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YOU get to help choose the winner of the 15th annual NAWBO BRAVA Awards!  We have searched far and wide for the most innovative and inspiring business women in San Diego County. Each of our six categories have been narrowed to a handful of finalists who will share their wisdom on our special panel interviews.  Each panel discussion will be released as a series of "shows" throughout September and October.

Following the airing of each panel, voting will be open to the general public for one week. You get to decide who wins in each category!
This will culminate in our LIVE Finale Show on Friday October 23, 2020 from 5-6pm PDT, where we'll announce the winners!

All information and registration for the six panel releases and the finale show can be found at www.BRAVAawards.org

Registration is free for all the events but there will be opportunities to give back through our VIP swag bag and silent auction.

Learn more about the National Association of Women Business Owners at www.NAWBOSanDiego.org.


Overview video - https://youtu.be/8ue9VKeDN-E



Fri, October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

About this Event

Come learn how these five fantastic female entrepreneurs have demonstrated their talent, drive and innovation by pioneering a new product, service or delivery channel. Each panelist also discusses how she has served as a role model for other female entrepreneurs.


Fri, October 9, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

October 9, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

About this Event

Come learn how these six fantastic female entrepreneurs have overcome obstacles while demonstrating leadership, innovation and integrity. Also, hear about her significant accomplishments over the last 12 months.


Fri, October 23, 2020 - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

October 23, 2020 - 5:00pm – 6:00pm

About this Event

The 15th annual BRAVA Awards is a series of broadcasted educational panels, featuring San Diego's top female entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. After the release of six panels and public voting, we will all come together on Friday, October 23rd from 5-6pm PDT for the LIVE Finale Awards Show, where we'll announce the winners in each category! The finalist who wins in each category will be asked to share a few words about their business. This celebration will also include a fireside chat with our title sponsor, Bank of America. So grab the champagne and get ready to toast these amazing women!


You can help support scholarships through the BRAVA Silent Auction to support the 2020 BRAVA Awards. A virtual event, the SILENT AUCTION supports women who want to attend our new Bank of America Launch and Grow Academy! Bid on items here. Be sure to register your information before you bid!  Bidding will be open until October 26 midnight!

While you're on the site, purchase a SWAG BAG! NAWBO-SD and our sponsors have curated a swag bag filled with goodies that will be sure to enhance your BRAVA Awards 2020 experience. We promise the value exceeds the price point. Make sure you add this to your cart. Only 100 bags available and they WILL sell out. Several dates and times for pickup will be available and will be announced by Oct. 1st. The shipping option will also be available for those out of the immediate SD County area. SHIPPED BAGS will NOT include wine but rather sparkling water.


Learn the real history of Juneteenth from Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Executive Vice President for External Affairs with Volunteers of America, Inc., the 4th largest developer/owner of affordable housing in America. YouTube: Juneteenth History

Listen to her own personal story on TrailBlazers Impact Podcast!


So many people are doing so much during this difficult time! I had to share some of these with you. They bring tears to my eyes.


Marisa de Lecce and Tiffany Rivers and their online swimsuit line, Hermoza, have many interesting articles on their Blog about Best Books to Read During Isolation. But what is their very best initiative is their "giving back" program which calls for nominations of Modern Day Heroes, people who go above and beyond during this pandemic. Their blog is called Icons Who Inspire Us.  People nominate their hero. www.thehermosa.com

Hear the stories of these heroes on our podcast, Coping In Crisis, and on our youtube.com Coping In Crisis channel. I will add to these, so watch this page for more.

Jamie Wheeler - A Modern Day Hero

This is Jamie Wheeler, a 32 year old health care worker.  She is working tirelessly....putting in overtime as well, to serve her clients who are high risk pregnant women. These mothers to be cannot be turned away as Jamie needs to use her sonography skills to monitor all kinds of issues to ensure healthy deliveries. She deals with long hours in tight quarters ( exam rooms are small) to scan and diagnose or monitor problems like diabetic mothers, growth monitoring, etc. She looks for problems with babies hearts, development and growth. She works with Maternal Fetal Medicine Doctors to ensure successful pregnancy outcomes. She cannot stay home. She must go to work, babies in utero cannot be put on hold. These little miracles must be cared for! Jamie we salute your work! Nominated by her mom.

Milagros Cueva

Milagros Cueva is an Emergency Room Registered Nurse in Bergen County NJ.  Bergen County has been inundated with possible covid-19 cases and she has personally handled countless patients that have tested positive.

She is wrapping up her fifth, 12-hour shift, in the last six days, today.  Each shift consists of constantly disinfecting herself, equipment, and work space.  Unfortunately, her hospital is very limited with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and has been taking donations from anyone willing to help.  For her in particular, she is a petite woman and struggles to find masks, gloves, goggles, and scrubs that properly fit her to provide their intended protection.

When she comes home at night, we spray her with Lysol, her clothes are taken immediately into the basement in a box, and she runs straight into the shower without touching a knob or surface.

This has become our new normal, and to say that she still wakes up every morning with the same passion and energy to save lives, is an understatement.  She has held the hand of a man that took his last breath, propped the head of a woman that was struggling to breathe, and treated the seemingly healthy young patient whose condition took a turn for the worse.

She is truly my hero! Nominated by her husband

Linda Gorin


The Gift Basket Association, which Linda Gorin, ownr of The Best to You, is a member of, has a national movement to donate a gift box filled with healthy, sweet and savory goodies to doctors, nurses and health care workers in hospitals or facilities dealing with the Pandemic. They are working long hard hours, at great personal risk, and most are not even stopping for lunch or dinner. The boxes are filled with individually wrapped treats to give them energy, satisfy their hunger, and to show the country's love and appreciation for them.

You can order these boxes on www.thebesttoyou.com ($25.00 to $85.00 sizes), choose where your donation will go and have their name on the enclosure card. Or just sponsor a gift basket to a health care worker on the association's list.

Jillian Ryan


Jillian Ryan has a business, Marie Mae. Most businesses exist to only make money. Jillian's business exists to create an impact. She believes that economic empowerment – through business – is the quickest path to improving someone’s quality of life. That's why she founded Marie Mae Business School, working to bring education and inspiration to struggling women who are hit especially hard during the pandemic. Employers can help fund her business school and the women by purchasing a gift for their employees working remotely from home. www.mariemae.com