Feb. Luncheon: Scaling Up Panel Speaker Bio’s

If you haven’t registered for the February NAWBO luncheon you need to do it now! We have put together some amazing women to share their experience and wisdom. These women are so amazing we had to create an entire blog just to cover their accomplishments. So take a look register and invite a friend.


Ilana Lowery, Phoenix Business Journal (Moderator)

Ilana Lowery was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of the Phoenix Business Journal in June after serving as editor since August 2001. Prior to that, she had served as managing editor of the paper since 1999.

Ilana first joined the publication as a reporter and projects editor in 1995. As a reporter she covered banking and finance, travel, aviation, tourism and sports business.

Prior to The Business Journal, she was an editor for Independent Newspapers Inc., a community newspaper chain based in Scottsdale. Before moving to the Valley in 1989, Ilana served as a reporter and editor for Pulitzer Newspapers in Chicago. An award-winning journalist, she also worked as a scriptwriter and associate producer for the NBC-TV affiliate in Chicago.

A 1986 graduate of the University of Illinois, Ilana earned BA degrees in Mass Communications and English.

Currently, Ilana is an associate professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She also serves on the executive board of Gabriel’s Angels and is a member of the Hon Kachina Board of Governors. In addition, Ilana is a member of the prestigious women’s professional associations Charter 100 and Central Phoenix Women.

Ilana was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists Silver Key Society in September, 2015. In 2014, she was selected as a Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Award finalist. She also was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council in 2005, and in 2008, Ilana was honored with a Woman of Distinction award by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America – Southwest.

Ilana is a long-time supporter of Debbie Gaby Charities, United Way, the Arizona Heart Association and the Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center.

Lauren Bailey { Upward Projects 

Lauren Bailey 2013Lauren Bailey is a co-founder of Upward Projects, a group of locally focused restaurateurs creating inspired restaurants that are connected to the communities they serve. Just this year, Inc. Magazine named Upward Projects to the “2015 Inc. 5000” list as one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies.

Upward Projects places an emphasis on preparing high-quality food and adapting and reusing historically relevant buildings that are an integral part of local neighborhoods. To uphold this philosophy, Lauren focuses primarily on conceptualization, design and operations for five industrial wine cafes – Postino Arcadia, Postino Central, Postino East, Postino Annex, Postino LoHi (Denver, CO); Windsor, a pub-style neighborhood hangout; Churn, the adjoining nostalgic ice cream shop; Federal Pizza, an artisan pizza restaurant; and two Joyride Taco House’s, a scratch-kitchen Mexican concept.  Collectively, Lauren is responsible for growth and vision of the existing concepts as well as future projects.

Lauren is a board member of Local First Arizona, an organization determined to protect, strengthen and foster local business. She is also a Steering Committee Member for Devour Phoenix, a city-wide, non-profit coalition of independent restaurants that maintain a forum for sharing ideas, increasing Arizona’s visibility as a culinary destination, stressing the importance of sustainability and hosting culinary driven events. She is also a board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, a group comprised of 12,000 entrepreneurs from all around the globe, is on the Grand Canyon University Colangelo College of Business Advisory Board and is also a proud “big sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. In 2013, Lauren was recognized by the Arizona Republic as “35 Entrepreneurs Under 35,” while in 2014, she was inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame as Restaurateur of the Year, honored as the 2014 Food Pioneer by the Arizona Restaurant Association, and selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as “40 Under 40 – Class of 2014.” In 2015, the Phoenix Business Journal selected Lauren as the 2015 Outstanding Women in Business honoree.

Lauren was raised in the state of Indiana and has inhabited a fair amount of cities up and down the East Coast, including New York City and Nantucket. She attended Arizona State University, graduating in 2002 with dual degrees in Communication and Fine Art. In 2006, Lauren married her husband and business partner, Wyatt Bailey, in Vernazza, Italy. In her spare time Lauren travels the world, hunts for vintage treasures, creates art, cooks up amazing flavors, and spends time with the most important people in her life.

Lisa VanBockern, Skin Script

VanBockern.jpgLisa VanBockern, a graduate of Arizona State University’s College of Business, began her career as a senior business analyst for Ernst & Young consulting, one of the world’s leading professional services organizations.

