February 2017 Print

President's Report

As we enter into the second month of the year, it is exciting to look back and see how far we have come and review if we are on pace with our intentions of the New Year.  I am honored to report on behalf of NAWBO Kentucky, we are truly enhancing our mission and vision.  This year, we celebrate locally our 25th anniversary.  Our theme this year is celebrating the past, present, and future of our organization as well as each of our members' successes. This is visible in everything we do.   

You may notice at our events that members of our membership and programming committees are serving as master connectors.  You may notice a little teal piggy bank named “BO” floating around at each of our events for our “Quarter War” to raise funds and awareness for our member philanthropies.  You may notice more communication on social media and on our website that feature each of our members and their successes.  You may notice NAWBO conversation corners at our events, discussing upcoming programs such as EPIC, GROW and Symposium.  You may notice more minglers and networking opportunities which include painting, vision boards, and spa days! You may notice a heightened sense of political communication from our advocates in D.C. You may have noticed our 23rd EPIC Awards being featured as a premier place to network and conduct business, while celebrating the successes of our amazing finalists and women across Kentuckiana.  You may notice more “FUNdraising” opportunities appear on our calendar.  You may also notice an enhanced level of engagement from our corporate partners, to provide education and resources to each of our members.

As a membership organization that is very intentional on how we conduct business, we have aligned ourselves in such a manner.  We want to hear from our members, give to our members, and ensure our members have access to the resources, people, information and organizations that can help them achieve. Your Board of Director’s goal is to ensure our members are knowledgeable on all accounts, giving our members the tools necessary to succeed personally, professionally or within their political agenda.

NAWBO Kentucky certainly has a lot to celebrate.  It is because of supporters and members like you!  However, we aren’t done yet.  There is still so much more that can be done to continue to advocate, elevate and empower our members. 

The NAWBO Kentucky chapter welcomes any suggestions or volunteers to assist in continuing the enhancement of our mission:

“To help connect women to the resources, people, information, and organizations that can help them achieve their personal, business, or political goals”. 

-Jesika Young, NAWBO Kentucky Chapter President 

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Upcoming NAWBO Events

NAWBO Leader Series Luncheon 

Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM 

Location: Big Spring Country Club 
5901 Dutchmans Ln
Louisville, KY 40205

We look forward to seeing everyone at the first NAWBO Leader Series Luncheon of the season! In 2017, NAWBO celebrates 25 years of supporting women business owners in Kentucky! This Leader Series will focus on celebrating the Past, Present, and Future. 

Guest Speaker: Lawren Just- President, Persimmon Ridge Development, Inc.
Topic: Risk and Reward

Lawren was NAWBO Louisville President from 2012-2014. Persimmon Ridge Golf Club was ranked the third toughest 18 hole private golf course in Louisville by Business First in 2016. 

Lawren and her late husband Elmore developed the Persimmon Ridge Golf Course and residential development. She has built nearly 400 home sites over the past 30 years, and has been responsible for all aspects of the operations of the golf course and development companies.

As President of Persimmon Tree Realty, Lawren is a licensed broker and responsible for all the marketing, advertising, sales and closings of properties held by Persimmon Ridge Development Company, and other properties listed by her and the company’s agents. She currently has two additional Realtors licensed with her business, and expects to grow her company in 2017.

Lawren is a past Board Chair of the American Heart Association in Louisville, a member of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, and member of several surrounding city chambers of commerce.

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Purchase 2017 EPIC Tickets Now

Register now for the 23rd Annual NAWBO EPIC Awards Dinner, with guest speaker Seema Sheth and emcee Tim Laird!

March 02, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Avenue

Louisville, KY 40206

NAWBO Kentucky announces the 2017 EPIC Award Finalists:
• Stacie Barnes, Louisville East Jazzercise Center, Louisville
• Sherry Calhoun, Gracious Me!, Hopkinsville
• Colleen Clines, Anchal Project, Louisville
• Teresa Daniel, KOPS Inc., Bardstown
• Diane Fischer, L & D Mail Masters, New Albany
• Terry Gehrke, Balanced Wellness, LLC, Louisville
• JoAnne DeLorenzo Maamry, The Entrepreneur's Source, Simpsonville
• Connie Moorhead,The CMoor Group, Louisville
• Sarah Provancher, Pro Communications, Louisville
• Peggy Queen, Peggy's Gifts and Accessories, Lexington
• Nicole Willet-Jones, Willet Law Office PLLC, Louisville
• Carol Coldiron (Supporting Partner), BB&T Insurance Services, Louisville
• Jennifer Rubenstein (Supporting Partner), Louisville Independent Business Alliance, Louisville

EPIC stands for Excellence as a woman business owner, Professional accomplishments during the past 5 years, Initiative and creativity in addressing major challenges in her business, and Civic and community involvement. These are all qualities that women business owners display each and every day. The judges are prominent members of the business community, and base their decisions on these four areas.

