Nominations Open for NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award

NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award

The NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award recognizes one outstanding person who advocates for the growth and success of women business owners.

To be eligible, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Actively supports legislative or regulatory action designed to help women-owned small business
  • Works to increase business and financial opportunities for women
  • Creates the conditions for women business owners to achieve their full potential
  • Improves the business climate for women-owned businesses
  • Consistently advocates for the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual or personal advancement


Nomination and application submission guidelines:

  • Nomination form must be completed in full and submitted via the NAWBO Columbus website
  • Self-nominations are acceptable
  • Nominees and nominators are not required to be NAWBO members
  • Candidates may be of any gender
  • Nominees may work for a business, nonprofit organization, or government agency, and need not be a business owner
  • Members of the NAWBO Columbus Board of Directors are not eligible for the Champion Award
  • Members of the NAWBO Columbus Board of Directors will review, interview, and select the winner


Deadline to apply is: Friday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m.

The Business Champion Award winner will be announced at the NAWBO Columbus Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at The Boat House in downtown Columbus.

Click HERE for Nomination Form

2018-19 Slate of NAWBO Columbus Board Officers

In early April 2018, an announcement was sent to all members of NAWBO Columbus soliciting nominations for five (5) open Board seats.

The NAWBO Columbus Nominating Committee met over the past few weeks to interview candidates who expressed interest in serving on the Chapter's Board of Directors during the 2018-19 fiscal year. New officer terms begin on July 1, 2018 and last for two years.

Below is the slate of officers as recommended by the Nominating Committee, chaired by Sheri Chaney Jones, Measurement Resources Company.

You can read more about each board candidate below or cast your vote here:

President Elect - Betty Collins, Director, Brady Ware & Co.

Betty joined Brady Ware & Company in 2012 through a merger with Nipps, Brown, Collins & Associates. She started her career in public accounting in 1988. Betty is co-leader of the Long Term Care service team, which helps providers of services to Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and nursing centers establish effective operational models that also maximize available funding. Betty also consults with other small businesses, helping them prosper with advice on general operations management, cash flow optimization, and tax minimization strategies.

In addition, Betty leads Brady Ware’s Women’s Initiative, which aims to provide resources, support, and encouragement to the firm's women employees to develop them to their highest potential. She empowers her coworkers to strive toward leadership roles within Brady Ware & Company and help them create a work/life balance while inspiring them to set and reach personal and professional goals. The Women's Initiative also promotes women-to-women business relationships for clients, and presents an annual conference with NAWBO Columbus and the Women’s Small Business Accelerator that supports women business owners, women leaders, and other women who want to succeed. Betty actively participates in women-oriented conferences through speaking engagements and board activity.

Betty is a member of NAWBO Columbus and the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking, both of which Brady Ware supports through corporate sponsorships. Betty has most recently served on the NAWBO Columbus Board as the Treasurer.

Betty is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene College and she’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Betty is also chairs the Gahanna Chamber’s Empowering Women Committee.


Vice President - Michelle Casper, Attorney, SmithAmundsen, LLC

Michelle is an active member of NAWBO Columbus having been named the 2017 Member of the Year. She has most recently served on the Board as the VP of Programming and she is involved in a Roundtable.

Michelle is a civil defense litigation and business attorney practicing in Columbus, Ohio and working to grow our firm's practices here in Ohio. She prides herself on finding creative opportunities to resolve cases for clients and working to avoid costly and lengthy litigation. But, when litigation is imminent, she is strong to push her opponents while always maintaining the utmost integrity and honesty in the profession. In addition to her Ohio clients, she also services clients throughout Indiana and Illinois and regularly counsels on matters pertaining to business, insurance and construction litigation, property damage, construction defects, corporate law, and complex negligence issues. She is comfortable with civil practice and procedure cases, including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death cases, slip and fall accidents and property damage.


Treasurer - Maritza S. Nelson, Managing Member, Law Office of Maritza S. Nelson, LLC

Maritza started her law firm in the summer of 2014, to help serious entrepreneurs, small to mid-size businesses, and nonprofits do just that. She has helped serious entrepreneurs, small to mid-size businesses, and nonprofit organizations minimize legal risks, resolve disputes, and plan for the future. She regularly advises clients on a variety of business issues including business formation, contract drafting, employment law, intellectual property (including trademarks and licensing), and succession planning.

