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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?
 

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:

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

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. We will also release best practice guidelines for chapters that want to create regional Watch Party experiences as permitted for this year’s Gala.

Includes:
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.)

Registration Fees
  • Virtual Conference

    member

    $195

    non-member

    $250

     

  • In-Person Watch Party Experience

    member

    +$250

    ($445 Total)
    non-member

    +$250

    ($500) Total

     

Register Now

 

In-Person Watch Party Experience – Members only
 

Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130, US
 

Last date to reserve your hotel room  at NAWBO's discounted rate - Wednesday Sept 22, 2021

 
Hotel Reservations
  • nightly room rates start at

    $239/night

     

Reserve Your Room

 


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

Register Now

 

Interested in being a 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.

 

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

 

October 14, 2021 - First Time & New Member Meet & Greet – Sponsored by UPS
  • time
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  • location
  • TBD

    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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  • description
  • location
  • TBD

    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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  • location
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT

    Explore New Orleans and its local women-owned businesses and get a beignet or participate in a virtual online workout

    Virtual platform workout/Watch party visits WBOs
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

    Trinity Meeting – Past, Present and Future Presidents

    Transition, succession and more!

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT

    Lunch

    Watch party in hotel ballroom
  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT

    NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting – State of NAWBO

    2021 Initiatives and Vision

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CDT

    Exhibit Hall & Business Opportunity Forum

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CDT

    Virtual Happy Hour

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 6:30 p.m. CDT

    New Orleans Dine Around

    Watch party visits local restaurants
October 18, 2021 - National Women’s Business Conference - GET INSPIRED
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  • location
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CDT

    Participate in a virtual online workout

    Virtual platform
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT

    Breakfast

    Watch party in hotel ballroom
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • Diversity & Inclusion: Building Bridges
    • Social Impact: Legacy over Profit
    • Looking Back to See Ahead: What does the Future Hold?
    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • Mental Wellness & Health
    • What’s Your Exit Strategy?
    • Employment Risk: How to Protect Yourself
    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT

    NAWBO Connects Lunch

    Virtual platform/Watch party in hotel ballroom
  • 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. CDT

    General Session – Jessica Matthews

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT

    Exhibit Hall & Business Opportunity Forum

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CDT

    Virtual Evening Happy Hour

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CDT

    Dinner in the City – on your own in New Orleans

    Watch party visits local restaurants
  • 8:00 p.m. CDT

    PJ Party & Game Night

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

    Virtual platform/Watch party in hotel ballroom
October 19, 2021 - National Women’s Business Conference - GET MOTIVATED
  • time
  • description
  • location
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. CDT

    Participate in a virtual online workout

    Virtual platform
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT

    Breakfast

    Watch party in hotel ballroom
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

    Exhibit Hall & Business Opportunity Forum & Speed Networking

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT

    Breakout Sessions/Workshops

    • Digital Marketing: Tips & Trends
    • Franchise Businesses: Is it For You?
    • All in the Family: Family Business Boundaries & Best Practices
    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

    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/Watch party
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT

    NAWBO Connects Lunch

    Virtual platform/Watch party in hotel ballroom
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CDT

    General Session – Diana Nyad

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT

    Work on Your Business Workshops

    • Move Toward Getting Certified
    • Speaking Like You Mean It
    • Business Plan Reboot?
    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CDT

    BREAK

    BREAK
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CDT

    NAWBO Connects Virtual Happy Hour

    Networking, roundtables and more!

    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CDT

    NAWBO Awards Gala

    • WBO of the Year Panel
    • Awards Show
    • Special virtual appearance by Cleo Wade
    Virtual platform/Watch party
  • 8:30 p.m. CDT

    After the gala, enjoy jazz night on the town

    Watch party visits local jazz clubs

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.

Speakers

Jessica Matthews

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.