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When: 3/13/2014
6:30 PM
Where: Perry Ellis

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 Please Join
Board member, NY WCD Chapter Chair and "Strategy Diva”
Cynthia Cohen
President, Boston Proper

Sheryl Clark

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Topic: Social Media – The Strategy. What Directors Need to Know

The Event:   Join us at the Perry Ellis board room for our next South Florida Chapter meeting. Members Fanny Hanono and Cory Shade have graciously opened up their offices for our first meeting of 2014.

The DiscussionSocial Media can have a significant impact on the strategy for your corporations where you are board members—regarding reputation, profitability, liability, and more. Discussion will include:

  • How your companies are using Social Media for profitability,
  • Associated risks that board members need to be aware of, and
  • Steps companies should take to integrate Social media into their strategic plans.

Our Speakers:  Cynthia Cohen is a prominent retail strategist, sits on the boards of bebe Stores, Equity One, and Steiner Leisure (prior boards include Hot Topic, Office Depot, Sports Authority).  She is considered a leading authorities on consumer trends and strategic marketing including market positioning, e-commerce, social media and business strategy. A strategy diva, see her full bioclick here

Sheryl Clark  is President of Boston Proper and has over 20 years of retail experience working for major brands including Old Navy, Gap and Bloomingdale’s. Previously, Ms. Clark served as Executive Vice President of Merchandising for Old Navy at Gap Inc. See her full bio: click here.

Meeting Details

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Meeting:    Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., out by 9:00 p.m.

Location:   Perry Ellis 

                    3000 NW 107th Ave, Doral, FL


Other Upcoming Events

March 4th - Tampa Dinner

Ann O’Connell and Liana O’Drobinak have initiated and graciously organized this event for our "west coasters.” The purpose of this gathering is to determine if we would like to form a West Florida chapter. A room has been reserved for dinner at Polo Grill – 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. Polo Grill is located at 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202 (Near University Parkway and  I-75).  Please be aware that this is not a sponsored WCD event, so the cost of the dinner is not part of our dues. Please RSVP by Monday, March 3rd.

March 5th and 6th  2014 - KPMG’s offices in London, England

The word Europe comes from ancient Greek and means broad, wide-gazing.  WCD’s European Institute will be a historic gathering of women directors of corporations and large privately held companies – the top business leaders looking toward the future of their companies and corporate governance.  This distinguished, half-day conference will be a high-powered ideas forum, exploring compelling trends on the minds of European directors.  WCD will be sharing what is working from WCD’s Global Nominating Commission and other relevant organizations  to place "boardable” experts – who are multi-talented, multicultural, and multi-gender. Registration will soon be open. Check the WCD website.

April 8 – Launch of North Florida Chapter in Jacksonville

Our rapidly expanding WCD membership has prompted the opening of a chapter in Northern Florida.  On April 8th at 5:30 at the River Club in Jacksonville, the host committee will kick off this new chapter. The host committee consists of Marty Evans (Chapter co-chair and director of Weight Watchers International and The North Highland Company), Brenda Gaines (director of AGL Resources, Fannie Mae and Tenet Healthcare Corp), Mary LoCastro (director Immunomedics, Inc. and Montclair State University Foundation), Val Rahmani (director Teradici), Susan Remmer Ryzewic (chapter co-chair and director University of North Florida Foundation, HER Investments, Inc. Endless Pools, Inc.) and Stephanie Coonan (co-chair and Audit Partner KPMG) All are welcome to attend. See attached for the invitation.

Info from WCD Headquarters

Did you miss it? WCD has an 8 trillion dollar voice!  WCD recently aggregated the market capitalization of the public companies on whose boards their members serve. They found that the number totaled almost $8 trillion; if WCD were a country, its economy would be the world’s third largest, behind only the U.S. and China!

If you haven’t taken the time to read the press release which discussed the implications of the "voice,” click here to read on!

Other – re: Board Opportunities

Board opportunities have also been routinely circulated by WCD headquarters. Please be alert to those email opportunities and respond quickly only to those opportunities that truly match your experience. We have looked at the profiles of our South Florida members, and it is clear that many of you have either outdated, or non-existent profile information on-line.

Please take a few moments to update your profile. It does make a difference as we assist in searches for qualified candidates. You might also want to update bios with photos etc. Click here to view the latest Board opportunities from WCD headquarters.  

Other – Save the Dates

 Please note in your calendars our current plans for our meetings throughout the year.

                  May 22nd -  Fort Lauderdale

                  September 18th – Tampa

                  November 11-12th – Miami (Americas Institute)

                  December 11th – Fort Lauderdale/Miami

A special thank you to Perry Ellis for hosting us on March 13th!


About WCD: WCD members comprise among the world's most powerful and influential business women-the global business elite. WCD is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors with over 2,500 members who serve on over 3,500 boards in 60 chapters around the world. WCD acts as a bold catalyst for thought leadership, networking, and new relationships. Smart boards are going global in members and mindset. Our members share information and insights in order to ensure best practices in corporate governance around the world.

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