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?
This year’s National Women’s Business Conference hosted by NAWBO will be delivered as a hybrid experience—bringing together hundreds of women business owners from around the world virtually as well as a limited number (currently 100 max. based on health and safety guidelines) for an in-person “Watch Party” in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here’s what to expect from these experiences:
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
• 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
In-Person Watch Party Experience – Members only
3 days of the Virtual Conference, inclusive of 1-day Membership Meeting and 2-day Conference PLUS several pre-conference activities PLUS In-Person Watch Party Experience
Cost: An additional $250.00, exclusively for members ($445.00 TOTAL FOR VIRTUAL + WATCH PARTY EXPERIENCE)
Limit: 100 in-person attendees
Note: We have already reached half our capacity for this in-person experience, so register now if you are interested.
All of the above PLUS:
- Watch virtual WBC together in New Orleans meeting space
- Three days of breakfasts, lunches and beverages
- Space for doing virtual workouts together
- PJ party and game night in ballroom
- Jazz night on the town
- Local community excursions to experience New Orleans first-hand
- In-Person, social distance networking and fun
(Please note that Watch Party attendees will be responsible for their travel, lodging and any costs associated with community experiences they choose to participate in. By attending, attendees agree to abide by all COVID-19 related guidelines put in place by either the organization or the venue, including but not limited to wellness checks, social distancing, masking requirements, respiratory etiquette, hand washing and hygiene. Attendees will be required to sign an Acknowledgment agreeing to abide by all COVID-19 related guidelines.)
In-Person Watch Party Experience – Members only
Last date to reserve your hotel room at NAWBO's discounted rate - Wednesday Sept 22, 2021
On Saturday, come explore New Orleans! Take a walking tour of the famous French Quarter or the beautiful Garden District. Book your tour through the link below.
When you arrive at the hotel, you will also receive information on opportunities to support the city and its women business owners. Let's show them some NAWBO love!
NextGen Virtual Forum
Join hundreds of women entrepreneurs as we come together to capitalize on this incredible moment in time.
Interested in being a conference speaker? Please submit this form for consideration.
Meet our Keynote Speakers
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.
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 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.
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.
There are two ways 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. Or you can bring your bras to New Orleans if you are joining the watch party. Gently used bras will be donated to a women and children’s shelter in New Orleans while the rest will be recycled. NAWBO will also receive and share a Sustainability Scorecard so we can celebrate our collective impact together!
All times are listed in Central Daylight Time; events and times are subject to change.