Meet the Co-Chairs of the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

Dear Colleagues,

We are honored and excited to serve as co-chairs for the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, the largest event of its kind for women business owners. This year’s host city of Baltimore, Maryland will serve as the perfect backdrop for our vibrant ecosystem of business owners and professionals, all dedicated to the advancement of women-owned businesses.

We know our time together in this bustling harbor town will be a catalyst for opportunities and growth, and our theme – ECOSYSTEMS. Our vision centers on building and nurturing the most healthy and vibrant business ecosystem possible, one dedicated to helping women-owned businesses CONNECT, GROW, and THRIVE.

  • CONNECT. The National Conference & Business Fair presents a wonderful opportunity to come together as a network and form meaningful connections, from interactions at the Business Fair and MatchMaker meetings to more informal networking at our interactive educational programming and receptions.

  • GROW. Women-owned businesses are a vital part of the economy, and we are all dedicated to your continued growth and success. This year’s conference will feature innovative educational programming, where all attendees can gain knowledge, insights and skills to help with business growth, diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as professional development. 

  • THRIVE. Through new connections, new knowledge and resources, and new inspiration, we hope all attendees leave this event ready to build on the momentum gained and truly thrive.

Our Host Councils, WPEO NY and WPEO DC, led by Marsha Firestone Ph.D. and Sandra Eberhard, respectively, along with a Host Committee of eighteen outstanding WBEs are eager to welcome us to Baltimore, and ensure we all have an amazing experience. Be sure to meet all of them as you navigate your way through the event. They will surely inspire you.

Let’s Join Forces and Succeed Together in our collective mission to advance women-owned businesses.

See you in Baltimore!

The 2019 Co-Chairs


Meet the Co-Chairs for the 2019 WBENC
National Conference & Business Fair


Jim Gorzalski


Lawrence Phelan


Mike Hoffman
VP, Global Procurement


Ann Ramakumaran
Founder & CEO


Margery Kraus
Founder & EC


Gloria Bohan
Founder & President