She also defends clients in a variety of business disputes and litigation, including internal disputes with business partners, breach of contract cases, employment litigation, franchisor/franchisee disputes, intellectual property infringement, and appeals. Maritza’s goal is always to help clients protect their interests, especially in the business they've worked so hard to build.

In addition to running the firm, Maritza serves as Outside General Counsel for the Juvenile Justice Coalition, Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, and other small to mid-size businesses. She also serves on the Public Policy Committee for NAWBO Columbus and is an active member of a Roundtable.


VP of Membership - Katy Tombaugh, CEO, Wellness Collective

As founder of Wellness Collective, Katy contributes over 17 years of leadership and consulting experience to the workplace wellness field. She is very passionate and enthusiastic in her approach to leading organizations toward a culture of wellness.

Her work has taken her into Fortune 500 businesses, local organizations, non-profits, and schools both public and private. Through effective wellness strategies, program development and engaging delivery of programs, Katy prides herself in the ability of her team to drive motivation and participation within programs nationwide that positively impact adults, families and children.

A driven entrepreneur, Katy values professional development and continuing education for herself and the Wellness Collective team. You will always find Katy in the classroom as a teacher and a student. She is proud to have been named Micro entrepreneur of the Year in Health & Wellness by the INCREASE Community Development Corporation in 2015. Katy has served on the NAWBO Columbus membership committee and takes a lead role in organizing Women, Wisdom & Wine two times each year. She is also active in a Roundtable.


VP of Programming - Karlena Wallace, President & CEO, Girls Move Ahead, USA

Karlena Wallace has developed a diverse skill set through her professional experience in human resources, revenue and finance, and branding and communications. In 2002, she brought her first entrepreneurial endeavor to life and was featured in the Lakeland Ledger (then a New York Times newspaper) as a trailblazer in the young professional space.

Karlena continued to break new ground as principal of Stiletto Woman Media, a multi-functional media platform for women, which produced a coveted magazine and an awards and business conference. Thanks to Karlena’s authentic leadership, vibrant branding, and business acumen, audiences across the nation connect with her coaching style and empowering approach to business.

In 2017, Karlena founded Girls Move Ahead, USA, a creative arts nonprofit organization designed to bridge the gender leadership gap for next-generation female innovators. In addition to the organization's movement platform, which builds self-assurance and discipline, its creative writing and mentorship clinics help students gain lifelong leadership skills. Upon starting her business, Karlena became an active member of NAWBO Columbus by serving on the Communications committee.

In the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Karlena has a proven track record of success. She has managed the application of over $900 million in revenue in the private sector as well as payroll budgets greater than $1 million, and she has provided financial oversight for budgets of more than $800,000 and expense allocations exceeding $600,000 annually.

In 2013, Stiletto Woman Media was named one of the “Best 100 Websites For Women” by Forbes, and She Owns It recognized Karlena as one of the “Top 50 Women to Follow on Twitter.” In 2012, Stiletto Woman was named one of the “Top 75 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes and one of the “Top 25 Sites for Women Entrepreneurs to Love.”

Karlena is a graduate of Ohio University, and earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from the Scripps School of Communication.

Deadline to vote is Friday, June 15. 

Cast your vote here:



Find, Hire & Retain Great Women in Sales

July 12th, 2018

8:00am - 10:00am EST/EDT

Loth Inc. 855 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH (View Map)



Welcome, Lori Richardson, CEO of Score More Sales, a sales strategy consultancy, and is President of Women Sales Pros. She is also Co-President of the Boston Chapter of AA-ISP and is determined, after 30 years in sales, to see more women in sales roles in tech, SaaS, manufacturing, distribution, financial services, and other industries with "male majority" sales teams.  

In a very special session, Lori will share tangible ideas on ways to find, hire, and retain great women in sales, and discuss how to get more women into sales leadership despite the ongoing flat-line of growth.

  • In a workshop style format, there will be some presentation, and lots of time to discuss in small groups so that everyone leaves with more insight and ideas to help move the needle. 
  • We encourage sales leaders to attend - men and women. We encourage women sales reps to attend. In fact we encourage anyone who believes that an inclusive sales team is the way to go. 
  • Leave this session with resources to take back to your team and inspiration to make it happen, and the opportunity to report on what was discussed 10 days later in a conference call to help with real issues that came up, or successes had since the session.