National Women's Business Conference - 2022 | NAWBO
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POWER YOUR DREAM

Every entrepreneurial journey starts with a dream, and it’s time to rediscover and reconnect with the joy, passion and more you felt when you first started your business. Are you living the life you imagined? Or is it time to reimagine? Are you feeling focused and driven? Or do you need the space to breathe and refocus? Are you ready to take that next step and grow? Or do you need your community to surround and lift you up? It’s all here waiting for you this year, no matter your dream.

 

Registration Fees
  • All Inclusive Conference Registration
    (Includes Annual Membership Meeting and Bank of America Leadership Reception on Oct. 9 and conference on Oct. 10-11). An event registration cancelation fee of $50 is in effect until 9/30/22. After that time, all event registration fees are non-refundable.

    member

    $575

    non-member

    $650

     

  • Full Conference Registration
    (Includes both conference days, Oct. 10-11 only)

    member

    $500

    non-member

    $575

     

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The Galt House 

140 N. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: +1 502 589 5200
Room Rate: $179.00/night + tax
Room block ends on September 15, 2022 or when room block is full.

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Join hundreds of women entrepreneurs as we come together to capitalize on this incredible moment in time.

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October 08, 2022
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    Come Early—There Are So Many Ways to Play in Louisville!


    The city of Louisville has so much to offer, especially when it comes to beautiful farms, horses, tasty food and drinks (after all, they are famous for their bourbon!) and golf. Come early and stay late to take advantage of these exciting opportunities to stay and play in one of our nation’s great cities. The tours below are provided through Mint Julep Experiences.

     

    NAWBO SOUTHERN SUPPER SERIES – 4 hours

    NAWBO OLD FASHIONED MIXOLOGY & CANDLE POURING EXPERIENCE – 4 hours

    NAWBO HERMITAGE FARM TOUR & TASTING – 5 hours

    NAWBO BOURBON & LUNCH – 5 hours

     

    Links include a description and price of each tour along with payment by credit card. All tours require a minimum of 25 guests to be confirmed. As soon as the capacity minimum is confirmed, each guest will be charged for their experience. An additional guest after the maximum of 50 guests will be placed on a waitlist.  So, book your amazing Kentucky experiences right away!

October 09, 2022
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  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET

    Annual Membership Meeting Breakfast – Sponsored by Wells Fargo

     

    Breakfast & Celebratory Toast to Excellence

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. ET

    National Committee Updates

    • Membership, National Events, Governance, Finance, Technology
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. ET

    Creating Leaders for a World of Change

    • NAWBO Leadership Culture
    • Chapter of Excellence Program
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET

    Chapter Awards Ceremony – Presented by Wells Fargo

     

    Hosted by: Val Jones, Senior Vice President & Strategy Consultant, Diverse Small Business Customer Segments, Wells Fargo

  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

    Break and Get Lunch

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

    Curiosity to Clarity: Disrupting our Patterns into Perceptions that Heal and Empower

     

    Speaker:  Cari Kenzie, Quantum Healer, Coach, Speaker and Intuitive Consultant

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

    Planning for Business Growth and Success in 2023 – Sponsored by Cultivate Advisors 

     

    Speaker:  Autumn Joyce, Partner & Cohort Leader, Cultivate Advisors

  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

    Experience Louisville

    • Explore the nearby museums!
    • Meet local WBOs!
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

    VIP First time Attendee & New Member Meet and Greet - Sponsored by UPS

    New to NAWBO or WBC?  Take the time to introduce yourself and meet other NAWBO members. Plus find out how to get the most out of your NAWBO membership! 

     

    Hosted by:  Debra Wilson, Director of Marketing, Diverse Customer Segment, UPS

  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

    Let’s Practice – Activities for Building a Culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

     

    Speaker:  Dr. Jamyce Curtis Banks, CEO, Whatever It Takes Consulting, Inc.

