March President's Letter

Hello Ladies,

Well, March is here with a bright new spring right behind!
Crocuses, Tulips and Forsythia…Oh my!

It is with much regret, that this is my last letter as your proud president for the largest NAWBO Chapter in the USA and remember there are 60 chapters! Congratulations to ALL!

This is your NAWBO - and it has taken a dedicated group of ladies working together to get us to where we are today. We have had continuous active board members and wonderful staff support with Belinda Williamson and Arien Lawless, making this possible. Thank you ladies!

My recommendation to all of you just getting started in NAWBO or wanting more from your membership is to jump in and get on a committee for a year. Learn what happens in our Round Tables, Membership, Public Policy, Programming, Communications, Corporate Partnership committees, the YEA program and/or the Visionary committee, which is our major annual fundraiser. We know it takes all of us to keep our membership growing and engaged.

Thank you to all for such a wonderful year. We have all left our mark on the organization and here are a few examples from our leadership:

Caroline Worley, President 2013 – 2014 – Her vision was to attract larger women-owned companies to join and establish continuous leadership to support a common goal.

Jeanette Armbrust, President 2014-2015 – Her vision was to run the chapter with what we know best… the passion to run a company. Theme: “Ignite your passion!”

Darla King, President 2015-2016 - My vision was to get Round Tables off and running for all to have the opportunity to be a part of such a powerful experience. My Theme: “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Once I came on board, there was a strong foundation in place and it was my turn to carry the torch and it felt best to keep on the same path. Now it is time to pass that torch onto Laura Comek, owner of Comek Law, who will take the leadership role April 1, 2016! It is not an April Fool’s Joke either…

We have so much to be grateful for here in the Columbus market and with women-owned businesses. Our year is going to be busy with our Visionary Awards Gala in July and our National NAWBO Women’s Business Conference in September.

Looking forward to staying involved with such a successful team of women!


Darla King

Portfolio Creative Named Best Staffing Firm to Work For

Staffing Industry Analysts recently named Portfolio Creative one of the best staffing firms to work for in the United States. The company was recognized among firms with 10 to 20 employees. Canady Patterson, Director Business Development, was on hand to receive the award at an event in Phoenix, Arizona on February 24, 2016.

Finalists and winners were selected via 40-question online surveys taken by internal employees at over 180 staffing companies. The program measured 10 key engagement categories focusing on such things as teamwork, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, compensation and benefits. Winners were chosen entirely based on survey results.

“As staffing professionals we highly value a positive and open work environment that allows all associates to feel heard and do their best work,” said Kristen Harris, COO and co-founder of Portfolio Creative. “We’re grateful to be recognized as one of the best when it comes to employee satisfaction because our staff and talent are our greatest attributes and are at the heart of everything we do.”

Staffing Industry Analysts is a global advisor on contingent work, providing proprietary research, content, data and publications.

Portfolio Creative is headquartered in Columbus, OH. In its 10 year history, the company has been recognized with numerous awards from Columbus Business First, Columbus CEO magazine, the Columbus Chamber, Enterprising Women magazine, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the American Staffing Association and the Ohio Department of Development. 

Portfolio Creative places talent in a diverse range of marketing, design, retail, advertising, communications and digital roles. It also provides direct hire services and industry resources. For more information, clients and creative talent can call (614) 839-4897. More company details and a job board are available online at

Meet this month’s Corporate Partner, Artie Isaac, Vistage Chair

Tell us about your business. 

I am a member of an international community of people who chair advisory boards for CEOs, business owners, and key executives. These peer groups meet monthly — for the better part of a day — where the members deeply examine and collaboratively confront their assumptions. I am thrilled to convene six groups in central Ohio, one co-chaired with NAWBO member and national pricing strategist, Casey Brown.

What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO? 

I believe that peer groups are a substantial key to the advancement of leaders. While I see the value of single-sex peer groups, I believe that they are also self-limiting: their members don't learn what any excluded part of the "gender" spectrum thinks. (I appreciate that NAWBO does not exclude.) As a child, sibling, parent, teacher, student, neighbor, and business owner, I am motivated to help develop leaders of all demographics, and my affiliation with NAWBO offers me an opportunity to be available for leaders who might want to explore a peer group experience.

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

We carry the lessons of adolescence — including constant (sometimes panicked) defense of our competence — into young adulthood. Now, as adults, the most effective CEOs, business owners, and key executives present their vulnerabilities, what they are wondering, as a strength, as fuel for the team.

See a brief description of my practice at Contact me at