Embracing and Empowering Women to Serve Central Florida

About Us


The Women's Executive Council (WEC) was formed in 1972 by the late Dot Estes Ellis in order to involve the executive and professional women working in the downtown Orlando area with the Downtown Orlando Partnership (formerly the Orlando Central Business District or OCBD).  

WEC members joined various committees of OCBD and along with the city of Orlando they worked with a local architectural firm in updating and beautifying Downtown.  WEC members orchestrated construction of mini-parks in the downtown Orlando, planted trees along Orange Avenue and Jackson Street and painting the trash cans lining the sidewalks of the Downtown area.  The demand for new involvement for the WEC women brought about the successful "Happy Birthday Orlando" event in the years of 1984, 1985 and 1990 as well as Health Day, which was held from 1989-1993. 



Our organization's first annual "Women's Achievement Awards" was held in 1972 and continues today as we honor outstanding women in Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Government, Technology, Communications/Media and Emerging Achiever.  Our "Woman of the Year Award" is coveted by many outstanding women.  We expanded the program in 1987 to include the awarding of college scholarships to deserving women.

Proud of our 40+ year history in Central Florida, the Women's Executive Council's fundraising / signature events include the Fashion Show, Wine & Dine, and the Women's Achievement Awards luncheon.  Our fundraising efforts now generate enough income to provide 10 scholarships annually.

Profits from our charitable efforts and direct donations fund our scholarship awards through our 501(c)3 Women's Executive Council Scholarship & Endowment Fund, Inc.