EcoPlum is an Ambassador for WBENC National Conference & Business Fair on Host Committee

NEW YORK, NY, June 6, 2019—Today EcoPlum®, a sustainable promotional products and media company, announced that Gia Machlin, President & CEO, is a member of the host committee for the upcoming Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference & Business Fair (NCBF). She serves as an official ambassador and media spokesperson for the signature WBENC annual event, the largest conference of its kind for women business owners in the U.S, which will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, June 25 – 27, 2019.

The theme of this year’s conference is Ecosystems: Connect. Grow. Thrive. It offers full immersion into a dynamic network of entrepreneurs and professionals, all dedicated to increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses.

The New York and Washington, D.C. regions of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) are WBENC’s northeast regional partner organizations and serve as host councils for the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair this year.

Host Committee members represent WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) from a multitude of industries. As spokespersons in local, regional and national media outlets, the Host Committee reaches out to women business owners about the benefits of WBENC certification.

Gia Machlin said, “EcoPlum received its WBENC certification at the end of 2017 and we are very proud to have an active hosting role this year promoting this exceptional conference and fair for women-owned businesses.”

EcoPlum will also participate in the WBENC Forum Leadership meetings on Monday, June 24th, as a Table Host, leading a roundtable discussion on sustainability. On June 26th, EcoPlum Business Gifts will showcase its growing Sustainable Swag® line of promotional products at the Business Fair (Booth #1003). EcoPlum provides branded marketing solutions for companies, non-profits, and large events with merchandise that may be customized with logos or messages.

Around 5,000 expected attendees will include Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs); senior executives and procurement representatives from the Fortune 500 and the U.S. Government; and select partner organizations whose missions align with WBENC’s vision of expanding women’s business opportunities in the marketplace.

The 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair Host Committee is co-chaired by Jennifer Collins, President & CEO of JDC Events and Lynne Marie Finn, President & CEO of Broadleaf Results, Inc.

Host Committee Members

  • Kathleen Benson – CEO, ORI Results
  • Loren Breslow, President, Command Marketing Innovations
  • Jacqueline Cleary - CEO, Atlas
  • Lois Gamerman – President & CEO, Soft Stuff Distributors Inc.
  • Bev Gray – President & CEO, Exhibit Edge, Inc.
  • Kay Hamilton – President & CEO, The Hamilton Group
  • Gia Machlin – President & CEO, EcoPlum Inc.
  • Dee C. Marshall – CEO, Diverse & Engaged
  • Jayne Millard – Chairman & CEO, Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
  • Carol Muszynski – President, Eighth Day Design
  • Sharon L. Olzerowicz – President & CEO, Hired by Matrix
  • Hetal Parikh – President, Rangam Consultants Inc.
  • Avis Yates Rivers – CEO, Technology Concepts Group International LLC
  • Hallie Satz – CEO, Managing Partner – HighRoad Press, LLC
  • Jackie Smith – President, New Kent Coatings, Inc.
  • Susan Wright – President, Marlboro Group International LLC

EcoPlum sells unique, innovative, high-quality, best-in-class promotional merchandise that combines both style and function. Products are sourced using rigorous standards for environmental and social sustainability based on a transparent list of criteria. Among these sustainable factors are organic, vegan, recycled, reclaimed, renewable resources, upcycled, fair trade, fair labor, Made-in-the-USA, energy-efficient, ethically sourced, and third-party certification. EcoPlum product categories include apparel, kitchen, office, bags, wellness, outdoors, schools and food.

About EcoPlum

EcoPlum® is an environmentally focused business-to-business, media, and e-commerce company. EcoPlum Business Gifts (EBG) is the company’s primary service, offering branded marketing solutions and selling eco-friendly promotional products to companies, universities and organizations. EcoPlum brands and customizes its Sustainable Swag® product line for clients with their logos, taglines or messages. In the EcoPlum Biz Blog, the writing staff covers the topic of sustainability with information, news and lifestyle articles primarily for business decision-makers. The company began as an eco-friendly online boutique for consumers in 2007, shifting efforts towards a growing demand for its unique promotional products in 2016.

As a for-profit company, EcoPlum has a strong social mission to help combat environmental issues and is committed to a triple-bottom-line strategy focused on people, planet and profit. EcoPlum hopes to inspire, inform and empower its clients and readers with consciousness of their daily habits, purchases and impact on the world’s limited resources. The company is on a path to transform the promotional products industry with more environmentally sound products to eliminate harmful waste and reduce dependency on plastic. 

EcoPlum is a distributor member of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and the Ad Specialty Institute (ASI). The company is certified nationally as a women-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and is a member of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). EcoPlum earned its Green America Business Seal of Approval in 2011.

Sustainability. Meet Style.® plus Sustainable Swag® at For more information: info(at)ecoplum(dot)com, Facebook at, on Twitter via @ecoplum, and on Instagram via @ecoplum.


Marcia Robbins
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Gia Machlin
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