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2017 National Women's Business Conference - Hosted by NAWBO

Register for the WBC2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017 (All day)Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (All day)
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States


National Women's Business Conference 2017


OCTOBER 15-17,  2017

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Elizabeth Gilbert


Elizabeth Gilbert 

Author of Eat, Pray, Love and most recently, Big Magic

Unquestionably one of her generation’s most beloved memoirists, Gilbert is the author of the runaway bestseller Eat Pray Love, which has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Her latest bestseller, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, is a brilliant nonfiction treatise on creativity.  Gilbert’s most recent novel, The Signature of All Things, was optioned by PBS’s Masterpiece, it is a sweeping story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning much of the 19th century. It was lauded by O Magazine as “the novel of a lifetime” and named as one of the “Best Books of 2013” by the New York Times, O Magazine, NPR, and Time Magazine.  Prior to writing Eat Pray Love, Gilbert was a distinguished journalist who wrote regularly for Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, The New York Times Magazine, and GQ.  Her book The Last American Man was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002.  She is working in a new novel about showgirls in New York City of the 1930-40s.

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon 

Author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley's War

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author most recently of the New York Times bestseller Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (2015); as well as the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana (2011), about a young entrepreneur who supported her community under the Taliban.

Lemmon began her career as a journalist in Washington. From 1997 to 2004, she covered presidential politics and public policy issues for the ABC News Political Unit and served as an editorial producer during the first year of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. In 2004, she left ABC News to pursue her interest in international development and began MBA study at Harvard. It was during this time that she began reporting from conflict regions.

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All Inclusive

Includes all official activities, including NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting/Leadership Development Day, general sessions with meals, breakout sessions, exhibit hall pass, opening reception and awards gala. Please note that there is limited availability for Sunday, so register early. Early Bird registration ends July 31, 2017.

Member $400
Non-member $475


Includes all official activities, including general sessions with meals, breakout sessions, exhibit hall pass, opening reception and awards gala. Does not include NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting/Leadership Development Day. Early Bird registration ends July 31, 2017.

Member $325
Non-member $375

Annual Membership Meeting / Leadership Training Only

Member $75
Non-member $100

Opening Reception Ticket

Member $75
Non-member $100

Awards Gala

Member $75
Non-member $100



This year’s theme is “Together We Dare.”  As women business owners, we’re naturally “daring” individuals. After all, we took a huge leap in starting our own businesses and continue to dare every day—to break boundaries, push limits, change the status quo, work together, attempt the unexpected, be authentic and create our magic. We simply look at the world differently and see opportunities in obstacles. Join NAWBO’s inspiring community of women entrepreneurs as we dare together to reach new heights in our lives, our businesses, our communities and the world. There’s no limit to what we can do when TOGETHER WE DARE!