LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is one of the only organizations nationwide solely representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. With chapters across the country, NAWBO has grown the businesses, social and political reach of millions of professional women worldwide. NAWBO-LA represents more than 335,000 women-owned businesses in the greater Los Angeles area, employing more than 800,000 people, and generates more than $125 billion in annual revenues. NAWBO-LA members have become an increasingly active and powerful force shaping the economic and political landscape of Southern California.
NAWBO-LA is excited to announce the growth of the NAWBO-LA Board of Directors to include four new Directors:
Crissi Avila joins the board as the Networking Chair on the Membership Committee. Crissi is a Partner at Deasy Penner & Partners in Los Angeles and has been a licensed realtor since 2004 selling, buying and flipping homes. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles.
Judith Gordon, Esq. joins the board as the Strategy & Development Leadership Chair on the Board Strategy & Development Committee. Judith is the founder of LeaderEsQ, a consultancy that equips professionals and other high-achievers with the mental and emotional fitness tools needed to thrive in high-demand, high-stress environments.
Laurel Mintz joins the board as the Vice President of the Marketing Committee. Laurel is the owner and founder of Elevate My Brand, a digital marketing and events agency that provides innovative and creative solutions for new, emerging brands and well-established companies.
Ashley Shepherd joins the board as the Planning Chair on the Programming Committee. Ashley is the Corporate Meeting Planner for the pharmaceutical company Grifols.
Ann D'Amato, Vice President Public Policy (3D Networks Corp., in Los Angeles)
Margaret Brown, Vice President Programming (SocializeLA.com, in Pasadena)
Katherine Chrisman, Vice President Membership (Park Lane Jewelry, in Los Angeles)
Beverly Cole, Corporate and Economic Development Chair (BCVC Guru, in Glendale)
Allison Gutierrez, Membership, Recruitment Chair (Jack Nadel International, in Los Angeles)
Hilary Lentini, President (Lentini Design & Marketing, Inc. in Los Angeles)
Cynthia Lopell, VP Gala Luncheon (CL22 Designs & Productions, Inc., in Los Angeles)
Anna Menedjian, Membership, Community Outreach Chair (Menedjian & Associates, LLC, in Toluca Lake)
Schenae Rourk, Incoming President; also Transportation and Infrastructure Chair, Public Policy
Sherry Wallen, Treasurer (Strategic Direction, Inc., in Encino)
Jennifer Freund, Secretary (Corporate ImpressionsLA, Inc., in North Hollywood)
The NAWBO-LA Foundation Board of Directors includes:
Madelyn Alfano, President NAWBO-LA Foundation (Maria's Italian Kitchen in Van Nuys)
Sandra Burns, Foundation Director (Ernst & Young, global presence)
Katie Carano, Foundation Director (Bank of America, national presence)
Jane Skeeter, Foundation Director (UltraGlas, Inc. in Chatsworth)
With the continued growth of the board of directors, NAWBO-LA looks forward to being an invaluable resource to female business owners through engaging marketing and educational programs; while simultaneously forging partnerships and producing programming that will cultivate the objective of the organization. NAWBO-LA takes pride in having thought leaders at the helm of their industries impacting the economic growth of female-owned businesses nationwide, as well as creating opportunities for entrepreneurs of the future.
President Hilary Lentini shared "I'm honored to be leading this impressive organization as we continue to strengthen our relationships in the women's entrepreneurial community, join together to expand our influence in the broader community, and work on behalf of all women business owners in the greater Los Angeles area."
Founded in 1979, NAWBO-Los Angeles is one of the largest and fastest-growing chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization striving to empower and enable women entrepreneurs into economic, political and social spheres of leadership.
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