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

    Leadership Reception – Hosted by Bank of America at Muhammad Ali Center

     

    For attendees of Membership Meeting

     

    Remarks by:  Jill Calebrese Bain, Managing Director for the Small Business, Specialty Banking & Lending Division, Bank of America

October 10, 2022
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  • 6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. ET

    Morning Pre-conference Walk

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

    Breakfast & Networking

     

    What You Didn’t Learn in School: How to Network Like a Pro

     

    Facilitators:  Jessica Mazzeo & Emily Griesing, Bossible

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. ET

    Exhibit Hall Open

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

    Continuing Legal Education Session – Sponsored by Frost Todd Brown

     

    The Future of the Workplace after the Pandemic

     

    Speakers:

    Carena Lemons, The Lemons Law Firm, PLLC

    Christina Reger, Law Offices of Christina Reger, LLC

    Katie Biggs Wright, Frost Todd Brown

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. ET

    Morning General Session – Sponsored by Bank of America

     

    Keynote:  Molly Bloom, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Author

  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

    BREAK

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

    Lunch

  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET

    Exhibit Hall Open

  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    Track 1:  Your Business Culture 

    Track 2:  Strategizing for Success

    Track 3:  Your Digital Future 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    Track 1:  Your Business Culture 

    Track 2:  Strategizing for Success

    Track 3:  Your Digital Future 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    General Session:  Spirited Dialogue: Women Shaking Up a Centuries-Old Industry

     

    Speakers:

    Amy Walberg, PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer

    Brittany Penny, 2 Cents Inc.

    Jesika Young, New Vibes Wine

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

    Opening Reception at the Derby Museum

     

    Welcome to Louisville!

     

    Remarks:  Tori Murden McClure, President, Spalding University

October 11, 2022
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  • 6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. ET

    Morning Mindfulness Session

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ET

    Breakfast and Speaker – Sponsored by UPS

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET

    Exhibit Hall Open

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET

    Morning Workshops

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

    Speed Networking

  • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

    Exhibit Hall Open

  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

    Lunch General Session – Sponsored by Bank of America

     

    Keynote:  Magie Cook, Speaker & Author

  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    Track 1:  Your Business Culture 

    Track 2:  Strategizing for Success

    Track 3:  Your Digital Future 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

    Afternoon Breakout Sessions

    Track 1:  Your Business Culture 

    Track 2:  Strategizing for Success

    Track 3:  Your Digital Future 
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

    Get ready for the Gala!

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET

    Awards Reception

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

    NAWBO Annual National Awards Gala – Sponsored and Presented by Bank of America

     

    • Woman Business Owner of the Year Panel
    • Advocacy Award, Member of the Year Award, Rising Star Award
    • Susan Hagar Legacy Award
    • Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award
October 12, 2022
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    Stay Late —There Are So Many Ways to Play in Louisville!

     

    Nine, Wine & Dine, NAWBO’s 9 Hole Golf Outing – Sponsored by UPS

    Join us after the conference for a golf outing!  Put together a foursome or just sign up to play and we will put you with other attendees so you can get out on the golf course and have some fun before you head home!  Transportation to and from the golf course will be provided. A shotgun start will take place at 9:00 am. Registration includes a continental breakfast and post-event luncheon.

     

    Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Club

    12510 Covered Bridge Road

    Sellersburg, IN  47172

     

    Or stay and take a tour before you leave Louisville!

    Tours provided by Mint Julep Tours. Links below include description and price of each tour along with payment by credit card. All tours require a minimum of 25 guests to be confirmed. As soon as the capacity minimum is confirmed, each guest will be charged for their experience. An additional guest after the maximum of 50 guests will be placed on a waitlist.  So, book your amazing Kentucky experiences right away!

     

    NAWBO OLD FASHIONED MIXOLOGY & CANDLE POURING EXPERIENCE – 4 hours

     

    NAWBO HERMITAGE FARM TOUR & TASTING – 5 hours

     

Featured Keynote

Molly Bloom

Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author

Molly is an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and bestselling author of the memoir Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film of the same name by Aaron Sorkin. Molly’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to Los Angeles waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod and Ben Affleck. Molly was also a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects. This led her to what she thought would be a year sabbatical in Los Angeles where her story truly began. 

