Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States.

what is NAWBO

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 9 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country. Respected with elected officials in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country, recognized in the media as a thought leader on women’s business issues, and joined with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations who share our mission and expand our influence, NAWBO is the country’s premier women’s business organization.

NAWBO Greater Philadelphia Bylaws

our mission

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:

  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers

diversity statement

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.

Meet Our Team

Get to know our volunteer board of directors

Angela Megasko


Christina M. Reger, Esquire

President Elect & Semi-Circle Director

Mary Ann Murtha

Vice President & Membership Co-Chair

Jennifer Bravo

Secretary & Advocacy Chair

Alle Bechtel

Treasurer & Finance Chair

Ana Fernandez-Parmet

Immediate Past President

Nora Barry

Corporate Partners Co-Chair

Laura Dallas Burford

Corporate Partners Co-Chair

Pam Hesler

Marketing Chair

Abbe Kligerman

Power Friday Co-Chair

Rishona Myers

Programs Chair

Beth Powers

Power Friday Vice Chair

Briana Sposato

Membership Co-Chair

Julie Smith

Governance Chair

Jane Barr Horstman

Executive Director

NAWBO membership provides benefits that propel business growth and fuel personal and professional development.



Women Business Owners Represented




Meet Our Sponsors


ATHENAPowerLink® NAWBO® Delaware Valley offers women-owned businesses (2+ years in business) the opportunity to connect with—and receive advice and support from a panel of highly skilled, volunteer advisors, for the period of one year—at no cost. Business owners learn how to develop networks, access capital and implement best practices.

Charitable Organization

The mission of the NAWBO Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs is to enhance and expand educational leadership and research for emerging and established entrepreneurs.  The Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs is a 501c(3) educational organization originally founded in 2009 as the Greater Philadelphia Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs. It was founded by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of NAWBO and continues to serve as the chapter’s charitable arm today.

YEA! Philadelphia

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) helps middle and high school students take their entrepreneurial skills to a new level in a yearlong academic program that gives students a project-based, hands-on, experiential education.