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The theme for the 2016 National Women’s Business Conference (WBC) hosted by NAWBO is Leading the Way. Women business owners are a driving force in our nation’s economy. But more work remains to be done. When women do well, they lift others up with them. At the 2016 WBC, we will join together to discuss how women are leading the way and how to encourage more women to pursue leadership roles within their communities and our country.

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*Updated August 24, 2016. Agenda subject to change without notice

 


Sunday, September 18, 2016

NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting
Presidents Breakfast Open for all 

 

6:30 a.m.

Meditative Yoga (Union E)
Sponsored by UPS

8:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Franklin BCD foyer)
9:00-11:00 a.m. 

Annual Meeting/State of NAWBO – Public Policy Panel (Past Presidents) (Franklin BCD)

Creating Leaders for a World of Change – Public Policy Panel

Join four former NAWBO National Past Presidents and National Board members as they share experiences and anecdotes from their tenures that will inspire you to Lead the Way in your own advocacy efforts in 2016 and beyond.

Moderator: Teresa Meares Panelists: Terry Neese, Virginia Littlejohn, Laura Yamanaka

11:00 a.m.

Lunch Buffet (Franklin BCD foyer) 

 

Leadership Development Training:  

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m

Best Practices-Chapter and Business  (Franklin BCD)

  • Business and NAWBO Leadership Roundtables
1:15-2:30 p.m.

Leadership General Session: “Who Me?” Identifying the Elephant in the Room and the Secrets to Breaking Through Barriers of Communication (Franklin BCD)

Have you ever been part of a winning team? If so, you probably realize there’s a myriad of factors that work together to make it happen—communication, camaraderie, passion and a drive to win, to name a few. The bigger question is, have you ever been part of a team that just can't seem to get it right even though there were talented people involved? This is a hard problem to solve in a business or serving on a board of advisors, especially if you are the leader of this group.  Join National Board Chair Teresa Meares and Immediate Past Chair Crystal Arredondo as they uncover the basic emotions that drive our rational thoughts in moments of fear and greed and affect our decision-making. In addition, learn leadership techniques on how to communicate effectively and break the mold in situations of high intensity to accomplish your goals. 

Presenters: Teresa Meares and Crystal Arredondo

 

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Mandatory Presidents Meeting (Presidents/President elects-Immediate Past Presidents)  (Union D)
At least one from each chapter should attend


Chapter Governance: Stepping In and Out of the President’s Role
A governance training and discussion session.
Presented by Mary Hiland, Ph.D., Hiland Consulting

In this session you will:
• Learn the President’s role and impact.
• Understand the competencies of the most effective President’s.
• Explore strategies and best practices for building a strong trio:  President-Elect, President, and Past President.
• Create an action plan for using what you learn.


This session will provide evidence-based information about what we know about effective Board Presidents. We will explore together opportunities and best practices for managing transitions in and out of the President’s role and strategies for building strong relationships among these three key Chapter Board leaders.

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Public Policy Chair Meeting (Union A/B)

All Chapter Public Policy Chairs are encouraged to attend to share best practices and ideas and learn more about and discuss what is ahead for NAWBO Nationally in 2016 and beyond.

In this session you will:
• Learn about NAWBO policies and programs your chapter can use to engage more members in advocacy
• Understand why the NAWBO chapters who engage in advocacy are among the strongest in the country
• Share your best practices and ideas with peers from other Chapters
• Create an action plan for integrating advocacy into your Chapter

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Play BIG: Leadership Essentials for Any Size Businesses with Mary Cravets (Clark Room)

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Chapter Admin and ED Training with Suzanne Harmony (Union E)

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Membership Chair Meeting: Enhancing the Member Experience with Deborah Snyder (Union C)

4:00-4:45 p.m.

Breakouts:

• The Power and Practices of Servant Leadership - Priscilla Archangel (Franklin BCD)
Understand the difference between a self-serving leader and a servant leader. Servant leaders lift their employees, clients and other stakeholders by ensuring their highest priority needs are being met. Servant leaders meet the needs of others, establish connections that engage them, so that they can retain them as employees and clients and continue to serve them. Learn practical strategies and behaviors that align with servant leadership. 