Magie Cook

CEO, Speaker and Author

Magie, whose birth name is Magdalena De La Cruz, is a Latino businesswoman who was born in an orphanage in Mexico. She missed her opportunity to play basketball for the Mexican National Team because she broke her collarbone. Shortly after, she immigrated to the U.S. on a basketball scholarship at the University of Charleston. After graduating, she became homeless and lived on the streets. In 2004, however, she entered a fresh salsa competition for the State of West Virginia and won. Magie started Maggie’s All-Natural Fresh Salsas and Dips with just $800 and grew it into a multi-million-dollar company within four years, distributing products across 38 states to major supermarkets such as Walmart, Sam’s Club and Whole Foods. In 2015, Campbell’s purchased the company and Magie returned to Mexico to rescue 31 orphaned children from a drug cartel. She launched a movement to solve the generational problem of human trafficking. In 2019, Magie began working on making a feature film about her story.

Vera Jones

Motivational Speaker, Communication Coach and Author

Vera is a motivational speaker, communication coach and author as well as a 30-year broadcast veteran and former ESPN and Big Ten Network basketball analyst. She offers leadership, communication, resilience, diversity and inclusion and conflict resolution coaching and consulting. She also recently founded Perseverance Speakers Academy to help people confidently realize their professional speaking purpose. Vera holds a master’s degree in Television and Radio from Syracuse University, where she is a Hall of Fame athlete. She is also MTI certified in conflict dynamics and workplace conflict resolution. 

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Kathleen “Katie” Biggs Wright

Attorney, Frost Todd Brown

Katie is a member in the labor department of Frost Brown Todd. She combines the experience of in-house employment law counsel and private practice to assist employers in avoiding and defending labor and employment law claims. Katie concentrates her practice on labor and employment law issues, including employment litigation, labor and employment law arbitrations, conducting investigations, and advising employers on compliance with various federal, state and local employment laws.

Jill Calabrese Bain

Managing Director for the Small Business, Specialty Banking & Lending Division, Bank of America

Over her 30 years with Bank of America, Jill has held many leadership positions across the company, including positions in Consumer & Small Business Banking, Wealth Management Banking and Corporate Banking. She currently serves as a managing director for the Small Business, Specialty Banking & Lending division, responsible for critical business initiatives dedicated to the economic mobility of the clients and communities we serve. Jill serves as the co-chair of Bank of America’s Domestic Violence Taskforce and provides leadership support to several women’s initiatives, including the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell University and the Bank of America Global Ambassadors Program.

Meggan Ciaccia

Ciaccia CPA, P.A. & Co-Owner, Beyond Strategy Partners

Meggan is owner of Ciaccia, CPA, a certified women-owned business. With almost 20 years of diversified accounting experience, she enjoys the variety of work she does with so many different clients, and especially loves helping clients reach their business and personal financial goals. Megan is a licensed CPA in New Jersey and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Meggan partnered with two other women in 2021 to form Beyond Strategy Partners, a consulting firm that focuses on strategic growth.

Dr. Jamyce Curtis Banks

CEO, Whatever It Takes Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Jamyce is CEO and lead consultant of Whatever It Takes Consulting, Inc. She is an experienced organizational development consultant with a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership who has provided interactive learning and training to organizations for more than 25 years. Dr. Jamyce established Whatever It Takes, Inc., (WIT) a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise, to provide customized learning support to organizations, including support for the development of culturally responsive individuals and work environments.

Emily Griesing

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Bossible

Emily is co-owner and chief strategy officer of Bossible, a branding, marketing and business development consultancy that serves startups, established businesses and in-house professionals. Emily crafts custom strategies that grow clients’ reputations in a crowded and competitive marketplace, with a particular aptitude for reaching Millennials and Gen Zs. She advises clients on how to create and amplify a unique brand voice, reach their target audience and scale their businesses. Previously, Emily worked in market research at several agencies.

