President’s Message

July, 2017

Theresa M. Ashby, PhD, MBA

Be Bold, Brave, and Brilliant!

That is the vision I have for this year as your new NAWBO-OC president. I want us to be a community of women in business who are Bold, Brave and Brilliant. Those attributes will be the foundation for our conversations this year.

Yes, we are going for it together as a community of women business owners.

The NAWBO community is unique because each one of us is at a different point in her business. Thus, each of us has her own perspective on how to be Bold, Brave and Brilliant. By sharing those insights with one another, we come together as a community to achieve our individual goals.

Throughout the year we will discuss the keys to being Bold, so that we can be Brave. And then we will share our Brilliance. By supporting one another in this endeavor, we can all be our Boldest, Bravest and most Brilliant selves.

I am honored, grateful and excited to represent the NAWBO-OC Chapter as your president. I congratulate the 2017-2018 Board of Directors (see below). I am eager to work with all of these amazing women, whose leadership, service and dedication to NAWBO-OC are unparalleled. I am also looking forward to working with our wonderful and dedicated sponsors as we continue to move our chapter forward.

As president of NAWBO Orange County, I will share my talents as a strategist, advisor and thought partner. Using my experience as a former corporate leader and present business owner, I will be a catalyst for creating a culture of empowerment and inclusivity, and helping the organization gain prominence in our community.

I am proud to say that 93 people attended the July 5 dinner meeting, including nine past presidents. For those who missed it, Rachel Owens, one of our founding presidents, talked about NAWBO-OC’s beginnings. She also inducted the new Board of Directors. Laura Neubauer, a past president of NAWBO-OC and NAWBO California, addressed the importance of our relationships with NAWBO California and NAWBO National.

She also pointed out the value our generous sponsors provide and the key role they play in our organization. Our special guest sponsor, Farmers and Merchant Bank, presented us with a $1,000 check beyond its funding commitment. Special guest Michele Gile from KCAL 9 and CBS was inspiring and fun as she talked about her experiences as a women in the media. She supports all of us women business owners and asked us to call her anytime if we have a great story to tell.

Following is a list of my goals for this year and beyond—goals I believe will allow our organization to continue to thrive.

First, I want to provide events that are meaningful and impactful to your business. Second, I want to build a community of women business owners who feel comfortable supporting one another and helping grow each others’ businesses. Third, I want to provide information so you can make wise choices when you advocate at the city, state or national level. I want to grow membership so we can have a greater number of diverse ideas and resources. The more perspectives we consider, the stronger our outcomes will be.

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to further the success of our organization, don’t hesitate to contact me or any of our board members. We are here to serve you.

I am confident that with the collective efforts of the board and the membership, we will continue to grow NAWBO-OC as the premiere organization we know it to be.


Executive Board of Directors

Theresa Ashby, Dynam Consulting President

Katie Farrell, KAF Catalyst      President-Elect

Katy Triefenbach, Stage 1 Financial   Treasurer

JJ San Jose, Appreciating RE Secretary

Trina Fleming, WHW Board Strategy and WBI President

Liz Camaur, Camaur-Crampton Family Law Past-President

Board Members

Kimberly Anderson, Sweeet Repeeet Consignment

Laura Dewey, Laura Dewey Coaching, LLC

Pauline Francis, B2B CFO

Mahyar Ghassemian, Ghassemian Law Group

Trez Ibrahim, Life Mastery Solution

Aneeta Kumar, Kumar & Gerchick

Julie Loppicolo, Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde

Anne Mulhearn, Cornerstone wealth Advisors, Inc.

Donna Watson, Designer Mouse Graphics