NWBOC Event to Inform, Energize, Connect and Honor Women Business Owners at Decades of Excellence II Conference, May 7-9, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Women business owners invited to learn how to lead with courage, negotiate with confidence and transform their businesses at the 2014 NWBOC “Decades of Excellence II” conference which includes five key note speakers, peer to peer roundtables by industry, business-to-business networking opportunities, and the NWBOC Eclipse Awards presentation.

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"Nationally-known keynote speakers will empower and enlighten attendees at breakfasts and lunches throughout the conference," Janet Harris-Lange, NWBOC Executive Director

Lake Park, FL (PRWEB) March 05, 2014

Women business owners, entrepreneurs, presidents and CEOs are invited to come together to learn how to lead with courage, negotiate with confidence and transform their businesses at the 2014 The National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) “Decades of Excellence II” conference to be held May 7-9, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, according to Janet Harris-Lange, Executive Director and founder of NWBOC. The conference agenda includes five key note speakers, peer to peer roundtables by industry, business-to-business networking opportunities, and the NWBOC Eclipse Awards presentation.

The Decades of Excellence II Conference begins on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 5:30 pm at the PGA National Resort and Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, and continues through Friday, May 9, 2014. Full conference registration for NWBOC certified businesses is $459.00 and $509.00 for non-certified businesses. Additional conference registration options and complete event details can be found at http://www.NWBOC.org, or by calling 1-800-675-5066.

The 2014 NWBOC Eclipse Awards will be presented Thursday evening at the “Decades of Excellence II” Awards Gala and Dinner. The awards will honor women business owners and their companies for excellence in certification utilization, supplier diversity programs and outcomes, company management, leadership, innovation, and mentorship. In addition, awards will also be given to corporations and government entities who exhibit excellence in supplier diversity best practices for women-owned businesses, and for being an exceptional contractor with which to work. Also being recognized at the dinner will be woman-owned businesses that have been NWBOC certified 10 years or longer.

Nationally-known keynote speakers will empower and enlighten attendees at breakfasts and lunches throughout the conference including the annual gala which recognizes top women entrepreneurs and women owned businesses. Scheduled keynote speakers include:

Mimi Donaldson - For over twenty years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 500 to the just plain fortunate. She's won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs. She was the “pitch coach” on ABC's American Inventor. Mimi Donaldson is co-author of Negotiating for Dummies and author of Bless Your Stress: It Means You're Still Alive! and Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life.

Carey Lorenz - Carey knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. 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.

JJ Ramberg – JJ is the host of MSNBC's “Your Business,” the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners and co-author of the recently published It's Your Business: 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business. JJ is a regular contributor to the TODAY Show on small business and financial issues, MSNBC's small business expert, financial columnist for Cookie Magazine and column writer on social entrepreneurship for Entrepreneur Magazine.

Marilyn Tam - Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a speaker, author, consultant, board certified executive/corporate/leadership coach, and founder and executive director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc. and has developed and built four companies in fields as diverse as a corporate consulting & training company, a web portal company, a supply chain software company and an integrated health and wellness company. Marilyn was recognized as one of the Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in the USA by Entrepreneur magazine.    

Susan Solovic - Susan is THE small business expert. She's an award-winning, serial entrepreneur, media personality (ABC News Small Business Contributor) and a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today bestselling author.

Founded in 1995, National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) leads the way as the nation's first national WBE certifier. The goal of NWBOC is to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a national certification program for women business owners. NWBOC is also an approved Third Party Certifier for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s WOSB/EDWOSB contracting program. NWBOC is located at 1001 W. Jasmine Drive, #G, Lake Park, Florida 33403. The web address is http://www.NWBOC.org. For more information about NWBOC or the Eclipse Award Program, contact Janet Harris-Lange at (800) 675-5066.

Decades of Excellence II Conference Agenda
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Noon – 5:00 PM
Registration/Information

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Welcome Reception

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Site Visitors Meeting – President's Suite (by invitation only)

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: "Polish Your Pitch for a Competitive Advantage"

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM    Industry-Specific Round Tables

Noon – 2:00 PM
Luncheon and Keynote Presentation by Carey Lohrenz, U.S. Navy's 1st female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot: "Lead With Courage and Be Fearless"

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Excellence Workshops:
Selling to the Private Sector – Tips from Vendors & Purchasers
Selling to the Public Sector – Tips from Vendors & Purchasers
Negotiate with Confidence for Better Dealmaking, with Mimi Donaldson

6:00 PM – 7:15 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.

Friday, May 9, 2013
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: “Seeing Big Opportunities, Taking Bold Action”

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:
Office of the Future – Experience new gadgets, trends and innovations
“The Zone” – Learn how to access and use NWBOC's online database of certified companies

10:00 AM – Noon
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.    

Noon – 1:30 PM
Lunch and Keynote Presentation by JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's Your Business: "Tips from the Top -- Transforming Your Business"

1:15 PM – 4:00 PM
One-on-One Appointments (continued)
Launch Pad Expo (continued)

4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Networking & Restaurant Dine Arounds (TBD)
For those Attendees staying through Friday night and who want to continue networking, sign up at the registration desk for a variety of activities.


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