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Meet our tribe

monica smileyI’ve often heard it said that we all need a tribe.

Many women business owners are connected to critically important business organizations that provide tools, resources and a sense of community—from the Women Presidents’ Organization to the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Women Impacting Public Policy, and more.

Enterprising Women formed its own “tribe” more than 17 years ago—just a couple years after the magazine was launched under the ownership of our publishing company. Our tribe is a strong national and international Advisory Board that guides our mission, provides valuable content for the magazine, and connects us with our shared business interests and bonds of friendship.

Our Board members come from a cross section of all of the organizations I mentioned above, plus many others. Dozens of our Board members have previously won the Enterprising Women of the Year Award or have been recommended by leaders of the various women’s business organizations.

Over the past 17 years, we have never dedicated a large section of the magazine to introducing our Board. That changes with this issue. We thought it was time we introduced our Board members to our entire readership in the pages of the magazine. We hope our readers enjoy meeting these amazing women (and men) who are sustaining the magazine and helping make possible the good work we collectively do to support the women’s business community.

We ask each Board member to tell us what it is that has made her successful and to agree to share those “best practices” with our readers. If you read the author credits at the end of many of our articles you will see how much of the magazine content comes from these amazing women. Each supports us in whatever way is best for her, but all make a difference.

We consider Enterprising Women to be a family—much more than a magazine. We know that we need to lean on each other for support, encouragement and advice. It can be lonely out there, and a sense of community is vital for our success (not to mention our mental health).

We are fortunate to have many Board members who have been with us since the very beginning, and some who have sold businesses or had business challenges that required them to rotate off the Board. With each new class of award honorees, a handful join the Board and stay actively engaged with our community. We appreciate each and every one of them.

Enjoy this issue!

Monica S. Smiley

Meet our 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners and Advisory Board members in this recap of our 2016 awards event! 

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  • advertiser index; and
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Our Advisory Board Members

Our Partner Organizations
Enterprising Women has a number of partners who exemplify the ideals of women entrepreneurs worldwide.

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  • Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)
  • eWomenNetwork (EWN): eWomenNetwork is the Premier Success System for Women Entrepreneurs. If you are looking to launch, grow and scale your business you have found the ultimate resource. It is a network of over 500,000 women connected through 118 chapters across North America.
  • The Global Initiative for Women's Entrepreneurship Research
  • Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW): IEEW is a 501(c)3 non-profit empowering women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures, and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship, and coaching women in the US and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business. The Institute’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program was created to educate women who have suffered oppression and marginalization and whose homelands have been devastated by war, genocide, and poverty.
  • The International Alliance for Women (TIAW): The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) is a global organization dedicated to the economic empowerment and advancement of women all over the globe. Our commitment is to the "she-conomy" - uniting, supporting and promoting women and their chosen networks across six continents, which in turn supports and strengthens the global economic fabric.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO): NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
  • National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB): The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses is a leading voice for women in the housing ecosystem. NAWRB is dedicated to providing women the tools and opportunities for economic growth and expansion, while advocating and promoting women-owned businesses. NAWRB is the only third-party industry-specific certifier of Women-Owned Businesses (WOB) and Minority Women-Owned Businesses (MWOB) in the housing economy.
  • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC): NWBOC is the first national certifier of WBEs and provides national certification for women and veteran-owned companies. Certification ensures that a private, for-profit company is truly owned and controlled by a woman and/or veteran.
  • Quantum Leaps: Quantum Leaps’ principals have been driving change for women entrepreneurs since the mid 1970s, first in the United States, and since 1984 at the global level. In order to become increasingly impactful globally, Quantum Leaps and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) International merged in the summer of 2016.
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE): The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is a 501c(4) advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship.  Our network of supporters, including entrepreneurs and small business owners, state and local business organizations, corporate partners and associations work with us to strengthen the environment for robust entrepreneurship, investment, innovation and small business growth.
  • Springboard Enterprises: Springboard is a highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women. Our programs and initiatives are how we source, qualify, advise, showcase and support the most promising businesses seeking capital or partnerships for product development and expansion. ‎
  • UnitedSucces: UnitedSucces is a worldwide network for established women entrepreneurs. The members are personally selected from all continents. The cultural and business diversity provides access to extraordinary knowledge. markets and partnerships. Individually and together we make a difference, create impact and grow.
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP): WIPP is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations.
  • Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO): Women Presidents’ Organization, Inc. (WPO) is a nonprofit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. The members of the WPO take part in professionally facilitated peer advisory groups in order to bring the “genius out of the group” and accelerate the growth of their businesses.
  • Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC): The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is to provide services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. Outside of the United States, certification is provided by our alliance partner, WEConnect International.
  • Women’s Leadership Exchange (WLE): Women's Leadership Exchange® is a social entrepreneurship organization founded by and for successful businesswomen. Recognizing the unique challenges facing women in business – whether they are leading their own companies or are leaders in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, WLE offers a program that helps them fill the information gap and provides a venue for building connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life.

Our Sponsors

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We believe that including diverse suppliers in our sourcing process provides us the greatest opportunity to develop the most innovative, highest quality, and most cost-effective business solutions. Through direct experience, we know this strengthens our company on the inside and supports communities on the outside. We strive to ensure that our business leaders have a broad understanding of the business case for working with diverse suppliers and the competitive advantage that a robust Supplier Diversity process provides the company. We invite you to be part of the magic!


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International Business Machines (IBM), is a global technology company that provides hardware, software, cloud-based services and cognitive computing.Dedication to every client’s success.
Innovation that matters—for our company and the world.
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