Women Business Owners

The Women Business Owners Special Interest Group (WBO SIG) offers owners of technology-related companies a confidential environment for networking, learning, and discussing business trends, ideas and solutions, specifically related to growing their businesses. Our goal is to help established and new women business owners in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area increase their visibility through disruptive and innovative business strategies.

Our programs are designed to appeal to (but not limited to) the following technology-related fields: information technology, peripherals, software, hardware, trainers, programmers, consultants, authors, engineers, IT attorneys, intellectual property experts, project managers, health technology, devices, diagnostics, manufacturing, Six Sigma, business advisors, recruiting, counseling and coaching.

Our target audience is WIT members, DMV area women business owners, start-ups, and potential start-ups.


MISSION:

The Women Business Owners Special Interest Group offers owners of technology-related companies a confidential environment for networking, learning, and discussing business trends, ideas and solutions specifically related to growing their businesses. Our programs are designed to appeal to WBO's whose businesses are in varied stages of development.

VISION:

To serve as the leading organization for women business owners in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia).

CORE BELIEFS:

  • We believe in a supportive and engaged network for every women business owner
  • We believe in fostering active connections
  • We believe in paying forward and giving back
  • We believe in finding ways to make the dream a reality

Events:

The following Events are planned for 2016-2017. Please visit the Event Calendar for details and registration information.

October 13, 2016: Turning Your Dreams into Action: A Dream Boarding Workshop

November 10, 2016: Securing Your Business & Your Future: A Seminar on Women & Wealth (Celebrating National Entrepreneurs Day, November 15 and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, November 19)

December 1, 2016: WBO SIG Book Talk: Blue Ocean Strategy (book by Renée Mauborgne & W. Chan Kim)

December 8, 2016: WBO Meet & Greet at the WIT Holiday Giving Gala

January 12, 2017: Growing Your Business and Doing Good: Lessons in Social Entrepreneurship

February 9, 2017: Rejuvenating Your Books: Accounting Tips for the Business Owner

March 9, 2017: Women History Month: Celebration

April 13, 2017: Spring into Action Series 1, Take the Reins: 7 Secrets to Inspired Leadership (Based on book by Shari Jaeger Goodwin)

May 18, 2017: Spring into Action Series 2, Take the Reins: 7 Secrets to Inspired Leadership (Based on book by Shari Jaeger Goodwin)

June 15, 2017: Spring into Action Series 3; WIT.Connect, Entrepreneurial Aspirations: Sharing Your Story

July 13, 2016: WBO Steering Committee Planning

August 10, 2017: WBO End of Year Happy Hour/Call for New Committee Members/Volunteer Appreciation

Steering Committee:

Steering Committee meetings are held one per month via teleconference or in-person. The Steering Committee works to implement the mission and vision of the WBO SIG through structured programming, networking, and other events. Steering committee members serve on one or more of the following sub-committees:

  • Marketing (including Branding, Social Media, Publishing), (Lead: Jenny Oh)
  • Events and Networking Committee (Lead: Robin McDougal)
  • Outreach and Membership (includes Strategic Partnerships) (Lead: Arti Varanasi)

If you are interested in serving on the Steering Committee or learning more, please contact Arti Varanasi, Chair or Robin McDougal, Vice Chair.

For more information please contact:

Robin McDougal, Chair
CEO
e-GLAM, Inc.
Reston, VA, USA
rmcdougal@e-glam.biz

Dr. Arti Patel Varanasi, Vice Chair

President & CEO
Advancing Synergy, LLC
Clarksburg, MD, USA

avaranasi@advancingsynergy.com