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National Women's Business Conference - 2021

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POWER YOUR DREAM

Every entrepreneurial journey starts with a dream. To create something new, better or more meaningful. To be your own boss and leader. To enjoy a more flexible lifestyle. To leave a legacy for the next generation. To give back to a community. To change the world in positive ways. Whatever your dream as a woman business owner, NAWBO is here to power it by delivering a uniquely fun and impactful experience infused with connectivity, inspiration, learning, resources and more.

For 2021, our major conference focuses are technology and sustainability. The world has changed in ways we never imagined possible. An overnight shift to remote work forced incredible innovation and progress that we will no doubt carry with us and evolve as we move into the future. What do we need to sustain this level of change and opportunity? How can we sustain ourselves through this time—and times to come? What technologies will we tap into to drive even more progress?
 

Virtual Experience
3 days of the Virtual Conference, inclusive of 1-day Membership Meeting and 2-day Conference PLUS several pre-conference activities

Cost: $195.00 members/$250.00 non-members

Includes:
• Pre-conference activities, including business expo, roundtables and first timer meet-and-greet
• Two general sessions
• Breakouts, workshops and roundtables
• Networking connections
• Fun, interactive activities like scavenger hunts with prize giveaways
• Exhibit hall
• Morning workouts
• Happy hours
• Program book
• Swag specially curated for attendees

Registration Fees
  • Virtual Conference

    member

    $195

    non-member

    $250

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Join hundreds of women entrepreneurs as we come together to capitalize on this incredible moment in time.

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Interested in being a conference speaker? Please submit this form for consideration.

 

Meet our Keynote Speakers

Jessica Mathews

Successful tech companies with a $7 million Series A Round typically start in Silicon Valley, not Harlem. But why is this the overriding norm? In her talk Power, Redefined: Changing the Game By Being Unapologetically You, Jessica—inventor, venture capitalist and co-founder of Uncharted Power—discusses why it’s important to question the status quo, go against the grain and create something that works for you...no matter your location, background or circumstances. She also shares how she’s changed the entrepreneurial game by applying leadership skills in unconventional ways, and how you can, too, as you work to power your dream as a woman business owner. Her motto “succeed not despite of who you are, but because of who you are unapologetically” will inspire you to embrace yourself and everything that makes you unique, as well as to recognize that personal struggle and challenges can give birth to incredible solutions, if you let them.

 

Diana Nyad

Twenty-five million people worldwide rooted for Diana as she approached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. It was 110.86 miles and took her 52 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds on her fifth attempt. Diana has since motivated the world at large to live fearlessly—to chase one’s dreams with unwavering commitment. A prominent sports journalist, filing for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, The New York Times and others, Diana has carved her place as a compelling storyteller and sought-after public speaker. In 2019, her stage show “The Swimmer” played to sold-out audiences in New York City. Her memoir, Find a Way, has earned worldwide praise. Diana and her Cuba Swim Head Handler Bonnie Stoll have also launched an initiative called EverWalk to turn us into a nation of millions of walkers. And Diana is yet again dreaming big!

 

Cleo Wade

Cleo is a poet, activist and the author of the best-selling books, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Cleo works to foster connections between self-love, self-care and our moral and spiritual responsibility to build beloved communities. She sits on the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Women’s Prison Association, Gucci’s Gender Equality Fund Chime For Change and E Pluribus Unum, an organization based in her hometown New Orleans, focused on ending racial inequities in the American South.

 

 

Eva Saha

Eva is a professional emcee, moderator and presenter. She is best known for having worked as a TV personality on the Emmy Award-winning entertainment show, 190 North, on Chicago’s ABC7. Her natural, warm and commanding presence, both on and off-camera, has also made her the host of choice for a variety of live-event clients, including Cardinal Health, IDEXX, Caterpillar and Philips Healthcare. Eva is also an active volunteer for Selah Freedom and WITS Chicago, working to advance literacy and improve the welfare of disadvantaged women and children. She also supports and fundraises for causes that include international women’s rights and social justice advocacy.

 

Become a Bra Recycling Ambassador at WBC2021!

Start saving your bras you no longer wear, because they can be recycled to reduce your carbon footprint and be provided to women and girls escaping from domestic violence and human trafficking! We’re excited to announce this give-back component to WBC2021: the NAWBO Bra Drive in partnership with The Bra Recyclers (owned by NAWBO Phoenix member Elaine Birks-Mitchell). See the website for types of bras that are accepted.

