March 2017  

President's Report

Well February has come and gone, as has the beautiful weather we enjoyed. I hope you all took advantage of the sunshine while you could. I know some people mourned the snow, but I for one was grateful to have the snow plow/salt bill relief for my Academy. That darn white stuff can get pretty darn expensive!

This is such an exciting month for our chapter! This is our Membership Drive month and is it going to be a treat!! Our meeting will be a week later than usual. On March 22 we will have our meeting at the Riverfront Museum where we will host the screening of a short film Dream, Girl that is taking the nation by storm. We are so excited to bring this opportunity to our community to inspire more women entrepreneurs in our area. No matter your age, nationality, culture or background…if you can dream it girl, it can happen! This is what NAWBO is all about; supporting each other’s dreams, helping each other problem solve and cheering each other’s victories! Let’s celebrate all we have accomplished and all the places we have yet to go. Afterwards, we will host hors d’oeuvres and have a cash bar to mingle and share our NAWBO group with our guests. Please bring guests with you who would love to be inspired and learn more about our amazing NAWBO women we call sisters. Ladies, look around you and I challenge you to find as many strong women in your life to share with us on our membership drive. Let’s expand our chapter and continue to be a driving force in our community!

Another celebration we are having is on March 8th. It is International Women Day and we are toasting to it. Board member Fran McKay is hosting the gathering from 4-5:30pm at Holiday Inn and Suites at Grand Prairie for our Information and Libation series. This is a great time to learn a bit and have LOADS of fun! These gatherings are not limited to our members. We love to connect with others in our community so bring a friend and let’s mingle.

Lastly, we are making progress on our NAWBO/WIL Pathways Conference in September. We are really enjoying meeting, planning and laughing together as we work on bringing a stellar conference for your growth and development.

Look what can happen when strong women put their minds together. We are always stronger together! Let’s have fun as a group this month and make our membership drive the most successful yet!!

Your NAWBO President

Michelle Rouland

A+ Children’s Academy


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Calendar of Events

Peoria Riverfront Museum & Theatre
200 SW Washington Street
Doors open at 5 p.m.

The documentary showcasing the stories of inspirational and ambitious female entrepreneurs.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and networking follows.



 CI NAWBO is proud to partner with the producers of Dream, Girl to bring this nationally recognized film to Peoria on March 22.  The film’s mission is to tell the stories of amazing female entrepreneurs to inspire the next generation.  This documentary film has been featured on Super Soul 100 by Oprah Winfrey, magazines like Forbes and New York, the Fox Business Network, Huffington Post, Washington Post, etc. 

5:00 Doors open - get your popcorn and drink
5:30 Welcome by Michelle Rouland, President of CI NAWBO
5:35 Screening starts
6:55 Learn more about CI NAWBO.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and networking for business owners, those who would like to own a business and college students who would like to become entrepreneurs.

If you are currently a business owner, would like to own a business, are supportive of the vision of NAWBO, are a corporation or non-profit that would like to align with our Chapter, or are a college student interested in entrepreneurship, you are invited to come and hear more about what CI NAWBO is doing and the benefits of being part of this organization.

WE NEED YOUR HELP:  Please invite your friends and associates who would be interested in the outstanding opportunity to see not only this film but to learn more about our chapter

COST: $10

LOCATION:  Peoria Riverfront Museum and Theatre.

To register, go to  For more information, contact  or call 309.692-2225 and leave a message.

If you would like to preview a trailer of the film, go to:


Don't miss this vital meeting as you learn about those policies that can affect y our business.  For over 40 years the National Association of Women Business Owners has lead the charge regarding public policies that impact women business owners. Our meeting will focus on just that as our elected officials bring us up-to-date on what is happening in Washington and Springfield that we need to be aware of.

COST: $30 for members and $35 for non-members. 

REGISTRATION:  You may pay at the time of registration or at the door. Registration fee must be paid by the meeting date or a $5 monthly administration fee will be assessed.

May 17, 2017 The Changing Face of Business

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SPEAKER: Becky Wood, Managment and Leadership, Bradley University

BIOGRAPHY:  Becky Wood joined the Management and Leadership Department at Bradley University in 2015.  She received her MBA degree in Business from Bradley University and attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana where she studied Business. As a proud graduate of Bradley University, Becky is passionate about continuing Bradley’s commitment to excellence in teaching our future leaders. Becky specializes in building interpersonal effectiveness in organizations and helping leaders develop the skills to manage for results. Becky believes that the students are our future, and is committed to making every day an opportunity to contribute to society by engaging as an efficient and interesting instructor. Her goal is to offer “tools” that every student can add to their toolbox and use not only today, but in their career. She values the uniqueness of her students and strives to bring her real-world corporate experiences into the classroom.

MEETINGS: Our meetings are open to members and guests. Social/networking time begins at 5:30 pm and dinner begins at 6:00 pm with the program following. The Central IL Chapter of NAWBO® meets the 3rd Wednesday each month.

COST: $30 for members and $35 for non-members. 

REGISTRATION:  You may pay at the time of registration or at the door. Registration fee must be paid by the meeting date or a $5 monthly administration fee will be assessed.

