ADVOCACY STARTS WITH US! Learn how you can help improve the contract landscape for women business owners. | NAWBO

Thursday, November 4, 2021 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm

REGISTER NOW DEADLINENovember 4, 2021 - 4:00pm

True advocacy means supporting a cause!  NAWBO’s core value is to support the cause of women business owners.

For many of us, our success was dependent on those who have worked diligently to assure that opportunities flourished for women in the past, in the present, and in the future. You too can help “be the change.”

Join NAWBO San Diego to learn how leaders in government and business are supporting ways that set the tone for strengthening legislation to support women businesses. Our guests will lead a session to inform and discuss how we can work together and advocate to drive the legislative process that continues to drive opportunities. 

Key Takeaways:

Specific examples on how to get involved:

  • How to stay informed
  • How to write a letter or call your local representative
  • Join NAWBO Advocacy committee

Meet the Change Makers

Councilmember Marni von Wilpert

Councilmember Marni Von Wilpert represents District 5 on the San Diego City Council and was previously a San Diego Deputy City Attorney. She is proud to serve as Chair of the Committee on Active Transportation and Infrastructure, Vice Chair of the Committee on Environment, member of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods, and member of the Committee on Rules. Councilmember von Wilpert was also appointed to the San Diego Regional Airport Authority Board, the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space JPA, and the Lost Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Lori Kammerer

Lori Kammerer is nationally recognized as a leading authority on policy issues affecting California businesses of all sizes, including start-up, micro and small businesses, and corporations that have a significant presence in our state. For over 28 years and through the past seven Governors’ Administrations, she has advanced the interests of businesses with the legislature and the state's top regulatory officials.

Most notably, Kammerer was the Lobbyist on Senate Bill 826 (Jackson), sponsored by the National Association of Women Business Owners California (NAWBO CA), and signed by Governor Brown on September 30, 2018. SB 826 requires that all publicly-traded corporations headquartered in California, including those with principal offices in California, add a seat for a woman on their Board of Directors.

Schenae Rourk

Schenae Rourk is President and CEO of Redwood Resources, a strategic procurement, community, diversity and inclusion consulting firm. The firm works with A/E, professional services firms, and developers to scale through procurement and also to develop business programs with a community and inclusion lens. Ms. Rourk is active in the small business community and community at large. She serves in many advisory roles for the advancement of minority and women-owned businesses. She also serves as the volunteer Vice President for NAWBO-CA and is the former President of the Los Angeles chapter. Ms. Rourk is the recipient of many acknowledgments and is most proud of the WTS-LA Rosa Parks Diversity Award which she received last year.


Felena Hanson, President of NAWBO San Diego

Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and business accelerator for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for growing businesses. Hera Hub members have access to a professional space to meet with clients and to connect and collaborate with like-minded business owners, thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous. More about Felena, please visit here.

This event is virtual. Zoom link will be provided upon completion of registration.  


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