2013 BRAVO! Award Winners

NAWBO San Diego hosts the BRAVO! Awards every May to celebrate the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs throughout the region. We commemorate the achievements of all our nominees at this festive evening event, which features a dynamic keynote speaker, and prebravo-logosent the awards “Oscar-style” to delighted recipients.

Our 2013 awards featured the inspirational, energetic, and humorous Judi Sheppard Missett, CEO & Founder of Jazzercise, Inc., as our keynote speaker, and we used some of our proceeds to create a scholarship fund for women business students at San Diego City College.

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Congratulations to our 2013 BRAVO! Award winners:


Helna Correll-WBOY
Woman Business Owner of the Year Award
Helna Correll, San Diego Site Pros, Inc.

Helna is the President of San Diego Site Pros, Inc., an event management and hotel site selection firm since 2005.  The company specializes in helping non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations in event management and coordination needs, and provides group lodging anywhere in the country.  San Diego Site Pros saves their clients' time, money and worry by managing events efficiently and negotiating prices effectively.  The company has gained recognition and credibility in the industry and continues to expand its market within and outside of San Diego County.
Gini Craig-WAY

Women's Advocate of the Year Award
Gini Craig, Girlfriends Care and Good Ol Gals

Gini, Co-founder of Good Ol Gals, has provided a unique venue where women can network without all of the rules of most networking venues. The only rule she has set is that we show and play nice! Girlfriends Care is a non-profit that brings together volunteers with meaningful outreach programs to help women and children in crisis and transition in San Diego County. Their motto is "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something... so make your something count."

Renee Zau-Trailblazer Trailblazer Award
Renee Zau, DonationMatch

Renee is Co-founder of DonationMatch, an online marketplace that allows verified nonprofits to easily find and request donated goods and gift certificates from partner companies in just a few clicks. It also enables sampling agencies/brands to quickly find and distribute products to target audiences at events. Their SaaS (software-as-a-service) reduces hundreds of hours of tedious work to just minutes for nonprofit event committees, PR/sampling agencies, and marketers of charitable companies.
Eileen Williams-Signature Signature Award
Eileen Williams, Abundance Strategy

Eileen has a global marketing and distribution business specializing in Anti-Aging products. Over $30 Million dollars in annual sales revenue. Speaks and trains on leadership all over the world. Was named woman Entrepreneur of the year for Nu Skin Enterprises in 2006. She has mentored eight leaders who have earned in excess of $1 Million in commissions. Her business expands in over 35 countries and includes over 50,000 people. She is passionate about mentoring women including her daughter who started working with her full time in 2008.
Amy Kessler-Green

Green Community Award
Amy Kessler, Beach Bums Diaper Service

Amy is the owner of Beach Bums Diaper Service, a San Diego Organic Cloth Diaper and Compostable Single Use Diaper Service. The company delivers freshly cleaned organic cloth diapers and wipes to customers doors weekly. Cloth diapers are laundered using eco-friendly detergents and water and energy efficient machines.  They are also line dried utilizing the sun's natural bleaching abilities and saving energy in the process!  Beach Bums is completely committed to being environmentally friendly in every way.

Lana Feng-Rising Star

Rising Star Award
Lana Feng, Personalized Diagnostics, L.L.C.

Lana is the Founder and CEO of Personalized Diagnostics, LLC, a biotech consulting firm focused on building partnerships between U.S. and Chinese companies in the personalized medicine space.  Personalized medicine, integrating drug development, diagnostics technologies and human genomics has revolutionized medical practice in the United States.  Personalized Diagnostics LLC acts as a matchmaker between U.S. companies who want to sell or out-license their assets to China (be it drugs or diagnostics) and Chinese firms who want to buy or in-license them.  By doing so, the company facilitates technology innovation and adoption across the Pacific, leading to better patient care.

Click below to view past winners:
2012 BRAVO! Award Winners
2011 BRAVO! Award Winners
2010 BRAVO! Award Winners
2009 BRAVO! Award Winners                




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