LOCATION:  Mt. Hawley Country Club

For more information, please contact  or call 309.692-2225 and leave a message.




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NAWBO Happenings


Join us Wednesday, March 8 at 4 p.m. at Suite Fire Bar and Grill inside the new Holiday Inn by the Shoppes at Grand Prairie to celebrate International Women's Day. This special day celebrates women's ahievements throughout history and across nations. Everyone is invited. Grab your friends and join us! RSVP on our Facebook Page  or e-mail Fran at Complimentary appetizers; cash bar.

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It's a Poker Party . . .

Fun night is happening May 3 when we all take on Poker.  Don't know how?  No worries - we'll take your money just the same! lol  Really . . . we'll help you out and, who knows, beginner's luck could kick in and you will go home with a big jackpot!  We will eat at 5:30 (food furnished) with cards to follow.  BYOB  If you can't make it at 5:30 all is ok.  Come when you can.  Location is 4503 N Knoxville (Pat Drake's home).  Make your reservation  (no later than April 30) by calling Rose Stanton at 303-7552 or e-mail 



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NAWBO Recognition

Our chapter will be recognized by Mayor Jim Ardis at the March 14 meeting of the Peoria City Council.  You are invited to be part of this as our President, Michelle Rouland, will accept the Mayoral Proclamation in honor of Women in History Month and our bringing the film Dream, Girl to Peoria.  These are exciting times in Central Illinois NAWBO.  Don't miss out.  That's March 14 starting at 6 p.m.

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Make a Conscious Choice to Live Mindfully, by Cindy Byrd

February 24 marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of my friend and colleague, Stella O’Hanlon, who worked as a licensed clinical professional counselor in the Peoria area for over 15 years. Stella is always in my heart and never far from my thoughts, because she introduced me to the power of living mindfully – which is, as she put it, “paying attention, making conscious choices, knowing our priorities, and doing things in a deliberate, intentional way.”

Stella and I met at ICC, where I was working at the time, when she presented a workshop on creativity—a favorite topic of mine. We struck up an easy rapport and often joked that we were soul sisters who found each other a little later in life. We quickly became colleagues with a common passion for helping people generate ideas, explore their thinking, and unleash their potential.  Along the way, we realized two additional shared passions – spending quiet time in nature and improving quality of life.

Since Stella was a professional counselor, she already had knowledge about mindfulness meditation and used this technique in her practice and in her work with the Cancer Center for Healthy Living, which she co-founded. For me, it was associated with the desire to find a more impactful way to help people become better thinkers, both creatively and critically, who are more self-aware and thoughtful about their interactions with others so that quality of life is improved in a positive way.

Stella and I were in the process of merging our passions into a nature-based program for people looking to restore quality to their hectic lives, find harmony amidst all their responsibilities, and discover new perspectives on life when, sadly and unexpectedly, the cancer Stella had successfully battled in the past returned—the program was put on hold. Always a giver and helper to others, Stella remained as active as possible in her work.  In fact, just a month before she passed, Stella conducted a mindfulness meditation session at Forest Park Nature Center*(see note below), which I had the privilege to attend. 

That night remains one of my most bittersweet memories - I walked away with a heart full of gratitude that God had connected me to Stella, accompanied by the heartache of wondering what I would do without her in my life. Several years later, the answer came when I re-read her article, “Living Simply, Living Deliberately,” published in the November 2004 issue of Healthy Cells magazine.  With mindfulness becoming more main stream and useful to effective leadership, I was doing extensive research and learning as much as possible.  Revisiting what Stella had written and remembering what she taught me renewed my interest in teaching others to live mindfully and also made me realize that Stella had been on the cutting edge with her writing and teaching.

Unfortunately, the hectic pace and distractedness of life that Stella described in 2004 still exists today—perhaps to a greater degree.  As leaders and business owners with multiple responsibilities, we can relate.  But it’s also a wake-up call that we still need to slow down, focus, and intentionally nourish our spirits in order to bring our best selves to our businesses and to our lives overall.

I’m honored to carry on Stella’s teaching and to work diligently at integrating mindfulness into each topic I teach and write about—watch for mindfulness tips in upcoming newsletters. Most important, I’m making a conscious choice to live mindfully each and every day.  I hope you will, too. 

*You can take a healing mindfulness walk at Forest Park Nature Center, using the guidebook “Stella’s Path, A Guide to Mindful Reflection in Nature.”

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Affiliate Updates

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Public Policy Topics

On April 26, there is an Employer Action Day in Springfield.  NFIB Illinois has set the 2017 date for the annual Employer Action Day at the Capitol so please mark your calendar.  The Wyndham Hotel in downtown Springfield is the venue.  As with past EAD's they expect an outstanding array of guest speakers and issue workshops to bring attendees up to speed on hot legislative topics.  More information is to come. 

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Upcoming Opportunities

Good Afternoon,

I hope that your 2017 is off to a great start. I wanted to be sure that all of my members are aware of the classes that are scheduled for Q1. Please let me know if you would like to know more about any of these courses or need assistance with registration. I have also included at the bottom of the email the Training ePlanner Link for your viewing pleasure. Best regards, Amanda Schroeder|Account Executive AAIM Employers’ Association HIRE. DEVELOP. RETAIN.  

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