Women’s Enterprise Foundation presents – Joie de Vivre 2014

by Julie Heiland, President


NAWBO member and Corporate Partner (TechFinders) Sharon Bondurant in a gown called “Tendular Fusion.”

A few weeks ago, the Women’s Enterprise Foundation hosted its spring fundraiser, Joie de Vivre. Designed to be an inspiring event bringing women business owners together to network and enjoy a wonderful evening, this year’s event did not disappoint.

We had the privilege of being the first group in Arizona to showcase the Savage Botanical fashion show. This fashion show features 10 dresses designed in the haute couture style of the late Alexander McQueen, a renegade British fashion designer known for producing some of the most provocative collections of the last two decades. These permanent botanicals were created by hand, each taking hundreds of hours to complete. They become living, breathing works of art as the models walk down the runway. It was awe inspiring to be a part of such beauty. Board member Melissa Blatt described the event as “an inspirational evening of art, fashion and amazing women.”

Future Savage Botanical fashion shows are scheduled at the Phoenix Art Museum in April as well as other venues nationwide.

Event sponsors included National Bank of Arizona at their corporate conference center, Spellbinders International, Kim Kyosaki of Rich Dad, Orchard Medical Consulting, Southwest Gas, DeMille Global, Easel Photography, and Bruce Brown Catering.

WEF is proud to be a recurring primary financial supporter of the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) mentoring program. WEF’s mission is to support and inspire enterprising women business owners with grants and scholarships that enable them to further their education, leadership skills and opportunities to succeed.

I received a scholarship for NAWBO membership three years ago, and the relationships and education available are invaluable. I am now a more savvy businesswoman and confident leader with a thriving design business.

The Women’s Enterprise Foundation is helping women connect and grow to be the leaders of tomorrow. To learn more, go to www.wefphx.org

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