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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.

Mission

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 

Vision

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

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Victoria Stephenson  President
Allied Supply Services

Her vision for this year’s board is to expand our influence locally as the premier women’s business organization and advocacy partner for Women Business Owners (WBOs) throughout the Metroplex.

Victoria's mantra is, "Every time they said I couldn't, I said I can!" As a visionary leader who empowers diversity and inclusion for all women business owners, we cannot wait to see the wonderful ways in which Victoria rules this year!

Fun Fact - She thinks she can dance, but can't.

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Teresa Hockett  President Elect
Hockett Insurance

Meet our President-Elect, Teresa Hockett - CEO & Founder of The Hockett Insurance Group, an Elite Independent Agency, who delivers peace of mind so you can live your best life knowing that you are protecting what matters most.

Teresa says, “My vision as President-Elect is to be a vessel to ensure that all women business owners have access to the resources needed to grow their businesses to heights that totally exceed their most ambitious goals. I've learned to never chase the money, but to chase your passion, operate in your purpose and when you do, doors that you never imagined possible will open. I’ve found that when I take my hands off the wheel and allow God to drive, the view is simply amazing and literally blows my mind."

Fun Fact - She has driven a pink Candillac with Mary Kay.

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Jennifer Scott  Treasurer
HireEffect

Jennifer Scott founded HireEffect™ in 2007 and leads the team as CEO and Chief People Officer. Moving from corporate roles in Human Resources to becoming a self-employed solopreneur, to owning and running a growing multi-state consulting firm, Jennifer brings a unique view to small business leadership.

As Director of Technology and our chapter’s Treasurer, Jennifer hopes to leverage technology for the best user experience and stay in the black financially.

Fun Fact - She was a housewarming gift to her now husband.

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Suzette Patterson  Programs Director
STAR Performance Group, Inc. by Sandler Training

Meet our Programs Director, Suzette Patterson. She owns the STAR-Performance Group, Inc. powered by Sandler Training. She helps her clients reach success by changing behaviors, attitudes and techniques in the areas of sales, sales leadership and client success.

Her vision for this year is to engage the NAWBO DFW members and guests in a meaningful and impactful way. She wants to empower and equip women business owners with the tools, information and connections they need to reach success.

Fun Fact - She and her husband have a trike and go to biker bars.

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Niki Trentacosta  Membership Director
The Tanna Group

Niki’s 10+ years of experience in HR gives her great industry knowledge in employee benefits consulting. She has extensive experience in the small business word, and loves bringing bench strength to startups and leaders in the community. What’s her goal for this year? Niki hopes to spread the NAWBO experience to women leaders in an effort to unite leaders in a positive and effective way. Sharing her NAWBO and professional stories gives her the opportunity to grow with other business leaders.”

The Membership Director 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.

Fun Fact - She owns a small alpaca farm in Rockwall.

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Wendi McGowan-Ellis  Marketing Director
Wendistry

Wendi is an Executive Producer and Co-Host for Hire at Wendistry, LLC. If you’re not sure where, when, or how to start your podcast, Wendi is passionate about guiding her clients to say something significant… Something which motivates listeners to download, subscribe, and go on the journey with you.

As Marketing Director for NAWBO DFW Chapter, Wendi’s vision is to manage the brand, communicate the mission, and track and grow the chapter’s social media following, enewsletter subscriber list, and membership numbers to expand the reach and influence of this organization.

Fun Fact - She ran a local city council campaign "Angelia for Frisco" and won.

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Ticki Favaroth  Mentorship Director
HR & Co

Ticki Favaroth, is the senior partner and managing director at HR & Co. a full service human resources consulting firm. At HR & Co, we lead with humanity, authenticity, and honesty to create better global citizens. We strive to reinvigorate organizations to unleash the full potential and power of their people.

Mentorship is a key factor that enables women business owners to connect, empower, and further, their business and development prospects. As Director of Mentorship, our mentorship initiatives are designed to educate and support the growth of women-owned businesses thereby strengthening their impact upon the economy.

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Kelsey Shofner  Public Policy Director
Shofner Consulting

Kelsey is an attorney who is passionate about helping start up and growing businesses set themselves up for success with proactive legal counsel. She works as “outside in-house counsel” to help her small business clients set up enforceable contracts, employee policies, and intellectual property rights.

As Director of Advocacy and Public Policy Kelsey connects NAWBO businesses with government programs that help women owned businesses succeed and uses the power of the DFW business community to influence federal, state, and local policy decisions.

Fun Fact - She was in the Macy's Day parade in 2003.

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Jennifer Scott  Technology Director
HireEffect

Jennifer Scott founded HireEffect™ in 2007 and leads the team as CEO and Chief People Officer. Moving from corporate roles in Human Resources to becoming a self-employed solopreneur, to owning and running a growing multi-state consulting firm, Jennifer brings a unique view to small business leadership.

As Director of Technology and our chapter’s Treasurer, Jennifer hopes to leverage technology for the best user experience and stay in the black financially.

Fun Fact - She was a housewarming gift to her now husband.

Open Positions

  • Secretary (2 Year Term)
  • Chapter Development (Corporate Sponsorships)

Awards

NAWBO DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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 DFW 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

2016

  • 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

2015

  • 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.