The McIntosh Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) has named Elizabeth Dresden as the 2010 Woman of the Year. Each year, the chapter gives this award to a member whose passion for giving back to the community stands out among her ABWA peers.
Elizabeth enjoyed a challenging and rewarding corporate career spanning more than 25 years working for Exxon Corp., Citibank and Coutts International Private Bank, also known as “the Queen’s Bank”, where she held the position of senior vice president and director of human resources. In 2002 she decided the time was right to make a career change. Blessed with an eye for detail, color and design, she moved to Georgia from Miami, Fla., and opened her interior design business, which offers a range of services that can be tailored to fit any budget. Her company philosophy is to offer affordable solutions for all your decorating needs, and to create a home that reflects a client’s personal lifestyle.
“The experience gained working for the top Fortune 100 companies provided me with a multitude of skills which I have been able to successfully carry over to my own company,” Elizabeth says. In her new role, she manages all the day-to-day operations including marketing, purchasing, consulting, sales tax, inventory, networking, design concepts, drafting floor plans and custom window treatment drawings.
“In other words, Chief Cook and bottle washer,” she says. “The opportunity to be my own boss has been very fulfilling and I continue to learn new things every day.”
Elizabeth has served as secretary, hospitality chair, membership chair, publicity chair and vice president of ABWA, and has also been active in the organization’s fundraising events. She is also a member of St. Matthew’s Parish, where she participates in community events, including disaster relief and food and clothing drives and the local humane society. She is currently training two Labrador retrievers to become pet therapy dogs, and she contributes books to the public library on a regular basis. She and her husband, Rich, have been married for 34 years.
Her hobbies include taking her dogs for long walks, working out at the gym, gardening, scuba diving, reading, skydiving, paragliding, spelunking and landsurfing.
American Business Women’s Association was incorporated in 1949 and continues to this day to serve as a source of professional development, networking support and recognition of American businesswomen. The organization’s mission is “to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.”
In addition to career and community contributions, ABWA’s Women of the Year are individuals who bring leadership, passion, dedication and commitment to the group. Other nominees this year included Gwen Griffin, Ann Hill and Tiki Carter.
For more information about the McIntosh Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, visit www.abwafayette.com.