To recycle your bras, you can simply fill out this form and mail or ship (use NAWBO partner UPS for exclusive savings) your bras to The Bra Recyclers. NAWBO will receive and share a Sustainability Scorecard so we can celebrate our collective impact together! 


 

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time; events and times are subject to change.

 

October 14, 2021 - First Time & New Member Meet & Greet – Sponsored by UPS
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  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

    New to NAWBO or WBC?  Take the time to introduce yourself and meet other NAWBO members.  Plus find out how to get the most out of your NAWBO membership!

    Virtual platform
October 15, 2021 - Business Expo
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  • 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

    Explore all the exhibit booths and participate in a virtual scavenger hunt.  Attend sessions such as how to accessorize, what is vision boarding and on-camera makeup and setting.

    Virtual platform
October 17, 2021 - Annual Membership Meeting - GET CONNECTED
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  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT

    Welcome to NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting

    Sponsored by Wells Fargo

    Opening Video & Remarks

    Virtual platform
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

    State of NAWBO and DEIB Committee Report

    Followed by 15 minute break

    Virtual platform
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Creating Leaders for a World of Change

    Choices That Make Good Leaders Great

    Followed by 15 minute break

    Virtual platform
  • 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EDT

    National Board Reports & Committee Updates

    How Can We Best Support Each Other? 

    Brainstorming in Breakout Rooms

    Virtual Platform
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

    Chapter Awards

    Virtual platform
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

    Virtual Happy Hour - Let's Connect and Celebrate

    Virtual platform
October 18, 2021 - National Women’s Business Conference - GET INSPIRED
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  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

    Participate in a virtual online workout

    Virtual platform
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • Diversity & Inclusion: Building Bridges
    • Social Impact: Legacy over Profit
    • Looking Back to See Ahead: What does the Future Hold?
    Virtual platform
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • Mental Wellness & Health
    • What’s Your Exit Strategy?
    • Employment Risk: How to Protect Yourself
    Virtual platform
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

    NAWBO Connects Lunch

    Virtual platform
  • 2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. EDT

    General Session – Jessica Matthews

    Virtual platform
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

    Exhibit Hall & Business Opportunity Forum

    Virtual platform
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT

    Virtual Evening Happy Hour

    Virtual platform
  • 8:00 p.m. EDT

    PJ Party & Game Night

    Come in your PJs or favorite cozy comfies, relax and let's have some fun together!

    Virtual platform
October 19, 2021 - National Women’s Business Conference - GET MOTIVATED
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  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT

    Participate in a virtual online workout

    Virtual platform
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Exhibit Hall & Business Opportunity Forum & Speed Networking

    Virtual platform
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • Digital Marketing: Tips & Trends
    • Franchise Businesses: Is it For You?
    • All in the Family: Family Business Boundaries & Best Practices
    Virtual platform
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • The Power of Authority: How to Get the Revenue, Respect & Results You Deserve by Authoring a Book
    • Future of the Workday & Workforce
    • Caregivers’ Sending a S.O.S.
    Virtual platform
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

    NAWBO Connects Lunch

    Virtual platform
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT

    General Session – Diana Nyad

    Virtual platform
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT

    Work on Your Business Workshops

    • Move Toward Getting Certified
    • Speaking Like You Mean It
    • Business Plan Reboot?
    Virtual platform
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EDT

    NAWBO Connects Virtual Happy Hour

    Networking, roundtables and more!

    Virtual platform
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EDT

    NAWBO Awards Gala

    • WBO of the Year Panel
    • Awards Show
    • Special virtual appearance by Cleo Wade
    Virtual platform

Speakers

Featured Keynote

Jessica Matthews

Inventor, Venture Capitalist & Co-Founder of Uncharted Power

Successful tech companies with a $7 million Series A Round typically start in Silicon Valley, not Harlem. But why is this the overriding norm? In her talk Power, Redefined: Changing the Game By Being Unapologetically You, Jessica—inventor, venture capitalist and co-founder of Uncharted Power—discusses why it’s important to question the status quo, go against the grain and create something that works for you...no matter your location, background or circumstances. She also shares how she’s changed the entrepreneurial game by applying leadership skills in unconventional ways, and how you can, too, as you work to power your dream as a woman business owner. Her motto “succeed not despite of who you are, but because of who you are unapologetically” will inspire you to embrace yourself and everything that makes you unique, as well as to recognize that personal struggle and challenges can give birth to incredible solutions, if you let them. 

