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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