Nominations for Open Board Positions Now Open

The Board of Directors of NAWBO Columbus would like to announce several openings for Board Positions. They include: VP of Corporate Partners, VP of Communications, VP of Public Policy and Board Secretary. Any voting Member in good standing may submit their name as a candidate for one of these positions. Please read below for full descriptions. 

The current Vice Presidents’ and Secretary’s term ends on March 31, 2017, and nominations are now open for the next two-year term which will begin on April 1, 2017. Please see below for descriptions.

The Board of Directors (also referred to as “the Board”) shall be entrusted with the fiduciary and management responsibility for the affairs of the Chapter. The Board shall sustain a strong vision and strategy for the Chapter; develop and implement policies; and assure accountability, organizational effectiveness and Member value.

Board Secretary

The Secretary shall:

  • serve on Executive Committee; and
  • assure that the corporate records of the Chapter, including the minutes of Board, are properly maintained.


Vice President of Corporate Partners

The Corporate Partners Committee is responsible for raising money and awareness of Chapters’ events and meetings by garnering corporate cash or in-kind sponsors.


Vice President of Communications

The communications committee shall be charged with providing current information to Members and the community on a regular basis via public relations/marketing, media relations, print and electronic communications channels. The specific duties of this committee will include, but is not limited to:


  • Oversee development and distribution of Chapter’s newsletter to provide a link between NAWBO, the Chapter and the community, to enable sharing of necessary information
  • Oversee services provided by external newsletter production team



  • Oversee development and ongoing maintenance of chapters web site ( to provide timely information to current and prospective members and others
  • Evaluate and revise the format on an ongoing basis for ease of use and maintenance of the site
  • Oversee services of external newsletter vendor


Vice President of Public Policy

The public policy committee shall be charged with educating and encouraging Members to be proactively involved in advancing NAWBO’s public policy and legislative agenda. The specific duties of this committee will include, but is not limited to:

  •          Represent chapter at NAWBO Public Policy Days in Washington annually and as the chapter’s member of the Public Policy Council
  •          Provide local leadership for legislative priorities
  •          Educate the Members about NAWBO National’s public policy priorities


Please click HERE to submit your nomination for the four open Board positions. Deadline to submit a nomination December 15, 2016

Meet Laura Benton, The Leadership Benefit

Laura, tell us how you are involved in NAWBO. 

I am a new NAWBO member and have joined the membership committee.

Tell us about your business.

I am a leadership coach who focuses on helping people lift their leadership game, mainly by more effective communication and influencing skills. I also deliver workshops on leadership inside organizations.

What inspired you to get into your business?

I had a career as a court reporter and made a detour into leadership development. I love being “in front of the room” facilitating and teaching, and coaching, helping people become the best leaders they can be, is very satisfying.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

Be impeccable in following up with people. (That is a personal pet peeve of mine.)

Always find something to acknowledge someone with – everyone does something really well – tell them.

Find a way to uncover your top five values (there are many ways to do this). Decisions become much easier if you have a good understanding of what you value and you commit to living within them.

What does your future look like? 

My hope is to continue to inspire people and increase their leadership skills by one-on-one coaching and group workshops. I also hope to  have a positive influence on my grandchildren and someday make it to Paris!

What do you do in your free time?

I love to walk. I tried running once – trained for a 5K, finished it and never ran again! Walking is for me. I also enjoy cooking and true crime documentaries and most of all, spending time with my baby granddaughter.

How can we learn more about your company?

Visit my website at


Ashland University, The Dauch College of Business and Economics

Ashland University

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private, non-profit university in Ashland, Ohio. It was founded in 1878 and is affiliated with the Brethren Church. Ashland University is home to a 135 acre main campus  and has several satellite campuses throughout North Central Ohio; including a campus in Columbus Ohio.

Today, the University offers nearly 70 undergraduate majors and nine pre-professional programs. The some of these majors include actuarial science, toxicology/environmental science and entrepreneurship, which are unusual for an institution of its size. In addition, The University offers most traditional liberal arts majors as well as a wide range of majors in business and education.

The University consists of four Colleges:—
• The College of Arts and Sciences
• The Schar College of Education
• The Dauch College of Business and Economics
• TheSchar College of Nursing

Ashland University is home to a large Graduate School offering degree programs in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA), Master of American History and Government (MAHG), Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communication, Master of Education (MEd) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs. In addition, Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, offers a doctor of ministry degree as well as a number of master's degrees.

The Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics building, which includes the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies wing, opened for classes in January 2004. This 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) building serves as the home for 13 different majors in the business.

These majors are:
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Business Management
• Economics
• Entrepreneurship
• Fashion Merchandising
• Finance
• Hospitality Management
• Information systems
• International Business
• Marketing
• Sports Management
• Supply chain Management

The Dauch College of Business and Economics is led by Dean, Dr. Elad Granot, and support by a staff of highly qualified faculty.

Our motivation to join NAWBO:

The Dauch College of Business and Economics’ motivation to join NAWBO
sprang from a desire to enhance the learning environment for students. In 2010 we found ourselves in a position where the majority of our entrepreneurship students were women; a trend that still holds true today.

We quickly realized that the college’s male faculty was not in a position to provide appropriate role models for our future female entrepreneurs. That year we reached out to Andrea Nameche, President of NAWBO Columbus, for support and guidance. Andrea welcomed Ashland University into the NAWBO community.

Since then NAWBO Columbus members have made frequent visits to the Ashland University campus. The organization has also provided guidance to our curriculum and internships to our students. It has been a great relationship; one we intend to continue into the future.

Ashland University’s Contribution to NAWBO Columbus:

This is a tough question because we believe NAWBO Columbus has contributed more to the University then we have been able to return to the organization. We view NAWBO as a member of our university community. We hope this access have given NAWBO Columbus an insight into the minds of future customers and entrepreneurs. Often times it’s hard to reach members of the younger generation.

We believe our partnership provides you members with access to the millennial generation. Our students enjoy their relationship with NAWBO. It provides them with networking opportunities and insight into how women entrepreneurs have successfully started, managed, and grown their businesses.

We have discovered that NAWBO members enjoy sharing the stories and giving back to the community by guiding future business owners. Again we believe these minor contributions far outweigh the gifts your organization has bestowed upon her students.

Best Practice Learned From Working with NAWBO:

We have discovered that our students, especially our women students, need to know that they can make it as a business owner. One of the things that we like about working with NAWBO Columbus is the fact that the organization is open to all business owners. Our male students appreciate the presentations provided by the organization every bit as much as our female students. 

We think the important thing is that every student learns that if you are passionate, persistent, and not afraid to work hard that you can make it as a business owner. All the members of your organization exemplify this fact. We at the University and especially at the College of Business and Economics appreciate the role models your organization has provided to our students over the past six years.

Ashland University would like to extend a special thank you to Caroline Worley for her tireless efforts in strengthening our curriculum and its relationship with NAWBO Columbus.