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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS                 NOV 2004

Contents

 Welcome
 NAWBO Events Calendar
 President's Letter
 President's Award Recipient
 Member of the Month
 NAWBO News & Events
 Public Policy
 New Members
 Member News
 Community Events
 How You Can Get Involved
 Quote of the Month
 Subscription Info / The Fine Print


  

  "Reeling in
   the Big One!"

  Join us on
  November 11
  for our monthly
  dinner event



Grow Thrive Lead
 
WELCOME

Welcome to NAWBO-SF's November 2004 e-newsletter.

Remember - you can always register online for NAWBO-SF events:
www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

NAWBO EVENTS CALENDAR

UPCOMING NAWBO EVENTS

PRESIDENT'S LETTER
Sharon Gadberry

GROW, THRIVE, LEAD
by Sharon Gadberry
of Power Transitions
(www.tmgoi.com)

My husband still doesn't believe it, but I'm tearing myself away from my business and from NAWBO-SF, for a 17-day vacation in Italy. The occasion is a wedding of friends, but I accepted the excuse with delight. This being my first real trip to Italy, we are doing a "beginner tour" of Rome, Pompei, Florence, and a yet-to-be-identified town in the countryside.

In the meantime, May Pon will take the helm, presiding over the monthly Board meeting, conferring daily with Rhoda and the Board members, and representing our chapter at various community events.

Yes, I voted before I left. I hope you vote, too!

I will return, (with photographs of Italy, assuming my digital camera functions) in time for the exciting November 11 evening meeting at the World Trade Club. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Arrivederci,

Sharon Gadberry, Ph.D.
President, NAWBO-SF

NAWBO-SF PRESIDENT'S COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD

We are proud to present Aileen Clarke Hernández with this month's President's Community Advocacy award. Join us at November's Dinner event to honor Ms. Hernández's vast accomplishments, and all the work she has done for women's rights.

Aileen HernandezAILEEN CLARKE HERNÁNDEZ

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Aileen Clarke Hernández migrated to California in 1951 to become an organizer and later the Education and Public Relations Director for the Pacific Coast Region of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. After eleven years with the union, she was appointed by California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown as Assistant Chief of the California Division of Fair Employment Practices where she served from 1962 through 1965. With the passage of the national Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed her as the only woman member of the new United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Frustrated with the limited power of the civil rights agency, she resigned after eighteen months as a Commissioner, returned to San Francisco and founded her own urban consulting firm in 1967. The firm works with major American companies, governmental agencies, and community-based organizations on a wide variety of issues facing cities—such as housing, employment, education, sustainable development and transportation. She appears frequently on television, radio and the lecture circuit discussing race and gender relations, human rights and civic activism.

On a volunteer basis, she is currently the State Chair of the California Women's Agenda (CAWA), a network of 600+ organizations serving women and girls; the Coordinator for Black Women Stirring the Waters which has published a book of personal essays written by 44 of its members; and Chair of the Coalition for Economic Equity, which advocates for increased government contracting opportunities for businesses owned by women and minorities. She was the second national president of the National Organization for Women (NOW).

A magna cum laude graduate of Howard University in Political Science and Sociology, she also holds a Master's Degree in Government, with highest honors, from California State University at Los Angeles and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Southern Vermont College./

Her travels throughout the world (China, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa) have given her a global perspective on equity issues. She was a member of a national, foundation funded commission studying US foreign policy in Southern Africa which, in 1981, produced an internationally acclaimed and prophetic report, South Africa: Time Running Out.

MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Each month we present an award for "Member of the Month," who is selected by the NAWBO-SF Board of Directors. The purpose of the award is to express appreciation for volunteers who have helped NAWBO to Grow, Thrive, Lead.

Donna StonehamDONNA STONEHAM

Congratulations to Donna Stoneham, NAWBO-SF's member of the month for November.

Donna consistently gives of herself with generosity of spirit and time. Since becoming a member of NAWBO, she has served on the membership committee as well as leading a new Mastermind group of NAWBO members.

In her professional life, Donna is the President of Positive Impact Coaching and Consulting. Donna has over ten years experience as an executive coach and organization and leadership development consultant. Her mission is to assist her clients to generate positive change, realize purpose and potential, and align spirit, leadership, work, and life. In this capacity, Donna has led companies such as Hewlett Packard, IKON office solutions, and the City of Berkeley in creating and developing value driven organizations.

In addition, Donna contributed her talents to help launch the new International Council of Executive Assistants—an association being created for senior level executive support staff. Donna served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing Executives of the Bay Area, was on the faculty of Alumnae Resources in San Francisco, and co-created and co-instructed the first graduate course in women's leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She is also an active member of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association.

