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NAWBO Phoenix Presents Annual Desert Diamonds Awards

Annual Desert Diamonds Award ceremony also kicks off 30th anniversary for NAWBO Phoenix Metro.

Phoenix, AZ, June 19, 2015 --( More than 100 members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter, and their guests recently celebrated the success of the past year and recognized extraordinary contributions of its members. National NAWBO Board Chair-Elect Crystal Arredondo served as emcee for the 2015 Desert Diamonds Awards Gala and 30th Anniversary Celebration for the Phoenix Chapter.

Companies and individuals honored with awards were:
Corporate Partner of the Year: SRP was recognized for its work in supporting women business owners and NAWBO for the past 19 years.

Bridge Builder: Julie Heiland, J Heiland Interiors. This award recognizes a member who has been involved in community outreach activities, has identified and created new alliances, or developed new partnerships that promote NAWBO's mission.

Unsung Hero: Jody Owen, Life Coach, Speaker and Trainer. This award is given for demonstrating extraordinary support for the chapter through participation within the organization and as a promoter of NAWBO’s mission through outreach in the community. Owen has been a tireless volunteer, leader, visionary and mentor to other members during her 10 years as a NAWBO member.

Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood: Kristin Slice, Splash Printing and Marketing. This award is given for a member who exemplifies the spirit of NAWBO. She volunteers her time to support the organization’s initiatives, while also developing her own leadership and business skills.

Member of the Year: Paula Wittekind, CDQ Learning. Member of the Year Award is given to a woman who demonstrated extraordinary support of NAWBO or the chapter and has contributed “above and beyond” to see that the organization is successful in meeting its goals and member needs. Wittekind has strengthened the presence of NAWBO in the public and private sectors, created innovative programs and has fostered initiatives and policies for the betterment of the organization.

Business Owner of the Year: Nancy Hetrick, Smarter Divorce Solutions, LLC. This award is presented to the member who has built a successful and prosperous enterprise in spite of obstacles. This member demonstrates innovation in her industry, gives back to the community and creates jobs while contributing to the growth and mission of NAWBO through active participation.

Companies and individuals were nominated by members and then members voted to determine the top finalists in each category. Finalists were judged by representatives from other NAWBO Chapters. For more information on each of the winners, visit:

“All of our members are 'diamonds' in my eyes for all they do throughout the year to support our chapter and other women in business,” says Dorothy Wolden, 2014-15 President. “In addition to the Desert Diamonds Awards, I gave Presidential Awards to three members who provided extra help and support to me-Lori Brown of Hymson Goldstein & Pantiliat, PC, Valerie Marbach of eSpark Marketing, and Tracie Rollins of The Rollins Advantage.”

Major sponsors for this year’s Desert Diamonds Awards were CopperPoint and Southwest Airlines.


NAWBO is an organization that 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, founded in 1985, visit
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