Ethel Isaacs Williams Named Chairman of Boca Chamber Board


By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Ethel Isaacs Williams, director of Corporate Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion for NextEra Energy, Inc., assumed the position of chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce at its annual meeting.
She succeeds Jerry Fedele, former chair and president and CEO of Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
“I just want to say how lucky I am to have served alongside a group of visionaries whose commitment has made a real difference,” said Fedele, reflecting on his year of Chamber leadership during the group’s 64th Annual Celebration held in late October. “From the progress that has been made and for all that is to come, there are many reasons to celebrate tonight.”
During the black tie affair, Williams spoke passionately of her vision for the coming term. “My hope for this year, for our community and for the Chamber, is to do well by doing good.”
Before moving to NextEra Energy, she was the principal and owner of the Law Office of Isaacs Williams. A native of Palm Beach County, she said she is committed to continued service in the community.
Troy McLellan, president and CEO of the Boca Chamber, recapped a few major highlights from the past year. He detailed activities of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee (BLU-PAC) showcasing a bold stance in politics and also recalled how Chairman Fedele led the way in advocating for city matters that affect the business community. “Because of Chairman Fedele’s leadership, the Chamber is in a solid position for continued success,” he noted.
Aside from the change in chair position, the Boca Chamber also introduced seven new Board Members who will officially began their terms Nov. 1: Michael Allison, Office Depot; Clara Bennett, Boca Raton Airport Authority; Andrew Duffell, Research Park at Florida Atlantic University; Ahnich Khalid, Maggiano’s Little Italy; Ken Lebersfeld, Capitol Lighting; Keith Sonderling, Gunster and Bob Tucker, ADT. They joined the 14 existing members and six members of the executive committee.
The Greater Boca Chamber is the largest one in Palm Beach County, with a membership of more than 1,400 companies representing more than 55,000 employees in eastern, central, and western Boca Raton and beyond. It was founded in 1952.