• Advocacy: Leading By Example (Fairfield)
Hear from NAWBO members about the roles they are playing in this year's election and leave inspired to be an advocate for yourself, your business, your community and your country.
Moderator: Joy Lutes
Panelists: Jennifer Ping, Millie Herrera, Laura Comek

5:00-6:00 p.m.             Happy Hour (Franklin Foyer)
6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Reception (Sponsored by Bank of America)
By invitation only

High Line Car House
550 S. High St. Columbus OH 43215
Welcome remarks from Jill Calabrese Bain, Bank of America

 

Monday, September 19, 2016

National Women’s Business Conference – Day 1
 

6:30 a.m.

Meditative Yoga (Union E)
Sponsored by UPS

8:00-9:00 a.m.           

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
First-Time Attendee Meet and Greet by UPS (Exhibit Hall)

9:00-10:45 a.m.

General Session: Inspiration—Delivering Happiness

Keynote Speaker: Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness -a company she and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and in everyday life.

Welcome remarks from Jill Calabrese Bain, Bank of America
Travelers video

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

• An Alternative to Traditional Bank Financing - Understanding How to Leverage Community Lenders (Franklin A)
You’ve heard it before: It takes money to make money. As women entrepreneurs, we know this all too well as we work to access the capital we need—whether it’s through personal savings, traditional bank loans, venture capital money or crowdfunding—to start new ventures or grow existing businesses to the next level. We will be exploring what is the Community Lender, how can they assist small businesses, how to find the community lender that is the best fit for your needs and most of all what do I need to do prior to engaging a community lender. Hear from a panel of business capital experts, plus, develop your “perfect pitch” to get the capital you need.
Moderator:  Emily Shanks, Bank of America
Panelists:  Laurie Fabiano (Tory Burch Foundation), Andrea Pedraza (CocoAndré Chocolatier), Amber Cooney (PeopleFund)

• Legislative/Policy session: Hear From Policy Experts from Capitol Hill, the Presidential Administration and a Washington, D.C. Think Tank discuss the advocacy issues affecting women business owners in 2016 and beyond   (Franklin B)
Moderator: Esther Morales, NWBC
Nicole M. Kaeding, Tax Foundation
Meredith West, SBC-Senate
Viktoria Seale, SBC-House
Marianne O'Brien, SBA 
Sponsored by Master Your Card, Mercedes Garcia

• Leading with Impact and Influence by Amy Franko (Franklin C)
Each day countless demands, opportunities and choices are placed before us. How often do you slow down to consider those decisions and your impact as a leader? Conversations about impact and legacy often come later in life, as we look back at what we’ve accomplished. Instead, let’s look forward, and use the power of strategic-level thinking and the mindset of a leader to consciously design our path of impact and influence. 

Participants in this session can expect active conversation and exercises on these skills:

  • Leadership Identity: Practical exercises to uncover the traits that align to our values, organizational mission, and the legacy we wish to leave as leaders
  • Creating your vision of impact and influence, plus key questions to ask as you make decisions that support your vision
  • Strategic Thinking: Uncover the top traits of strategic thinkers; leverage these traits in your business to achieve your growth and leadership goals 

Sponsored by FCA, Christina Ibrahim

• Institute Program with Babson: How Do We Learn to Grow Our Businesses—Together?  (Franklin D)
Learn to practice your business growth opportunity recognition skills while you meet the new  NAWBO® Educational Institute, an on-line learning platform being specially designed to serve the needs of NAWBO® business owners .    A continued passion for learning is a trait shared by most successful business owners, but how do you have the time and the access?   Today we will preview the unique type of learning site being developed for NAWBO®, brainstorm on the current and future state of the platform, and together practice learning through the type of curriculum that the Institute will host through an exercise on opportunity recognition development by Babson College.  
Patricia Greene, Babson College

12:45-2:45 p.m.

Lunch General session-Public Policy -Pathways to Public Service (Regency Ballroom)

The path to public service is personal.  Join us as we hear directly from women in elective office from both political parties about what drove them to pursue a career in public service and what motivates them to stay engaged.

Moderator: Joy Lutes, NAWBO National
Kim Reynolds,Lt Governor of Iowa
Senator Charleta B. Tavares, Columbus
Jennette Bradley, Former Lt. Governor of Ohio
Remarks: Elizabeth Isphording, Bank of America

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Workshops in Exhibit Hall

3:00-5:00 p.m. Networking in Exhibit Hall
5:30-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall
6:30-8:30 p.m. Tastefully Ohio Reception
Franklin Park Conservatory

 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

National Women’s Business Conference – Day 2
 

6:30 a.m.

Meditative Yoga (Union E)
Sponsored by UPS

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 
8:00-9:00 a.m. 

Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast by Invitation Only (Exhibit Hall Balcony)

9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Networking Bingo with Mary Albright  (Exhibit Hall)

9:00-11:00 a.m. 

Office 365 Test Drive: Hands-On Learning Lab by Dominic Irrcher (Champagne)

THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO THE FIRST 20 REGISTRANTS DUE TO LIMITED DEMONSTRATION DEVICES. 

Are you ready for a test drive? It’s not just for cars anymore. Forget sitting in a room watching a slide presentation. This session is a hands-on learning lab. You have the unique opportunity to not just hear about Office 365, but see how you can use it in your business. An Office 365 expert will give a high level overview of this game changing technology for those unfamiliar with Office 365 or looking to learning the basics. Each attendee will get their own device loaded with Office 365 to take on a persona and see first hand how this cloud technology can transform the way you work throughout your day.    

3 Learning Objectives:

  • Save time and increase productivity.  Join the era of the mobile CPA and learn how you can overcome the difficult challenge of accessing, editing and sharing with others, especially when away from your desk. You will also get a taste of what it would be like to efficiently collaborate with your team working on a single document at the same time from anywhere.
  • Learn how to utilize technology to make faster and better business decisions. See how you can reduce the time it takes in your day to find, receive or understand the information needed to make the best decision possible.
  • Stop worrying about security and compliance issues. Encrypted email, data loss prevention and information rights, and management capabilities make it easy for you to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.

 

10:00-11:00 a.m.    

Breakout Sessions:

  • Is Technology Putting Your Business at Risk? Understand and Enhance Your Cybersecurity  (Franklin A)
    Cybersecurity – Presented by the Travelers Institute with representatives from Travelers, Wells Fargo, and Frost Brown Todd
    Every organization that uses technology to do business is at risk of a cybersecurity threat. As technology becomes more complex and sophisticated, so do their cyber threats, which is why every woman entrepreneur needs to be prepared. Join the professionals in cyber liability insurance, Travelers, to understand the complexity of today’s cyber environment and learn how to help protect your business assets.

    Jane Hils Shea – (Frost Brown Todd)
    Joan Woodward (Travelers Institute – Moderator)
    Kirstin Simonson – (Travelers)
    Meredith Schnur – (Wells Fargo Professional Risk Practice)
     
  • Exit! 12 Steps to Sell Your Business for the Price You Deserve with Julie Gordon White  (Franklin B)
    Julie’s EXIT! talk takes entrepreneurs on a journey to discover the 12 critical steps and best practices to sell a business for the maximum value, resulting in a win-win experience for both the business owner and the future buyer. In the EXIT! talk, Julie will share 12 comprehensive steps enabling attendees to: 
    – Uncover the 4 reasons why businesses don’t sell and what to do about it
    – Discover the 4 best times to sell a business and how to capitalize on them
    – Learn the step-by-step formula to value your own business (a $10,000 value!)
    – Understand the secrets of how to sell their business for the maximum market price!
     
  • Get the Most out of your NAWBO Membership: 5 Smart Strategies to Leverage NAWBO to Build Your Business (Franklin C)

    NAWBO allows smart, powerful women to collaborate and develop themselves both personally and professionally. So how does that translate into a significant difference in your business’s bottom line?

    Participants will learn:
    • The #1 way to get the most out of your NAWBO membership
    • Simple steps to make NAWBO a profitable part of your client-attraction strategies
    • Specific strategies to highlight your business for maximum visibility 
    Sponsored by UPS, Mary Cravets, Margaret Brown

  • WBO Lessons Learned: Successful WBOs (Franklin D)
    Walmart/Sam’s has invited successful WBO vendors to discuss the strategies that lead to their success and how supplier diversity helped them reach a broader market.  The panelists will share their insights into building an effective relationship with a large retailer.
     
    During this panel you can expect to hear discussion on:
    1. Vision - Getting Started: How did these WBO vendors create a relationship with Walmart and Sam’s? 
    2. In Plain Sight: What has been their experience up to this point?  What adjustments have been needed to their expectations, network and resources.
    3. Hindsight is 20/20: Before becoming a WBO in working with a large retailer, I wish I’d known…
    4. Up Ahead: As brand recognition is growing, how does this change their business model and projections for growth?
     
    Walmart/Sam’s Club
    Moderator: Doris Davis (Sam’s Club)
    Panelists: Janel Young (Nava Pets), Jenny Grieser (Walmart)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Looks of Leadership (Franklin A)
    As the owner of your business YOU are the brand.  Every move you make or don’t make speaks to your business community, potential clients and employees about your credentials and expectations.

