Hello NAWBO Chicago,
The NAWBO year is up. With our theme of confidence drawing to a close, I've discovered something rather surprising: Confidence grows with a person. You don't leave it behind like your favorite pair of leather gloves or launch it like an app.
Instead, that fearless drive we've focused on all year lives inside of us. Here's how I know.
It's easy to exude confidence when we start something - a business, a new career or, in my case, the NAWBO presidency. But then the unexpected wanders in and shakes confidence by the shoulders. Suddenly, the more you learn, it seems like the less you know. And that's when you have a choice: do you go forward or do you hesitate?
More than a few times this past year I've drawn a deep breath and said to myself: I am being challenged right now personally and professionally. Coming face-to-face with a challenge gives a person the freedom to shed fear and insecurity because you then focus on pursuing a greater purpose. In these times, I held onto confidence with white knuckles.
Confidence commands a share of the credit for the leader I've become and the many milestones we all worked so hard to achieve. It's the right moment to look at what we did together:
- New online member forum
- Formation of a junior board
- New executive-level membership with peer-to-peer meetings led by a facilitator
- A regional membership programming plan in Chicago and surrounding suburbs
- Hiring of our first ever full-time executive director
- Successful second year of YEA!, our Young Entrepreneurs Academy
- A record year of new memberships
Ladies of Chicago's top businesses, after looking at this list, can you believe we are all volunteers? We are creating serious change! Our very roots champion change. Remember when H.R. 5050 passed so women didn't require a male cosigner on a business loan? That was NAWBO. As we approach our thirty-ninth year in Chicago, we do it with a great sense of accomplishment - and confidence - to go even further.
I'll close with a fond recollection of something my father would say: If we don't make/do/donate (fill in the blank with your action word here), who will? This year has been one of great action. Every one of those milestones has been with the singular purpose to propel our members and supporters onward and upward! Thank you to the talented and dedicated board of directors for making this year a game changer for NAWBO Chicago.
Being part of NAWBO gives us a chance to accrue confidence through unity and make a difference for others with a broader brush. We're more invincible as a group. We are better together.
Thank you for believing in our mission. Thank you for your time and heart devoted to NAWBO. And a special thank you for the opportunity you gave me to serve as your president this past year
President, NAWBO Chicago
Founding Partner, Advítam IP, LLC
Sophia Leaguedi, President of Ameroc Export, Inc. in Glenview was chosen as SBA Illinois 2016 Exporter of the Year. The award is given based on growth in sales or unit volume, financial strength, increase in the number of employees, product and service innovation, and community support.
2016 GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN
Building an Inclusive Economy in the Digital Age.
June 8-11, 2016
NAWBO CHAPTER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
Being at the top does not have to be a lonely place. The NAWBO Leadership Development Training Series brings driven, influential women together from our 60 chapters to sharpen skills and renew focus.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
NAWBO ADVOCACY DAY
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
NAWBO INSTALLATION RECEPTION 2016-2017
oin us to network and connect with business leaders and learn more about upcoming NAWBO events and networking opportunities.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
NAWBO LINCOLN PARK BXG MEETING
Panera, 2070 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. Meetings are always the fourth Tuesday of every month. RSVP to Helen Bloch at (312) 281-9931 or
June 28, 2016
8:15 am - 10: 00 am
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Spring Forward Financial, LLC
Elizabeth Grad Christofylakis,
DisposAll Waste Services, LLC
Jennifer J Conley,
Duggan Bertsch, LLC
Tamara K Fay,
TKFay Consulting, LLC
Tiny Lounge, Inc.
S & M PLOW CORP.
Megan Kristina Harrison,
Megan Harrison, LLC
Debora Denise Hogan,
Spotless Dog Wash
Masters of Business Academy
Cued Forward, LLC
Diane M Keate,
Tire Services Company
Rena Henderson Mason,
Petrovic Law Offices, PC
Page 2 Communications
M2057 by Maria Pinto
Quintarios, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
Gabriela Rodil, LLC
Kris Sargent, The Gutsy Gal
Mary Tomanek, Graystone Consulting
Tobbie Walter, Morgan Stanley
Virgina Weiskopf, Weiskopf Consulting
Cynthia Williams, Ideation Zone
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