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Conference and Awards Gala, Decades of Excellence


Join us at the 2014 National Women Business Owner Corporation (NWBOC) Conference and Awards Gala, Decades of Excellence II. Connect with women business owners from all across the country as well as corporate purchasing agents and government buyers . . . all in the beautiful setting of the PGA National Resort. We look forward to seeing you!



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Leading Fearlessly! YOU know who you are. Time to inspire others; time to get re-charged.
Register Now, the event is May 7-9, 2014


The National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) presents

Decades of Excellence II 2014 Conference and Gala


at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Conference dates are
May 7-9, 2014


Featured event sponsors:

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Every session will brim over with inspiration, information, ideas, and action! Just reading a few of the session titles is telling:

"Lead with Courage and Be Fearless!"

"Tips from the Top: Transforming Your Business"

"Negotiate with Confidence for Better Deal Making"

"Polish your Pitch for a Competitive Advantage"

"Seeing Big Opportunities; Taking Bold Action!"

Not the least of which will be the other women business owners in attendance, to commiserate with, learn from, and make powerful economic connections!

"I thoroughly enjoyed every minute, meeting new women in business and talking with some of the speakers was so refreshing. I'm so glad I made the trip. So many people think because you own your own business it's a piece of cake and you have no problems, it was nice to hear that others have issues also."

-- Nancy Stachnik, Pro-Pak Products, Ltd.

"At the 2013 event, I participated in everything: I attended all the breakout and general sessions, walked through the exhibits, signed up and met one-on-one with a buyer. All of it was well worth the trip"

-- Maralah Rose-Asch, CBC, A2Z Oils, LLC, and

    2013 Decades of Excellence attendee

New this year:  the Eclipse Awards honor women business owners and their companies for excellence in certification utilization, supplier diversity programs and outcomes, company management, leadership, innovation, and mentorship. Be part of it all!

Decades of Excellence II has been thoughtfully planned to ensure your time is well-spent.

Don't put off registering to attend!


Go directly to the Registration page.

Go the event page to see the Agenda, Speaker Bios.

Go directly to the PGA Resort special rates page for hotel accommodations.





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Noon – 6:00 PM
Registration and Information booth is open
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception at the Honda Pavilion
  Mix and mingle with attendees and enjoy the sounds of steel drums in this beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the famed PGA Golf Course. Wine and daiquiri bars, and appetizers served.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration and Information booth is open
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Opening Breakfast and Keynote Presentation by Mimi Donaldson, motivational speaker, coach and author. Topic: "Polish Your Pitch for a Competitive Advantage
   Be prepared for a motivating presentation that will improve the quality of how you present yourself and attract your ideal clients.  Success depends on your self-confidence and professionalism and the first 30 seconds of what you say. Those 30 seconds need to be relevant, timely and effective to get your ideas accepted and approved. 
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Industry-Specific Round Tables
  Engage in conversation with other attendees and share knowledge, best practices, insights and more as it pertains specifically to your industry.
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM Luncheon and Keynote Presentation by Carey Lohrenz,  U.S. Navy's 1st female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot. Topic: "Lead With Courage and Be Fearless"
  Powerful messages of Leadership, Tenacity, Commitment to Excellence and Resilience challenge, inform, and inspire your team to achieve peak performance.
Carey shares the fundamentals that helped her win in the cockpit at Mach 2, and can help your team win in business.  Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women's Leadership Issues.
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Excellence Workshops:
  Negotiate with Confidence for Better Deal Making, led by Mimi Donaldson
Successful negotiations are crucial for today's success.  Negotiating in challenging times is a question of ability.  Master negotiators are not born – they are skilled.  Contracts, partnerships, managing people, parenting and other relationships all require us to be skilled at asking for and getting what we need.  Learn six skills for every negotiation.
  Harness the Power of LEAN and Six Sigma, led by Tricia Ascher, a certified Lean and Six Sigma facilitator and CEO of Ascher's Janitorial Service.
Learn how to adapt this highly popular business strategy for better business management in any type of business and for any industry. Learn techniques for process improvement and come away with tools you can put to use immediately.
  Establish a Supplier Diversity Department in Your Company led by Erica Taylor, President EA Media Group and Beth Harshfield, President Exhibit Arts.
Did you know that many large corporations are now requiring vendors to have supplier diversity departments in their own companies?  Learn basic steps to establish a program, how to communicate that culture throughout your company and where to source certified companies.  Using NWBOC's database, The Zone, to source women-owned companies will also be featured.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM SAGE Focus Group 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NWBOC Site Visitor's Meeting)
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pre-event cocktail reception
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
“Decades of Excellence II” Awards Gala and Dinner with Emcee Susan Solovic:  commentator and author, The Small Business Expert. Featuring the new Eclipse Awards honorees, and the induction into the Hall of Fame companies who have had NWBOC certification for 10 years, as of 2014.

