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NAWBO is thrilled to bring all the excitement, connections, resources and value of its member benefits to you featuring monthly meetings with opportunities to network, learn and experience programming designed to uplift and propel you as a woman business owner. As part of your membership, you also have access to virtual programming and regional and national events like Leadership Academy, Advocacy Day and our National Women’s Business Conference. 

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Our monthly virtual luncheon via Zoom - members and prospective members welcome. There is no cost for this event.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MST  Membership Matters Program

Meeting agenda includes:

  • Time to connect with fellow members and meet non-members
  • Announcements from our Tucson leadership team
  • And hear from our keynote speaker!

Keynote speaker:  Beth Hernandez-Casey
Chief Meeting Nerd

"Optimize Your Content for Digital Delivery"

Eight months into the pandemic, we have all been challenged to change the way we work and find new ways to show up for our clients, partners, and audience. We may not be able to get out into the world but our voice and our messages are still valuable. In this session, attendees will learn how you to optimize their current, live-event content for digital delivery.

Join this session with Beth to learn:

  • How to optimize your content for a digital audience
  • Logistical best practices
  • How to engage with your attendees before, during, and after your virtual event
  • Platforms that offer different capabilities to suit different kinds of events

This session is designed for anyone who has had live-events disrupted by Coronavirus and those looking to start hosting virtual events now and in the future. 

Meet Beth Hernandez-Casey
Event Producer, Marketer, Strategist, and High Priestess of Gatherings. Beth is talented at crystallizing big ideas into solid plans. Passionate about enabling brilliance, Beth lives to bring people together in meetings of minds, bodies, & spirits.  A master organizer and juggler, Beth's approach to events is logistically sound + creative. Beth is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), the globally recognized badge of excellence in the events industry. 

A monthly virtual event for members and non-members to connect at no charge - grab your cup of coffee and join us! Hear from our Tucson leadership team and our members about why they are NAWBO members along with details of upcoming events. There is no cost for this event.

Monday, November 30, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MST...Via Zoom!

Meeting agenda includes:

  • Our Tucson leadership team and members will talk about why NAWBO
  • Learn about our exciting upcoming events
  • Hear from one of our NAWBO Tucson members in our Monthly Member Spotlight! 


Refuel this Fall with NAWBO's Virtual Programming!

Join us for our remaining virtual programming for 2020 to get fresh ideas and inspiration and feel connected to other like-minded women business owners. We have several remaining Lunch & Learns; a partner event for certified WBEs who do business internationally; a November installment of our eLearning Series; a special NAWBO Town Hall and interactive Community Connects calls for sharing best practices. We hope you’ll join us and tell your friends!

Tuesday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET
With Rebecca Fyffe of NAWBO Chicago (and NAWBO’s Woman Business Owner of the Year)
Click here to register.

Tuesday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. ET
How to Deal With Difficult People in Business and in Life!, With Suman Kapur of NAWBO Greater DC
Click here
to register.

Tuesday, November 24 - There will be no Lunch & Learn on this day—enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and know we are THANKFUL FOR YOU!

* Please note that NAWBO National’s virtual programming goes dark in December so we can plan and prepare for a new year of inspiring and educational content.






For questions about events, contact Tonia Chagnon at tchagnon@nawbo.org.
Event registration fees are non-refundable.


Lea Márquez Peterson, MBA, IOM

Marquez Peterson Group, President
NAWBO in Tucson President

Lea is president of Marquez Peterson Group, a public affairs firm specializing in business development and community relations in Arizona. Lea has been an entrepreneur in the Tucson community for many years and served as the President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber from 2009 until November of 2018. Lea was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities and business incorporation in the State. She is the first Latina to serve in a statewide role in the history of Arizona. 

Lea also ran for Congress in Arizona Congressional District 2 in 2018 and won a competitive primary race. Though the general election results were disappointing, she enjoyed meeting thousands of people in the region and tackling key issues impacting Arizona. Additionally, Lea previously served as executive director for Greater Tucson Leadership and owned and operated a business brokerage firm as well as a chain of six gasoline stations/convenience stores with 50 employees in the region.

Lea was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to ensure the state continues to flourish economically by driving business growth and promoting Arizona’s extraordinary assets. She was selected to serve on the Governor’s Transition Team and co-chaired the subcommittee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade. Lea has also been appointed to serve on the Arizona Judicial Council. She chairs the Board of Directors of Carondelet’s St. Mary’s Hospital and is former chair of the Pima Association of Governments Economic Vitality Committee. She also serves on the Boards of the University of Arizona Foundation and the Pima County Workforce Investment Board as well as on the national board for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, Lea served as chairwoman of the Southern Arizona Business Roundtable, past chair of the Southern Arizona Chamber of Commerce Alliance, founder and past chair of the Pima County Small Business Commission, chairwoman of the University of Arizona Hispanic Advisory Council and past president of the NAWBO-Tucson chapter.

