Benita Fortner, director of supplier diversity for Raytheon Company, was named Chair of the Women's Business Enterprise Nat'l Council. Previously for the Board, she served as first vice chair to Laura Taylor.
"Benita Fortner has been a tremendous partner to me over the last three years. We at WBENC are proud and honored that she will bring her talent and deep experience to leading the Board," said Taylor.
"Benita is an outstanding professional," added Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO and former Board Chair. "I have enjoyed working with her in her many roles contributing greatly to the WBENC Board; and I am very excited that she will be our organization's Board Chair."
Prior to her role as First Vice Chair, Fortner served as Chair, Member Services and Programs of the WBENC Board. She has been involved in minority and women business outreach and development for more than 20 years, and has served in numerous leadership roles for business, government and educational organizations. To date, she has worked on the Advisory Board for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; and the boards of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Business Consortium Fund and the New England Minority Supplier Development Council.
Fortner has a Bachelor of Science in Law and a Juris Doctor from Golden West University.