WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2018 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is pleased to welcome Liz Sara as Chairperson of the Council. On Monday, July 23, 2018, President Donald J. Trump appointed Ms. Sara, of the District of Columbia, to serve a three-year term. Ms. Sara will bring with her 30 years of achievement as an entrepreneur, business owner, and small business champion.
“Women are a vital driver of our nation’s economy, and I am thrilled that Liz will be lending her experience and savvy business leadership as she serves as Chairperson of the Council,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “Our priority is to ensure the federal government is deploying the critical resources entrepreneurs need to successfully launch small businesses and grow them.”
“I am excited to work with the Council and the teams at NWBC and SBA to help women founders blaze more trails and get the support, resources and funding they need to succeed,” Ms. Sara comments. “Leveraging my network, experience and hands-on work with entrepreneurs, I am confident we can all make a positive impact on helping women founders successfully navigate the challenges of starting and growing their business. I’m honored to be selected for this role.”
NWBC Executive Director, Nina Roque added, “I am very pleased by the appointment of Liz as Chairperson of the Council. With her leadership and entrepreneurial expertise, I am confident that together, we will elevate the voices of women business owners and entrepreneurs across this country.”
Ms. Sara is the Founder and President of Best Marketing, LLC, where she consults for more than 90 small businesses in the high-tech sector, and serves as a chief business advisor to entrepreneurs in creating and executing go-to market strategies. Previously, she played a principal role as Co-founder of SpaceWorks, an eCommerce software company, where she facilitated its startup and growth to nearly $25 million in revenue.
Ms. Sara recently completed her term as the first female Board Chair of the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ms. Sara is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the Smith School of Business. She is an angel investor, a mentor to startup CEOs through many incubators and accelerators, and a frequent author and conference speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship and business.
Ms. Sara holds her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York and her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland.
About National Women’s Business Council
The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs. To learn more about NWBC, visit www.nwbc.gov.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2018 — The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) today announces the appointment of Nina Roque as Executive Director.
Nina recently served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor, R. Alexander Acosta, where her portfolio included apprenticeships and women in the workforce, among other policy initiatives. Prior to joining the Administration, she was the Director of Programs and External Affairs for the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focuses on youth development and leadership, public service and corporate responsibility. Previously, Nina was an Associate Attorney at a law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she represented employers. Nina also served as a Law Clerk at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, a quasi-judicial agency in the State of North Carolina. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Criminology from Florida State University (FSU), and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.
Throughout her career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Nina has dedicated herself to the advancement of the American workforce. Nina is a second-generation Cuban-American, who is passionate about mentoring youth leadership, empowering the American worker to succeed, and fostering an economy that allows women entrepreneurs to thrive.
“It is an honor to join the National Women’s Business Council, the federal government’s only non-partisan, independent voice for women entrepreneurs,” Roque said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to work with the members of this Council and the millions of women business owners across this country, as we continue to empower women to succeed in business.”
NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs. To learn more about NWBC, visit http://www.nwbc.gov.
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