Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 3:00pm to 6:30pm

NAWBO Philadelphia ReImagine, ReThink, ReFocus:
Sustaining and Thriving in Our Current Culture 

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Earth Day)

Program 3:00pm-5:30pm; Networking “Happy Hour” 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location:  Online | Registration is Open!

Are you ready for something different?

NAWBO Greater Philadelphia normally has an event in the spring we call the Leadership Conference. We all recognize that this year is not a “normal” one, and the chapter wants to honor that difference by giving our members and our larger audience—including our Alliance Partners, NAWBO members across the country, and all WBO’s--- a combination of inspiration and concrete actions to move themselves, their families, businesses, communities and, yes, the planet forward!

We invite you to join us, Thursday April 22 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, followed by a special Happy Hour, 5:30pm-6:30pm. It’s Earth Day, and we’ll be approaching sustainability from a variety of perspectives relevant to our primary constituency, women-owned businesses, in a fast-faced, high-energy program. To help you actualize what inspires you, you’ll receive takeaways via email with tips and resources from our speakers.

Take a look at our program, read about our exciting speakers, and get registered today!


Kristin Keen, Founder and CEO of Retreaded, Inc.
Opening Keynote:  ReImagine, Rethink and Refocus

Kristen Keen, a Jacksonville Florida NAWBO member, created a successful and growing non-profit social enterprise, Rethreaded, making products using upcycled materials and providing sustainable lives for women survivors of sex-trafficking. Join us to hear Kristen bring our theme of ReImagine, Rethink and Refocus to life as she shares inspiring stories about how Rethreaded lived through the pandemic year and came out ahead.

About Kristin:

Kristin lived for five years in Kolkata, India where she co-founded, Sari Bari, a thriving business that gives survivors of human trafficking a way out of exploitation through employment. Sari Bari now employs more than 120 women. Upon her return to Jacksonville, Kristin started forming relationships with women on the street. She found that the problem of human trafficking was flourishing in her own city and in 2012 she founded Rethreaded. Rethreaded is a safe, supportive work environment where women can start a new career while experiencing continued healing through community. When not at Rethreaded, Kristin is biking or swimming in the ocean at sunrise.



Katie Robinson, Owner/President of DFW Event Design
Closing Keynote: Sustaining and Thriving

Philadelphia area business owner Katie Robinson’s story will bring us to the second part of today’s theme, Sustaining and Thriving in Our Current Culture. After the pandemic brought a complete halt to her business, she and her collaborator, husband Luke, created success they could not have imagined, through building on the strength and good will of their networks. Katie’s story will be told through her interview by communications expert, Sheryl Raskin.

About Katie:

Katie Robinson owns an award-winning event production company that offers luxury designs for every type of event. Starting solely as a planning company, DFW Event Design has grown into a full production company providing design, florals, lighting, draping and rigging services with a 15,000 square foot warehouse and custom fabrication shop. What sets her apart from her competition is being a one-stop shop. She encourages her clients to give her company a challenge and prepare to be wowed with the results. DFW stands for Down for Whatever, and she takes pride in living up to that name every time!

About Sheryl:

Sheryl Raskin, Founder of Out There Creative Media Sheryl parlayed a successful career in TV news where she worked at CNN, WPVI-TV and WMGM TV, AM and FM to build a respected boutique Public Relations firm in 1999. Sheryl has over 25 years of combined experience in the communications field. Her company, Out There Creative Media, is a full-service communications firm that specializes in building a presence for their clients using traditional and digital media and customized strategic outreach including live events (when they resume). During the COVID age, Out There Creative Media has organized Zoom events, promotional partnerships, and social media content. Sheryl has a BA in Radio, Television & Film from Temple University.



Happy Hour 5:30-6:30 hosted by Shelby Wildgust Brandt

Join us immediately after the program for some Networking with a Purpose! Actually, we have a few purposes in mind with our Happy Hour—everything from providing our guests a great experience with opportunities to learn about wine and meet other event attendees to supporting the NAWBO Foundation. The Happy Hour will be mixing Shelby giving us some wine education and tasting tips with breakout rooms for small group networking.

Click here to view OneHope's selections and place an order

Shelby, a NAWBO Greater Philadelphia member, represents OneHope Wines. OneHope is a perfect compliment to our event focusing on sustainability—the winery and vineyard are fully sustainable – with practices that include recycling their process water, generating their own drinking water and landscape irrigation, and more. These practices help them craft the highest quality wines while providing a healthy and beautiful environment for their guests and team at OneHope in the Napa Valley.

Shelby is recommending three selections she’ll talk about during the tasting presentation that you can purchase from OneHope, and thereby benefit the NAWBO Foundation. The information she’ll share will be applicable to enjoying wines in general. Whatever your beverage of choice —just be sure to be there for the perfect cap to an event designed to inspire and re-energize all of us in moving toward sustainability for ourselves, our families, our businesses, our communities, and the planet!

About Shelby:

Shelby Wildgust Brandt is a representative of OneHope Wines, a Cause-Centric Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. Every bottle ONEHOPE sells gives back to charity, and since its founding in 2007, OneHope has been able to give back over 6 million dollars through the sale of wine! Shelby will be walking us through a OneHope Wine Tasting Experience during our Happy Hour portion of the event - every bottle of OneHope purchased through the registration link will benefit the NAWBO Foundation.


Exploring sustainability across resources—ourselves and our families, business, community and the planet.

During registration you’ll choose to attend two from these four options.

1. What we learned about ourselves and our families during the pandemic--What do we choose to carry forward?

Tonia Betancourt, LCSW, RPT-S

Join Tonia as she talks about lessons learned during the pandemic, starting with her own practice as a psychotherapist. Tonia poses the question, now that we begin to feel the constraints of pandemic living start to loosen, how can we use our experiences through that time to grow and make our lives richer and deeper. What have we learned about ourselves and our families? What do we choose to carry forward?

