Get to Know Our Team

Meet the talented, experienced and compassionate team dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs

Rana Shanawani
Executive Director, WCEC

“I believe entrepreneurship is the panacea for eradicating poverty, building communities, improving health, and economic development. Because women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities (compared with 30%-40% for men), investing in women entrepreneurs is one of the highest return opportunities available.”

Steve Maiorano
Program Director, WBC

“My favorite part of being the Program Director of the Women’s Business Center is that I impart my knowledge of writing a business plan and financial projections to our clients, while I learn about new and disruptive businesses, up-and-coming industries and the super niche markets they serve. Every day I learn something new while being inspired by the creativity and innovation of the clients we serve.”


Nichole Russell
Education & Marketing Director, WBC

“I find my role most fulfilling when I’m engaging directly with clients on the phone, through our education programs and on social media. To me, our mission of empowering women business owners is valuable and necessary.”


Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship

311 Main Street

Chatham, NJ 07928

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:45a – 4:45p

Phone: 973-507-9700


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