Conferences

95

Attendees

40,000

Cities

30

REACH

1 million

Supporting Organizations

350

The Women's Leadership Exchange

WLE serves the women business leader's market and the corporations that do business with them. We provide the knowledge and the tools to connect, educate and encourage women leaders to expand their circle of influence so that ultimately all businesses owned or led by women will be stronger and more profitable.

The women business owner market comprises nearly half of all U.S. small businesses, and is growing twice as fast as all small businesses. To capture this market requires a unique, non-traditional marketing approach—an approach only WLE has the expertise to provide.

Milestones and Moments We Celebrate

Meet the Team

Andrea March

Andrea March is a serial entrepreneur who cofounded the Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE) in 2002.  In 2016 she held the first WLE Thought Leadership Summit, with founding partners UPS, McKinsey & Co, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC).  Previously she launched Andrea March Accessories and ran this multi-million-dollar business for 20 years.  In 1997, Andrea cofounded Investment Expo, one of the leading providers of financial information in the U.S., attracting up to 14,000 attendees annually.

Among her many awards, Andrea was the recipient of the Enterprising Women Advocacy Award and the New York Enterprise Reporter Advocacy Award. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from NYU. She is a trusted authority on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and has appeared on TV as an expert on women owned businesses and in major newspapers and magazines including; The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and BusinessWeek. Listen to Andrea on the topic of leadership >

Vlado Jureta

Vlad is thrilled to join Andrea and WLE to help build The ExchangeWay platform. He is a technology executive and engineer with extensive business solutions experience in startup and large corporations, including American Express and Telstra.
Vlad has delivered bootstrap web solutions as well as million-dollar technology programs, marketing capabilities, data integration, business analytics and regulatory programs. He brings expertise from consulting, telecommunications and the financial services sector. He received his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Melbourne and business degree from the AGSM at the UNSW Business School.

Our Story

To capitalize on 18 years of a successful winning formula, Andrea was in the early stages of developing a digital enabler for the WLE network when she connected with Vlad. In response to a recent WLE survey and based upon extensive data and market research, Andrea wanted to connect business women globally to learn from each other and have a steady stream of new leads.

Vlad at the time was leading Bistorque, an Australian startup connecting consultants to members of associations. He focused on women business leaders, a segment that communicated differently than men. He was looking for an alliance partner with a trusted

reputation, who could best reach women business owners. Even though they came from different backgrounds, with different skills, they found common ground in their past association with American Express and with their vision to change the world for the better. Separately, they each had a business but realized that through collaboration they could achieve more. Vlad was impressed with Andrea's achievement in the women's arena and Andrea admired Vlad's passion and technical acumen to deliver an innovative technology platform. They make a formidable team….to create a new paradigm for how women do business.

The 24/7 ExchangeWay will replicate and sustain the emotional connection created at WLE conferences We recognize the unique needs of women entrepreneurs and the roles that mentorship, education, introductions and networking can play in their business growth. Our shift in focus to women's digital lives is an opportunity to better address the growing business and career needs of WLE's conference attendees and members of our Supporting Organizations. Educate, Empower. Inspire, Share
- this is the NEW WOMEN'S NETWORK!

This is our story, looking forward to hearing your ExchangeWay story. Please share

Our Board of Advisers

  • Beth Polish
    Director of Corporate Innovation and Senior Vice President of Hearst Interactive Media, Hearst Corporation
  • Edie Weiner
    President, Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc.
  • Loreen Arbus
    President, Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
  • Lisa Jones
    ChiefEyeMail Officer, EyeMail Inc.
  • Pernille Spiers-Lopez
    Fomer President IKEA North America

Our Board of Advisers

  • Honorary Chair: Marilyn Johnson
    VP of Market Development, IBM
  • Dr. Lula F. Bailey Ballton
    CEO, West Angeles Community Development Corporation
  • Sheila Brooks
    Founder & CEO, SRB Communications
  • Marcia Y. Cantarella
    Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College
  • Adela Cepeda
    Founder & President, A.C. Advisory Inc
  • Maria de Lourdes Sobrino
    Founder & CEO, LuLu's Desserts
  • Dawn Jackson
    Director, American Indian National Center for Television & Film
  • Carol Jenkins
    Former News Anchor, WNBC TV & Board Member
  • Dr. Ella L.J Edmondson Bell
    Associate Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School
  • Janny Leung
    Owner/ Partner, MESA Technology
  • Marion Luna Brem
    President & CEO, Love Enterprises
  • Martha Montoya
    President, Los Kitos
  • Bruce Perkins
    Director - Supplier Diversity, Siemens Corporation
  • Valerie Red-Horse
    Founder, Red-Horse Financial Group
  • Syndi Seid
    Founder & Director, Advanced Etiquette
  • Vivian Shimoyama
    President, Breakthru Unlimited
  • Jane E. Smith
    Executive Director, Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Patricia Stout
    President, The Alamo Travel Group Inc
  • Hiroko Tatebe
    Founder and Executive Director, Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD)
  • Lupe Valdez
    Sheriff, Dallas County
  • Lily Z. Winsaft
    Founder & CEO, Aldebaran Associates International

