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Leadership Team

Ann W. Madsen, Executive Director the Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women, is the driving force behind this unique multimillion dollar nonprofit whose core mission is to help women in the Tampa Bay Region to succeed both personally and professionally. She has more than 30 years experience in senior leadership capacities across corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors. A former entrepreneur, she brought an "intrapreneurial" approach to the Centre for Women, launching the Women's Business Centre in 2013 to help aspiring and nascent female entrepreneurs. Ann is an alumna of Trinity College in Burlington, VT, and began her career as a journalist. She later held senior-level positions across corporate, academic and nonprofit sectors. She is a member of the National Board of the Association of Women's Business Centers and is actively engaged locally as a member of the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women, the Board of Governors of the Centre Club, The Athena Society and WEL (Women's Executive Leadership Group).

 

 

Christine was President/Chief Executive Officer of Family First of New York Federal Credit Union in Rochester, N.Y. prior to moving to Tampa. She developed and managed the implementation of strategic plans, policies and operating activities for the credit union’s four branches and 50 employees. Christine was honored as an Athena Award finalist for excellence in leadership and the Credit Union was named “Business of the Year” for its reputation and involvement in the community. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Accounting. Christine is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Chief Executive (CCE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Christine said: “I am excited for this new opportunity to contribute to the community in such a meaningful way. Women owned businesses are a vital part of our economy, and the WBC has an excellent reputation for providing services that encourage, empower, and elevate current and aspiring women business owners.”  Welcome!

 

 

If you ask Stephanie about her family, healthy relationships or entrepreneurship, you’ll get a mile-wide grin and a lively discussion about either of them. These three have been her passion for as long as she can remember. A self-proclaimed “Florida girl,” she's been in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years pursuing those very passions. She is thrilled have landed a position as a Business Counselor at the Women's Business Centre at The Helen Gordon Davis Centre for Women. Her background, experience and passion lies in helping women to succeed in life and business. Before joining the Women's Business Centre, she was working as a Life & Business Coach with her own company, Grow Women that she founded in 2012. Grow Women's mission aligns perfectly with The Centre for Women. Stephanie holds both a BS in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing. She is also very active volunteering with Safe Harbor in St. Petersburg, being a caregiver for her Mom living with Alzheimer’s and cheering on her athletic children in their various sports.

While having worked within a number of roles over the last 20 years, Martha experienced a life- changing epiphany after volunteering for a local non-profit.  After seeing the needs of homeless and struggling families within the Tampa Bay Area, she discovered a passion for making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised men, women and children. She has a determination to help women achieve their entrepreneurial dreams and succeed in life. Martha believes that if mother’s heading households are financially stable, this will provide a more stable and prosperous future society. As an entrepreneur and single mother, she understands the demands put on the working mother and is part of a MOMPreneur Group in Tampa. She credits having been raised as an Army Brat and moving continuously with making her adaptable. Originally a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, she is bilingual (Spanish) and has currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her 18 year old daughter and fur baby, Chica. Martha is currently working on her MBA in Marketing.

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