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Spotlight on NAWBO – National Association of Women Business Owners

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NAWBO is the National Association of Women Business Owners. It is the oldest and largest business membership organization exclusively for women entrepreneurs who own their business. NAWBO was founded in 1975 to represent the interests of women business owners particuarly in public policy matters that impact thier businesses, incuding and especially what we are discussing today, the Women’s Business Ownership Act. Today NAWBO has 5,000 members across 3 chapters nationwide. The NAWBO Atlanta Chapter was formed in 1997 and meets monthly on second Thursdays at The Buckhead Club for a business education program and lunch.

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Twitter: @NAWBONational AND @NAWBOAtlanta

Nancy Chorpenning/C-Suite Advisors FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Nancy Chorpenning is Founder and Managing Director of C-Suite Advisors, a business advisory practice helping business owners, especially women entrepreneurs, grow their companies by planning and focusing on the right priorities. Nancy spent nearly 30 years in corporate America before founding C-Suite Advisors in 2006, punctuated by a 2-year stint as a midlife Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea in the late 90s. She moved to Atlanta in 1999 as part of the management team that started up WebMD, where she launched the first physician website. She is a Director on the National Board of NAWBO where she serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She has been a member of NAWBO since she started her business, and served on the Board of the Atlanta Chapter for 6 years including as Chapter President. She is also a member of the Presidents Assembly of NAWBO, past presidents who support current chapter leaders, where she has responsibility for 17 southern tier chapters of NAWBO. Nancy is a new bride, and she and her husband Paul live in Atlanta.

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe Twitter

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe is a strategic digital marketing executive who is fluent in 4 languages and specializes in developing business for international brands (Fortune 500) via initiating and integrating social media and digital strategies and enterprise social networking, as well as, building strategic partnerships and implementing marketing technologies. Dorothéa teaches marketers and business leaders how to measure, optimize and build current new media efforts to increase value and develop strong relationships between brands and fans Additionally, Dorothéa has appeared as a social media marketing strategy subject matter expert on CBS and CNN’s Ali Velshi show. Some of her clients include: Boy Scouts of America, Mashable, Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Chrysler, The Weather Channel, AT&T, Georgia Tech, InterContinental Hotels Group, Mercer, Jewish Family & Career Services, Ogilvy & Mather, Reader’s Digest, Qualcomm, Turner Network Television, Coca-Cola. She is a new NAWBO member, and is presently leading a social media effort to engage interest in NAWBO’s upcoming Women’s Business Conference in Miami, October 3-5 this year.

Jill Peck/Henderson Shapiro Peck, Inc. FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Jill Peck is Vice-President & COO for Henderson Shapiro Peck, Inc., a relationship-driven, award winning marketing and business support company. Areas of practice include healthcare, bioscience, pharma, communications/technology, publishing and non-profit. She is a member of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Certified Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC), Metro Atlanta Chamber, North Metro Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Business Alliance. Board of Directors (NAWBO Atlanta), Board of Directors (Emerge Scholarships), Volunteer Arthritis Foundation, Tolerance Education Program, Atlanta Food Bank.

Tonya Hicks/Power Solutions, Inc. LinkedinTwitter

Tonya Hicks is founder and President of Power Solutions, Inc., a 13-year old commercial electrical contracting and engineering firm in Atlanta; Power Solutions also has a newer Maintenance Division. Tonya became the first woman journeyman electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Meridian, MS in 1994. She is starting up another company “MaryAnn Works” providing work clothes designed for women in construction and uniformed services. Tonya is an avid blogger, and started “Women Do Everything,” to help women maintain, manage and renovate their homes. A single mother to two sons, aged 7 and 20, she is self-described as half Martha Stewart and half Oprah.

Linda Hughes/GreatRidge LinkedinTwitter

Linda Hughes is the CEO of GreatRidge a consulting company focused on helping companies grow to meet their potential. Linda founded GreatRidge in 2008 after a 25 year career including leadership positions at companies including The Coca-Cola Company, AIG, and NorthHighland. Linda has been a member of NAWBO for over 3 years and is currently serving as the President of the NAWBO Atlanta chapter.



