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Jacksonville Women’s Business Center and the Davis College of Business Launch Leadership Matters Program

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a department of the JAX Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Growth Division, announced the first class of its Leadership Matters program. The inaugural Leadership Matters class consists of 10 women including:

  • ·        Kathleen Fix, Fortegra Financial
  • ·        Kathy Fleming, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
  • ·        Kristen Jackson, Hancock Bank
  • ·        Lisa Moore, IBM
  • ·        Amra Music, APR Energy
  • ·        Kathee Murphy, Comfort Keepers
  • ·        Malkia Ross, US Navy & Groovie Smoothie
  • ·        Ellen Sullivan, Doctors Express
  • ·        Sandi White, DGG Taser
  • ·        Pat Blanchard, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center


Presented by the JWBC and the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University (DCOB), Leadership Matters is a personal development program designed under the direction of Dr. Matrecia James, leadership professor and associate dean. Participants attend seven workshops facilitated by DCOB faculty. Following the 14-week program, the women will be paired with a mentor to assist with specific personal and professional goals.

“We recognize the significant and growing importance of women in our local business community,” said Dr. Don Capener, Dean of Jacksonville University’s DCOB. “There is a need for top level support programs designed to enhance their path to success. We are proud to be able to make an impact with the JAX Chamber, and corporate and community partners.”

The Leadership Matters program runs through December and will be offered again in Spring 2014. For information on applying for the program or sponsorships, contact Pat Blanchard of the JWBC at

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About the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) is a program of the Jacksonville Chamber Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3  organization.  Jacksonville Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The JWBC mission is to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development.   The organization serves clients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties, providing entrepreneurial education, mentoring, business connections and counseling.  Since its inception in 2004, the JWBC has served over 9,000 aspiring and current women business owners.


About JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.


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