Board of Directors
Heather has lived and worked in Montgomery County, MD for 15 years. She began working for MedImmune in the Kentlands and then launched her training company, Training de Jour, in 2017.
Heather presents education workshops all over the US; because of her frequent business travel, her first years with WBO were as a frequent guest but not yet a member. The shift that Covid caused in her business landscape allowed her to finally become a member. Quickly she jumped into the role of Secretary and then Vice-President.
Now serving as President gives her the opportunity to help rebuild the organization back to its pre-Covid strength.
Benefits of getting involved: Develop your leadership and public speaking skills; learn more about the organization and how it is run; greatly increase your personal network of community, business and government leaders, leading to more exposure and valuable connections for you and your business.
- chairs some general meetings (particularly in spring/summer) in preparation for transition to president;
- confers with the President to resolve issues and establish priorities for monthly Board meetings;
- fulfills ad hoc assignments on behalf of the President and Board; and
- assists the President in making WBO visible in the community and in communicating information of interest to women in business to Board members and the WBO membership.
Skills you need: Good interpersonal skills, organizational skills, flexibility and ability to attend community and business functions as WBO representative.
Interested in this role? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Cheryl is the founder of Farallon Bookkeeping and Clover Bookkeeping, two bookkeeping firms specializing in nonprofit organizations and e-commerce businesses, respectively. She has more than 20 years’ experience in retail and nonprofit sectors and is passionate about helping clients manage their finances, streamline their processes, and optimize their performance.
When Cheryl isn’t crunching numbers, you’ll find her reading on her front porch, researching family history, and attending baseball games.
Benefits of getting involved: Get to know your fellow Board Members better and be involved in decision making that affects the organization as a whole. This is a good “transition” role to introduce a member to the Board and frequently leads to other leadership positions.
- records minutes of Board and general meetings and distributes them to Board members;
- maintains minutes of past Board meetings on file;
- notifies incoming Board members of the date, time, and location of transitional Board meetings in July and August (which are attended by both incoming and outgoing Board members);
- maintain a central document repository for WBO documents;
- manage all WBO online accounts;
- monitor the general use mailbox (email@example.com);
- submits a projected budget for Secretary to the Treasurer, annually.
Benefits of getting involved: Be “in the know” with respect to all events, programs, member benefits, member news, community news and WBO news; work closely with other Board members; develop your technical expertise by learning how to do mass emails and other communications.
The Communications Chair has overall responsibility for the content, production, and distribution of WBO’s newsletter, weekly email blasts and the web site.
- oversees newsletter production and distribution;
- in coordination with the President and Program Chair, sends email blasts announcing upcoming WBO meetings and other events of interest to members;
- solicits articles from members and Board members by email
- solicits and collects “Hear Me Roars” at monthly meetings and includes them in the newsletter;
- maintains editorial control over articles submitted and publication dates;
- seeks input from other Board members regarding items of interest to the general membership;
- maintains database of articles by past presidents for incoming/future presidents.
Laura Malinowski coaches mission-driven high performing leaders. As an executive coach, she thrives serving as a thought partner for achieving balance and creating momentum in leadership.
Laura launched My Future Realized as the next logical step in her life-long love affair with learning, growth, and transformation. Deeply curious about diverse perspectives, she considers coaching to be a calling, an art, and a discipline.
A Washington DC area native, Laura was an operational ninja in a mission-driven, rapidly growing professional services firm for 17 years. She brings years of experience with building departments, cultivating teams and collaborative cultures, and creating sustainable products, systems, and processes. Her background also includes the creation of a non-profit community organization, five years in publishing, and spinning discs as a deejay. She is honored to also serve on the Executive Committee for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, MD.
Laura is a Certified Professional Coach trained in Generative Coaching with inviteCHANGE. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, with a concentration in Film & Theater. She holds certificates in Change Management, Organizational Development and Consulting Skills. She is a certified practitioner of the Tilt 365 Positive Influence Predictor and True Tilt Personality Profile, is a certified QA in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and is proficient in French.
Laura lives for diving into the deep, impactful issues typically hidden in ordinary conversation. She’s always on the lookout for good dark chocolate – and opportunities to create perspective and possibility among the chaos.
Beth Janoff has held business leadership positions for over 30 years. She began her professional career arranging educational international trade seminars at the World Trade Center; followed by designing and managing legal seminars for a national professional education company.
Beth founded her first company, Business Development Associates (BDA), at thirty. BDA presented over 60 legal seminars around the country each year and employed 20 employees, generating $4 million in revenue. The seminars focused on the practical implications of federally regulated, cutting-edge legal topics. A quarter of the programs were specifically designed for women corporate counsel and were very well received.
She was featured and pictured in the Wall Street Journal, [former Entrepreneur Section]. The article focused on the benefits/drawbacks of considering a private investor.
Beth is now engaged in her second company, IN-JEEN-YUHS, LLC. She curates the works of artists from around the world who ingeniously design home goods and personal wares from repurposed materials. It’s a labor of love for her to find well-made, urban, and sustainable wares that tell a story and are a bit unique. IN-JEEN-YUHS supports women in small communities around the world and other crafts people based in the USA. A portion of IN-JEEN-YUHS revenue supports justice, environment, food security, and women & youth-based causes.
Over the years, Beth has been involved in various fundraising, educational, and recreational efforts for local schools, girl scouts, and her synagogue. She was President of the Sisterhood and on the Board at her synagogue for years. She rejuvenated and managed the retail gift shop that generated revenue to support women and youth projects.
- writes news releases, to the media to inform them of WBO meetings, activities, and achievements;
- serves as the media contact person for WBO;
- coordinates WBO social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
- seeks out publicity opportunities (e.g., TV and radio interviews, WBO memorabilia);
- submits a projected budget for Publicity to the Treasurer, annually.
Member at Large
Immediate Past President
Regina is an alumna of Georgetown University’s SFS and George Washington University Law School, who has been helping families in the DC Area the past 20 years with family law issues. Early in her career she was active with the Women’s Bar Association of DC where she served on the Board from 2003-2004, and from 2009-2011 she was the President of Collaborative Divorce Association in Maryland. Since 2010, she has been a legal commentator in the media and guest lecturer at various law schools and local venues. For two years, she hosted a tv show on MMCTV to help families tackle major issues. This past year, she was an adjunct professor at the GWU Family Law Clinic. She has been featured in the Washington Post, as well as Bethesda Magazine, and has been recognized as a top divorce lawyer in DC and MD by Super Lawyers Magazine since 2014.