Friday, May 9, 2014

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Registration and Information booth is open
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Breakfast Session and Keynote Presentation by Marilyn Tam, author, speaker and consultant. Topic:  “Seeing Big Opportunities, Taking Bold Action”
  Business today is global. The development, production and consumption chain stretches from wherever and however "local" the company is to all points of the globe. To excel in this marketplace means that each person and each company have to understand and be proactive about the opportunities and challenges that come with globalization.  Marilyn shares from her global business and humanitarian experience in 120 countries about the benefits, ethics and pitfalls that come with working in a complexity of cultures, traditions, geography and time zones. The increasing interrelationships between developers, suppliers, marketers, buyers and sellers mean that every business and organization need to operate with a much more expanded perspective of their market to be able to thrive today.
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM LaunchPad Expo
Tour the Expo and visit with vendors representing numerous organizations and businesses that are looking to do business with you and featuring:   
“The Zone” – Learn how to access and use NWBOC's online database of certified companies
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Refreshments served in the LaunchPad Expo area
10:30 AM - 12:00 noon Excellence Workshops:
  Selling to Large Corporations, led by a panel of experts:  Willie Johnson, CHEP; Truth Garrett, Marathon Petroleum/Catlettsburg Refining, LLC
Learn what the ‘diversity' persons can and cannot do for you, how to get past the gate-keepers to the right purchasing agents, and how to negotiate the internal maze.  This panel of representatives from the corporate world will share resources, suggestions and hard facts on how to bid successfully to win contracts.
  7 Strategies  to Really Win Federal Contracts, led by Barbara English, English Solutions, Inc.
Have you considered selling to the federal government? Are you interested in winning larger contracts?  Learn the 7 key strategies to landing federal contracts.  Attendees will leave with a systematic plan of the necessary steps that will lead to success.  Barbara will also discuss the WOSB / EDWOSB certification program - the certification itself, statistics regarding the success of the program, and WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) federal procurement efforts.
Noon – 1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Presentation by JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's Your Business:  "Tips from the Top -- Transforming Your Business"
  From her book, “It's Your Business:  183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Business,” JJ will share tidbits on human resources, finance, public relations and more from her collection of hard-earned practical advice culled from the thousands of successful small business owners and entrepreneurs who have appeared on her show, Your Business.
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM One-on-One Appointments
Schedule an appointment every 15 minutes with sellers and buyers from all over the country in a variety of industries.  Sign-in at registration to secure your spot early.
 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM  Refreshments served in the LaunchPad Expo area
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM NWBOC Mentorship Program, facilitated by the NWBOC Braintrust (a volunteer group of NWBOC-certified company representatives who provide advice to support NWBOC.)
4:00 PM Conference Official End
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM Twilight After-Conference Cruise
Relax, have fun, network and dine with those attendees staying through Friday night. This elegant Twilight Cruise, on the exquisite Majestic Princess  will offer a variety of mouth-watering entrées, sides, salads, desserts and full open bar.  (optional to purchase)

The Majestic Princess Captain and crew will ensure you have a pleasurable time while providing top-notch service. Don't forget to bring your camera - you will want to always remember every detail and the spectacular scenery as you sail along the calm, postcard-perfect Intracoastal Waterway of Florida.

Cost is $15 per person and includes transportation from PGA Resort to the boat. Limited to the first 30 people who sign-up and pay prior to Thursday, May 8. (food and drink is additional on the Yacht).






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