Diana Nyad

Author, Journalist, Motivational Speaker & Long-Distance Swimmer

Twenty-five million people worldwide rooted for Diana as she approached the Florida shore, at long last achieving her 35-year-old dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. It was 110.86 miles and took her 52 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds on her fifth attempt. Diana has since motivated the world at large to live fearlessly—to chase one’s dreams with unwavering commitment. A prominent sports journalist, filing for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, The New York Times and others, Diana has carved her place as a compelling storyteller and sought-after public speaker. In 2019, her stage show “The Swimmer” played to sold-out audiences in New York City. Her memoir, Find a Way, has earned worldwide praise. Diana and her Cuba Swim Head Handler Bonnie Stoll have also launched an initiative called EverWalk to turn us into a nation of millions of walkers. And Diana is yet again dreaming big!

Eva Saha

Emmy Award-Winning TV Personality

Eva is a professional emcee, moderator and presenter. She is best known for having worked as a TV personality on the Emmy Award-winning entertainment show, 190 North, on Chicago’s ABC7. Her natural, warm and commanding presence, both on and off-camera, has also made her the host of choice for a variety of live-event and virtual-event clients, including Cardinal Health, Philips Healthcare, Women in IT and Thomson Reuters. She has interviewed people from all walks of life, including political consultants professional athletes and actors.

Cleo Wade

Artist, Poet, Activist & Author

Cleo is a poet, activist and the author of the best-selling books, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life and Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. Cleo works to foster connections between self-love, self-care and our moral and spiritual responsibility to build beloved communities. She sits on the board of The Lower East Side Girls Club, the National Black Theatre in Harlem, the Women’s Prison Association, Gucci’s Gender Equality Fund Chime For Change and E Pluribus Unum, an organization based in her hometown New Orleans, focused on ending racial inequities in the American South.

Session

Steve Beatty

President, Financial Solutions for Business

Steve is president of Financial Solutions for Business. He stepped into the financial advising world in 1989 with an expertise of working alongside owners of closely held businesses. Since 1993, Steve has been a member of the esteemed Million Dollar Roundtable and has qualified for the Top of the Table since 2004, a distinction achieved by only the top 0.2% of financial advisors worldwide. He is also founder of the Southern Nevada Exit Planning Institute Chapter and served as president from 2014-2018. Additionally, Steve was named to the Top 40 Under 40 in Business Las Vegas.

Jessica Bruny

Founder and CEO, JessBeU, LLC

Jessica is a compassionate millennial leader living her life with purpose. Her vision includes changing policy to provide equity in wellness, music and arts education. During the pandemic, Jessica launched JessBeU, LLC to offer mindfulness solutions. It began as virtual space for healing dialogue, then evolved into a “Day of Healing” and now the “Choose Unity, For CommUnity” movement. Jessica also currently serves as program director for the nonprofit Music Changing Lives (MCL), an award-winning organization based in Southern California. In 2019, Jessica received the 30 under 30 honor for the 47 th District by Assembly Member Eloise Reyes for activism she has demonstrated within her community. Jessica is a NAWBO NextGen member.

Casey Clark

CEO & Co-Founder, Cultivate Advisors

As a motivated business leader, Casey is a passionate entrepreneur who got his start owning a home service franchise. After nearly a decade, he successfully exited his role with 90+ franchise owners and over 600-plus employees. Casey went on to co-found Cultivate Advisors, one of the largest small business advising firms in North America. As the CEO of Cultivate, his team has helped thousands of business owners reach their growth objectives through core business skill development and scalable systemization.

Janel Fields

Culinary Architect and Owner, Fields of Greens DFW

Janel is a traveling culinary architect located in Dallas, Texas, and the owner of Field of Greens DFW. Her focus is bringing fresh and healthy cuisine inspired by her West Indies/Caribbean upbringing to the Metroplex and beyond. By using her family recipes and pairing them with her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, cohesive flavors that lend to nutritional value come automatic. Serving diverse palettes, allergies and health concerns, she is able to construct savory cuisines like none other. Most recently Janel acquired a Women’s Entrepreneurship certification from eCornell with a concentration in Plant Based and Food Science. When she’s not in the kitchen, Janel can be found volunteering in the DFW community for organizations such as Girls Inc. of Tarrant Co.

