Chicago Chapter’s Former President joins national board to expand her efforts in support of women business owners nationwide.

Washington, D.C.The National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO) has appointed Susan Dawson, of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. The NAWBO National Board is comprised of a diverse representation of the women business community across the country. While each board member brings their own unique strengths and business experience to the table, all come with the same common goal to help elevate women business owners through education, community support, and by raising awareness and engagement about policies to ensure women business owners excel in our national economy.

“Susan’s record in the Chicago area illustrates how powerful and influential her voice can be on behalf of the women entrepreneur,” said Molly Gimmel, NAWBO National Board Chair.  “I am excited to see how her eagerness to support other business owners will encourage women on a national scale.”

Susan combines the focus and creativity of an entrepreneur with the pragmatism and technical expertise of a business lawyer. Her 17+ year career representing local, national and international businesses in matters of business structures, acquisitions and divestment, employment law, and commercial real estate transactions have earned her a real-world, inside-out understanding of how the right legal counsel solves problems, removes barriers and protects a business’ interests so companies can get back to doing what they do best.

Susan’s clients appreciate her unparalleled acumen for addressing complex issues and responding quickly to matters of urgency. Whether taking a strategic view of an overall business plan, as she did when she served as temporary in-house counsel for an international client, or focusing on the myriad small details involved in closing a multi million dollar transaction, Susan understands the importance of being both a nimble problem-solver and a thoughtful advisor.

“Strong relationships helped me build a sound business foundation,” said Susan Dawson, NAWBO National Board Member. “By joining the NAWBO National Board, I believe I will be able to help other women understand the importance of relationship building in business. I will also continue my efforts to be a strong voice for women business owners on a national stage.”

The 2018-2019 NAWBO Board of Directors will be comprised of: Molly Gimmel – Chair; Kathleen Warnick– Past Chair; Jeanette Armbrust, Shaila Rao Mistry, Cristina Morales Heaney, Tanya R. Allen, Susan Dawson, Lydia Chicles, and Karen Bennetts.

The new board will be installed on June 18 in Washington, D.C. and formally introduced to the business community at “Work Well-Live Well” the NAWBO Women’s Business Conference held September 23-25 in Spokane, Washington.



Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.   NAWBO develops programs that help navigate women entrepreneurs through the various stages of their business growth. To learn more, please visit

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