President’s Message

I love Fall in North Carolina.  The weather is finally cooling off, the leaves are changing and everyone seems to be in a good mood.  This is a perfect time of year to get involved in NAWBO.

One of the things that sets NAWBO apart from some of the other professional women's groups is our Public Policy arm.  We take public policy very seriously and our goal is to educate our members about issues that affect us as women business owners.  This month's luncheon is our annual Public Policy Luncheon entitled: Your Business, Your Vote:  Why Education Matters.  Through a panel discussion, you will learn why your vote matters and some of the issues you should be thinking about when you go to the polls.  And as a special treat, we will have a Hot Topic Session from 11-11:30 with an update from our members who attended the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Conference in Washington this summer.  

Please plan to join us for our November luncheon when our speaker will be Kerry Ahrend and the topic will be: Effective Communication = Increased Connection & Productivity!  Come early at 10:15 to take the DISC Assessment to help you understand and recognize behavioral patterns in yourself and others.  

We are pleased that Bianca Jones, owner of Justotech and one of our board members, will be presenting our next workshop on November 10: Is your Business Protected Against Cyber Attacks?  This is an incredibly timely issue and one we should all be concerned about.

Mark your calendars for our Holiday Social on December 9 at the home of Karen Albright, owner of BodyLase.  Delicious food will be provided by Pam Clark, The Thyme Savor.  Please register early and plan to attend.

The theme of our year is Because Members Matter.  Be sure to check out our Membership only discounts under the "Join" tab on our website.  And as always, I can be reached at  I look forward to connecting with you.

Erin Cohen

November Luncheon: Effective Communication = Increased Connection & Productivity!

Presenter Kerry Ahrend, M.S., PMP, Ahrend Coaching and Training

Would you like to connect with clients and colleagues more effectively? Increase productivity and reduce conflict? Discover your own DiSC behavioral patterns at the 10:15AM optional workshop and then join us for an informative luncheon program at 11:30AM to gain insight and a better understanding of yourself and others! (Registration for the Optional 10:15am workshop closes on Friday, Nov 7.)

The DiSC Personal Profile System is a tool that can help you recognize and understand behavioral patterns both in yourself and in others. The DiSC system looks at 4 basic styles of thinking, feeling, and acting in a specific situation known as the four temperaments. The four DiSC dimensions of behavior are Dominance, Influence, Supportiveness, and Conscientiousness.

The instrument is based on years of research and validation, and is used by organizations large and small across North America and around the world. It can help you work and relate more effectively with others as you become aware of the 4 temperaments. The knowledge you gain from a DiSC assessment can be used to:

  • improve interpersonal communications
  • connect with co-workers and customers more effectively
  • enhance individual and team performance
  • better understand how to lead, motivate, and inspire your team
  • reduce destructive conflict
  • increase productivity
  • get better results

For more than 17 years Kerry Ahrend has worked with individuals and organizations to increase skills and competencies and help them meet their challenges with confidence.  She has travelled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally, assisting Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profits, and small entrepreneurial companies with all types of project management and leadership development needs. Kerry has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management along with other certifications, and is a speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team. She works with professionals and those in transition to assess their skills, strengths and core competencies. Kerry is also the founder of College2Career Academy, an on-line coaching program to help college students navigate college, careers, and community while discovering their passion, purpose, and path.  

Date:  November 19, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
DiSC Assessment (optional): 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Separate Registration Required BY Friday NOV 7online assessment available through the speaker)
Where: Embassy Suites Raleigh - Durham/Research Triangle
201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard
Cary, NC 27513

Click here for more details and to register

NAWBO Mentoring Workshop: Is your Business Protected Against Cyber Attacks?

By Bianca Jones, President of Justotech

Are you unknowingly leaving your business open to a Cyber Attack? These attacks are becoming more common and small businesses are a primary target because of lax security standards. In this Workshop, Bianca Jones will teach us some simple and inexpensive steps you can take to protect your business today.

November 10, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Roper Bookkeeping
242 W. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Click here to register



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