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Member of the Month

2016-2017 Member of the Month

January 2017: Nour Tarzi, Brand Strategist
September 2016: Liz Papagni, Brand / Marketing Strategist & CEO of Marketing Initiative Worx, Inc
August 2016: Katy Triefenbach, Co-Founder & CEO of Stage 1 Financial


Nour Tarzi

Nour TarziNour is an accomplished individual who is focused on Branding, and implementing Web Technologies for local and global, small to mid-sized businesses using creative ideas and strategic planning to position her client in the market.

Nour has been an effective branding professional, who oversees a brand from its creation through execution. Brand research; and brand management structure for sales, marketing, advertising and promotional purposes.

Experience and talent are not her two sole qualifications in the digital world. Nour majored in computer art, as well as, earning a degree in fine arts. Seeking to broaden her professional expertise and gain a higher level of understanding in her domain of work, she has received certificates involving 3D design, animation, flash, Google Analytic, and Google Adwords. Moreover, Nour recently took a course in Brand Management at UCLA. She has also enriched her passion and appreciation for art by volunteering at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

Nour Worked on different projects with Fortune 500 companies, such as 3M, Fujitsu, and Safran Morphotrak.

Currently, Nour is a member of Rotary Club, BNI, and serve as the VP of marketing and technology in National Association Of Women Business Owner Orange County, and the President of Toastmaster Club in Buena Park.

Away from the business life, Nour is involved in many charity projects around the world. Such as feeding homeless in Orange County, helping Syrian refugee around the world and helping youth build their future.

Gift for NAWBO-OC members:
Since the term personal branding is often confusing, Nour has put together a cheat sheet to clarify the personal branding process with her five proven steps that she used to grow her business. If you like to receive her cheat sheet, please write your name and email address on the slip that is on your table.

Lastly, Nour has a beautiful family, supportive husband, 7-year old princess, and 3-year old Spiderman.


Liz Papagni

Liz PapagniNumber One Best Selling Author of Your Marketing Road Map.

Liz Papagni is a leading Brand and Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Initiative Worx, Inc. As a marketing expert for over 20 years, she has launched and propelled brands like Seneca Foods, Kaiser Permanente, Toshiba and Hyatt. She works with established small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, with a passion for helping emerging companies develop a killer brand strategy and marketing plan to find success.

With her strategy first philosophy, Liz collaborates with her clients to help them develop their distinct market position, brand value and a marketing road map to take their businesses to the next level. She has a proven track record for increasing conversions, sales, engagement and ROI. Her specialties include branding, marketing and digital strategies, corporate positioning, social media, product/service launches and content creation. She is also a speaker and regular content contributor on the topics of marketing and branding.


Katy Triefenbach

Katy TriefenbachKaty Triefenbach, along with her husband Jeremy is the founder of Stage 1 Financial, providing young and emerging brands the people, processes and systems to quickly and sustainably grow their business, all within their specific business requirements.

Katy, CEO, manages Business and Marketing Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Operations, and Human Resources. Katy has spent more than 30 years in a variety of roles in and outside of the United States. Katy began her career as a nurse in Intensive Care Units. Nursing allowed Katy to transition into a new career in Medical Sales and Marketing for companies such as GE Healthcare and CareFusion, in which she continued to work for over 10 years before transitioning into Stage 1 Financial. Katy partnered with Jeremy to help develop and brand a new concept to bring a local, fully outsourced Accounting and Finance solution to young, fast-growing organizations that affordably enables clients to have access to the best talent.

The goal for Stage 1 Financial is to provide a dynamic fast-paced “family-friendly” environment for their team that allows flexibility, while providing outstanding service for their clients.