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    2017 NAWBO Iowa Celebration of Excellence - NOV 9

    November 09, 2017
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Glen Oaks Country Club
    1401 Glen Oaks Dr
    West Des Moines, IA 50266
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    The 2017 NAWBO Iowa Celebration of Excellence
    will be Thursday, November 9.

    Glen Oaks Country Club
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Questions about registrations or sponsorships?
    Contact Karen Taylor at 515-225-3600 or email

    Celebrate these women with NAWBO Iowa!

    Rowena Crosbie, Tero International
    2017 NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame Legacy Award Inductee

    Mo Collins, Mo Collins, Inc.
    2017 NAWBO Iowa Advocate of the Year

    Jane Whalen, Midwest Project Partners, An Aureon Company
    2017 NAWBO Iowa Woman Business Owner of the Year

    Our Sincere Appreciation to our

    ~ Platinum Level ~


    ~ Silver Level ~

    Delta Dental

    NAWBO Wonder Women


    ~ Bronze Level ~


     Tero     Wells Fargo


    ~ Table Sponsors ~

         BrownWinick     GilbertCook

    IvoryHouse     KHI     

    FocusFIrstInc     RLS

    Rowena Crosbie is President of Tero International and co-author of Your Invisible Toolbox: The Technological Ups and Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation. Since 1993, Tero has earned a distinguished reputation as a premier research and corporate training company and was voted best Training and Development Company in 2015, 2014, 2011 and 2009 by readers of the Des Moines Business Record. Thousands of professionals are graduates of Tero's proprietary workshops. Courses addressing relevant business topics such as presentation skills, professional image, business etiquette, negotiation skills, leadership, and intercultural competence have been delivered in 14 countries and business professionals from over 40 countries are numbered among Tero's graduates.

    Ro's commitment to help people challenge the way they think combined with her strong communication skills ignites a passion in her listeners which endures long after her presentations are over. Her ability to inspire audiences has consistently earned her reviews as a top-rated speaker and trainer. The design of her programs takes the wisdom of many years of research from the philosophical to the practical for her listeners. People who leave her sessions, leave with useful tools to become the very best they can be in both their personal and professional lives.

    In addition to authoring numerous training manuals, Ro has authored several articles, many published in International Journals and Magazines. Her article, Learning the Soft Skills of Leadership published in 2005 in the UK Journal, Industrial and Commercial Training was among the top 20 downloaded articles in both 2007 and 2008 (the first years the Journal started tracking downloads).

    She is a Past President of the Central Iowa Chapter of ASTD and a past Board member of the National Management Association of Iowa. She serves on the Advisory Council for Iowa State University's Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Ro also serves on the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Advisory Committee at Drake University. She serves on the Advisory Board for Hertz Farm Management. Ro was appointed to the Delta Dental of Iowa Board of Directors in December 2013. In 2010, Ro was appointed by the Governor of the State of Iowa to the Regional Workforce Investment Board. Ro served as an Advisory Board member of the America Reads, America Counts Program in Iowa. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Management, the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ro is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, as well as Past-President and Board Member for the Civic Music Association.

    Ro has been honored as the Woman of Influence Business Owner of the Year by the Des Moines Business Record in 2009 and was named Executive of the Year by Executive Women International, Iowa Chapter, in 2004. She is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment inventory and the FIRO-B. Ro graduated from the University of Manitoba in Management and Administration and is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines.

    Mo Collins is a New Economy specialist with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, academic and non-profit experience. She trains, speaks and consults throughout the United States and Canada on topics associated with woman-owned business, technology innovation and the New Economy.

    Collins founded a retail business in her early twenties in Marion, Iowa. She sold the company and entered the non-profit sector in 1990, working extensively in rural Iowa with women on welfare who sought self-employment as an alternative to public assistance.

    In 1997 she was recruited to the University of Northern Iowa and served in progressive, senior-level roles there between 1997 and 2014. She was instrumental in bringing the first SBA Women’s Business Center (WBC) to the state in 1998 and delivered rural technology training, webinars and some of the first online counseling to woman-owned businesses in the state.

    Collins secured more than $1M annually to create and support a wide array of entrepreneur support programs in Iowa, including EntreFEST, MyEntreNet, the Iowa Business Concierge, Youth Enterprise Strategies (YES) teacher training, Connections, and Dream Big Grow Here. Many of these programs have been scaled and/or licensed outside of Iowa, earning personal and professional awards from the International Economic Development Council (2014), the University Economic Development Association (2010, 2014), the Technology Association of Iowa (2010), the Midwest Economic Development Council and the Association of Small Business Development Centers (2010, 2012).

    Between 2011 and 2014, Collins led a statewide survey of Iowa entrepreneurs and small business owners. Based upon findings from these annual surveys, she authored two reports on the status of Iowa women in business, re-examining the challenges and emerging opportunities for women starting, financing, sustaining and growing small companies in Iowa. In addition, she is a co-author on two published papers which examine the role of networks, technology and mentoring in small business growth. As a result of these findings, Collins developed a women’s network training in 2017 entitled ‘We Don’t Code’ to facilitate connections and education for existing women-owned companies to take advantage of technology. She stepped away from the university in 2014, but continues to serve as a mentor to a handful of women-owned business and non-profits each year. She is on a two, five or perhaps ten year plan to finish a book entitled, WE: Women Entrepreneurs.

    Jane Whalen is president of Midwest Project Partners (MPP) where she manages organization growth and performance. In 2002, Jane joined MPP after holding business development responsibilities for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young for five years, where she formulated, administered, and monitored multi-million dollar budgets, strategies, and growth plans. An astute business analyst, Jane previously developed strong project management skills for six years at EDS, where she led merger and acquisition initiatives, directed projects, and developed client/sales relationships. (After Jane and her partners successfully boosted MPP’s growth in sales volume and consulting reputation, the firm has been acquired by Aureon.)

    Jane’s leadership skills and entrepreneurial focus propelled her to several positions on community foundations and civic boards where she continues to creatively impact both programming and the bottom line….and focuses on being a “pay-it-forward” leader. During her 40-year career, Jane is most proud of the many relationships she has cultivated, the women business owners she has nurtured, and dozens of philanthropic initiatives.


    $70.00 Guest Registration for 2017 Celebration of Excellence
    $90.00 after 11:45 pm November 1