    This is a powerful tool to embrace.  It can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time.  Join Diane Ellis, CEO of The Limited, and an expert panel to discuss how your look, social media image and words can make you or break you in today’s fast economy.

    Moderator: Diane Ellis – CEO Limited
    Panelists:  Donna Musilli, Wardrobe Stylist from cabi; Kelly Borth from Greencrest; Lydia Chicles from Bold Technologies

  • HR-Creative Hiring Solutions from Gen Z to Baby Boomers with Sharon DeLay (Franklin B)
    Unemployment is at historic lows. Hiring demands are trending high. The solid, dependable Baby Boomers are on their way out. Everybody seems to be afraid of the Millennials and Gen Z coming in. What is today’s employer supposed to do? Spend an hour exploring the truth…and the fiction…about today’s workforce and the state of hiring in 2016. Explore creative hiring strategies while learning about the things you should avoid.
    Sponsored by Frost Brown Todd, Noel Shepard
     
  • Managing credit for business success-WF Session (Franklin C) by Michael Cariolano
    Access to capital and credit remains a top priority for business owners as they work to maintain a balanced cash flow, manage daily operations, and finance capital expenditures. The journey of evaluating credit options begins long before business owners actually apply for credit. At this session, we will discuss Business Credit resources available on wellsfargoworks.com that are designed to empower business owners to confidently navigate the credit journey. 
     
  • Boost Your Business with Facebook, Ana Martinez (Franklin D)
    Facebook’s Boost Your Business breakout session educates small business owners on the Facebook tools available to help them find success. The Boost Your Business program has lead over 30,000 small businesses across America to find more customers, increase sales and connect with leaders and decision makers in their communities. 

    The presentation covers the basics of building your brand on Facebook by outlining the tips and tricks of effective strategies that will promote customer engagement and increase online sales. The session includes the most up-to-date tools, insights, and best practices for growing your business on Facebook.  
12:30-2:30 p.m.          

Luncheon General Session: Dr. Tererai Trent
Inspiring Women’s Leadership - The Three Powers: Passion, Purpose & Purse

Dr. Tererai Trent has a story to share about a little girl with big dreams. All the girl ever wanted was an education. But in Rhodesia, education for girls was nearly impossible. So, she taught herself to read and write with her brother’s schoolbooks and to count while watching cattle graze.

When the girl became a young wife and mother, she wrote her goals on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can — an ancient ritual that reminded her that she couldn't give up on her dreams. Would her dreams ever come true? Dr. Trent’s true story of perseverance, based on her new picture book The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can (October 2015), is sure to inspire audiences of all ages and focus on the importance of education.

Sponsored by Well Fargo 
Marta Codina, Well Fargo
Lillian Covington, Opportunity International

“She’s my favorite because she symbolizes everything I believe The Oprah Show stands for. Her story encapsulates the essence of every lesson we’ve shared over the past 25 years: Hope, your thoughts create your reality, gratitude, it doesn’t matter where you come from, keep reaching for your dreams, and above all, you have the power.”  —Oprah Winfrey 

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Networking in Exhibit Hall

3:00-5:00 p.m.

Office 365 Test Drive: Hands-On Learning Lab by Dominic Irrcher (Champagne)

THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO THE FIRST 20 REGISTRANTS DUE TO LIMITED DEMONSTRATION DEVICES. 

Are you ready for a test drive? It’s not just for cars anymore. Forget sitting in a room watching a slide presentation. This session is a hands-on learning lab. You have the unique opportunity to not just hear about Office 365, but see how you can use it in your business. An Office 365 expert will give a high level overview of this game changing technology for those unfamiliar with Office 365 or looking to learning the basics. Each attendee will get their own device loaded with Office 365 to take on a persona and see first hand how this cloud technology can transform the way you work throughout your day.    

3 Learning Objectives:

  • Save time and increase productivity.  Join the era of the mobile CPA and learn how you can overcome the difficult challenge of accessing, editing and sharing with others, especially when away from your desk. You will also get a taste of what it would be like to efficiently collaborate with your team working on a single document at the same time from anywhere.
  • Learn how to utilize technology to make faster and better business decisions. See how you can reduce the time it takes in your day to find, receive or understand the information needed to make the best decision possible.
  • Stop worrying about security and compliance issues. Encrypted email, data loss prevention and information rights, and management capabilities make it easy for you to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
5:30-8:30 p.m. Awards Gala (Regency Ballroom)
   
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