In the Women Business Owners of Montgomery County August-September Networker: President Wendy Howard's final President's Letter, Spotlight Member: Kristin Rodriguez, The Power Conference, upcoming events...and more!
  August-September 2016

Letter from the President


If you want to take your mission in life to the next level, if you’re stuck and you don’t know how to rise, don’t look outside yourself. Look inside.  Don’t let your fears keep you mired in the crowd.  Abolish your fears and raise your commitment level to the point of no return, and I guarantee you that the Champion Within will burst forth to propel you toward victory.    Bruce Jenner

It was just about six years ago, that a close friend brought me to my first Power Conference.  I had been looking for a change; a change in strategy and a change in direction.  After 20 years of working on my own I was looking for input from others.  It was at this event that I was first introduced to the Women’s Business Owner of Montgomery County (WBO-MC).  Little did I know how beneficial this meeting would be. The past six years as a member of the WBO-MC have helped grow my business and have afforded me a great opportunity to work with some truly amazing women. Read Wendy's entire letter here.


Did You Know? Member Benefit:

Did You Know? A big WBO Membership Benefit are Mastermind Groups. For more information, contact Jamie Hamelburg at

In This Issue
News & Events
WBO Board Members
Member in the Spotlight
Upcoming Events 
Committee Reports
New Members

Member in the Spotlight!

This month we are shining our WBO Spotlight on Kristin Rodriguez

WBO Secretary Kristin Rodriguez, a financial planner and advisor at Symphony Financial, works with clients to help them achieve their financial goals. “When I meet with people, we begin by getting a sense of their current financial picture. I then ask what they hope to achieve going forward,” says Kristin, explaining that this is the way she begins to develop a financial plan. Kristin also manages clients’ assets, guiding clients with regard to retirement, disability insurance, long-term care insurance, etc. She sees herself as a financial coach, “starting with the big picture, managing assets and developing long term relationships with clients.”

Kristin works with two other women. “We don't have a specific niche,” she says, “but we try to take care of people – everyday people. Read more about Kristin here.

Maryland Women's Business Center

Maryland Women’s Business Center - has regular seminars of interest to businesses that are held all over the state. See their website for listings and more information

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development can help you get started on your new business? Sign up for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development’s Office Hours program for free assistance with business specialists. Learn more about the program and how to sign up.

New Members

We welcome new WBO-MC members voted in at the June board meeting:

Donna Dangle,
Body and Soul Shepherd
Susan Smith,
SKS Communications
Lori Veirs,

  WBO Events

Upcoming Events 


Summer’s Last Morning WBO is 8:15-9:30am on August 3 at the Silver Diner on Rockville Pike. These casual summer networking events are free for members and $5 for guests. It’s a great opportunity to keep in touch with friends and meet new professionals. Please let us know if you will be joining us by registering prior to the event.

 is almost here! 

August 25, 8am-5:30pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. 

Have you registered for The Power Conference yet? It's just around the corner! Registration is open and we can’t wait to see you there. There are still Exhibitor spaces available, and a new "Marketplace" for business-to-consumer products. and...  so much more!
The Keynote Speaker is Crystal McCrary, an award-winning film, television producer, director and author.
Crystal's most recent book, INSPIRATION: PROFILES OF BLACK WOMEN CHANGING OUR WORLD includes profiles of Judith Jamison, Shonda Rhimes, First Lady Michelle Obama, Debra Lee, Venus Williams, Thelma Golden, Ruby Dee, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Marian Wright Edelman, Misty Copeland, Mary J. Blige, Soledad O’Brien, Mellody Hobson, Keke Palmer and many others. Ms. McCrary is dedicated to and outspoken on education, children's rights and women's issues.

WBO Members: Are you registered for The Power Conference? Please consider taking 2 hours out of your day to volunteer at the WBO-MC table. This is your opportunity to share with others the value of your WBO membership! Sign up here!

Committee Reports 


Social Media ­– If you like WBO, tell your friends!  Follow us on Twitter and like our group on Facebook and join our LinkedIn group (members only, please). Here’s the breakdown of how WBO ranks:

  • Facebook: 952  fans. +11 increase

  • Twitter: 287 followers  +12 increase   

  • LinkedIn group: 55 members  

 Communications - The June/July NetWorker was delivered to 1210 people. Plan ahead - articles for the October/November NetWorker are due September 27. If you have an article to submit, contact Hillary Coggeshall at

WBO Board Members
  Contact information for board members is on the WBO-MC website.
President: Wendy Howard
Vice-President: Jamie Hamelburg
Treasurer: Mary Florian
Secretary: Kristin Rodriguez
Membership: Ayda Sanver
Communications: Hillary Coggeshall
Publicity: Doris Barber
Programs: Laura Rhode
At-Large Member: Julia Pitkin-Shantz
Immediate Past President: Naomi Abrams

Interested in Graduate Programs? The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is home to three graduate programs (Library Science; Information Management; and Human-Computer Interaction), as well as a PhD program in Information Studies. For more information on the particular areas of education and development, classes, location and contact information, view more.
Networking Tips to live by!! Alicia McLeod, of WBC, provides the top 5 tips for maximizing your networking. Do you know what they are? Be sure to read this article.
Run/Walk and support our non-profit partner. WBO members! Join our team for the King of the Road 5K and 1 mile Fun Run on November 17 at 9:00 am. The run is sponsored by TLC, (The Treatment and Learning Centers). TLC was our featured non-profit organization for May 2013! And remember, it’s never too late to start training. Click here for more info and some great training resources!
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