NAWBO Phoenix to Honor Its Members, Community Members at Gala Awards on June 13

NAWBO Phoenix's Annual Desert Diamonds Award Gala on June 13 will recognize women in eight award categories.

Phoenix, AZ, May 16, 2018 --( Join members of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Phoenix Chapter, and their guests at the June 13 Annual Desert Diamonds Awards Gala. The event will be emceed by Susan Casper, host of ABC15 TV’s Sonoran Living.

Get ready to be inspired by the collaboration and successes of NAWBO members and community members who will be recognized in several award categories. Casper will be joined in presenting the awards by three NAWBO members who recently were recognized in the top 25 of largest women-owned businesses by the Phoenix Business Journal - Rosaria Cain of Knoodle Advertising, Ginger Clayton of Elontec office furniture, and Robin Orchard of Orchard Medical Consulting.

Finalists for the community award, the Business Impact Award are:
- Julie Witenstein, Arizona Sunrays;
- Anna Sepic, AMS REnatus Investing; and
- Jordan Rose, Rose Law Group.

Finalists for the Young Professional of the Year are:
- Shatha Barbour, HeraHub;
- Taylor Wellman, Financial Potion; and
- Leiah Scheibel, The Sparkle Bar

Finalists for NAWBO Business Owner of the Year are:
- Shatha Barbour, HeraHub;
- Connie Colella, CoCo Communications; and
- Sara Regester, Directions 4 Wellness, LLC.

Finalists for NAWBO Member of the Year are:
- Wendy Anderton, GlobalTies;
- Phaedra Earhart, Farmers Insurance; and
- Angela Garmon, ARG Coaching and Consulting.

NAWBO Bridge Builder of the Year finalists are:
- Laurie Battaglia, Aligned at Work;
- Kathleen Gramzay, Kinessage, LLC; and
- Phaedra Earhart, Farmers Insurance

NAWBO Unsung Hero finalists are:
-Wendy Anderton, GlobalTies;
- MaryLynne Christman, Collaborative Event Management; and
- Angela Garmon, ARG Coaching and Consulting.

Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood finalists are:
- MaryLynne Christman, Collaborative Event Management;
- Angela Garmon, ARG Coaching and Consulting; and
- Kristine Kassel, Benefits by Design, Inc.

NAWBO Corporate Partner of the Year finalists are:
- SRP- Patti Pyle, and
- Wells Fargo – Christine Joseph

NAWBO’s 2018-19 Board of Directors will also be installed at the June 13 event and the five graduates of its 2017-18 Mentoring Program will be introduced.

“Attendees can expect a fun evening of networking and being inspired by our award nominees,” says Ronit Urman, 2018-19 NAWBO Phoenix President.

NAWBO’s Desert Diamonds Awards Gala and dinner begins with networking and a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Clayton on the Park (7343 E. Scottsdale Mall Scottsdale, 85251) followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Cost for the June 13 Gala is $85 for members, $95 for guests, and $1,000 for a sponsored table of 10 people. For more information and to make reservations, please visit

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, visit
NAWBO Phoenix
Laurie Anderson