Businesswomen's Fall Luncheon
Join us for our Annual Businesswomen's Fall Luncheon!
This year we will again be at the Beautiful Beauport Hotel, on Thursday October 13, 2022, (11:30am registration) 11:45 AM (program start) -1:30 PM.
LISA LUTOFF-PERLO, President & Chief Executive Officer, Celebrity Cruises
A Royal Caribbean Group Company (NYSE: RCL)
Taking the helm as President and CEO at Celebrity Cruises in 2014, Lutoff-Perlo is a recognized trailblazer in the global hospitality industry. She is the driving force behind transforming and re-defining today’s new luxury cruise experience, with a bold, innovative approach to ship design and service. The line’s newest ships, Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Apex, have been hailed as game-changing and recognized on TIME Magazine’s annual “One of the World’s Great Places” list,
A purpose-driven leader, Lutoff-Perlo has catalyzed cultural progress in the 200-year-old cruise industry by appointing the first American female Captain, the first West-African woman to work on the bridge of a cruise ship and, ultimately, increasing Celebrity’s percentage of women on the bridge to 32%, where the industry average is 2%. She has also established industry-leading partnerships with the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the Ghana Maritime Academy and many others.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Fortune 500 company AutoNation (NYSE: AN). She also actively lends her expertise to numerous international and regional nonprofit organization boards.
Beth Francis, President and CEO of Essex County Community Foundation
I have always been inspired by nonprofit leaders who work hard for the communities they serve. It doesn’t matter to me what the nonprofit does, but if they do it with compassion, and, in the process, celebrate the people or causes they serve, I can’t help but be moved.
It’s probably why I chose a career in the nonprofit sector nearly 30 years ago, as a fresh new Public Relations and Communications graduate of Marquette University. Many of the early years of my career I spent in development and communications at the YMCA of the North Shore, raising vital funds for annual, capital and endowment support, while building the brand of the organization. Before that, I was the organization’s director of product development. In 2016, I joined ECCF as the vice president for development and worked to expand our donor base and, together with our dedicated staff, helped to increase ECCF’s overall impact in Essex County. ECCF’s increasing presence in our region is something I am very proud of.
Today, my role as President and CEO is truly a labor of love. I owe a great deal to my family and especially my husband, Rich – a Gloucester High School history teacher – who supports the work I do and the schedule it takes to do it. His partnership allows me the dedication to do a job I truly love, for a community I truly love.
When I’m not working, I enjoy paddle boarding and photography. At the top of my lifetime to-do list is a road trip with my family to visit every Major League Baseball park in the country. Also on deck is the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Grand Canyon and a visit to Greece.
Sheree Zizik, Owner of Beauport
Sheree is an accomplished and well-respected business owner who has devoted her entire career to hospitality and food management. She received a degree in Business from Merrimack College and her Culinary Arts degree from Newbury College. Sheree worked for the Marriott Corporation from 1978 to 1998, ultimately serving as Vice President of Quality Control in their New York headquarters. In 1981, she became the first woman to serve as a General Manager of a Marriott property worldwide. Sheree represented Marriott in many countries and was a turnaround specialist for properties in need of management consulting. Sheree is continually looking for opportunities to help organizations that promote positive change and who better the lives of those who live and work in the region. She is extremely active in a number of civic and charitable groups and is particularly generous – with both her time and resources – to the Cape Ann community. Sheree currently sits on the Board of Addison Gilbert Hospital and North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Sheree has always been a thought leader and often speaks at industry and regional business conferences and events. She is candid and quick to share her expertise with audiences big and small. She is a role model to other aspiring entrepreneurs who see her business model as one to emulate.
Thank you to Our Sponsors
Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Cape Ann Savings Bank
Law Office of Meredith Fine
McWalter Volunteer Insurance Agency
Margo J. Maloney - J. Barrett Realty