Lydia chicles elected to nawbo's
national board of directors

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) announced its new Board of Directors for 2018-19.  Of the slated members, three new additions to the board include Lydia Chicles, CEO of BOLD! Technologies in Winter Park, FL and a former NAWBO Orlando president.

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The Board of Directors will hold its first meeting on June 17th in Washington, DC, with the official Board Installation taking place the following day.

“It is an absolute honor and I am humbled to continue serving NAWBO, now on the National Board.  It is important to me as I continue to lend my voice to women across all industries. Especially as the need to include more women in traditionally male dominated fields becomes increasingly evident, I’m excited to share my journey and encourage other women to take the leap of ownership! I am hoping that I will be able to provide encouragement and empower other women, especially as they look to scale and grow their business, to join NAWBO so that they may find a sisterhood of likeminded women who will elevate and support them,” says Chicles.

Housed at the National Entrepreneur Center in downtown Orlando, NAWBO Orlando is dedicated to building and empowering a strong community of women entrepreneurs by connecting them with the resources needed to grow their businesses, increase their influence, and stimulate economic development within their communities. 

The local organization does this through its initiatives on a monthly basis that include Lunch and Learn workshops, certification workshops, a mentoring program that connects college business students with business owners, advocacy workshops, an annual PropelHER™ Pitch Competition, after-hours member mixers and more.

“I have always been a global thinker but focused on a local community. My hope is that my efforts on a national level will allow for a transfer of my passion to our NAWBO Orlando women business owners and entrepreneurs. My new role specifically offers me the opportunity to continue growing both personally and professionally as I scale my own business initiatives,” says Chicles.  

NAWBO Orlando’s current president, Wendy Lyn Phillips adds, “Lydia’s appointment to the National Board of Directors at NAWBO is proof that the power of influence matters. Being both a gracious giver who understands the full value of investing in others, as well as an effective leader, Lydia will add immense value on a national level. We are all very proud to see her in this new role and know that she will be an asset.” 

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“My experience is you receive more when you give. I learn more, I am encouraged more, I meet more people, I have more of a network and I have more capacity for understanding. These are just a few things I receive by volunteering my time, efforts and energy with the NAWBO National Board. Working with a group of smart, accomplished women offers many views and opinions, and it is such a learning experience for me. I have also been able to help other women with some of my experiences or knowledge, and it is great when you get that e-mail saying, ‘Thank you for your guidance. I was successful with your help.’ When I go back to my business after a meeting or conference with NAWBO, I am always so energized and determined; I leave with such a ‘can-do’ attitude. My co-workers usually have an extra cup of caffeine my first day back knowing I come back energized!” —Teresa Meares, President of DGG Tactical and Uniform Supply in Jacksonville, Florida