The Obama Administration also appointed Lea to the National Women’s Business Council, where she served for three years. Lea has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades. In addition, she is a Flinn Brown Fellow and an Honorary Rotarian. She is married with two children.

Rhonda Peoples

International Leadership Mentoring, Owner
NAWBO in Tucson Membership Chair

Rhonda has 22 years of experience in the automotive industry, starting in sales. She was promoted into finance and became corporate finance director of a seven-franchise dealership. She attained different people skills, certificates and licenses and attended many sales, financial and customer-oriented classes. She created new departments and helped in the development of innovative ideas for customer experiences in the car-buying process.  

Rhonda owned and partnered with her husband in a club basketball team for over 20 years. Through the art of basketball, children learn life, love and business skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. Once they reach high school, the team travels throughout the country showcasing its athletes to college coaches for college scholarships. The placement into colleges has been 85 percent or higher over the last 20 years. Rhonda’s life goal is to establish The Peoples Sports and Leadership Academies all over the world to help women and children through basketball and mentoring.

Rhonda is the owner of International Leadership Mentoring, working and assisting women with their relationship with sales. She focuses on increasing the percentage of women making 6-7 figures in the workplace through training them to trust themselves and be their true authentic selves in both personal and business transactions.

She says her biggest success is her marriage to Darrell Peoples, including a blended family of four children, three dogs and a horse. She serves on the board of directors of The Haven, a residential recovery environment that supports treatment for women and encourages family involvement. She has a passion for life and her purpose is to serve, enlighten and empower people to see the greatness they have within themselves.

 Lisa A. Nutt, MBA, REALTOR®

Keller Williams Southern Arizona
NAWBO in Greater Tucson Programming & Events Chair

Lisa is a purpose-driven problem solver and bridge builder. She is a servant leader, educator and social entrepreneur. Lisa is a Southern Arizona native with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors with an emphasis on program/project development and implementation, government/community relations, intercultural communication, economic development, community/civic engagement and instruction.

 She has been invited to the White House on two occasions as a result of her projects—the first worked to better integrate international students into the campus and greater community through service and the second resulted in an Immigrant Leadership Program. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in Business/Management and an MBA in Global Management. She is a native Spanish speaker, conversant in two other languages, bicultural and grew up as the daughter of an immigrant in an inter-racial marriage in Douglas, Arizona. She has owned and operated three businesses and her work and personal interests have taken her through 15 countries and dozens of cities on four continents thus far. Lisa operates from a strengths-based, culturally responsive perspective and actively engages and recognizes the value of the people and places around her.

Wanda Baader

Owner of Strategize Your Success
NAWBO in Greater Tucson Community Outreach Chair

Wanda started her first online business in 2005 and is a speaker, trainer and owner of Strategize Your Success, an award-winning full-service online marketing agency. Wanda specializes in working with small businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits across the country.

Her business experience includes working for corporations including two Fortune 500 companies specializing in sales management, human resources and training. She has managed international teams and a staff of over 50 and was also an Operations Manager for a National Speakers Bureau. Wanda was vetted as a Local Authorized Expert by Constant Contact in 2016 and is a Certified Solutions Partner that educates businesses and organizations on email marketing and the Constant Contact platform.

Wanda has served as a leader on seven boards and as a strategic partner to several different organizations since 2005. She enjoys supporting organizations that give back to the community, support local families and animal needs. Wanda grew up on the East Coast and relocated to Tucson, AZ with her family in 1998. She has a B.A. in Psychology and is trained on a variety of marketing expertise. She and her husband Brian Baader have been married since 1994 and have a son.




The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:

  • STRENGTHENING the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • CREATING innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • BUILDING strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • TRANSFORMING public policy and influencing opinion makers



Women Business Owners
$239.40 annual fee plus $100.00 one-time initiation fee
Or monthly installments of $29.95 for 12 months 
(you save $120 by paying annually)
Members directly impact the current and future movement of the organization. They receive all communications and publications, are eligible for all discounts and benefits and are listed in the online member directory. To qualify, members must be women business owners with a minimum of 5% ownership of their company.


Men and Women in Business
$359.40 annual fee plus $100.00 one-time initiation fee
Supporting members include individuals or non-profit organizations that support NAWBO’s mission and wish to lend support through membership. To qualify, the member does not need to be a woman business owner.

If you have questions regarding joining NAWBO in Greater Tucson please contact Lori Lemmon, NAWBO Regional Membership Director at llemmon@nawbo.org






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