Our Board of Advisers

  • Chair, Marjorie Singley-Hall
    Managing Partner, Ampersand Associates, Inc.
  • Mary Jane Bills
    Owner & Founder Sprayberry Travel & Vision Makers
  • Denise Billups
    Director WW SWB Teleweb Sales, IBM Corporation
  • Sara Blakely
    Founder & Owner Spanx
  • Virginia Bradley
    Founder and CEO GlobalExecWomen
  • Barbara Goldman
    President BG Search Associates
  • Robin M. Hensley
    President Raising the Bar
  • Susan Hrib
    Founder & CEO Signum Group, LLC
  • Conn Jackson
    Executive Producer Inspire One Entertainment- Cafe Central TV
  • Lisa Jones
    Cheif EyeMail Officer EyeMail Inc. ,
  • Beverly Langford
    Founder & President LMA Communication, Inc.
  • Helene Lollis
    President & Partner PATHBUILDERS, Inc.
  • Katherine Morris
    Partner BDO Seidman, LLP
  • Kendrick Page Armistead
    Principal Armistead Real Estate Investments, LLC
  • Kanchana Raman
    President & CEO Avion Systems
  • Bonnie Ross-Parker
    Author & Speaker The Joy of Connecting
  • Debby Stone
    Co-Founder Growe, Inc.
  • Lily Z Winsaft
    Founder and CEO Aldebaran Associates International

Our Board of Advisers

  • Maureen Beal
    CEO, National Van Lines
  • Cindy Burrell
    President, Boardroom Bound
  • Nancy Chen
    Regional Administrator, Women's Bureau/USDOL
  • Ma Cherry
    President, AYUROMA INC
  • Angelika Coghlan
    CEO, Catwalk Consulting
  • Beth Doria
    Principal, Alliance Associates Inc.
  • Susan Glick
    Fashion Director, Chicago Apparel Mart/ Regional Director, Fashion Group International
  • Shirley Gross-Moore
    President, Shirley Gross Moore
  • Marjorie Herter
    President, Vee See Construction
  • Dr. Michele Hoskins
    CEO, Michele Foods, Inc.
  • Lisa Johnson
    President, Last Minute Gourmet
  • Dorothy Leavell
    Publisher and Editor, Chicago Crusader
  • Cheryl Mayberry-McKissack
    Founder, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, NiaOnline
  • Diane Middlebrooks
    President, NAWBO- Chicago/The Business Coach
  • Pamela Olson
    Chair, TEC
  • Myrna Ordower
    President, Myma Ordower Enterprises
  • Hedy Ratner
    Co-President, Women's Business Development Center
  • Desma Reid-Coleman
    President/CEO, Lady Valet/KayKart
  • Victoria Rock
    President, Victoria Transcription Services Inc.
  • Patti Ross
    Market Executive Market Development, IBM
  • Lois Scott
    President, Scott Balice Strategies
  • Madeline Sharko
    Attorney, Office of State Guardian
  • Melody Spann-Cooper
    General Manager, WVON Radio
  • Shelly Sun
    President, 24-7 BrightStar Healthcare LLC
  • Diane Valletta
    President, Valletta Associates

Our Board of Advisers

  • Burt Alimansky
    Manager, Alimansky Capital Group Inc.
  • Michelle Benjamin
    Founder&Pres., Benjamin Enterprises
  • Adriane Berg
    Attorney at Law, Riker Danzig
  • Rosemary A. Bova
    President, Bova Enterprises, Inc.
  • Marcia Y. Cantarella
    Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College
  • Ava Chien
    President, Chien Company Technology Marketing
  • Sharon Emek
    Partner, CBS Coverage Group
  • Amy Frankel
    Partner, Tag Creative
  • Leslie Green
    Managing Partner, Roffe & Green, Inc.
  • Ann Kayman
    CEO, New York Grant Company
  • Melissa Krinzman
    President and CEO, Venture Architects
  • Ann Liguori
    President, Ann Liguori ProductionsSports Talk Show Host
  • Marnie Omanoff
    Senior Account Director, Themixxnyc
  • Nancy Ploeger
    President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Beth Polish
    Director of Corporate Innovation and Senior Vice President, Hearst Interactive Media, Hearst Corporation.
  • Lynn SanAndres
    Mason Alexander Group
  • Lisa Skriloff
    President, Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc

