In The Spotlight

Deana Karp-New Member Spotlight

New Member Spotlight
Age: 42
Current Residence: Delray Beach, Florida
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Family: I have twins boy girl 17 years old. Joseph and Batsheva
Career: Electrical Engineer for Florida Power & Light

How long have you been an EWPBF member? August, 2018

Why did you choose this organization? It is about the members and the good they do for others.  When I was awarded a scholarship in 2015, I was warmly welcomed and treated with kindness.  I immediately felt that the members were genuine. I am excited to be part of this wonderful group of women and help others.

What are your goals as a new member? My goal is to get to know my fellow members. Additionally, I intend on attending events, volunteering on committees, sharing my experiences and learning from others.

What challenges have you faced in your professional career? I am fortunate to work for a company that allows for a healthy work-life balance.  I thought it would be difficult to balance a working day, with being a single parent.  I have been pleasantly surprised at how it has worked out.

As a new member, what can you bring to EWPBF? I can bring my passion for helping others.  I can inspire college students to have a mindset of one day becoming an active member.  I would like the opportunity to greet new members and make them feel welcome.

Are there any EWPBF events coming up you’re excited to attend? I am excited to attend the event at the beautiful Manatee Lagoon.  I of course am looking forward to the next Wine Down Wednesday!!

Is there a specific memorable moment that stands out to you during your time with EWPBF that made you think, “this is why I joined this organization”? Each time I attend an Executive Women event, it reaffirms that this was the right choice for me.  Sharing my story at the Fall Luncheon was such an honor and made me feel like my struggles and my overcoming them, matters.  I have had some tough times, but I have come a long way since I was awarded the scholarship in 2015.  This really helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to have a voice, and hopefully inspire others to “step into their lives.”

Is there anything else you would like to add? Just Thank You!

Trixy Walker - Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight
Age: (Do I have to tell???) 45
Current Residence: West Palm Beach, Florida
Birthplace: Eastman, Georgia
Family: Married to Cartriel Walker, 2 grown daughters, 1 grown son and a 13 year old. Mama Mama of 4 (3 girls and 1 new born boy)
Career: Asset Management (Commercial and Retail)

How long have you been an EWPBF member? Since 2009

Why did you choose this organization? When I first joined the organization, I wanted to be surrounded by other professional women in leadership roles.  Once I joined I realized that it was much more than a networking organization.  They provided an opportunity to give back to the community.

What are your goals as a member? As a member my goal is to follow our Mission statement “Empowering Women to Succeed and Lead”  I do so by encouraging other leaders to join our membership.  I also do so by being engaged and attending all events as it relates to Leadership.  

As a member, what do you bring to EWPBF? As a member I bring my passion to serve.  Passion drives excellence and continual improvement.  Without passion it is impossible to deliver.

What challenges have you faced professionally? Finding the right balance between work, family and personal fulfillment.

Are there any EWPBF events coming up you’re excited to attend? I am always excited about the events that EWPBF provides.  However, I am looking forward to the Holiday Luncheon honoring our Past Presidents.  As the president-elect, this will give me an opportunity to be up close and personal with all those that I am to follow.

Is there a specific memorable moment that stands out to you during your time with EWPBF that made you think, “this is why I volunteer”? I am always at a WOW when I attend an event.  Each time I learn something new about someone or something in our Community.  Since I have joined in 2009, I have always felt included and welcomed.  This past October I attended the Annual Fall Luncheon and was motivated by the organizations and women that we help.  This is one reason why I volunteer.  Giving back is rewarding.  

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I look forward to seeing what 2019/2020 brings.  As president-elect it has been a pleasure to work with the current leadership team.  I look forward to having the same type of support when it is my turn to be President.

Virginia M. Spencer-Member's Business Spotlight

Member's Business Spotlight
Age:
Current Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
Family: Husband and two daughters
Career: General Manager of Illustrated Properties for 20 years

How long have you been an EWPBF member? Twenty-one years as I joined in 1997

Tell us about your business and describe your role I over see 23 offices and 700 agents.  I work with the accounting department with the escrow accounts and all the payables and commissions.  I also over see the commercial agents in the company

What are your goals for your business? To continue making the company number one in Palm Beach County and to help the agents be successful.

What challenges have you faced professionally? The first time I was a broker for 11 years before Illustrated Properties it was predominately a man’s world.  I have grown over the years in the job and love being a part of the industry and all of its challenges.  Now with all the technology it is challenging to learn all the new things and have time to help the agents in the company.  It is an every changing business and always learning something new with the laws, forms, and disclosures.

Does your business produce any special events/promos and if so, do you have any coming up you would like to share? We really encourage everyone in the company to be involved in community events and charities.  We have established Illustrated Properties Charities.  The money that comes into the charity comes from donations from the agent’s commissions.  Currently I am working on our 14th annual golf tournament to be held on November 15 at Eastpointe Country Club for Toys for Tots.  This money we raise goes towards the purchase of 125 bicycles and helmets.  We have been doing this for 15 years with the local Marines.  

Is there a specific memorable moment that stands out to you during your career made you think, “this is why I love my job?  Just recently I was awarded the “Humanitarian of the Year” from the Realtors of the Palm Beaches plus Fort Lauderdale.  We now have over 30,000 members in that organization, so it was really an honor when I got it last month at the convention center.  

Is there anything else you’d like to add? The years that I have been a member of Executive Women have been some of the most rewarding and special years of my life.  I feel so blessed to have so many of the women as friends.  I can’t imagine doing my job without the support of the women I have met through the organization.  They have been there every step of the way.