Val Jones

Senior Vice President, Small Business Diverse Customer Segments Strategy, Bank of America

Val Jones is a strategy consultant on the Wells Fargo Diverse Customer Segments team, where she leads the Women-owned business programming as well as the strategy for diverse chambers and business organizations. As a 20+ year banking veteran, Jones has focused her time and energy on providing technical assistance, resources and tools to support small business owners on their entrepreneurial journey. Jones serves on the National Advisory Council for NAWBO and runs the Wells Fargo NAWBO ambassadors program.

Daniel Letendre

Managing Director, ESG Capital Deployment, Bank of America

Dan is responsible for managing the bank’s lending and investing activities with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Bank of America currently has over $1.8 billion of loans and investments to more than 256 community-based intermediaries that provide financing for affordable housing, small businesses and community facilities providing health care, education, childcare and other needed social services. Dan also manages the bank’s Blended Finance Catalyst Pool—investments to stimulate more sustainable development and contribute to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Paige Ogawa

SMB Community Engagement Coordinator, Facebook

Paige is an SMB Community Engagement Coordinator on Facebook’s Small Business Team in Menlo Park, California. Growing up in her family’s landscaping business, she witnessed first-hand the importance of supporting small businesses and discovered her passion for entrepreneurship. While studying Business Administration at the University of California, she continued to foster her passion by providing consulting services to local nonprofits in the Los Angeles area to develop strategies to grow their online presences. She is excited for the opportunity to work with small businesses to help them leverage digital tools to empower their businesses.

Melanie McCoy

Attorney at Law, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Melanie is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC. She serves as the leader of the firm’s Estate Planning Practice Team and the co-chair of the firm’s Business Lifecycle Planning Group. In addition to assisting individuals and families with complex wealth planning and transfer strategies, Melanie is also experienced in representing individual and corporate fiduciaries with respect to estate and trust administration matters, including reformation or modification of trusts, interpretation questions and beneficiary disputes. She also helps owners of privately held businesses develop comprehensive succession plans. Melanie speaks and writes about wealth planning topics for a variety of audiences.

Michelle Prince

Performance Publishing Group

Michelle is a best-selling author, sought-after motivational speaker, self-publishing expert, leadership coach and CEO/founder of Performance Publishing Group, a “partner” publishing company dedicated to making a difference...one story at a time. She’s helped thousands become published authors through her consulting, courses, seminars and publishing services, and founded the “Book Bound Workshop.” She has also published many successful books, including her best-selling Winning In Life Now and The Power of Authority. Michelle has been endorsed by some of the most influential speakers in personal development, including Zig Ziglar. 

Pamela Seagle

Global Women’s Programs Executive, Bank of America

Pamela is the Global Manager for Women’s Programs at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of women’s programs across the company’s footprint. This includes the Global Ambassador Program, a Vital Voices and Bank of America partnership; the Tory Burch Foundation & Bank of America Capital Access Program; in addition to partnerships with Kiva.com and the Cherie Blair Foundation. In 2018, Pamela led the launch of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell, a collaboration between Bank of America and Cornell University. Most recently, she led the development and rollout of The Bank of America Access to Capital Directory, a comprehensive database designed to help women entrepreneurs learn about sources of funding, including equity, loans and grant capital.

Tristen Sutton

Trainer, Certified Digital Marketer and Marketing Partner, Facebook

Tristen is a trainer on behalf of Facebook, Certified Facebook Digital Marketer and Marketing Partner who works with organizations and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to increase their revenue and brand awareness by effectively using Facebook and Instagram ads. He has trained more than 2,000 professionals how to use social media to attract and convert their target market and is excited to work with you. Tristen graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Marketing  and certification in Retail Studies.

Mei Xu

Founder and CEO, Yes She May

Mei is the founder and CEO of two global companies, Yes She May and Chesapeake Bay Candle®, and the author of Burn, which details her journey from China to starting and growing a multi-million-dollar business in the U.S. Mei successfully negotiated the sale of Chesapeake Bay Candle to Newell Brands in 2017. Her business achievements have repeatedly been recognized by prominent organizations, such as Politico’s 2019 Woman of Impact Award. In 2020, Mei created Yes She May to help women-owned brands reach a larger audience and scale. Her team aims to provide consumers a curated collection of thoughtful, high-quality products made by talented women vendors from around the world.