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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.

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Meet Tolu Akindunni, the founder of The Innovation Tribe LLC and All Things Black & Beautiful. Tolu is a leading authority in driving innovation and guiding organizations through transformative digital transformations. With over 19 years of experience, she empowers businesses to challenge norms, navigate uncertainty, and achieve growth through coaching, facilitation, and strategic tools. As the Lead Strategist at The Innovation Tribe LLC, Tolu is a go-to resource for executive leaders seeking transformative change. She fosters an entrepreneurial mindset and collaborates with industry leaders to promote diversity and equity, particularly for black entrepreneurs. Tolu's global perspective and unwavering commitment make her a trusted advisor in driving innovation and fostering inclusive business environments.

Fun Fact - Tolu once performed on stage at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London!

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Kate Winsor  President-Elect
Cadence Studios

Kate Winsor is the President of Cadence Studios, a family business specializing in delivering memorable audience experiences through comprehensive audiovisual services. With a background in marketing and user experience, Kate's career journey began after graduating from the University of North Texas. In 2013, after almost 8 years in the corporate world, she founded her own successful user experience consulting firm, developing a passion for business operations. She joined Cadence Studios in 2017 to work alongside her brother in running the family business. Kate has implemented innovative processes and initiatives that have resulted in exponential growth for the company. 

Kate is a graduate of the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and continues to be an avid learner. Alongside her husband and son, she actively participates in Cub Scouts and Taekwondo. In her spare time, Kate enjoys reading, traveling, and tending to her garden, prioritizing outdoor pursuits whenever possible.

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Teresa Hockett  Past President
Hockett Insurance

Meet our Past President, 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 Past President 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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Haydee Clark  Treasurer
Resilient Freight Solutions

Haydee Clark is a distinguished professional serving as the Principal of Resilient Freight Solutions, a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) certified freight agency specializing in assisting businesses with their trucking and logistics operations. With an impressive background in Sales & Marketing spanning two decades, Haydee has honed her expertise and proven her mettle in various industries. 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Haydee embarked on a new chapter in her career by relocating to Texas in 2013, driven by her pursuit of enhanced professional opportunities. Her dedication to empowering women in business is evident through her active involvement in various organizations. Additionally, Haydee's dedication to diversity and professional networks is further evident through her involvement with other respected organizations at a State and National Level. 

Her MBA in Marketing highlights Haydee's educational background and further bolsters her comprehensive understanding of the industry. Beyond her professional achievements, Haydee cherishes spending quality time with her family, nurturing those closest to her. Furthermore, she engages in various hobbies, including Bonsai cultivation, fly-fishing, tennis, and the excitement of watching sports. 

Fun Fact - She used to drive a Harley Davidson as her second vehicle.

Deb Purvin  Mentorship Director
Business Owner's MBA (BOMBA)

Deb Purvin founded Business Owner’s MBA (BOMBA) to share her secrets to scaling a business AND having a life. Deb successfully grew two companies to $100 million, sold them, sailed around the world for 5 years, and now serves as faculty for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program as well as managing BOMBA. After a Dartmouth and Harvard education and many years in banking, Deb was shocked to discover how much she didn’t know about running her business… which led to costly mistakes. Looking back, she saw those mistakes could have been easily avoided. There’s just so much a business owner needs to know to be successful! BOMBA was designed to provide exactly the education Deb wished she’d had before becoming a business owner. The curriculum mirrors a traditional MBA but, with hands-on, immediately actionable tasks, learned through video lessons and worksheets, and discussed in a small peer group. Business owners immediately see quantifiable results. With a focus on financials, she helps business owners get unstuck and successfully scale their companies by increasing revenues, improving profitability, motivating employees, and creating enough free time to actually  

Latasha McNeil  Marketing & Technology Director
The Varnadoe Group
Introducing Latasha McNeil, a passionate and driven individual dedicated to helping businesses thrive and achieve their goals. With a diverse background in Real Estate Accounting and Business Consulting, Latasha brings a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge to the table. Throughout Latasha's career, she has successfully worked with a wide range of clients, from startups to established corporations, empowering them to overcome challenges and drive sustainable growth.
Known for her exceptional analytical skills and strategic mindset, Latasha has a proven track record of identifying growth opportunities, optimizing processes, and maximizing profitability. When Latasha isn't busy transforming businesses, she can be found working on The 1895 Project, a non-profit she co-founded which provides career readiness, financial literacy, and soft skills training to high school youth in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her passion for crafting and advocating for youth fuels her creativity.
Latasha is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a graduate of Alabama State University, and an avid HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) advocate.
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Tresa L. Chambers  Membership Director
Tenth Muse Enterprises, LLC
Tresa L. Chambers, M.S., B.A., is the founder and CEO of Tenth Muse Enterprises, LLC, a brand marketing consultancy for creative entrepreneurs. Tresa's 30+ years of experience executing strategies in global publishing, technology, and nonprofit companies is behind her vision to create a world where there are no more starving artists. Her experience as a brand strategist, innovator, community advocate, and inventor with global brands, startups, and entrepreneurs has equipped her to prepare her clients to access opportunities within the creative economy, building a bridge between strong brands and expanding revenue-generating opportunities.