NAWBO-NYC Presidents

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  • 2017-2019

    Maisha Walker

    Looking forward to driving NAWBO NYC’s mission forward where we create more awareness for NAWBO in general and NAWBO NYC specifically. This year we are also working on furthering awareness for our passion for advocacy for women’s causes. There are many great things in store for NAWBO NYC and I am happy to be part of this group of women that is creating this momentum.

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  • 2015-2017

    Sophie Wade

  • JaneWesman

  • 2011 – 2015

    Jane Wesman
    It was truly a privilege to lead NAWBO-NYC for 4 years. I was delighted with the progress we made, adding value-packed programming that included a strong mentoring component. It was wonderful to help so many women grow their businesses. I look forward to seeing the organization thrive for decades to come.

  • PatAhaesy

  • 2009 – 2011

    Pat Ahaesy
    NAWBO is the only National Association that I know of that educates women business owners and offers the opportunity to grow their network. I was very fortunate to lead the chapter during a very challenging time, the height of the Recession, and my board and I made significant changes to help the chapter grow.

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  • 2007 – 2009

    Tasha Norman
    To lead and grow 
NAWBO-NYC was an
 honor. Our collective entrepreneurial drive, talents, and friendships 
kept us moving forward even while the world was in financial crisis. My 
presidency helped me grow as a leader by focusing on purpose, direction, 
motivation, and the success of women business owners.

  • 2005 – 2007

    Melanie McEvoy
    As president, I was charged with the task of leading NAWBO-NYC through a major transition. The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu best describes what I have learned during my short tenure: The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

  • 2004 – 2005

    Lara Kisielewska
    I spent more than a decade working with other NAWBO-NYC presidents and viewed them first as role models and mentors before I was able to view them as peers. My many varied experiences with NAWBO-NYC over the years changed my view of myself and what I was capable of achieving.

  • 2002 – 2004

    Lynn San Andres
    In leading the organization, I became clearer about what was important to me. The confidence I gained from putting projects in motion, and seeing them evolve, helped me put my personal goals into action. I have grown past wanting to be and have become a person who does!

  • 2001 – 2002

    Being president opened my eyes to all I could do. Before, I had a major fear of speaking to large groups. Now I speak in front of hundreds of people, confidently. I still feel passionately about NAWBO-NYC. Any woman business owner should support this organization without thinking twice.

  • 2000 – 2001

    Rosemary Bova
    Being president of NAWBO-NYC gave me a wonderful opportunity to test my leadership skills. I am passionate about women having economic security and being an influence on how business is conducted and policy is developed. NAWBO-NYC is an excellent vehicle to address these issues.

  • 1999-2000

    Leslie Grossman
    While president of NAWBO-NYC, I realized that my true passion was supporting the success and growth of women business owners. I want to give back to an organization that gave so much to me and ensure that women business owners have the ongoing support that NAWBO-NYC offers.

  • 1998 – 1999

    Barbara Nagel
    Being president of NAWBO-NYC allowed me to develop leadership skills that I never even knew I had. It caused me to rethink my career and move from a private legal practice to one that incorporates non-profits and private/public partnerships. And I have formed life-long friendships.

  • 1997 – 1998

    Sharon Emek
    I remain active in NAWBO-NYC because of the difference it made in my life. I learned about leadership, friendship, support, having clout and opening doors for women in business and politics. And I learned how to inspire people, which continues to impact my business.

  • 1995 – 1997

    Carol Wall Bassin
    Being president of NAWBO-NYC changed my life, enabling me to use the skills I had developed as a business owner. I became an effective mediator, goodwill ambassador and public speaker. Many of my dearest friendships developed before, during and after my presidency.

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  • 1992 – 1994

    Heather Brighton
    Being president of NAWBO-NYC made it possible for me to see what was really available for women. I have a passion for the organization. What better way to get the help, advice and friendship that NAWBO-NYC has given me over the the last 15 years.

  • 1990 – 1992

    Rosann Levy
    Being president of NAWBO-NYC was very gratifying. It was inspiring to meet so many high-powered women in business and to build an organization which gave them the support, resources and information they needed to grow their companies successfully. I made wonderful friendships that I have sustained throughout the years.


Jessica Watson-Crosby
Being president of NAWBO-NYC helped me focus on my business and become successful through what I learned. It also gave me a perspective on the business climate—locally, nationally and globally—through wonderfully challenging experiences.

1986 – 1988

Dolores Kazanjian
I‘m very proud of having been president of NAWBO-NYC and the contribution we made to women business owners. The chapter has grown significantly since I was at its head and that‘s a great thing for its members. I wish NAWBO congratulations on its 20th Anniversary.

1985 – 1986

Barbara Haas
When I became president of NAWBO-NYC, there were maybe 30 active members. We focused on the problems we all faced in building our companies. We did a lot of networking, arranged talks and reached out to attract new members and to get new partners in the corporate community.

1983 – 1985

Catherine Maiorisi
We gave women business owners the opportunity to do business and learn from each other. We put together a Women in Business Conference, convinced NAWBO National to hold their annual conference in New York and got delegates elected to the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business…where we wowed them!

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