“I have met brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words.” - Gloria Steinem
As summer comes to a close, we all prepare ourselves to get “back to business.” Reflecting upon the first couple of months of my presidency, I feel moved by how many people have stepped up to the plate to contribute to the organization. We have a working board and, I must say, a hard-working board. We are creating exciting programs, networking opportunities, and collaborations with other high profile San Francisco organizations.
We owe a perpetual debt of gratitude to the founders of NAWBO® and to the past Boards of this very chapter - visionary women committed to the growth and sustainability of women owned businesses.
We are looking forward to a great and busy month. Please read on for the many opportunities in September to socialize, network, build skills and make friends.
On September 16th, NAWBO® and the GGBA will be hosted by First Bank at their lovely penthouse facility. We will enjoy refreshments, a wonderful evening of networking and the opportunity to win door prizes. The event will be free to NAWBO®-SF members. I want to invite all of you wonderful and creative members who make and sell a product to consider donating something to be given away that night as a door prize. It is a great way to have your product highlighted! Please contact me at [email protected] . And, while I am on the subject – any time we have a speaker, you are invited to donate a gift to be given to that night’s speaker!
San Francisco voters will soon have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 1, which will support the creation of a Small Business Center in San Francisco. This will serve to address the needs of small business owners here in San Francisco. I have joined the steering committee of the Small Business Advocates to support this proposition and will keep you posted.
NAWBO®-SF member Susan Shargal has been working hard on the Health Care Reform issue. See the results of the NAWBO-CA Healthcare survey here.
Mastermind groups are returning! Mastermind groups are one of the most powerful ways to grow your business. You have your own board of advisors and advocates to help you brainstorm problems and keep you on track with your commitments. Look for news about sessions starting in October.
Don’t forget to attend one or more of our breakfast meetings. While I am not a morning person, I make an exception to attend some of these meetings. They are a wonderful way to learn more about the businesses and lives of our members and share about our businesses and ourselves. It is a great way to gain visibility, support and information.
And last, but not least, National Dues will be going up on January 1, 2008! NAWBO® has not raised its dues since 2001. Join for a two-year period before January 1 and lock in the 2007 rates.
I look forward to seeing you at our September 6th dinner meeting!
Barbara Mark, Ph.D.
Meet the NAWBO®-SF 2007-2008 Board
Barbara Mark, Ph.D., has devoted her entire adult life to the field of human potential. Starting as a volunteer peer counselor in high school, Barbara has pursued a career in helping people overcome blocks and achieve their personal best. She began her professional career in private psychology practice and over twenty years ago created her company, Full Circle Institute , to meet the needs of a broad range of clients. In the past decade, Barbara has focused her practice on leadership development and executive coaching for professional women in midlife. As a consulting psychologist and executive coach, Barbara has been brought into the confidence of hundreds of women seeking to maintain inner balance while facing the demands of personal ambition and external pressures. According to Barbara, "Midlife is a time when we come full circle to a deeper relationship with ourselves. It is a time in life when many women decide they want to make their mark in the world, to create a meaningful legacy."
Barbara's other passions include wine and food, photography, art, travel and baseball. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and makes frequent trips to the east coast to visit her family and her hometown.
Learn more about Barbara and Full Circle Institute, here.
Judith Stark’s 25-year career in high tech systems development and, previously, as a Social Worker, has influenced her belief that technology and human services can work side by side to mutually enhance our lives. Technology should fit the needs, budget, ability and comfort levels of her clients, and to this end, she works closely with her clients to provide the most appropriate IT solution, irrespective of size, complexity, ability or disability.
Judith is also a keen advocate for the advancement and adoption of accessible technology for people with disabilities.
Learn more about Judith and Judith Stark Consulting here.
Jennifer Baum, Founder and Managing Director of Peridot Productions , earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Jenn brings more than ten years of experience managing diverse marketing projects for clients both large and small and across a wide range of industries. Peridot provides project management and senior-level talent for marketing projects, trade shows and print projects.
Learn more about Jennifer and Peridot Productions here.
Linda is a real estate broker who specializes in investment properties in San Francisco. She brings her love of financial analysis to her role as Treasurer.
Learn more about Linda here.
