Women Empowering Women

Entrepreneurial Women’s Leadership & Networking Panel



We look forward to another successful event in 2021. Stay tuned for future event information.


 Gretchen Bauer

Founder and CEO

“You’re trying to produce the most beautiful products possible, the most beautiful quality possible.  If you’re doing that, then you can’t worry about how many you’re going to sell, and ‘is it going to make enough profits to make the shareholders happy?’  You will have to just make something great, and know it will sell, and you will make a perfectly fine amount of money, as opposed to bazillions.”

– Dana Thomas

Karen Fordham

Chief Executive Officer
Venice Regional Bayfront Health

 “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

MK Mueller

Author, Presenter
Director of Cultural Engagement, Venice Regional Bayfront Health

“I wanna see you be brave.” 

– Sara Bareilles 


(left to right in alpha order)

November 1, 2019

Venetian River Club
502 Veneto Boulevard
North Venice, FL 34275

Fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.

“How did they do it?” “How can I?”


Women Empowering Women is a one-day event empowering women through conversations and panel discussions.


Rae Dowling

Area Manager
Southwest Florida
Florida Power & Light Company

“To see beauty even in the common things of life,  to shed the light of love and friendship round me; to keep my life in tune with the world that I shall make no discords in the harmony of life;  to strike on the lyre of the universe only the notes of happiness, of joy, of peace;  to appreciate every little service rendered;  to see and appreciate all that is noble in another, be her badge what it may; and to let my lyre send forth the chords of love, unselfishness, sincerity.
This is to be my symphony.”

– Celia McClure 

Barbara Martinez

GMAN Home Watch, LLC
Co-Founder and Co-Owner

  “To succeed in life, you need three things; a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.”

– Reba McEntire


Dr. Stephanie Peabody

The Lakewood Ranch Brain Health Initiative


Sharon Roush

President of Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Venice

 “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you’ve imagined.” 

– Henry David Thoreau


For Inquiries on Sponsorships, Contact Debra Mattar, Business Development Director.

Here are some highlights from our 2018 Women Empowering Women Event!