Beth Hoving

Senior Vice President & East Division Business Support Executive for Small Business, Bank of America

Beth is a Senior Vice President and the East Division Business Support Executive for Small Business at Bank of America. She provides chief-of-staff support across the East Division leadership team and leads a team of regional business management and operations executives aligned to each of the six regions in the East. Beth joined Bank of America in 1997 as a Commercial Banking credit analyst and has since held various roles in the Global Learning and Small Business organizations. Beth serves as a Bank of America national liaison for NAWBO and ambassador for NAWBO Charlotte. She is also a member of LEAD for Women and an ally with LGBTQ+ Pride employee networks. 

Val Jones

Senior Vice President & Strategy Consultant, Diverse Small Business Customer Segments, Wells Fargo

Val is a senior vice president and strategy consultant with the Diverse Small Business Customer Segments team for Wells Fargo. A 20-year banking veteran, she has held various roles throughout her career, including running small business for Texas branch banking, leading small business lending growth strategy for Texas and the Northeast and more. Val has owned her own business and understands firsthand the excitement and challenges that come with being an entrepreneur. She serves on the National Advisory Council for NAWBO.

Autumn Joyce

Partner & Cohort Leader, Cultivate Advisors

Autumn is a partner and cohort leader at Cultivate Advisors, where she has served as a coach and mentor for other advisors since 2020. To her clients, she is the trusted confidant and advisor she wished for when she was an entrepreneur. For nine years, she owned and operated a highly successful outdoor apparel and ski shop, then went on to head operations and open multiple retail stores for global lifestyle brands throughout the U.S. and North America. With over 20 years of retail business experience, Autumn’s expertise spans e-commerce to stores and more. 

Cari Kenzie

Quantum Healer & Life Mastery Coach

Cari is a Quantum Healer and Life Mastery Coach who helps individuals navigate beyond drama, trauma and self-sabotage by curating a curiosity that invokes clarity to uncover endless opportunities. As a survivor of the terrorist attack in 2013 at the Boston Marathon finish line, Cari knows the devastation that comes in the aftermath of tragedy when truth is denied or hidden. This is the moment when her life journey and divine purpose collided. As an entrepreneur and owner of a multi-million-dollar company, she had to become the master of her healing and owner of her life.

Surya Kolluri

Managing Director, Retirement Research and Insights, Bank of America

Surya leads research and external partnership efforts as part of Bank of America’s Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions Business. In this capacity, he oversees research and programs in the areas of Longevity, Retirement and Financial Wellness. He manages external relationships, including the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford Center on Longevity, MIT AgeLab, the Pension Research Council at Wharton, Boston College Center for Retirement Research, AgingWell Hub at Georgetown University and the Global Coalition on Aging.

Carena Lemons, Esq.

Attorney, The Lemons Law Firm PLLC

Carena focuses her practice, The Lemons Law Firm, PLLC, on employment and entertainment law. She is also an actress and host of Legally Speaking, which is slated for the Fall 2022 line up on Exposure Plus TV. Carena has practiced law for over 20 years and served on various boards, including NAWBO Greater Raleigh, her local Women’s Bar (DOWA) and her local District Bar Grievance Committee. She has also taught for Duke University’s paralegal program and at NCCU School of Law.  

Jason Lott, Esq.

Attorney Advisor for Trademarks Customer Outreach, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Jason is the attorney advisor for Trademarks Customer Outreach at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he specializes in helping small business owners understand trademarks and the federal trademark registration process through live presentations, creative videos and other multimedia platforms. He has been with the USPTO since 2000, previously serving as an examining attorney, and is a recipient of multiple career service awards.

Mary Mack

CEO, Consumer and Small Business Banking (CSBB), Wells Fargo

Mary is CEO of Consumer and Small Business Banking (CSBB) for Wells Fargo. CSBB helps provide financial services to approximately 64 million consumer customers and over 3 million small business customers. Mary has held a variety of leadership positions in brokerage/advisory, banking and finance in her 38-plus year tenure. She has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” She also ranked No. 10 on American Banker magazine’s 2021 list of “Most Powerful Women in Banking.”

