MarketPoint president Laura Pasternak has been appointed to the Board of the Baltimore chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She will chair the newly formed Global Initiatives Committee, a committee focused on educating women business owners about the work of women around the world, sharing expertise and best practices among members and with international counterparts, connecting women business owners around the world, and supporting the needs of women business owners in developing countries through philanthropic initiatives.
In 2009 Pasternak traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, as part of the Corporate Ambassadors Program of the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN). The program is a partnership between Vital Voices Global Partnership, ExxonMobil Foundation, and businesswomen’s associations throughout Africa.
“I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to continue my international work through NAWBO,” said Pasternak. “The strength, dedication and passion of the women I met in Kenya was truly inspiring. Their commitment to creating lasting change by growing their individual businesses – despite significant challenges in local business landscapes – should fire a passion within all American business women for creating stronger connections between business women around the globe.”
Founded in 1975, NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence opinion makers.
The African Business Women’s Network is supported by the ExxonMobil Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, a global effort launched in 2005 that helps women fulfill their economic potential and serve as drivers of both economic and social change in their communities.