The Indianapolis Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) held their Eighth Annual Awards Luncheon in December 2011. It’s theme was Celebrating Women – Our Legacy and was held at the JW Marriot. With the attendance of about 1,000 and 48 exhibit booths, all were thrilled to hear Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Mayor Greg Ballard and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman speak about how much Women Owned Businesses are supported by the city of Indianapolis as well as the State of Indiana.
With Janet South, President of DECO Group Inc and Melissa Brown, President of Relocation Strategies Inc chairing the event, months of planning all paid off. The Keynote speaker was multi Olympic medal achiever, Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Ms. Joyner-Kersee has earned three gold, one silver and two bronze Olympic medals in four different events and was voted the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated for Women. Attendees were inspired as they listened to her speak about her experiences and her nonprofit organization, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation. The line up of presenters that awarded the NAWBO recipients included, Allison Melangton, President and CEO of the Super Bowl 2012 Host Committee, Kalen Irsay, Vice President of the Indianapolis Colts, Lin Dunn, Head Coach for the Indiana Fever, and Sarah Fisher, Owner and CEO of Sarah fisher Racing.
The NAWBO women are an amazing network of individuals comprised of 241 members and 63 Corporate Partners. The Indianapolis Chapter was established in 1997 and is the third largest NAWBO chapter in the United States. NAWBO impacts, influences and propels Indiana to be a leading state for women owned businesses through its advocacy efforts; economic impact; diversity; influence; membership size and power.
For more information, visit http://www.NAWBOindy.org