What’s an ELEN?

“Empowered Ladies Express Network” of the American Business Women’s Association.

logoOur members are solo business owners and professionals in the north Atlanta area. We are recognized as an involved group whose members and visitors actively refer each other to our trusted clients, friends, and business colleagues. We currently have 32 active members. Our group is NOT industry-exclusive. (See our F.A.Q. for why not.)

We meet monthly on the second THURSDAY at 5 Seasons Brewery in Alpharetta, only one mile east of GA 400.

Guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings, but paid RSVPs are due at NOON the Tuesday before the meeting. Meeting prices, which include lunch, networking, one-minute infomercials and a relevant speaker, are $20 for members and $35 for guests and visitors.

NEXT MEETING:

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Make Your Attacker the Victim!

Women make easier victims, and some say it’s due to their size and more mild nature. Let’s change that mindset! Prepare yourself to mentally and physically respond to an emergency or fight back in the event of an attack. Make your attacker regret the moment you were chosen!

Celia Cortes, is a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Licensed Private Investigator (LPI), and an Interviewer & Interrogation instructor. She has an extensive background in corporate security, interview and interrogation, investigations, security design and personal safety. Celia is adept at planning, strategizing, and executing security and surveillance operations, with a considerable background in teaching, coaching and training of public and private sector personnel. Her experience ranges from international financial institutions and Fortune 50 corporations to educational institutions.

RSVP now for the May 11 lunch meeting!

Celia’s career began in financial crimes investigations. After nine years of investigating financial crimes and partnering with local, state and federal law enforcement, she continued her career as an Organized Retail Crime investigator with a Fortune 50 corporation. Celia left the corporate world to pursue her passion of ensuring educators and students were safe in their learning environments, and became the Director of Security at a boarding school in Atlanta. In 2015, Celia opened her own Security Consulting firm with the goal of assisting institutions and individuals in implementing safety and security protocols that increase security, safety and awareness.

Celia holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently seeking a second degree in Psychology.
Info for attendees:

What do you get for your fee to attend? A lot! You will dine on an organic buffet, with two protein choices, salad, and vegetables, your choice of tea or soda and a presentation by the above fabulous speaker. Since the chef at 5 Seasons prepares a delicious hot buffet lunch especially for us each month, he needs a headcount by early afternoon the Tuesday before the meeting.

So please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, May 9th.

LATE REGISTRANTS WILL PAY $40 AT THE DOOR.

Everyone in attendance will be able to stand and give a 60-second infominute on her business. And a previously selected member will be featured in a live 10-minute interview or “Member Spotlight.”

After we hear from our fabulous speaker, we will have a few minutes for people to share brief, current testimonials for people in the room. This is a nice way to close the meeting; you can feel the energy and realize the valuable business relationships that have begun at our monthly meetings.

And of course, we will end with door prizes, for which you are welcome to bring a prize (completely voluntary, but feel free to bring a prize worth at least $25).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Everyone in attendance will be able to stand and give a 60 second infominute on her business. And a previously selected member will be featured in a live 10 minute interview or “Member Spotlight.”

After we hear from our fabulous speaker, we will have a few minutes for people to share brief, current testimonials for people in the room. This is a nice way to close the meeting; you can feel the energy and realize the valuable business relationships that have begun at our monthly meetings.

And of course, we will end with door prizes, for which you are welcome to bring a prize (completely voluntary, but feel free to bring a prize worth at least $25).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

ABWA: Membership Has Its Benefits
ABWA Membership Brochure

We enhance the networking relationships by encouraging one-on-one meetings among the members, though no score is kept of such activity.

We occasionally hold “Members Only” social events at little or no cost to the members.

We host a Pinterest page for our chapter members to enhance on-line visibility for their businesses.

Prospective members must first join ABWA National (annual cost is $115) and then join ELEN.  Our annual local dues are currently $35. If you click on this image, it will open a 16-page brochure.

All ABWA members receive a bimonthly magazine “Women in Business”  in the mail: see a sample here.

Prospective Speakers
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Because we are a vibrant, positive audience, our speakers schedule fills up six months in advance. Generally we have a calendar of topics our members wish to hear about. If you are interested in presenting to our monthly meeting (we thank our guest speakers with a nice lunch and our undying gratitude), contact Deborah Fawaz, VP of Programs.

Social Media

ELEN is a non-profit run by a volunteer board of solo businesswomen. We do our best to promote our meetings–and therefore our Guest Speakers–through social media, in particular LinkedInFacebook and Pinterest.

And please feel free to SHARE any of the content on our website. After all, it’s all about the bass networking!