THE WBC TEAM

Chief Executive Officer at WBC Edie Fraser is CEO of Women Business Collaborative(WBC), a non-profit to accelerate Equal Position, Pay and Power for all businesswomen. WBC works with business women organization partners and stakeholders. Edie spent 14 years as Managing Director, Diversified Search and Founder and CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors®(MWM)–with 2.5 million …

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Gwen K. Young is the Chief Operating Officer of the Women Business Collaborative. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University and former Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center. She is an Advisor to Concordia and …

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Maheen Naeem is a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago, with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. Currently, she is a Communications & Programs Associate at the Women Business Collaborative. Before then, she worked as a Staffer for the Illinois House of Representatives, Illinois Senate, and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in …

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Elizabeth (Heyman) Blockman joined the team at Women Business Collaborative with over a decade of social justice and advocacy experience. With a background in leadership development, education, and organizing, she is thrilled to bring her systems-oriented mindset to WBC. Elizabeth is a certified educator and has received training in management best practices, anti-oppression and anti-racist …

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Dana is the Advisory Council Manager at the Women Business Collaborative. Dana has worked in development, fundraising, and project management since obtaining her Bachelor of Business degree from Belmont University and Masters of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.  She has worked with start-up companies and non-profit organizations, including a $150M+ organization that provides …

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Gwen Young, WBC COO, and Edie Fraser, WBC CEO, hosted the final #WBCFasterTogether session of 2021 on December 16th, 2021! Gwen and Edie summarized the progress and achievements of the WBC from the past year, while previewing what’s to come in 2022 for the women’s business movement. Watch the recording on LinkedIn or below on …

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Mazana Bruggeman brings 20 years of creative problem solving experience to the team. As a designer and artist she has contributed to and led projects from brand development and integrated marketing campaigns to creating environments (digital and IRL). She’s spent her career working with nonprofits to communicate complex ideas, where the product is the intangible …

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Lorena is a consultant with expertise in business development, strategic partnerships & communications. She is currently supporting WBC’s partner relations and the CEO/Executive Roundtable Series. She also provides key insight in support of WBC’s vision and strategy. Most recently, she served as VP and Chief Business Development Officer for STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors. As …

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Francesco C. Leboffe, BIO Global Conferences, Membership, Marketing, Communications, and Training expert. Strategist for Associations, Societies; Passionate World Historian; Multilingual: Fluent in English, Italian, Spanish. His background and accomplishments provide leadership in multiple fields and disciplines. He offers strategic vision and creative leadership, with a track record of creating, developing and implementing conferences content for …

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