About - San Diego | NAWBO

Chapter About

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.

NAWBO is a non-profit organization of more than 5,000 members that represents women business owners across all industries. NAWBO San Diego is one of about 60 chapters across the U.S.

NAWBO History

NAWBO traces its origin to a small group of Washington, DC businesswomen who began meeting informally in 1974 to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information and develop business skills. Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on July 5, 1975. Two years later, they began recruiting members from across the country; in 1978, the first chapters were formed. The San Diego chapter has been in existence since 1991.

NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:

  • Strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of 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

Decisions about NAWBO San Diego operations are made by our volunteer Board of Directors, which meets monthly. The NAWBO year runs from July to June; members are invited to apply for Board positions in April of each year. 

Nichole MacDonald, Sash

Immediate Past President
Felena Hanson, Hera Hub

President Elect
Cheryl Inokon, Cadence Cash

Rema Abedkader, Aparellel - Rebranding to REMA

Kelly O'Hara, UPLIFT Accounting

Membership & Retention Director
Shawn Stout-Jough, Strategic HR Advisory

Corporate Liaison
Open Role

Advocacy Director
Janedra Sykes, Arboreta Group 

Program Director
Jamie Jo Johnson, Benefit Pro Insurance Services

Marketing Director
De'Anna Nunez, VitalMind Inc.

DEIB Director
Samara Hakim, JD, CulturGrit

Director At Large
Nikkie Achartz, Snap Savvy Strategies

Chapter Administrator
Helna Correll, San Diego Site Pros, Inc.

Our chapter is building a committee for Marketing, Programs, Advocacy and Sponsorship. Interested? Please email president@nawbosandiego.org.