership positions for NFBPWC and BPW since 2008, 3 months after she joined the organization. She began her service as the Chair of BPW Boulder's Celebration of Women event and was honored to be the 2nd place winner of the 2008 BPW Colorado Young Careerist competition. As she grew with BPW, Megan served as the BPW Boulder President for 2 years, the BPW Colorado President for 2 years, the BPW International Sub-Regional Coordinator for Canada and the United States for the N. American and Caribbean Region, and the BPW Colorado Vice President of Membership for 1 year. Megan is now serving a second term as the 1st Vice President of Membership for NFBPWC and continues to serve as a member of several committees at the national, state, and local level.

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 - Nancy Werner

Nancy "Sparkles" Werner joined the Quakertown BPW local organization in 1971. She was only 22 and was immediately placed into the Young Careerist Program. Great beginning for a new member but she quickly went threw the chairs of the club and became President in 1978-80 and then again in 2005-2007. She also served the District Eleven of the BPW/PA twice as their director in 1990-1992 and then again in 2007-2009. Along the way, she saw a fellow LO in her district that needed assistance, so she joined the Central Montgomery County BPW in 2007 and never left. In between those second trips to serve her home club and district, Nancy was able to serve on the State Level as their 2nd VP, 1st VP, President Elect and then as the PA President in 1995-1996. She has given many hours to serving on various state committees such as Young Careerist, Individual Development Program, Membership, BPW Foundation and Nominations. She also served on the former BPW/USA Board of Directors as the National Foundation Chair from 2006-2009 and then was elected to serve as an Area 2 leader representing  Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. She enjoys presenting the professional development course of the Individual Development Program to the BPW/PA, BPW/MD, BPW/VT, and the NEBPWPSP members.

The PA BPW Foundation was established by R.Maureen Myers, Esq., Cathy Collins and herself in 2007. She is most proud of this accomplishment as it provides scholarships for eligible students and emergency funds for BPW members in need. She has served as the Recording Secretary twice and served as the chair from 2016-2018. She has been recognized as the BPW/PA Woman of the Year in 2011 and received the State's District 12- Tribute to Women Award in 2014.

In 2012, an affiliate of the Enterprising Professional Women was chartered in 2012. Nancy was the recording secretary from 2012- 2014. She was then elected to be their VP and then their President from 2016-2018. She was able to attend the Memphis and Orlando Biennial Meetings.
Nancy attained a B.S. and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Kutztown University  in 1971 and 1974. She was an elementary intermediate teacher for 35 years in the Pennridge School District located in the famous Upper Bucks County of PA.  After retiring, she continued to substitute and then pursued a career in becoming a child caretaker for her sister's two grand daughters. 

Nancy is married to Fred Werner, a registered PA surveyor, and they have two children, Rob and Melissa. Both of her adult children are married and live in Massachusetts. They are blessed with five grandchildren named Sophie, Alexander, James, Benjamin and Matthew. They will be celebrating 47 years of marriage in August of 2018.

Secretary - Marsha Riibner-Cady

Marsha Riibner-Cady was born in Washington, DC. Shortly after her parents divorced, she moved to Nixa, Mo with her mother. Marsha graduated from Drury College in Springfield, MO with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry.  She started her career in Baltimore, MD at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Blood Bank as a Medical Technologist.  Soon after that she moved to Boston to work on her master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science.  There she began selling laboratory equipment.  She met and married Lyle Cady in 1989 on Grand Cayman, BWI.  Mitchell was born 2 years later and Roland 2 years after. Marsha was a stay at home for 10 years, working various “mommy friendly jobs” and volunteering for the Boy Scouts.  She was named Boy Scout volunteer of the year in 1999 for the Shenandoah Area Council and has several cub and boy scouter awards.

The family moved to Manteo, NC in 2004.  In 2006 she became the membership specialist for the Girl Scouts. That year she was named volunteer of the year for Manteo Middle School. In 2012 she was honored with the NC Governors Medallion Award for managing volunteers. Later that year, she became the Director of the After-School Enrichment Program for Dare County Schools.   In 2013 Marsha completed her certificate in Early Childhood Education.  She currently manages 5 after-school sites which serve 400 youngsters grades k-5.

Marsha’s BPW membership started in 2009 with the Virginia Dare Club in NC.  She became their corresponding secretary then president for 2 years.  In 2012 she was voted in as the Vice President for the BPW/NC.  She served as president for 25 months, the longest in the club’s history. Currently she holds the office of Nominations Chair. Marsha has a dual membership with the Virginia Dare and Rocky Mount Clubs in NC.  She is the NFBPWC-NC president for the club that started in 2017. 

Marsha serves on the boards of several “children associated” organizations in Dare County, NC: Friends of Youth, Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and the Community Collaborative. In  Marsha’s spare time when she isn’t driving her sons crazy,  she enjoys traveling to her cabin in WV (her favorite place), seeing plays in NYC, walking her Rottweiler, Astoria, and going to movies with Lyle.

Treasurer - Gloria Flores

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.

Immediate Past President - Elizabeth Benham

  • 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.



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