Congratulations to the 2017 Top Ten Business Women of ABWA

As a leading organization for working women, the American Business Women’s Association takes recognition to a national level with the prestigious Top Ten Business Women of ABWA program.  The Top Ten is the highest honor awarded to a member in ABWA. These women are applauded for their career accomplishments, community involvement, and of course, their contribution to ABWA. 


Dr. Michelle Becker

VP of Education and Public Outreach
Shots for Holly, Inc.
Cy-Fair Express Network
Cypress, Texas
Member Since: 2009

After her friend’s untimely death in 2014, Dr. Michelle Becker pondered a new business venture in the non-profit arena. Money was raised, a board was formed, volunteers were gathered and a mascot was born. Three years later, Shots for Holly is a viable 501( c ) 3 organization whose mission is to provide charitable aid to buy flu shots for people in need. Becker raises the brand awareness of the organization for which she founded through speaking engagements to health care professionals and business networking groups.

“The thought of leaving academia at the age of 37 to start a family and become self-employed was intimidating”, states Becker. “I worried that I lacked the tools necessary to succeed as a business woman. A very smart woman suggested that I visit the Cy-Fair Express Network of ABWA to learn and be inspired by other successful businesswomen. I joined immediately!”


Lisa Burton

Senior Career Coordinator for Mays Business School
Texas A&M University
Leading Women Express Network
College Station, Texas
Member Since: 2011


Lisa Burton has participated in, conducted and hosted workshops on topics such as interview and career fair preparation, resume writing and salary negotiation. These workshops have impacted more than 20,000 students which have led to an overall placement success rate of Mays Business School students to 83% at graduation. In addition, Burton assisted with the formation of the Career Closet, a loaner suit program for students to use during their job search process. She also works with a fellow ABWA member to provide low cost dry cleaning to students.

“Initially I was unsure about my capabilities when I was told about the opportunity to work for Texas A&M University in a career advising capacity,” says Burton. “I was a just a salesperson and a fundraiser. A fellow ABWA member encouraged me to apply and assured me that I could be successful in the position."


Gena Glover

Director of Grants and Development
YWCA McLean County
Illinois Heartland Chapter
Bloomington-Normal, Ill.
Member Since: 2007

In 2014, Gena Glover was facing professional challenges on a daily basis and knew she needed a career change. With the support and guidance of her ABWA sisters, she followed the goals she had set for herself and followed a new career path. Today Glover formed and sits on the Executive Committee for the McLean County Equal Pay Coalition committee that educates the community on wage disparity. For the YWCA she instituted a grants development program, coordinated technology upgrades and created a girls’ empowerment and running program.

“ABWA has inspired me in a variety of ways to achieve my career and professional goals. The educational opportunities provided by my local chapter, online courses and conference sessions have given me the knowledge and drive to position myself for opportunities most dream of,” says Glover.


Marcia Green

President / Owner
Green HR Consulting, Inc.
Novi Oaks Charter Chapter
Novi, Mich.
Member Since: 1991

After completing her master’s degree and earning the Professional in Human Resources certification in 2000, Marcia Green was promoted to Corporate HR Manager at Plastic Trim, Inc. (now Minth North America, Inc.). With the best interests of both the company and the employees, Green consistently looked for cost effective measures through negotiating building utility, IT plans, and company-wide benefit plans, and she implemented a new medical plan design. In 2015, she traveled to China to train on the Human Resources Information System to be shared with the China operations.

“Inspired by the courage and enthusiasm of the women business owners in ABWA, I am now taking my own leap of faith by retiring from full-time work in 2016. I have already started my own S corporation, which is up and running successfully. Thanks to ABWA, I am ready for the next adventure in my life!” states Green.


Dorothy Harden, Esq.

Attorney / Owner
Dorothy J. Harden, Attorney at Law
Homestead Charter Chapter
Homestead, Fla.
Member Since: 2012

Having had numerous accomplishments in her legal career, Dorothy Harden’s greatest accomplishment was having the courage, fortitude and strength to start a legal practice and build it. Today, her practice includes wide-ranging areas of the law such as civil litigation, labor and employment law, commercial and business law, liens and collections, construction, business litigation in state and federal courts, as well as family and marital law. Recently, Harden successfully achieved a bill of review ruling for a client in Texas despite unbelievably difficult circumstances and rare odds of winning in an openly hostile court.

“ABWA has inspired me to grow and sustain my business by causing me to find reservoirs of creativity and strengths I never thought that I had,” says Harden. “It has allowed me to see what I am really capable of. It caused me to reflect on self-weaknesses and really learn.”


