March-April 2022: Virtual Programming Connects and Supports You

Mar 16, 2022 | Uncategorized

Tap into these upcoming no-cost programs to connect, learn and grow!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) Events

DEI&B Circles

Returning on Thursday, February 24 at 3 p.m. PT/5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. ET

Honest dialogue is the start of any healing process. Join NAWBO and the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC) of WNY, Inc. for a monthly CANDID CONVERSATIONS virtual series of DEI&B Circle events—featuring facilitated dialogue designed to empower, encourage and support you in your diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging journey.


March 24, 2022
April 28, 2022
May 26, 2022



Every other Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT/11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET
Presented By NAWBO Premier Members Nationwide

Learn best practices and tools to help you in your business as well as focus on ways to promote self-care. During each event, we will have the opportunity to use our virtual lounge to connect with one another before the event starts and meet and greet with our speaker for the last 15 minutes of the hour we spend together. Join us to learn, connect and be inspired!

Next up:

Tuesday, March 29

Setting Goals and Staying Focused

Presented By Gina Studer


Attain goal setting and time management strategies to help you grow your business and to hold you accountable to achieve these goals.

Gina’s mission is to empower people to make positive change in their professional lives. Through career coaching, she works with career changers, career advancers and those in transition providing clarity, uncovering roadblocks and enabling forward motion. Having experienced many transitions herself, Gina knows what it feels like to be in her clients’ shoes. With a background in sales and marketing, she equips clients with strategic tools providing them with confidence.

Tuesday, April 12

We’ve All Been Burned! How Do You Move Forward?

Presented by Gayle Petrillo


Even when you think you are alone, you need to know you are not, find your super powers and everyone has a “story”—share yours to heal and help others heal.

In 2017, Gayle launched First Impressions, an image consulting firm. As a career coach, she enhances her clients’ first impressions through standout resumes, conducting mock interviews, presentation skills, networking strategies and business etiquette. As a burn survivor, Gayle shares her story of being fearful of everyone and everything to becoming fearless in her book, The Accident. She donates time to a variety of non-profit charities and local chambers of commerce.

Tuesday, April 26

Small Business Grants—What You Need to Know to Apply

Presented by Arlene Siller


Learn myths and realities of small business grants, where and how to find grants and application tips to increase your chances of being successful.

A grant writing, fundraising expert, Arlene started her grant writing career over 27 years ago. Eight years ago, she transitioned her expertise and ability into the nonprofit sector, where she raised over $35 million in four years for a multi-state organization and found her calling to serve nonprofits. She is founder and CEO of Ascend Nonprofit & Business Solutions (NBS), LLC—one of the most sought-after grant writing firms.

Tuesday, May 10

Financials Story-Telling

Presented by Carolina Aponte


Discover what an entrepreneur needs to know about financial statements, which financial statements you should use, what is your financial history and what lenders/investors are looking for.

Carolina is the founder of CAJA Holdings, LLC, an outsource accounting provider in North Carolina. She is the author of Pave Your Own Way: Thirteen Skills To Create Your Professional Success. Carolina is the recipient of the Latin American Businesswoman 2012 Award in Charlotte, 2017 NAWBO Charlotte Rising Star Award and 2021 NAWBO Charlotte Woman Business Owner of the Year.

Tuesday, May 24

The Key to Vitality, Clear Thinking and Positive Moods

Presented by Dr. Leslie Kasanoff


It’s a myth that you have little control over your health. Learn that healthy people aren’t just lucky, and the steps you can take to begin to restore your clarity of thought and your overall vitality. 

Dr. Leslie has spent her life in healthcare, including 25 years as a holistic chiropractor on the Central Coast of California and 10 years before that as a medical laboratory scientist. Over the past couple of years, Dr. Leslie has been combining her science knowledge and her holistic and nutrition expertise in health coaching.

Tuesday, June 14

The Changing Workplace; How to Drive Engagement

Presented by Dana Vogelmeier 


Gain a complete assessment of your current workplace, current variables that are great and you want to keep; what you need to change and an expectation of the type of workplace you are trying to create.

Dana launched Vogelmeier Consulting in 2018 after working over 30 years for a Fortune 50 company. During her tenure, she worked for more than 25 years leading diverse teams and working for different types of leaders with their own unique styles. She began examining the teams she led and the leaders she worked with to determine the differences. Some were great, energizing, engaging, magical teams. She wants everyone to work for a company that they can’t imagine leaving and to feel engaged and fulfilled at the end of the day.



Every other Wednesday at 2 p.m. PT/4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET

Next up:

Wednesday, March 30
Wednesday, April 13
Wednesday, April 27
Wednesday, May 11
Wednesday, May 25
Wednesday, June 15

Join us on Zoom to meet other women business owners across the nation! We’ll connect, share best practices and support one another in an interactive format. This is a safe space to share since the calls are not recorded. Please introduce yourself as you participate. We welcome non-member guests to attend up to two times and then ask that you decide if NAWBO is the right community for you. We will have a 10-minute huddle after each Community Connects to answer any questions you may have about NAWBO membership.




International Event

HERstory in the Making

Wednesday, March 30 at 8 a.m.-11 a.m. PT/10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT/11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET.

Join us for the second consecutive year for this free, virtual international summit for women powering big dreams. It features a panel of global women leaders discussing the innovative, sustainable concept of a circular economy. It will also have roundtable discussions for a deeper dive on the concept; breakout session on importing products and services into the U.S.; breakout session on exporting products and services out of the U.S. and speed networking. This event is for all international women wanting to do business with the U.S. or overseas in other countries.



Partner Events


Catapult Speaker Series

A Fireside Chat with Brian Scudamore, CEO of O2E Brands and Founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK

Thursday, March 24 at 12-2 p.m. PT/2-4 p.m. CT/3-5 p.m. ET

You’re busy leading a team, managing your business and keeping an eye on the future. That’s why Cultivate Advisors has created the Catapult Speaker Series. This free virtual event is geared toward giving you the inspiration and tactical skill development to help you hit your goals this year. 




Women’s Business Summit

Tuesday, March 29 at 8:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. CT/11:30 a.m. ET-Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. PT/4 p.m. CT/5 p.m. ET

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center are hosting a free virtual summit that includes power-packed panels, inspirational fireside chats and “Ask an Expert” workshops to help you build, scale and grow your business. 



Membership Events

Member Orientation

For all members

Get to know the benefits of belonging, including events, programming and opportunities to increase your company’s visibility. This webinar provides best practices for how to get the most out of your NAWBO membership!

Thursday, March 31 at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

Register in advance for this meeting here.


Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

Register in advance for this meeting here.



WHY NAWBO? Webinar

For potential members as well as chapter leaders (it’s a great tool for recruitment)

Learn why NAWBO is the “go-to” premier women’s organization for thousands of women business owners across the U.S.

Tuesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

Register in advance for this meeting here.


Tuesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

Register in advance for this meeting here.


Tuesday, Apri1 19 at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

Register in advance for this meeting here.



The NAWBO Institute

Access additional education and webinar recordings on the Institute! Get a complete walkthrough of its offerings from Stephanie Guerre, NAWBO’s Cultivate Advisors relationship manager.



Please note that NAWBO members will be asked to log in and then create a profile. Non-members must join or subscribe and then create a profile.

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