Join us on March 2nd for an evening cocktail reception, a three course seated dinner, plus live voting for the winners! 


$99.00 Member Registration

$125.00 Non-Member Registration

$1,000.00 Table of 8

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Welcome New Members!

NAWBO is excited to welcome new members:

  • Courtney Krebs Mckinney- Krebs Optical
  • Aeyoung Mook- James Collins Ford/Downtown Ford,Inc
  • Christie Moore- Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP
  • Andrea Wasson- Wasson & Thornhill, PLLC

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Member Birthdays

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NAWBO Kentucky would like to wish a Happy Birthday to: 

  • Jan Anderson- 2/7
  • Leisa Korn-2/13
  • Mary Louise Padden-2/15
  • Sherry Alexander- 2/16
  • Almettie Colston-2/17
  • Trisha Ann Abney-2/22

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What Do I Get With NAWBO Membership?

What do I get with membership? By, Vanessa Pennoyer, Membership Director.

It seems these days information is delivered faster than the speed of light. Everyone just LOVES to be busy. As women, our plates are constantly full juggling family and work life balance. I’m not telling you anything new.  However, I would like to take this opportunity to share the direction of the NAWBO membership committee. We understand the struggle and want to complement your day rather than serve as an interruption.

The chapter recently conducted an informational survey that we plan to release in the March issue newsletter. Your voice was heard. I’m personally thrilled with the feedback and the committee is taking action now.  

As a statewide chapter, we are working to continue to build a variety of opportunities for members to engage and participate within their schedules. We will offer Meet & Greets, Coffee Hours, New Member Orientations, Spa Venues, Team-Building, etc. We want events to be fun, relaxed, affordable and inviting to everyone. We never want anyone to be afraid to attend because they are new or perhaps don’t know anyone. During our most recent Meet & Greet at Wick’s Pizza, we had a few brand new members join us for the first time. It was awesome!

Our objective and vision is to provide value for your time. Sometimes we just want to take off the business hat and talk to our peers about life or challenges to women who “get it”, and have "been there done that” to provide resources to empower and help one another. We are a relationship organization and our outstanding 89% retention rate speaks volumes and is frankly unheard of in many local associations.

So “What do I get with my membership?” When you join NAWBO, our members believe in the mission of empowering women.  We do that in a number of ways and it’s our members who make that difference, all of whom are volunteers. We have passion. We have purpose. We see your potential and want to help you. So please join us on several social media outlets: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. and share with others and discover just what you get with membership. If you have an idea for a member event or would like to host something, please give me a call. We are always looking to improve your experience with diversity of locations, timing of day (morning vs. evening,) while supporting members and corporate sponsors first. 

Vanessa Pennoyer, Membership Director


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Wear Red Day 2017

Go Red for Women

Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 3, 2017 and donating to help fund research during American Heart Month.

Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

And don’t forget to make your heart health a priority. Schedule your Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. Then encourage others through your social channels to do the same using the hashtags, #GoRedWearRed and #WellWomenVisit.

Find more info here. 

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NAWBO Member Webinar

Virtual Connect & Learn: 3 Tech Tools to Save Time & Increase Productivity

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for self-assessment about your productivity mindset as well as share some tech tools that can help you find more time - for work or play.  Come ready to see these tech tools live and in action.

Tools that you can use and implement immediately.  Participants will also receive a productivity tool kit - a quick reference guide on how to assess your time and where these new tools can help you save time to make time.

About the speaker: Mary Albright - NAWBO Minnesota

Mary Albright owns Mary Albright Consulting, a management consulting company. Inventive problem solving is her super power. She works as a contract director of operations for growing service based businesses. In another life, she was an engineer. She's a modern day MacGyver for business operations. Mary also offers leadership and professional development coaching services. She is a Fascinate Certified Advisor, one of less than 50 worldwide. She offers individual coaching for professionals and entrepreneurs, facilitates employee team sessions and speaks professionally. Mary is the author of an upcoming book titled, "Discover Your Inner Super Hero: A Crash Course in Selfless Leadership." Mary is an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary. Her current duty assignments are Deputy Commander for Cadets and Professional Development Officer at the Anoka Composite Squadron, Minnesota Wing.