Donna received her BA degree from Trinity University and her MA in Human and Organization Transformation from CIIS. She is currently completing her Ph.D. with a specialization in Learning and Change in Human Systems at the CIIS. In addition, Donna serves as a hospice chaplain and provides pastoral care at several facilities in the Bay Area.

Donna can be reached at:
Positive Impact, LLC
P.O. Box 70932
Point Richmond, CA 94807
Phone: 510.235.7107
Email: [email protected]

NAWBO NEWS & EVENTS

November's Dinner Event
REELING IN THE BIG ONE!

Getting Contracts with the Federal Government and Fortune 500 Companies

If you want to know what it takes to play in the major leagues, come hear how these exceptional business women successfully bid on large public and private sector contracts.


Speakers include Belinda Guadarrama, President and CEO of GC Micro Corporation, Petaluma; Jinsoo Terry, President of Advanced Global Connections, San Francisco; and Kerry Weiner Elkind, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Elkind Group, San Francisco. The event will be moderated by Valerie Camarda, Principal of Marketing Sense, Emeryville.

Read full bios of the speakers and find out more about this event

WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2004
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: World Trade Club (behind The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street), San Francisco (click here for map and directions)
COST: Pre-registration $40/members; $50/guests. Or pay at the door $45/members; $55/guests.
REGISTER ONLINE: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

    

SECOND TUESDAY - MASTERMIND™ SERIES

Mastermind™ is an advisory board program for women leading businesses. Participants, who have committed to attending the six-month cycle, meet on the second Tuesday of each month for continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the office of Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, 260 California St., San Francisco. This month, the meeting will be held on November 9th.

Mastermind provides program members with an advisory board of NAWBO women who share business know-how, feedback, and insight from their own experience, and it's a great way to connect with other NAWBO members in a supportive environment. The current program enrollment runs through November and is filled.

Those interested in participating in the next Mastermind series should contact Rhoda Singer at 415.333.2130, email: [email protected] to be placed on the waiting list.

    

THIRD TUESDAY RELATIONSHIPS & REFERRALS (EAST BAY)
New Location: Verbena Café in Oakland

East Bay Breakfast Networking MeetingJoin us on Tuesday, November 16 for NAWBO-SF's regional networking breakfast in Oakland. Come and meet other women business owners to make friends, exchange ideas, share leads, lend support, recommend resources, and build momentum for your business.

Meetings, including a continental breakfast, take place from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. For November's meeting, we will be at a NEW LOCATION - at the Verbena Café in Oakland, 1111 Broadway (the APL Office Building), in front of the 12th Street BART Station at 11th.

The cost for breakfast is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Make reservations online at: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html, or with Rhoda at 415.333.2130; email: [email protected].

    

FOURTH TUESDAY RELATIONSHIPS & REFERRALS (MARIN)

On Tuesday, November 23rd, NAWBO-SF's regional networking breakfast takes place in Marin. Come prepared to meet other women business owners, share information and ideas, and develop a wealth of valuable contacts to help expand your business.

Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Il Fornaio in the Corte Madera Town Center.

The cost for breakfast is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Make reservations online at: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html, or with Rhoda at 415.333.2130; email: [email protected].

    

Save the date
and get ready to shop 'til you drop, at our annual ...

HOLIDAY PARTY AND GIFT BAZAAR

At a loss for what to get your friends, family and clients for the holidays? Don't worry! There will be lots of vendors from which to choose at this year's Gift Bazaar. Artisans from our NAWBO membership will be there with jewelry, silk scarves, and other fine gifts just in time for the holidays. Bring cash, credit cards and your checkbook and get ready to shop!

Come celebrate with your friends at the NAWBO Holiday Party on Monday evening, December 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. This year's party will be a sit-down holiday dinner in the beautifully decorated World Trade Club in San Francisco.

Make your reservations early!

WHEN: Monday, December 6, 2004
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: World Trade Club (behind The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street), San Francisco (click here for map and directions)
COST: Pre-registration $40/members; $50/guests. Or pay at the door $45/members; $55/guests.
REGISTER ONLINE: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

    

VENDOR SPACE STILL AVAILABLE FOR HOLIDAY PARTY GIFT BAZAAR

If you or someone you know is interested in selling your crafts or giftware at our holiday party, please request a space reservation form from Rhoda Singer, our Chapter Administrator. Call Rhoda to request a form at: 415.333.2130, or email [email protected].

