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About NAWBO Dallas/Ft. Worth

About NAWBO Dallas/Ft. Worth

Started in 1985 by a group of energetic, visionary women who believed in the collective strength of women business owners. Our chapter is a professional organization dedicated to propelling the success of the 200,000 women entrepreneurs in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We are comprised of over 50 women-owned businesses with revenues averaging over $250,000 annually and representing a wide variety of business segments and sizes. These are the types of businesses driving our economy’s growth. The Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter is comprised of dynamic, dedicated women leaders who believe in developing strong alliances to serve women business owners across the Metroplex. Our focus is on servant leadership, public policy advocacy, and developing strategic programming to support the growth of complex businesses.


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
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers 


Propel the women business owners in Dallas/Ft. Worth to their next level of success.


Leslie Hassler   PRESIDENT

CEO, Your Biz Rules

Leslie is the the President of our chapter, and assists the Board in developing strong programs, unifying member relationships, and creating outreach programs to showcase the benefits of NAWBO DFW.


Tarsha Polk   Past pRESIDENT

The Marketing Lady™

Tarsha is the Past President of our chapter, supporting the current Board.

Tammy Lamont SECRETARY-Treasurer

InControl Business Svcs


Tammy is the treasurer for the chapter, overseeing budgeting and other financial reporting.


The chapter’s Secretary is responsible for keeping all official meeting minutes, distributing them to the Board, and ensuring board meetings are run in an official manner.



Treta Sellers  DIRECTOR OF ProGrams

Personal Economics Group


The Director of Programs develops meeting programs and coordinates speakers relevant to the chapter’s needs. She also plans and executes chapter socials and the Annual Gala.


Elizabeth Whitteberry DIRECTOR OF membership

Best Path Advisors 

Director of Membership is responsible for all things membership for the chapter. In her role, she provides outreach to existing members, helping them become more involved, as well as answering questions regarding membership. She on-boards new members via orientations, as well as leads recruiting efforts.

Janie Stubblefield


Founder Mobile Counseling of Dallas

The Director of Public Policy educates chapter members on public policy issues, helps members explore business opportunities with governments and corporations, links members to certification resources, and represents the chapter with elected and government officials on issues affecting women business owners.


Sandi Leyva   DIRECTOR OF Marketing

Accountant’s Accelerator

The Director of Marketing plans and executes marketing activities for the chapter relating to event promotion and membership campaigns.

Brenda Meyers  DIRECTOR OF business development

Sterling Tea 

The Director of Business Development creates and manages strategic partnerships with corporate, affinity, affiliate and media sponsors.

 Dr. Cortney Baker DIRECTOR OF mentorship

Dr. Cortney Baker

 The Director of Mentorship manages all aspects of the chapter's mentorship program.


NAWBO D/FW honors selected women business owners, supporters and organizations annually, at our end of year holiday event. The following awards may be presented:

Chapter Leader Award

NAWBO D/FW recognizes an outstanding leader within our chapter. This individual must exemplify the following criteria:

  • A leader with a servant spirit
  • A leader who you feel believes in the NAWBO mission and vision
  • A leader willing to get things done at a personal cost and finds a way for the team to win, no matter what
  • A leader who motivates and inspires others to perform at their best
  • A leader who treasures feedback, and exemplifies humility and integrity
  • A leader who shares responsibility, delegates authority, provides information and gives credit appropriately
  • A leader who communicates fairly, straightforwardly, and transparently

Outstanding Partner of the Year

Any organization or company who is a current supporting member of NAWBO, and has worked with NAWBO D/FW to help us achieve our goals. The partner believes in the mission/vision of NAWBO, and provides women in business with the tools, resources, and support necessary to build and sustain a thriving business.

Outstanding Nonprofit Achievement Award

NAWBO D/FW recognizes the outstanding achievement in a nonprofit who has significantly impacted the lives of women, girls or women business owners.

Hall of Fame Honoree

NAWBO D/FW recognizes members who also served on the national board or as national chair.

2017 Winners

Outstanding Nonprofit: IGNITE Texas

Leadership Award: Leslie Hassler, Your Biz Rules (TM)

Partner of the Year: Melanie Carron and Desiree Early, Bank of America

Past Award Winners


Outstanding Nonprofit: Texas Women's University's HUB for Women in Business

Leadership Award: Fran Lively, Via Real

Leadership Award: Stacie Grudecki, Bank of Americal

Hall of Fame Award: Crystal Arredondo, MPact Financial Group



Outstanding Nonprofit: Parents Step Ahead

Leadership Award: Christina Winters Gears, Celebrating Diversity TV

Leadership Award: Crystal Arredondo, MPact Financial Group

Leadership Award: Tarsha Polk, The Marketing Lady, LLC

Hall of Fame Award: Darla Beggs


Other honorees

We also recognize individuals who have been members for 5 years or more.