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  • ABC HOME:It all began in 1897 when Sam Weinrib, a newly-arrived Austrian immigrant began to sell used carpet and unusual fabrics in a pushcart on the crowded streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Sam’s son, Max, turned the mobile business into a discount carpet store and Max’s son, Jerome, now Chairman of ABC, moved that store to its current location at Broadway and East 19th Street in 1961 and began to transform his family’s modest floorcovering business into the largest rug and carpet store in the world.

  • BLUE MERCURY:Blue Mercury is the nation’s fastest growing luxury beauty products and spa retail chain. Marla and Barry Beck are the founders and visionaries behind Bluemercury, Inc. In 1999, cosmetics could only be purchased at drugstores or department stores. As a recent graduate and working woman, Marla found less and less time to pursue her quest for products that would maintain glowing, healthy skin. Barry, a serial entrepreneur who had already started three businesses, saw an opportunity. Together, they created the first Bluemercury in Georgetown, Washington D.C. - the neighborhood store for beauty, where clients can find high quality, innovative beauty products and honest, expert advice.

  • JEWELRY FOR A CAUSE:In 2008, Jessica Mindich, a former lawyer and mother of two, came up with a simple concept for a one-of-a-kind company. She would design inexpensive and wearable pieces for schools and charities to sell at a profit for their own fund-raising purposes. As the business developed, consumers became increasingly interested in Jessica’s eye-catching designs and began purchasing them for themselves or as gifts – in these cases, Jessica made a commitment to donate 20 percent of the proceeds from many of her jewelry lines to the charities of her clients’ choice.

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Recent Events

  • AWE Awards & National Conference:
    November 7th, 2012, New York, NY
  • AWE D.C. Executive Circle Launch:
    October 10th, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • AWE Boston C Suite Retreat:
    June 1st - 2nd 2012, Battery Wharf, Boston
  • AWE New York Executive Circle Retreat:
    March 2nd-3rd, 2012, East Hampton, NY
  • AWE SF Executive Circle Retreat:
    February 3rd-4th, 2012, San Francisco, CA


“ In AWE, I found a group of women who have no vested interests. They are candid, and are willing to ask the tough questions, challenge my thinking, and propose alternatives based on their own experiences. Elise provides structure to our conversations, and draws out the genius in each person as we tackle different themes, and discuss individual challenges... ”– Roberta Sydney, President, Sydney Associates, Inc.

“ Working with Elise is a comfort to me because I need someone who sees what my challenges are, understands them and becomes my partner. As the CEO, Founder and Owner, everyone who works for me in the US and Europe relies on me to have the answers. In Elise, I have someone with answers. She doesn’t just consult, she actually comes up with the solutions. ”– Jenny Ljungberg, Founder, CEO & Owner, Care of Hotels

“ Leading an early-stage company requires spending as much time assessing our direction as does the actual execution involved in achieving milestones. Until I was invited to join AWE, much of this thinking was done independently. Through Elise's excellent facilitation and the presence of women with relevant entrepreneurial experiences, I left the weekend with actionable advice on my most pressing business challenges. I was energized! I highly recommend AWE to others. ”– Sarah Biller, Principal, Capital Market Exchange