NAWBO-LA Delivers Business, Glitz, and Glamour Inspiration with 31st Annual Luncheon

Are you inspired? For those of you who didn’t attend the 31st Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon on June 16th, you missed an excellent opportunity to gain your inspiration! This fantastic event hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles chapter (NAWBO-LA) and held at the historic Beverly Hilton hotel was the premiere event bringing together scores of women business leaders from across the globe to make plain the Power of Inspiration.

From beginning to end this event was spectacular. Upon entering the hotel lobby, guests were greeted with a red carpet entrance and plenty of photo opportunities. The registration tables were organized and staffed with business minded college women volunteers. After the registration process you had opportunities for up-close and personal connections with current board members sharing their stories to learn about membership.

On the way to our table, we visited the exhibit hall and became enticed with the loveliest vendors displaying their products along with a glass of champagne or a cocktail to further uplift and inspire you. Each of the vendors brought their unique representation of diversity in business. Upon entering the main ballroom, the lights and glitz were mesmerizing and yet peaceful. The tables were tastefully decorated demonstrating the star quality of the event.

Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports was the featured speaker, inspiring attendees to pursue their dreams and become a trailblazer, as she did as a young girl immigrating from Jamaica. Dreams are important!

The Woman Business Owner of the Year, Katie Warner Johnson, inspired attendees to support others pursuing their dreams as one way to achieve success. The Entrepreneur honoree, Ariana Stein, told her story of creating success by addressing an underserved market. The Innovators, Sarah Heering and Angel Anderson, shared their savvy and fearless business know-how to create value outside the box. The Leadership honorees, Renee Fraser, Betsy Berkemer-Credaire, inspired everyone to achieve success well beyond limits of one industry through a commitment to entrepreneurial excellence for women of all ages. Award-winning broadcast journalist, Pat Harvey, brought her down-to-earth yet tremendously professional skills to the event as the celebrity emcee. The icing on the cake was the special guest members from NAWBO CA chapters in the Inland Empire, Ventura, Orange County, and Santa Barbara who graced us with their presence as well as Deborah Synder, National Vice President of Membership.

By and large, we learned valuable lessons from each of the entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders who graced the stage. It was impossible to not feel the power of inspiration. NAWBO-LA’S 31st Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon was like no other awards luncheon. It was life changing!

Together with others NAWBO-LA is doing great things! Many thanks to our presenting sponsor along with the silver, bronze, supporting, media and table sponsors. NAWBO-LA acknowledged the community work of A Place Called Home (APCH) by treating guests to the musical entertainment of 29LIVE, benefactors of services provided APCH. The event culminated with the installation of the 2016-2018 Board of Directors by Congresswoman Diane Watson (retired).

Immediate past-president, Hilary Lentin passed the torch to newly installed president, Schenae Rourk who spoke about the direction of NAWBO-LA. “We are moving forward together, collectively with one voice. We are focusing on the growth of our women business owners through procurement opportunities, the growth of women leaders at the table plus more women and women of color on corporate boards.”

Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the voice of 10.1 million women-owned businesses and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. NAWBO-LA strives to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. For more information visit

Author: Pamela Huley, NAWBO-LA, Vice President Diversity and Retention Photo Credit: Ian Foxx and Hector Guitierrez

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