2016 NAWBO Women's Business Conference

The National Women’s Business Conference, hosted by NAWBO Columbus Chapter from September 18-20, 2016, is a tremendous opportunity to connect and share fresh ideas, powerful inspiration and resources with hundreds of women entrepreneurs of all ages and industries from across the United States who are eager to learn and grow to the next level.

The Theme Is...
This year’s theme is “Leading the Way.” A Pew Research Centre report shows the majority of Americans think women are just as capable of being good political and business leaders as men. They are perceived as equals when it comes to leadership qualities like intelligence and capacity for innovation. On other qualities—honesty, fairness, compassion and willingness to compromise—women are seen as superior. Still, though, congresswomen only make up 19% of Congress; female CEOs are only 5% of all Fortune 500 CEOs; and women business owners still face more challenges in starting and growing their businesses than men. In this pivotal election year, the theme of the National Women’s Business Conference, Leading the Way, will celebrate women’s incredible influence and accomplishments to date and inspire you to reach even higher and farther in the future. JOIN US AS WE LEAD THE WAY TOGETHER!

Location, Location, Location
This year’s NAWBO National Women’s Business Conference is being held in Columbus, Ohio—a surprisingly hip Midwestern city with a creative and vibrant culture. The 15th largest city in the U.S. (where our largest NAWBO chapter thrives), Columbus has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail and technology. It’s home to Ohio State University, the third largest university in America, as well as headquarters of many Fortune 500 corporations, including Nationwide Mutual Insurance, American Electric Power, L Brands, Big Lots and Cardinal Health.
About the Venue  This year’s conference venue is the beautiful Hyatt Regency Columbus. The hotel is in the heart of the city, connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center and within easy walking distance of Columbus’ best attractions—the lively Arena District with numerous bars, restaurants and shops, Huntington Park, Nationwide Arena, Ohio State University, State of Ohio Capital Building and the popular Short North Arts and Entertainment District. Fresh and modern, Hyatt Regency Columbus offers 633 luxurious rooms and spacious suites with upgraded amenities like swiveling flatscreen TVs, luxurious bedding and chic, contemporary decor. There are excellent dining options, a newly renovated fitness center and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting space. Visit the website to learn more: http://columbusregency.hyatt.com.

About NAWBO
Since 1975, NAWBO has been propelling women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power by strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. Women entrepreneurs are not a small, niche market, but a major contributor and player in the overall economy as evidenced by more than 23 million people who are employed directly and indirectly by the women-owned firms in the U.S.

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