NAWBO Chicago annual conference inspires women business owners to excel

The National Association of Women Business Owners-Chicago Celebration of Achievement is "Reimagining Possibilities" as it transforms into a full-day virtual conference on Thursday, Sept. 10, to honor and empower local women business owners.

Now in its 37th year, the annual luncheon has morphed into an online forum that focuses on advancing entrepreneurs, allowing viewers to attend educational breakout workshops and virtual exhibit halls at home.

Topics will provide essential information for business owners to excel post-pandemic, including sessions about technology, diversity and inclusion, strategies for developing new revenue streams, marketing advice, access to capital, and much more.

This full day of learning and inspiration will feature keynote speaker Betsy Owens, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Betsy led the rebranding that drove the 66-year-old organization's renaming (from Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and their move into the new 1.2 million-square-foot research hospital. In reimagining the possibilities of healthcare, the AbilityLab has ranked No. 1 as the best hospital in the country for an unprecedented 29 years in a row.

The public is invited to attend the online conference but tickets are selling quickly, so don't delay.

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WHAT: 37th Annual NAWBO Chicago Achievement Conference

WHERE: Online

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COST: Member Early Bird - $150, $175 after Aug. 27

Non-Member Early Bird - $175, $200 after Aug. 27

5-Ticket Bundle Early Bird - $750, $875.00 after Aug. 27

10-Ticket Bundle Early Bird - $1,500, $1,750.00 after Aug. 27

Exhibitor Table - $500

Supporting Sponsor - $1,000

HONOREES: Woman Business Owner of the Year: Diane Yetter, Yetter Tax

Visionary Award: Jennifer Schlott-Rouzan, BMO Harris Bank

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Carolyn Fraser, The PR Shoppe

Member of the Year: Linda Forman, Linda Forman CPA, P.C.

Corporate Woman of Achievement: Jennifer Cataldo, Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd.; Angela Phillips, First Midwest Bank; Colleen Reaney, Loyola University Chicago; Elisabeth Williams, SomerCor; Birdie Wing, BMO Harris Bank

WHY: NAWBO celebrates the courageous founders who joined to remove obstacles and create opportunities for other women entrepreneurs across the country. Today, NAWBO boasts 5,000 members and 60 chapters nationwide. It is the only member organization representing women entrepreneurs in all sectors, sizes and stages of their business development. With 400 members, the Chicago Area Chapter is one of the largest NAWBO groups in the country. For more information, visit

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners 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. For more information about NAWBO Chicago, visit

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