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Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Honors Geri Swift With William J. Alcorn Award



 Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Honors Geri Swift With
                           William J. Alcorn Award

Highest WBENC Accolade for an Individual Bestowed at 2013 National Conference
& Business Fair

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women's Business Enterprise
National Council (WBENC) honored Geri Swift, President of the Women's Business
Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ (WBEC PA-DE-sNJ), with the William J. Alcorn
Award, a singularly prestigious award bestowed by WBENC on an individual for
outstanding leadership contributions to its mission.  The award ceremony took
place at the "Tribute to Partners" concluding event at WBENC's 2013 National
Conference and Business Fair. The annual event is the largest of its kind for
women business owners. This year it successfully convened over 3,000
corporations and Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) in Minneapolis, MN, for
the purpose of the developing business opportunities that will fuel the
economy.  

"Geri Swift is an extraordinary leader whose dedication to preparation,
process and alignment to our organization's goals has guided our growth in a
changing marketplace," said Laura Taylor, WBENC Board Chair and Vice
President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Operations at Pitney Bowes Inc.
 

Swift is a member of the WBENC Board of Directors and for three years served
as Chair of the Leadership Council representing the 14 Regional Partner
Organizations that implement WBENC certification across the country, enable
WBEs to enhance their skills and take advantage of marketplace access to major
corporations and government agencies.  

The William J. Alcorn Award was named in honor of WBENC's first Chair of the
Board of Directors, William J. Alcorn, retired Senior Vice President and Chief
Purchasing Officer of the J.C. Penney Company, for his years of dedication and
outstanding leadership. This award recognizes exemplary leadership
contributions made by individuals in support of WBENC's mission to open the
doors of opportunity in corporate and government contracting to certified
Women's Business Enterprises.   

About Geri Swift:

Geri Swift is President of the Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ
(WBEC PA-DE-sNJ).  She is the founding President of the Women's Business
Development Center (WBDC).  WBDC, formed in 1995, fosters the development and
retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable
individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.

In 1999, under Swift's leadership, the WBDC expanded its programs and created
the Women's Business Enterprise Council (WBEC).  WBEC, a marketing,
procurement and certification assistance council, facilitates the relationship
between corporations, government agencies and women-owned businesses. 

A WBENC co-founder and regional partner, the WBDC with its WBEC administers
WBENC's National Certification Standard in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern
New Jersey.

Working through her own business, the community, business organizations, and
all levels of government and the corporate sector, Swift has played a
leadership role in supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurial
business ventures.

She has received honors and has been recognized as a Woman's Business Advocate
from business and professional organizations. In 1997 Geri served on the
Steering Committees that created WBENC and the Association of Women Business
Centers.  Locally, Swift has served as an appointed member of the Governor Ed
Rendell's Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Council.  Swift is also an
appointed member of Mayor Michael Nutter's Office of Economic Opportunity
Advisory Council, the WBENC Board of Directors and the WBEC PA-DE-sNJ. 

About WBENC: Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation's leader in women's business
development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and
operated by women, with over 11,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs.  WBENC certification
is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America's most
prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities.
Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide
opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations,
government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building
events and other forums.  WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that
seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals
that support its mission and programs.  For more information, please go to
www.wbenc.org.

SOURCE Women's Business Enterprise National Council

Website: http://www.wbenc.org
Contact: For photos contact Lynthia Romney, 914-238-2145; 914-589-2140,
romneycom@gmail.com
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