|Valencia Ray, M.D.
"Who do you think you are?" Your answer will impact every area of your life and is actually essentially created by "autobiographical memory" in the brain - that can limit your true personal and professional potential and can be changed. Dr.Valencia Ray will share why and how this happens, and steps to take to begin to change these stories that could be contributing to feelings of stress, "doing" too much and "dis-ease".
Tuesday, March 19
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Naperville Bank & Trust Community Room
555 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
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Save the Date
NAWBO Chicago Networking Reception: Salute to Woman Leaders
Wednesday, March 27
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
1 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 4400, Chicago
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Allstate 2013 Supplier Diversity Exchange
Allstate Insurance Company hosted its fifth annual Supplier Diversity Exchange on October 5, 2012 in alliance with Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The theme of the event was: Compete. Win. Grow.
Thirty-five diverse companies attended, each participating in multiple one-on-one meetings with Allstate staff and/or prime supplier representatives responsible for purchasing goods and services.
(View photos from the Exchange) In addition, there were two panel discussions moderated by Dr. Melvin Gravely II, Ph.D., Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking. During the first panel discussion, Allstate's procurement professionals shared key insights on what they are looking for in partners and how to make the right impression to get in the door. The second was focused on ways to sustain key supplier status and strategies for exceeding customer expectations and developing strategic partnerships once a bid is won. (View videos from the panels and comments from executives)
Launched in 2008, the Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange was created to provide an opportunity for businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community to build relationships with Allstate and Allstate's prime suppliers. It offers a forum for guidance as well as insight into the procurement world of large organizations. While attendance at this event does not guarantee business, 103 attendees have had the opportunity to compete and 64 have won business. Since the launch of the Exchange, nearly thirty percent of Allstate's $1.5B diverse spend has been with exchange attendees.
The date for the 2013 Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange has yet to be confirmed, however, if you are interested in participating, please click here to submit your company's information. We will send you a link to the application site when it opens this summer.
The application process will assist in determining which applicants will benefit most by attending the Exchange. However, due to limited seating, not all qualified applicants can be accommodated. The application will be available in the third quarter 2013. If you would like to be notified when the application is available, please click here to submit your contact information.
A new feature this year, resulting from previous feedback, will be quarterly webinars. The learning series is designed to help suppliers increase their knowledge of how to do business with large corporations, specifically Allstate. Click here for a webinar schedule, descriptions and registration links.
Business Accelerator Program
Building Your Marketing Plan
It's early in the new year — the perfect time to create or update your marketing plan. Want to get the most out of your marketing strategy? Knowing your business' identity is essential to virtually any marketing plan.
In this webinar, Michelle Lanter Smith discusses the steps to developing your business identity, along with five secrets to successful marketing.
Click here for more information and registration.
NAWBO members are making business-generating connections every day. Find out who’s making connections at NAWBO’s Connections Corner.
Help propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power and shop NAWBO first! These members did. Read these recent examples of NAWBO members doing business together:
Big Buzz Idea Group was the January Featured Business of the Month at BankFinancial’s Lincoln Park Branch, 2424 N. Clark Street. Big Buzz displayed their literature and provided a delightful basket of toasty warm beverage treats, with a Big Buzz mug, for raffle to other BankFinancial customers. Big Buzz Idea Group was also featured on the bank's website for the month with a link to their website.
Bobbye Cochran of Bobbye Cochran and Associates helped BankFinancial’s Lincoln Park Branch celebrate "Love Your Pet Day" on February 20. Bobbye supplied her Lincoln Bark branded dog treats and kitty sprinkles for gift baskets that will be raffled off to two lucky BankFinancial pet-loving customers!! This is the second time Lincoln Bark and BankFinancial have partnered—last year’s winners of the dog photo contest gobbled their treats down!
It’s your turn! Take advantage of this free PR opportunity to share your NAWBO connections. To submit your story, please contact Michele Katz of Advitam IP.
See What NAWBO Is Doing For Members - Did you know?
... NAWBO's looking for leaders?
It is that time of year again to nominate leaders for Committee Chair and Board postitions. You can nominate yourself. The nomination deadline is March 15. The Form and information about this process can be found on the NAWBO Chicago website.
... NAWBO benefits come with wine?
NAWBO Chicago has arranged for three, fabulous, FREE wine events in March that are geared towards attracting prospective members, so call your women business owner contacts and invite one and all. And by all means come and join them in a toast! Click here for details.
... NAWBO's offering discounted ticket prices for its biggest event of the year?
NAWBO Chicago's premier event celebrating achievement is coming up. Celebrate with us on May 7 at the Westin. Buy your tickets by April 12 to receive a handsome discount! Click here to purchase online.
Submitted by NAWBO member and Chair of Member Benefits Michele Katz, Founding Partner of Intellectual Property law firm Advitam IP, LLC; feel free to direct questions about membership benefits to Michele.
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