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Women's Business Council

“Develop and enhance the personal and professional growth of women in the Greater Danbury community.”

The mission of the Women’s Business Council is to develop and enhance the personal and professional growth of women in the Greater Danbury community and to further inspire and celebrate women through a collective network of guidance, education, support, and leadership.

The WBC was formed to create a framework of like-minded, professional women in order to learn new information, share experiences, and network to reach our fullest potential. The WBC offers unique opportunities to meet and benefit from the collective voices of women who share their successes, challenges and needs with each other in open, friendly, and nurturing environments.

“It is a privilege to be a member of the Women’s Business Council and part of an organization that is a supportive and collaborative powerhouse of our community’s vibrant female leadership.”

Andrea Gartner, Owner

Pour Me Coffee & Wine Café, Danbury, CT

Women's Business Council Steering Committee

Working together, the WBC Steering Committee develops vital programs and events to provide opportunities for continued growth and success. The Committee is comprised of dynamic and successful business women from the private, public, and non-profit sectors who want to help empower women in the course of their careers to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Steering Committee

Pauline Assenza

Assoc. Prof. of Management, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management

Valerie Calistro


Ventura Law

Charlotte Cilley

Independent Living Advocate

JoAnn Cueva


Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce

Cheryl Duva

Healthcare Risk & Regulatory Advisory Services


Janice Giegler

Town Clerk, City of Danbury

Michelle James

Executive Director

Community Action Agency of Western CT

Jeri Martin

Account Executive

Comcast Spotlight

Marie Miszewski

President & CEO

Regional YMCA of Western CT

Emanuela Palmares


Tribuna Newspaper

Patty Passarelli

New Business Development Manager

The News-Times

Mary Jean Rebeiro


The NY-CONN Corporation

Maura Ruby

Sr. Manager, Property Mgmt.

Danbury Fair Mall

Advisory Council

Phyllis Boughton


CT Kitchen & Bath

Dr. Donna Boylan


Boylan Chiropractic

Andrea Gartner


Pour Me Coffee & Wine Café

Betty Hensal

Broker Associate

William Pitt Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

Janice Lea

VP/Field Marketing Manager

TD Bank

Michele MacKinnon

Solopreneur - Garden Designer, Speaker, Educator

Melanie O’Brien


Law Offices of Melanie P. O’Brien

Lucie Voves


Church Hill Classics

Hon. Dianne E. Yamin

Judge of Probate, City of Danbury

Yamin & Yamin, LLP