Immediate Past President
As the President and Principal of M. Butterfield-Brown & Associates, Ltd., May is a tax specialist enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and provides tax preparation and planning, audit representation, and small business consulting with an emphasis in real estate, estates and trusts. She has served on the boards of the American Society of Women Accountants, SF chapter, the League of Women Voters, SF, and Live Oak School in San Francisco. She was San Francisco’s nominee for the 1991 National Woman of Achievement Award with ASWA and a past president of the San Francisco chapter.
May is the immediate past president of NAWBO®-SF, having served as chapter president, 2005-2007. She has been a NAWBO® member since 1995 and served as Board Treasurer for three terms before becoming Vice President. May also chaired the San Francisco chapter's premier 2005 WEB and NAWBO®-University event committees.
Anna Scott is a Somatic Coach helping woman be more effective under pressure. Anna has a passion for helping woman be strong leaders in work and life. She also brings 20 years of sales experience to her role as Membership Committee Co-chair.
M Kay Robinson
M Kay Robinson, owner of InSight Intuitive Consulting , has been teaching the art of intuition to business owners and professionals for the past 27 years. Kay provides Intuitive Consultations to business, teaches Intuitive Meditation Workshops, provides Intuitive Goals Mentoring and conducts retreats for "Women Achieving Their Goals", an intuitive approach to life and goals. In addition, Kay is on the staff of Peace X Peace.
Learn more about Kay and Insight Intuitive Consulting here.
Nancy Barrett is a Financial Advisor with Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Her business centers on creating and implementing investment plans for individuals, families, foundations and small businesses. Her ultimate objective is helping clients make better-informed decisions about issues that concern them most—including retirement planning, tax-efficient investing, complex asset allocation strategies, multi-generational investment planning and philanthropic giving. Nancy has worked in the Financial Services Industry for 17 years. She moved to San Francisco with her husband in 1998 and resides in Cole Valley.
2006-2007 Leaders and Legends Chair
Cindy Fassler is the founder of staffing agency, TSS , now celebrating 25 years in business. She has served the last two years as chair for NAWBO®’s flagship event, the Leaders and Legends Luncheon. In 2006, Cindy was named Small Business Owner of the Year by the Small Business Network (SBN).
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Cindy has found numerous ways to impart her expertise to benefit other organizations. She taught resume writing and job trends at City College of San Francisco and worked for the San Francisco Welfare to Work Program, coaching re-entry workers in how to get a job. She is especially proud of her tenure on the board of Jobs’ Consortium, where she used her agency knowledge to make it possible for the organization to open up an internal staffing service that helped place Consortium graduates.
In her free time Cindy enjoys cooking international and domestic cuisine. She occasionally competes in cooking competitions. A dog lover, Cindy has two cocker-spaniels that keep her on her toes. She is also an avid Giants fan.
Learn more about Cindy and TSS here.
Joanne Black is the founder of No More Cold Calling® . She is America’s leading authority on referral selling and the author of No More Cold Calling™: The Breakthrough System That Will Leave Your Competition in the Dust, from Warner Business Books. She is a sought-after speaker on The Power of Referrals and has spoken at the NAWBO National Conference. She contributes to the board with membership strategy and table sales for the Leaders & Legends Luncheon. Joanne is the grandmother of four—ask to see her photos.
Learn more about Joanne and No More Cold Calling® here.
Bart Gragg, President of Maverick Business Advisors and founder of Blue Collar University , has more than 30 years of management and training experience in industries such as farming, oil and gas exploration, demolition and refinery repairs. He brings a somewhat unique perspective to NAWBO®-SF Board and says he believes that, "If you want to change the world - work with women."
Learn more about Bart here.
Welcome NAWBO®-SF's New Administrator
NAWBO®-SF would like to offer our deepest appreciation for many years of
dedicated adminstrative help from Rhoda Singer. She has been an asset to the organization! Rhoda completed her service to NAWBO® at the end of August.
Please join us in welcoming Wendi Moradian, our new administrator. Wendi offers NAWBO®-SF a strong record of experience in working with organizations like ours.
Visit the New Membership Table at Our September 6 Dinner Meeting
New members and those interested in membership are invited to stop by our Membership Table - a new monthly feature at the San Francisco dinner meetings. This is a place to ask questions, get information and speak directly to someone who can help you access the benefits of NAWBO®. Please drop by and introduce yourself. NAWBO®-SF is here to support you and your business!
