About - Phoenix | NAWBO

About NAWBO Phoenix


National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America's 11.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. There are chapters of NAWBO in almost every metropolitan area. NAWBO is represented in 33 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d' Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs). NAWBO's strength comes from the diversity of its membership – all sizes from sole proprietorship to hundreds of employees; every industry from construction, importers, retailers to service providers - and in all areas of the country. Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility. Active members who live in a chapter area automatically join both chapter and national. There is an At-Large Chapter for the women business owners outside the chapter areas. NAWBO National website.

Click here to view NAWBO's 40 Year Timeline.




NAWBO is an organization which works to: STRENGTHEN the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promote economic development; CREATE innovative and effective changes in the business culture; BUILD strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and TRANSFORM public policy and influence opinion makers.




Executive Committee

Angela Garmon, ARG Coaching & Consulting Group, President

Jean M. Briese, Jean BriesePresident-Elect

Amanda Petersen, Pathways of Grace, Secretary

Deborah Baldini, Baldini Investment Management, Treasurer

Ronit Urman, Urman Enterprises, Immediate Past President & Co-Director of Mentoring Program

Suzanne Lanctot, NAWBO Phoenix Chapter, Executive Director


Board of Directors

Rosaria Cain, knoodle, Co-Director of Mentoring Program

Toni Austin, Four T Enterprises, Director of  Programs               

Ania Kubicki, ANGLES Public Relation, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy

Julie S. Cook, Idea 3 Creative, Director of Neighborhood NAWBO

Contact the Phoenix Chapter: 480-289-5768

Neighborhood NAWBO Chairs

Director of Neighborhood NAWBO: Julie S. Cook, Idea 3 Creative

North Phoenix Neighborhood NAWBO:

East Valley Neighborhood NAWBO: 

Scottsdale Neighborhood NAWBO: Michele Trent, Remembered Well


Are you interested in a leadership position within the NAWBO Phoenix Chapter?


Click here for the Call for Nominations of Chapter Officers and Directors for 2020-2021.



Past Presidents

Ronit Urman, 2018-2019  
Julie S. Cook, 2017-2018 Rebecca Winterscheidt, 1998-1999
Phaedra Earhart, 2016-2017 Ann Owen, 1997-1998
Nancy Sanders, 2015-2016 Mary Lou Bessette, 1996-1997
Dorothy Wolden, 2014-2015 Debi Baldwin, 1995-1996
Jackie Wszalek, 2013-2014 M.J. Gilbert, 1994-1995
Lynda Bishop, 2012-2013 Patsy Bakunin, 1993-1994
Kristine Kassel, 2011-2012 Linda Thrasher, 1992-1993
Cindy Hynes, 2010-2011 Barbara Lambesis, 1991-1992
Loretta Love Huff, 2009-2010 B.J. Tatro, 1990-1991
Robin Orchard, 2008-2009 Virginia Mayer, 1988-1989
Choo Tay, 2007-2008 Gretta Boshara, 1987-1988
Cynthia Wrasman, 2006-2007 Jacki Bowers, 1986-1987
Carolyn Brown, 2005-2006 Sandra Sandblom Henry, 1985-1986
Donna Davis, 2004-2005  
Cammi Bailey, 2003-2004  
Becky Jackson, 2002-2003  
Annette Alvarez, 2001-2002  
Charlotte Hodel, 2000-2001  
Patricia Drain, 1999-2000  



Call for Nominations

The annual nomination and awards selection process will be underway in March 2020 for the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Our awad categories include Chapter Recognition for NAWBO members in several categories and Community Recognition for Young Professional of the Year, Business Impact of the Year, and Unsung Hero.

Check back soon for the awards nomination form.


2019 Desert Diamonds Awards

Congratulations to Our 2019 Chapter Award Finalists!

Business Owner of the Year: Karianne Munstedt, Karianne Munstedt Portrait

Member of the Year: Jean Briese, Jean Brise

Unsung Hero: Cindy Gordon, Business Rescue Coaching

Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood: Wendy Anderton, Global Ties Arizona and Julie Cook, Idea Three Creative 

Bridge Builder of the Year: Kathleen Gramzay, Kinessage

Corporate Partner of the Year: SRP

Business Impact Award: Christy Moore, Social Spin Laundromat

Young Professional: Taylor Wellman, Financial Potion