Lehigh Acres Chapter

Lehigh Acres, Florida

American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


Murder Mystery: Wine, Cheese, & Murder

October 20, 2019

Heritage Palms Golf and Country Club, (off 6 Mile Cypress) 10420 Washingtonia Palm Way Fort Myers, Fl 33966

November 2019 ABWA Monthly Dinner Meeting

November 14, 2019

Beef O'Brady"s, 3114 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres

December 2019 ABWA Holiday Party

December 8, 2019

East Greens Clubhouse, Lehigh Acres, Fl

Connect, learn and grow in the
American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


Executive Board and Committee Chairs

Toby Ferrel


Mary Beck

Vice President

Judy Carter


Ody Eire


Adele Petersohn

Membership Chair

Linda M. Davidson

Hospitality Chair

Judy Carter

Social Media Chair

Education Chair

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Mary Beck

State Farm – Teresa Goodlad


Vicki Culver

Home For All the Holidays


Linda M. Davidson


Odalys (Ody) Eire

Ody’s Professional Process https://www.odyprocess.com/services.html

Toby Ferrel

Business Dynamix Solutions, LLC


Paula Hinspeter


Linda Hodde

Eastside Printing

Onnadine Hosler

Lehigh Town Center

Patricia Jackson

Physical Therapist at Home Care

Anna Ledger

Tannassee Realty

Alexis Macchia


Adele Petersohn


Cassandra Browning


Sandra Scifo


Debra Shuman


Maralyn Waline

Avon Representative

Patty Vealey


Bill Little


Shelia Bedwell

Lee County Government

Margarete Zimmerman



Shelia Bedwell

For the month of August, 2019, we are celebrating Shelia Bedwell as our business woman of the month.

Shelia is a longtime ABWA member.  She was one of the charter members of the Lehigh chapter, but has held memberships with other District 1 chapters through the years.  During this time, she served as President, Secretary, and was selected as her chapter’s Woman of the Year…a very distinctive honor!  Additionally, Shelia served as Chair, Vice Chair, and Communications Officer of the SW Florida Councily of ABWA.

Shelia is also a member of the International Right of Way Association where is serving her second term as President and International Director.  She has been awarded her Senior Right of Way Agent certification.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Shelia is currently a Real Etate Title Examiner for the Department of County Lands with Lee County Government.

Shelia has a 33 year old married son and a 5 year old granddaughter.  She enjoys live music, college football, and is a fan of the Tennessee Titans.

 The ladies of the Lehigh Acres Chapter wish to tip our hats to Shelia, the August business woman.


Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship

Empowering Women through the Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship

The 2018 – 2019 Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship is awarded to Cassandra Browning, a student at FSW.  Congratulations from all the members of the Lehigh chapter of ABWA.

The Lehigh Acres Chapter funds the annual Onnadine Hosler Impact Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. YOU could be the next recipient of this scholarship. Applications are now being accepted for those women who meet the eligibility criteria. Candidates must live in the greater Lehigh Acres area, which includes Lehigh, Alva, and Buckingham. Please email Judy Carter at j4udy@earthlink.net if you are interested, you know of someone who may be interested, or if you would like more information concerning this year’s scholarship.  Don’t forget, today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.

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