November 2017 Print

President's Report

Breaking Barriers and Eliminating Misconceptions

As we round out the end of the calendar year, it is a great time to reflect on your personal and professional growth.  Remember back in January when we discussed our goals and objectives for the year? How often have you reflected on your accomplishments?

Looking at your NAWBO Kentucky / Southern Indiana chapter, we are doing the same, reflecting and celebrating. 

This is not only a year worth celebrating, our 25 years of doing business across the bluegrass, but also a year of many firsts!  The first state-wide chapter of its kind.  The first annual report populated.  The inaugural Symposium.  The first offering of scholarships to attend our events.  The first time we have captured our content and streamed it LIVE for our members.  We also have brought on a power house Executive Director, Wendy Hall that will continue to enhance our mission across the bluegrass.    

When we began the year, we recognized that we, Women IN Business, have come a long way since needing a male co-signer, but that we are not finished.  We continue to face many obstacles within our business, within our family, and within the community.  NAWBO provides you the resources, information, organizations, and individuals for you to continue to break through barriers, overcome obstacles, and succeed in every facet of life.  Moreover, NAWBO continues to eliminate the misconceptions and remain relevant in today’s society. 

I am asked often, what is the return on my investment into this membership organization?  The answer is not simple.  I have personally experienced a return that I cannot even begin to monetize.  The relationships I have built; the friendships and the mentorships, the advocating for women in business, the access to decision makers, the connections with resources and organizations that I need, the educational element that keeps me up to date on everything in business, the affiliations with our affinity partners.  These are just a few examples of the return I have personally seen on my investment. 

If you haven’t considered joining us because of a misconception of who we are, I urge you to eliminate that misconception and reach out.  If you are currently a member but not engaged, I urge you to reach out and engage on the level that seems most appropriate for you.  We are here for you- we are a membership organization and we continue to want to give to our members.  #shemeansbusiness 

-Jesika Young, NAWBO Kentucky President 

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She Means Business


My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style. – Maya Angelou

I believe that Ms. Angelou has it right and why I’m thrilled to have been selected as the new Executive Director of NAWBO Kentucky.  I have had a very successful career in sales and business development and over the years have found myself drawn to share time, talent an d treasure though the many fabulous not-for-profits in the region.  I have a passion to help women become engaged and create THEIR great life.  NAWBO Kentucky is a great “next step” for me to combine my professional talents with my passions and continue the journey of creating MY great life.

I’m excited that you are all a part of this journey with me and I look forward to meeting each of you, exploring what resources and support NAWBO can provide you and working with great partners that are committed to elevating women in business and providing the tools, resources and relationships that continue to spur the personal, professional and political growth that NAWBO is founded upon.

We’ve come a long way but we are not done yet.  So, get involved, share your ideas with us and let us know how we can help you get the most out of your NAWBO relationship.  As NAWBO Kentucky continues to grow I hope that you will consider being a part of that growth too…it’s going to be a great ride.  Because…She Means Business.  #shemeansbusiness

Committed to your success,

- Wendy Hall, NAWBO Kentucky Executive Director

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Purchase 2017 NAWBO Kentucky Symposium Tickets Now!

Interested in learning more about the benefits of a NAWBO membership?  Find out more HERE or contact Wendy Hall at

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Upcoming NAWBO Events

NAWBO Kentucky Symposium

Date: November 9, 2017
Time: 8 AM to 4 PM

Location: Bellarmine University 
2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

Join NAWBO Kentucky as it hosts its first state-wide Symposium! This symposium will be open to any business owner or business professional.


$100.00 Member Registration

$175.00 Non-Member Registration

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Welcome New Members!

NAWBO is excited to welcome new members:

  • Alicia Ariatti- Ariatti Advising LLC
  • Tamra Avis- Avis Alternative Healing
  • Phyllis L. Clark- Clark Life Consortium, LLC
  • Christine Cosby-Gaither- Cosby Enterprises, Inc.
  • Robin Salyer Fleischer- Robin S. Fleischer Counseling
  • Chris Fulkerson- VIP Studio
  • Gina Kuzuoka- Spalding University
  • Maria Pollard- Great Happens, Inc.
  • Leslie Vidra- Ulrich & Vidra, Attorneys

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Member Birthdays

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NAWBO Kentucky would like to wish a Happy Birthday to: 

  • Ashley Wimsett Noland-11/17
  • Karen Duff-11/26
  • Mary Poche-11/29

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NAWBO Webinar

Virtual Connect & Learn: It's All About the Cash Flow

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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2018 EPIC Awards Nominations

2018 EPIC Awards

March 1, 2018

Featuring guest speaker International Fashion Icon Mireya Villarreal, Founder and Designer, Pink Pewter Collection

Save the date for the 2018 EPIC Awards! Know a deserving business woman that would be a great candidate for the 2018 EPIC Awards? Follow the link below for nominations. 

