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September Monthly Meeting - Mobilizing Women: Ensuring Government Works for Us and Our Businesses

September 07, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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In 2017, only 23.5% of the seats in the Ohio legislature and only 19.6% of the seats in the US Congress are held by women, which means…

Decisions about issues important to women and that impact women’s businesses—our businesses—are made without women in the room. 

Reflecting on the famous closing line of the Gettysburg Address, “…that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Is it really?

When women business owners interact with their government representatives and organizations, and when they participate in public policy, good things happen for women and their businesses.

Join us for our September Monthly Meeting: “Mobilizing Women: Ensuring Government Works for Us and Our Businesses.” Learn what it means for your business’s bottom line, your growth and your success when you are "plugged in" to our government at all levels. We’ll cover this and more in this engaging and important meeting: 

  • Know the candidates and the issues
  • Vote … in every election
  • Meet legislators and their staff
  • Influence and provide input on what’s important to you by your presence and your engagement
  • Leverage opportunities to advance your business through government contracts 
  • Run for office … there is no better way to make sure your voice is heard!
  • Talk with organizations at Exhibitor Tables who offer the resources to help you take the next step.


About the Panelists:

Our panel of women business owners have effectively engaged with state and federal government and are making government work to their advantage. Their strides make a difference for all our businesses.

• Merry Korn, President/CEO, Pearl Interactive Network

• Shaune Skinner, President, ASC Group, Inc.

• The Honorable Debbie Johnson, Mayor, Upper Arlington

• Anne Chambers, CEO of Red212, National Partner and Advisory Board Member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)


Merry Korn

Merry Korn is founder and CEO of Pearl Interactive Network, Inc. Since 2004, the for-profit social enterprise gives hiring priority to disabled veterans, veterans, people with disabilities, military spouses and people living in geographically challenged areas. With annual revenues averaging $12M, Pearl Interactive employs 500+ employees in 26 states at peak hiring. Pearl Interactive’s service offerings include program management and staffing for contact centers and telemedicine, sourcing, and 508 compliance services. While Pearl is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, services are delivered with home-based employees or at clients’ sites.

Prior to launching Pearl Interactive, she was one of four founders who built American Health Holding, Inc., a national medical management firm, to a company with annual sales of $32M. Merry spent 25 years at American Health until it was sold to Aetna Insurance in 2004. In 1988, Merry founded OccuServ, a health service brokerage firm that implemented corporate physical and behavioral health screenings and wellness programs for clients like AT&T, Honda, The Limited, and School Employee Retirement System.

Merry is active in the local business community. She serves on the board of SocialVentures (formerly Center for Social Enterprise Development). She volunteers with multiple organizations, like Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group, Career Transition Networking, and Center for New Directions, where she provides training and support to individuals in career transition. Merry also mentors women wanting to start small businesses through the Women Small Business Incubator. Merry is the recipient of many awards and recognition, including in 2016, the Central Ohio Smart 50 Award, Columbus Business First’s Fast 50 Award, Columbus Business First’s Diversity in Business Award, and in 2015, Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Metropreneur.

Merry earned a Master of Social Work (with honors) from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Ohio University. 

Shaune Skinner

Shaune is President of ASC Group, Inc., a company that conducts cultural and environmental studies for projects under the NEPA.  She is responsible for overseeing all seven ASC Group offices, directing proposal preparation and project coordination of over 100 projects per year. Certified as a Principal Archaeologist in Ohio and in all surrounding states, she is also certified by the Registry of Professional Archaeologists.  Shaune has over 30 years experience in cultural resources management with specific concentration in the central Ohio Valley. 

As an Air Force brat, Shaune grew up in a variety of places around the world.  She has been in Ohio since 1970 and in Columbus since 1979.  Before starting her business, Shaune worked for the Ohio Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of National History, and the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Contract Archaeology Divisions of these groups.

Shaune is active on a number of community and non-profit boards including NAWBO- National Association of Women's Business Owners, Woman Transportation Seminar (WTS), and Clintonville Incorporated (CI).

Shaune lives in Clintonville.  Her favorite pastime is bird watching.

Debbie Johnson

Debbie Johnson is currently serving her eighth year on the Upper Arlington City Council.  She served as Vice President of Council in 2014 - 2015 and was elected President of Council/Mayor in January 2016.  She has served on the Upper Arlington Community Improvement Corporation, the economic development arm of the City and chaired the community’s sidewalk task force as well as the Community Facilities and Services Master Plan committee.  She has also served on the Franklin County Planning Commission as a Commissioner Designate in 2015-2016.

She is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and remains active in their programs.  She is also president of Leadership Catalyst, where she has consulted with a variety of clients, with an emphasis on leadership development programs.

Among her community leadership roles, Debbie has served as president of the board for Women for Economic Development (WELD) and is currently active on Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network at her alma mater, Otterbein University.  She is also a member of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Women in Leadership Commission.  Debbie specializes in connecting people to maximize the individuals’ or organization’s leadership development.

In another leadership role, she is a Founder of the Ross Leadership Institute where she serves as the Founding Director and is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Leadership Development Institute.  

Anne Chambers

Anne is the co-founder and CEO of Red212, an agency focused fully on content strategy ... and measuring everything. Red212 pioneered the use of DRTV within P&G and now makes measurement available to brands. Anne spent 20 years working on P&G brands in advertising development with ten years inside the company in various roles in advertising development at P&G, with a focus on beauty care brands. Her work also included being on the team that led the global rollout of Max Factor, as well as integrating the Cover Girl business into the P&G strategy and structure.

Anne is a National Partner and Advisory Board Member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). NAWBO is a partner with WIPP, a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs - strengthening their impact on our nation's public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations.  

Cancellation Policy:

Registrations must be paid in advance.

A late fee will be charged after 12:00 pm on the Monday preceding the Meeting.

Cancellations made after 6 pm on the Monday prior to the Meeting will not be refunded.

Special Notes:

Are you a new member or a first time guest? Stick around after the meeting to attend the Huddle, where you can learn more about the benefits of NAWBO Columbus and how you can get more involved! Huddle is from 1:15pm - 1:45pm and takes place in the same room as our luncheons.

Registrants agree to the NAWBO Columbus photography release unless they have otherwise notified the communications committee.

All special dietary and meal requests must be submitted with your registration by the registration deadline. We regret that we can not provide alternative meals or substitutions that are requested at the luncheon.


$25.00 Member
$35.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$25.00 Corporate Partner
$35.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$45.00 Member + First Time Guest
$60.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$30.00 Guest
$40.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$150.00 Table (6 tickets)
$210.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$50.00 Member Exhibitor Table (includes 1 lunch registration
$60.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$25.00 Corporate Partner Exhibit Table (includes 1 lunch registration)
$35.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

$100.00 Non-Member Exhibitor Table (includes 1 lunch registration)
$110.00 after 12:00 pm September 4

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