President, Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-SNJ
Geri Swift is the founding President of the Women’s Business Development Center. WBDC, formed in 1995, fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones.
In 1999, under Swift’s leadership, the Women’s Business Development Center expanded its programs and created the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC). WBEC, a marketing, procurement and certification assistance council, facilitates the relationship between corporations, government and women-owned businesses. A WBENC co-founder and regional partner, the Women’s Business Development Center with its Women’s Business Enterprise Council administers WBENC’s National Certification Standard in Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey. Working through her own business, the community, business organizations, and all levels of government and the corporate sector, Geri has played a leadership role in supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurial business ventures.
In 1985 she founded Geri Swift Associates, a professional services firm which provided management, technology and training consulting services to help companies and their employees adapt to the implementation of company-wide integrated information systems.
Prior to starting her own professional services firm, Geri worked in management in the academic sector and Fortune 1000 manufacturing and financial services corporations in designing and implementing new departments, work-flow systems and procedures and training to accommodate the impact of technology on the workplace. Geri was the founding president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She also served as NAWBO’s national vice president and as a director of the National Foundation of Women Business Owners.
She has received honors from regional and national business and professional organizations. In 2013, Geri was honored by the American Institute of Diversity with the national Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame Award and by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council with the William J. Alcorn Award for her exemplary leadership. Geri serves on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s Board of Directors, Mayor Michael Nutter’s Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Council, the Women’s Business Development Center’s Board of Directors and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ.