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The theme for the 2016 National Women’s Business Conference (WBC) hosted by NAWBO is Leading the Way. Women business owners are a driving force in our nation’s economy. But more work remains to be done. When women do well, they lift others up with them. At the 2016 WBC, we will join together to discuss how women are leading the way and how to encourage more women to pursue leadership roles within their communities and our country.

*As of March 28, 2016. Agenda subject to change without notice

Sunday, September 18, 2016

NAWBO Annual Membership Meeting/Leadership Development Training

Presidents Breakfast Open for all 

9:00-11:00 a.m.  Annual Meeting/State of NAWBO featuring Breakfast and Public Policy
Panel of Past Presidents
11:30 a.m. Lunch Buffet 


Leadership Development Training:  

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m Best Practices (Chapter and Business)
1:00-2:45 p.m. Leadership General Session: Fear and Greed/Verbal Judo with Teresa Meares & Crystal Arredondo
3:00-4:00 p.m.

Presidents Meeting for Presidents/President Elects

4:00-4:45 p.m.


  • Servant leadership
  • Being a public policy leader
  • Getting on corporate boards
5:00-6:00 p.m.             Happy Hour
6:00-8:00 p.m.  Reception (Sponsored by Bank of America)


Monday, September 19, 2016

National Women’s Business Conference – Day 1

6:30 a.m.

Meditative Yoga
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00-9:00 a.m.           

First-Time Attendee Meet and Greet 

9:00-10:45 a.m.

General Session: Inspiration—Delivering Happiness
Keynote Speaker: Jenn Limm, CEO of Delivering Happiness (a company she  and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, at home and in everyday life)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Perfect Your Pitch (Access to Capital) Pitch Competition
  • International Panel
  • Leading with Impact and Influence with Amy Franko
    Each day, countless demands, opportunities and choices are placed before us. How often do you slow down to consider those decisions and your impact as a leader? Conversations about impact and legacy often come later in life, as we look back at what we’ve accomplished. Instead, let’s look forward and use the power of strategic-level thinking and the mindset of a leader to consciously design our path of impact and influence.
  • Negotiate Your Way to Success with Molly Fletcher        
12:45-2:45 p.m.

Lunch General Session: Public Policy—Pathways to Public Service
Keynote panel: Four women in different elective offices share what drove them to pursue a career in public service and what motivates them to stay engaged

3:00-4:00 p.m.


  • Speed networking
  • NAWBO social media (replaces Matchmaking)
  • One Page Business Plan
3:00-5:00 p.m. Networking in Exhibit Hall
5:30-6:30 p.m. Happy Hour 
6:30-8:30 p.m. Taste of Ohio Reception


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

National Women’s Business Conference – Day 2

8:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 
9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast by Invitation Only

9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Networking Bingo

10:00-11:00 a.m.    

Breakout Sessions:

  • Cyber Security with representatives from Travelers and Wells Fargo
  • Exit! 12 Steps to Sell Your Business for the Price You Deserve with Julie Gordon White
    Julie’s EXIT! talk takes entrepreneurs on a journey to discover the 12 critical steps and best practices to sell a business for the maximum value, resulting in a win-win experience for both the business owner and the future buyer. In EXIT!, Julie will share 12 comprehensive steps enabling attendees to: Uncover the four reasons why businesses don’t sell and what to do about it; discover the four best times to sell a business and how to capitalize on them; learn the step-by-step formula to value your own business; and understand the secrets to how to sell your business for the maximum market price!
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Creative Hiring Solutions from Gen Z to Baby Boomers with Sharon DeLay
    Unemployment is at historic lows. Hiring demands are trending high. The solid, dependable Baby Boomers are on their way out. Everybody seems to be afraid of the Millennials and Gen Z coming in. What is today’s employer supposed to do? Spend an hour exploring the truth…and the fiction…about today’s workforce and the state of hiring in 2016. Explore creative hiring strategies while learning about the things you should avoid.
  • How to Maximize Your NAWBO Membership with Lynda Bishop and Margaret Brown
  • Boost Your Business with Ana Martinez of Facebook
12:30-2:30 p.m.           Luncheon General Session
3:00-5:00 p.m. Networking in Exhibit Hall
5:00-7:30 p.m. Awards Gala 
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