About NAWBO Dallas/Ft. Worth
Started in 1985 by a group of energetic, visionary women who believed in the collective strength of women business owners. Our chapter is a professional organization dedicated to propelling the success of the 200,000 women entrepreneurs in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We are comprised of over 50 women-owned businesses with revenues averaging over $250,000 annually and representing a wide variety of business segments and sizes. These are the types of businesses driving our economy’s growth. The Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter is comprised of dynamic, dedicated women leaders who believe in developing strong alliances to serve women business owners across the Metroplex. Our focus is on servant leadership, public policy advocacy, and developing strategic programming to support the growth of complex businesses.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:
- Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
- Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
- Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
- Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
Propel the women business owners in Dallas/Ft. Worth to their next level of success.
Leslie Hassler PRESIDENT
Tarsha Polk Past pRESIDENT
Tammy Lamont SECRETARY-Treasurer
Treta Sellers DIRECTOR OF ProGrams
Elizabeth Whitteberry DIRECTOR OF membership
Janie Stubblefield DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC POLICY
Sandi Leyva DIRECTOR OF Marketing
Brenda Meyers DIRECTOR OF business development
Dr. Cortney Baker DIRECTOR OF mentorship
NAWBO D/FW honors selected women business owners, supporters and organizations annually, at our end of year holiday event. The following awards may be presented:
Chapter Leader Award
NAWBO D/FW recognizes an outstanding leader within our chapter. This individual must exemplify the following criteria:
- A leader with a servant spirit
- A leader who you feel believes in the NAWBO mission and vision
- A leader willing to get things done at a personal cost and finds a way for the team to win, no matter what
- A leader who motivates and inspires others to perform at their best
- A leader who treasures feedback, and exemplifies humility and integrity
- A leader who shares responsibility, delegates authority, provides information and gives credit appropriately
- A leader who communicates fairly, straightforwardly, and transparently
Outstanding Partner of the Year
Any organization or company who is a current supporting member of NAWBO, and has worked with NAWBO D/FW to help us achieve our goals. The partner believes in the mission/vision of NAWBO, and provides women in business with the tools, resources, and support necessary to build and sustain a thriving business.
Outstanding Nonprofit Achievement Award
NAWBO D/FW recognizes the outstanding achievement in a nonprofit who has significantly impacted the lives of women, girls or women business owners.
Hall of Fame Honoree
NAWBO D/FW recognizes members who also served on the national board or as national chair.
Outstanding Nonprofit: IGNITE Texas
Leadership Award: Leslie Hassler, Your Biz Rules (TM)
Partner of the Year: Melanie Carron and Desiree Early, Bank of America
Past Award Winners
Outstanding Nonprofit: Texas Women's University's HUB for Women in Business
Leadership Award: Fran Lively, Via Real
Leadership Award: Stacie Grudecki, Bank of Americal
Hall of Fame Award: Crystal Arredondo, MPact Financial Group
Outstanding Nonprofit: Parents Step Ahead
Leadership Award: Christina Winters Gears, Celebrating Diversity TV
Leadership Award: Crystal Arredondo, MPact Financial Group
Leadership Award: Tarsha Polk, The Marketing Lady, LLC
Hall of Fame Award: Darla Beggs
We also recognize individuals who have been members for 5 years or more.