Guam – Shifting into fifth: The Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce kicked off the weekend by celebrating its fifth anniversary.
Guam’s soon-to-be governor, the island’s first-ever elected female governor was present at the ceremony and addressed the Chamber.
“So let’s get started ladies, there’s much work to be done and we are just going to do that. If women say they’re gonna do something, you better be damn sure that they’re gonna do something!” – Governor-Elect Lou Leon-Guerrero
Launching in 2013, the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce had 11 members. Today in 2018, its membership has grown almost 2000% with a membership of 220 of Guam’s female business community. These members represent a variety of businesses, from sole proprietorship, to small businesses, corporations and organizations.
The Women’s Chamber of Commerce also elected their 2019 Board of Directors. Members elected Jayne Flores, Assistant Director of the Office of Communications and Promotions and Office of Development and Alumni Relations at the Guam Community College; Geri Leon Guerrero, President and General Manager of Adztech & Public Relations; Jennifer McFerran, Marketing Manager of International Dining Concepts; Dr. Annette Santos, Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Guam; and Bernie Valencia, Vice President and General Manager of Matson Navigation.
They will be joining current board members, Vice President Lina Leon Guerrero, Secretary Jackie Hanson, Treasurer Patricia Salas, Michelle Crisostomo, Rindraty Limtiaco, and Holly Rustick. The newly elected board members are successors to outgoing board members President Vanessa Williams, Heidi Ballendorf, Pika Fejeran, Kathy Sgro, and Meg Tyquiengco.
Board members also introduced plans for the Women’s business Center and hosted 20 pop-up shops which allowed guests to donate toys to Tohge Guam, a non-profit organization providing peer-support for those in substance abuse recovery.