Kathy Ireland, Katrina Markoff, and Karen Mills Headline NAWBO® 2012 Women's Business Conference

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Speaker Line-Up and Breakout Session Topics Announced

(Washington, DC, August 23, 2012) —The National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) is proud to announce its current line-up of keynote and general session speakers as well as breakout session topics for its Women’s Business Conference (WBC). The conference will be held October 4-5, 2012 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky.

The theme of this year’s WBC “START SOMETHING” celebrates the entrepreneurial, innovative and adventurous spirit of women business owners. Whether attendees are starting new products or services, their next phase of growth or another business venture, there is something for everyone with these keynote and general session speakers and breakout topics:


Keynote and general session speakers include Kathy Ireland, Chief Designer and CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide, whose business grosses more than $1.9 billion in sales; Katrina Markoff, Owner, Founder and Chocolatier of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, which has made Inc. magazine’s list of 500 Fastest Growing Companies; Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, who has served in President Obama’s Cabinet since January 2012 as a key member of the economic leadership team; Dr. Patricia Greene, Professor of Entrepreneurship of Babson College and National Academic Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative; Jim Horan, President and CEO of The One Page Business Plan and an experienced Fortune 500 executive, small business expert, advisor to non-profits and author/publisher; Terri McCullough, Executive Director of Tory Burch Foundation, who guides the strategy for this non-profit founded by designer Tory Burch to support women’s economic empowerment; and Nat Irvin II, Author, Innovator, Futurist, Teacher and Commentator from the University of Louisville, where he teaches change management, leadership and future studies.

View the complete speaker line-up at http://nawbo.org/content_16150.cfm.


Breakout session topics include work-life integration; build a strong personal brand; use social media to your advantage; create a powerful mentoring relationship; make public policy work for you; advance women’s entrepreneurship; benefit from a great company culture; take your business global; and work on your business, not in it.

View the complete conference agenda with events and topics at http://nawbo.org/content_15600.cfm.

NAWBO® is also proud to welcome our WBC corporate partners, including presenting sponsor UPS. These partners—who also include Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Sage, Southwest, American Express OPEN, Brown-Forman, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Facebook, American Airlines, Norton Women’s Care, Yum! Brands Foundation, Humana Government, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, PNC Bank and the University of Louisville—support conference events as well as provide valuable tools and resources to attendees in the WBC Exhibit Hall. Travelers Insurance is also developing a mobile app to be used throughout the conference by attendees.

For more information about the WBC and to register, please visit http://nawbo.org/section_231.cfm.

About NAWBO®
Founded in 1975, NAWBO® is the voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses. By representing the interests of women entrepreneurs across various industries from state capitals to our nation’s capital, NAWBO® strives to advocate on behalf of women business owners on matters of public policy as well as develop programs to navigate women entrepreneurs through the various stages of business growth and provide networking opportunities where members can share best practices. Learn more at nawbo.org.

Media Contact:
Christina Jorgensen
NAWBO® Media Relations
p: (818) 772-9555, ext. 103
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