Going to NAWBO nationals is always an amazing experience. It is empowering to see over 800 fellow business owners. You have a chance to interact candidly with women in a wide variety of industries and even your own. You are not competitors…you are NAWBO sisters lifting each other up.
If you think NAWBO is a force to be reckoned with, it is absolutely true! All you had to see were the key note speakers provided. We heard from women like the REAL Erin Brockovich (not Julia Roberts J), the president’s cabinet member in charge of small business matters and owner of the WWF Linda McMahon and the author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon among others. All were very insightful and motivational! Well worth going to just be in the room with these powerful engaging women.
This year they also did a great job of having breakout sessions that were relevant no matter where you are in your business life. If you were at the beginning, you needed motivation, you were struggling in an area like marketing, you were fully entrenched and established or if you were looking for succession for your business there were sessions for you.
I know with our busy lives we don’t always feel like we can attend Nationals. I am here to say, our founders said, “Get a seat at the table or build your own table” and it really rings true! To see that our beloved NAWBO organization is powerful enough to bring iconic names, powerful politicians from the White House and award winning writers to speak means we ARE at the table! Interacting with new friends and reaching across the country for each other should make us all proud. Minneapolis was beautiful, we thank them for hosting us and Susie Platt was an excellent travel companion. I can’t wait for next year!!!
A+ Children’s Academy-Owner
NAWBO Past President
NAWBO's Annual 2017 Women's Business Conference Update
What a great experience! This years annual conference was held in Minneapolis, MN. It is always amazing how the sponsors really spoil us. From the wonderful receptions they host for us, to the lovely give aways (wait until you see my beautiful leather tote bag from Thirty One), to just the interest they take in our organization and making sure we have a great time.
Then there are the fantastic speakers, round table discussions and the networking. This year my highlight would have to be Erin Brockovich. But then, lesser known to me, but as remarkable a speaker was Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana", who kept us on the edge of our seats. She shared the premise of her book,"the true story of a fearless young woman who not only reinvented herself as an entrepreneur to save her family but, in the face of ferocious opposition, brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Kabul. " I cannot wait to read this book!
Politically charged? Yes, that too. The highlight was Linda McMahon, head of the Small Business Administration. What experiences she shared, told about from a woman leader in the world of wrestling to a REAL seat at the table, a member of President Trump's Administration.
A seat at the table. That seemed to be an ongoing theme, although not the official theme. That would have to be my take away. "Get a seat at the table, or build your own table!". As women in business, isn't this the truth?! In life really. If you aren't sure how to do that, well, this conference gave us the tools to make that happen.
Those are just a few of the highlights I experienced. So, I hope this sheds a little more light on what the Annual Business Conference is about. I can not stress enough to GO. You will not be sorry.
Spoon River Home Health
NAWBO President Elect