WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bonnie St. John, who, despite having her right leg amputated at age 5, became the first-ever African-American to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, will inspire hundreds of women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. at the National Women's Business Conference hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and presented by Bank of America. The 2015 event will be held September 27-29 (with Leadership Boot Camp on the 27th and the conference on the 28th and 29th) in San Antonio, Texas.
Bonnie is a best-selling author of six books, a highly sought-after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. Bonnie co-authored her most recent best-selling book How Great Women Lead with her teenage daughter. About speaking at the National Women's Business Conference, Bonnie says, "I want women to feel like they can accomplish more than they ever thought they could. I have some practical insights I will share that can help them on this journey."
She adds that her greatest wish for all women entrepreneurs is this: "If I could wave a magic wand, I would create more environments that offer women entrepreneurs easier access to capital. Also, I strongly believe we need to endow more women with complete faith in themselves that society doesn't naturally instill in us. We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Alongside women entrepreneurs, we need to keep supporting each other as leaders at all levels in large organizations."
This year's National Women's Business Conference will also feature a keynote from Leigh Anne Tuohy, subject of the book-turned-movie The Blind Side. Leigh Anne and her husband are co-authors of the best-selling book In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving and have their own charity, The Making It Happen Foundation, which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.
The 2015 conference theme is "Inspire the Change." The economy is still recovering, led by women-owned and small businesses. It's up to these women to continue to be the "spark" of change and growth for the overall economy, for their communities, in their businesses, in their professional lives and for future generations of women. The event will feature a NAWBO 40th anniversary bash, an exhibit hall packed with tremendous resources and breakout sessions featuring the timeliest business topics for women business owners, in addition to the inspirational keynotes.
NAWBO was founded in 1975 by a group of women entrepreneurs who joined together to remove obstacles and create opportunities for other women entrepreneurs across the country. Today, NAWBO boasts 5,000 members and 60 chapters nationwide and is the only member organization representing women entrepreneurs in all sectors, sizes and stages of their business development.
Learn more about the National Women's Business Conference hosted by NAWBO and register here. Early Bird Registration savings ends July 1st!
View the 2015 conference promotional video here.
Watch the 2014 conference video recap here.
Christina Jorgensen (ext. 103)
Lauren Armstrong (ext. 105)
NAWBO Communications Team
SOURCE National Association of Women Business Owners