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NAWBO® Kentucky Installs 2020-2022 Board of Directors

NAWBO Kentucky Chapter Leads Second Half of Year with New President and Board


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 30th, 2020) — The National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO) Kentucky Chapter has appointed Sarah Waskey, CPA, as President to the 2020-2022 Board of Directors. The NAWBO National Board represents the millions of women business owners across the nation working to rebuild their businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and is committed to education, awareness, and fostering healing and restorative conversations around racial inequities. The NAWBO Kentucky chapter is aligned in this charge. The newly appointed board has a total of 21 members and each brings a unique skill set to the table that will help Kentucky women business owners overcome adversity and prosper by advocating for equitable and inclusive policies to keep a vibrant economy.


“I believe that developing and empowering women leaders is the best investment we can make in humanity,” said Sarah Waskey, NAWBO Kentucky President. “and NAWBO Kentucky is here to do just that. Whether it be through creating economic growth and jobs through business ownership, leading as a corporate executive, running a local nonprofit, or governing in political office, we need more women leaders to help solve the problems that we face today.”

Sarah has spent her career at Welenken CPAs helping small businesses and nonprofit organizations understand that having a robust accounting system leads to growth and success. She is exceptionally passionate about leveling the playing field by educating and empowering women entrepreneurs and executives so their businesses will thrive. In addition to her career at Welenken CPAs, she owns two companies. Sarah Joy Concepts, LLC is a real estate management and interior design firm, and WT Holdings, LLC is a real estate holding company.  Sarah has served on the executive committee of several community organizations, including NAWBO Kentucky, the Chamber of St. Matthews, 4C (Community Coordinated Child Care), and Holy Trinity Parish School PTA, and she loves to volunteer her time to various community organizations.


President-Elect, Laura Leaton is eager and hopeful about the new wave of leadership with Sarah at the helm.


“I have been so blessed in my career to have been surrounded by powerful, giving, professional female mentors. Without their unwavering belief in me over the years, I would not be where I am today. Now, it is my turn to give back!”


Laura is also an Executive Coach, Trainer and Speaker for Anchored Elements Coaching and Training and has served on NAWBO Kentucky as Membership Chair and has been a member of NAWBO for 1.5 years. 


The 2020-2022 NAWBO Kentucky Chapter Board of Directors includes Sarah Waskey – President, Laura Leaton – President-Elect, Robin Miller – Past President, Heather Beeler – Treasurer, Beni Lopez – Secretary, Talley Russell, Jessica Bledsoe, Julie Holifield, Lettie Johnson, Carly Riggs, Ingrid Martinez, Jill Lowry, Basha Roberts, Jenn Callahan, Jennifer Wheatley, Michelle Krebs, Danita Taylor, Linda Ruffenach, Cathi Bingaman, Karen Weller, and Vernice Mitchell.


The new board was installed on the evening of June 25, 2020 and is already kicking off initiatives such as unique programming and networking opportunities virtually and in the Kentucky area.


Learn more about the new board and upcoming activities by visiting



Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest-growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.   NAWBO develops programs that help navigate women entrepreneurs through the various stages of their business growth. To learn more, please visit


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