2018 National Women's Business Conference Agenda | NAWBO

2018 National Women's Business Conference Agenda

*The conference agenda is subject to change

Sunday, September 23, 2018


City Walk 

NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting - Open for All  



9:00 - 9:30am

Annual Meeting - State of NAWBO 

9:30 -10:30am

Creating Leaders for a World of Change: Past Presidents Panel- HR5050 Anniversary – sponsored by Fundbox

Moderator: Kathy McShane, Assistant Administrator Office of Women’s Business Ownership, US Small Business Administration

Panelists:  Kathleen Diamond, Terry Neese, and Virginia Littlejohn

10:30 - 10:45am

Morning Break

10:45 - 11:45am

Leadership General Session: Women Business Owners panel from Sharapova Accelerator Program

11:45 -12:30pm

Updates (Membership, Circle, Governance, etc.)

12:30 - 1:30pm           


1:30 - 3:00pm

Best Practices Round Table Discussions

Chapter and Business with UPS, FCA, Dell, and Bank of America

3:15 - 4:15pm

Leadership Meetings:

  • Chapter Governance: Stepping In and Out of the President’s Role (Presidents/President elects-Immediate Past Presidents)  At least one from each chapter should attend – Mary Hiland

  • Membership – Deborah Snyder, Suzanne Pease

  • Public Policy/Advocacy - Elle Patout

  • Chapter Administrators and Executive Directors Training/Chapter Microsite Training - Suzanne Harmony

  • Non Profit Growth– for the Chapter Administrators and Executive Directors and others that are running non profits

  • Corporate Partnership and Business Development

  • Communications - Becky Ragan, Margaret Brown

3:15 - 4:15pm

Member Breakout Sessions

Growing Through NAWBO
NAWBO is much more than a place to connect and advocate, it is an ideal place to Grow Your Business!

Whether you are a solopreneur, a small business, a business reaching for the million dollar mark or a multi-million dollar enterprise, NAWBO has a place for you and your business to grow.

In this session we will explore important NAWBO resources with both chapter based and national program experts to make sure that no matter where your business is at today, you have a clear path of resources for growing into a bigger, brighter tomorrow!  


  • Mentoring programs

  • International               

  • Public Policy

  • NAWBO Institute

5:00 - 6:00pm

Happy Hour 

6:00 - 8:00pm 

Leadership Reception - hosted by Bank of America by invitation only at the Historical Davenport Hotel - Grand Pennington Room


Monday, September 24, 2018


City Walk

8:00 - 9:00am 

Breakfast in Exhibit hall

8:00 - 9:00am 

First Time Attendee Meet and Greet in Exhibit hall - sponsored by UPS

9:00 - 10:45am

Morning General Session

Creative Living without Fear: Elizabeth Gilbert 

Ten years ago, Gilbert captivated the world with her powerful and transformative memoir Eat, Pray, Love, encouraging millions of readers to make changes, large and small, in their own lives. In the ensuing decade, people worldwide have sought further advice from Gilbert on how to lead a bold and inspired life and she has dedicated herself to exploring the mysteries of creativity and courage. 

Out of this period of investigation Gilbert has written a brilliant nonfiction treatise, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, in which the author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity.

11:30 - 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: “NAWBO Success Opportunity” 
Get the Most of Your Membership 

When you become a NAWBO member, you tap into a community of thousands of leaders, visionaries, innovators and trailblazers—of all sectors, sizes and stages of growth. But are you truly tapping into all that NAWBO has to offer you personally and professionally? Find out in this session.

Panel of active members - Deborah Snyder, Margaret Brown, and Mary Cravets –

Track 2: “Daring Leadership"
Perform Well: Nature, Leadership and Connecting with those you serve 

Janet Herrick Today, companies and individuals face a plethora of productivity challenges, in fact 3 out of 4 American workers describe their work as stressful. Entrepreneurs are especially susceptibleif they have employees. Repetitive work cycles diminish creativity & initiative in both employers and employees.This disconnect has financial implications that are staggering. In this session, learn how to enhance your leadership skills by using NATURE and how being in nature will increase revenues, health, happiness and hope…all which increase your companies productivity and bottom line

Track 3: “Savvy Solopreneur”
Build Well: Scaling Your Business Into Overflow

A business overflowing with clients is something every woman business owner dreams of. But how do you get there? In this session featuring a panel of business development experts, you’ll learn smart tactics, like generating the best business referrals, to help you build and scale your business to where you want it.

