The 2018 Mainebiz Women to Watch reception!

Event information

Date: September 25, 2018
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Westin Harborview Hotel
157 High Street, Portland

Online registration is now closed but we will be accepting a small group of walk-in tickets at the door.

Join us for the 10th Anniversary Women to Watch reception!

10 years ago, Mainebiz launched our Women to Watch award recognition program as a way to bring attention to top-notch women executives, women whose daily work strengthens their organizations and by extension, Maine's economy. Now, after 10 years, Mainebiz has honored 46 women, including this year's newest honorees.

Congratulations to the 2018 Women to Watch

Mainebiz is proud to present the 2018 Women to Watch. This year we had so many great nominees. They come from a range of industries and each have an interesting story to tell. Each is a strong leader in her own way and we think you'll agree these Women to Watch are blazing a trail in the Maine economy.

Read more about this year's honorees:

Dava Davin: Founder and President/CEO, Portside Real Estate Group

Kristina Egan: Executive director, Greater Portland Council of Governments

Joan Fortin: Shareholder, board member and director of attorney recruiting, Bernstein Shur

Clayton Spencer: President, Bates College

About The Reception

  • The reception will honor the 2018 Women to Watch and recognize all the Women to Watch alumni. In addition to presentations, attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar while networking with business executives and honorees.
  • Reception Timeline

  • 5:00pm - Registration, networking, passed hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
  • 5:30pm - Welcoming remarks and keynote address
  • 5:50-6:05pm - Networking, passed hors-d'oeuvres and cash bar
  • 6:05pm - 2018 Women to Watch awards
  • 6:30pm - Networking, passed hors-d'oeuvres and cash bar
  • 7:00pm - Reception concludes
  • Keynote Speaker

    Beth Shissler, President & Chief Operating Officer of Sea Bags, LLC.

  • 2011 Mainebiz Woman to Watch
  • Beth built her career in sales distribution working for global companies such as Northern Telecom and Philips Electronics. This experience in sales, distribution, and operations gave Beth the confidence and resources to return to Maine and buy into, incorporate, and build Sea Bags. Beth created Sea Bags on the founding principles on being green in product/practice, being made in Maine, and acting as good stewards to our community and State. Sea Bags still operates on the same principles. By the end of this summer Sea Bags will employ over 100 people and have 16 storefronts.

    Thank you to all those who submitted nominations this year!




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