Diane Tomb Responsible for Organization’s Strategic Direction and Vision for the Future
(Washington, D.C., November, 19, 2011) — The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO®) Board of Directors announced today that it has appointed Diane Tomb as its new President and CEO.
Tomb, who ran a strategic communications and public affairs company that she founded in 2003, will start today and will relocate the NAWBO® headquarters to Washington, DC.
“Our leadership committee considered many extraordinary candidates for this position during a nationwide search, but it became very clear to all that Diane was the right choice to continue our work on behalf of entrepreneurial women and to create a new vision for the future. Diane is a leader, with in-depth knowledge and experience and is highly results driven, but most importantly, she has an authentic passion for our mission, to make NAWBO the premier resource for women’s business issues,” says 2011-2012 NAWBO® National Board Chair Evelyn Strange. “NAWBO® is now poised for tremendous growth and we are eager to return our national office to Washington, DC and welcome Diane to lead this organization in the next steps of our evolution.”
The strategic organizational shift gives women business owners at all levels, including NAWBO®’s 7,000-plus members, a stronger seat at the table. It helps those businesses make a greater impact on economic growth and job creation. Additionally, it increases value to NAWBO®’s partners, as it allows the organization to deepen relationships for a greater impact on the women’s entrepreneurial community.
“NAWBO® is fortunate to have Diane at the helm,” said Mel Martinez, Chairman of JP Morgan Chase and former U.S. Senator. “She is a visionary and strong leader who knows how to build strategic alliances and understands how Washington works. Her expertise and knowledge of issues will ensure that NAWBO® will play an important role impacting public policy to support women business owners.”
Diane is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of creating well-targeted strategies that achieve business objectives. Most recently, Diane ran a successful public affairs and strategic communications firm since 2003. She also served in senior roles in the federal government, non-profit and private sectors. Diane serves on the board of Foundation SCA, an international development organization focused on women and girls. She sits on the advisory board of the Terwilliger Center for workforce housing at the Urban Land Institute and served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this world-class organization serving women business owners and the broader business community,” says Diane. “NAWBO® has a tremendous reputation in Washington, DC, the U.S. and around the world thanks to the passion and expertise of NAWBO®’s past and present leadership. I am confident we are now at the right place, at the right time to build on this reputation to create a greater impact and deliver more value to our stakeholders over time.”
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. Learn more at www.nawbo.org.
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