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Mentoring can open doors, inspire, support and encourage people to realize their potential and to achieve their dreams. Mentors can make a profound difference in the lives of their mentee – and in turn, strengthen our communities, economy, and drive social change.  Mentors can be someone who has come before you and someone who is coming after you.  We can all learn from each other.

The ATHENA Leadership Development Program is designed to create stronger female leaders. Join a dynamic cohort of women from across all industries as we study the 8 principles of ATHENA leadership.  This program is an inspiring and uplifting series that will motivate you to connect, share and grow.

8 Month Program - meets one time per month

Scholarship opportunities available!

 Learn about strategies to help female entrepreneurs confidently manage the many demands for their time.

The 2022 Women's History Month theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of many ways that women are stepping up to lead during this challenging time. 

This year, in particular, we recognize the importance of those who help to promote and sustain hope for a better future. In fitting with the national theme, weVENTURE WBC is pleased to announce that each of our 6 categories for the annual Women Who Rock Awards will incorporate this message of healing and hope as we celebrate deserving local female leaders and businesses.  We are also pleased to add the St. Francis Reflections Award for Excellence in Caregiving, as an opportunity to recognize one local healthcare provider or professional who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to patient care.

Women have long advocated for compassionate approaches and new directions in public health, business and civic life. Women have also historically led the way in mending divisions, healing wounds, and finding peaceful solutions that allow us as individuals and collective communities to recover and move forward together.

The 2022 Women Who Rock Awards will recognize those who provide healing and promote hope for the betterment of all in the following categories:

 The 2022 Women Who Rock Awards categories are:

  • Excellence in Mentorship
  • Female Small Business Owner of the Year
  • Women in the Workplace Champion
  • Dr. Mary Helen McCay STEM Award
  • Zonta Yellow Rose Award of Excellence in Community Service
  • St. Francis Reflections Award for Excellence in Caregiving


Just a few years ago, Kelley Higney was searching for a better way to help her kids get relief from the constant irritation of bug bites. She dove into research and explored how other countries were combating insect bites. She took a chance on ordering an unfamiliar product that used suction to eliminate the irritant. Skeptical but hopeful, Kelley tried it…and it worked! This all-natural device not only provided instant relief, but lessened the longer term effects of insect bites and stings from the start. It was a game changer for her family.  

Kelley branded it and brought it to the U.S. with the vision of giving other parents the power to overcome that same helplessness she once felt. Kelley is now a "Mom on a Mission" to educate the world on a better way to alleviate the effects of mosquito, bee, wasp and ant bites and stings.

She appeared on Shark Tank in the Fall of 2019, and all 5 sharks loved the product and wanted to invest. Since then, Bug Bite Thing has grown to be a top Amazon product and ships product to retailers direct across globe.  Check them out at:

Join weVENTURE Women's Business Center for behind the scenes insight at this amazing entrepreneurial success story.  Join us at Bug Bite Thing headquarters in person as Kelley talks about her journey to build a business and solving a problem parents everywhere struggle with. 

weVENTURE WBC Strong Coffee Strong Women events are purposeful networking events designed to bring together professional women from across the Space and Treasure Coasts.  Held about once per quarter, these unique events aim to inspire and motivate women by hosting intimate discussions with local founders or insightful panel discussions with local leaders. For more information, visit our webiste.

Deb Stull, Financial Consultant, Former VP Finance of United Way of Greenville County, SC.  Deb's experience encompasses budgets, financials, preparation for outside audits and monitoring processes necessary for the fiscal management of private and non-profit organizations.

 Learn how gender norms are changing and the many implications this means for businesses of all sizes. We are looking forward to a very interesting conversation!