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Our Time NOW October 13-15, 2019

The 2019 National Women’s Business Conference, hosted by NAWBO, will be held October 13-15 in Jacksonville, Florida—at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. NAWBO’s Annual Membership Meeting is on October 13, followed by the National Women’s Business Conference on October 14-15.

About the Conference Theme

This year’s theme is “Our Time Is Now.” Success is a combination of being at the right place, at the right time, and doing something about it. For entrepreneurs and women in general, that place and time is right now. Women business owners are starting and growing companies at a pace faster than ever before. They are at the table in more executive boardrooms, speaking out on more important personal and business issues and becoming key contenders and players in Washington, DC and in their state and local government offices. And they are paying forward this success by reaching down to the next generation and out to women around the globe to bring them up. Join hundreds of women entrepreneurs as we come together to capitalize on this incredible moment in time, and do something about it.

About the Location & Venue

This year’s National Women’s Business Conference is being held in Jacksonville, Florida—the most populous city in the state. It’s location on the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean proved providential in the growth of the city and its industry. Jacksonville has a sizable deepwater port, which helps make it a leading port in the U.S. for automobile imports, as well as the leading transportation and distribution hub in the state. Jacksonville is home to many prominent corporations and organizations, including the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies. The city is also home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

The year’s conference venue is the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, located adjacent to the city’s iconic Main Street Bridge, providing panoramic river views and walkable access to the heart of downtown. The hotel leverages the largest function space in Northeast Florida, relaxing views from hotel rooms and meeting spaces and new lobby concepts that foster connections and energize travelers. Learn more here: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/florida/hyatt-regency-jacksonville-riverfront/jaxrj

About the Speakers

NAWBO is pleased to announce that one of our keynote speakers for 2019 is talented journalist, talk show host and author Lisa Ling. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. Previously, she was host of Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, co-host of ABC’s The View, host of National Geographic Explorer, a reporter on Channel One News and special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. Lisa is also the author of Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home about her sister Laura’s detainment and ultimate release from North Korea.


Also headlining a general session at this year’s conference is Tiffany Dufu, a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of Drop the Ball, a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany is also co-founder and CEO of The Cru, was a launch team member to Lean In and also served as chief leadership officer to Levo, the fastest-growing millennial professional network. Prior to that, Tiffany served as president of The White House Project.

Visit the conference landing page here for additional speaker information.

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