NAWBO Silicon Valley Education Group

In 2007 a group of NAWBO Silicon Valley Chapter members had a vision to provide business development opportunities and entrepreneurial education for diverse women owned businesses and emerging entrepreneurs. The vision became a reality in 2009 when the NAWBO Silicon Valley Education Group completed the requirements for a 501c3 California Mutual Benefit Corporation.

The NAWBO Silicon Valley Education Group has since sponsored a number of  women business owners to attend  the UCLA Anderson School of Business Management Entrepreneurial Program.


To support diverse women business owners to build and grow their business, to encourage them to contribute to charitable causes and give back to the community at large.

The primary objectives are:

  • to empower and educate diverse women to achieve self-sufficiency and independence;
  • to encourage, support and educate women who own and operate businesses;
  • to foster the economic stability of businesses owned and operated by women;
  • to foster leadership by women who own and operate businesses;
  • to support the success of diverse women to build and grow their businesses in order to leverage charitable contribution and involvement in the community;


The primary objectives and purpose of this corporation shall be to:

  • Empower diverse women business owners to achieve self-sufficiency through educational opportunities
  • Develop strategic relationships with academic institutions that offer diverse women business owners’ entrepreneurial programs
  • Provide board development opportunities and education to diverse women business owners so they can incorporate board governance methods to their business and become sought out community board members.
  • Provide organizational business development opportunities to diverse emerging women entrepreneurs and established women owned businesses that will enhance their leadership skills thus creating opportunities to serve and contribute to their communities and society at large.

Board of Directors

Flordelisa Harris
Benefits Simplified Insurance Solutions, LL

Wendy Roberts
NorthStar Strategic Partners, Inc.

Maxine Goulding
Event Management – California Special Occasions

Advisory Committee

Mary Hiland, Ph.D.
President, Hiland & Associates
Founding Member of NAWBO-SV Education Group

UCLA Anderson School of Management Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) Program

Offered by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management, this is a premiere educational opportunity that enables entrepreneurs to develop essential management skills and strengthen their ability to build and manage effective and profitable organizations.

Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) is an executive training program for entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least three years and want to develop their management skills. MDE was created in 1990 by Dr. Alfred Osborne. A distinctive feature of the MDE is the Business Improvement Project (BIP), a detailed strategic plan on which the entrepreneurs work with current UCLA Anderson students.

All classes are taught by award-winning UCLA Anderson faculty with proven success in teaching entrepreneurship. In addition to a varied curriculum of lectures, case discussions and applied workshops, participants also receive individual consultative assistance to confront issues facing today’s growing enterprises.

The MDE Program is a 10-day or 4-day certificate program. The 10-day format is offered on the main UCLA campus in the fall of each year. The 4-day format is offered in Silicon Valley in the spring. MDE supplements entrepreneurial vision with entrepreneurial competence. The program enables entrepreneurs to develop essential management skills, strengthen their ability to build and manage effective and profitable organizations, and access the UCLA Anderson MDE network.

NAWBO-SV MDE Program Graduates

Linda Gold
President, M3iWorks Inc.

Kim Tucker
President, All Reasons Moving

Judy Crawford
President, Crawford Communication

Iria Nishimura
President/CEO, Baby Cubes & More

Carla Cobb Davis
CEO, BizBox Technology

Christine Braelow
President, Lynx Consulting, Inc.

Frances T. Nevarez
President, //PowerUP!

Roberta Kiphuth
President, Detati Digital Marketing