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Women in Business to highlight keys to successful mentoring at May 1 networking event

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee will host its May networking meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1 at Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 First St. in Fort Myers.

Attendees of the May program will have the opportunity to learn the keys to successful mentoring during a panel discussion featuring three successful Southwest Florida businesswomen and the colleagues they mentor. The three mentors are well-known for their leadership within the community, and have also been honored as past recipients of Women in Business’ Apex Award, which recognizes local women for their outstanding professionalism, philanthropy and mentorship.

Providing valuable insight into the mentor/mentee experience, featured speakers include Christin Collins, system director of health and wellness for Lee Health and 2012 Apex Award recipient, joined by mentee Tracy Siekmann, director of the Healthy Life Centers for Lee Health; Gail Markham, founding partner of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. and 2008 Apex Award recipient, joined by mentee Kelsey Griffin, partner at Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.; and Connie Ramos-Williams, founder and chief marketing officer of CONRIC PR & Marketing and 2015 Apex Award recipient, joined by mentee Jaimie Miller, vice president of marketing for CONRIC PR & Marketing.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Jessica Walker from Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panel.

Each month, Women in Business features a nonprofit spotlight and in May, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will be highlighted. Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. The nonprofit partners with classroom business volunteers to deliver lessons on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to students at both public and private schools, as well as after school programs and special at-risk groups throughout Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.

The May networking event is hosted by Florida Repertory Theatre and sponsored by the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Free parking is provided across the street from Florida Repertory Theatre, in a parking lot on Bay Street.

Admission for the May Women in Business meeting is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for future members, and includes one complimentary drink and light appetizers. To register, call 239-332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org.

About Women in Business

Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential. A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

About the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce:
Serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community. The Chamber represents nearly 800 businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Lee County, providing opportunities for members to participate in a variety of meaningful networking, educational and community- and business-focused programs and events. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is located at 2310 Edwards Drive in downtown Fort Myers. For additional information regarding membership opportunities or events please call 239-332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org. For the latest news and updates, follow the Chamber on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gfmcc or Twitter at @FtMyersChamber.

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