PUBLIC POLICY
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS NAWBO-SPONSORED ASSEMBLY BILL 1643!

AB 1643 requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to conduct a six-month study of the number of small businesses that have erroneously been classified as employees instead of independent contractors and a review of the time it takes EDD to make the determination.

Congratulations to all the NAWBO members and others who helped make this study bill possible, and special thanks to NAWBO-SF's president, Sharon Gadberry, for all her hard work on this bill as NAWBO-California's Vice President of Public Policy over the past years, and for her original proposal which sparked this legislation.

Find out more about AB 1643:

NEW MEMBERS

We would like to welcome our new members:

Diane Parente
President
Image Development & Management, Inc. (IDMI)
40 Wellington Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: 415.258.0285
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.imagesellsyou.com

We offer individuals and companies the opportunity to strengthen their reputations by communicating their credibility with an image that best sells their value.

    

Stephanie Breslin
CEO
907 Fremont Place, Suite 4
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: 650.473.9590
Email: [email protected]

Consulting and interim executive support for senior management developed with over 10 years experience to CEO and Celebrity managers.

    

M. Elizabeth Sassano
Attorney/Partners
Roeca Haas Hager
180 Sutter St., #200
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.401.4214
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.r2hlaw.com

Legal services specializing in outside counsel services to small and mid-size companies and onsite loss control/risk management educational programs.

    

We look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events!

MEMBER NEWS

THE DANGERIOUS UNKNOWNS OF PROP 72
by Susan Shargel, CLU ChFC
Shargel & Co. Insurance Services

Everyone has a right to adequate and affordable health care. Unfortunately, the reality is that health care costs are prohibitive. Employers, employees and individuals alike are finding it more and more difficult to pay for coverage and for care. The numbers of uninsured are rising. About 20% of California's residents are uninsured.

The state of California's feel-good solution?

Make it mandatory for employers to pay, either by providing coverage or paying for a new state program. Part of the cost can be shared with employees. Sounds reasonable on the surface. The problem is that no one can answer the most basic question: "How much will it cost?" Prop 72 (SB2) would establish government regulated health care for California's businesses. At what cost? No one knows.

Prop 72 isn't aimed at the problem. It's targeted to medium and large businesses, of which 97% already provide benefits. Smaller businesses the size least likely to offer benefits will be exempt (for now). Millions of the uninsured aren't helped by Prop 72 at all.

Prop 72 has several trouble spots:

The main problem is that no one can say how much it will cost to employers, employees, or the state. Estimates range from millions to billions.

Vote "No" on Prop 72. Push legislators and the governor to find real solutions, not create false hopes.

To learn more about Prop 72, read our newsletter at www.shargel.com. You'll find a link on the home page.

Woman-owned Shargel & Co. Insurance Services provides employee and personal benefits planning for small businesses and self-employed professionals. Winner of the San Francisco Small Business Network's Small Business Owner of the Year Award. We put the fit in your benefits.

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
HOW TO HIRE WINNERS

A Workshop Presented by Mary Janaitis, MSJ Consulting

To gain insights on how to make the most of every hiring opportunity you have, please consider attending a workshop I'm conducting on November 30 at the Gate 3 Learning Community in Emeryville. Inexpensive and practical, this two hour session is designed for those who want to improve their success by hiring winners.

Just visit this URL to learn more about the program and sign up to attend: http://www.gate-3.com/calendar/.

I look forward to seeing you there.

    

WOMEN OF COLOR ACTION NETWORK - WCAN
5th Annual Fall Forum

Women of Color Gaining Traction Beyond Boundaries: Looking Inward, Outward and Beyond

Sponsored and hosted by HEWLETT PACKARD

WCAN is committed to empowering women of color to realize their maximum potential in their lives. This year's Fall Forum builds on the momentum generated in the forums that preceded them by offering participants opportunities to be introspective and engaged in activities that can guide them in their unique journey beyond boundaries.

DATE: Wednesday, November 3, 2004
TIME: 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hewlett-Packard, Cupertino, CA
REGISTER NOW: www.wcan.ws

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN NAWBO
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

SUBSCRIPTION INFO / THE FINE PRINT

If you would like to submit stories, news, events, or happenings for the next issue of NAWBO-SF's e-news, please send to: Anastasia Fuller at [email protected]. Copy submission deadline is the 22nd of the current month for the next month's newsletter (e-mailed out the first week of the month).

We invite anyone who is not already a member to join NAWBO-SF. Take advantage of a growing package of member benefits and activities. To find out more, visit our website:
www.middleastwomen.org/membership.html.