2017 Conference Agenda | NAWBO


2017 Conference Agenda

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast (Open to All)

6:30 am Meditative Yoga
8:30 am Member Breakfast
9:00-11:30 am

Annual Membership Meeting

  • State of NAWBO
  • Creating Leaders for a World of Change: Past Presidents Panel     Moderated By: Gayle Watson
11:30 am-12:30 pm

Leadership General Session - “Who Me?” Identifying the Elephant in the Room & the Secrets to Breaking Through Barriers of Communication 

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 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? Uncover the basic emotions that drive our rational thoughts in moments of fear and greed, affecting 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. Presented by Past National Board Chairs - Crystal Arredondo & Teresa Meares

12:30 pm Lunch
1:00- 3:15 pm Best Practices Roundtable Discussions - Chapter & Business      
3:15-4:15 pm

Leadership Meetings

  • Chapter Governance: Stepping In and Out of the President's Role (Presidents/President Elects/Immediate Past Presidents; at least one from each chapter should attend)
  • Advocacy/Public Policy
  • Membership
  • Chapter Admin and Executive Director Training
3:15-4:15 pm

Breakout Session: Growing through NAWBO

NAWBO is much more than a place to connect and advocate, it is an ideal place to Grow Your Business!  Whether you are a solopreneur, a small business, a business reaching for the million dollar mark or a multi-million dollar enterprise, NAWBO has a place for you and your business to grow. In this session we will explore important NAWBO resources with both chapter based and national program experts to make sure that no matter where your business is a today, you have a clear path of resources for growing into a bigger, brighter tomorrow!

5:00-6:00 pm Happy Hour
6:00-8:00 pm Reception hosted by Bank of America


Monday, October 16, 2017

6:30 am Meditative Yoga
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00-9:00 am First-Time Attendee Meet and Greet sponsored by UPS in Exhibit Hall
9:00-10:45 am

General Session: The Power of One - keynote by Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich is one of those rare individuals whose own true story has become part of our public consciousness. Seen by millions as a symbol of American justice and the importance of fighting for the truth, Brockovich continues to speak out on behalf of those who can’t.

After uncovering a 30-year long history of poisoning the groundwater in Hinkley, CA by PG&E, Brockovich dug in and didn’t give up until she had exposed the truth—and had gotten justice for its victims. She truly is proof that one person can make a difference, and she believes that everyone—in their own way—can do the same.

11:30am -12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: "NAWBO Success Opportunity" - Get the Most Out of Your Membership: 5 Smart Strategies to Leverage NAWBO and Build Your Business.  NAWBO allows smart, powerful women to collaborate and develop themselves both personally and professionally.  How do you translate that into a significant difference for your business's bottom line?

Presented by: Mary Cravets & Margaret Brown

Track 2: "Daring Leadership" - Leading Through the Generations:  Hear from women business owners representing five different decades and learn what they have in common, where their differences lie and where they see opportunities to work together on behalf of all women business owners.

Moderated by: Dr. Patricia Greene, Babson College

Track 3: "Savvy Solopreneur" - Success Panel: Choose Your Path to Scale and Grow. Learn from other successful solopreneurs who chose to build their businesses in a variety of different ways.

Moderated by: Wells Fargo

Track 4: "Small-Medium Business Breakthrough" - Success Panel: The Pitfalls and Opportunities of the Small to Medium Business.  Learn from other successful business owners and experts who will share how they found big opportunities and sometimes made big mistakes on their path to success.  Topics include cyber-security, overtime issues, multi-generation workforce and attracting talent.

NAWBO Circle Program: (Business Owners with over $1Million in Annual Revenue) Your heritage and how to prepare for business sale

12:45-2:45 pm

Lunch General Session: Breaking Barriers Panel - NAWBO was founded as the first advocacy organization for women business owners.  Each generation of NAWBO members has played an integral role in breaking down existing barriers that they faced.  Learn about what is being done in the public and private sectors to tackle current obstacles to women business owners and how NAWBO can continue to make an impact. 

3:00-5:00 pm Networking in Exhibit Hall
3:00-4:00 pm Workshops in Exhibit Hall
5:30-6:30 pm Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall
6:30-8:30 pm White Party at the Mill City Museum


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6:30 am Meditative Yoga
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
10:00-11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: "NAWBO Success Opportunity" - NAWBO's Role in Public Policy - Let's Talk about Taxes!  Get an update from policy experts about tax reform.  Discover how any changes will impact your business regardless of how your business is structured and learn about what you can do through NAWBO to make sure your voice is heard on behalf of your business, your employees, and your fellow women business owners.

Track 2: "Daring Leadership" - Setting Goals & Priorities, How Does this affect culture?

Moderated by: Bank of America

Track 3: "Savvy Solopreneur" - Virtual Assistance & Delegation Strategies, Time Management

Track 4: "Small-Medium Business Breakthrough" - Big Growth Opportunities You Never Knew Existed: Learn about the huge opportunities in government contracts and supplier diversity programs from people who have navigated both successfully.

NAWBO Circle Program (Business Owners with over $1Million in Annual Revenue)

11:00 am-12:30 pm Networking in Exhibit Hall
12:45-2:45 pm

Lunch General Session: "Diversifying Leadership" keynote by Gayle Lemmon

From the battlefields of Afghanistan to corporate board rooms of America the need for teams who see the world differently in service to the world's toughest problems has never been more urgent.  In her years of reporting from Afghanistan and in years spent talking with members of the special operations community in the writing of Ashley’s War, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon learned how some of the most seasoned military leaders saw including women as central to solving the problems of access to critical knowledge and life-saving information.  Desperation may have bred the innovation, but leadership and servant leaders who set the tone for the tested fighters they led paved the way for a team of young women to make a difference almost immediately in urgent, time-sensitive and life-and-death situations on the battlefield. In the process, they proved themselves to themselves and to colleagues who had never worked with women previously.

3:00-4:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: "NAWBO Success Opportunity" International - Exporting Entrepreneurism - Empowering women to start and grow their own businesses overseas can change their families, their communities and their countries for the better.  Learn how your entrepreneurial experience and expertise can help women in other countries thrive.

Track 2: "Daring Leadership" - How to Break the $1 Million Mark: Did you know that just 3% of women business owners have annual revenue that exceeds $1M? Women business owners who are working to reach this milestone have unique challenges, fewer resources for support, fewer peers, and different needs for learning and development.  Connect and learn from an exciting panel of NAWBO women who met these challenges with success.

Track 3: "Savvy Solopreneur" -  How to Market BIG Even When It's Just You - A presentation on branding, marketing and business development  Sponsored by Facebook


Marketing is all about story telling. Defining and sharing your message that intrigues, motivates and sets you apart from everyone else so you attract more high-quality clients wherever you go. This breakout session speaker   Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand Officer from Deluxe knows this marketing truth. As chief brand and communications manager at Deluxe and creator of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street Series, Amanda Brinkman has been helping women entrepreneurs to tell their unique stories in the most innovative and exciting ways using today’s top communication vehicles. What’s your story? Let the woman who was named to Minnesota Business’ Power 50 list and recognized as one of Top Rank’s most influential digital marketers help you define it.

Amanda Brinkman - Chief Brand Officer, Deluxe

NAWBO Circle Program (Business Owners with over $1Million in Annual Revenue)

4:00-5:30 Exhibit Hall and Final Prizes
6:00-8:30 pm Awards Gala Dinner









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