Moderated by Amy Wilson, Frost Brown Todd
Panelists: Stacey Brown Randall, Brandy Sales, Nikki Rausch

Sponsored by Frost Brown Todd

Track 4: “Small-Medium Business Breakthrough” 
Lead Well: Work on Your Business, Not in It 

If you want to run a successful business, you have to know how to play to your strengths. It’s easy to micromanage everything, but all the time you spend doing jobs other people can be doing is time you are not running your business. The most effective leaders work on their businesses, not in them, and this session will explore that to get you refocused.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo

12:45 - 2:45pm

Lunch General Session - Leading with Clarity a panel discussion

3:00 - 5:00pm

Activities in the Exhibit Hall

  • Happy Hour & Raffle
  • Step/Pedometer competition
  • 3:15 - Technology Mini-workshops


Transportation starts to the Fox Theater

6:00 - 8:30pm   

Opening Reception at the Fox Theater


Sponsor Dessert Reception - by invitation only

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


City Walk  

8:00 - 9:00am

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

9:00 - 10:00am Activities in Exhibit Hall and Chance Drawings
10:00 - 11:00am    

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: “NAWBO Success Opportunity” 
Get Ready to Advocate 

One of the most powerful things we have as women business owners is our voice. This session will show you how to best use it, as part of NAWBO and on your own, to influence local, state and national legislation you care about most as a business owner.         

Sponsored by UPS

Track 2: “Daring Leadership” 
Speak Well: Public Speaking

Public speaking is one of the most important skills you will develop in your life. It’s so important it can be a deciding factor in you building relationships, winning business and ultimately growing. This session will provide expert coaching on how you can up your public speaking game.

Sponsored and Presented by Allison Shapira                                                                    

Track 3: “Savvy Solopreneur”
Innovate Well: Using Technology to Grow

Technology can be a game changer in the marketing arena. However, with so many tools available today, from website and e-mail marketing platforms to social media channels, it’s hard to know what’s right for you. This session will explore the best technology tools to help you grow. Helping your biz diagnose best direction – sorting thorough technology to grow.

Sponsored by Go Daddy

Track 4: “Small-Medium Business Breakthrough” 
Hire Well: Attracting and Retaining Top Talent /Culture

A company is only as good as its people—and that makes attracting and retaining the best talent critical to your success as the owner of a growing business enterprise. How can you set yourself apart? How can you keep employees engaged and motivated? This session explores it all.

Sponsored by ADP

11:00 - 12:00pm Networking in Exhibit Hall
12:00 - 2:00pm

Luncheon General Session: Shabnam Mogharabi 

2:00 - 3:00pm Coffee & Conversation @ Exhibit Hall

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: “NAWBO Success Opportunity” 
Get Board Ready 

There are so many amazing benefits that come from giving your time and talent to serve on a NAWBO Board—whether it is at the chapter or national level. This session will prepare you for the opportunity, from what to expect to how to be the most effective and make the greatest impact.

Track 2: “Daring Leadership” 
Align by Design: Creating Environments that Propel Growth

Do your employees seem disengaged and uninspired? Breakthroughs in neuroscience and social psychology are reinventing how we impact performance and change management within organizations. When we shift our perspectives from how tomotivateour teams and start looking at what is de-motivating them, we’re able to unleash their potential to unprecedented levels. 

Speaker Mina Fies

Track 3: “Savvy Solopreneur” 
Boost Your Business with Facebook!

Facebook’s Boost Your Business presentations provide businesses around the country with the most up-to-date tools, insights, and best practices for growing your business on Facebook and Instagram. This presentation will show you what’s possible on Facebook to help take your business to the next level.  Areas to be covered during the presentation include:

  • Tools you can use: Learn about the tools available (Business Pages, Messenger, Instagram and more!) to help you connect with customers, manage your digital presence, and grow your business.
  • Ads you can create: Whether you want to increase conversions on your website, drive more people into your store, build awareness of your brand, or something else – advertising on Facebook and Instagram can help you achieve your unique business goals. 
  • Ways to be creative: Behind every business is a story. Learn how to tell yours on Facebook and Instagram with just a phone, creative apps, and great lighting! Every business can create beautiful content and we'll show you how. 

Track 4: “Small-Medium Business Breakthrough”
Grow Well: Million-Dollar Success Stories 

There’s nothing more inspiring to women business owners than hearing stories of other women who have successfully overcome challenges to take their businesses to the next level. This session will feature several amazing women business owners who have reached and gone beyond the million-dollar level.

Sponsored by Bank of America and featuring Women Business Owner of the Year finalists

5:30 - 6:00pm Cocktail Reception/Photo Ops
6:00 - 8:30pm Awards Gala


Presenting Sponsor



Platinum Sponsors



Silver Sponsors

UPS WAHA partners-GoDaddy    

Bronze Sponsors

         Frost Brown Toddgs10ksb


 Media Partners



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