Ellen Adair Wyche with Womenetics, Mike Young with and David Hoff with Cloud Sherpas

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Lynn Hood, Top Kernel with Crackerjack Marketing, is our guest host for today’s program.

Ellen Adair Wyche/Womenetics FacebookLinkedin

Womenetics co-founder and Vice President of Programs, Ellen Adair Wyche, has always been motivated by the unique qualities of women in business, and it is her passion to develop a global platform to enhance women’s leadership. Driven by the belief that women’s full engagement is an imperative for economic prosperity and positive change, Womenetics’ mission is to develop, support and inspire female leaders to create an impact larger than individual efforts as they improve and enhance a company’s productivity and bottom line. The company is a certified B-Corp, recognized for its positive social impact in empowering and elevating women through programs, leadership development, business training, and compelling editorial content distributed across multiple live events and online.

Wyche joins Results Matter Radio Show to talk about creating shared value, a cutting-edge business strategy that Womenetics is exploring at their annual Global Women’s Initiative on September 25th at the Georgia Aquarium. Creating shared value, the disruptive business strategy of the 21st Century, weaves social needs into a better business bottom line. Womenetics’ focus will center on how companies can better utilize the talents of women to accelerate the benefits derived from shared value in order to help produce long-term solutions, recognizing the unique ways women are impacted by and can impact the world’s problems. Implementing creating shared value requires a blend of innovation, creativity, and willingness to accept risk. Each of these topics align with the current topics Womenetics educates aspiring female leaders through their online content and development events.

Mike Young/ FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Mike Young is the Vice President of Marketing for, overseeing the Small Business Forum., a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, will host a free, interactive Small Business Forum designed to help Atlanta-area small business owners learn how to successfully increase visibility and market themselves online. The Small Business Forum will take place on Friday, September 20, 2013, from 7:30-10 a.m. EDT at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta.

Through’s agreement with the PGA TOUR and as umbrella sponsor of the Tour, developed the Small Business Forum as a benefit to small business owners in communities across the country. Key areas for discussion will include:

  • What are the elements of a great website?
  • How do I increase traffic to my website and to my business?
  • Is my website “working” for my business?
  • How do I market my business on Google, Facebook and Twitter?

To sign up for the Forum, please visit

David Hoff/Cloud Sherpas Linkedin

David Hoff is a CTO and a co-founder of Cloud Sherpas. Cloud Sherpas is the two-time Google Enterprise Partner of the Year for Google Apps, a Platinum partner and the first ServiceNow partner to reach Preferred partner status globally. As one of the world’s leading cloud services brokerages we’ve helped over 5,000 customers adopt, manage and enhance cloud solutions from Google,, ServiceNow and other leading cloud vendors.

Kirk Hancock with North Highland, Bill Nussey with Silverpop, Michelle Morgan with NEX Atlanta and Richard Simms with Tech Talent South

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Kirk Hancock/North Highland LinkedinTwitter

Kirk Hancock is North Highland’s Chief Financial Officer. With more than 23 years of experience in the field, he is well versed in corporate finance and accounting.

Imagine a company that invests in you as much as it earns. One that has mastered a culture of ownership and puts employees directly in charge of their professional destiny. Global consulting company North Highland has not only unlocked the key to double digit growth and success in a mature industry, its unique culture of ownership fosters a team of ninjas and superheroes, delivering great returns for the largest and most well-known companies in the world.

Part of what makes North Highland successful is that, unlike traditional partnerships, every North Highland employee – from the receptionist to the CEO – owns a stake in the company and is personally vested in the company’s and clients’ success. In fact, the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) saw a nine percent increase over last year’s mid-year valuation and is moving in the right direction for continued growth in 2013. In addition, North Highland’s retirement plan was recently ranked sixth on BrightScope’s list of the top 25 Atlanta-based companies 401k plans containing more than $50 million in assets, leading to even greater returns.

Bill Nussey/Silverpop LinkedinTwitter

Bill Nussey has 30 years of experience running technology and Internet companies. He started his first company in high school, creating and selling software that provided enhanced graphics for early text-based computers. In college, Nussey and several co-founders started Da Vinci Systems. As CEO, he grew this company to become one of the most widely used desktop email tools in the world. When he sold the company to publicly-traded ON Technology in 1994, Da Vinci Systems had more than 3 million users in 45 countries.

