Cindy McCain is Featured Speaker at NAWBO Phoenix May 11 Meeting

The focus of NAWBO's May 11 luncheon meeting will be advocacy issues relating to women business owners' leadership roles.

Phoenix, AZ, April 21, 2016 --( How can you make a difference in your world? Join members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter, and their guests on Wednesday, May 11. NAWBO’s annual Public Policy Luncheon features guest speaker Cindy Hensley McCain.

The May 11 meeting will be moderated by Rhonda Bannard, Founder and Chief Connector of Inspired Connections, a boutique consulting agency serving nonprofits, associations and companies. “Rhonda will help us examine our own roles in the world by leading us in the Privilege Walk,” explains Nancy Sanders, NAWBO Phoenix president. “This exercise is designed to open our eyes to our own privilege points, and to help us examine and think about how to best approach those with more or less privilege.”

McCain, who serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor's Council on human trafficking and on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, will focus on women in leadership, and the role they play in critical issues like human trafficking. She will also be available for Q&A following her presentation.

The May 11 NAWBO meeting will be held in Phoenix beginning at 11 a.m. Cost for members is $38, $48 for guests. For information on the meeting location and to make a reservation, visit

McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate, both in the U.S. and around the world. She has served on the Board of Directors for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities for children around the world. McCain was a member of the HALO Trust Board, as well as a founding Member of the Eastern Congo Initiative. She is committed to raising awareness of the travesties facing women and children in the Congo.

She also sits on the Advisory Boards of Too Small To Fail, and Warriors and Quiet Waters. McCain holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master's in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors.

McCain is the Chair of her family’s business, Hensley Beverage Company, which is one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation. She resides in Phoenix with her husband, U.S. Senator John McCain.

Backed by 30 plus years of expertise and 15 years of running her own company, Bannard is often asked to speak, facilitate or lead thoughtful conversations to support an organization’s goals. Prior to starting her own business, she held management positions at the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership and the March of Dimes, while first starting her career in TV news.

Bannard is a serial creative, igniting great ideas to support the community, including developing a unique urban concept for a community gathering space. She has been volunteering for decades; is the past board chair of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits where she helped with the creation and launch of Arizona Gives Day; actively mentors; was named a Phoenix Business Journal 2015 Businesswoman of the Year and a past “40 under 40” honoree; and is also a proud alum of Valley Leadership.

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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Laurie Anderson