Lisa Margeson

Managing Director, Retirement Research and Insights, Bank of America

Lisa is managing director, Retirement Research External Affairs, for Bank of America’s Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions. She is responsible for the multi-channel engagement strategy for the firm’s retirement research, which provides valuable insight to Financial Life Benefits®, an integrated solution that supports employees’ complete financial needs and helps them take control of their financial lives. She was previously head of Retirement Client Experience and Communications.

Jessica Mazzeo, Esq.

Co-Founder & COO, Bossible

Jessica is co-owner and COO of Bossible, a branding, marketing and business development consultancy where she oversees and implements business operations. She is also an expert on diverse business certification, helping women, minority, LGBTQ+ and veteran-owned businesses get certified to generate business. Jessica provides thought leadership on business management and strategy, multigenerational dynamics and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). She is a frequent presenter and published in various business publications. 

Tori Murden McClure

President, Spalding University

Tori is an explorer, author and since 2010, the President of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. During her career, she has worked as a hospital chaplain, women’s shelter director, Mayor’s Office policy assistant and first full-time employee of the Muhammad Ali Center. Tori is perhaps best-known as the first woman and American to row a boat solo across the Atlantic Ocean. A decade earlier, she became the first woman and first American to ski to the geographic South Pole.

Stacey McMahan

Director, Advanced Designs Unit (ADU), Pacific Life

Stacey is a director in Pacific Life’s Advanced Designs Unit (ADU), a highly recognized team of advanced market experts in the life insurance industry. She coordinates ADU’s Strategic Alliance Series webinars as well as advanced planning strategies for Pacific Life’s long-term care products and chronic illness rider. Stacey focuses on business planning, executive compensation, retirement planning and estate planning with an emphasis on life insurance taxation and qualified plans. She often speaks to groups and organizations across the country.

Krista Neher

Author, Speaker & CEO, Boot Camp Digital

Krista is a six-time bestselling author, international speaker, award-winning entrepreneur, global thought-leader and CEO of Boot Camp Digital. With close to 20 years of experience, Krista was a digital marketing pioneer—executing digital strategies before “digital marketing” was even a recognized term. Krista helps businesses and organizations maximize their digital resources through a hands-on approach to training that turns learning into doing. 

Peggy Noe Stevens

Author, Speaker, Master Bourbon Taster & Experience Maker

Peggy has devoted herself to 30 years of hospitality, entertaining and developing spirit brand destinations. A master bourbon taster (the first female in the industry) who is also a certified etiquette, image and professional speaker, she produces one-of-a-kind experiences for people and places. Peggy created the Bourbon Women Association, the first female consumer group in the industry to celebrate and support Kentucky’s signature product with a multi-city platform for women. She has been inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame and Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame. 

Brittany Penny

CEO, 2 Cents Inc.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, the heart of bourbon country, Brittany would actively listen as her father talked about different notes and flavor profiles in his extensive bourbon collection. During the pandemic lockdown, while Brittany was expecting her first child, she put her pregnancy nose to the test and smelled different types of bourbon in her husband’s collection. She tossed around the idea to have a bourbon brand, and after her daughter was born, she launched 2 Cents Inc. Brittany uses her love of bourbon, creativity and marketing knowledge to create an experience that will unite humanity one glass at a time.

Debbie Peterson

Founder, Getting To Clarity, LLC

Debbie is founder of Getting To Clarity, LLC and creator of “The Clarity Community” where she helps women leaders create more success with less sacrifice. She is a keynote speaker, coach, podcast host, mastermind facilitator and retreat host helping to create success by design, not by default. Debbie supports women leaders in advancing to the next level of their leadership and life. Her Design Your Own Blueprint Workshop invites participants to explore who they are meant to authentically BE as a source of happiness, joy and fulfillment. 

