NAWBO :: Helen Han

Helen Han

President & CEO

Washington, DC

As the President/CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Helen Han functions as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the development, oversight, implementation, communication and evaluation of all strategies and activities related to the day-to-day administration of the organization. 

Prior to joining the national organization, Ms. Han served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Chapter of NAWBO.  NAWBO-LA is one of the largest and the most dynamic chapters in the country and is an active participant in the economic and political landscape of Southern California.  Under Ms. Han’s leadership, NAWBO-LA has markedly strengthened its organizational mission and established strategic partnerships with key corporations and community-based organizations within the Los Angeles business community. 

Most recently, Ms. Han served as a leader of an interdisciplinary service, research and training team as the Sr. Program Manager at the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her primary responsibilities included the oversight, development, implementation and evaluation of academic conferences and executive education programs, including the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) and Management Development for Early Childhood Educators (MDECE).  

Ms. Han was also a part of a project team that launched a pilot program that later became the Johnson & Johnson UCLA Health Care Institute.  The Health Care Institute is a nationwide health care training program designed to better prepare parents to addreess the health care needs of their children as well as provide Head Start agencies tools and resources to lead an effective health care training program through empowerment and dissemination of knowledge.  At UCLA Anderson, Ms. Han worked closely with faculty, corporate sponsors, community organizations and MBA fellows on various educational programs that aimed to build stronger communities and sustainable organizations. 

Ms. Han’s passion for entrepreneurship and education began in the 1990’s when she became an owner and director of a learning center for pre-school age children in the San Fernando Valley.  While running her business for over eight years, Ms. Han learned firsthand how business and community can work together to bring about meaningful and lasting change.  Since then, she has continued on a journey to forge the connection between the social, economic and political spheres of influence to ensure a better tomorrow for the next generation.

In 2007, Ms. Han was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women.  The Commission serves as a policy body advising the Mayor and City Council on issues that impact women and girls living in the City of Los Angeles, specifically dealing with the health and safety of women and educational attainment among the underserved and most vulnerable populations of the City.