As CEO of Silverpop, Nussey has guided the company as it became the only digital marketing technology provider unifying marketing automation, email, mobile and social into a single solution available across the globe. During its lifetime, Silverpop has grown to 450 employees serving 4,400 organizations across 42 countries. During his tenure at Silverpop, Nussey has overseen the acquisition of leading marketing technology companies such as Vtrenz, PlacePunch and CoreMotives and helped lead Silverpop to seven consecutive years of profitability. He’s been the recipient of the Direct Marketing Association’s Marketing Technology and Internet Council Annual Award of Excellence and has been listed among the 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management by the Sales Lead Management Association for the past two years.

Nussey has served on the board of numerous private marketing technology start-ups and nonprofits, lending his expertise to guide them in the development of successful business models. He is the author of several publications, including The Quiet Revolution in Email Marketing. Nussey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Michelle Morgan/NEX Atlanta FacebookLinkedinTwitter

Currently the founder of NEX Atlanta, Michelle Morgan has been working in the sector to support development of social enterprise since 2009. Her first position was as the Director for the Academy of Sustainability at the Medici Center – a think tank attached to the redevelopment of City Hall East which was followed by founding HUB Atlanta – a local entity of the global social enterprise workspace. Her board experience includes the Green Chamber of the South, Enterprise 2 Empower (a student incubator at Ga Tech) and GreenPlate.

As the founder of NEX, Michelle has built unique programs and partnerships spanning business support services for entrepreneurs to social business models for Habitat for Humanity International. Michelle’s early career and education have been as an architect with 16 years in practice and an emphasis in morphology. All of that experience has been brought into the advisement process at NEX through design-thinking, critique and design-process techniques.

Richard Simms/Tech Talent South FacebookTwitter

Richard Simms, Co-Founder of Tech Talent South, is an Atlanta native. After graduating from Washington and Lee University in Virginia, Richard went on to work in business development and strategic partnerships for a Saas software company in DC called Cvent. Looking to dive further into the world of tech and move towards a more entrepreneurial path, Richard then moved to Chicago to join a small tech startup. As a part of a small team, Richard helped to raise investment capital and became involved in overseeing product development. This is really where Richard’s desire to learn to code took over…not only in order to more effectively manage product development and be able to “talk the talk” with engineers but also to be able to prototype his own ideas and one day build his own products/business. At that time, Richard enrolled in an immersive program in Chicago learning web development with Ruby on Rails. In this program, Richard met Betsy Hauser, Co-Founder of Tech Talent South. As the only two Southerners in the program, Richard and Betsy quickly bonded over their love for startups, code, and the South. After seeing how empowering learning these skills could be, Richard and Betsy were disappointed to see that these types of immersive educational opportunities simply didn’t exist in Atlanta so, they decided to start Tech Talent South. With Tech Talent South, their goal is to help empower creative folks in the South to drive innovation and to put Atlanta on the map as the next big startup hub.

Financial Executives International Association – Atlanta Chapter



Chris Arndt/Financial Executives International Linkedin

Chris is an experienced CFO who has come through the ranks of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance. His crisis management and investment banking experience was with Ernst & Young (now Macquarie), the Lenox Group and PWC. He has managed acquisitions, reorganizations, equity investments, and process improvement initiatives at Scientific Atlanta, ChoicePoint, and Extremity Healthcare. He has also served as CFO and COO of two portfolio companies owned by One Equity Partners.

Chris was the Atlanta Chapter President of FEI in 2007. He served as a national director for the Southeast region from 2008 to 2012, and has been asked to serve an additional term in 2013 as President of the Atlanta Chapter.

Ron Barden/Financial Executives International Linkedin

Ron is an emeritus accounting professor of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He has functioned as a CPA, internal auditor, systems designer, and consultant to many businesses and governmental institutions. He has taught professional exam review courses and graduate academic courses internationally. He is also a retired Navy Captain. Most recently he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Accounting at Clayton State University for the academic year 2012-2013.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of Financial Executives International, he is primarily responsible for being a link with the Financial Executives Research Foundation and passing along relevant summaries of that research to Atlanta Chapter members.