Lacey Moore

Gary’s Towing and Repair, LLC
Cass River Charter Chapter
Frankenmuth, Mich.
Member Since: 2007

Within the first month of beginning her co-ownership, Lacey Moore began expanding the scope of the business by researching insurance roadside assistance companies. As a result the business has been awarded multiple contracts for the towing division. By networking with local business owners, Moore has gained the towing and auto services for a large used car auto dealership expanding the auto repair division. She has found that often time customers do not wish to repair their vehicles, and in October 2014 they gained an auto dealer license.  This now allows the business to purchase the vehicle from the customer, repair it and then sell it.

“I am proud to report that since partnering in my business, gross sales have more than quadrupled. ABWA helped me over the loss of my first career quickly. I have learned from the women of ABWA so many valuable ideas to reinvent myself. The things my ABWA sisters have done to survive and thrive are a daily encouragement for me to win,” says Moore.


Toby Page

Staff Accountant
Steven D. Scarboro, CPA
Heart of the Piedmont Chapter
Greensboro, N.C.
Member Since: 1999

After 29 years of engaged and loyal service, Toby Page has earned the ultimate trust of her employer. He is confident that she can successfully lead government and bank audits which has allowed him the freedom to work in the office rather than out in the field. Page is always well versed, educated and current on all new and updated tax laws, rules and changes; and in turn, this keeps her clients informed and protected. Personally, she has built relationships with her clients that have fostered an amazing business reputation for not only Page, but the company as a whole.

“ABWA has armed me with the expertise I wasn’t able to build solely in the workplace and fortified me with the confidence needed to be a true asset to my firm,” says Page. “At work, I walk into meetings with assurance, meet with clients and excel at all levels. Our ABWA team inspires me to be the best version of myself.”


Dorothy (Dottie) Sillano

Assistant Vice President of Finance
Patriot National, Inc.
Coral Springs Charter Chapter
Coral Springs, Fla.
Member Since: 2013

In her first year with Patriot National, Inc. Dorothy Sillano has already made a mark on the company’s savings line. She has successfully implemented Sarbanes-Oxley financial compliance in this newly established public company. Sillano deployed a new Equity grant software that accurately tracks, amortizes and provides reporting tools for stock, stock options and restricted share awards thus saving the company numerous hours of manual tracking and eliminated potential errors.  Implementing a new corporate credit card program for over 100 employees that included best practice processes for controlling spending rounded out her first year.

“When I walked into my first ABWA meeting, I knew I was in the right place. Being a professional, I had been to many types of networking and professional groups, but ABWA was different. I was welcomed warmly and was amazed when I found myself sitting at a table with a dentist, a florist and a retired teacher – and there was no pretense,” recalls Sillano


Ann Strouhal

Strouhal & Associates, LLC
South East Express Network
Pearland, Texas
Member Since: 2011

Ann Strouhal is an experienced procedural writer and HR professional making her knowledgeable on the Affordable Care Act, Family Medical Leave Act and the “do’s” and “don’ts”  of Employee Handbooks to name a few. Through experience, practice and delivery of quality products and services, Strouhal has more than doubled her client base from the period 2014 to April 2016. Listening to client’s needs and providing how she can customize her work to fit their needs has also led to other opportunities in coaching and mentoring others.

“When I originally joined ABWA in 1986 I was a member of the Rosette Chapter. After taking a few years off ABWA, I had another life-shift, leaving JPMorgan Chase in 2009 and starting my own HR Consulting business in 2010. It was then I realized that I missed, and needed, my ABWA sisters!” says Strouhal. “Becoming active again in the South East Express Network in 2011, I jumped right in. In some ways it felt like I had never left, and in other ways it felt like a brand new organization.”



Teresa Williams

Program Manager
Pyramid Chapter
Atlanta, Ga.
Member Since: 1991

In her current role, Teresa Williams is responsible for the overall program management for the IT Strategy, Security & Enterprise Architecture teams. Last year she was honored to be inducted into the 2015 PinkTech Hall of Fame. As an honoree Williams was selected not only for her accomplishments in the field of technology, but was also recognized as a trailblazer who represents heart-centered women who have gone beyond the call of duty to open doors, mentor and coach other women to extraordinary levels of success.

“When I joined ABWA in 1991, I was pursuing my lifelong dream of obtaining a college degree,” recalls Williams. “Later in my career at the age of 40 when I had the opportunity to go back to school to pursue my B.A. and MBA degrees, my ABWA Chapter supported me with encouraging words and monetary donations as I completed each major milestone.”