No Dinner Meeting in December


T’is the season


December is always a very busy month with much to do in your businesses and with your families and friends. Your board is also busy putting together a great calendar of events for 2015 and incorporating new ideas into our chapter. 2015 is designed to become a great year for us all.

Due to the season and all it holds, we will not have a meeting in December. Enjoy the holidays with your families and friends and be prepared for a dynamic 2015. And envision how you can Be Bold, Be Daring in 2015.

Photos from the 13th Annual SpeakOut Legislative Dinner

image Representatives Carl Trujillo and Monica Youngblood

Sue Evatt and Representative Paul Pacheco

NM Tax & Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla


Public Policy News

image by Minda McGougle, Director of Public Policy

Our 13th annual Speak Out legislative dinner was a great success. Both legislators and attendees expressed that the conversations were informative as well as interesting and lively. Business cards were exchanged and future conversations are in the works as legislators now have people to call when confronted with legislation that can benefit or harm business. The thing about public policy is its personal. Speak Out proved again that NAWBO is an important vehicle for building legislative relationships.

Speak Out was made available in large part because of our generous sponsors. This year we want to thank:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
Bueno Foods
Builders Trust of New Mexico
Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors
New Mexico Angels
New Mexico Prosperity Project
RDO Strategic Consultants

A special thanks also goes out to NAWBO’s Public Policy Committee who coordinated this signature event! Past President, Debbie Maestas Traynor, was the best co-chair ever. I think she invented the word organization.

Speak Out does not work without our great table facilitators who were: Kay Carrico, Sandy Cody, Merilee Danneman, Lorie Guthrie, Kim Helm, Edna Lopez, Liz Lucero, Robin Otten and Joan Schlueter. It’s all about logistics. Adriane Callinan, Andrea Carvey, Sue Evatt, Alice Garza, Samantha Lapin, Donna Luke and Lisa Obeji handled registration, photography, set up and all the unseen details that make an event like this work.  Without communications nobody knows what is going on and Lisa Brenner, Donna Luke and Mildred Griffee kicked it promoting Speak Out.


President’s Message

image by Kay Carrico, President of NAWBO-NNM  

Our annual Speak Out last month was a great event. It was well attended by members, guests and legislators. We had legislators, both returning and new elected, from both parties who came early and stayed late. Legislators really do want to hear what we women business owners have to say. And we told them.

Legislators also want to know us and our businesses. When asked, legislators overwhelmingly said that information about our members and member companies would be beneficial to them. As a result, our chapter is putting together a listing of NAWBO members.

We will be contacting everyone via e-mail for permission to include your contact information. Legislators may call you to ask you opinion on some piece of legislation that might be under consideration. They might even ask you to testify to a committee which is not scary even though it sounds like it is. We can make a difference and we will. Please be on the lookout for the e-mail. You don’t have to participate but if you want your voice heard, make it available.

Also watch your e-mail for details about our January meeting. 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of NAWBO. We promise you a festive event along with a great speaker. Have a pleasant and safe holiday.


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