Leaders of the Treasure Coast
Emily McHugh

Emily McHugh


As the regional representative of an organization aimed at helping women succeed in business, Emily McHugh, working in tandem with her regional counterparts, mobilized the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of Florida into immediate action when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The council created new virtual programs, professional training and high-level business networking opportunities for the women it serves. One of the most popular programs is its WBEC Window on Wednesdays, in which women attend via Zoom to hear programs presented by corporate partners, women business owners and to participate in specialized workshops.

During non-pandemic times, WBEC Florida normally would host regional meet-ups in person. But instead, the meet-ups take place virtually online and still offer the opportunity to connect and socialize.

WBEC Florida is the regional partner organization for WBENC, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council headquartered in Washington, D.C. WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of women-owned businesses in the country. The mission of WBEC Florida is to certify, champion and collaborate with women in business to create access to opportunities and ensure success. Women can register at no cost for WBEC events at www.WBECFlorida.org

“I believe in personally reaching out to clients and speaking to them to find out what they need and how I can best assist them to accomplish their goal,” says McHugh, who lives in Fort Pierce. “People want to be heard and know that there is someone who is willing to listen and respond with real solutions.”

McHugh is the author of The Little Girl’s Guide to Entrepreneurship and has developed business strategy workshops for WBEC Florida on topics such as negotiations and having courageous conversations. Outside her work for for the WBEC, she is an accomplished violinist who has played the National Anthem for the New York Mets during spring training.

Emily McHugh, Regional Program Coordinator

Treasure Coast and Palm Beach
Women’s Business Enterprise Council of Florida

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