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Sept. 10 NAWBO Meeting to Focus on Best Practices of Effective Leadership

Phoenix, AZ, September 04, 2014 --( A panel of experts will share best practices of effective leadership at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Phoenix Metro Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The event takes place at the Phoenix County Club (2901 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 85012) beginning with a NAWBO University Workshop at 9:30 a.m., networking at 10:45 and luncheon/panel presentation at 11:20.

Costs for the Sept. 10 lunch and program are $38 for NAWBO members and $48 for guests. NAWBO University is free for members and $30 for guests. Reservations must be made online by Sept. 5 at

The moderator for the leadership panel will be Deborah Bateman, vice chairman of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Arizona. As a veteran banker with more than 40 years of banking experience, Bateman is involved with ongoing development and a focus on the bank's impact and engagement in Arizona. She is an active member of the community and currently serves on several Boards, including O'Connor House, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and Phoenix Suns Charities.

Leadership panelists include:
Amy Bruske, president of Kolbe Corp, who has filled many different roles in the last 20 years, including chief productivity officer and responsibility for Kolbe's client relationships to ensure operational excellence throughout the organization. Bruske is one of the company's three senior master consultants and was named the Small Business Owner of the year by NAWBO Phoenix in 2012.

Laura Capello, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), who oversees one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in the nation, serving more than 1,500 youth across Maricopa and Gila counties. She provides the organizational leadership to fulfill the BBBSAZ mission of providing Arizona youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Ginger Clayton, president of Elontec, LLC, a leading provider of office furniture, relocation services and cabling installation. The company has been recognized locally and nationally for its success and unique business model. Clayton continuously works to create opportunities personally and professionally to make a difference.

Kathryn Prusinski, vice president of integration and development at Vision Alignment.

Prusinski’s focus is on leadership curriculum development and training, strategic integration, and its successful application to business. She brings a wealth of experience in change management, revenue production, and communication from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prusinski has served on the Board of Leadership West.

Vicki Sandler, president of Wearthy Ideas, is a pioneer, adventurer, entrepreneur and energy expert—be it traditional green or your personal energy. Sandler developed her proven process for being your own “Chief Energy Officer” through her experience as CEO of APS Energy Service’s start-up green energy company, which she helped grow to $220 million in revenue per year for over a decade.

NAWBO University Workshop
Topic for the Sept. 10 workshop is “Transforming Your Business Through Leadership” and will be led by Evelyn Gaskin, founder of the Leadership Excellence Development Academy. Through her signature model, Gaskin simplifies leadership development by focusing on four critical areas - Servant Leadership, Courageous Leadership, Ethical Leadership and Effective Leadership.

NAWBO is an organization which works to: strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective changes in the business culture; build strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and transform public policy and influence opinion makers. For more information about the Phoenix Metro Chapter, visit
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