Denny Named WBENC President


NWHM National Coalition member organization The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), named NWHM Board Member Linda Denny as its new President on June 26, 2007. The announcement was made at WBENC’s annual Women In Business conference in Los Angeles last month, and the new role became effective on July 1.

Founded in March 1997, WBENC was the first organization to provide women-owned and -operated businesses access as suppliers to major corporations. Since then, WBENC has become the standard bearer of best practices for both the corporations seeking to buy from women and the women’s businesses themselves.

Ms. Denny assumes leadership at a transformational time in the organization’s history, as it embarks on its second decade. “Linda Denny brings a vital and engaging leadership presence, a deep knowledge of both corporations’ and women’s business issues, and strategic vision to the position,” said WBENC Board Chair Bill Moon. “This is an exciting and opportune time for her to take the helm and guide our organization towards our mission in the next decade.”

Ms. Denny has served as interim president of WBENC since October of 2006, when she was asked to step into that role as Susan Phillips Bari became president emeritus. Since then, she has increased corporate membership and revenue growth; enhanced internal and external communications, and advanced the vision for WBENC’s global reach.

Ms. Denny joined WBENC as vice president in 2003 and has since managed every aspect of WBENC’s operations, including policymaking, fundraising, corporate membership, and major national programs including the National Conference and Business Fair, Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises, and MatchMaker meetings. She also has spearheaded key initiatives such as the WBENC rebranding and development of the Code of Ethics.

Prior to joining WBENC, Ms. Denny held senior management positions with companies such as ING Insurance Company of America, formerly Aetna Financial Services; and New York Life Insurance Company.

She has been an active member of distinguished organizations such as The Advisory Board of the IBM-World Bank, Small/Medium Business Growth Project; the Treasurer of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the Board of Directors at the National Women’s History Museum; the W/MBE Diversity Committee for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Office Depot Women’s Advisory Board; and a Founding Board Member of the Association of Women’s Business Development Centers. She is also a member of the ASAE, Center for Association Management, and the MGM Diversity Council.

Ms. Denny is a frequent industry speaker, and addressed women’s retirement issues at the 2000 Republican National Convention. She holds two degrees from Pittsburg State University and in 2002 received the Meritorious Achievement Award.

WBENC President Emeritus Susan Phillps Bari, remarked, “It is exciting and gratifying to see a woman of such accomplishment assume the Presidency of WBENC. I am certain that our second decade strategy and initiatives will be fortified by her talent.”

The National Women’s History Museum congratulates Linda Denny on her achievement and wishes her continued success with this excellent organization.

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