NAWBO Silicon Valley
The NAWBO Silicon Valley Chapter was founded in 1988 as a 501(c)(6) organization which supports and empowers women business owners. As the world changes around us, we are continually assessing the needs of our members and adding events and programs that support the development of today’s women business leaders.
We provide monthly events including some with educational speakers, some focused strictly on networking, and others which celebrate our local women business owners at venues and companies located in the heart of Silicon Valley. These events provide the opportunity to network and get to know fellow NAWBO members, interact with our corporate partners, develop business relationships and learn about the latest trends and technologies for building a successful business. Created in 2007, our NAWBO Silicon Valley Education Group (click here for more info), is dedicated to empowering women business owners through lifelong learning and educational opportunities.
Our chapter embodies the idea of bringing your chair to the table! There was a time, not very long ago, when women were often not invited to the table where important business decisions were made, in business or in public policy. In creating our organization, NAWBO’s founding president, Susan Hagar said, “Get a seat at the table or build your own table, and make sure to include other women”. Today NAWBO is going strong and is an international organization. At NAWBO Silicon Valley we have expanded on that idea to say that if you aren’t invited to the table we believe that you can just pull up your own chair and join the conversation because you belong, you are valuable, and you can contribute. Welcome to the table! Pull up a chair and join us.
In principle and in practice, NAWBO values and seeks a diverse and inclusive membership. NAWBO seeks full participation in the organization by all business owners who support our mission to empower women entrepreneurs, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. NAWBO’s goal is to effectively represent the full diversity of the women business owner community and to expand access to leadership opportunities across the full spectrum of our membership.