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Ridgefield Chamber Honoring Business Founder As Woman Of The Year

Mary Kate Gobleck, President and Founder of Reliance Merchant Services, will be honored at a Women's Forum hosted by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce on  Tuesday, May 12.
Mary Kate Gobleck, President and Founder of Reliance Merchant Services, will be honored at a Women's Forum hosted by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 12. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. --The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th annual Women’s Forum on Tuesday, May 12, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the newly renovated historic Lounsbury House.

Each year, the Chamber honors one businesswoman as its Woman of the Year. The 2015 recipient will be Mary Kate Gobleck, president and founder of Reliance Merchant Services. The credit and debit card processing corporation focuses on business relationships in Fairfield County and Westchester County, N.Y.

“I'm so flattered and surprised to have been chosen for this award,'' Gobleck said. "I enjoy supporting my fellow women of Ridgefield, and I find the give and take of a support network in town essential for the growth of a local business.

"As I celebrate 10 years owning Reliance Merchant Services, I realize that I have always attended the Women’s Forum each year with my staff. Connecting to all the energy, success and camaraderie of these women is rejuvenating,'' Gobleck said.

“Not only are we delighted to present the 2015 Woman of the Year Award to Mary Kate Gobleck in recognition of her success as an outstanding female entrepreneur and role model, but also in honor of her service to Ridgefield as a businesswoman, mother, volunteer and community leader,''' said Susan Ahlstrom, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

The annual Women’s Forum has grown to be a premier event designed to connect women with one another and with the personal and professional tools they need for optimum growth and fulfillment.

This year, the Chamber has partnered with the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls to broaden the meaning and message of the event. This year's Forum will feature four guest speakers, including keynote, comedienne Christine O’Leary. O’Leary will share her personal story of transformation by finding and honoring her truth and the power of laughter.

Additional speakers include Deanne Mincer, author of “The 52: Discovering the True You in 52 Simple Lessons;” Tricia Hyacinth, manager of Fairfield County's Community Foundation Fund for Women & Girls; and Dorothy Martin-Neville, PhD, creator of and “5 Steps to Living Your Dreams.”

This year’s event will have a new format that will kick off later in the day to allow women with varied work and life schedules to attend. The afternoon will begin with High Tea and Networking, move into a presentation session, then continue with cocktails and dinner and networking and keynote speaker.

The day will be highlighted by makeovers and will include interactive activities, a raffle and silent auction, and the awarding of the Chamber of Commerce Woman of The Year.

There will be shopping in the boutique area of exhibitors and retailers. Tickets can be purchased at $99 per person online at under Events

The 2015 Women’s Forum is sponsored by Craig’s Fine Jewelers. Additional event sponsorship are available to local businesses and include advertising value, tickets to the event, and exhibiting. Call 203 438-5992 or email for more information.

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