About Tonia:

Tonia Betancourt is a psychotherapist who has worked with individuals, couples, and families to help them cope, grow, and thrive through life’s transitions since 1994. She received a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and has extensive post graduate training in the areas of contextual family and play therapy. Within the context of family therapy, Tonia works with children ages three through the young adult years. She is trained as a play therapist and can help children express their feelings and deep emotions. Tonia works closely with parents to help them bring about change and growth in their children. She has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University and Chestnut Hill College since 2010.Tonia brings a wealth of life experiences to her practice that includes raising her own children, being an involved decision-maker in the community, and managing her business.


2. CAN DO: Sustainable Practices Small Businesses Can Implement and Why They Make Good Business Sense

Rebecca Davies, Co-owner of Remark Glass and Bottle Underground

Rebecca will lead a breakout session on business sustainability. Whether your business is seeking practical steps or currently operating with a triple bottom line, join us to discuss what a world where small local businesses are empowered will be like. We'll dive deep into sustainable business practices and look for places to choose solutions that could apply to your business as we all strive to strengthen our businesses for the future.

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Davies is a co-founder of Remark Glass, established in 2016, and Bottle Underground along with Mark Ellis and Danielle Ruttenberg. The businesses operate at the BOK building in South Philadelphia and are focused on making recycled glass useful. Remark Glass creates zero waste home wares from glass bottles. They created Bottle Underground in 2020 to accept glass donations and close gaps in traditional recycling processes locally through reuse projects. Rebecca developed a background in glass making while working in the industry for blown and stained glass in Philadelphia. She has a passion for sustainable solutions and her belief that small business can have a major positive impact in strengthening the local economy has driven her entrepreneurship. Rebecca is originally from Connecticut and was educated at a few different schools with a focus on fine arts, eventually receiving a BA from Smith College in Massachusetts and a MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband, Mark Ellis, and their child, working from home, and schooling from home, and dreaming of better days to come.


3. From Backyard to Beyond: Engaging with Landowners and Local Government for More Sustainable Landscapes

Ann Hutchinson, AICP, Senior Director of Municipal Planning at Natural Lands

Explore the region and you’ll find acres and acres of beautiful forests and clean streams, forever protected from development. Next door you may find a bulldozer clearing every inch of the site for parking lots, streets, artificial turf, shopping malls and housing. Why such differences? This session will explore how land is conserved and managed in a sustainable manner. It will also explore how natural areas and clean water can be conserved as development and redevelopment occurs. Join the session for a discussion on the role of landowners and local government in sustainability, and how you can get involved.

About Ann:

Ann Hutchinson, AICP, is the Senior Director of Municipal Planning at Natural Lands, a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. A certified planner and landscape architect, she has assisted over 125 Pennsylvania municipalities with conservation-minded land use ordinances, plans and site plan reviews. She is a contributing author, with nationally recognized planner Randall Arendt, to the interactive CDROM Growing Greener Ordinance Language (Island Press, 2001). Before joining Natural Lands in 1996, Ms. Hutchinson was the Director of Planning and Community Development for Lower Merion Township, an inner suburb of Philadelphia. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the State University of New York, Syracuse. She remains eternally optimistic that communities can grow and change while preserving the forests, streams and historic landscapes that make the Philadelphia region such a wonderful place to live and work.



4. Sustainability: Your Retirement & the Environment

A conversation between Jennifer Bravo, Shareholder and Investment Advisor at Entrust Financial and McKenzie Frankel, Principal and Chief Investment Officer at Entrust Financial.

Saving for retirement is something most of us are thinking about, but did you know there are ways to align your financial goals with your values for protecting the environment? Jen and McKenzie will be talking about how to enhance your investment results while you support sustainability advocacy for the planet. Furthermore, you will learn how to apply the concept all business owners can love: “Triple Bottom Line.”

About Jennifer:

Jennifer’s passion is to help clients invest in a way that aligns with their values. This passion began with early parental lessons about money and the value of giving back. Always leading by example, their influence inspired her adult interest in a lifetime of service to others. With a background in investment banking, Jennifer now aligns her professional knowledge and values in her work as an Entrust Financial investment advisor and Chartered SRI Counselor (CSRICTM). The CSRICTM professional designation is the first major financial credential dedicated specifically to the fast-growing field of sustainable, responsible and impact investing.

As a Certified B Corp, Entrust Financial believes in “doing well by doing good.” Jennifer, an Entrust shareholder, is honored to serve individuals and businesses looking to strike a similar balance, and to support their values through their investments.

About Mckenzie:

Mckenzie’s life-long passion is to help clients make good financial decisions, achieve their goals, and experience financial freedom. Perhaps because she grew up surrounded by a family business, she chose early in her career to become a business owner herself and developed a unique interest in and enthusiasm for assisting other business owners and entrepreneurs.

To fulfill her values and philosophy for partnering with clients, she took two steps. First, she learned that Joslyn Ewart was seeking a partner to join her in her boutique investment advising firm, Entrust Financial LLC®. It was clear from their first meeting together in 2009 that their professional values and philosophy of creating a better experience for clients were beautifully aligned. Second, she attained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ credential.

Mckenzie’s skill and experience allow her to be exceptionally helpful to business owners as they aim to make the right choices for growing their businesses and enhancing their personal wealth.



Registration is now open!

  • NAWBO Members, Corporate Partners, and Alliance Partners: $30
  • Non-members: $40




For questions about the event, please email or call Bridget Schalki at 215-628-9844, extension 102.