As one of the fastest growing segments of the country, women entrepreneurs hold tremendous economic potential. The National Women's Business Council (NWBC) and WIPP are leading a national initiative to align the women's business community around a coordinated effort to collect and examine data and statistics to better define the economic impact of women entrepreneurs. Donna James, chair of NWBC, will talk about how this project creates a comprehensive, reliable economic assessment of women's business ownership in the United States, including areas of common and disparate definitions and drivers of growth. She will discuss how a collective voice from women's business organizations, educational institutions, private corporations, legislators and policy makers will better drive the growth and innovation of women-owned businesses.
NWBC Chair Donna James is the managing director of the consulting group, Lardon & Associates LLC. Her areas of focus include corporate governance, business development, strategy, human capital management, financial and risk management and leadership development. Ms. James serves on the board of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Limitedbrands, and Time Warner Cable. She also advises several small business enterprises in the profit and not- for-profit arena. Prior to starting her own business, Ms. James was president of Nationwide Strategic Investments. She was directly responsible for developing and executing growth or exit strategies for five different U.S.- and global-based financial services companies. She also led a new business innovation team and a venture capital fund. Ms. James also is the founder and board chair of the Center for Healthy Families, a non-profit service agency fo