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Member Spotlight

  • Mary Lawrence


    A conversation with Mary Lawrence of Richards Graphic Communications, Inc. about the magic of serendipity, her #1 must-attend event of the year (hint: it's Sept. 26!), and why marinating makes all the difference.



    Give us a thumbnail of your journey to serving as president for Richards Graphic Communications?

    My Becoming president was quite unexpected to me. Printing suffered a severe downturn with the advent of the internet. We needed a fresh approach, but we were confident that we had a solid company and that we could not only survive but regenerate once more into a vibrant organization. Today we focus on three main areas: 1) providing security for the data used in our client mailings; 2) following our clients' corporate brand standards; and 3) providing detailed procurement reports using client cost centers. To us, quality printing is just a given. I would encourage others to follow a similar path. Find out what is really driving your clients crazy - and fix that.

  • Meet Wendy Bensley Jaehn



    Meet Wendy Bensley Jaehn,

    NAWBO Chicago’s New Executive Director


    We are proud to announce Wendy Bensley Jaehn as NAWBO Chicago’s new executive director. The appointment marks NAWBO Chicago’s first full-time executive-level position and was inspired by the organization’s growing influence within the greater Chicago business community, which includes more than 300,000 women business owners.


    A native of Rochester, N.Y., Jaehn has lived in Chicago for the past 15 years. “I was impressed with the board members during the interview process,” commented Jaehn.

  • Florence Ann Romano


    A conversation with Florence Ann Romano of Original Six Media about the man who inspired her to chase down dreams, rugby at Soldier Field, and the pick-me-up movie of the century.

    What triggered your career path as a business owner, and are you excited about being part of NAWBO?

    My father ran a third generation family business - Romano Brothers Beverage Company - until he sold it in 2002. I grew up with the dedication, innovation and passion for his business at the forefront of my thoughts and our family. If it had not been for the company selling,

  • Game Changers


    A conversation with Lisa Dieter of Morgan Stanley about her unsung hero, green smoothies, and who she “nerds out” with every chance she gets

    LISA M. DIETER, CFP, Vice President, Wealth Management, Financial Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley
    NAWBO Chicago Member in: 2008-2009, returning in 2015

    What's your background story?

NAWBO - Chicago THRIVE: Facing the Future – Together

NAWBO Chicago Thrive Event

NAWBO Chicago's annual Thrive Conference is set for Monday, September 26th! This year's THRIVE Conference incorporates more keynote speakers who are all standouts in business. Managing growth, building culture, enhancing your digital footprint, increasing sales, and building relationships will be some of the many topics of discussion. People will feel empowered, energized and motivated to face the future - together. 

Speakers include:

  • Jan Fields, former president of McDonald's USA, LLC who has been named to Forbes' list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, The Wall Street Journal's 50 Women to Watch list and Crain's Chicago Business' list of 25 Women to Watch; and
  • Amanda Lannert, CEO of The Jellyvision Lab as well as the CEO of the Year at the Moxie Awards in 2014 and 2015, Woman in Tech in 2016 and 2016; 
  • Suzanne Muchin, co-founder and principal of Mind + Matter Studio, a communication and strategy firm and 2012 inductee to the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
  • Sima Dahl, well-known speaker, trainer and author.
  • Maria Katris, CEO of Built In and an intrapreneur and entrepreneur who has 16+ years' marketing, strategy and consulting experience.
  • Adela Cepeda, a finance specialist since 1980, Adela Cepeda, president of A.C. Advisory, Inc., manages the structuring and execution of transactions in the capital markets for corporations and municipalities and has consulted on over $130 billion of municipal borrowings.


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