Years later, a business opportunity within the aesthetic field presented itself and VanBockern pursued.  Upon licensing as an aesthetician, she worked under two physicians in the aesthetic field since 2004 and gained a vast knowledge of skin care conditions and ingredients within topical treatments.  In 2008, her passion for skin care and desire to achieve real results for her clients led her into the research and development of her own skin care line, Skin Script. Skin Script is a professional product line that specializes in clinical-grade skin care products for all skin types and ethnicities. With over 8,000 accounts throughout the United States, the products are used in facials and retailed by spas, salons, med spas, and dermatologist offices.

Skin Script’s sales, training and distribution offices are located in Tempe, Arizona

Robin Orchard, Orchard Medical Consulting

Robin Orchard copyRobin Orchard is the President and Owner of Orchard Medical Consulting, a multi-state nurse case management firm. Her company provides workers compensation nurse case management and catastrophic injury management services to employers and insurance companies throughout the United States. Over the years, Orchard Medical has won numerous awards, including the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”, AZ Business Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies” Award, and the “Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility” Award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Community service is very important to Ms. Orchard; she is a strong supporter of Kids’ Chance of Arizona, the Young Entrepreneurs Association and Local First AZ.  She is cofounder of Canyon State Comp Partners, a nonprofit organization comprised of locally owned businesses dedicated to strengthening the Arizona economy. Ms. Orchard is Past President of the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and a past recipient of the “Woman in Business Champion” Award from the United States Small Business Association (SBA).  Robin was recently appointed (as the only woman) to the Industrial Commission by Governor Ducey, a term that requires 5 years of service.

Lorraine Bergman, President/CEO of Caliente Construction Inc

Lorraine Finished WebLorraine, an Arizona native, is owner and President of Caliente Construction Inc. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. While continuing to pursue a career at Arizona Public Service Company (APS), she and her husband Tom founded Caliente Construction in 1991. After 20 years with APS and retiring as the company’s East Valley Community Relations Manager in 1997, Lorraine started the consulting company Strategic Change Management.

In 2000, she became President of Caliente. Upon Tom’s untimely death in 2005, Lorraine assumed full leadership of the company. She was immediately faced with lack of confidence from both employees and clients who believed a woman could not run a construction company. Drawing on her immense strength, she brought new energy and vision to the company. Today, Caliente Construction is one of the top 50 largest general contractors in Arizona and the 5th largest woman-owned business in the state. Her leadership is based on simple principles; every client gets our full attention and we take care of the details by providing exceptional quality, and personalized, cost-conscious, timely and innovative construction solutions.

One of Lorraine’s great passions is serving the community. Just a few of her notable accomplishments include: recipient of the 2014 Commercial Real Estate Industry Leader award, past president of Arizona Builder’s Alliance, State of Arizona Director for Association of General Contractors of America, member of CEOs Against Cancer, co-founder of Advancing Women in Construction; she is a two-time Athena Award nominee; winner of the 2010 ACE Most Admired CEO and the 2009 ASU Spirit of Enterprise awards and was recently named as one of the top 50 most influential women in Arizona. In 2015, she was elected the incoming 2015 President for the Arizona Chapter of the Center for Job Order Contracting Excellence.

Lorraine has raised two successful children who are also actively involved in the family business and is a devoted grandmother of five! Committed to living an active and healthy life, she is up before dawn to work out, is an avid skier, hiker and a world traveler.


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Why, as a woman business owner, would the Corp’s Conation Nation Symposium be of interest/benefit to me?

Why, as a woman business owner, would this Symposium be of interest/benefit to me?

1.) Learn to leverage your instinctive strengths.

Most successful entrepreneurs have one thing in common:  Their success is driven by their strengths.  Business owners who leverage their instinctive talents can build more productive teams and reduce stress in their lives.  Kolbe Corp’s Conation Nation Symposium on May 7th in Scottsdale, AZ, will give you strategies for using your conative strengths to grow your business and improve your life in ways that you about most.

2.) Keynote presentations by Kolbe Corp Founder Kathy Kolbe, and by Rich Vincent, Ph.D., most recently Amazon.com’s Vice President of Talent and Leader Development.  

Dr. Vincent will be speaking about the need for a more resilient work force that is:

  • less bureaucratic,
  • more responsive, and
  • “fit for purpose” with the right people in the right position”

3.) Breakout session featuring consulting experts Angelique Rewers and Phil Dyer

Angelique and Phil will share the latest research and key insights you must know to maximize the emerging opportunities in the $12 trillion+ corporate B2B marketplace and land high-paying corporate clients.