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Interested in joining a NAWBO Masterminds group?

Did You Hit your 2016 Goals?  Let us help with 2017!!

Hitting your annual goals is both an art and science.  The science of good business planning is key, but don’t underestimate the ‘art’ of staying focused and driven!  NAWBO offers some of that “art” as a part of your membership, so be sure you use it!

Masterminds is NAWBO’s most powerful ‘secret’ to help you reach your business goals.  It is a FREE program we offer to help our members organize into small, confidential groups of like-minded women who meet regularly to offer advice, expertise, encouragement, or even a shoulder to cry on.

A new group is forming now – groups form when one or more members find the commitment in their lives to help a group form and then recruit other members to join in the fun. 

We have found that a successful group is diverse in business type, but all members share a vision for helping one another through the tough times, of which we all have our share.  Sometimes the PERFECT advice comes from someone OTHER than our spouse, friends, employees or partners. 

Interested in learning more?

Ready to consider joining a group, or even starting a group?

Contact Maggie Harlow to learn more about how you can join!

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NAWBO GROW Survive Program Seeks Enthusiastic Entrepreneurs!

The NAWBO GROW Survive program is in its third year. A new class of participants will begin soon! This is an important opportunity for you to invest in yourself and your business!  The Survive program is focused on businesses that are newly established or in the planning stage.  Each month, you will address a different strategic topic that is vital to your business.  Attendance, accountability, and mentorship (provided by a NAWBO member) are all important aspects of course completion.  The group will meet once per month for a half day.  At the end of Survive, a course of action for the initial start-up of your business should be in place.  The fee of $750 includes one year of NAWBO membership. Stay tuned for more details. Contact director@nawbokentucky.org for more information. 

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Persimmon Ridge Golf Club and Polo Fields Country Club Merge

Persimmon Ridge and Polo Fields have BECOME ONE and We Want to Give 2 Lucky Golfers a Chance to Win a

"One Month Preview Family Golf Membership"

Effective December 1, 2016, Persimmon Ridge Golf Club and Polo Fields Country Club officially merged allowing members to enjoy all of the recreational and social amenities of both clubs with ONE membership.

To enter our contest, CLICK HERE and complete a short entry form. Only one entry per person please. Contest ends February 10th, 2017, with the winner selected and announced February 13th. The winners will enjoy Family Golf Benefits for one month beginning February 15, 2017, through March 15, 2017. 

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GLI Partners with Mayor's SummerWorks Program

Do you remember your first job? ...how it felt to work, what you learned, what your boss was like… or the excitement of receiving your first paycheck?

At this critical point for our region's economy, TALENT is the key driver of our success, and we can't afford to have anyone sitting on the sidelines. 

If you've been wanting to get involved in creating solutions, now's your chance! GLI is challenging our business community to step up and provide employment experience for our region’s youth.

GLI is partnering with KentuckianaWorks & their SummerWorks program to make it easy for you to help us build a stronger future workforce while changing young lives!

This program helps connect employers with eager young workers and provides wrap-around support services to help ease their transition into the professional world.

To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Emily Brandon

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Interested in joining a NAWBO Committee?

Are you interested in joining a NAWBO committee? This is a great way to connect with other NAWBO members!

We have several active committee slots available:

Communications, Corporate Partnerships, Programming, Public Policy, Membership, EPIC, Satellite Engagement, GROW, Symposium, and more!

Contact Stephanie Geddes for details, or find more info here!

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Do You Have News For the E-newsletter?

Have you been in the news recently? Is there an announcement for your business? Are you chairing a charity event? Let us know when you have news about you or your business! 

Please submit business promotion articles of no more than 250 words.

Keep those articles coming in, as we love to share your company news with the NAWBO membership! 

The deadline for the March issue is February 24, 2017. Send your articles about promotions, news coverage, accomplishments, grand openings, opportunities, etc. to Stephanie at director@nawbokentucky.org.

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Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!

Sponsorship packages are now available for 2017! If you have questions or would like to see what would fit for your company, contact Stephanie at director@nawbokentucky.org







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