The Women’s Center for Personal Development is a non-profit entity offering dynamic programming structured to promote successful, professional volunteer mentor and mentee relationships. The WCPD uplifts women through an interdisciplinary team strategy.
Connect with the WCPD.Invest up to four hours monthly and lift a motivated woman as a volunteer mentor. Let’s pay it forward. If you desire to have a assigned mentor, we will assist you.
Host an Annual High Tea in honor of mentors, mentees, supporters and influencers.
Host quarterly in-service training for mentees and networking opportunities for mentors through a network of industry leaders, community advocates, and champions of women and children.
Offer relevant guidance, emotional support and assistance that transcends emotional and economic barriers.
Increase program awareness and build capacity for services.
The WCPD uses a holistic approach to assist women.
The WCPD is an incubator for networking among mentors, mentees, business sponsors and community leaders, and seeks to establish sustainable partnerships.
The WCPD collaborates with stakeholders to enhance quality mentorship programming for participants
The WCPD is a community focused organization.
Meet Our Board Members
Rosemary Hart is a native of Long-Island, New York. She is the founder and chief architect of the Women’s Center for Personal Development (WCPD). Her destiny and passion are to help women in need who demonstrate a personal commitment to growing and improving their lives by maximizing all avenues including progressive programming offered through the WCPD.
Rosemary has a dual responsibility as an executive administrator of Congregation of Ohav Sholom of Merrick, New York. As a trusted, results driven manager with over 20 years’ experience in office administration, and financial, human capital and program management, she has a proven track record. She has successfully provided cross-function team leadership driving program improvement and quality initiatives, while simultaneously providing for the day-to-day management of the synagogue’s fiscal and administrative affairs. She has held similar positions of trust at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue, of Atlanta, Georgia. During her tenure in Atlanta, she matriculated at the Georgia State University.
Rosemary is a proactive business leader with a keen ability to build and maintain crucial working relationships with stakeholders, a plethora of organizations, volunteers and like-minded business influencers.
At an extraordinary award ceremony in June 2017, Rosemary was honored by Rabbi Ira Ebbin and President Emeritus, Ira Balsam as well as the entire Congregation for her dedication and exemplary 10-year service.
When Rosemary is not serving the WCPD or the Congregation, she volunteers with Christian Chaplains of America, and spends treasured time with family and friends.
Crystal Costen is originally from Long Island, NY. She attended Montreat College in North Carolina, double majoring in English Communications and Music. After starting a family and moving to Augusta, GA, she cultivated her love for music by continuing to perform in local shows, showcases and private venues. Crystal also never lost her interest in business, technology and information systems. Her venturing out to pursue corporate opportunities in Atlanta, Minnesota and ultimately ending up in Houston in 2005 has proven to be a success. After moving to Houston to continue to work in corporate compliance and data governance as a systems professional, she has upheld her independent consultant status where she has overseen countless data projects with various corporations and industries. Her many encounters with both local and global industry leaders is a source of her drive to leaving a lasting impression with all who crosses her path.
She is also passionate about the ultimate success of the Women’s Center for Professional Development. As the Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning since its inception, she quietly works to develop clear, educational, and engaging content that connects with culture, speaks to trends, and boosts the WCPD in creative and unexpected ways. While working closely with the Board of Directors to help build and grow a team of committed, creative, mission-driven mentors and stakeholders, Crystal is committed to continue making a difference in the lives of many.
Crystal enjoys attending many artistic events offered in Houston, exploring new restaurants and traveling. She is the proud mother of 4 daughters and tirelessly works on future business ventures and new ideas – Stay Tuned!
