President's Message - May 2015NAWBO_logo40TH_Final



ESmith2015Emily Smith 
President, NAWBO Chicago
Vice President, Bespoke Commercial Real Estate





Hello NAWBO Chicago,


Forty never looked so good!


The crystal chandeliers and sumptuous champagne colors of the Fairmont Chicago were a great backdrop for NAWBO’s Celebration of Achievement Luncheon recognizing our 40 years as an organization. Table after table, women of both power and prestige gathered to learn, grow and exchange ideas. I’m reminded of a line from my speech as I remember that gorgeous, spring day: I believe little girls with dreams grow up to become women of vision. 


Undeniably, every woman at that luncheon was a woman of vision.


All women entrepreneurs have been changed because of the forward-thinking moxie of those who demanded more and worked hard to get it. We saw the milestones splashed on the big screen: NAWBO National and chapter members participating in the White House Conference on Small Business in 1980 and 1986, the Women’s Business Ownership Act (HR 5050) being signed by President Ronald Reagan, and NAWBO’s partnership with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and her LeanIn movement. Yes, we celebrated our rich history while recognizing past presidents and award recipients, women who have accomplished great things in their careers and for NAWBO. We even learned the art of negotiation thanks to author and former sports agent Molly Fletcher (I can’t wait to make my next deal!).

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Date/Time Event
June 29, 2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Annual Meeting / Installation
October 05, 2015
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
THRIVE Conference
Date/Time Event
May 26, 2015
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Lincoln Park Business Xchange Group
May 26, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
NAWBO Public Policy Webinar
June 18, 2015
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Ravenswood Business Xchange Group
June 19, 2015
8:00 am - 9:30 am
DuPage Business Xchange Group
Date/Time Event
June 03, 2015 - June 04, 2015
All Day
2015 NAWBO Day on the Hill
September 27, 2015 - September 29, 2015
All Day
NAWBO National Conference