4.) Dynamic presentations on such topics as:

  • Business consulting best practices
  • Essential leadership qualities for tomorrow’s business owners
  • Personal productivity
  • Transforming a sales culture

5.) Awesome networking opportunities

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conation-nation-symposium-may-6-8-2015-tickets-12696283927

Corporate Partner Highlight: Kolbe Corp

What this business offers:

Kolbe Corp strives to identify the nature of creative instincts and enable individuals to unleash the boundless power of their own natural strengths to improve personal productivity, enrich relationships, and launch rewarding careers.  Employers can use Kolbe Corp resources for recruiting and selection, for developing highly productive and stable teams, and for improving individual performance and communication.  Parents and educators can use these resources to help students and family members find their best modes for learning and for accomplishing tasks.

More than one million individuals have completed Kolbe assessments.

Kolbe Corp’s online assessment, the Kolbe A™ Index, is used by individuals and organizations throughout the United States and in 34 other countries on five continents to find and develop top talent, increase productivity and build effective teams. Kolbe solutions are currently available in English, Spanish, French, and German.


Kathy Kolbe, chairman

David Kolbe, CEO

Amy Bruske, president

What makes the business unique

Kolbe Corp is the only company that measures conation.  For most of the past century, researchers have focused on understanding and quantifying the cognitive and affective aspects of the mind while paying relatively little attention to the conative (or volitional) aspect.  The conative part of the mind pertains to how an individual solves problems when given the freedom to act instinctively.  Kolbe Corp has been the leader in research on conation for four decades.

Why should NAWBO members choose your product or service?
Kolbe Corp provides insight, not available anywhere else, into what drives human behavior.  Using such solutions as the Kolbe A Index and our suite of products and consultative services, business owners can build more productive teams and improve their bottom line.

Further, for the individual business owner, the Kolbe A Index is the only validated assessment that measures a person’s conative strengths. Not just another personality test, Kolbe helps you to understand the talent you were born with and how to Be Your Best Self.

How long have you been a NAWBO Corporate Partner?

Since 2011.

Why did you decide to become a Corporate Partner?

Kolbe Corp is a women-owned business, and we believe in supporting the mission of NAWBO.

Read more about the upcoming  Kolbe Corp’s Conation Nation Symposium on May 7th in Scottsdale, AZ

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Agents of Change: Comments from the Public Policy Chair Wendy Anderton

Women business owners are agents of change.  Each of you is in business for yourself, and each of you probably has experience working for someone else.  Your choice to move into the world of entrepreneurship is proof that you are willing to face your fears and make a change for yourselves, your families, and your future.  In doing so, you are blazing a trail for others, reaching down and pulling them up to stand with you.
This is the time to step into the world of Civic Engagement – politics – policy – change.  No matter your stand on an issue, women business owners hold power and weight in the world of politics.  Your representatives will listen to you.  No matter the issue you have, rather than sitting back and saying “That’s just how it is”, it is time for us to engage and ask for help changing things the we just don’t like, things that don’t serve us well, and to reach out and make Arizona a better place for US to do business.
In the coming months, women’s issues will take a forefront in the national dialogue.  I encourage each of you to take advantage of the day today and learn HOW to be a part of that dialogue, how to be a leader in the realm of Civil Discourse.  It’s time to no longer politely decline the political discussion, but to contemplate your opinion, educate yourselves about the issues, and stand for what you believe in by getting involved.  We are poised to be change-agents.  All we have to do is flip the switch and turn on our power!
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Written by Phoenix Chapter Public Policy Chair, Wendy Anderton.

Member Spotlight: Laurie Anderson

Member name:                Laurie W. Anderson

Business: Cactus Creative

Who are your ideal clients, what is the problem they have that you help them with, and how does it affect their lives?

We work with owners of small to medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations. These business owners may be experts in their industry but don’t have the knowledge or time to effectively market their business.

We help clients develop a strategy using traditional and digital marketing tools directed to their target audiences.

The goal is to create the tools to help them:

Attract, engage, and convert leads to customers

What solution do you provide, and what are the benefits/results your clients get from Laurie_webworking with you?

My husband/business partner and I are seasoned marketing professionals. After many years working in

Denver, we moved to the Valley in 2012 and launched Cactus Creative. Since I joined NAWBO, I have shared my expertise in public relations/publicity on its communications committee.

Working with Cactus Creative, clients benefit from our experience integrating the latest marketing, public relations, and technical solutions for business development.