Dr. Corrinne Graham
Dr. Graham, a WE NYC Mentor-(NYC, WE NYC was ranked for the second year in a row as “Best City for Women Entrepreneurs,” by Dell’s Cities Index 2017). A recipient of LIBN Class of 2017 Long Island
Business News Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business and MWBE Diversity in Business Awards and MWBE, is a highly accomplished speaker, trainer and a management consultant to small and start-up business. A small business specialist with nearly two decades of experience across a diverse spectrum of businesses with revenues ranging from US$20m to US$500m. Dr. Graham and GRAHAM International Consulting and
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With your help, the Women’s Center for Personal Development will thrive in 2023. The center supports many women and families in the Long Island community in need. Our goal for 2023 is to bolster our programming, bring in more women with identified needs, and to encourage our young people in the community to give back by helping. Your support will create an environment where women can flourish and find the resources they need to succeed. We look forward to continuing to increase our partnerships and expanding to create lasting change and empower women to reach their full potential.
Rosemary Hart, Director
BETTY J HICKEY-WRIGHT
Board Member Advisor
Betty J. Hickey-Wright is a native New Yorker, who resides in Maryland. Betty is a multi-generational entrepreneur/consultant. She is the founder and CEO of Insight Consulting and Associates, LLC. The management consulting firm specializes in faith-based and community-focused non-profits. In the corporate market, her consultancy includes organizational management, human capital management, recruitment, program audits and political campaign management. She is also an Ordained Elder , and is the Chief of Staff, Office of the International Presiding Prelate of World Assemblies of Restoration (WAR), Inc.
She holds a life certification in the Federal Senior Executive Service. She has also successfully completed senior management courses at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Federal Executive Institute of Charlottesville, VA., and received a certification in mediation and negotiation.
When Betty is not providing consulting services serving in ministry or professional capacities, she volunteers with non-profits helping families or assisting senior citizens with a plethora of quality of life issues. She enjoys fine dining, international travel, various music genres, and treasured time spent with her family and friends.
Elizabeth Wellington - Board Member
Elizabeth Wellington is the Vice President of Wellie the Transporter LLC, and has been in business since 2004 as a minority business owner. Wellie the Transporter LLC, serves clients regionally. They focus on quality cost saving services and ensures adherence to external customer requirements through timely movement of freights. Elizabeth slashed administration cost 30% by negotiating pricing fees contracts with Town Airway Freight (TAF) Forward Air Freight (FAF) Express Logistics, K-Mart, Macys, Target, and Walmart, Amazon, and currently, M.G.R Freight Systems, Inc. Wellington is an accomplished business and civic professional with a broad spectrum of knowledge in both private and public sector in the field of advertising, corporate finance, transportation logistics, investigation, trucking, community advocacy and campaigns across; with a passion for investigation.
For over 10 years, she has led multiples projects with many clients processing daily invoices averaging $850k. Wellington represents and advocates for business owners and individuals in the community. She is a mentor for Women Center for Personal Development (WCPD) a not-for-profit organization whose mission and vision is to “Transcending Barriers, and Transforming Lives” for women who live in shelters looking to regain their dignity, and to focus on a career. Some of Elizabeth’s current roles includes Deputy Director for Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce Inc. where she represent and advocates for minority businesses, conducts outreach initiative, programs, including community boards, block associations, non-profit organizations, districts and colleges.
Wellington is the Director of Social Events for the Alumni Association of Nassau Community College. She is also an Alumni Board Member on the Finance, Judiciary, and Scholarship Committees. Other community service includes Dream Foundation Scholarship; Black History Art Exhibition planning, LI Business Expo Advisory, Nassau Council Chambers of Commerce Planning (NCCC); Nassau Citizens Police Academy (NCPD); Nassau County District Attorney, Advisory Council, 2020 Census Nassau County. Prior to (LIAACC) she served Brooklyn, NY Board of Elections as a coordinator and served in 2017 Nassau County Board of Election Campaign co-chair for Hempstead Justice Judge Maxine S. Broderick.
Wellington graduated from Nassau Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice earned A.S and B.S in Criminal Justice. Master’s degree in Public Administration with two specializations: Human Resources and Management & Operations. She is married to Antonio Wellington, CEO/President of Wellie the Transporter, LLC. Her son Stephen Wellington also a graduated from John Jay College.
One advice Elizabeth Wellington enjoys sharing is love for personal development participates in regional professional group meetings to stay current with new trends and innovation in business.