May  2019
In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Bank of America CP


Bakersfield honored at Propel 
During the Propel Conference, NABWO-Bakersfield received an award for their membership growth. CONGRATS!! 
Academy Discount
Join the Growth Accelerator at Beyond Barriers Academy and master the secrets to growing your business, your confidence and your net worth.  Beyond Barriers Academy founder and CEO is NAWBO-LA member Nikki Barua. As  a gift to fellow NAWBO members, for a limited time only,  Beyond Barriers Academy is offering promo pricing for just $995 for NAWBO members for the 3-month program starting June 5, 2019.  To be considered for the promotional pricing, please email .
Chapter Events
Orange County: Luxury yacht mixer on June 4.
Sacramento:  Lunch and Learn: work life balance on June 5
Santa Barbara: Endless Summer Mixer on June 26
Ventura County:  Reset Your Goals... Reset Your Future on June 11.
WBENC National Conference/Fair
A signature event from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the National Conference and Business Fair features innovative educational programming, inspiring keynotes, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, and networking opportunities. Expect a high energy affair with thousands of women entrepreneurs and corporate executives ready to make connections and do business!
June 25-27, 2019
Baltimore, MD
President's Message
Bright minds grow brighter when gathered together! Coming off of our 3-day Propel Conference in Sacramento I'm reminded of the brilliance and bravery of the community called NAWBO.

Members from 11 NAWBO Chapter across the state, guests, sponsors, WBEC-Pacific leader Janice Green, WIIP leader Candace Waterman and more assembled at The Citizen! The 160+ attendees were truly there to Own It!  It was a joy to be in their midst! 

Bank of America treated us to a fantastic awards reception where San Diego's Nan McKay took home the Woman Business Owner of the Year award. I observed relationships being built, businesses being grown and enough encouragement splashed around to fill an ocean. The finale walk to the Capitol and meetings with our State Representatives is always a meaningful highlight.

I want to personally thank our sponsors Bank of America, Sempra, Google, Union Bank, DGS, Comcast, Metropolitan Water District, PG&E, Morgan Stanley, CA American Water, Proxfinity and Communication Works for ensuring this valuable event grows every year!
And special thanks to Hilary Lentini and her dynamic Propel Committee and Summer Sepulveda from Plan the World. Your dedication and vision are an inspiration for all of us to Choose to Own It!

Keep on Growing!

Mindy Bortness
President, NAWBO CA
Woman Business Owner of the Year
NAWBO California named our 2019 Woman Business Owner of the Year during the Propel conference. Please join us in congratulating:  Nan McKay, founder and CEO of Nan McKay & Associates, Inc.
In 1980, Nan founded Nan McKay and Associates to strengthen neighborhoods. She began in the basement of her home with $10,000 from her retirement fund, employing one full-time clerical person and several women friends as her contract trainers. Her goal was to assist housing authorities in operating their housing programs in compliance with HUD regulations. Today, Nan has a 600-person team and annual revenues of $60 million with offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
The San Diego-based, WBENC-certified company is recognized as one of the most effective, strategic, and compliance-focused organizations serving communities nationwide. Their expertise includes everything from program administration and inspections to community development strategies. Nan is one of just three women business owners in this industry.
Members in the News
NAWBO-SV Chapter announces that Randi Ross ,  co-founder of Lucross Holdings, and Elvie Teodoro,
President and CEO of South County Homes Inc. and Owner of the Evergreen Studio of Music and the Arts, were each named  Woman of Influence by the 
Silicon V alley Business Journal earlier this month.

Randi Ross                                               Elvie Teodoro
Chapter Highlight: Ventura County
On a beautiful Spring day in mid-April, NAWBO-CA Ventura County honored nine outstanding women in business and leadership at its 20th Annual BRAVO Awards luncheon. With Camarillo's picturesque Serra Center serving as the backdrop, honorees were awarded for their achievements in industries that include solar energy storage, cybersecurity, health and fitness, retail, law, construction, and the nonprofit sectors.

Pictured here: Ventura  Woman Business Owner of the Year - Catherine Von Burg, SimpliPhi Power. 

Pictured above: 2019 BRAVO honorees