The cost-effective marketing tools that we implement for our clients include:

  • Public relations/publicity
  •  Cloud-based websites
  • Mobile web
  •  Commercial photography

We help business owners to grow and enhance their brand.

Business contact info and social media:

Laurie W. Anderson, APR

Co-owner, Cactus Creative

Check out the most recent blog post from Laurie: Rank Higher in Search Results by Making Your Website Mobile Friendly. 

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Western International University

What this business offers: University offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees

Owner: Western International UniversityWest

What makes the business unique? 

For over 35 years, Western International University® (West)—a university built for working adults—has provided degree programs focused on real-world skills, taught by faculty who also work in the fields they teach. Pursuing a degree must be manageable for today’s exceedingly busy lifestyles. Our model allows flexibility in scheduling your weekly coursework and delivers a quality education in today’s fast- growing fields, for about half the cost of many other universities. Bringing together “affordable” and “education”—two words not usually seen in the same sentence—is our commitment.

Biggest daily challenge: Marketplace awareness—West offers a unique format and value for working adult students, and we need to get the word out.

Why should NAWBO members choose your product or service? New students can try their first required online course at West with no financial obligation, to see if West is a good fit. You’ll only be invoiced for the 3-credit introductory course if you choose to continue at West.* Visit west.edu/nawbo for complete details.

How long have you been a NAWBO Corporate Partner:  Since June 2014

Why did you decide to become a Corporate Partner? West is proud to support NAWBO as a Corporate Partner and through use of our campus facilities for NAWBO events, and NAWBO members can take advantage of our affordable education options for themselves and their employees.

Desert Ridge Nieghborhood NAWBO is BACK!

Don’t miss the kick off of a new Neighborhood NAWBO at Desert Ridge. Actually it is “re-opening under New Management”. Victoria Trafton and Cathy Lafee are hosting this lunch on the first Thursday of every month starting March 5. This is one more way to deepen relationships with NAWBO members AND build a referral business foundation!

Bring a friend that you would like to introduce to NAWBO and join us for this first meeting. You can count on a fun exercise that will build relationships faster than you would have thought! You might just meet someone who will change your life!

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Desert Ridge

Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 11:30 – 1 PM
Location: Mimi’s at Desert Ridge
Questions? Contact
Victoria Trafton 
Catherine Lafee

Member Highlight: Isabel Banerjee, GroYourBiz



Member name:                Isabel Banerjee


Business name:                GroYourBiz

Who are your ideal clients, what is the problem they have that you help them with, and how does it affect their lives?

Ideal clients are women business owners & entrepreneurs that have goals and dreams for success and wealth creation and have realized it is hard to wear all the hats of enterprise, stay in their personal strengths’ zones and figure out what they don’t know while juggling a whole life.

What solution do you provide, and what are the benefits/results your clients get from working with you?

GroYourBiz provides the structure, the knowledge and the ongoing support of a personal board of directors. Each MyBoard group is comprised of proven business leaders, financial, accounting and legal professionals plus the collective wisdom of like-minded entrepreneurs with diverse experience, perspective and resources.

MyBoard groups meet monthly to vet their business plans and progress, to present issues and opportunities for feedback and to acquire and polish business skills. Deep trust and bonds are formed within the groups as members pledge confidentiality, active participation and to contribute their unique abilities and experience to help each of their board ‘sisters’ grow their business.

Strong peer advisory boards provide a business owner with an army of talent, experience and objectivity for a very small investment. Statistics show that the accountability of regular meetings and review by peers produces much greater success and more satisfying rewards than ‘going it alone’.

Business contact info and social media:

Isabel Banerjee
Managing Director, Arizona
O: 602.910.4275

M: 602.882.9459
F: 480.535.5820
E: ibanerjee@groyourbiz.com

Updating Your NAWBO Profile on NAWBOphx.org

We recently launched a new website! One of the main features is an enhanced search feature for members. The new search tool is key word driven, just like a standard search engine. It’s more important than ever to make sure your contact info and profile is up-to-date. You can do that in just a few easy steps.

  1. Go to www.NAWBOphx.org
  2. Click the login button in the upper right corner.
  3. Enter your email address and click “Forgot Password”
  4. Check your email for the password reset message
  5. Reset your password and you’re done.

Once you are logged in make sure to review your profile and add any important information to your business description.

The NAWBO Phoenix Chapter is a separate from the National website and your profiles are unique. We recommend that you update both!

If you have any questions please email Dorothy Wolden, dwolden@cistudio.com