Membership Co-Chairs, Anna Scott and Kay Robinson
NAWBO®-SF Members in the News
--Member Jill Lublin, Promising Promotion , is featured in the Member Spotlight by NAWBO® National this month. Check it out here.
--Member Stacey Lapuk, Stacey Lapuk Interior Design Group, was recently selected by the San Francisco Design Center to take part in an interview with Lisa Quinn for Channel 7’s “The View From the Bay”. The focus of the interview was this summer’s Art Walk – a tour of the amazing paintings, sculptures, and prints available in the Design Center, and an introduction to the use of the Design Center as a destination for art lovers and collectors. See the video here.
Make Your Membership Work for You and Your Business ... Join the Membership Committee!
Would you like to get to know more members of NAWBO®-SF?
Would you like to be better known by other NAWBO®-SF members?
Would you like to be able to contribute to NAWBO®-SF?
Would you like to build your business?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we would love to welcome you and your unique skills and interests as part of our membership committee. We are looking to build a membership committee that supports the growth of NAWBO®-SF with an engaged and active membership. Working on this committee is the fastest way to gain visibility within the organization, and to feel that you are making an immediate positive impact on our chapter's vibrancy.
If you are interested in joining us, or interested in having a conversation about helping us, please contact:
Kay Robinson at [email protected] or
Anna Scott at [email protected]
Why You Should Not Miss the WLE Northern California Conference on September 27! A Report from May Pon ...
I attended the WLE conference in Long Beach recently. The 2007 theme is "Connections" in keeping with WLE's mission "to provide the knowledge, the tools and the connections women need to be successful in their own businesses, the corporate world and the non-profit environment."
The conference offered many opportunities to connect to coaching, advice, motivation, business, growth, inspiration, education, energy, strategy and ideas. QVC was on hand to give immediate feedback on product ideas.
SF member and past president Syndi Seid, Advanced Etiquette , was on hand as a WLE growth guru, and participated in the speed coaching sessions on business and international etiquette and protocol.
The whole day was powerful, high energy, and inspirational. I met with women from all backgrounds, excited about connecting with other women owned businesses.
Northern California women business owners and friends will have the opportunity to experience this wonderful conference on September 27, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Connect with the powerful Carly Fiorina, Former chair & CEO, HP, and author of, "Tough Choices" and Edie Weiner, futurist and author of, "Future Think".
NAWBO®-SF, Silicon-Valley and Sacramento chapter members, along with NAWBO®-CA, will be participating. Please come and bring your friends and colleagues. It is an event not to be missed!
NAWBO®-SF Immediate Past President 2005-2007
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE®
CALIFORNIA CONFERENCES for Women Business Owners
REAL CONNECTIONS - REAL RESULTS
Thursday, September 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center
7:30am to 7:00pm
Interested in Bidding on a New Website Design for NAWBO®-SF?
NAWBO®-SF wishes to redesign and develop our website to better reflect the Chapter's mission and activities, in a simple, easy to use, easy to maintain and appealing format.
If you or your business would like to bid for this work, please submit your request for more information to us, by email, at [email protected]
Preference will be given to NAWBO®-SF members. All bids should cover both design and development work. Ideally, the completed site will be maintainable to the greatest extent possible via a Content Management System.
The Results of the NAWBO®-CA Healthcare Survey
The recent NAWBO®-CA Heathcare survey, sponsored by NAWBO®-SF member Susan Shargel of Shargel & Co. Insurance Services, asked NAWBO® members their opinions about the current healthcare system and their priorities for reform.
The survey revealed that NAWBO®-CA members are not united in support of any of the major proposals for healthcare reform under consideration in Sacramento. Governor Schwarzenneger’s proposal was the most popular with 45% support. The Democrat’s proposal, AB 8, received 26% support, and the government run single payer system proposed by Legislator Kuehl was supported by only 13% of respondents.
What do NAWBO® members support?
• Reducing costs and increasing affordability for all
• Maintaining choice of healthcare providers available in current insurance
• Expansion of access to more low income Californians
• A requirement for insurers to accept all applicants for individual insurance
• The establishment of a high risk pool for people with serious medical
• A requirement for health insurers to spend 85% of premiums on patient care
What do NAWBO® member oppose?
