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Welcome to Orlando, Florida from NFBPWC President, Elizabeth Benham

It is my great pleasure to extend the warmest welcome to all our members joining us for our biennial National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs General Assembly, combined with the triennial Regional Conference of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women of North America and the Caribbean.

Through the conference theme Leaning in and Leading: Building Bridges to Equality we want to make delegates conscious of the fact that we need to take on the responsibilities of leadership on all levels not only in our organization but in the communities, cities and countries where we live.
We have put together a conference filled with great take home value and excellent workshops by outstanding leaders from civil society and governments who will share with us their experiences and knowledge. The social events are ideal for networking and expanding friendships as global sisters.

Orlando and all the theme parks await you with fun, shopping and entertainment. We hope that you partake in all and when you leave to go home you are filled with accomplishment, joy and a great sense of an excellent investment in your self.

On behalf of the board members of NFBPWC we hope that you enjoy all and have some great fun too.

Elizabeth (Liz) Benham
President  NFBPWC

Welcome to the BPW International North American and the Caribbean Regional Conference from BPW International Regional Coordinator for N. America and the Caribbean, Dawne Williams.

It is a pleasure and delight to welcome you to Orlando, the Theme Park Capital of the World, for the BPW North America and the Caribbean Regional Conference.

When Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips started this august organization in 1930, her vison was that “each woman, as a citizen, must bring to the national policy of her own country, the contribution of forward-looking and constructive thought, followed by determined action” and that “each woman must dedicate herself to protect and promote the interests of all other women in
business and the professions.”

I am sure she is proud at how far we have come and paying keen attention from the great beyond,as we endeavor to carry on her legacy by empowering, inspiring and motivating each of you during this conference.
“The beginning is always today” is a statement by Mary Shelley that resonated with me when making preparations for this event. I encourage you to consider the meaning of that inspiring statement as we bond and forge new relationships and new beginnings in the coming days, that will change our lives forever.

Let us keep in focus our purpose, that is, “to develop the professional, business and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.” Allow all of your interactions to be bountiful and despite the earnest reasons for us congregating here, let us also rest, relax and enjoy one of the most exciting cities of the world. The programme has been crafted to strike the right work-play balance and to encourage you to enjoy your trip to the fullest! May your time here with us be well spent, leaving an indelible mark in your memory.

Your sacrifice in attending this conference is sincerely appreciated. Welcome and many thanks for joining us on this wonderful journey.


RC Dawne

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