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 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.
Joan Maze, Life in Seven
Immediate Past President
Felena Hanson, Hera Hub
Pamela Wylie, Clubhouse Consulting
Kelly O'Hara, UPLIFT Accounting
Shawn Stout-Jough, Strategic HR Advisory
Membership Retention Director
Nikkie Achartz, Snap Savvy Strategies
Nichole MacDonald, Sash
Jill Roughan, Sciencia Consulting
Samara Hakim, JD, CulturGrit
Helna Correll, San Diego Site Pros, Inc.
Our chapter is building a committee for Marketing, Programs, Advocacy and Sponsorship. Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 BRAVA Awards
NAWBO celebrated the achievements of female entrepreneurs at its LIVE broadcast award show on Thursday, October 28. Congratulations go out to our six BRAVA Award winners:
Woman Business Owner of the Year Award
Angel Mason Broadus, Puzzle Pieces Marketing
Women's Advocate of the Year Award
Samara Hakim, CulturGrit
Rema Abedkader, Aparellel
Rising Star Award
Mehran Sorourian, Khoshhaulam
Kelly O'Hara, Uplift Accounting
Corporate Leader Award
Michelle Vargas, Illumina
Special thanks to those who made the 2021 BRAVA Awards possible!