• A single-payer, government run healthcare system
• Coverage for illegal immigrants
• An employer mandate that would require all employers to provide health
insurance to their employees or contribute money into a new state run
On what key issues do NAWBO® members have mixed responses?
• Limited/Lower Cost Employer Mandate: The Governor’s plan would require all employers with 10 or more employees to provide health insurance or contribute 4% of payroll towards the cost of their employee’s coverage. 50% supported this measure and 42% opposed it.
• Individual Mandate: A requirement for all Californians to purchase a minimum benefit health insurance plan. 52% supported, 42% opposed.
• Funding: No clear opinion about where the money for expanded or new programs would come from. There was mainly opposition to a payroll tax on employers. Suggestions for funding included personal income tax, sales tax, and alcohol and cigarette taxes.
A more detailed summary of the survey results is available. For more information please contact Shargel & Co Insurance Services at
(415) 543-8949 or [email protected] .
POWER ful Policy and Politics
Women Impacting Public Policy
Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC
WIPP, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. is a national bipartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business, strengthening their sphere of influence in the legislative process of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations. Through WIPP, our collective voice makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.
Find out more about WIPP's Annual Conference here.
September "Make Contact with the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA), hosted by First Bank: Tuesday, September 18 in San Francisco
September "Make Contact"
with NAWBO®-SF and the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA), hosted by First Bank
Tuesday, September 18
5:30pm to 7:00pm
550 Montgomery Street at Clay
This exciting networking opportunity with the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA), the first LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is hosted by First Bank, and FREE to NAWBO®-SF members ... Don't miss this event!
Learn more and register here.
San Francisco Business Times Top 100 Women Owned Businesses Awards Luncheon: Wednesday, September 19 in San Francisco
San Francisco Business Times
Top 100 Women Owned Businesses Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, September 19
11:15am to 1:30pm
Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
Be in the room with our region's highest achievers - the women at the helm of the largest women-owned businesses in the Bay Area. You'll spend an afternoon celebrating and networking with these outstanding entrepreneurs, visionaries and leaders. Join us as we applaud their success, and unveil where they rank on the San Francisco Business Times annual list of the Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in the Bay Area.
Institute of Management Consultants Northern California: Negotiating When Relationships Matter - Monday, September 24 in Burlingame
Institute of Management Consultants Northern California
Negotiating When Relationships Matter
with Bob Gibson of Negotiation Resources
Monday, September 24
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Sheraton Gateway, San Francisco Airport
600 Airport Boulevard
Negotiating is a universal life skill that you need to be good at in order to succeed as a consultant. From the time you get up until the time your head hits your pillow, you will negotiate with family, friends, clients, vendors, and more. Attending this program may be one of the best investments of time and money you make this year.
Bob Gibson is a world class negotiation specialist. His prestigious consulting career spans 20 years, 5 continents, over a dozen countries, and hundreds of leading orgnizations. His corporate clients include EDS, Perot Systems World Wide, Genentech, American Airlines, RJR Nabisco, Michellin, and enumerable high tech companies. Bob also has over a dozen published articles to his credit, was featured on CNBC, and is soon to release his new book, Negotiating High-Profit Sales.
Program attendees will learn ...
. The DIFFERENCE between selling and negotiating
. PRACTICAL and TACTICAL applications of negotiation - no games
. The tactics used AGAINST consultants in a negotion
. How to POSITION yourself as the pre-eminent authority while maintaining your relationships and integrity in the process
. How to correct your mindset and STOP leaving MONEY on the table
Call 800.462.8910 for more information
Financial Women's Association and Mills Graduate School of Business Present: "Creating Your Own Success" - A Symposium on Women in Finance: Friday, September 28 at Mills College in Oakland
The Financial Women’s Association Of San Francisco
and Mills Graduate School of Business Present:
"Creating Your Own Success"
A Symposium on Women in Finance
The Inaugural Linda Pitts Custard Women in Business Conference
Friday, September 28
11:30am to 6:00pm
This special half-day symposium on finance features keynote speakers and industry leaders, Kate Mitchell and Evelyn Dilsaver. Learn the paths they took to achieve career success and select two of four dynamic breakout sessions where you can discover new strategies to enhance your professional effectiveness. A reception following the second keynote address offers the perfect opportunity to share impressions and network.
Learn more and register here.