Forbes Business Council and Fast Company Executive Board are Invitation-Only Communities for Successful Business Owners and Leaders

[Peoria, IL (June 14th, 2022)] — Misty Dykema, Co-Owner and Principal of Simantel and The Misty Effect, has been accepted into both the Forbes Business Council and the Fast Company Executive Board – two of the foremost growth and networking organizations for successful business owners and leaders worldwide.

Misty was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome Misty into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an accepted member of these communities, Misty has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help her reach peak professional influence. She will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum and at members-only events. Misty will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share her expert insights in original business articles on and, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Finally, Misty will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of each community’s member concierge team.

“I’m honored to be welcomed into this elite community of creative leaders,” Misty said. “The knowledge, insights and connections shared within the community platform is inspiring. I’m excited about the opportunities this gives Simantel to share our passions with a broader audience and continue learning from other companies like us, walking parallel paths.”



Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

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The Fast Company Executive Board is an invitation-only professional organization of company founders, executives, and industry experts who are defining the future of business. The board brings together business leaders who want to network and share their expertise and business accomplishments in the worlds of corporate leadership, marketing & advertising, media & entertainment, social impact & nonprofit and more.

To learn more about Fast Company Executive Board, visit