Our Board of Advisers

  • Honorary Chair: Colleen Barrett
    President and COO, Southwest Airlines
  • Nancy Barry
    Motivational Speaker
  • Marilyn Bushey
    President, PowerPAC
  • Jennifer Chandler
    President, Chandler's Cuisine
  • Gay Gaddis
    President and Founder, T3 (The Think Tank)
  • Sonia Ginnell
    CFM, Vice President Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Hattie Hill
    CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises
  • Paula Hill Strasser
    Director and Adjunct Professor, Business Leadership Ctr, Southern Methodist University
  • Shelli Howlett
    Owner/Partner, Business Network Intl - DFW San Antonio Austin
  • Debbie Hurst
    Executive Director, Women's Business Council
  • Nancy Kaufman
    Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual Insurance
  • Sylvia Kidd
    Realtor, Ebby Halliday
  • Wendy Lopez
    CEO, LopezGarcia Group PE
  • Carla McClanahan
    President 2006- AWC-Dallas, McClanahan Public Relations
  • Grace McDermott
    President- Southwest Chapter, Pan Asian American Chamber of
  • Commerce - Texas
  • Gail McDonald
    Partner, St. Charles Consulting Group
  • Gerry Myers
    President, Advisory Link
  • Candace O'Keefe Mathis
    Executive Director & CEO, Leadership America
  • Janice Sharry
    Senior Partner Corporate Securities Solutions, Haynes and Boone
  • Joy Wallace
    Owner, J.O.Y. Foods Inc.
  • Gayle Watson
    President, Performance Solutions Inc.

Our Board of Advisers

  • Loreen Arbus
    President, Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
  • Dr. Lula F. Bailey Ballton
    CEO, West Angeles Community Development Corporation
  • Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire
    Chair of the Board and Co-Founder, Berkhemer Clayton Inc.
  • Elmy Bermejo
    Chair, CA Commission on the Status of Women
  • Becky Christiansen
    Managing Partner, Eclipse Group, LLP
  • Ginger Conrad
    President & CEO, MBE Magazine & WBE Newsletter
  • Ding-Jo H. Currie
    Ph.D., President, Coastline Community College
  • Patty DeDominic
    CEO, PDQ Personnel Services, Inc.
  • Mimi Donaldson
    President, Mimi Speaks!
  • Eva Garcia
    President, Garcia Realty
  • Gayla Kraetsch Harsough
    PhD, Presdient, KH Consulting Group
  • Lillian Kawasaki
    Water Replenishment Board Director, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Ginger Lai
    President, Gingi, Inc & ABC Barter
  • Alice Lei
    President, Nightingale Technology
  • Roz Liang
    President, Dandelion Global LLC
  • Lori Lofstrom
    Owner/Partner, Holmes & Lofstrom, LLP
  • Ilene Nagel
    Director of Development Communications, University of California
  • Lindsay Shields
    Principal, The LJ GROUP
  • Vivian Shimoyama
    President, Breakthru Unlimited
  • Shenui Sloan
    Acting VP For Economic Development, Long Beach City College
  • Janet Steiner
    President, Thoro Packaging
  • Hiroko Tatebe
    Founder and Executive Director, Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD)
  • Kathleen Thurmond
    Consultant, Kathleen Thurmond, LLC
  • Amelia Wang
    District Director, 38th Congressional District
  • Tessa Albert Warschaw
    Ph.D., President, The Warschaw Group
  • Renee White Fraser
    PhD., President/CEO, Fraser Communications
  • Lynda Zadra-Symes
    Partner, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

Our Board of Advisers

  • Carla Cobb Davis
  • Melanei DewBerry Jones
    Soul Purpose Coaching, LLC
  • Tammy Key
    Garden Spaces
  • Diana Lu
    Chairman & CEO, Image Global Impact
  • Sharon Miller
    CEO, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
  • Pat Obuchowski
    Leadership Coach/LCD, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
  • Linda Parker Pennington
    Co Founder & Governance Chair, Women of Color Action Network (WCAN)
  • Marci Rinkoff
    MBR Coaching
  • Julea Roeder
    Senior Care Advocates
  • Syndi Seid
    Founder & Director, Advanced Etiquette
  • Suzanne Tucker
    Marketing Solutions/One Stop Graphics

Our Board of Advisers

  • Sheila Brooks
    Founder & CEO, SRB Communications
  • Cary Broussard
    Vice President, Communications, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Miguel A. Centeno
    Vice President, Aetna
  • Sophia Corona
    Chief Operating Officer, Creditex Group Inc.
  • Sharon Emek
    Partner, CBS Coverage Group, Inc.
  • Amy Frankel
    Managing Partner, IF Studio
  • Katherine Machado O'hara
    Owner/Partner, S3
  • Marnie Omanoff
    Senior Account Director, Themixxnyc
  • Jennifer Openshaw
    Founder, Family Financial Network
  • Beth Polish
    Director of Corporate Innovation and Senior Vice President of Hearst Interactive Media, Hearst Corporation
  • Lisa Skriloff
    President, Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc.
  • Susan Solovic
    CEO, SBTV
  • Dani Ticktin Koplik
    Executive & Performance Coaching, DTKResources
  • Shawna Vercher
    CEO, Vti-Web & The SSW
  • Edie Weiner
    President, Weiner, Edrich, Brown, Inc.
  • Lena West
    Founder/CEO, xynoMedia Technology
  • Alison Woo
    Founder, NewMediaMavens.com

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