NAWBO Chicago 2020 Board Installation Announcement | NAWBO

NAWBO Chicago Names First Latina President

Elizabeth Colón Has Been an Advocate for Women Since Childhood

 

CHICAGO, July 1, 2020 -- The first Latina president of the National Association of Women Business Owners - Chicago Chapter has been preparing for her new role for decades. The oldest of six children growing up on Chicago’s south side Englewood neighborhood, Elizabeth Colón was an early advocate for women. Her parents immigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico. “Advocating for women began with me advocating for my mother. She did not speak English. I was the interpreter when we would go to the doctors, stores, the bank,” says Colón.

Even at a young age, Colón’s mother would ask her opinion involving difficult and challenging family decisions. “I quickly realized I was the voice for her and my siblings,” she said. “I became a voice for treating people with dignity.”

Colón is president and CEO of Metraphrasis, a national interpreting and translation company with a network of more than 600 linguists. On July 1 she takes on an additional role as president of NAWBO – Chicago Chapter, becoming the first Latina to hold the position in the chapter's 42-year history. 

Her theme for the upcoming year is “Together and Stronger.” With a national focus on racial issues, diversity and inclusion, she says, “We have to have the conversation. I faced my own racism in my life. NAWBO is about creating a welcoming environment for all women business owners because that is how we are going to propel each other, grow each other and be stronger together. I have seen that some people believe they can't grow bigger in a room full of different people. But that's not true. Sometimes, you have to be in places where you don't feel comfortable in order to grow."

A board member since 2017, Colón has been impressed with the organization’s commitment to increasing diversity in the chapter and on the board. She will continue that mission during her term. “As a minority representative on the board, I came in with a different set of lenses. Today, when we talk about diversity and inclusion, there’s a growing  array of opinions to elevate,” she said.

Colón carries the strength of her mother. “She experienced a lot but was a strong role model by never letting cultural differences get in the way of wanting a better life for her children,” she reminisced. “Together we really are stronger.”

At the Annual Meeting, NAWBO Chicago applauded the accomplishments of Edie Comminos of Alpha Metals Corp (industrial scrap metal processor) during her tenure as President. Under Comminos, the Chicago Chapter grew to number on in the country while also receiving certification as a Five-Star Chapter from the parent organization.  NAWBO Chicago has three renewing board members, Jeff Simon of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Katherine Tipper of Hunters Benefits Consulting and Taneka Tucker of BMO Harris Bank. The organization also welcomes five new board members, Sue Kramer-Harrawood of Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance, Fotene Liakatas of Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd., Sue Rescigno of Rescigno’s Fundraising Professionals, Ginna Ryan of Mauge, Inc. and Megan Wholey, The Wholey Poitras Group at Baird.

 

2019-20 NAWBO Chicago Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

President 
Elizabeth Colón, Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions

Immediate Past President
Edie Comminos, Alpha Metals Corp

Treasurer
Rupal Patel, Stride Accounting Solutions

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
Laura Barker, BridgePoint Technologies
Deb Dietz, SMB Value Partners, Inc.
Sue Kramer-Harrawood, Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance
Fotene Liakatas, Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd.
Sue Rescigno, Rescigno’s Fundraising Professionals
Ginna Ryan, Mauge, Inc.
Jeff Simon, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
Katherine Tipper, Hunters Benefits Consulting
Taneka Tucker, BMO Harris Bank
Megan Wholey, The Wholey Poitras Group at Baird
 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
Melissa Lagowski, Big Buzz Idea Group

About NAWBO:  Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of America's more than 11 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. NAWBO develops programs that help navigate women entrepreneurs through the various stages of their business growth. 

For Chicago-area women business owners who lead highly competitive, sustainable, profitable businesses, NAWBO Chicago is an influential circle of thought leaders who stand together through servant leadership and long-term relationship building that empower members to grow their businesses confidently and create opportunities otherwise not possible.  

Visit www.nawbochicago.org for more information.

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