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Annual Holiday Party

Join us for the annual NAWBO Kentucky Holiday Gathering!

Celebrate the holidays with NAWBO.  Wendy Bootes Apricot Lane will provide a 20% discount for those shopping that evening and 10% of profits back to NAWBO.  Enjoy hors d' oeuvres, wine/beer and holiday spirits with us!

Date: December 7th

Time:  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Apricot Lane, Westport Village - 1301 Herr Lane #170

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NAWBO Members Bookkeeping RFP

Bookkeeping RFP Call To Action: 

The National Association of Women Business Owners—Kentucky Chapter and Foundation will be sending out requests for proposals to manage our accounting and financial statements for 2018.   These will be going out November 13th.  If you are interested in participating in this RFP, please contact Wendy Hall or Jesika Young to confirm your interest prior to November 13th.

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100 Wise Women


Presented By: Leadership Louisville Center 

Register now for 100 Wise Women on Tuesday, Nov. 28th

DON'T MISS THE LAST 100 WISE WOMEN EVENT OF 2017 where sisters Tammy York Day and Tonya York Dees will share how they've achieved professional success and channeled philanthropic passion into amazing community impact. Together, they created "Unbridled Eve Gala" which has raised funds to feed more than 1,250 children annually. In their day jobs, Tammy is COO of Delta Dental of Kentucky and Tonya runs her own event and business strategy company, York Management, Inc.

Tammy York Day and Tonya York Dees to speak at 100 Wise Women on Nov. 28th. 

JOIN US TO BE INSPIRED BY THIS DYNAMIC DUO. Connect with the area's most distinguished women and develop networks essential to leading in your career and community.

100 Wise Women is presented by Delta Dental of Kentucky.



Date: Tuesday, November 28

Time: Doors open at 8 a.m. Program 8:30-10 a.m.

Location: The Olmsted, on the campus of the Masonic Homes of Kentucky, 3701 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 

Cost: $35 (includes breakfast)

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Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High


Coming December 14-15, 2017, Registration is $800 for all NAWBO members using the code "NAWBO10" ($100 off regular cost)

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High

Part of the Leadership Louisville Center’s Leadership Green Room

(Approved for 13.25 hours for SHRM PDCs and HRCI® recertification credits)

Whenever you’re not getting the results you’re looking for, it’s likely a crucial conversation is keeping you stuck. This two-day course teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics – at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.  Learn more here:

2018 Leadership Green Room Courses just announced.  Click this link to view course catalog

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Bourbon and Blackjack

Michaelis Events, produces signature events across the state of Kentucky. While we have the ability to travel for event production, our own signature events are produced in our home state.

Bourbon and Blackjack

Join us at The Lancaster for bourbon tastings, amazing unique signature bourbon cocktails, bourbon inspired foods, a live band, and casino type games. Casino games include poker, black jack, and craps tables that will be spread throughout the venue.

This amazing experience is only a 1 night event so get your tickets quick before they are all sold out!

Tickets Include- Bourbon tastings, food, live band, and games. Full stocked cash bar is available for additional drinks.

November 18, 2017, 7 pm – 10 pm

Find more info here. 

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Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Women's Entrepreneurship Day is the world's largest celebration of women entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, innovators and job creators, with the goal of empowering the four billion women on the planet and bringing hope to 250 million girls living in poverty. It is celebrated on November 19th every year.  In addition to recognizing the contributions of women to the economy, WED also strives to gather a think tank of women leaders, which will ultimately create an amplified merged message to expand businesses with social good initiatives in communities locally and globally.

While women attend college at the same rate or a higher rate than men, they do not lead more companies or create more small businesses. The WED movement strives to get more college students excited about careers in entrepreneurship and create a better pipeline for women to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.

Women's Entrepreneurship Day Education Program Chair Kelly Chezum, vice president for external relations at Clarkson University, is part of a team of educators encouraging more colleges and universities to hold WED events on their campuses. Through this network, the group wants to bring attention to the contributions of women entrepreneurs and encourage participation by alumni and student delegates at WED's signature gathering at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 19, with entrepreneurs from around the world.

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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 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 December issue is November 29, 2017. Send your articles about promotions, news coverage, accomplishments, grand openings, opportunities, etc. to

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Thanks to our Annual Sponsors!

Sponsorship packages are still available for 2017! If you have questions or would like to see what would fit for your company, contact

















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