Member Accomplishments - Elizabeth McCormick, Meredith Liepelt and Angie Starbuck

Lots of great news from our members!

Elizabeth Blount McCormick, of Uniglobe Travel Designers, was cited for her expertise on Frommer’s as part of a discussion about multi-generational travel.

When it comes to being nice when traveling, Elizabeth also shared her knowledge in USA Today.

And, to hear about the potentially exciting news of non-stop flights to Europe, check out this story on WSYX-ABC6.

Meredith Liepelt Selected as a "Top-Idea Maven" by the Woman's Advantage

Entrepreneur’s Advice Featured in 2016 Woman’s Advantage® Calendar

Meredith Liepelt, Owner of Rich Life Marketing in Dublin, Ohio, was selected from over 5,000 submissions to be featured in The 2016 Woman’s Advantage® Shared Wisdom Calendar. The calendar provides advice for meredithwomen business owners from influential women leaders across the US and around the world.

Mary Cantando, Growth Expert of The Woman’s Advantage®, today announced that Meredith’s advice has been included in the calendar. Meredith’s quote reads, ““Thoughts plus actions equal results. What needs to shift in your thinking and action to get better results?” It appears on May 4th in the calendar.

“I’m incredibly honored to be part of this calendar that is filled with great tips and reminders from women all over the world,” said Liepelt.

“Meredith’s quote was selected because it was powerful yet easy to understand. Her idea is relevant to almost every woman in business today.” says Cantando. “Women business owners and those who dream of starting a business will learn so much from the advice provided by Meredith and the other successful women quoted in the calendar.”

The Woman’s Advantage 2016 Calendar provides sound bites of advice on key business issues including: organization, promotion, sales, and human resources. It sells for $22.95 and can be ordered at

Member, Angie Starbuck, recently achieved a national certification in court angiereporting, at the highest level possible. Follow this link to the Business First “People on the Move” information.

Angie also recently purchased PRI Court Reporting, LLC. Read more about this acquisition here


Kathy Masters, Vice President, Business Banking Sales Manager PNC Financial Services Group

Our January Corporate Partner Spotlights Kathy Masters of PNC Bank

Tell us about your company.

For more than 160 years, PNC has been committed to providing our clients with great service and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their
financial goals. We are proud of our

longstanding history of supporting not only our customers but also our communities, employees and shareholders.  PNC offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, we're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.

PNC has internalized our support for doing business with women. We’ve developed a proprietary curriculum to deepen the understanding of our bankers about the opportunities and challenges women encounter in a business environment that, despite the impressive advances we’ve made as women, is still largely a man’s world. Employees who complete the four-part curriculum can then become PNC-Certified Women’s Business Advocates (WBA). There are more than 1,500 WBAs across our footprint today, all actively engaged in supporting women’s financial achievement. So whether you need a business loan, want to sell your business, you’re shopping for a mortgage or investing for retirement, there should be a women’s business advocate at PNC who can be helpful to you. And it’s not just about women helping women. The fact that 32 percent of our advocates are men illustrates the depth of support for women in business within the PNC culture.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO?

NAWBO is a nexis for an important customer segment at PNC: women business leaders. In addition to Columbus, PNC leaders are also involved in NAWBO in many other markets in the 19 states in which we operate. Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing business sector in the United States, and based on volume alone, it is pivotal to the bank’s success that we support women business owners. But more than that, we know from the data women-owned companies as a cohort lag their male counterparts when it comes to employment and revenue. And access to credit, financial expertise and other financial products and services can help bridge these gaps.

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

Supporting female financial decision-makers is a priority for PNC not only in Columbus but across our enterprise. While in Columbus we partner with organizations and deliver on our commitment to women in ways that are relevant locally, we also have a dedicated Women’s Business Development team at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh that helps us execute against a shared vision for helping women grow or scale their companies and flourish financially. Across our company we have a focus on mentoring and connecting women with resources and influencers who can be helpful to them. NAWBO has a similar focus, which is why our partnership is successful. PNC also has a long track record of support for the peer-to-peer mentoring model of the Women Presidents’ Organization; The Committee of 200 network of women entrepreneurs and executives, including C200’s Protégé Program, in which PNC executives have been matched as mentors to the 11 protégés in the current cohort; and EY’s Winning Women leadership development program for women entrepreneurs, to name a few.

What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know?

We advise woman entrepreneurs to get involved – both in the community and on the professional side  –  as this engagement is critical toward advancing their stature in the corporate community and helping to grow their operations.

Have any questions for Kathy? Feel free to contact her at

Kathy Masters

Vice President, Business Banking Sales Manager

PNC Financial Services Group  

(p) 614-310-8918


NAWBO Announces Member of the Year

Barb Girson Named NAWBO Columbus 2015 Member of the Year

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Columbus,Ohio Chapter, recognized Barbara Girson, CEO and President of My Sales Tactics,moy LLC, a sales and leadership coaching and consulting company, as the 2015 Member of the Year.

Girson, the VP of Membership for NAWBO Columbus, has led her committee of 10 women business owners in increasing NAWBO Columbus membership by over 100% in the past 2 years, making the Columbus chapter the largest NAWBO chapter in the country with over 240 members.    

“I am very honored to be selected as the NAWBO Columbus 2015 Member of the Year. I believe in this organization and it has been an amazing experience to help it be successful in its membership growth goals,” said Girson. “I have not done this alone, though, and I think it’s important to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the Membership Committee, the NAWBO Columbus Board, our Corporate Partners, and all of our members who demonstrate daily why being part of this organization is a must for any woman business owner.”

Girson and her team coordinate the highly-successful Women, Wisdom and Wine semi-yearly event that brings together members and non-members to highlight the value of NAWBO membership, as well as Huddles at each monthly meeting that serve as an information and outreach effort for those interested in joining the organization.

"Part of what I work with my clients on as a Registered Corporate Coach™, trainer, and consultant is the importance of creating and nurturing relationships and developing creative strategies for growth. Therefore, it is a natural fit for me to use these strengths in NAWBO to reach out to women business owners and help them connect with and grow in our organization. It’s an extension of what I already do every day.” 

Every year,NAWBOColumbus awards a woman business owner who dedicates a great deal of time and dedication to furthering the mission of the organization. Along with Girson, five other members were nominated:

Sharon DeLay (BoldlyGO Career and HR Management, LLC)

Margaret Lipp (Remax Premier Choice, The Schirtzinger Group)

Teresa Russell (Haller Wealth Management Group)

Shaune Skinner (ASC Group,Inc.)

Kathy Warnick (Warnick Consultants)