Melissa Phan

Senior Vice President - National Product Performance and Integration Manager, Bank of America

Melissa is Senior Vice President - National Product Performance and Integration Manager for Bank of America, where her focus is to build an integrated process to elevate banker-client engagement in close collaboration with key marketing, product and communication partners. Her passion in small business stems from her personal experience of growing up in a small business family. Melissa has served in various roles since joining Bank of America in 2011, including Senior Small Business Banker and Regional Performance Manager. She is a board member of Sacramento’s LEAD for Women and ambassador for NAWBO Sacramento. 

Christina “Tina” Reger

Co-Founder, Loutel, LLC

Tina is co-founder of Loutel LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loutel Law, a certified WBE. Loutel helps organizations become more competitively agile through an expert blend of proactive compliance counsel and DEI-focused consulting and training. Tina is president of NAWBO Greater Philadelphia and sits on the Advisory Board of Victims Voice, a technology-based company that provides victims of abuse a tool to preserve evidence and prosecute their abuser. This year, she was recognized as a SuperLawyer by her peers.  

Roslyn Rice

Co-Founder of DPI, LLC

Roslyn is co-founder of DPI, LLC, a high-impact business consulting firm. She a diversity practitioner, speaker and bestselling author as well as a collaborative, client-centric business professional experienced in creating spaces of belonging that allow organizations to fuel sustainable growth and navigate market volatility. Roslyn embraces truthful connections, storytelling, relevant facts and humor to pull in her audience and bravely inspire them. She currently serves as co-president of NAWBO South Florida.

Michele Schina

Owner, TMS II, LLC & Co-Owner, Beyond Strategy Partners

Michele is a licensed CPA and founder of the only 100 percent woman-owned Certified Public Accounting firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, providing consulting, tax and accounting services. Prior to that, she served as senior manager of audit at a global accounting firm. Michele expanded her entrepreneurial footprint in recent years, becoming co-owner of BBDS, Inc., a business development firm for technology services. She is also co-owner of the strategic consulting and leadership development firm, Beyond Strategy Partners.

Jesika Young

President, CEO & Co-Owner, Cimtech, Co-Owner, New Vibes Wine Co. and New Vines Distribution Co.

Named Enterprising Woman to Watch by Business First, Jesika made a “move to watch” in 2018 when she acquired a 43-year-old manufacturing company and retired from commercial banking. Jesika currently serves as President, CEO and co-owner of Cimtech Inc., and subsidiaries Axis Machine and Tool, and Action Material Handling. She, along with four female business partners, recently launched New Vibes Wine Co. and New Vines Distribution company, the first and only female-owned distribution company in the state of Kentucky. 

Kai Walker

Managing Director, Head of Inclusion Transformation, Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions, Bank of America

As head of Inclusion Transformation for Bank of America, Kai ensures that the delivery of Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions’ products and services are effective in meeting the needs of diverse clients and communities. In this role, he collaborates with colleagues and partners to enhance employee well-being, foster financial inclusion and address the unique challenges confronting diverse populations. Kai began his career as an executive in Global Wealth & Investment Management and most recently served as enterprise relationships director.

Amy Wallberg

Founder, PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer

Amy recognized opportunity in a chance wish for “seltzer with a little something.” Inspired, she channeled her advertising acumen, international savvy and mission to serve women into founding PRESS Premium Alcohol Seltzer. Her innovative seltzer cocktail has taken the male-dominated beverage industry by storm. Amy developed the first flavor profiles in her kitchen with women in mind. She brought PRESS to market in 2015, and today it’s the only woman-owned seltzer among the top 10 brands.

Debra Wilson

Director of Marketing, Diverse Customer Segment, UPS

Debra’s 20-plus years of experience with small businesses spans industries from professional services and manufacturing, to B2C and B2B e-commerce. Debra has been with UPS for 16 years and is currently director of marketing for the Diverse Customer Segment where she leads programs for women and minority-owned businesses. Prior to her current position, Debra held several roles in U.S. Marketing and Marketing Research. Before joining UPS, she worked for several family-owned businesses, and also founded her own business and was a UPS vendor.